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Wylie Bearup

Professor of Practice (FSC)
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3005
Professor of Practice (FSC)
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3005
Professor of Practice (FSC)
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3005

Dr. Bearup joined the Del E. Webb School of Construction (DEWSC) as a full-time Professor of Practice in July 2014 to fill the Beaver-Ames Heavy Civil Engineering endowed chair.  In that capacity he has taught graduate and undergraduate-level classes, reviewed and submitted research proposals, and guest lectured on construction management topics in other courses. 

In July 2013 Dr. Bearup was appointed as the Executive Director of the Alliance for Construction Excellence, the industry outreach office for DEWSC.  Through ACE Dr. Bearup provides training on various aspects of project management and construction management, with specific emphasis in the application of alternative project delivery methods (APDM). 

Previously, Dr. Bearup worked for the City of Phoenix for 14 years and retired in April 2014 while serving as the City Engineer and Street Transportation Director. While with the City, Dr. Bearup pioneered the use of APDM creating processes and procedures to take full advantage of the new methods. Under his direction the City successfully completed over 400 projects using Construction Manager at Risk, almost 100 Design Build projects, and approximately 5,000 projects using Job Order Contracting with an aggregate value of over $6 billion.

Dr. Bearup was an active duty commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with assignments across the country and around the world.  He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in February 2000 after serving on active duty for 24 year career.  

Dr. Bearup is a Registered Professional Engineer in Arizona.  He has BS and MS degrees from the University of Arizona in Civil Engineering, and a PhD in Construction Engineering and Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  In 2013 Dr. Bearup was selected as one of the Top Ten Public Works Leaders in the country by the American Public Works Association. In 2015 he earned the designation as a Design-Build professional by the Design-Build Institute of America. 

Dr. Bearup has been married to his high school sweetheart Yulon for 45 years and has two grown daughters, Darshon and Brianne, who are both ASU grads.  Darshon now lives in Gilbert and Brianne lives in Greeley, CO, with her husband Ryan and their three children, Lincoln, Wilhelmina, and Phillipa.


PhD, Civil Engineering - Construction Engineering and Management, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1995.

M.S., Civil Engineering - Structural Engineering, University of Arizona, 1981.

B.S., Civil Engineering, Universityof Arizona, 1976. 

Research Interests

Construction project delivery methods, Virtual Design and Construction, design-construction interface, construction contracting methods, partnering and dispute resolution processes.