Professor Aouad joined the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) as its president in January 2012. Prior to this, he was Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation and Dean of the College of Science & Technology at the University of Salford in the UK, responsible for some 400 staff and 6,000 students.
Before Salford, he spent five years in the Department of Civil and Building Engineering of Loughborough University in the UK, where he obtained his MSc in Construction (1987) and his PhD entitled Integrated Planning Systems for the Construction Industry in 1991.
Before becoming Pro-Vice-Chancellor in July 2008, Professor Aouad was Dean of the Faculty of Business, Law & the Built Environment at the University of Salford (August 2006– July 2008), and prior to this he held the position of Director of the Research Institute of the Built & Human Environment which achieved the Research Assessment Exercise 6* status in 2001 (the highest in the country). Between 2003 and 2006 he was Head of School of Construction & Property Management (since renamed to the School of the Built Environment) at Salford.
During his 20 years in Salford, Professor Aouad successfully supervised 222 PhD students, externally examined 52 PhD students, authored 3 major research books and co-authored one book, generated more than £10M in research funding as Principal Investigator and £8M as Co-Investigator, published 92 papers in top rated referred journals, delivered more than 50 keynote speeches and invited lectures, and presented his work in more than 40 countries.