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K-State Today

January 30, 2015



Buyle named outstanding educator by the Associated General Contractors of America

By Mary Rankin

Ray Buyle, assistant professor of architectural engineering and construction science, is the recipient of the Associated General Contractors of America 2015 Outstanding Educator Award. He will be recognized at the organization's national convention in March at San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he will be a guest of its Education and Research Foundation.

Buyle will receive a $5,000 cash award plus an additional $5,000 to award as scholarships to two students of his choosing. The outstanding educator award is based on a nominee's academic contributions, as well as work with students outside of the classroom and involvement with colleagues in the industry. Candidates for the award must be full-time, teaching faculty members with four years minimum teaching experience in an accredited university construction program.

"This is such a great honor for both Ray and our department," said Ray Yunk, department head and professor of architectural engineering and construction science. "He is an exemplary educator both in and outside the classroom."

Buyle began his teaching career at Kansas State University in 2007, specializing in construction operations, construction methods and equipment, budgeting, scheduling, project management, construction techniques and detailing.

He serves as faculty adviser to student chapters of both the Associated General Contractors of America and Habitat for Humanity. These groups recently joined together under his supervision to construct low-income housing in Mobile, Alabama, over the winter break in January.

Starting in 2009, the Associated General Contractors student chapter made three consecutive annual trips to New Orleans to assist with reconstruction following Hurricane Katrina. In 2012, the group traveled to Joplin, Missouri, to help with the tornado relief effort and in 2013 went to St. Louis, Missouri, to assist with the renovation of low-income housing. Last year the combined K-State groups worked on three different Habitat for Humanity homes, along with other projects to assist the local community in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

In addition to the Associated General Contractors, Buyle also is a member of the Design Build Institute of America, the American Society of Engineering Educators and Sigma Lambda Chi Construction Honor Society.