Ben Farrow

Ben Farrow

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and International Programs

202 Dudley Commons

Auburn, AL 36849

Phone: 334-844-4285


Ph.D., Education, Auburn University
M.B.A, Vanderbilt University
M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Texas
B.S., Civil Engineering, Duke University

Ben Farrow is the Hunt Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Chair in the McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University. After earning an M.S. in Civil Engineering, and MBA, and working in industry for 15 years, he joined the faculty in 2006. In the building Science program, he actively teaches courses in Structures, Project Development and Planning, and Construction Communication. Farrow teaches at both the undergraduate and masters levels including building construction program and the Master of Real Estate Development program. Beyond Auburn, he serves as the 2nd Vice President for the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC). His current research focuses on construction education issues.

Professional Organizations
Beta Gamma Sigma—Business Honor Society
Sponsor of Sigma Lambda Chi—Construction Honor Society

Farrow, C. Ben (2009), Evaluation of a Prototypical Mechanical Wood Truss Ladder, Automation in Construction Journal, Volume 18, Issue 8, December 2009, Pages 1114–1122, ISSN 0926-5805, DOI:10.1016/j.autcon.2009.07.006.

Research Projects 
Post-Tension Chair Research, PI: C. Ben Farrow; Funding Agency: Atlanta Building Science Alumni. 2008–Present

Faculty exploration of a Short Term, Service Learning, Study Abroad Opportunity in Quesimpuco, Bolivia, PI: C. Ben Farrow, Co-PI: Scott Kramer; Funding Agency: SIFAT. 2008–2009

A Preliminary Study to Measure the Relationship of Lighting to productivity on a Construction Project, PI: C. Ben Farrow, Co-PI: Bruce W. Smith; Funding Agency: College of Architecture, Design, and Construction; 2008

Construction Drawings: A Cost/ Benefit Case Study of Weather and Tear Resistant Drawings, PI: C. Ben Farrow, Co-PI: Bruce W. Smith; Funding Agency: College of Architecture, Design and Construction; 2008 Gulf Coast Hurricane Evacuation: A Case Study of an Inland County's 'At-Risk' Shelters, PI: C. Ben Farrow, Co-PI: Paul W. Holley; 2006-2008

Aggregate Piers and the Construction Classroom, PI: C. Ben Farrow, Co-PI: Azhar, Salman, Co-PI: Beckler, William. 2007 Adaptive Reuse of Large Single-Tenant Retail Facilities, PI C. Ben Farrow, Co-PI: Roger Killingsworth. 2007

Procuring Steel through an Early-Release Steel Package, PI: Farrow, Ben C. 2007

Outreach Projects
Published continuing education video, Introduction to Storm Water Management for Construction Sites. Auburn University. August 2008. Co-directed service-learning trip to Quito, Ecuador to help with an addition to Dulce Refugio.

Areas of Specialty
Structures, Business Management, Lean Construction

Research Areas
Innovative construction technologies
Construction process reengineering
International issues
Lean construction
Procurement management
Safety management
Sustainable construction techniques