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Architectural Engineering and Construction Science

Ray Buyle| Department Head and Associate Professor

Photo of Ray BuyleTointon Construction Management Chair

M.S. - 2010, Kansas State University
Curriculum and Development
B.S. - 1984, Kansas State University
Construction Science

Contact Information

247 Seaton Hall
785-532-5964
rbuyle@k-state.edu

Professional Experience

Buyle received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Science from K-State in 1984. He worked for The Law Company, Inc. in Wichita, Kansas as a project controller, and as an assistant superintendent for one and a half years in Raleigh, North Carolina and Tampa, Florida. He then took a position as a project manager with S/S Builders, Inc. in Topeka, Kansas where he worked for seven years, eventually earning a promotion to vice president of project management. He later accepted an opportunity to become a project manager with McPherson Contractors, Inc. in Topeka, where he worked for 14 years.

Following a 23-year career in the construction industry, Buyle accepted a full-time position as an instructor with the department of architectural engineering and construction science at K-State in the fall of 2007 while pursuing a Master of Science in Curriculum and Development in the College of Education at K-State. Upon completion of his terminal degree in 2010, Buyle was promoted to assistant professor. He earned the designation as a certified professional through the Design-Build Institute of America in 2012. He was promoted to associate professor with tenure in June 2015.  

Buyle’s responsibilities include teaching approximately 10 credit hours consisting of three to five classes per semester and advising approximately 54 undergraduate students. He is also involved in the  Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) National Professional Development Committee and National IT Committee. Buyle is the ASC Region 4 Student Competition Design-Build Program Coordinator and on the ASC Region 4 Career Fair Subcommittee. He also advises the K-State Associated General Contractors Student Chapter and the Habitat for Humanity Student Chapter, and he coaches the ASC design-build construction management student competition team. Buyle is the Tointon Construction Management Chair.

Research

Through his Tointon Construction Management Endowed Chair, Buyle pursues undergraduate student creative inquiry research projects involving service to the community. He has led nine one-week volunteer service projects, which involves 19 to 30 students each year working on low-income housing and helping with national disaster relief efforts. Locations include New Orleans, Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Joplin, Missouri after the 2011 tornado, as well as projects in St. Louis, Missouri; Greensboro, North Carolina; Mobile, Alabama; Taos, New Mexico; and Birmingham, Alabama. He assisted the Nemaha County Military History Museum in developing a site and building assessment to prioritize restoration needs and funding priorities, as well as the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate and other local not-for-profit entities to work on low-income housing to make needed facilities repairs and improvements.

Academic Highlights

In 2016, Buyle was received the AGC of Kansas Fellowship, Associated Schools of Construction Outstanding Educator Award and Associated Schools of Construction Regional Teaching Award. Other awards include the following: 2015 AGC of America Outstanding Educator Award; 2015 Richard M. Kerschen AGC Faculty Award; 2014 College of Engineering Dean’s Award of Excellence; 2014 AGC of Kansas Professorship; 2013 Tointon Construction Management Chair; 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 Hutton Construction Faculty Teaching Award; 2012 Richard and Hannah Kerschen Teaching Excellence Award; 2012 Target Construction Challenge Coin recipient; 2010-2011 Kansas State University College of Engineering Advisor of the Year; 2010-2011 K-State Office of Student Activities and Services University Advisor of the Year; and 2008 Kansas Contractors Association Construction Education Foundation Faculty Award.