Faculty Research Interests

Kirk Alter's Research Interests

  • Sustainability in Development, Engineering & Construction
  • Green Building
  • Design / Build
  • International Construction
  • Electrical Construction Management
  • Mechanical Construction Management
  • Financial Management for Contractors
  • Incentive Plans for Contractors
  • Construction Field Labor Productivity
  • Foreman & Supervisory Training
  • Project Management Training
  • Owners & Key Executive Management Training
  • Succession Planning for Contractors
  • Curriculum Design & Delivery - Craft Apprenticeship Training
  • Continuing Education for Contractors
  • Construction Company Leadership

Zarjon Baha's Research Interests

  • Civil Engineering Structures
  • Pre-cast / Pre-stressed Concrete Wall Panels
  • Structures related to Construction
  • Technical Education in Developing Countries such as Afghanistan

Brad Benhart's Research Interests

  • Project Controls and Risk Mitigation
  • Delivery Methods and Associated Contracts
  • Training Programs and Career Development for Commercial Contractors
  • Construction Company Staffing Structures
  • Strategic & Long-Term Planning for Company Owners and Executives
  • Pre-Construction Planning
  • Business Development & Marketing
  • Project Team Setup
  • Project Management Tools
  • Labor Negotiations
  • Healthcare Construction
  • Logistic Planning
  • Scheduling
  • Client Negotiations

Robert Cox's Research Interests

  • International Construction Project Collaboration
  • Construction Management
  • Construction Education
  • Conceptual Design / Conceptual Estimating
  • Cost Analysis and Trends
  • Integrated Construction Project Delivery
  • Training and Workforce Development / Human Resource Management
  • Internet-Based Collaborative Management Systems
  • Technology Applications in Construction
  • Performance Measurement Systems
  • Total Quality Management / Continuous Improvement Principles
  • Strategic Planning

Wesley Crawford's Research Interests

  • Construction Surveying
  • Field Engineering

Hazar Dib's Research Interests

  • (BIM) Building Information Modeling, Building Information Management
  • Application of Object-Oriented-Modeling to life cycle project management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Construction Project Delivery
  • Collaborative Communication
  • Construction Visualization
  • Artificial Intelligence/knowledge-Based Systems
  • Effect of Technology/Computer on Productivity and Human Factor
  • Construction Management, Maintenance and Safety
  • Sustainability in the context of (BIM) Building Information Modeling

Bryan Hubbard's Research Interests

  • Construction safety
  • Construction management
  • Construction workforce development including training, recruitment, and retention
  • P-12 technology and engineering education
  • Sustainability, energy efficiency and green building including applications in industrial water usage
  • Mechanical construction management
  • Experiential learning
  • Hispanic construction worker safety

James Jenkins's Research Interests

  • Jobsite Productivity Improvement
  • Construction Pre-planning/Scheduling
  • Construction Worker Safety
  • Jobsite Quality Control
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Yi Jiang's Research Interests

  • Highway construction and productivity
  • Soils and foundation construction
  • Bridge management systems
  • Pavement management systems
  • Highway operations and traffic engineering
  • Pavement rehabilitation techniques
  • Transportation infrastructural performance and modeling
  • Operation and safety of highway construction zones
  • Pavement design methods
  • Traffic data collection and analysis
  • Highway safety
  • GPS and GIS applications in highway operations

Douglas Keith's Research Interests

  • Highway / Bridge Construction
  • Earthmoving
  • Waste water treatment and Water treatment plants
  • Underground utility construction including tunneling
  • Some demolition with hazardous materials removal
  • Field Engineering (construction layout)

Daphene Koch's Research Interests

  • Mechanical Construction
  • Expertise in site materials management
  • Research interest in STEM and assessment of training in construction

Brian Loss's Research Interests

  • Workplace Communications Strategies
  • Workplace Negotiations Skills and Strategies
  • Construction Sales; Getting the Project
  • Developing Industry Relationships
  • The Changing Nature of Leadership Skills in the Construction Industry

Joseph Orczyk's Research Interests

  • Construction Project Controls
  • Cost Estimating, Planning/scheduling
  • Change management
  • Project Performance Measurement
  • Cost Control
  • Claims Management
  • Project Management

Randy Rapp's Research Interests

  • Construction cost engineering
  • Construction project controls
  • Disaster restoration and reconstruction management from large CM perspectives
  • Soils in construction, especially engineered earth embankments, including earth dams
  • Explosives in common demolition and quarrying
  • Organizational management and leadership, especially from the standpoint of developing competitive strategic advantage
  • International construction
  • Construction equipment, especially maintenance management
  • Productivity improvement

Mark Shaurette's Research Interests

  • Demolition & Reconstruction Management
  • Housing & Land Development
  • Emerging Technologies in Construction Management Education
  • Demolition & Reconstruction Material Reuse & Recycling
  • Advanced Technologies for Reconstruction Planning and Management
  • Application of Action Research for Construction Company Level Research
  • Sustainable Practices for Housing Construction
  • Remote Building and Product Sensor data links for Building Information Management (BIM), material management, and facilities management