Professional Bio

Amir H. Behzadan, Ph.D., M.ASCE

Since Fall 2017, I have been an Associate Professor of Construction Science at Texas A&M University (TAMU). Prior to joining TAMU, I served as Associate Professor of Construction Management at Missouri State University (MSU) (2015-17), Assistant Professor of Construction Engineering at the University of Central Florida (UCF) (2009-15), and Assistant Professor of Construction Technology at the New York City College of Technology (2008-9) of the City University of New York (CUNY).

 

I obtained my Ph.D. degree (2008) in Civil Engineering (specializing in Construction Engineering and Management) and my M.Eng. degree (2005) in Construction Engineering and Management both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I also hold a B.Eng. degree in Civil Engineering (2002) from Sharif University of Technology in Iran. I have several years of construction industry experience working as field engineer and quality inspector in projects ranging from commercial to high-rise buildings.

 

My research interests have evolved over the past several years and encompass adaptive simulation, construction informatics, and advanced sensing and visualization techniques with applications in intelligent construction planning and operations, smart health and ergonomics, productivity, and construction education. My projects have been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Engineering Information Foundation (EiF), Bentley Systems, and Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management (HCSHWM).

 

My teaching interests include core construction and civil engineering topics. At the undergraduate level, I have taught in areas such as surveying and instrumentation, construction methods, construction contracts, structural design, soils and foundations, mechanics of materials, and statics. At the graduate level, I have developed and taught courses in research methods, project management, decision-making under uncertainty, data mining, and process simulation. I have received multiple teaching awards including the ASEE Outstanding New Teaching Award (2012), Distinguished New Faculty Award from the International Academy for the Scholarship of Learning Technology (2012), UCF Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award (2015), and Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award (2014) from UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science. In 2009, I attended and completed the requirements of the ASCE ExCEEd Workshop in West Point, NY.

 

I have also served the professional community in multiple capacities. Most notably, I am currently the vice-chair of the Visualization, Information Modeling, and Simulation (VIMS) Committee under the ASCE Computing Division. I have been also serving on the editorial board of the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management since 2009. At MSU, I served as the faculty coach of the ASC Heavy Civil student team. Between 2010 and 2015, I served as the faculty advisor of the ASCE-UCF student chapter. During this time, I received several recognitions for my contributions to the profession including three consecutive Faculty Advisor of the Year Awards (2013, 2014, 2015) from the ASCE FL Section, and the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award from ASCE Region 5 (Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana) in 2014.