PhD Students

Ph.D. Principal Advisor
 
Hamed Kashani
Beginning Semester: Fall 2009
Graduated: May 2012
Thesis Topic: A Real Options Model for the Financial Valuation of Infrastructure Systems under Uncertainty
School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology
Currently, Dr. Kashani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran. 
 
Seyed Mohsen Shahandashti
Beginning Semester: Spring 2011
Qualifying Paper: Fall 2011
Comprehensive Exam: Spring 2012
Candidacy Exam: Spring 2013
Expected Graduation: Spring 2014
Thesis Topic: Analysis of Construction Cost Variations Using Macroeconomic, Energy and Construction Market Variables
School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology
 
Jian Lu
Beginning Semester: Spring 2009
Qualifying Paper: Fall 2010
Comprehensive Exam: Fall 2010
Expected Graduation: Fall 2013
Thesis Topic: A Data Envelopment Analysis Approach for Energy Benchmarking in the Multifamily Industry
School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology
 
Kia Mostaan
Beginning Semester: Fall 2011
Expected Graduation: Spring 2015
Thesis Topic: Analysis of Efficiency Enhancement Opportunities for Transportation Design Build Projects
School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology
 
Mohammad Ilbeigi
Beginning Semester: Summer 2012
Expected Graduation: Spring 2016
Thesis Topic: Identification and Evaluation of Risk Management Strategies for Construction Material Price Volatility
School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology
 
Saman YarMohammadi
Beginning Semester: Spring 2013
Expected Graduation: Spring 2017
Thesis Topic: Productivity Analysis of Design Coordination using Building Information Modeling (BIM)
School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology
 
Frank Crittenden
Beginning Semester: Fall 2011
Expected Graduation: TBD
Thesis Topic: TBD
School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology
 
 
Ph.D. Co-Principal Advisor
 
Mehdi Tavakolan
Beginning Semester: Fall 2009
Graduated: Summer 2011
Thesis Topic: Development of Construction Projects Scheduling with Evolutionary Algorithms
Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University
Dr. Tavakolan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran. Currently, Dr. Tavakolan is on sabbatical from the University of Tehran working as Research Scientist I in the Economic of the Sustainable Built Environment (ESBE) Lab in the School of Building Construction at Georgia Tech.
 
 
Ph.D. Committee Member
 
John Fard
Thesis Topic: Decision Support System to Increase Hospital Patient Capacity: Looking at a Cost Analysis of Construction versus Implementing Telehealth
School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology
Expected Graduation: Spring 2014
 
Arya Sedehi
Thesis Topic: Cost-Benefit Analysis of RFID Implementation in Hospitals
School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology
Expected Graduation: Spring 2014
 
Soheil Rouhi
Thesis Topic: Framework for Owner’s Project Requirement for Total Structural System (OPRTSS)
School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology
Graduated: August 2011
 
Stephanie C. Thompson
Thesis Topic: Rational Design Theory: A Decision-based Foundation for Studying Design Processes
G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Graduated: May 2011
 
Charner Rodgers
Thesis Topic: High Occupancy Toll Lanes Ignoring the Potential for a Violation of Environmental Justice
School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology
Graduated: May 2011
 
Junha Kim
Thesis Topic: Artificial Neural Network (ANN) based Decision Support Model for Alternative Workplace Arrangements (AWA): Readiness Assessment and Type Selection
College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology
Graduated: December 2009
 
 
Ph.D. Committee Member (Outside Georgia Tech)
 
Wei Wang
Thesis Topic: Multivariate Stochastic Copula-Based Deterioration Models in Infrastructure Economic Risk Management
Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University
Graduated: May 2010
 
Feng Dong
Thesis Topic: Essays in Advanced Risk Management and Quantitative Strategies in Infrastructure Finance
Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University
Graduated: May 2010
 
Nakhon Kokkaew
Thesis Topic: Risk Flexibility Theory (RFT) in Infrastructure Project Finance
Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University
Graduated: May 2010
 
 
Post-doctoral Research Fellow – Principal Advisor
 
Mehdi Tavakolan, Ph.D.
Research Scientist I
Spring 2013-Present
Research Projects: “Streamlining Project Delivery through Risk Analysis”
 
Du Yon Kim, Ph.D.
Research Topic: Investment Valuation of International Construction Market Entry
Visiting Post-doc from School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Yonsei University, Korea
Summer 2009-Fall 2010
 
Xiang Peng Cheng, Ph.D.  
Research Topic: A Game Theory Approach to Construction Contract Design  
Visiting Post-doc from College of Construction Management and Real Estate, Chongqing University, China
Summer 2009-Summer 2010
 
Yuan Chen
Research Topic: Performance Assessment of Healthcare Facilities in Multi-inputs, Multi-outputs Environment: A Data Envelopment Approach
Visiting Scholar from College of Construction Management and Real Estate, Chongqing University, China
Fall 2009-Fall 2010