Baabak Ashuri

Baabak Ashuri

Professor, Ph.D. Advisor; Director, Economics of the Sustainable Built Environment (ESBE) Lab

Baabak Ashuri's research and teaching occupy a distinctive position in the Georgia Tech landscape, bridging the fields of building construction, civil and environmental engineering, economics, and operations research. His work has focused on Quantitative Methods for Construction Engineering and Management with important contributions in the areas of construction analytics, investment evaluation methods, risk analysis, innovative project delivery, and valuation of green-energy investments. Ashuri has 159 publications in these fields, including 44 refereed journal articles, 74 peer-reviewed conference papers, 38 research reports and guidebooks, 1 co-edited book, and 2 referred book chapters. He secured a funding amount of over $6.77M ($3.05M as principal investigator (PI) and $3.72M as co-PI) from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Department of Energy (DOE), Construction Industry Institute (CII), Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), ELECTRI International, Perkins+Will, and Turner Construction, to name a few. Ashuri has successfully advised and mentored 10 Ph.D. students (6 as primary advisor and 4 as co-advisor), 12 M.S. students, 17 undergraduate researchers, and 6 postdoctoral researchers.

The impact of Ashuri’s work, and the esteem for which he is held by his peers, are reflected by the several awards and honors he has received, predominantly from the core professional organizations in his field. These include the Construction Industry Institute (CII) (Outstanding Early Career Researcher), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) (Thomas Fitch Rowland paper award), the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) (National Research Faculty Award), the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) (Distinguished Leadership – Faculty), and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) (High Value Research “Sweet Sixteen”). Ashuri has given keynotes and invited lectures in England, China, Chile, Croatia, Bolivia, and Scotland, as well as numerous places in the U.S. His international visibility is both a consequence of his existing stature in the field, and a major contributor to continued and growing respect for Georgia Tech’s eminence in this area.

Ashuri’s service record to his profession has been prolific. He has chaired the ASCE Construction Research Council (CRC) and currently serves on the ASCE Construction Institute (CI) Board of Governors. His record shows past service to ASCE and DBIA with a continuous stream of appointments with increasing importance. He is also a member of key technical committees in FHWA and Transportation Research Board (TRB). He recently co-chaired the 2019 ASCE Construction Institute (CI) Summit.

Areas of Expertise

  • Quantitative Methods for Construction Engineering and Managemen
  • Construction Analytics
  • Construction Economics - Econometric Modeling for Construction Cost Analysis and Forecasting
  • Innovative Project Delivery Systems and Alternative Contracting Methods
  • Project Finance - Real Options Analysis for Infrastructure Asset Valuation  
  • Public-Private Partnership (P3)
  • Economic Decision Analysis and Investment Evaluation Methods
  • Valuation of Green-Energy Investments and Sustainable Buildings
  • Risk Analysis
  • BIM Log Mining: Data Mining of BIM Projects


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