Ph.D. Advisors


School Chair, Daniel Castro, Headshot

Daniel Castro-Lacouture
Chair and Professor, School of Building Construction
(404) 385-6964

Areas of Expertise

  • Integration of technology and automation
  • Feasibility of state-of-art emerging alternative energy sources for buildings
  • Evaluation protocols for technology innovations in the built environment


Associate Professors

Baabak Ashuri
Associate Professor, School of Building Construction | School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
(404) 385-7608

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


Associate Professor, Javier Irizarry, Headshot

Javier Irizarry
Associate Professor, School of Building Construction
(404) 385-7609

Areas of Expertise

  • Mobile Computing in Construction
  • Human Factors
  • Construction Safety
  • IT Applications in AEC Education
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems in AEC

Assistant Professors



Assist Professor, Pardis Pishdad-Bozorgi, Headshot

Pardis Pishdad-Bozorgi
Assistant Professor, School of Building Construction
(404) 894-7100

Areas of Expertise

  • Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)
  • Flash Tracking
  • BIM for Facility Management
  • Internet-of-Things and Smart Built Environment
  • Alternative Project delivery and contracting strategies
  • Trust-building in construction contracting
  • BIM 3D/4D/5D design,
  • Life cycle Cost Analysis and Machine Learning
  • Lean construction


Xinyi Song
Assistant Professor, School of Building Construction
(404) 894-7102

Areas of Expertise

  • Construction sustainability
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Construction insurance and surety
  • Public-Private Partnership


Assistant Professor Eunhwa Yang, Headshot

Eunhwa Yang
Assistant Professor, Schools of Building Construction
(404) 894-7103

Areas of Expertise

  • Facility management
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Energy efficiency in tenanted properties
  • Energy efficiency policies in buildings
  • Diffusion of sustainable building practices