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
(404) 385-7608

Areas of Expertise

  • Innovative Project Delivery Systems (Design-Build, CMGC, IPD, & Public-Private Partnership (P3))
  • Economic Decision Analysis of Resilient & Sustainable Infrastructure Systems
  • Investment Valuation of High-Performance Buildings
  • Energy Performance Benchmarking of Multifamily Properties (AUMScore®)
  • Financial Feasibility Analysis of Alternative Energy Technologies (e.g., Solar Energy Valuation)
  • Predictive Project Analytics
  • Data Mining of BIM Projects
  • Project Finance
  • Real Options Analysis for Infrastructure Asset Valuation
  • Cost Estimation & Forecasting
  • Budget-based Design
  • Risk Management
  • Portfolio Management


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
  • Alternative Project delivery and contracting strategies (e.g. IPD, DB, PPP, CM, etc.)
  • Trust-building in construction contracting
  • BIM for Facility Management
  • BIM 3D/4D/5D design, life-cycle cost analysis, construction planning, project control
  • Lean construction
  • Internet-of-Things and Smart Built Environment


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