Reza Akhavian, Ph.D.

Short Bio

Dr. Reza Akhavian is an educator, researcher, and industry consultant. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at San Diego State University. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (with Construction Engineering and Management concentration) from the University of Central Florida (UCF). He also holds an M.S. (UCF, 2012) and a B.S. (University of Tehran, 2010) in Civil Engineering. He has more than 40 articles published in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He also serves as a member of the editorial board of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (JCEM), Elsevier Advanced Engineering Informatics, and Advances in Civil Engineering. Prior to joining SDSU, he was an Assistant Professor at the California State University East Bay. Dr. Akhavian is the recipient of a number of honors and awards including the NSF CAREER Award, the ASCE Construction Institute (CI) Outstanding Young Professional Award, and the ENR California Top 20 Under 40.

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering
    University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 2015
  • Master of Science, Civil Engineering
    University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 2012
  • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering
    University of Tehran, Iran 2010

Research Interests

My research interests lie broadly in the field of construction engineering and management but are primarily focused on its intersection with the following:

• Internet of Things (IoT)
• Data Analytics
• Machine Learning
• Robotics
• Cyber-Physical Systems
• Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Academic Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, San Diego State University, CA, 2019 – Present
  • Assistant Professor, Construction Management Program, School of Engineering, California State University East Bay, CA, 2015 – 2019
  • Research Assistant, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2010 – 2015

Industry Experience

  • Technology and Innovation Consultant and Faculty Resident, DPR Construction, Redwood City, CA, June 2017 – August 2018
  • Software Development Researcher, Bentley Systems, FL, USA, Summers 2012 & 2013
  • Assistant Project Manager, Tehran Gorouh, Tehran, Iran, 2008 – 2009

Editorial Responsibilities

  • Editorial Board Member, Elsevier Journal of Advanced Engineering Informatics, 2019 – present
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Advances in Civil Engineering, 2018 – present
  • Assistant Specialty Editor, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 2015 – present

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