Sustainable Construction Engineering

Sustainable Construction Engineering


The future of construction in the US and around the world includes the need to maintain and build new housing, schools, healthcare facilities, shopping, government and safety services; more clean water and waste water treatment facilities; and more sustainable energy resources. We will need more roads, rail, public transit and ports to move people and goods. Coupled with retirement projections, employers seek new, qualified professionals able to complete these big projects while maintaining the sustainability triple bottomline: people, planet and profit.

The Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering conducts funded sustainable construction engineering research which considers this future state and prepares our graduates to be leaders in the field. While considering the interconnection of people and technology, research projects investigate:


Smart and Intelligent Construction

This theme of research focuses on the development and test of the next generation Intelligent Information Systems (IIS) and Intelligent Physical Systems (IPS) for the design, engineering, construction and operations of built environments (e.g., buildings, industrial facilities, and smart transportation systems etc.). Specifically, it aims at augmenting human cognitive and physical capabilities and developing a 21st century data-capable civil engineering workforce via Intelligent Cognitive Assistants (ICAs) and Collaborative Robots (Cobots).

Sustainable Workforce

This research bridges the space between understanding the future of work in civil engineering in the United States and characterizing the competencies, learning technologies, and ecosystems that equip and sustain an inclusive workforce for that future. Topics include hazard recognition, safety, leadership, satisfaction, personal resilience, organizational culture, training, informal learning and social considerations. When employees thrive in the workplace and are professional prepared for work, organizational outcomes such as sustaining the workforce; achieving safety, productivity, and profitability goals; planning, designing and constructing intelligent and/or resilient infrastructure; and addressing current and future challenges such as infrastructure and disaster management are also achieved.

Education for Leadership Roles

  • More Effective Project Delivery Systems
  • Advanced Project Management and Control Systems
  • Advanced Safety Management Methods
  • Sustainable Infrastructure Renewal Research Focus Areas
  • Advanced Project Planning and Delivery
  • Intelligent Infrastructure Asset Management Systems
  • Advanced Project Safety Management
  • New Construction Methods, Material and Equipment
  • Intelligent Real Time Construction Information Management Systems

Research Outcomes

  • Improved Project Planning
  • More Efficient and Cost Effective Project Delivery
  • Improved Infrastructure Management Decisions
  • Safer more cost effective work technologies and processes

Research Benefits

  • Improved Project Outcomes
  • Infrastructure Assets Conservation and Optimization
  • More Cost Effective Investment in Capital Projects
  • Safety of the Work Force and the Public Facilities
  • State of the Art Project Controls Laboratory
  • Multiple Digital Recording Equipment Systems for Data Collection
  • Multiple Vehicles Available for Project Trips
  • Research Assistants Assigned Individual State of the Art Work Station Research Opportunities
  • Activity funded research program with multiple sponsors
  • Research Assistantships and fellowships
  • Competitive stipend and full tuition


Photo of Sara Behdad Sara Behdad Associate Professor
(352) 294-7547

412 Black Hall

Photo of Eric Jing Du Eric Jing Du Associate Professor
(352) 294-6619

460F Weil Hall

Photo of Christopher Ferraro Christopher Ferraro Assistant Professor
(352) 392-0959

460B Weil Hall

Photo of Steven Laux Steven Laux Senior Lecturer

102 Sustainable Materials Management Research Laboratory

Photo of Fazil Najafi Fazil Najafi Professor
(352) 294-7790

470 Weil Hall

Photo of Kyle Riding Kyle Riding Associate Professor
(352) 294-1628

460C Weil Hall

Photo of Denise R. Simmons Denise Simmons Associate Professor

460D Weil Hall

Photo of Timothy G. Townsend Timothy Townsend Jones, Edmunds & Associates, Inc. Professor
(352) 392-0846

204 Black Hall

Photo of William (Bill) Wallace William (Bill) Wallace Adjunct Lecturer

To view a full listing of each person’s profile, visit the Sustainable Construction Engineering category in our directory.

Graduate Study Program

M.S. Degree

The 30 credit hour master’s program option provides students with the opportunity to obtain a degree in one year. Students can enhance their professional competency through intense coursework focusing on both management and technical engineering skills. A course elective component offers flexibility and permits students to tailor the Master’s degree to their interest.

Ph.D. Degree

Qualified students have an outstanding opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree. The UF Construction Engineering group has a strong research program with four full-time faculty members actively engaged in research of national importance. Students work closely with their professor and acquire valuable research experience. A minimum of 90 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree is required for the Ph.D. degree.

Academic Program

The course of study in construction engineering provides a balance of technical engineering and project management principals. The emphasis is on developing fundamental skills and knowledge of emerging advanced methods. Our faculty uses its close relationship with industry to bring “real world” project lessons to the class room. Teaching facilities include dedicated project management laboratories with state of the art software including: Primavera, Quest and Hard Dollar.

Elective Courses

Students may choose to strengthen their technical engineering skills with additional courses from other areas of Civil Engineering. Additionally, students may select elective courses from other non-engineering departments to obtain knowledge in their areas of interest.

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