2016

5-2016 – Congratulations to Rishee Jain who accepted an Assistant Professor faculty position at Stanford University!  Rishee was an undergraduate researcher in the Lab and did his MS and PhD in the Lab.  After his PhD he received an NSF SEES Postdoctoral Fellowship and completed postdoctoral fellowships at NYU and Stanford.  We are very excited for Rishee to start this next chapter in his academic career!

5-2016 – John Taylor awarded Certificate of Teaching Excellence Award from the Virginia Tech College of Engineering.

5-2016 – Congratulations to Qi “Ryan” Wang who accepted an Assistant Professor faculty position at Northeastern University!  Ryan completed his PhD working in the Lab.  After his PhD Ryan completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University studying human mobility in Boston.  We are very excited for Ryan and his family!

5-2016 – Congratulations to Max O’Krepki for winning a Graduate Fellowship to Stanford University!  Max was an undergraduate researcher in the Lab studying ways to maximize the performance of virtual teams.

5-2016 – Congratulations to Pauli Alin who accepted an Assistant Professor faculty position at Utah Valley University!  Pauli visited the Lab as a PhD student and later as a postdoc while he was studying at the Helsinki University of Technology.  Congratulations to Pauli and his family on this important career move!

5-2016 – Congratulations to Sam Ferrara, Hanh Truong and Miranda Tuell who graduated with their MS degrees, and to Max O’Krepki who graduated with his BS degree this month!

5-2016 – Robert Leicht and John Taylor selected to lead a new Construction Industry Institute research project to explore “Optimal Owner Team Organization.”

5-2016 – Congratulations to Yilong Han for winning a CMAA National Capital Chapter Scholarship!

4-2016 – Congratulations to Andrei Villarroel who was appointed Professor in the School of Management at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland!  Andrei was the first PhD student in the Lab and he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT following the completion of his PhD.  We are excited for Andrei to take on this next great academic adventure!

4-2016 – John Taylor, Ardalan Khosrowpour and Gabriel Peschiera awarded a $50,000 National Science Foundation I-CORPS grant on “Conceptualizing and Validating an Occupant-aware Predictive Control System.”

4-2016 – Congratulations to Ardalan Khosrowpour who accepted a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Cornell University in the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Innovation Institute!

4-2016 – Congratulations to Sam Ferrara and Adrienne Hill who shared the 2016 Outstanding VCEMP Graduate Student Award by Virginia Tech!

1-2016 – Jiayu Chen and John Taylor awarded the Journal of Management in Engineering‘s 2015 Best Peer-Reviewed Paper Honorable Mention Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

2015

11-2015 – John L. Tishman Distinguished Lecture at the University of Michigan presented by John Taylor.

10-2015 – John Taylor receives Daniel W. Halpin Award at the ASCE Annual Conference in New York City.

9-2015 – We welcome Prof. Yongkui Li as a Visiting Faculty member for the 2015-2016 academic year!  Prof. Li is an Associate Professor at Tongji University and the Assistant Dean of the Research Institute of Complex Project Management in Shanghai, China. His research focuses on mega-project management and he is collaborating in the Lab on the application of network analysis to complex, mega-project management studies. Welcome Prof. Li!

9-2015 – We welcome Tyler Beach to the Civil Engineering Network Dynamics Lab this month!  Tyler completed his undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech and returns to Virginia Tech for his MS having been awarded a Myers-Lawson School of Construction graduate research assistantship to work with the Workforce Challenges Community of Practice. Welcome to the team Tyler!

8-2015 – We welcome Adrienne Hill, Yan Wang, Sam Ferrara and Paige Emanivong who joined the Civil Engineering Network Dynamics Lab this month!  Paige completed undergraduate research in the Lab as a Virginia Tech undergrad.  Paige and Sam join us with Master’s level Via Fellowships from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Paige and Adrienne join us as New Horizon Graduate Scholar awardees.  And Yan joins the Lab as a BioBuild PhD Fellow.  We are excited to welcome this dynamic, award-winning group to the Lab!

7-2015 – Congratulations to Josh Iorio who was selected as the new Assistant Director of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech!  Josh held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Lab for several years after he completed his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin.  We are so excited for Josh and his family!

6-2015 – John Taylor presents keynote lecture at the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering’s International Construction Specialty Conference in Vancouver entitled: “Le Fil Rouge: Exploring Dynamics at the Intersection between Human and Engineered Networks.”

6-2015 – Josh Iorio selected to join Kiewit’s Faculty Advisory Board to investigate effective models of industry/faculty/student collaboration to better prepare students for careers in industry and better support faculty research initiatives that impact industrial practice.

6-2015 – John Taylor named the Preston and Catharine White Fellow by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

5-2015 – Congratulations to Ryan Wang who graduated with his PhD this month and accepted a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Harvard University in the Department of Sociology and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study!

5-2015 – Congratulations to Semra Comu who was awarded the 2015 Outstanding VCEMP Young Alumna Award by Virginia Tech!

5-2015 – Congratulations to Ryan Wang who was awarded the 2015 Outstanding VCEMP PhD Student Award by Virginia Tech!

4-2015 – Congratulations to Neda Mohammadi for winning a CMAA National Capital Scholarship!

3-2015 – Congratulations to Ardalan Khosrowpour for winning a 2015 ThinkSwiss Scholarship from the Swiss government to spend the summer doing research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich!

2-2015 – Congratulations to Paige Emanivong who was awarded a Virginia Tech Via MS Fellowship! Paige will begin her MS research on infrastructure system failures and human mobility during natural disasters this summer.

1-2015 – Congratulations to Ryan Wang who was awarded a Via PhD Teaching Fellowship! He will instruct an undergraduate section of the course CEE 3014: Construction Project Management.

2014

11-2014 – Congratulations to Ardalan Khosrowpour for winning a Stanford Precourt Energy Efficiency Center Scholarship to attend the Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference in Washington, DC!

11-2014 – Atlantic Monthly reporter Laura Bliss interviewed John Taylor and Ryan Wang and published an article entitled: “Predicting Travel Patterns in Future Disasters” on the Atlantic Monthly’s CityLab website. The interview was related to their recently published article in PLOS One entitled: “Quantifying Human Mobility Perturbation and Resilience in Hurricane Sandy.”

8-2014 – Congratulations to Neda Mohammadi who was just awarded a Vecellio Graduate Fellowship from Virginia Tech for her academic performance and leadership!

7-2014 – Congratulations to Rishee Jain who was just awarded a National Science Foundation SEES Postdoctoral Fellowship of over $500,000 entitled “SEES Fellows: Building Informatics: Utilizing Data-Driven Methodologies to Enable Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Planning of Urban Building Systems”!

6-2014 – Congratulations to Rimas Gulbinas who accepted a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Cornell University in the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Innovation Institute!

6-2014 – Congratulations to Anna-Laura Pisello who accepted an Assistant Professor faculty position at the University of Perugia!  Anna-Laura visited the Lab as a PhD student and later as a postdoc while she was studying at the University of Perugia.  Congratulations to Anna-Laura on this important and well-deserved milestone in her academic career!

5-2014 – Congratulations to Neda Mohammadi for winning the 2014 Outstanding VCEMP Graduate Student Award!

5-2014 – John Taylor awarded G. V. Loganathan Teaching Award for Excellence in Civil Engineering Education.

5-2014 – Congratulations to Yilong Han for winning a 3rd Place Best Poster Award at the ASCE Construction Research Congress 2014 in Atlanta for his poster entitled “A Bio-inspired Solution to Mitigate Urban Heat Island Effects”!

4-2014 – John Taylor and Amy Javernick-Will selected to receive 2 year Construction Industry Institute grant on “Utilizing Next-Gen Experience to Maximize Virtual Team Performance”.

4-2014 – Congratulations to Ardalan Khosrowpour for winning the 3rd Place Best Poster Award in the graduate student category at the Virginia Tech 2014 CEE Poster Day for his poster entitled “Quantifying and Targeting Inefficient Energy-Use in Commercial Buildings”!

3-2014 – Ted Halley awarded Outstanding Master’s Student Award by the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business. Ted is a dual-degree MS-MBA student in the Lab.

3-2014 – John Taylor awarded Favorite Faculty Award by Virginia Tech Division of Student Affairs in recognition of positive impact on students (as voted by students).

1-2014 – Ardalan Khosrowpour joins the Civil Engineering Network Dynamics Lab with both a PhD Via Fellowship from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and an MLSoC Doctoral Assistantship from the Myers-Lawson School of Construction.  Ardalan is joining the NSF CAREER Building Occupant Network Dynamics project.

2013

10-2013 – Congratulations to Dr. Rishee Jain who accepted the Director’s Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in the Center for Urban Science+Progress at New York University!

9-2013 – Congratulations to Dr. Xiaoqi Xu who accepted a position as the Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program and the Energy Technology Innovation Policy Project at Harvard University!

9-2013 – Congratulations to Dr. Semra Comu who began an Assistant Professor faculty position in the Civil Engineering Department at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey!  Semra completed her MS and PhD in the Lab.  We are so excited for Semra to begin her faculty career!

8-2013 – CyberGRID research highlighted in ENR magazine cover story on “Worldwide Workflow by Debra Rubin and Tom Sawyer in the August 26, 2013 issue.

8-2013 – ENR website article entitled “Lab-Created ‘Virtual’ Workspace Mimics the Site Trailer, Except for the Noise” describes the impact the CyberGRID can have on the engineering and construction industry.

8-2013 – John Taylor awarded Distinguished Professor Award by the Construction Industry Institute (CII) at the CII Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

7-2013 – Congratulations to Dr. Jiayu Chen who began an Assistant Professor faculty position at the City University of Hong Kong and launched the Building Environment and Eco-Informatics Lab Jiayu completed his MS and PhD in the Lab.  We are so excited for Jiayu to build his own Lab and begin his academic career!

7-2013 – John Taylor awarded Distinguished Service Award by the Engineering Project Organization Society (EPOS) at the EPOS Annual Conference in Winter Park, CO.

6-2013 – John Taylor presents CyberGRID research as “Brave New World of Today” at the Engineering News Record (ENR) Global Construction Summit in New York City.

5-2013 – Lab energy efficiency dynamics reseach highlighted in Greensource Magazine Power to the People article.

4-2013 – Congratulations to Josh Zilke for winning the 2013 Outstanding VCEMP Graduate Student Award at the MLSoC Awards Banquet on April 25th!

4-2013 – Congratulations to everyone involved in the CyberGRID research (past and present)! The CyberGRID was just awarded the 2013 XCaliber Award, a university-level award at Virginia Tech. The award citation describes the CyberGRID as “a learning environment that replicates the skills and competencies engineers need in the 21st century” and further describes that the CyberGRID “provides students with an environment for developing collaborative and innovative strategies to address distributed design problem-solving in a global context.” Many thanks to Dr. Josh Iorio, the CyberGRID guru at Virginia Tech, and the many faculty and students from Virginia Tech, Columbia University, the University of Washington (Seattle), the Helsinki University of Technology, the Indian Institute of Technology (Madras) and the University of Twente (Netherlands) that have been involved in the project since its inception.

4-2013 – Congratulations to Seung Jeong who won the 2nd place award for the graduate student category and Andy Zelkowicz who won the 2nd place award for the undergraduate student category at the Virginia Tech 2013 CEE Poster Day.

4-2013 – John Taylor awarded Virginia Tech College of Engineering 2013 Dean’s Faculty Fellow Award “in Recognition of Extraordinary Performance in Research.”

3-2013 – Rimas Gulbinas awarded National Science Foundation EAPSI Fellowship to collaborate with energy efficiency and building energy experts at Lincoln University and University of Auckland in New Zealand.

2-2013 – Rimas Gulbinas, Rishee Jain, Gregg Kelley, John Taylor and John Teeter awarded 1 year $74,960 Department of Energy – Building Innovators grant to deploy a next generation smart building social energy management platform in an office building environment.

2012

12-2012 – Civil Engineering Network Dynamics Lab’s globalization research highlighted in American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) SmartBrief Trends & Technology article on “How AEC firms become and stay globally competitive” on December 5th.

12-2012 – Congratulations to Lab researchers Semra Comu and Jiayu Chen who both graduated with their PhD degrees in December!

10-2012 – Paul Chinowsky, John Taylor and Melissa Di Marco awarded the Journal of Management in Engineering‘s 2012 Best Peer-Reviewed Paper Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

10-2012 – ENR Editor-in-Chief Jan Tuchman describes CyberGRID research as one of the “Five Good Ideas for the Next Ten Years of Construction.”

9-2012 – On-going Lab research efforts on global virtual design and construction awarded a Skanska Innovation Grant.

7-2012 – Pauli Alin, John Taylor and collaborator Riitta Smeds awarded Paper of the Year Award by the Editorial Board of the Project Management Journal at the Project Management Institute’s Annual Conference in Limerick, Ireland.

1-2012 – Ryan Wang awarded Pratt Fellowship from Virginia Tech.

1-2012 – Ryan Qi Wang and Sara Horsey join the Civil Engineering Network Dynamics Lab.  Ryan is joining the NSF CAREER Building Occupant Network Dynamics project and Sara is joining the CII Deploying Best Practices in Unfamiliar Countries project.

2011

12-2011 – ENR Viewpoint article authored by Robert Prieto, Senior Vice President of Fluor Corporation, underscores the importance of understanding systemic change in the industry and mentions Taylor’s research on the importance and difficulty of systemic change.

10-2011 – John Taylor and Jesus de la Garza awarded 2 year $195,549 Construction Industry Institute grant to study best practice deployment in unfamiliar countries.

10-2011 – Rishee Jain and Rimas Gulbinas awarded Stanford Precourt Institute Student Fellowships to the 2011 Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference.

9-2011 – John Taylor awarded 5 year $400,000 National Science Foundation CAREER grant to study “Building Occupant Network Dynamics: Multi-scale Experimentation and Simulation in the Built Environment to Achieve Sustained Energy Conservation.”

9-2011 – Amy Javernick-Will, Paul Chinowsky, Mark Riddle, and John Taylor awarded 3 year $399,806 National Science Foundation grant to study Global, Multi-lateral, Knowledge-sharing Communities of Practice.

8-2011 – Rimas Gulbinas joins the Civil Engineering Network Dynamics Lab to study energy use in workplaces.

7-2011 – John Taylor awarded Outstanding CII Instructor Award at Construction Industry Institute Annual Conference.

7-2011 – The Project Network Dynamics Lab moves to Virginia Tech, broadens its scope to Civil Engineering Network Dynamics of societal and industrial importance, and launches a new website.

6-2011 – Semra Comu awarded Myers-Lawson School of Construction Doctoral Assistantship.

5-2011 – Melissa di Marco graduates with a PhD on Boundary Spanning in Global Project Networks.

3-2011 – Amy Tang wins Fulbright Scholarship to study renewable energy infrastructure finance in India.

2010

10-2010 – Melissa Di Marco, John Taylor and Pauli Alin receive the 2010 Best Peer Reviewed Paper Award in the Journal of Management in Engineering at the ASCE 2010 Annual Conference.

9-2010 – Xiaoqi Xu, Rishee Jain and Amy Tang join the Project Network Dynamics Lab.  Xiaoqi Xu is a recipient of the Columbia Presidential Fellowship.  Rishee Jain is in the first cohort of students in the Solving Urbanization Challenges by Design IGERT program funded by the National Science Foundation.  Amy completed her BS and MS at Columbia and is developing models for energy infrastructure project delivery in her PhD.

4-2010 – Hakan Unsal successfully defended his disseration on Modeling the Hold-up Problem and Absorptive Capacity of Project Networks.

3-2010 – The Project Network Dynamics Lab’s Energy Efficiency Dynamics Research is featured in a Columbia University Engineering News article.

2-2010 – Dr. Josh Iorio joins the Project Network Dynamics Lab as a post-doctoral researcher on the CyberGRID Networks project funded by the National Science Foundation.

2009

11-2009 – Melissa Di Marco, John Taylor and Pauli Alin win Best Paper Award at the LEAD 2009 Conference.

11-2009 – Gabriel Peschiera wins the $7,000 Moles 2009-2010 Scholarship.

10-2009 – John Taylor receives the Thomas Fitch Rowland Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers at the ASCE Annual Meeting in Kansas City.

9-2009 – John Taylor, Carrie Sturts-Dossick and Debra Noumair awarded a 3 year $315,584 National Science Foundation Grant to analyze virtualization of global engineering design networks.

7-2009 – Patricia Culligan, John Taylor, George Deodatis, Robert Beauregard, Elliot Sclar and Richard Plunz awarded a 5 year $2,959,966 National Science Foundation Grant to study urbanization from the perspectives of adaption, resilience and ecology.

2-2009 – John Taylor is awarded a 2 year $45,000 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Industry Studies Fellowship for the period 2009-2011 to examine the role of boundary objects in resolving global design network conflicts.

2008

12-2008 – Morgan Whitcomb is awarded an Undergraduate Research Fellowship to examine “Social Structure and Energy Efficiency Dynamics in Dormitories.”

10-2008 – John Taylor wins Best Journal Paper Award for 2007 from the Editorial Board of the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management for “The Antecedents of Successful 3D CAD Implementation in Design and Construction Networks.”

10-2008 – Melissa Di Marco, who recently completed her MSc Degree at Columbia University, joins the Lab as a PhD research assistant to examine boundary object use across global design teams.

9-2008 – Fulbright Scholar Semra Comu joins the Project Network Dynamics Lab.  Semra will contribute to the Construction Industry Institute funded research project on “Building a Successful EPC Organization.”

9-2008 – John Taylor and Co-PI John Messner are awarded a 2 year $174,514 Construction Industry Institute Grant on “Building a Successful Global EPC Organization.”

7-2008 – John Taylor and Co-PIs Jeffrey Siegel, Patricia Culligan and Richard Plunz are awarded a 1 year $31,985 Earth Institute Cross-Cutting Initiative Grant on “Coupling Technology and Organizational Dynamics to Induce Energy Efficient Behavior.”

4-2008 – John Taylor awarded Annual Industry Studies Best Paper Prize Honorable Mention by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

3-2008 – John Taylor awarded Outstanding Early Career Researcher Award Honorable Mention at the FIATECH 2008 Annual Technology Conference and Showcase.

2-2008 – John Taylor is awarded a Visiting Professorship Grant to the Helsinki University of Technology to develop global project network collaboration research and teaching.

2007

10-2007 – John Taylor is keynote presenter at the Building SMART Workshop in Helsinki, Finland presenting his views on “The Critical Interface between Technology and Management.”

9-2007 – John Taylor is awarded a 3 year $642,219 National Science Foundation Grant entitled “Intercultural Knowledge System Dynamics in Complex Services Outsourcing” involving co-PIs Sirkka Jarvenpaa and Elizabeth Keating of U.T. – Austin.

8-2007 – Hakan Unsal joins the Project Network Dynamics Lab having recently completed his master’s studies at Cornell University. Hakan’s research focuses on developing optimal technology strategies in global project networks.

6-2007 – Andrei Villarroel (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and John Taylor are awarded a Best Paper Award at the NAACSOS Conference for their paper entitled “Managing Competing Communities of Practice: The Impact of Open Source and Knowledge-bridging on System-level Learning.”

5-2007 – “Aligning Innovations to Design and Construction Networks,” authored by John Taylor and Ray Levitt (Stanford University) was awarded the Beacon of Excellence Best Paper Award at the American Society of Civil Engineers 2007 Construction Research Congress.

2-2007 – Stephen Pool is awarded an Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin to investigate digital fabrication as a boundary spanning innovation.

2006

11-2006 – John Taylor is featured presenter at the Building in the Future Symposium at Yale University’s College of Architecture.

8-2006 – John Taylor is a William H. Newman Best Paper Award Finalist at the Academy of Management 2006 Conference

6-2006 – John Taylor, Ray Levitt (Stanford University) and Andrei Villarroel (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) win the Overall Best Paper Award at the NAACSOS Conference.