JohnTaylor

Dr. John E. Taylor

John is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Associate Director for Research of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction, and Director of the Civil Engineering Network Dynamics Lab at Virginia Tech.  He specializes in the investigation of civil engineering network dynamics of industrial and societal importance. His current research focuses on; (1) achieving sustained energy conservation in the built environment by coupling energy use with occupant networks and examining inter-building network phenomena, (2) examining the trending increase in global outsourcing of engineering services and its impact on project network productivity, (3) understanding and improving response times by affected human networks during extreme events, and (4) examining the impact of integrated information systems on project networks and the associated virtualization of the workforce. When he is not perturbing networks with his research team, he enjoys playing with his daughters, traveling and photographing the world, snowshoeing, running, and collecting and occasionally making art.

Tyler Beach

Tyler is an MS student in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. He was awarded a Myers-Lawson School of Construction (MLSoC) graduate research assistantship to collaborate with industry members of the MLSoC Workforce Challenges Community of Practice where he is conducting research to better attract, engage and retain workforce in light of recent workforce shortages. Tyler received his BS in Construction Engineering and Management with a minor in Green Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2012. He has worked in the construction industry as a Project Coordinator for a health care provider and as a Project Engineer for a general contractor. In his free time, he likes to downhill mountain bike, whitewater kayak and fly-fish.

Sam Ferrara

Sam is a Charles E. Via MS Fellowship recipient and student in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. Sam also received his BS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is currently researching generational impacts in construction virtual teams. He has also researched comparative trends in domestic and international construction revenues. He enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and playing the piano in his free time.

Yilong Han

Yilong is a PhD student and a BioBuild Fellow in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. He has strong interests in Building Information Modeling and is currently working toward simulation of the Inter-Building Effect with his information models utilizing bio-inspired solutions. Yilong received his BS degree in Civil Engineering at Tongji University in China and an MS degree in Structural Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he researched multi-scale numerical simulation of dynamic response from nano-level to continuum-level. He also holds an MS in Construction Engineering and Management from Virginia Tech.  Yilong is a huge sports fan. He enjoys playing basketball, travelling and hanging out with his buddies in his free time.

Adrienne Hill

Adrienne is a New Horizon Graduate Scholar and MS student in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. She received her BS in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. Her research interests include green building design and sustainability in urban environments. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new things, going to amusement parks, reading, and riding her bike.

Ardalan Khosrowpour

Ardalan is a Charles Via PhD Fellowship recipient and a Myers-Lawson School of Construction PhD Fellowship holder in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. He received his MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Shiraz University in Iran. He is investigating productivity, comfort, and energy consumption trade-offs in commercial building environments. Ardalan is conducting machine learning and artificial intelligence-based research where creating smart software could help building occupants not only save energy, but also be comfortable and productive. In his spare time, Ardalan enjoys playing basketball, listening to music, and hanging out with friends.

Max O’Krepki

Max is working towards his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech. His research interest range from the unique workforce and management challenges facing the construction industry to the use of economic decision making in infrastructure planning and management. Max is contributing to the Construction Industry Institute project on Maximizing the Performance of Virtual Teams in the Construction Industry. When not running with his dog or playing piano, he is baking to satisfy his insatiable sweet tooth.

Neda Mohammadi

Neda is a VCEMP Fellowship recipient and PhD student in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. She received her MS in Structural Engineering from the University of Surrey, UK; and her BS in Civil Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran. Her current research involves investigating the infrastructure-occupant energy interactions as an interconnected system. Utilizing energy harvesting technologies, she investigates alternative energy resources to integrate into this system and to further infuse the occupants’ network with enhanced energy efficiency performance. She is at her happiest when she gets to try a new challenge.

Hanh Truong

Hanh Truong is a Vietnam Education Foundation Fellowship holder and an MS student in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. She received her BS degree in Civil Engineering from Can Tho University in Vietnam. Hanh’s research interests are in the area of Building Information Modeling (BIM). She is focusing on developing an appropriate method for integrating energy-use information into as-built BIM models. She enjoys camping, swimming and writing blogs in her free time.

Miranda Tuell

Miranda is an MS student in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. She received her BS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia. Her research focus is on analyzing communications between project managers on Virginia Department of Transportation construction projects. She is examining relationships between the scope of communications per contract value and project performance to determine the appropriate communication level as a function of project size. During her free time, Miranda enjoys hiking, running, and spending time with her dog.

Yan Wang

Yan is a PhD student and a BioBuild Fellow in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. Yan received her BS degree in Construction Engineering and Management and MS degree in Asset Valuation at Beijing Jiaotong University in China. Yan is a participating PhD Fellow in the Virginia Tech BioBuild Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program. She is especially interested in understanding and simulating human mobility during disasters by gaining insights from animal movements. Yan loves jogging, traveling, singing, and watching movies in her spare time.