Behzad Esmaeili

Behzad Esmaeili, PhD, DBIA

Assistant Professor of Construction Engineering
Behzad Esmaeili
Contact Information:
113 NH
Lincoln: City Campus
(402) 472-5504
besmaeili2@unl.edu
Email   
Personal Links:
Research web site
Construction Safety
Risk Management & Decision Making
Professional Memberships:
CII
ASCE
ACI
EPOS

Academic Degrees
  • Post-Doctoral Construction Engineering and Management, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2012-2013
  • Ph.D. Construction Engineering and Management, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2009-2012
  • M.S. Construction Engineering and Management, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2009-2012
  • M.S. Construction Engineering and Management, Amirkabir University of Technology, 2006-2008
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, 2002-2006
Areas of Research and Professional Interest
  • Construction Safety
  • Risk Analysis and Decision Making
  • Alternative Project Delivery Methods
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Experience

Employment:
  • Assistant Professor, Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2013 – present
  • Consultant, Melli Sakhteman, 2008
  • Consultant, Industrial Consultant, 2007
  • Internet Service Project Manager, Empas Corp., 2003 – 2005
  • Project Engineer, Almas, 2006
Service
  • Reviewer, Construction Management and Economics (CME), Taylor and Francis, 2007-present.
  • Reviewer, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (JCEM), ASCE, 2012-present.
  • Reviewer, Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, David Publishing Company, 2012 - present.
  • Session Chair, International Conference for Sustainable Design, Engineering, & Construction (ICSDEC), Fort Worth, TX, (2 sessions), 2012.
  • Session Chair, CIB W099, Safety and Health in Construction, Washington DC, (1 session), 2011.
  • Reviewer, 38th Annual Australasian Universities Building Education Association (AUBEA) Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 2013.
  • Reviewer, 3rd International/9th Construction Specialty Conference (CSCE 2011), Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2011.
  • Reviewer, CIB W099 Safety and Health in Construction, Washington DC, 2011.
Book
  • Translated “Safety in Construction”, written by J. Hinze, with collaboration of Dr. M. T. Banki, from English into Persian (Farsi) published by Centre of Academic Publication, 2011.
Certificate
  • The Graduate Certificate in Engineering for Developing Communities (EDC), 2012
  • OSHA 10 Hours, 2010
  • Management Information System, 2003
Affiliation
  • ASCE TCCIT Visualization, Information Modeling and Simulation Committee, since 2015.
  • ASCE TCCIT Data Sensing and Analysis Committee, since 2015.
  • ASCE TCCIT Education Committee, since 2015.
  • Design-Build Institute of America, since 2015.
  • Center for Infrastructure Transformation and Education (CIT-E), since 2014.
  • Construction Industry Institute, Academic committee, since 2014.
  • Construction Industry Institute, Safety Community of Practice (SCOP), since 2011.
  • ASCE, American Society of Civil Engineers, since 2010.

Honors and Awards

  • Travel Fellowship, Design Build Institute of America, 2015
  • New Scholar award, Construction Industry Institute, 2014 
  • “Jaume Blasco” Award for Innovation, 18th International Congress on Project Management and Engineering (ICPME) 2014
  • Travel Fellowship, National Science Foundation 2014
  • 2nd Best Poster Award, Construction Research Congress, 2012
  • Atkinson Construction Travel Fellowship, Atkinson Construction, 2011
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2009
  • Ranked 1st among Graduated CEM Students, Amirkabir University of Technology, 2008

Selected Publications

Selected Publications:
  • Esmaeili, B., Parker, P. J., Hart, S. D., Mayer, B. K., Klosky, L., Penn, M. R. and Roberts, M., (accepted). “Inclusion of an Introduction to Infrastructure Course in a Civil and Environmental Engineering Curriculum.” ASCE Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice.
  • Sanz, A., Pellicer, E., Esmaeili, B. and Molenaar, K.R. (accepted). “Exploration of Team Integration in Spanish Building Construction.” ASCE, Journal of Management in Engineering, 
  • Esmaeili, B., Hallowell, M. R., Rajagopalan, B. (2015). “Attribute-Based Safety Risk Assessment II: Predicting Safety Outcomes Using Generalized Linear Models.” ASCE, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 141(8), 04015022.
  • Esmaeili, B., Hallowell, M. R., Rajagopalan, B. (2015). “Attribute-Based Safety Risk Assessment I: Analysis at the Fundamental Level.” ASCE, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 141(8), 04015021.
  • Esmaeili, B., and Hallowell, M. R. (2013). “Integration of Safety Risk Data with Highway Construction Schedules.” Journal of Construction Management and Economics, 31(6): 528-541.
  • Esmaeili, B., and Hallowell, M. R. (2012). “Diffusion of safety innovations in the construction industry.” ASCE, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 138(8): 955-963.
  • Hallowell, M. R., Esmaeili, B., and Chinowsky, P. (2011). “Safety risk interactions among highway construction work tasks.” Journal of Construction Management and Economics, 29(4): 417-429.
  • Banki, M. T., Esmaeili, B., (2009). “The effects of variability of the mathematical equations and project categorizations on forecasting S-curves at construction industry.” International Journal of Civil Engineering, 7(4): 258-270.
  • Banki, M. T., Esmaeili, B., Ravanshadnia, M., (2008). “The assessment of bidding strategy of Iranian construction firm.”International Journal of Management Science and Engineering Management, 4(2): 153-160.
Peer-Reviewed Conference Publications:
  • Habibnezhad, M., and Esmaeili, B., (2016). “The Influence of National Culture on Construction Workers’ Risk Perception.” 52nd Annual International Conference of the Associated Schools of Construction. Provo, Utah, April 13-16, 2016.
  • Hasanzadeh, S., Esmaeili, B., and Dodd, M., (2016). “Measuring Construction Workers’ Real-Time Situation Awareness Using Mobile Eye-Tracking.” Construction Research Congress (CRC 2016), Puerto Rico, May 31-June 2, 2016. *Best Paper Award*
  • Habibnezhad, M., Hoseini, S., Vahed, A., Esmaeili, B., and Dodd, M., (2016). “The Relationship between Construction Workers’ Risk Perception and Eye Movement in Hazard Identification.” Construction Research Congress (CRC 2016), Puerto Rico, May 31-June 2, 2016.
  • Hoseini, S., Esmaeili, B., (2016). “The Impact of the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana on Construction Safety.” Construction Research Congress (CRC 2016), Puerto Rico, May 31-June 2, 2016.
  • Gheisari, M., Esmaeili, B., (2016). “Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) for Construction Safety Applications.” Construction Research Congress (CRC 2016), Puerto Rico, May 31-June 2, 2016.
  • Hasanzadeh, S., Gad, G., Nasrollahi, S., and Esmaeili, B., (2016). “Impacts of Levels of Trust on Dispute Occurrence of Highway Projects.” Construction Research Congress (CRC 2016), Puerto Rico, May 31-June 2, 2016.
  • Gholizadeh, P. and Esmaeili, B., (2016). “Applying Classification Trees to Analyze Electrical Contractors’ Accidents.” Construction Research Congress (CRC 2016), Puerto Rico, May 31-June 2, 2016.
  • Nasrollahi, S., Hasanzadeh, S., Gad, G. M., Esmaeili, B., and Gransberg, D. D., (2016). “Impact of Project Delivery Method on Dispute Occurrence in Public Highway Projects.” Transportation Research Board, 95th annual meeting, Washington DC, January 10–14, 2016. 
  • Gholizadeh, P. and Esmaeili, B., (2015). “Electrical Contractors' Safety Risk Management: An Attribute-Based Analysis.” ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, Austin, TX, June 21-23, 2015.
  • Gad, G., Momoh, A., K., Esmaeili, B., and Gransberg, D., (2015). “The Impact of Project Delivery Method on Dispute Occurrence in Public Highway Projects.” International Construction Specialty Conference (ICSC), Vancouver, June 8-10, 2015.
  • Hoseini, S., Esmaeili, B., Wood, R., (2015). “A Strategic Safety Risk Management Plan for Recovery after Disasters Operations.” International Construction Specialty Conference (ICSC), Vancouver, June 8-10, 2015.
  • Bhoir, S., Schwab, A., Esmaeili, B., Goodrum, P., (2015). “A Decision-making Algorithm for Selecting Building Information Modeling Functions.” International Construction Specialty Conference (ICSC), Vancouver, June 8-10, 2015.
  • Bhoir, S., Hasanzadeh, S., Esmaeili, B., Dodd, M., Hoseini, S., (2015). “Measuring Construction Workers’ Attention Using Eye Tracking Technology.” International Construction Specialty Conference (ICSC), Vancouver, June 8-10, 2015.
  • Hasanzadeh, S., Esmaeili, B., Molenaar, K., (2015). “Exploring the Behavioral Changes of Stakeholders in Construction Projects Which Used Best Value Selection.” International Construction Specialty Conference (ICSC), Vancouver, June 8-10, 2015.
  • Esmaeili, B., Pellicer, E., Hasanzadeh, S., Molenaar, K., and Sanz, A., (2015). “Exploring the Relationship between Project Integration and Safety Performance.” International Construction Specialty Conference (ICSC), Vancouver, June 8-10, 2015.
  • Bhoir, S., Esmaeili, B., (2015). “State-of-the-art Review of Application of Virtual Reality Environment in the Construction Safety.” Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) Conference 2015, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 24-27, 2015.
  • Esmaeili, B., Pellicer, E., Molenaar, K. (2014) “Critical success factors for construction projects”. 18th International Congress on Project Management and Engineering, July 16-18, Alcañiz (Spain).  *Best Paper Award*
  • Pellicer, E., Sanz, A., Esmaeili, B., Molenaar, K. (2014) “Collaborative behavior in the Spanish building industry: a preliminary analysis of the dataset”. 18th International Congress on Project Management and Engineering, July 16-18, Alcañiz (Spain).
  • Franz, B., Esmaeili, B., Leicht, R. M., Molenaar, K. R., Messner, J., (2014). “Exploring the role of team environment in building project performance.” Construction Research Congress (CRC2014), May 19-21, Atlanta, GA.
  • Esmaeili, B., Grosskopf, K. R., Javernick-Will, A., (2014). “The Influence of National Culture on Effectiveness of Safety Trainings during Post-Disaster Reconstruction.” 10th International Conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction (I3R2), May 20-22; Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.
  • Esmaeili, B., Franz, B., Molenaar, K. R., Leicht, R. M., Messner, J., (2013). “Construction projects’ performance metrics and critical success factors.” CSCE Annual Conference (CSCE 2013), May 29 - June 1, Montreal, Canada.
  • Esmaeili, B., Hallowell, M. R., Balagi, R. (2012). “Multivariate data analysis on struck-by risk attributes.” Safety and Health in Construction, CIB W099, September 10-11, Singapore.
  • Esmaeili, B., Hallowell, M. R., Roucheray, M., (2012). “Developing a framework for measuring the Effectiveness of Common Fall Prevention/Protection Practices.” The 2012 International Conference for Sustainable Design, Engineering, & Construction (ICSDEC), November 7-9, Fort Worth, TX.
  • Esmaeili, B., Hallowell, M. R., (2012). “Attribute safety risk model for measuring safety risk of struck-by accidents.” The 2012 Construction Research Congress (CRC), May 21-23, West Lafayette.
  • Esmaeili, B., Hallowell, M. R., (2011). "Using network analysis to model fall hazards on construction projects," Safety and Health in Construction, CIB W099, August 24-26, Washington DC.
  • Esmaeili, B., Hallowell, M. R., (2011). "A decision support tool for integrating safety risk with project schedules," Safety and Health in Construction, CIB W099, August 24-26, Washington DC.
  • Esmaeili, B., Hallowell, M. R., (2011). "Comparative safety risk analysis of highway construction work tasks ", 3rd International/9th Construction Specialty Conference (CSCE 2011), June 14-17, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • Banki, M. T., Esmaeili, B., (2008). “Using historical data for forecasting S-curves at construction industry”, Proceeding of IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IEEM 2008), 282 – 286, December 8-11, Singapore.
  • Esmaeili, B., Ravanshadnia, M., Banki, M. T., (2007). “The assessment of bidding strategy of Iranian construction firm”, Proceeding of IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IEEM 2007), 984-988, December 2-5, Singapore.
  • Banki, M. T., Esmaeili, B., Ravanshadnia, M., (2007). “Cash flow forecasting in construction projects”, Proceeding of Development of Executive System of Civil, Industrial and Urban Projects, May 16-17, Tehran, Iran (In Farsi).
  • Esmaeili, B., Ravanshadnia, M., (2007). “Problems of procurement in EPC contract in Iran”, Proceeding of Project Procurement System for Construction Industry, March 4-5, Tehran, Iran (In Farsi).