Changbum Ahn

Changbum Ahn, PhD, LEED AP

Assistant Professor of Construction Engineering
Changbum Ahn
Contact Information:
113 NH
Lincoln: City Campus
(402) 472-7431

Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D. Construction Managment, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012
  • M.S. Earth & Environmental Engineering, Columbia University, 2012
  • M.S.E. Architectural Engineering, Seoul National University, 2008
  • B.S. Architectural Engineering, Seoul National University, 2006
Areas of Research and Professional Interest
  • Sensing and Modeling Human Responses in the Built Environment: Construction Safety, Urban Informatics
  • Environmental Sustainability in the Built Environment: Building Occupant Behavior Modeling, Life Cycle Assessment
  • Construction Equipment and Method
Courses Taught


  • Assistant Professor, Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2012 – present
  • Summer Faculty Fellow, NYC Department of Design and Construction, 2015
  • Project Engineer/ Ph.D. Intern, Turner Construction, 2011 – 2012
  • LEED Development Assistant, U.S. Green Building Council, 2010
  • Internet Service Project Manager, Empas Corp., 2003 – 2005
  • Application Developer, Elconsystem Corp., 2002-2003
  • Assistant Specialty Editor in Project Planning and Design, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 2014-Present
Professional Acitivities
  • Track program committee, 2016 Winter Simulation Conference
  • Track chair & Technical Committee, 2016 ASCE Construction Research Congress 
  • Best Paper Award Committee, 2015 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering
  • Track Program Committee, 2014 International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining
  • Best Award Committee,2014 International Conference for Computing in Civil and Building Engineering 
  • Program Committee,  2014 ASCE Construction Research Congress
  • Track program committee,  2013 Winter Simulation Conference
  • Technical Committee, 2013 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering
  • Scientific Committee, 2012 International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality

Honors and Awards

  • UNL Research Development Fellows, 2014-2015.
  • NSF Travel Grant for 2014 Construction Engineering Conference, National Science Foundation, 2014
  • Best Paper Award, the International Conference on Construction Engineering and Project Management (ICCEPM)2012, 2013
  • 1st Place Poster Award, the US-Korea Conference on Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship 2013, East Rutherford, NJ, 2013
  • Travel Grant for Construction Research Congress 2012, 2013
  • UIUC Fellowship/Pokrajac Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008 - 2009
  • First Place Award in Architectural Engineering Research Forum, Seoul National University, 2005


  • PI: "Revealing Hidden Safety Hazard based on Workers Collective Behavior Patterns", National Science Foundation, Jan 2016 – Dec 2018, $350,000 (Co-PIs: Dr. Vuran, Dr. Stentz)
  • PI: "Effectiveness of a Pneumatic Crack Routing Device – Phase II", Nebraska Department of Roads, May 2015 - Dec 2016, $119,069 (Co-PI: Dr. Cho)
  • Co-PI: "Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) Education Connection", Federal Highway Administration, Jul 2015 - Aug 2016, $12,487 (PI: Dr. Woldesenbet)
  • PI: "Measuring Occupants´ Energy Consuming Behaviors in Commercial and Educational Buildings: Occupancy Detecting Approach Based Upon Existing Wireless Network Infrastructure", UNL Research Council Interdisciplinary Grants, Jan 2014 – Dec 2014, $20,000
  • PI:  "Construction Safety Hazard Detection through Continuous Monitoring of Construction Workers’ Behavior Using Wearable Wireless Sensor Networks", Nebraska Research Initiatives, July 2013 – June 2015, $99,649 (Co-PIs: Dr. Vuran, Dr. Stentz)
  • Supervisor: "Recognizing Construction Equipment Activity Using Smartphone as Multi-Sensor Hub", UNL Undergraduate Creative Activity and Research Experience Program, Aug 2013 – May 2016.
  • PI: "Effectiveness Study of UNL's Pneumatic Crack/Joint Preparation Device", Nebraska Department of Roads, Jul 2012 – Mar 2014, $89,916 (Co-PI: Dr. Cho)

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