Faculty Profile

BIOGRAPHY

  • Ph.D. 2008 Georgia Institute of Technology Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • M.S. 2006 Georgia Institute of Technology Operations Research
  • M.S. 2004 Georgia Institute of Technology Building Construction & Integrated Facility Management
  • B.S. 2002 Sharif University of Technology Civil Engineering

Baabak Ashuri is Associate Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Building Construction at Georgia Tech as well as the Director of the Construction Research Center. His work focuses on Economic Decision Analysis of Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure Systems. This field is multidisciplinary and lies at the confluence of Construction Engineering & Project Management, Infrastructure Asset Management, and Quantitative & Computational Finance. His work has significant implications for improving long-range planning and integrated decision-making processes for buildings and civil infrastructure assets, advancing economic/financial valuation methods for investments in major capital projects while preserving environmental and social conditions to foster resilient and sustainable development.

Full bio and CV available on the College of Architecture website.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

HONORS & AWARDS

  • 2016 Rising Star in Civil Engineering, Civil + Structural Engineer
  • The 2015 Design-Build Institute of America’s (DBIA’s) Distinguished Leadership Award in the Faculty category
  • Selected as the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems (BBISS) Fellow, June 2015
  • Selected to the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Transportation Market Committee, January 2015
  • Selected to the Engineering News-Record (ENR) Southeast’s “Top 20 Under 40” list for 2014
  • Selected to speak in the Panel at the North America-East Asia Workshop on Big Data Analytics for Infrastructure and Building Sustainability and Resilience Research (IBSR), Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Arizona State University, and Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, September 19, 2014 (Travel expenses were paid through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF))
  • Recognized along with Dr. Daniel Castro from the School of Building Construction at the 2014 Celebration of Education, Georgia Apartment Industry Education Foundation (GAIEF), August 21, 2014
  • Selected to the Education Subcommittee of Transportation Markets Committee that prioritizes transportation education needs and coordinates with the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) at the national level, August 2014
  • Selected to the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) International Education Board, March 2014
  • Earned AACE’s Decision & Risk Management Professional (DRMP) designation, Originally certified October 30, 2014 No. 22, valid until November 24, 2017, AACE ID: 67761, AACE International The Authority for Total Cost Management
  • Nominated by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) for the 2014 High Value Research “Sweet Sixteen” Award by the Value of Research Task Force, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), for the research on “Development of Risk Management Strategies For State DOT’s to Effectively Deal with Volatile Prices of Transportation Construction Materials”
  • Recipient of 2013 High Value Research “Sweet Sixteen” Award by the Value of Research Task Force, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) (Selected by the AASHTO’s Standing Committee on Highways (SCOH) as the top 5 of the 16 Research (Sweet 16) Projects of high quality across the nation to be presented on October 18, 2013 at the SCOH Technical Meeting)
  • 2013 Outstanding Reviewer of the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management
  • AACE’s Certified Cost Professional (CCP) designation, Originally certified January 3, 2014 No. 4203, valid until January 6, 2017, AACE ID: 67761, AACE International The Authority for Total Cost Management
  • The Highly Commended Award Winner at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012 for the paper “A real options framework to evaluate investments in toll road projects delivered under the two-phase development strategy” published in the Built Environment Project and Asset Management Journal, May 2012 (The co-authors are two of Dr. Ashuri’s Ph.D. students: Jian Lu and Hamed Kashani)
  • Finalist for the Early Career Award from the ELECTRI International – The Foundation for Electrical Construction for the proposal “A Systematic Approach for the Assessment of Green Opportunities for Electrical Contractors”, July 2012
  • Attained the DBIA Designation from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA)
  • Certified as the DBIA Instructor
  • Finalist for the Early Career Award from the ELECTRI International – The Foundation for Electrical Construction for the proposal “Business Feasibility Analysis of Electrical Retrofit Projects”, July 2011
  • ASC–2011 Best Paper Award (The Associated Schools of Construction International Proceedings of the 47th Annual International Conference), April 2011
  • Selected as the finalist in the 2010 Construction Industry Institute (CII) poster competition, Orlando, FL, August 3-5, 2010
  • Received the 2010 Construction Industry Institute (CII) Annual Conference Registration Award, Orlando, FL, August 3-5, 2010
  • Selected as the finalist in the 2009 Construction Industry Institute (CII) poster competition, Reno, NV, July 28–30, 2009
  • Received the 2009 Construction Industry Institute (CII) Annual Conference Registration Award, Reno, NV, July 28–30, 2009
  • National Science Foundation Student Scholarship, May 2005
  • Design-Build Institute of America Student Scholarship, December 2003
  • Building Construction Alumni Graduate Fellowship, May 2003

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

ARTICLES
  • Wang, J., and Ashuri, B. (2016). “Predicting ENR Construction Cost Index Using Machine Learning Algorithms.” International Journal of Construction Education and Research, 2016 Oct. 15, pp. 1-17.
  • Mostaan, K., and Ashuri, B. (2016). “Challenges and Enablers for Private Sector Involvement in Delivery of Highway Public-Private Partnerships in the United States.” ASEC Journal of Management in Engineering. 04016047.
  • Ilbeigi, M., Ashuri, B., and Joukar, A. (2016). “Time-Series Analysis for Forecasting Asphalt-Cement Price.” ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering, 04016030.
  • Reisi Gahrooei, M., Zhang, Y., Ashuri, B., and Augenbroe, G. (2016). “Timing Residential Photovoltaic Investments in the Presence of Demand Uncertainties.” Sustainable Cities and Society, 20, 109-123.
  • Ilbeigi, M., Ashuri, B., and Shayegh, S. (2015). “Price Adjustment Clauses and Submitted Bid Prices for Major Asphalt Line Items in Highway Projects.” ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 04015103.
BOOKS
  • Ashuri, B., Mostaan, K., and Hannon, D. (2016). “A White Paper on Environmental Analysis and Permitting in Transportation Design-Build Projects.” Transportation Best Practices, Transportation Committee, Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).
  • VanMeter, D., O’Quinn, D., Mote, W., Ashuri, B., and Cao, Y. (2016). Update of the Design-Build Manual, State of Georgia, Department of Transportation.
  • Castro-Lacouture, D., Irizarry, J., and Ashuri, B. (2014). Construction Research Congress: Construction in a Global Network, ASCE, 2405 pp.
  • Ashuri, B., Rouse W.B., and Augenbroe G. (2007). “Different Models of Work in the Modern Services Enterprise.” Work, workflow, and information systems, IOS Press, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
PROCEEDINGS
  • Toroghi, S.H., Ashuri, B., Guhathakurta, S., and Green Leigh, N. (2016). “Towards a Resilient Neighborhood: Examining The Role of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) And On-Site Solar Potential for Improving Neighborhood Energy Security.” International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI 2016), Shenzhen, P.R. China, Oct 17-19, 2016.
  • Toroghi, S. H., Li, M., and Ashuri, B. (2016). “An Automated GIS based Piezoelectric Potential Assessment: PE Calculator©.” 33rd International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC 2016), Auburn, Alabama, USA, July 18-21, 2016.
  • Yarmohammadi, S., Pourabolghasem, R., Shirazi, A., and Ashuri, B. (2016). “A Sequential Pattern Mining Approach to Extract Information from BIM Design Log Files.” 33rd International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC 2016), Auburn, Alabama, USA, July 18-21, 2016.
  • Mostaan, K., and Ashuri, B. (2016). “Recommended Opportunities for the Development of Highway Public-Private Partnership Projects in the United States.” 2016 Construction Research Congress (CRC), ASCE, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 31-June 2, 2016.
  • Ilbeigi, M., Joukar, A., and Ashuri, B. (2016). “Modeling and Forecasting the Price of Asphalt Cement Using Generalized Auto Regressive Conditional Heteroscedasticity.” 2016 Construction Research Congress (CRC), ASCE, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 31-June 2, 2016.
REPORTS
  • Ashuri, B. (2016). “3rd Year Annual Project Report, Valuation of Investments in Building Energy Improvements under Uncertainties.” National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI), Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) Program, September 2016.
  • Crittenden, J., Clark, J., Fujimoto, R., Weissburg, M., and Ashuri, B. (2016). “2nd Year Annual Project Report, RIPS (Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Processes and Systems) Type 2: Participatory Modeling of Complex Urban Infrastructure Systems (Model Urban SysTems)”, National Science Foundation (NSF), EFRI Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI), ENG Directorate for Engineering, September 2016.
  • Cao, Y., and Ashuri, B. (2016). “Labor Productivity Analysis of Subcontractors.” Digital Building Laboratory (DBL), Atlanta, GA, August 2016.
  • Amekudzi‐Kennedy, A., Ashuri, B., Amoaning‐Yankson, S., Cao, Y., Boadi, R., Brodie, S., and Mostaan, K. (2016). “Effective Utilization of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) in Alternative Delivery Projects: Strategies and Resources to Support the Achievement of DBE Goals.” Georgia DOT Research Project RP14-42, Georgia Department of Transportation, Atlanta, Georgia, April 2016.
  • Ashuri, B., Kingsley, G., Rogers, J., Reisi, M., Ilbeigi, M., Sung, E. J-Y., and Toroghi, S.H. (2015). “Streamlining Project Delivery through Risk Analysis.” Georgia DOT Research Project RP13-05, Georgia Department of Transportation, Atlanta, Georgia, September 2015.
PRESENTATIONS
  • YarMohammadi, S., and Ashuri, B. (2015). “Data Mining Metrics in Design & Data Visualization for Design Team Performance Measurement.” 2015 Digital Building Laboratory (DBL) Members Meeting, Atlanta, GA, August 5, 2015.
  • Wang, J., YarMohammadi, S., and Ashuri, B. (2015). “Predictive Project Analytics: Labor Productivity Analysis Using Pattern Recognition Techniques.” 2015 Digital Building Laboratory (DBL) Members Meeting, Atlanta, GA, August 4, 2015.
  • Ashuri, B., YarMohammadi, S., and Wang, J. (2015). “Labor Productivity Analysis Using Pattern Recognition Techniques.” 2015 Digital Building Laboratory (DBL) Symposium, Atlanta, GA, May 11, 2015.
  • Ashuri, B., and YarMohammadi, S. (2015). “Data Visualization in Design/Construction Performance Measurement.” 2015 Digital Building Laboratory (DBL) Symposium, Atlanta, GA, May 11, 2015.
  • Wang, J., and Ashuri, B. (2014). “Text Mining of BIM Model Log Files to Extract Useful Information for Enhancing Design Process.” 2014 Digital Building Laboratory (DBL) Members Meeting, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, August 5, 2014.