Faculty Profile

BIOGRAPHY

  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Tulane University
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Tulane University
  • M.S., Logistical Systems Management, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Stanford University

John E. Taylor is the Frederick Law Olmsted Professor. Taylor studies the dynamics where human and engineered networks meet, making him an ideal fit for an endowed professorship named for the father of landscape architecture and a designer who believed engineered infrastructure should be both functional and aesthetically appealing, serving society’s needs while also creating more livable and healthy communities. Taylor has been an entrepreneur and worked as a project manager before starting his career in higher education. He taught most recently at Virginia Tech, where he was a dean’s faculty fellow in the College of Engineering and a Preston and Catharine White fellow in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Building-occupant network dynamics
  • Extreme event dynamics
  • Globalizing network dynamics
  • Information system integration dynamics
  • Network dynamics simulation

HONORS & AWARDS

  • 2016, Certificate of Teaching Excellence: Virginia Tech College of Engineering.
  • 2016, Outstanding Reviewer Distinction: Applied Energy (Elsevier Journal).
  • 2015, John L. Tishman Distinguished Lecturer: University of Michigan.
  • 2015, Outstanding Reviewer Distinction: Applied Energy (Elsevier Journal).
  • 2015-2016, Preston and Catharine White Fellow: Virginia Tech Office of the Provost.
  • 2014, Outstanding Reviewer Distinction: Energy and Buildings (Elsevier Journal).
  • 2011-2016, NSF CAREER Award: National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.
  • 2009-2013, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Industry Studies Fellowship: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
  • 2015, Best Peer-Reviewed Journal Paper Award (Honorable Mention): ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering.
  • 2015, ASCE Daniel W. Halpin Award for Scholarship in Construction.
  • 2014, Favorite Faculty Award: Virginia Tech’s Division of Student Affairs.
  • 2014, G. V. Loganathan Teaching Award for Excellence in Civil Engineering Education: Virginia Tech Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
  • 2013-2016, Dean’s Faculty Fellow Award: Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering.
  • 2013, XCaliber Award: Virginia Tech’s Provost Office.
  • 2013, CII Distinguished Professor Award: Construction Industry Institute.
  • 2013, Distinguished Service Award: Engineering Project Organization Society.
  • 2012, Best Peer-Reviewed Journal Paper Award: ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering.
  • 2012, Paper of the Year Award: Project Management Journal.
  • 2012, Outstanding Reviewer Award: ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering.
  • 2011, Outstanding CII Instructor Award: Construction Industry Institute.
  • 2010, Best Peer-Reviewed Journal Paper Award: ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering.
  • 2009, ASCE Thomas Fitch Rowland Research Prize: American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • 2009, Best Paper Award: LEAD Specialty Conference on Global Governance in Project Organizations.
  • 2008, Best Journal Paper Award: ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management.
  • 2008, Best Paper Award (Honorable Mention): Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Annual Industry Studies Best Paper Prize competition.
  • 2007, Best Student Paper Award: North American Association for Computational Social and Organization Science Annual Conference 2007.
  • 2007, Beacon of Excellence Best Paper Award: ASCE 2007 Construction Research Congress.
  • 2006, Overall Best Paper Award: North American Association for Computational Social and Organization Science Annual Conference 2006.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

ARTICLES
  • Sonta, A., Jain, R., Gulbinas, R., Moura, J. and Taylor, J. (accepted for publication). “OESPG: A Computational Framework for Multidimensional Analysis of Occupant Energy Use Data in Commercial Buildings," ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering.
  • Han, Y., Taylor, J. and Pisello, A. (accepted for publication). "Exploring Mutual Shading and Mutual Reflection Inter-building Effects on Building Energy Performance," Applied Energy.
  • Khosrowpour, A., Xie, Y., Taylor, J. and Hong, Y. (2016). "One Size Does Not Fit All: Establishing the Need for Targeted Eco-Feedback," Applied Energy, 184: 523-530.
  • Mohammadi, N., Wang, Q. and Taylor, J. (2016). “Diffusion Dynamics of Energy Saving Practices in Large Heterogeneous Online Networks," PLOS ONE, 11(10): e0164476. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0164476.
  • Pisello, A.L., Castaldo, V., Taylor, J. and Cotana, F. (2016). "The Impact of Natural Ventilation on Building Energy Requirement at Inter-building Scale," Energy and Buildings, 127: 870-883.
PROCEEDINGS
  • Wang, Q. and Taylor, J. (2016). “Data-driven Simulation of Urban Human Mobility Constrained by Natural Disasters,” In Proceedings of the 2016 Winter Simulation Conference, T. M. K. Roeder, P. I. Frazier, R. Szechtman, E. Zhou, T. Huschka, and S. E. Chick, Eds., pp. 3357-3364. Piscataway, New Jersey: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
  • Kiral, I., Comu, S., Chen, J. and Taylor, J. (2016). “Virtual Collaborative Safety Training for Crane Operations,” 16th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality, Hong Kong, December 2016.
  • Wang, Y. and Taylor, J. (2016). “Aggregated Responses of Human Mobility to Severe Winter Storms: An Empirical Study,” 6th International Building Resilience Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, September 2016.
  • Mohammadi, N. and Taylor, J. (2016). “On the Dominant Role of Returners’ Human Mobility Networks on Urban Energy Consumption,” 5th International Workshop on Urban Computing (UrbComp 2016), San Francisco, CA, August 2016.
  • Ferrara, S., Mohammadi, N., Taylor, J. and Javernick-Will, A. (2016). “Toward a More Nuanced Understanding of the Generational Digital Divice,” Engineering Project Organization Conference, Cle Elum, Washington, June 2016.
PRESENTATIONS
  • Invited Presenter/Panelist: “Marrying Smart and Sustainable Perspectives to Achieve Urban Sustainability,” Smart Cities Faculty Summit, Georgia Institute of Technology, November 2016.
  • Invited Presenter/Panelist: “Building-Occupant Network Dynamics: Pursuing Sustained Energy Efficiency through Interaction, Feedback and Prediction,” International Workshop on Implications of Occupant Behavior for Building Operation and Design, U.S. National Science Foundation, Vienna, Austria, April 2016.
  • Distinguished Lecture: “Energy Efficiency Dynamics: Exploring Network Dynamics at the Intersection between Human and Engineered Networks,” University of Michigan, John L. Tishman Distinguished Lecture, November 2015.
  • Invited Presentation: “Exploring Network Dynamics at the Intersection between Human and Engineered Networks,” Imperial College London, June 2015.
  • Keynote Presentation: “Le Fil Rouge: Exploring Dynamics at the Intersection between Human and Engineered Networks,” 5th International / 11th Construction Specialty Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 2015.