Faculty Profile

BIOGRAPHY

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

Baabak Ashuri is Associate Professor in Schools of Building Construction, and Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Fellow of Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems at Georgia Tech. His research/teaching occupy a distinctive position, bridging the fields of building construction, civil and environmental engineering, economics, and operations research. His work has focused on Quantitative Methods for Construction Engineering and Management with important contributions in the areas of construction analytics, innovative project delivery, and valuation of green-energy investments. He has 159 publications, including 44 refereed-journal papers, and secured $6.77M funding from NSF, FHWA, DOE, CII, GDOT, and Perkins+Will, to name a few. The impact of Dr. Ashuri’s research was recognized by several awards (CII/FIATECH Outstanding Early Career Researcher, ASCE Thomas Fitch Rowland, ASC National Research Faculty, DBIA Distinguished Leadership, and AASHTO High-Value Research “Sweet Sixteen”). Dr. Ashuri has chaired the ASCE Construction Research Council (CRC) and currently serves on the ASCE Construction Institute (CI) Board of Governors.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Quantitative Methods for Construction Engineering and Management
  • Construction Analytics
  • Construction Economics - Econometric Modeling for Construction Cost Analysis and Forecasting
  • Innovative Project Delivery Systems and Alternative Contracting Methods
  • Project Finance - Real Options Analysis for Infrastructure Asset Valuation
  • Public-Private Partnership (P3)
  • Economic Decision Analysis and Investment Evaluation Methods
  • Valuation of Green-Energy Investments and Sustainable Buildings
  • Risk Analysis
  • BIM Log Mining: Data Mining of BIM Projects

HONORS & AWARDS

  • 2019 Service Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, April 18, 2019
  • The Construction Industry Institute (CII) 2018 Celebration of Engineering & Technology Innovation (CETI) Award in the category Outstanding Early Career Researcher for Project “Data Analytics – Improving Our Understanding About Design Development Process Enabling Improvements in Design Productivity the Project”, CII/FIATECH.
  • Inaugural Class of Climate Change Fellows, The Georgia Tech Global Change Program, Spring 2018
  • The 2017 ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) Thomas Fitch Rowland Award for the paper entitled “Price Adjustment Clauses and Submitted Bid Prices for Major Asphalt Line Items in Highway Projects” published in the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering & Management (This paper was also nominated for the ASCE Arthur M. Wellington Award. The paper was coauthored by two Georgia Tech graduate students, Mohammad Ilbeigi and Soheil Shayegh).
  • The 2017 National Research Faculty Award from the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC)
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service as Construction Research Council (CRC) Chair, ASCE Construction Institute (CI), June 2017
  • Energy Systems for Sustainable Communities (ESSC) Fellow, The Georgia Tech Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS), Fall 2017
  • Food, Energy, Water Systems (FEWS) Fellow, The Georgia Tech Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS), Fall 2016
  • The 2016 Rising Star in Civil Engineering, Civil + Structural Engineer
  • 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
  • Singh, S., and Ashuri, B. (2019). “Leveraging Blockchain Technology in AEC Industry during Design Development Phase.” The 2019 ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering, Atlanta, GA, USA, June 17-19, 2019.
  • Liang, Y., Ashuri, B., and Sun, W. (2019). “Identifying Patterns in Design-Build Projects in Terms of Project Cost Performance.” The 2019 ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering, Atlanta, GA, USA, June 17-19, 2019.
  • Baek, M. and Ashuri, B. (2019) “Assessing Low Bid Deviation from Engineer’s Estimate in Highway Construction Projects.” The 55th Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Annual International Conference Proceedings, Denver, CO, April 10-13, 2019.
  • Zhang, L., and Ashuri, B. (2018). “Monitoring Design Productivity Through Process Mining of BIM Log Data.” Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality (CONVR 2018), Auckland, New Zealand, 22–23 November 2018.
  • Baek, M. and Ashuri, B. (2018) “Assessment of Spatial Correlation Patterns of Unit Price Bids and External Factors.” The 54th Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Annual International Conference Proceedings, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 18-21 2018.
REPORTS
  • Durham, S., Ashuri, B., and Shannon, L. (2018). “Development of Implementation Plan for GDOT E-Construction Program.” Georgia DOT Research Project RP17-13, Georgia Department of Transportation, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2018, 86 pp.
  • Ashuri, B., Moradi, A., Baek, M., Kingsley, G., An, H.Y., Zhang, L., Liang, Y., and Bahrami, S. (2018). “Guidebook of Risk Mitigation Strategies to Enhance the Delivery of Highway Projects.” The Office of Program Delivery, Georgia Department of Transportation, Atlanta, Georgia, September 2018.
  • Crittenden, J., Clark, J., Fujimoto, R., Weissburg, M., and Ashuri, B. (2018). “Final 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 2018.
  • Ashuri, B., Moradi, A., Baek, M., Kingsley, G., An, H.Y., Zhang, L., Liang, Y., and Bahrami, S. (2018). “Enhancement of the Comprehensive Risk Assessment for Transportation Projects.” Georgia DOT Research Project RP16-28, Georgia Department of Transportation, Atlanta, Georgia, September 2018, 159 pp.
  • Ashuri, B., Moradi, A., Baek, M., Kingsley, G., An, H.Y., Zhang, L., Liang, Y., and Bahrami, S. (2018). “Risk Mitigation Strategies to Enhance the Delivery of Highway Projects.” Georgia DOT Research Project RP16-40, Georgia Department of Transportation, Atlanta, Georgia, September 2018, 168 pp.
PRESENTATIONS
  • Jallan, Y., and Ashuri, B. (2019). “Construction Analytics: Text Mining applied to Construction Litigation and Risk Management.” Digital Building Laboratory (DBL) Industry Days 2019, Atlanta, GA, May 9, 2019.
  • Ashuri, B. (2019). “Design-Build Essentials: A Deeper Dive.” 2019 Design-Build for Transportation/Aviation Conference, Cincinnati, OH, April 8, 2019.
  • Liang, Y., and Ashuri, B. (2018). “Option Value of Risk-Sharing Mechanisms in Highway Public-Private Partnership Projects: from the Perspective of Refinancing.” 2018 Associated Schools of Construction (ASC), Southeast Region, Peachtree City, GA, October 25, 2018.
  • Baek, M., and Ashuri, B. (2018). “Analysis of Construction Cost Variation Using the Random-Parameters Regression.” 2018 Associated Schools of Construction (ASC), Southeast Region, Peachtree City, GA, October 24, 2018.
  • Ashuri, B. (2018). “BIM Log Mining and Data Analytics for Productivity Analysis and Collaboration Assessment.” The 2018 BIMForum, The US Chapter of buildingSMART International, Las Vegas, NV, September 26, 2018.