Faculty Profile

BIOGRAPHY

  • B.S., University of Kentucky, 2006
  • M.S., University of Kentucky, 2007
  • Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014

Dr. Eric Marks is a Professor of Practice in the Construction and Infrastructure Systems group in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Kentucky. He teaches courses in Construction and Civil Engineering at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in which he implements diverse presentation strategies, including real-life applications of discussed theories and interactive student scenarios in simulated design projects. During his time as a practicing engineer, Dr. Marks managed capital-intensive transportation infrastructure construction projects for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. He most recently was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alabama.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Construction safety and innovation
  • Automated sensing

HONORS & AWARDS

  • 2017 - Outstanding Ph.D. Student of Civil Engineering for advised graduate student Xu Shen (Dept. of Civil, Construction and Environ. Engineering at the University of Alabama)
  • 2017 - Engineering Council of Birmingham (ECOB) Outstanding Ph.D. Award for advised graduate student Ibukun Awolusi (College of Engineering at the University of Alabama)
  • 2017 - Engineering Council of Birmingham (ECOB) Outstanding Ph.D. Award for advised graduate student Ibukun Awolusi (Dept. of Civil, Construction and Environ. Engineering at the University of Alabama)
  • 2016 - 1st Place Poster Award at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Atlanta, GA
  • 2016 - Recognition for Excellence in Academic Advising (University of Alabama), Tuscaloosa, AL
  • 2016 - Most Outstanding Thesis for advised graduate student Ibukun Awolusi (Dept. of Civil, Construction and Environ. Engineering at the University of Alabama)
  • 2016 - Outstanding Reviewer for Journal of Construction Engineering and Management
  • 2015 - Outstanding Reviewer for Journal of Construction Engineering and Management
  • 2015 - CII Curriculum Partner Program Award, University of Alabama
  • 2014 - CII Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant, Indianapolis, IN
  • 2013 - 1st Place Poster Award at the Construction Industry Institute (CII), Orlando, FL
  • 2013 - Joe S. Mundy Global Learning Experience Endowment, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2012 - Bill Schutz Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2012 - 2nd Place Graduate Student Poster Contest “Real-Time Pro-Active Equipment Operator and Ground Worker Warning and Alert System in Steel Manufacturing” Association for Iron and Steel Technology Conference ($1,000 prize)
  • 2012 - Top 15 poster presentation (assisted) Ana G. Mendez University System Conference
  • 2011 - Ira H. Hardin Research Fellowship, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

ARTICLES
  • Awolusi, I., Song, S. and Marks, E. (2017). “Magnetic Field Proximity Sensing Technology for Hazardous Human-Equipment Interactions in the Manufacturing Environment.” Professional Safety, American Society of Safety Engineers, (in press).
  • Shen, X., Awolusi, I. and Marks, E. (2017). “Construction Equipment Operator Physiological Data Assessment and Tracking.” Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, ASCE, (in press).
  • Shen, X. and Marks, E. (2017). “Site Location Optimization of a Tower Crane through BIM.” Journal of Safety, Health and Engineering Research, ASSE, 13(1), 330-337.
  • Awolusi, I., Marks, E., Vereen, S. (2017). “Qualifications and Staffing Requirements of Safety Personnel in Construction.” Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, ASCE, (in press).
  • Song, S., Marks, E. and Pradhananga, N. (2017). “Impact Variables of Dump Truck Cycle Time for Heavy Excavation Construction Projects.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Project Management, Korea Institute of Construction Engineering and Management, (in press).
PROCEEDINGS
  • Saenz, N., Marks, E. and Back, E. (2017). “New Association for Capital Project Professionals. Its Mission: Accelerate Professional Development and Team Innovation across the Supply Chain.” Architectural Engineering Institute Conference, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • Shen, X. and Marks, E. (2016). “Near Miss Information Visualization Tool for BIM.” Construction Research Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Awolusi, I., Marks, E. and Hallowell, M. (2016). “Physiological Data Collection and Monitoring of Construction Equipment Operators.” Construction Research Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Marks, E., McKay, B. and Awolusi, I. (2015). “Near Miss Data Analysis and Knowledge Dissemination.” CSCE, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Awolusi, I. and Marks, E. (2015). “Near Miss Reporting to Enhance Safety in the Steel Industry.” Safety First, Iron & Steel Technology, AIST, 62-68.
REPORTS
  • Marks, E. and Awolusi, I. (2016). “Pro-Active Safety Technologies for Manufacturing Environments,” Final Report, Georgia-Pacific.
  • Marks, E. and Shen, X. (2016). “Near Miss Information Visualization Application for BIM,” Final Report, Center for Construction Research and Training.
  • Tiamco, L., Vereen, S. and Marks, E. (2015). “Asset Management Analysis to Achieve Performance Based Budgeting for Maintenance Activities”, Final Report, Alabama Department of Transportation.
  • Awolusi, I. and Marks, E., (2014). “Near Miss Reporting to Enhance Safety in the Steel Industry”, Final Report, Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) Foundation / Don B. Daily Memorial Fund Report.
  • Teizer, J., Hinze, J., Marks, E. (2014). “Near Miss Reporting to Enhance Construction Safety Performance”, Implementation Source 301-2, Construction Industry Institute. The University of Texas at Austin.
PRESENTATIONS
  • “New Association for Capital Project Professionals. Its Mission: Accelerate Professional Development and Team Innovation across the Supply Chain.” Architectural Engineering Institute Conference, Oklahoma City, OK, April 11, 2017.
  • “Near Miss Information Visualization Tool for BIM in Construction Safety.” Webinar for the Center for Protection of Workers’ Rights (CPWR), December 16, 2016, (Invited).
  • “Near-Hit Reporting, Tracking and Trending.” American Contractors Insurance Group (ACIG), Indianapolis, IN, September 22, 2016, (Invited).
  • “Pro-Active Safety Technologies for Manufacturing Environments,” Georgia-Pacific, Huntsville, AL, July 22, 2016, (Invited).
  • “Near Miss Information Visualization Tool in BIM.” Construction Research Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 1, 2016.