Yimin Zhu, Ph.D.

 

Professorzhu

Holder of the Pulte Homes Endowed Professorship in Construction Management

214-A Old Forestry Building, Baton Rouge, La 70803

Phone: (225) 578-5373 / Fax: (225) 578-5109

yiminzhu@lsu.edu

Educational Background

Ph.D., Construction Management, 1999 M.E. Rinker, Sr, School of Building Construction University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
M.Sc., Computer and Information Science and Engineering, 1999 Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
M.Sc., Construction Management, 1993 Department of Construction Management Harbin Institute of Architectural Engineering (Currently Harbin Institute of Technology), Harbin, P.R. of China
B.Sc., Civil Engineering, 1989 Department of Civil Engineering Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, P.R. of China

Employment History

Professor, 2014-Present, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Associate Professor, 2010 - 2013, Florida International University, Miami, Florida
Graduate Program Director, 2010 - Present, Florida International University, Miami, Florida
Assistant Professor, 2004 – 2010, Florida International University, Miami, Florida
Senior Cost Engineer, 2003, Hartsfield Development Program, Atlanta, Georgia
Visiting Professor, 2001 – 2002, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
XML Architect, 2000 – 2001, Citadon, Inc., San Francisco, California
Software Developer, 1999 – 2000, Dept. of Research & Development, Timberline Software Corp., Beaverton, Oregon
Project Engineer/Estimator, 1989 – 1991, The 2nd Construction Company of Liaoning, Shenyang, China

Research Interests

  • Built Environment Sustainability and Informatics
    • Systems Integration of Construction Software Applications
    • Stochastic Time, Cost and Environmental Impact Optimization of Construction Processes
    • Concept Learning in Construction Education

Research Projects

  • Project Title: PFI: Farmer-Academic-Industry Partnership for the Development of Sustainable, Energy Efficient, Multifunctional Bioproducts for the Built Environment Role: PI Institution: Florida International University Funding Agency: National Science Foundation (Subcontract through the University of North Texas) Time Period: September, 2011 – August, 2013
  • Project Title: Collaborative Research: Foster Complex Systems Thinking in Construction Engineering Education Using a Case-Based Multidimensional Virtual Environment (CMVE) Role: PI Institution: Florida International University Funding Agency: National Science Foundation Time Period: January, 2011 – December, 2012
  • Project Title: Stochastic Time, Cost and Environmental Impact Optimization for Construction Processes Role: PI Institution: Florida International University Funding Agency: National Science Foundation Time Period: July, 2010 – June, 2013
  • Project Title: Analysis of Energy, Environment and Life Cycle Cost Reduction Potential of Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP) in Hot and Humid Climate Role: Co-PI (PI: Yong Tao) Institution: Florida International University Funding Agency: Department of Energy Time Period: January, 2010 – December, 2010
  • Project Title: A Feasibility Study on Energy Performance and Environmental Impact of InnoVida Homes Role: Co-PI (PI: Yong Tao) Institution: Florida International University Funding Agency: InnoVida, U.S., LLC Time Period: October, 2009 – December, 2009
  • Project Title: The Development of Improved Information Management Processes for FDOT Dispute Review Board System Role: PI Institution: Florida International University Funding Agency: Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Time Period: August, 2008 – March, 2010

Selected Publications

  • Zhu, Y. and Issa, R., Proceedings of the 2011 International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, ASCE, Miami, June 19-22, 2011.
  • Yaowu Wang, Raymond Issa, Yimin Zhu and Qiping Shen, the Proceedings of the 2006 International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management, the Chinese Construction Industry Press, Orlando, FL, USA, Oct. 5-6, 2006.
  • Gulbin Ozcan, Yimin Zhu, and Victor Ceron. “Time, Cost and Environmental Impact Analysis on Construction Operation Optimization Using Genetic Algorithms,” accepted for publication, Journal of Management in Engineering, ASCE, 2011.
  • Aiyin Jiang and Yimin Zhu. “Impact of Incentives and System Efficiency on the Life Cycle of PV Systems,” International Journal of Construction Education and Research, accepted for publication, 2011.
  • Mehemet Bayraktar, Clayton Owens, and Yimin Zhu. “State-of-Practice of LEED in the United States: A Contractor’s Perspective,” International Journal of Construction Management, accepted for publication, 2010.
  • Srilatha Chunduri, Yimin Zhu, and Mehemet Bayraktar. “Improving Green Building Education by Addressing the Learning style and Prior Knowledge of Students,” Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, ASCE, accepted for publication, 2010.
  • Aiyin Jiang and Yimin Zhu. “Life Cycle Cost Analysis of Residential Grid-Connected Solar Photovoltaic Systems in Florida,” International Journal of Construction Education and Research, accepted for publication, 2010.
  • Zhigang Shen, Wayne Jensen, Charles Berryman, and Yimin Zhu. “A Comparative Study of Activity-Based Construction Labor Productivity in the US and China,” Journal of Management in Engineering, accepted for publication, ASCE, 2010.
  • Aiyin Jiang and Yimin Zhu. “A Multi-Stage Approach to Time-Cost Trade-Off Analysis Using Mathematical Programming,” International Journal of Construction Management, accepted for publication, 2010.
  • Yimin Zhu, Mehmet Emre Bayraktar, and Shu-Ching Chen. "Application of Metadata Modeling to Dispute Review Report Management," International Journal of Civil Engineering and Management, accepted for publication, 2010.

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