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Fernanda Leite

Associate Professor

Construction Engineering and Project Management Program
Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

301 E Dean Keeton St. Stop C1752
Austin, TX 78712-1094

Voice: (512) 471-5957 · Fax: (512) 471-3191 · Office: ECJ 5.302
Campus box: C1752
firstname.lastname@utexas.edu


EDUCATION

 

PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2009

MS, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, 2005

BS, Universidade Federal do Ceara, Brazil, 2002

 

RESEARCH

 

Research interests: information technology for project management, building information modeling, visualization, life-cycle information integration, collaboration and coordination technologies, and information technology-supported construction safety management.

 

In the news: UT CAEE Feature Story of NAE FOEE Symposium, NAE FOEE Affinity Group Presentation, KAConnect 2015 Talk, Community Impact Article on SXSW 2015 Digital Campus Panel, ENR article on Women in Construction, UT CAEE Feature Story, PhD student Li Wang’s CAEE Feature Story, ENR Story on Design Coordination Research, and ENR Top 20 Under 40 Texas & Louisiana

 

Prospective students: Graduate studies in CEPM at UT Austin

 

Current Sponsored Research Projects:

Living BIM: a layered approach for automatic and continuous built environment model update

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)

UT-Austin PI: Leite; Drexel University PIs: Lo and Nishino

Period: 09/2016 to 08/2019

 

Automated Model-based Benchmarking of Capital Projects

Sponsor: Autodesk, Inc.

PI: Leite

Period: 10/2015 to 10/2016

 

Finding Leading Indicators to Prevent Premature Starts, and Assuring Uninterrupted Construction – RT323

Sponsor: Construction Industry Institute (CII)

PI: Leite

Period: 09/2014 to 01/2017

 

Past Sponsored Research Projects:

Guide for Civil Integrated Management (CIM) in Departments of Transportation – NCHRP 10-96

Sponsor: National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)

PIs: O’Brien, Goodrum, Leite, Khwaja, Molenaar, Pawsey

Period: 06/2014 to 01/2016

 

True Impact of Late Deliverables at the Construction Site

Sponsor: Construction Industry Institute (CII) and Construction Users Roundtable (CURT)

PIs: Leite, O’Brien

Period: 09/2012 to 08/2015

 

Stretch and Flex Program for TxDOT Operations – 0-6805

Sponsor: Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

PIs: Griffin (Department of Kinesiology), Leite, Machemehl

Period: 06/2013 to 06/2014

 

AutoCodes Project, Phase II

Sponsor: Regulatory Streamlining Committee, FIATECH

PI: Leite

Period: 10/2012 to 08/2014

 

Prevention of Backing Fatalities in Construction Work Zones – 0-6703

Sponsor: Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

UT Austin PIs: Leite, Seedah, Caldas

UT Tyler PI: Fan

Period: 09/2011 to 08/2013

 

WorkFace Planning, from Design through Site Execution – RT272

Sponsors: Construction Industry Institute (CII) and Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA)

PIs: O’Brien, Leite

Period: 09/2011 to 08/2013

 

Generating as-built 3D models of roads and bridges from 2D photos

Sponsor: Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

PI: Leite

Period: 06/2011 to 12/2011

 

Generating Industry Foundation Classes Models for Mixed Use and Commercial Buildings to support Building Energy Performance Simulation

Sponsor: United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) and Department of Energy (DOE)

PI: Leite

Period: 04/2011 to 10/2011

 

Economic Considerations in Transportation System Development & Operations– 0-6628

Sponsor: Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

PIs: Kockelman, Leite, Boske, Prozzi

Period: 09/2010 to 08/2011

 

State of the Practice for Workers in Very Short Duration Work Zone Operations – 0-6640

Sponsor: Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

PIs: Machemehl, Leite, Seedah

Period: 09/2010 to 08/2012

 

Enhanced Work Packaging: Design through Work Face Execution – RT272

Sponsor: Construction Industry Institute (CII)

PIs: O’Brien, Leite

Period: 09/2009 to 12/2011

 

Current Students/Scholars:

PhD Students:

1.    Yuanshen Ji, expected graduation May 2017

2.    Jay Choi, co-advised with Stephen Mulva

3.    Thomas Czerniawski

 

MS Students:

1.    Carlos Alvarez Perez, expected graduation Dec 2016

 

Past Students/Scholars:

Post-Doctoral Scholars:

1.    Dr. Jose de Paula Barros Neto, 2015-2016, currently Civil Engineering Professor, Federal University of Ceara, Brazil

 

PhD Students:

1.    Dr. Sooyoung Choe, Dec 2015, Research Fellow, Department of Technology Policy Research, Construction & Economy Research Institute of Korea

2.    Dr. Dan Seedah, Dec 2014, Vice President of Engineering, Transmetric America, Inc.

3.    Dr. Li Wang, Aug 2014, Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Coordinator, Austin Commercial

4.    Dr. Christopher M. Stoppel, Aug 2013, Assistant Professor, Air Force Institute of Technology

5.    Dr. Xiaowei Luo, co-advised with William O’Brien, May 2013, Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong

 

MS Students (Thesis or Departmental Report):

1.    Ryan Griego, May 2016, Linbeck Construction, in Houston, TX

2.    Arturo Monarrez, May 2016, Vaughn Construction, in Austin, TX

3.    Samuel Piassa dal Ross, May 2016

4.    Richard Mahn, May 2016, United Stated Army

5.    Anthony Daou, Dec 2015, DPR Construction, in Austin, TX

6.    Benjamin L. Washkowiak, Dec 2015, United Stated Army

7.    Jingran Sun, Dec 2015, PhD student at UT-Austin

8.    Felipe Sandoval, Dec 2015

9.    Bijen Malla, May 2015, Rogers-O’Brien Construction, in Austin, TX

10. Anas Malaeb, Aug 2014

11. William Barry, May 2014, Austin Commercial, in Dallas, TX

12. Daniel F. Jacobsen, May 2014

13. Thierry Chalhoub, Dec 2013

14. Cristina Calderon, Dec 2013

15. Wenxiang (Wendy) Sun, Dec 2013

16. Claire Powers, Dec 2013, Austin Commercial, in Austin, TX

17. Caroline Grant, Aug 2013

18. Prasad Dali, Aug 2013

19. Olfa Hamdi, co-advised with William O’Brien, Aug 2013, Independent Project Analysis, Inc., in Ashburn, VA

20. Luis Aldana, Dec 2012, Sigma Inmobiliaria, in Guatemala

21. Puneet Anil Nathu, Dec 2012

22. Chris Kekicheff, Aug 2012, McCarthy Building Companies, in Oakland, CA

23. Sooyoung Choe, May 2012, Construction & Economy Research Institute of Korea

24. Ankit Bhatla, Dec 2011, WorleyParsons, Houston, TX

25. Sarah Meeks, co-advised with William O’Brien, Dec 2011, ExxonMobil, Houston, TX

26. Nitin Gulati, co-advised with Jim O’Connor, May 2011

27. Li Wang, Dec 2010, Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Coordinator, Austin Commercial

28. Patrick Ryan, Dec 2010, currently Project Manager at Northern Arizona University’s Planning, Design and Construction office

 

Undergraduate Students (with Research):

1.    Jonah Wolf (Fall 2015, Independent Study), BS ARE, May 2016

2.    Mariana Silva (Summer 2015, Bridging Disciplines Program), BS CE, May 2017

3.    Carrie Jaeger (Summer 2014, CAEE Legacy Scholar), BS CE, Dec 2014

4.    Felipe Trevisan (Summer 2014, Brazilian Science without Borders program), BS CE at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, May 2015

5.    Oscar Fierro (2011-2012 TREX Program), BS CE, May 2012, MS CEPM, Aug 2013, currently at ExxonMobil, Houston, TX

6.    Ramon Iglesias Torres (2010-2011 TREX Program), BS CE, May 2012, currently PhD student at Stanford University

 

TEACHING

 

Undergraduate courses:

ARE323K: Project Management and Economics (Spring 2016, Spring 2014, Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2010)

ARE376: Building Information Modeling for Capital Projects (Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013)

 

Graduate courses:

CE395U4: Construction Safety (Spring 2017, Spring 2015)

CE395R7: Building Information Modeling for Capital Projects (Spring 2017, Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2010)

CE395Q1: Project Controls, in collaboration with Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber, University of Southern California (Fall 2012)

BIM Class at the TACC Vis Lab

 

 

BIM class jobsite visit_Sept2015

Hook ‘em Horns! BIM class at construction jobsite visit

 

 

SERVICE (present service; see resume for complete list of past and present service activities)

 

CAEE Department: Member: Strategic Vision Implementation Committee; Information Technology Committee; Graduate Program Coordinator: Sustainable Systems; Editor: CEPM Alumni Newsletter (archive here)

 

Academic Community: Chair: ASCE Visualization, Information Modeling, and Simulation (VIMS) Committee; Co-chair: Fiatech Horizon-360 Team; Associate Editor: ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering; Journal Reviewer: Automation in Construction, ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Advanced Engineering Informatics; Committee Member: CII Academic Committee, CII Safety Community of Practice, CII Next Generation Leaders Community of Practice, ASCE Data Sensing and Analysis (DSA) Committee

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (see resume for complete list of publications; underscore indicates student advisee)

 

1.    Leite, F.; Cho, Y.; Behzadan, A.; Lee, S.; Choe, S.; Fang, Y.; Akhavian, R.; Hwang, S. (2016) "Visualization, Information Modeling and Simulation Grand Challenges in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Facilities Management Industry". In: ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000604

2.    Wang, L.; Leite, F. (2016) “Formalized Knowledge Representation for Spatial Conflict Coordination of Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) Systems in New Building Projects”. In: Automation in Construction. Volume 64, pp. 20-26. DOI: 10.1016/j.autcon.2015.12.020

3.    Seedah, D.; Choubassi, C.; Leite, F. (Accepted) "Ontology for Querying Heterogeneous Data Sources in Freight Transportation". In: ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. Accepted September 14, 2015. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000548

4.    Wang, L.; Leite, F. (2015) “Process Knowledge Capture in BIM-Based Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Design Coordination Meetings”. In: ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000484

5.    Barry, W.; Leite, F. (2015) "Late Deliverables to Construction: How Understanding the Impacts Can Benefit Dispute Prevention and Resolution". In: ASCE Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction. Volume 7, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)LA.1943-4170.0000153. Accepted as is.

6.    Luo, X.; Leite, F.; O’Brien, W. (2014) “Location-Aware Sensor Data Error Impact on Autonomous Crane Safety Monitoring”. In: ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000411

7.    Wang, L.; Leite, F. (2014) “Process-Oriented Approach of Teaching Building Information Modeling in Construction Management”. In: ASCE Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000203

8.    Stoppel, C.; Leite, F. (2014) “Conducting Retrospective Analyses of Building Energy Models with Various Levels of Available Data”. In: ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)AE.1943-5568.0000150

9.    Choe, S.; Leite, F.; Seedah, D.; Caldas, C. (2014) "Evaluation of Sensing Technology for the Prevention of Back-over Accidents in Construction Work Zones". In: Journal of Information Technology in Construction (ITCon), Volume 19, pp. 1-19.

10. Stoppel, C.; Leite, F. (2014) “Integrating Probabilistic Methods for Describing Occupant Presence with Building Energy Simulation Models”. In: Energy and Buildings, Volume 68, pp. 99-107.

11. Hamdi, O.; Leite, F. (2013) “Conflicting Side of Building Information Modeling Implementation in the Construction Industry”. In: ASCE Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)LA.1943-4170.0000137

12. Stoppel, C.; Leite, F. (2013) “Evaluating Building Energy Model Performance of LEED Buildings: Identifying Potential Sources of Error through Aggregate Analysis”. In: Energy and Buildings, Volume 65, pp. 185-196.

13. Leite, F.; Akinci, B. (2013) "Reasoning about Building Systems and Contents to Support Vulnerability Assessment in Building Emergencies”. In: ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp. 118–128.

14. Bhatla, A.; Choe, S.; Fierro, O.; Leite, F. (2012) "Evaluation of Accuracy of as-built 3D Modeling from Photos taken by Handheld Digital Cameras”. In: Automation in Construction, Volume 28, pp. 116-127.

15. Leite, F.; Akinci, B. (2012) "A Formalized Representation for Supporting Automated Identification of Critical Assets in Facilities during Emergencies Triggered by Failures in Building Systems”. In: ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp. 519-529.

16. Leite, F., Akcamete, A., Akinci, B., Atasoy, G., Kiziltas, S. (2011) "Analysis of modeling effort and impact of different levels of detail in building information models”. In: Automation in Construction, Volume 20, Issue 5, pp. 601–609.

17. Kiziltas, S., Leite, F., Akinci, F., Lipman, R. (2010). “Chapter 4: Interoperable methodologies and techniques in CAD”. In: H. Karimi & B. Akinci (Eds.), CAD and GIS integration, pp. 73-110. Taylor & Francis.

 

AWARDS & HONORS (as a faculty member)

 

Public Voices Fellow, OpEd Project (2016-17)

Fiatech Superior Technology Achievement (STAR) Award (2016)

Selected for the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium (2015)

Construction Industry Institute (CII) Outstanding Instructor Award (2015)

Engineering News-Record Top 20 under 40, Texas & Louisiana Region (2015)

Diversity Mentoring Fellowship Award, Graduate School, The University of Texas at Austin (2014-2015)

Outstanding Reviewer, ASCE Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice (2013)

Cockrell School of Engineering Dean’s Award for Outstanding Engineering Teaching by an Assistant Professor (2013)

Fiatech Celebration of Engineering & Technology Innovation (CETI) Award – Outstanding Early Career Researcher (2013)

Outstanding Reviewer, ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (2012)

Construction Industry Institute (CII) Distinguished Professor Award (2011)

Engineering and Construction Contracting (ECC) Association Future Leader (2011)

ASCE Excellence in Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Teaching Fellow (2010)

 

AFFILIATIONS

 

Construction Research Council, Member

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Member

Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society, Member

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Member

Brazilian Engineering and Architecture Council (CREA-CE), Licensed Professional

 

PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS

 

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2010-2016

Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2006–2009

Research Assistant, School of Engineering, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, 2003–2005

Project Manager, RFurlani Architecture and Construction Company, Brazil, 2002–2003


 

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