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Fernanda Leite

Assistant 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

Resume, March 2014



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 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: ENR article on Women in Construction, UT CAEE Feature Story, PhD students Li Wang’s CAEE Feature Story, and ENR Story on Design Coordination Research


Prospective students: Graduate studies in CEPM at UT Austin


Current Sponsored Research Projects:

AutoCodes Project, Phase II

Sponsor: Regulatory Streamlining Committee, FIATECH

PI: Leite

Period: 10/2012 to 08/2014


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 08/2014


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


Past Sponsored Research Projects:

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


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

Sponsor: Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

PIs: Leite, Machemehl, Seedah

Period: 09/2010 to 08/2012


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


Enhanced Work Packaging: Design through Work Face Execution – RT272

Sponsor: Construction Industry Institute (CII)

PIs: O’Brien, Leite

Period: 09/2009 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


Current Students:

PhD Students:

1.    Li Wang, expected graduation Aug 2014

2.    Sooyoung Choe, expected graduation May 2015

3.    Dan Seedah, expected graduation May 2015

4.    Yuanshen Ji, expected graduation May 2017


MS Students (Thesis or Departmental Report):

1.    William Barry, co-advised with William O’Brien, expected graduation May 2014


Past Students:

PhD Students:

1.    Dr. Christopher M. Stoppel, Aug 2013, U.S. Air Force, currently Squadron Commander, Royal Air Force Base, United Kingdom

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


MS Students (Thesis or Departmental Report):

1.    Thierry Chalhoub, Dec 2013

2.    Cristina Calderon, Dec 2013

3.    Wenxiang (Wendy) Sun, Dec 2013

4.    Claire Powers, Dec 2013, currently at Austin Commercial

5.    Prasad Dali, Aug 2013

6.    Caroline Grant, Aug 2013

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

8.    Luis Aldana, Dec 2012, currently at Sigma Inmobiliaria, in Guatemala

9.    Puneet Anil Nathu, Dec 2012

10. Chris Kekicheff, Aug 2012, currently at McCarthy Building Companies, in Oakland, CA

11. Sooyoung Choe, May 2012, currently PhD student in my lab

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

13. Ankit Bhatla, Dec 2011, currently at WorleyParsons, Houston, TX

14. Nitin Gulati, co-advised with Jim O’Connor, MS CEPM, May 2011

15. Li Wang, Dec 2010, currently PhD student in my lab

16. Patrick Ryan, Dec 2010, currently at U.S. Air Force’s Planning, Design, and Construction Branch of the Health Facilities Division


Undergraduate Students (with Research):

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

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




Undergraduate courses:

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

ARE377K: Building Information Modeling for Capital Projects (Fall 2013)


Graduate courses:

CE397: Building Information Modeling for Capital Projects (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


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


CAEE Department: Distinguished Lecturer Committee; Graduate Curricula & Policies Committee; Editor: CEPM Alumni Newsletter (latest issue here)


College of Engineering: Women in Engineering Program Committee


University of Texas: Faculty Welfare Committee


Academic Community: Associate Editor: ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering; Vice-Chair: ASCE Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology (TCCIT) Visualization, Information Modeling, and Simulation (VIMS) Committee; Journal Reviewer: ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Construction Management and Economics, ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering, Energy & Buildings, Advanced Engineering Informatics; Committee Member: CII Academic Committee, CII Safety Community of Practice, CII Next Generation Community of Practice, ASCE TCCIT Data Sensing and Analysis (DSA)


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


1.    *Wang, L.; Leite, F. (Accepted) “A Process-Oriented Approach of Teaching Building Information Modeling in Construction Management”. In: ASCE Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice. Accepted on February 03, 2014.

2.    *Stoppel, C.; Leite, F. (Accepted) “Conducting Retrospective Analyses of Building Energy Models with Various Levels of Available Data”. In: ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering. Accepted on January 22, 2014.

3.    *Hamdi, O.; Leite, F. (Accepted) “Conflicting Side of Building Information Modeling Implementation in the Construction Industry”. In: ASCE Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction. Accepted on August 26, 2013. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)LA.1943-4170.0000137

4.    *Choe, S.; Leite, F.; 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. In: Journal of Information Technology in Construction (ITCon), Volume 19, pp. 1-19.

5.    *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.

6.    *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.

7.    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.

8.    *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.

9.    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.

10. 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.

11. 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)


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)

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

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

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

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




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




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


Last updated on March 07, 2014

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