People

Director

Behzad Esmaeili, Ph.D.
Behzad Esmaeili, Ph.D.
Dr. Behzad Esmaeili is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He holds a B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from the Amirkabir University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Esmaeili actively conducts research in the field of construction safety, specializing in injury prevention strategies, hazard identification, risk management, and decision making. During his Ph.D. and Postdoctoral work, he used a variety of qualitative and quantitative data-collection and data-analysis methods, such as interviews, case studies, Delphi, content analysis, multi attribute utility assessment, factor analysis, and generalized linear models. In the last two years, his research has resulted in multiple articles published in the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management and Construction Management and Economics. Dr. Esmaeili’s research on construction safety has been nationally and internationally recognized more than once, most notably in the 2014 Prize Award for Innovation “Jaume Blasco,” 18th International Congress on Project Management and Engineering (ICPME), and New Scholar award from the Construction Industry Institute in 2014.

PHD Students

Sogand Hasanzadeh
Sogand Hasanzadeh
Sogand is currently a Ph.D. candidate in construction Engineering and Management at Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction at UNL. She joined the SARMAD research group in Fall 2014. Sogand received her Bachelor degree in Architectural Engineering from Shahid Beheshti University (Tehran-Iran). Her excellent academic achievements provided her Academic Excellence Scholarship as an exceptional student and waived required National Graduate Entrance Examination.She received her Master in Project and Construction Management from Shahid Beheshti University (Tehran-Iran) by receiving the Excellent Master Thesis Award. She was awarded Ph.D. Scholarship as an exceptional and talented student. She believes that “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”. So, she is working hard to meet her mission in life. Sogand’s multidisciplinary research primarily focuses on project delivery systems, procurement methods, team building, dispute resolution, and situational awareness in construction. Besides conducting research, she enjoys biking, watching movies, and travelling.

Pouya Gholizadeh
Pouya Gholizadeh
Pouya is currently a PhD student at Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Pouya received a Master of Science in Construction and Project Management from Shahid Beheshti University and a Bachelor of Art degree in Architecture from Iran University of Science and Technology. Pouya’s research focuses on applying statistical methods such as multinomial logistic regression techniques, principle component and factor analysis, and machine learning algorithms on safety accident databases. To disseminate results of his studies, Pouya has developed state-of-the art decision support systems and mobile applications. Beside his main research trust, Pouya has investigated adoption of various BIM functions in the construction industry using diffusion models. Pouya is recipient of Milton Mohr’s Graduate Fellowship for 2015-2016 for his outstanding academic performance.

Mohammad Sadra Fardhosseini
Mohammad Sadra Fardhosseini
Mohammad Sadra Fardhosseini is a Ph.D. student in the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Sadra received his Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Shahid Beheshti University. His main research focuses are hazard identification, risk management, and recovery after disasters. In 2015, he presented preliminary results of his research at Nebraska Architectural Engineering Conference (NAEC) and International Construction Specialty Conference (ICSC), Vancouver. Sadra has a large passion for sport and in his free time plays in local soccer teams.

Undergraduate Students

Ana Clara Carvalho portrait
Ana Clara Carvalho
Ana Clara Carvalho is a Civil Engineer student at UNL who joined the SARMAD research group in Spring/2016 to help in the researches as a student worker. Ana belongs to an international exchange program, called Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program, which focus is to deeper the student's knowledge in the area of technology and also science. During her undergraduate course in Brazil, Ana had the experience to make internships in the area of construction planning and estimating, what gave her a great knowledge about construction management in the real world. She hopes that the researches about safety, risk management and decision making increase her passion for engineering and construction, and can also develop a future thesis for master's degree.

Kendra Euscher

Kendra Euscher is a Junior Civil Engineer Major/Construction Management Minor from Gwinner, North Dakota. She has had internships with Kiewit Corporation for Summers 2015 and 2016. After completing her undergraduate degree, she hopes to pursue getting a Masters in Structural Engineering. Her career goals are to become a Structural Engineer and to get her PE with the hopes of focusing on the design aspect of construction projects. She spends most of her free time hiking and hanging out with friends.


Brett Farquhar

Brett Farquhar is a Sophomore Construction Management Major/ Business Minor from Springfield, Missouri. He recently accepted an internship with Holder Construction for Summer 2016. His career goals are to work as a Field Superintendent, but he also has interest in pursuing a Graduate Degree in a construction related field in the future. He spends most of his free time watching sports, working out, and playing basketball.


Erik Bruening