Ph.D. Structural Engineering, University of Maryland College Park
Master of Science, Structural Engineering, George Washington University
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran
Areas of Focus:
Sustainability (Building Energy, Building Materials, Sustainable Construction)
Using the circular economy principles to manage construction waste. Retrofit and rehabilitation of existing building for energy efficiency. Recycling of construction materials.
Dr. Chini is a professor of Construction Management and Associate Dean of the College of Design, Construction and Planning at the University of Florida. He served as Director of the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management from 2003-2011. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Tehran, M.S. in Structural Engineering from the George Washington University, and Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Dr. Chini has performed extensive research on the reuse and recycling of construction materials including recycled concrete aggregates, wastewater generated at concrete plants, and salvaged lumber from deconstructed buildings to minimize environmental impacts. He has also developed measures to reduce energy consumption of existing homes in Florida through a grant from the US Department of Energy. The outcome of this research is a matrix that homeowners can use to extrapolate the effectiveness and pay back of each of the common measures on their specific residence and make informed energy reduction decisions. His most recent research focused on developing the curriculum for training and certification programs in manufactured construction funded by the US Department of Labor. He has edited seven books, published more than 150 papers, and made numerous national and international presentations. He is the recipient of the 2016 University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship.
Dr. Chini is teaching graduate courses in construction estimating, construction value management, and construction cost control.