Eileen Pesantes-Taveres

Eileen Pesantes-Taveres

M.E Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management
Instructional Assistant Professor

B.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
M.S. in Engineering with concentration on Structural Engineering Mechanics and Materials, University of California at Berkeley
M.S. in Civil Engineering with concentration on Construction Engineering and Management, Stanford University
Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with concentration on Construction Engineering and Management, University of Florida

Eileen Pesantes-Tavares, PhD, graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez in 1994. She earned a M.E. in Structural Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley in 1995. After working as a structural engineer, she decided to pursue a construction degree and went back to school. She earned a MS in Construction Engineering and Management from Stanford University in 1998. While teaching at her Alma Mater, she decided to pursue a PhD in Construction Engineering and Management at the University of Florida. She graduated in 2011.

Pesantes worked as a research engineer with the US Army Corp of Engineers at their Engineer Research and Development Center before graduate school. After completing two Master’s degrees, she worked in two different construction companies in the San Francisco Bay Area in projects that ranged from a small office remodeling up to a complete new campus for a major Hi-tech Company. When she moved back to Puerto Rico, she was offered a teaching position at her Alma Mater. Teaching was something that Pesantes always contemplated as a career path. After six years of teaching, she went back to graduate school. After finishing her PhD, she taught as an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering at UF, as a lecturer and academic advisor at the School of Engineering at UNF and, currently as a lecturer at the Rinker School of Construction Management at UF.

The courses Pesantes teaches are varied. Construction Materials and Temporary Structures focus on the design and materials side of construction. International Sustainable Design focuses in key concepts related to sustainable development worldwide. Introduction to Construction presents first year students the different types of work they can do in construction through weekly guest lectures that include professionals from the construction industry.

Andrew Wehle

Andrew Wehle

M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management
Instructional Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Construction Management, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Master’s of Cultural Anthropology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Bachelor’s of Anthropology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Mark Russell

Mark Russell

M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management
Instructional Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Design, Construction and Planning, University of Florida, 2011
M.S., Environmental Engineering, Old Dominion University, 1995
M.B.A., New Hampshire College, 1992
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Central Florida, 1989

Areas of Focus:
(Sustainable Construction)
Evaluation of construction projects for sustainable principles. Use of Building Rating systems to evaluate construction projects. Performing Life Cycle Cost Analysis for decision making.

Mark Russell joined the faculty of the ME Rinker Sr. School of Construction Management in August 2016.  As a scholar, engineer, and contractor, Dr. Russell investigates sustainable construction techniques and building rating systems.  His research focuses on effective ways to reduce building energy, water, and resources while promoting a healthy indoor environment.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida, Mark worked with the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps in a variety of construction related positions.  After earning an M.B.A. at New Hampshire College and a master’s degree in civil/Environmental Engineering from Old Dominion University, Mark retired from the U.S. Navy.  Next, he took a position with URS in Frankfort, Germany where he was responsible for design and construction projects on military bases throughout Europe.  Mark later earned his Ph.D. in Design, Construction, & Planning from the University of Florida.

Dr. Russell was the AGC Endowed Chair of Construction Management at the University of New Mexico from 2013 – 2016 and has taught courses in sustainability, civil engineering, and construction management for UF, UNM, and the University of Indonesia.   Mark Russell is also a founding partner of the consulting firm Wise Built, LLC, a building sustainability consulting firm that has worked on over 200 building projects throughout the US and in Europe.

Rui Liu

Rui Liu

M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Design, Construction, and Planning, University of Florida
Master’s of Science, Information Systems and Operations Management, University of Florida
Master’s of Management, Construction Management, Tianjin University
Bachelor’s of Management, Project Management, Tianjin University
Bachelor’s of Science, Applied Mathematics, Tianjin University

Research Interest:

  • Building Information Modeling
  • Facility Management
  • BIM Software Development
  • GIS and BIM Integration
  • Construction Economics and Urbanization
  • Big Data and Cloud Computing
  • Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
  • Sensing and Indoor Localization
  • Smart Cities


Assistant Professor, Department of Construction Science, College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, University of Texas at San Antonio


  • CM-BIM
  • OSHA 30 Hour Outreach Training
  • Green Globe Professional (GGP)

Awards and Honors:

  • 2015 Best Paper Award, ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management
  • Outstanding Presentation, The 1st International Shanghai “Global BIM” Summit, 2015
  • Best Paper Award (International), International Conference on Innovative Technologies in Construction 2014
  • Fiatech Student Scholarship
  • Rinker Alumni Fellowship
  • CEMEX Scholarship, twice
  • Rinker Material Scholarship
  • Outstanding Student, multiple times, Tianjin University

Memberships & Involvement:

  • Co-Chair: Alamo BIM Peer Group
  • A.M.ASCE, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Construction Institute (CI)
  • Member, Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP)
  • Member, ASC (Associated Schools of Construction)
  • ASCE Construction Research Congress (CRC)
  • Associated Schools of Construction (ASC)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)


  • 3D visualization of sub-surface pipelines in connection with the building utilities: Integrating GIS and BIM for facility management
  • Cloud-based deep immersive game for human egress data collection: a framework
  • Introducing Building Information Modeling Course into a Newly Developed Construction Program with Various Student Backgrounds
  • Cloud-Based Interactive Probabilistic Simulation for AEC Industry

Published Papers:

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=GycfidMAAAAJ& hl=en&oi=sra

Aaron Costin

Aaron Costin

M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management
Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Civil Engineering, 2016, Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology M.S. Civil Engineering, 2013
Georgia Institute of Technology B.S. Civil Engineering, 2011

Areas of Focus:
(Smart Buildings/Cities, Sustainable Technology)
Sustainability is a product of our research. We are investigating 1) how we can utilize IoT technology to increase sustainability applications, and 2) how IoT technology can become more energy efficient.

Dr. Aaron Costin is an assistant professor at the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management at the University of Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Costin leads the Smart Construction Informatics (SCI) laboratory where they research emerging technologies and interoperability for the built environment.

Recently, Dr. Aaron Costin and his team was awarded a $455k National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to support the research of the development a state-of-the-art Intelligent Jobsite using the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and other recent innovations.  The team is developing IoT-ACRES (IoT-Applied Construction Research and Education Services) system that is a central, interoperable hub that can incorporate a variety of heterogeneous sensors, technology, software, and AI to provide services for research and applications in the construction industry. He is also involved on another $2M project an academic researcher with the DOT Pooled Fund study “Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Bridges and Structures.”

Dr. Costin is involved with various industry groups and committees. He is currently the chair of a joint task group committee of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA) Task Group 15, Data Modeling for Interoperability, where they are leading the development a neutral exchange standard for the interoperability Building Information Modeling (BIM) for steel bridges. Dr. Costin also serves as a member of the Transportation Research Board Committee AED30 on Information Systems and Technology, as well as a TRB young member liaison.

Research topics include Building Information Modeling (BIM); the internet of things (IoT) and smart cities; design computing; linked data and ontologies; industrialized construction; construction safety and productivity; and facilities management.

Chimay Anumba

Chimay Anumba

College of Design, Construction and Planning
Dean and Professor
(352) 294-1405

B.Sc. Building (1st Class Honours), University of Jos, Nigeria (1984)
Ph.D. Civil Engineering, The University of Leeds, UK (1989)
D.Sc. (Higher Doctorate), Loughborough University, UK (2006)

Areas of Focus:
Sustainability (Building Energy, Built Environment Resilience, Smart Buildings/Cities, Sustainable Construction)


Dean Chimay Anumba graduated at 18 with a First Class Honours degree in Building and worked as a Project Engineer and Design Engineer before studying for his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (specializing in Computer-Aided Design) at the University of Leeds, UK. He then worked in industry on a wide range of building and civil infrastructure projects, becoming a Chartered/Professional Engineer in 1993. This was followed by academic appointments at a number of UK academic institutions. More recently, he was Professor and Head, Department of Architectural Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University from January 2008 to July 2016.

Dr. Anumba’s research interests are in the fields of construction engineering and management, advanced engineering informatics (AI, CPS, KBS, etc.), concurrent engineering, knowledge management, distributed collaboration, high performance buildings, and sustainable construction. He has over 500 scientific publications, including 21 books and over 200 archival journal papers, in these fields. His work has received over $150m in support from various sources – the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Institutes for Health (NIH), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, UK), and a variety of international agencies. He has also supervised 52 doctoral candidates to completion, mentored over 25 postdoctoral scholars, and advised numerous masters’ students.

He has won several awards for his work and has held Visiting Professor/Scholar appointments at more than 10 universities in N. America, Europe, Asia and Africa – including MIT, Stanford and Tsinghua. In recognition of his substantial and sustained original contributions to the field of Construction Engineering and Informatics, Dr. Anumba was awarded the higher doctorate degree of Doctor of Science, D.Sc., by Loughborough University in July 2006. In January 2007, he was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Dr.h.c.) by Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands for outstanding scientific contributions to Building and Construction Engineering. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (the United Kingdom’s National Academy of Engineering) in July 2012. He also holds Fellowships of the following professional institutions: The Institution of Civil Engineers, The Institution of Structural Engineers, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is the recipient of the 2018 ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering Award and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Construction.

Dr. Anumba is also Editor-in-Chief of the Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management journal, Co-Editor of the Journal of Information Technology in Construction, and Specialty Editor of the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. He sits on the editorial boards of numerous other journals.

Dr. Anumba joined the University of Florida on August 1, 2016 as Dean of the College of Design, Construction and Planning.

Russell C. Walters

Russell C. Walters

M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management
William G. and Aneice R. Lassiter Lecturer

BS Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, 1987;
MS Electrical Engineering, University of Florida, 1988;
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Florida, 1993

SPECIAL FIELDS: Construction Information Technology, Alternative Energy Systems, Construction Constract Administration, Emerging Issues in Construction Management EMPLOYERS: Assistant Professor, Iowa State University; Project Manager, J.M. Walters & SonMEMBER: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Transportation Research Board (TRB)

Ravi Srinivasan

Ravi Srinivasan

M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management
Director of Graduate Programs and Research

Ph.D. in Architecture (Building Technology), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
MS in Architecture (Building Technology), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
MS in Civil Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Areas of Focus:
Sustainability (Building Energy, Building Materials, Built Environment Resilience, Renewable Energy, Smart Buildings/Cities, Sustainable Architecture and Design, Sustainable Construction,, Sustainable Technology)
Developing dynamic sustainability information modeling (dSIM) platform; more info is available here: https://built-ecologist.com/2019/05/11/dynamic-sustainability-information-modeling-d-sim-for-smart-cities/

Dr. Ravi Shankar Srinivasan, Rinker School Holland Professor and UF Term Professor, holds M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from University of Florida; and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Architecture (Building Technology) from the University of Pennsylvania. He is an external faculty collaborator at the Center for Environmental Building & Design, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Energy Manager, LEED Accredited Professional, Green Globes Professional, and FAA Drone Pilot. He is the Director of UrbSys (Urban Building Energy, Sensing, Controls, Big Data Analysis, and Visualization) Lab; http://urbsys.org/.

Dr. Srinivasan has published one book as a lead author titled, “The Hierarchy of Energy in Architecture: Emergy Analysis,” Routledge and co-edited a book titled, “Smart Cities: Foundations, Principles, and Applications,” John Wiley & Sons Inc. His research has been disseminated as high-quality technical articles that has gained several citations globally. He also has two provisional patents in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has graduated five Ph.D. and six M.S. graduates.

Dr. Srinivasan teaches undergraduate and graduate courses including Building Energy Modeling; International Sustainable Development; Foundations, Principle and Applications of Sustainable Development; and Doctoral Core II. More information is available at https://built-ecologist.com/.

Dr. Ravi Srinivasan
Director, UrbSys Lab (Urban Building Energy, Sensing, Controls, Big Data Analysis, and Visualization)
M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611

Ajay Shanker

Ajay Shanker

M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management
Associate Professor

Ph.D., (Structural Engineering) Texas Tech University, 1990;
MSCE (Structures), Kurukshetra, 1980;
B.E. (Civil) Roorkee, India,1975;
Registered Professional Engineer; Registered Building Inspector

Structures (Mechanics, Steel, Concrete, and Formwork); Soil and Foundations; Wind Resistant Design; Radon Resistant Construction; Building Inspection.

Terra Engineers, Lubbock Texas; Texas Tech University; Public Works Department, Command Area Development Authority, India.

American Society of Civil Engineers; Southern Building Code Congress International; American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists; American Society of Civil Engineers; Roof Consultants Institute.

Larry C. Muszynski

Larry C. Muszynski

M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management
Holland Associate Professor

Ph. D., Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 1978
MS, Purdue University, 1973
BS in Chemistry, Purdue University, 1972

Larry C. Muszynski is an Associate Professor in the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction. Management. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in 1978. Since his time as a tenure-track assistant professor and tenured associate professor in M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management, his teaching duties over the last 24 years have been in the area of the “structures” group.  These classes consist of construction materials; mechanics; concrete construction and formwork; and soils and foundations. He has revised the BCN 1210, Construction Materials class to focus on the materials of construction such as soils, concrete, asphalt, timber, masonry, steel and sustainable practices for each of these materials.  This past semester he has developed a new class called ‘The Building Envelope’ that evolved from the previous ‘Roofing Class’ that covers the all of the elements of a building envelope that are exposed to the outside environment.

He has been teaching BCN 3223, the Soils and Concrete Construction class that requires students to work in groups during seven different laboratory exercises and manages a Ph.D. student as the laboratory supervisor. He works with the American Concrete Institute, the Florida Department of Transportation and the Florida Concrete Products Association to make the laboratory exercises relevant to the real world of construction. His areas of research include: cement and concrete material properties, utilizing waste materials in blended cements, chemical and mineral admixtures, sustainable concrete, and corrosion of steel in concrete,

He has been an effective advisor and mentor to both undergraduate and graduate BCN students.  He encourages and helps students procure internships and permanent jobs with organizations that he has had contact with and helps students determine what they want to do in life and instruct them on how they might get there.

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