Bryan Franz

Bryan Franz

M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management
Assistant Professor
352-273-1161
RINKER 311

Dr. Bryan Franz is an Assistant Professor of Construction Management at the University of Florida.  He is a researcher and educator dedicated to improving the project delivery process in the building construction industry.  Specifically, he studies organizational strategies for assembling, managing, and evaluating successful project teams.  These strategies include the use of collaborative delivery methods, such as Design-Build and Integrated Project Delivery, the modeling of project communication networks, and the identification of the relational competencies needed for future project managers.  He has published over 30 journal articles, technical reports and conference proceedings in this field.  Dr. Franz is the currently the instructor for Introduction to Construction Management (BCN 3027C) and Construction Capstone (BCN 4787C).  He earned a B.S. (2005), M.S. (2011) and Ph.D. (2014) in Architectural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.

Abdol Chini

Abdol Chini

College of Design, Construction and Planning, M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management
Associate Dean and Professor
352-294-1407
ARCH 331D

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.

Bio:
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.

Jeffrey Lindsey

Jeffrey Lindsey

M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management
Fire and Emergency Services Coordinator/Instructional Assistant Professor
352-273-1199
RINKER 336

Doctorate of Philosophy in Instructional Technology/Adult Education (earned) University of South Florida
Master of Education in Instructional Technology University of South Florida
Bachelor of Science in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology University of Cincinnati
Associate in Arts in Paramedic Harrisburg Area Community College
Executive Fire Officer Program, National Fire Academy, United States Fire Administration
Fire Instructor III, State of Florida, Bureau of Fire Standards and Training
Firefighter, State of Florida, Bureau of Fire Standards and Training
NFPA Fire Officer I & II, State of Florida, Bureau of Fire Standards and Training
Florida certified paramedic

Dr. Jeffrey Lindsey holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Instructional Technology/Adult Education from the University of South Florida. He began his educational endeavors at the University of Cincinnati in Fire Engineering Technology. He couples this with his experience in the fire service from Carlisle, PA. Philadelphia, PA. Largo, FL. And finally, as fire chief in Estero, FL has given him many years’ experience in the industry with real life experience.

He specializes in emergency services administration, management of personnel and major scenes, education, and emergency and disaster response. Both his strong management and leadership background combined with extensive academic excellence makes him an ideal director of the FES program. He has extensive teaching experience in leadership, professional development, emergency management, EMS, fire services, education, and disaster response. He has taken a keen interest of specializing in health and wellness of fire and EMS personnel.

He has published numerous texts in fire and EMS and has served as a past Columnist for Fire Rescue 1 and JEMS publications. He has written many research papers. Served as a State, National, and International speaker at various conferences. He is a subject matter expert for investigative reports and legal cases involving emergency services.

Ian Flood

Ian Flood

M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management
Professor, Director of Graduate Programs and Research
352-273-1159
RINKER 319

Dr. Ian Flood received his Ph.D. from the University of Manchester, UK, on computing techniques applied to the simulation of construction processes. He has held academic positions at the National University of Singapore, the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Maryland, and he is currently Professor and Director of Research and Graduate Education in the Rinker School of Construction Management at the University of Florida.

He has published extensively on the subjects of simulation modeling and intelligent computing applied to civil and construction engineering and management, he has received five best paper awards, and is one of the most frequently cited authors within the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering.  Dr. Flood has also received awards for teaching, international education, and was the 2015 recipient of the ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering Award.

His research is concerned with the development of new methods of modeling construction and manufacturing systems, and improving the performance of these systems using artificial intelligence methods.  He is currently chair of the Editorial Board for ASCE’s Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, and Specialty Editor for Elsevier’s Journal of Advanced Engineering Informatics. Dr. Flood was previously Chair of the Executive Committee of TCCIT (the Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology) for the American Society of Civil Engineers.

 

Edward Minchin

Edward Minchin

M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management
Professor
352-273-1153
RINKER 302

Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Pennsylvania State University;
Master of Engineering, Civil Engineering, University of Florida
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Florida

Dr. Edward Minchin is currently Professor at the M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Construction Management at the University of Florida.  In a 34-year career, Dr. Minchin has worked as part of eight major areas of the construction process.  He has been a laborer, construction contractor, designer, inspector, construction owner, researcher, consultant, and adjudicator.

After earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida, Dr. Minchin worked as a construction estimator for Couch Construction Company in Tampa, and later for the Florida Department of Transportation, where he rose to the position of Chief Area Construction.  After 14 years in industry, he obtained a PhD in Civil Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Master’s degree in Liberal Arts from Harvard University.

Dr. Minchin has over 140 publications, including two books, and seven book chapters.  He served as External Examiner, and committee member for a doctoral thesis in the Department of Civil Engineering; Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain, as well as Northeastern University.  He currently simultaneously holds three professorships:  the UF Term, UF Research Foundation, and Holland Professorships.  He has served as was a Visiting Scholar at Northeastern University in 2015-16, and was selected as a Keynote Speaker at four international Construction Conferences in the last 10 years, in Panama, China, Canada, and Thailand.

 

James G. Sullivan

James G. Sullivan

M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management
Director of Undergraduate Program
// Assistant Professor
352-273-1154
RINKER 309

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Florida, 2007
Master of Building Construction, 2001
Master of the Arts in Mass Communications, 1990
Bachelor of Science in Advertising, April 1988

Areas of Focus:
Sustainability (Building Energy, Built Environment Resilience, Smart Buildings/Cities, Sustainable Construction)
Focus on LEED and GBCI accreditation training and building certification. Emphasis on whole building design and cost alternatives.

Bio:
Dr. James Sullivan
is the Charles R. Perry Sr. Lecturer and Program Director at the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida.  Dr. Sullivan’s research insterests includes sustainable high-performance design and construction of the built environment, labor productivity, schedule adherence best practices, Lean processes and professional developement.  Dr. Sullivan has received the several teaching and service honors including the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) National Excellence Teaching Award (2011), ASC Regional Excellence Teaching Award, the College of Design, Construction and Planning Teacher of the Year Award, and the College of Design, Construction and Planning Outstanding Service Award.  He also serves as the ASC Region 2 Director and on several advisory boards relating to worker training and education.  Dr. Sullivan has also facilitated the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Build Your Future Florida web portal that provides access to careers in construction.

Dr. Sullivan received a Bachelors of Science Degree, a Master of Arts in Mass Communication, a Masters in Building Construction, and a Doctor of Philosophy all from the University of Florida.  His professional experience includes being an Operations Director for CPPI with a focus on Healthcare projects, a Project Manager for Clark Construction, and an Owner’s Representative for Hines Real Estate Development.

Dr. Sullivan’s teaching focus is focused on field and management career readiness.  He has taught a variety of courses with most current focus on field communication and techniques as well as pre-professional project management courses.  He also provides leadership with regard to student groups and competition teams.  He has worked with teams with focuses on sustainability, concrete, risk, and commercial projects.

Robert J. Ries

Robert J. Ries

M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management
Professor
352-273-1155
RINKER 304

Ph. D. in Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University, 1999
MS in Architecture Carnegie Mellon University, 1995
B. Arch, Pratt Institute, 1982

Areas of Focus: 
Sustainability (Building Energy, Building Materials, Built Environment Resilience, Renewable Energy, Smart Buildings/Cities Sustainable Architecture and Design, Sustainable Construction, Sustainable Technology)
The spatial dimensions of work range from assessing indoor environmental quality in spaces to modeling water resources regionally to modeling the potential for ground-level ozone formation nationally. The dimensions of interest range from the health and performance of people, life cycle pollution generation and resources, and life cycle financial performance, sometimes all at once, based on a foundation of ethics. Research indicates that of the range of environmental impacts we generally consider in sustainability and resilience, biodiversity has been impacted to the greatest extent, and in my opinion, biodiversity impact is an under-appreciated environmental impact of the built environment.

Special Fields Green Building, Sustainable Development, Life Cycle Assessment in the Construction Process Employers University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado, Brooklyn Design and Fabrication AC3D Architectural Firm Publications More than 80 publications in the area of life cycle assessment and optimization, green building construction, and environmental impact assessment of buildings.

William O’Dell

William O’Dell

M.E. Rinker, Sr, School of Construction Management, Shimberg Center for Housing Studies
Associate Research Professor; Director, Shimberg Center for Housing Studies
(352) 273-1171
RINKER 323

Areas of Focus:
Sustainability 
(Built Environment Resilience, Housing)

Sherry Ahrentzen

Sherry Ahrentzen

M.E. Rinker, Sr, School of Construction Management, Shimberg Center for Housing Studies
Professor Emeritus

B.A., Psychology, University of California, San Diego, 1977
M.A., PhD, Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine, 1982, 1980

Special Fields: Housing/Residential: Building Performance for Occupant Health, Post-Occupancy Evaluation, Community/Neighborhood Development, Sustainability, Special Populations (elderly, disability) Employers: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Arizona State University, University of Florida Publications: Over 60 published articles, chapters and reports, including publication in Journal of Housing for the Elderly, Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, Harvard Design Magazine, Journal of Social Issues, Planning, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and Progressive Architecture, among others. Co-edited book, New Households, New Housing, with Karen Franck. Member: AIA Housing and Design Research Consortium American Institute of Architects American Association of University Women Environmental Design Research Association Planners Network Awards: ACSA Distinguished Professor Award EDRA Career Award ARCC James Haecker Distinguished Leadership in Architectural Research Award

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