Gheisari Named New Rinker School Director of Graduate Programs and Research

Wednesday, July 3, 2024
By: Kyle Niblett

M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management Director Robert F. Cox, Ph.D., announced Masoud Gheisari, Ph.D. as the school’s new director of graduate programs and research. The promotion took effect July 1, 2024.

Gheisari serves as an associate professor in Rinker and leads the Human-Centered Technology in Construction (HCTC) research lab. His research focuses on the theoretical and experimental investigation of human-robot interaction in construction and technology-supported education innovation. He earned his Ph.D. in Building Construction in 2013 from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

To date, he has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in the fields of virtual/augmented/mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) and safe human-drone interaction in construction. His work has received support worth over $1.7m in grants from external funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Labor, NIOSH’s Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), and ELECTRI International. Dr. Gheisari is the recipient of Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) International Outstanding Researcher Award (2021), ENR Southeast’s Top Young Professional (2020), UF DCP Undergraduate Faculty Teaching Award (2019), BCN Nancy Perry Teaching Award (2019), Russell J. Alessi ELECTRI International Early Career Award (2018), UF DCP Faculty Research Award (2018), ASC Southeast’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2018), and ASCE ExCEEd Fellowship (2015). He also serves as an Associate Editor for ASCE’s Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering.

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