Don Chen, Ph.D., LEED A.P.

Don Chen, Ph.D.,LEED A.P.
Associate Professor
Civil Engineering Technology & Construction Management
Office: 
SMITH 237
Phone: 
704-687-5036
Degrees & Professional Registration: 
  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, August 2006
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, December 2002
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China, July 1992
  • LEED AP since June 2009
Research: 
  • Pavement Management Systems
  • Parametric Modeling and Visualization in Design and Construction
  • Accelerated Bridge Construction 
Other Professional Appointments: 
  • Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Technology and Construction Management, The William States Lee College of Engineering, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, July 2015 – present
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Technology and Construction Management, The William States Lee College of Engineering, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, May 2009 – June 2015
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Technology, College of Applied Sciences and Technology, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, August 2006 – August 2009
  • Project Engineer, MWH-Boda Environmental Engineering Group, Beijing, China, January 1999 – August 2000
  • Structural Engineer, Wuzhou Engineering Services, Beijing, China, July 1992 – January 1999 
Research Grants: 
  • PI, “Development of Performance Curves for Composite Pavements in PMS.” North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). 8/1/2015 ~ 7/31/2017.
  • PI, “Setting Appropriate Benefit/Condition Jumps for Pavement Treatments in PMS.”  North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). 8/1/2015 ~ 7/31/2017.
  • PI, “Evaluation of Benefit Weight Factors and Decision Trees for Automated Distress Data Models.” North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). 8/16/2014 ~ 8/15/2016.
  • PI, “Development of IRI Limits and Targets for Network Management and Construction Approval Purposes.” North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). 8/16/2012 ~ 8/15/2014.
  • Co-PI, “Inclusion of Maintenance in Life Cycle Costs of Flexible and Rigid Pavements.” North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). 8/16/2012 ~ 8/15/2014. (PI – Dr. John Hildreth).
  • PI, “Development and Validation of Pavement Deterioration Models and Analysis Weight Factors for the NCDOT Pavement Management System.” North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), 4/16/2011 ~ 6/30/2014.
  • Co-PI, “Generating Construction Schedules Using OPEN BIM (Building Information Modeling) Based ifCXML Technology in Highway Constructions.” buildingSMART International, 3/1/2013-11/30/2013. (PI – Dr. Hyunjoo Kim).
  • PI, “A Project-Based Integrated Work/Review Cycle (PBIWR) for Design and Learning of Accelerated Construction Monitoring.” University of North Carolina at Charlotte Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Grant. 1/10/2011 ~ 12/16/2011.
Recent Publications: 
  • Chen, D., Mastin, N. (accepted in August 2015). “Sigmoidal Models for Predicting Pavement Performance Conditions.” Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE.
  • Chen, D., Cavalline, T., Mastin, N. (In Press, 2015). “Development  of  Piecewise  Linear  Performance  Models  for  Flexible  Pavements  Using  PMS  Data.” Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE.
  • Chen, D. and Dye, M. (2014). “Evaluation of Initial IRI Values as Acceptance Criteria for Flexible Pavements.” International Journal of Engineering Research & Innovation (IJERI), Fall/Winter 2014, Vol. 6 (2): 55-61.
  • Cho, C.S., Chen, D., and Woo, S.K. (2012). “Building Information Modeling (BIM)-based Design of Energy Efficient Buildings.” Journal of Korean Institute of Building Information Modeling (KIBIM), Vol. 2 (1): 1-6.
  • Chen, D., Jahren, C.T., Lee, H., Williams, R. C., Kim, S., Heitzman, M., and Kim, J. (2010). “Effects of Recycled Materials on Long-Term Performance of Cold In-Place Recycled Asphalt Roads.” Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE, June 2010, Vol. 24 (3): 275-280.
  • Kim, J., Lee, H., Jahren, C.T., Heitzman, M., and Chen, D. (2010). “Life Expectancy of Cold In-Place Recycled Roads in Iowa.” Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE, June 2010, Vol. 24 (3): 265-274.
  • Thomas, H. R., Horman, M. J., Minchin, R. E., Chen, D. (2003). “Improving Labor Flow Reliability for Better Productivity as Lean Construction.”  Journal  of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 129(3): 251-261.
  • Thomas, H. R., Minchin, R. E., Chen, D. (2003). “Role of Workforce Management in Bridge Superstructure Labor Productivity.” Journal of Management in Engineering, ASCE, 19 (1): 9-16.
  • Chen, D., Cavalline, T., and Mastin, N. (2015). “Piecewise Linear Models for Ordinal Pavement Distress Data.” Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Managing Pavement Assets (ICMPA9), May 18-21, 2015, Washington D.C.
  • Chen, D., Mastin, N., and Nicholas, T.  (2015). “Development of Pavement Performance Models for the NCDOT PMS.” Proceedings  of  the  9th  International Conference  on  Managing  Pavement  Assets  (ICMPA9),  May  18-21,  2015, Washington D.C.
  • Chen, D., Dye, M. (2014). “Evaluation of Initial IRI Values as Acceptance Criteria for Flexible Pavements.”  Proceedings of the 4th IAJC/ISAM Joint International Conference, September 25-27, 2014, Orlando, Florida.
  • Nicholas, T., Chen, D. (2014). “Multicourse Undergraduate Learning Communities.” Proceedings of the 121st ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, June 15-18, 2014, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Chen, D., Chen, S., and Gehrig B. (2013). “A Project-Based Integrated Work/Review Cycle (PBIWR) for Design and Learning of Accelerated Construction Monitoring.” Proceedings of the 120th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, June 23-26, 2013, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Ma, J., Chen, D., Zhang, X.G, and Sui, Z., (2012). “Redundancy-Based Safety Performance Optimization of Large-Scale Glass Facade Structures.” Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on Structural Engineering, November 17-19, 2012, Wuhan, China.
  • Chen, D., and Hildreth, J., (2012). “BIMing Construction Engineering Curricula.” Proceedings of the 119th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, June 10-13, 2012, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Chen, D., and Ma, J., (2011). “Development of a BIM-based Framework for the Fenestration Industry.” Proceedings  of  the  11th  International  Conference  on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality (CONVR) 2011, November 3-4, 2011, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany.
  • Cho, C.S., Chen, D., and Woo, S.K., (2011). “Building Information Modeling (BIM)-based Design of Energy Efficient Buildings.” Proceedings of the 28th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC), June 29-July 2, 2011, Seoul, Korea.
  • Chen, D., and Gehrig, B., (2011). “Implementing Building Information Modeling in Construction Engineering Curricula.” Proceedings of the 118th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, June 26-29, 2011, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • Chen, D., and Gao, Z., (2011). “A Genetic Algorithm Approach to Building Energy Optimization.” Proceedings of the 2011 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, June 19-22, 2011, Miami, Florida.
  • Chen, D., and Chen, S., (2011). “Integrated Learning and Research: The Accelerated Construction Self-Sensing Project.” Proceedings of the 2nd National Conference on Structural Experiment, Detecting Technology and Experimental Education in Civil Engineering, January 14-17, 2011, Shanghai, China.
  • Che, L., Gao, Z. and Chen, D., (2010). “Challenges and Strategies of Implementing Building Information Modeling (BIM) from Contractors’ Perspective.” Proceedings of the  International  Conference  on  Computing  in  Civil  and  Building  Engineering (ICCCBE) 2010 & EG-ICE, June 30-July 2, 2010, Nottingham, United Kingdom.
  • Jones, J.W., and Chen, D. (2009).  “Case Study of One Construction Organization’s Adoption of Lean Construction Practices.” Proceedings  of  the  1st  Association  of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) Annual Conference, November 10-14, 2009, Louisville, Kentucky. 
Honors & Awards: 
  • The 2015 Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award, The William States Lee College of Engineering, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, May 2015
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, March, 2006
  • Crashing Through Award, Dale Carnegie Training – Human Relation and Communication Skills, Ames, Iowa, November 2001