UCF Facts

Established in 1963, UCF is a metropolitan public research university located in Orlando, Florida. UCF is a member institution of the State University System of Florida, and is the second largest university in the United States by enrollment.



The Department offers Ph.D. and M.S.C.E. degrees in Civil Engineering for students who are interested in pursuing their graduate studies in construction engineering. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available for M.S.C.E. students.



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Latest News

April 14, 2015

Dr. Behzadan Receives UCF Teaching Award

Dr. Behzadan is one of the recipients of the 2014-15 UCF Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award. This competitive award is given to selected full-time faculty in recognition of their teaching quality and effectiveness, continuing commitment to instruction, and innovation and creativity in instruction.

April 7, 2015

Reza Akhavian Defends Ph.D. Dissertation

DESIMAL researcher, Reza Akhavian successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation on data-driven simulation modeling of construction and infrastructure operations using process knowledge discovery. Congratulations and we wish him all the success as he enters the next phase of his professional career.

November 6, 2014

DESIMAL to Host Women Workshop in 2015

DESIMAL is awarded a competetive grant from the Engineering Information Foundation (EiF) to host the first "Women in Construction" Camp in partnership with two universities from Brazil and China. The goal of this event will be to introduce talented female graduate students to opportunities, resources, and challenges of an independent career in academia, and to prepare them for mentoring next generations of STEM students in developing countries.

September 16, 2014

Reza Akhavian Receives SIGSIM Travel Grant

DESIMAL researcher, Reza Akhavian has received a competitive travel grant from the Special Interest Group on Simulation and Modeling (SIGSIM) of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) to attend and present at the 2014 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) in Savannah, GA. Congratulations Reza! »

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Upcoming Events

June 21-23, 2015

IWCCE 2015

The University of Texas at Austin will host the 2015 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering. The IWCCE is held bi-annually and features leading contributions to computing in civil engineering from around the world. The workshop features advances in data sensing and analysis, visualization, modeling and simulation, and education. »

October 5-7, 2015

CONVR 2015

The 2015 International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality (CONVR) will be held in Banff, Alberta. This conference is dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge on methods, applications, and technologies related to the use of virtual reality and augmented reality in building and civil Engineering. »

October 11-14, 2015


The 6th International Conference on Construction Engineering and Project Management (ICCEPM) will be held in Busan, Korea. This conference provides a venue to showcase and exchange state-of-the-art CEPM knowledge and lessons learned in areas such as construction planning and control, construction IT, finance and property development, and practical and emerging issues in construction. »

May 31 - June 2, 2016

CRC 2016

The Construction Research Congress (CRC) is the prime international conference in the area of construction engineering and management. This conference is organized every two years by the ASCE Construction Institute. In 2016, this conference will be hosted in San Juan, PR. The theme for this conference is “Old and New Technologies Convene in Historic San Juan”. »


Amir H. Behzadan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

301-J Engineering Bldg. II

Phone: (407)823-2480

Fax: (407)823-3315

Email: amir.behzadan@ucf.edu


Reza Akhavian

Ph.D. Candidate and Research Assistant

180 Engineering Bldg. II

Email: reza@knights.ucf.edu

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Elshan Asadi

Research Scholar

180 Engineering Bldg. II

Email: elshan.asadi@ucf.edu


Lianne Brito

UCF L.E.A.R.N Undergraduate Researcher

180 Engineering Bldg. II

Email: lianne.brito@Knights.ucf.edu


Zeina El-Habbal

Undergraduate Student Teaching Assistant

216 Engineering Bldg. II

Email: zelhabbal@knights.ucf.edu