Yuting (Tina) Chen, Ph.D.

Yuting (Tina) Chen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering Technology & Construction Management


Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering, University of Toronto, 2017

Master of Management, Construction Management, Tongji University, 2012

Bachelor of Science, Cost Estimating and Control, Shandong Jianzhu University, 2009

Academic employment:

Assistant professor, Department of Engineering Technology and Construction Management, UNC Charlotte, 08/2019-present

Postdoctoral fellow, focused on “UAV (drones) + BIM vs. construction safety”, Purdue University, 09/2018-08/2019

Postdoctoral fellow, focused on “Benchmarking safety climate of the Ontario construction industry based on evidence from industrial plants”, University of Toronto, 09/2017-08/2018

Research Interests:

Data analytics, construction safety, automation/robotics/VR/BIM, organizational and individual resilience vs. construction safety, organizational maturity vs. risk management of projects

Teaching courses:

  • CMET 4129L Construction Planning, Fall 2019
  • ETGR 2230 Occupational Safety, Fall 2019

Note: courses will be updated each semester

Services and professional involvement:

  • Reviewer: Journal of Safety Research, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Safety, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, etc.
  • Member of ASCE Data Sensing and Analysis Committee
  • Associate member of American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Associate member of Canadian Society for Civil Engineering

Honors and achievements:

Postdoc conference travel grant, Purdue University


ASCE Construction Research Council Best Paper Award


Doctor Completion Award, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto


SGS Conference Travel Grant, University of Toronto


Fellowship, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto


Heavy Construction Association of Toronto Graduate Scholarship


Far East Horizon Scholarship, Tongji University


Best Undergraduate Thesis Award in Shandong Province, China


National Scholarship, Ministry of Education, China


National Motivation Scholarship, Ministry of Education, China


First-class Scholarship, Shandong Jianzhu University


Selected publications:

Chen, Y.*, Min, B.C., and Zhang, J. (2019). “Applications of BIM and UAV to Construction Safety.” The 7th International Construction Conference Jointly With the Construction Research Congress (CRC 2019), Montreal, Canada.

Nahangi, M., Chen, Y., and McCabe, B. (2019). “Safety-based efficiency evaluation of construction sites using data envelopment analysis (DEA).” Safety science, Vol. 113: 382-388.

Chen, Y.*, McCabe, B., and Hyatt, D. (2018). “A resilience safety climate model predicting construction safety performance.” Safety Science, Vol. 109: 434-445.

Chen, Y.*, McCabe, B., and Hyatt, D. (2018). “The impact of individual resilience and safety climate on safety performance and psychological stresses of construction workers: a case study in the Ontario construction industry.” Journal of Safety Research, Vol. 61: 167-176.

Chen, Y.*, McCabe, B., and Hyatt, D. (2018). “The relationship between individual resilience, interpersonal conflicts at work, safety performance and stresses of construction workers.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Vol. 143(8), 04017042.

Jia, G., Chen, Y.*, Xue, X., Chen, J., Cao, J., Tang, K. (2011). “Program management organization maturity integrated model for mega construction programs in China.” International Journal of Project Management, Vol. 29(7): 834-845.

*: corresponding author