Civil Engineering


Sadegh Asgari

Academic Title

Associate Professor, Civil Engineering

Additional Title

  • Zampell Family Faculty Fellow
  • Director, Complex Dynamic Systems Lab; Faculty Liaison, Engineering Management M.S. Program
Research Interests

  • Construction Management and Economics
  • Decision Theory
  • Game Theory
  • Infrastructure Development
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Operations Research

Research Summary

My primary research goals are directed toward developing new technologies and decision-making tools to advance analysis and design of complex dynamic systems. My interdisciplinary works apply elegant mathematical models and advanced simulation techniques for decision support in design, construction and operation of infrastructure systems.


  • Ph.D.Civil EngineeringColumbia University
  • M.Phil.Civil EngineeringColumbia University
  • M.S.Construction Engineering and ManagementIran University of Science and Technology
  • B.S.Civll EngineeringTehran Polytechnic

Areas of Expertise

  • Complex Systems
  • Joint Resource Management
  • Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems

Recent Publications

Asgari, S., Song, X., and Odeh, I. (2017). “Managing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Civil Infrastructure Projects Using Green Performance Bond.” In International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure, New York City. NY.

Blackwood, J., Asadi, S., Mohammadpour, A., Karan, E., and Asgari, S. (2017). “Stochastic Optimization Model for Sustainable Water Treatment with Minimal Energy Use.” International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, Seattle. WA.

Asgari, S., Awwad, R., Kandil, A., and Odeh, I. (2016). “Impact of Considering Need for Work and Risk on Performance of Construction Contractors: An Agent-based Approach.” Journal of Automation in Construction.

Asgari, S., Kandil, A. and Odeh, I. (2016). “Optimal Risk Attitude for Construction Contractors in Competitive Bidding Environments.” 2016 Construction Research Congress (CRC), San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Awwad, R., Asgari, S., and Kandil, A. (2014). “Developing a Virtual Laboratory for Construction Bidding Environment Using Agent-based Modeling.” Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering.

Asgari, S., Afshar, A., and Madani, K. (2013). “Cooperative Game Theoretic Framework for Joint Resource Management in Construction.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management.

Honors and Awards

  • Zampell Family Faculty Fellow
  • Faculty Fellowship, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Merrimack College, 2018.
  • Winning paper for the IISE Construction Division student paper competition, Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineer, 2016.
  • SEAS Class Day Marshal, Columbia University, 2016.
  • Nominee, Presidential Awards for Outstanding Teaching by Graduate Students, Columbia University, 2013 and 2014.
  • First honor student, M.S. program of Construction Engineering and Management, Iran University of Science and Technology, 2008.