Dong Zhao, LEED®AP

Dong Zhao

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PhD Program Director; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
School of Planning, Design and Construction



Bachelors: Bachelor in engineering in construction engineering from Chongqing University.
Masters: Masters of science in engineering management from Chongqing University and Masters of science in building science from Virginia Tech.
PhD: PhD in building construction from Virginia Tech.

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Dr. Zhao is the Director of the doctoral program of Planning, Design & Construction (PhD of PDC) at Michigan State University. He is an associate professor of construction management and adjunct associate professor of civil engineering. Prior to joining MSU, he earned his PhD and conducted postdoctoral research at Virginia Tech.  He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Award, and an ASCE Best Journal Paper Award. He is a LEED AP, a TEDx speaker, and a member of Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society. He currently serves as an officer for the ASCE’s Data Sensing and Analysis (DSA) Committee.

His research focuses on human-building integration towards smart and sustainable cities. His research integrates human factors into building systems through advanced computing for energy efficiency, productivity, and health. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, US Department of Transportation, US Economic Development Administration, Michigan Department of Transportation, and other agencies and associations. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. He serves as a reviewer for agencies/foundations in the US, Europe, and Asia, and for more than 60 international journals and conferences.  

Expertise Areas

  • Building Information Modeling (BIM), Virtual Design & Construction (VDC)
  • Green Buildings, Energy Modeling, and Sustainable Development
  • Human Building Interactions and Sustainable Work Systems
  • Smart Buildings, Smart Cities & Infrastructure
  • Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality, and Data Sensing in Built Environment