Construction engineering and management


The interdisciplinary CU Denver Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) program is backed by industry and supported by accredited schools of architecture and business. At CU Denver, research in construction engineering and management focuses on:

  • decision-making and optimal selection of building and infrastructure upgrades
  • state-of-the-art techniques for operating buildings and infrastructure projects
  • innovative planning and construction practices

Ongoing and emerging research

  • Optimal building operation and renovation within limited upgrade budgets
  • State-of-the-art techniques to optimize construction cost, duration, quality, safety, and sustainability
  • Sustainability of existing and new buildings
  • Optimization of commuting needs for businesses
  • Repair, evaluation, maintenance, and rehabilitation of civil infrastructure such as dams, buildings, bridges, and street and street subsystems
  • Use of building information modeling (BIM) to aid in creating optimal design, construction, and operation of buildings
  • Promotion of sustainability and social quality of life in buildings
  • Theories, methods, and tools for multidisciplinary systems thinking in high-performance building
  • Construction worker health and productivity
  • Construction innovation and enterprise

Active projects (funded)

California Department of Transportation

  • Developing Commute Optimization System to Minimize Negative Environmental Impacts, Time and Cost of Business Commuters, Funded project by Caltrans

California Energy Commission

  • Bolt to College Innovative Mobility Service Demonstrations with Zero-Emission Vehicles

University Transportation Center, Mountain Plains Consortium

  • Business & Commute Optimization System: Development and Denver Based Case Study
  • Multi-Business Commute Optimization system (MBCOS): System Development and Case Study

GE Johnson

  • Assessing Construction Worker Physiological Factors to Maximize Productivity and Safety

Associated General Contractors

  • Trends in Construction Defect Litigation


Moatassem Abdallah

Moatassem Abdallah, PhD

Assistant Professor

Civil Engineering

Phone: 303-315-7566


Heidi Brothers, PhD

Assistant Professor

Civil Engineering

Phone: 303-315-7475


Caroline Clevenger

Caroline Clevenger, PhD

Associate professor and assistant director

Civil Engineering

Phone: 303-315-7567


Kevin Rens

Kevin Rens, PhD, PE

Chair and Professor

Civil Engineering

Phone: 303-315-7159