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Robert Leicht

Associate Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • Architectural Engineering

211 Engineering Unit A

rml167@psu.edu

814-863-2080

Research Areas:

Building Construction

Interest Areas:

 
 

 

Education

  • Bachelors of Architectural Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Penn State, 2005
  • Masters of Architectural Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Penn State, 2005
  • Ph D, Architectural Engineering, Penn State, 2009

Publications

Parts of Book

  • J. M. Messner and R. M. Leicht, 2012, Experiencing Digital Design: Developing Interactive Workspaces for Visualizing, Editing and Interacting with Digital Design Artifacts., pp. 238-256

Journal Articles

  • Bryan Franz, Robert Leicht, Keith Molenaar and John Messner, 2017, "Impact of Team Integration and Group Cohesion on Project Delivery Performance", ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 143, (1), pp. 10
  • Miaomiao Niu and Robert Leicht, 2016, "Information Exchange Requirements for Building Walk-Through Energy Audits", Journal of Science and Technology for the Built Environment, 22, (3), pp. 8
  • Bryan W Franz, Robert Leicht and K Molenaar, 2016, "An alternative classification of project delivery methods used in the United States building construction industry", Construction Management and Economics, 34, (3), pp. 13
  • Li Jiang and Robert Leicht, 2016, "Supporting automated constructability checking for formwork construction: an ontology.", Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 21, (28), pp. 22
  • Robert Leicht, S Zappe, M Whelton and K S Hochstedt, 2015, "Employing an Energy Audit Field Context for Scenario-Based Learning Activities", International Journal of Engineering Education, 31, (4)
  • Robert Leicht, Bryan Franz and Keith R Molenaar, 2014, "Successful University Research Programs with Extensive Industry Involvement", Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, 19, (1), pp. 57–62
  • Robert Leicht, John Messner and Ute Poerschke, 2014, "INVOLVE: Developing interactive workspaces that impact communication and task performance when using virtual prototypes", Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 28, (2), pp. 191–201
  • Pelin Gultekin, Chinemelu J Anumba and Robert Leicht, 2014, "Case study of integrated decision-making for deep energy-efficient retrofits", International Journal of Energy Sector Management, 8, (4), pp. 434–455
  • Li Jiang and Robert Leicht, 2014, "Automated Rule-Based Constructability Checking: Case Study of Formwork", Journal of Management in Engineering, 31, (1), pp. 10
  • Pelin Gultekin, Sinem Mollaoglu-Korkmaz, David R Riley and Robert Leicht, 2013, "Process Indicators to Track Effectiveness of High-Performance Green Building Projects", Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 139, (12), pp. A4013005.1-8
  • Bryan W Franz, Robert Leicht and David R Riley, 2013, "Project impacts of specialty mechanical contractor design involvement in the health care industry: comparative case study", Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 139, (9), pp. 1091–1097
  • R. M. Leicht, Gretchen A. Macht, David R. Riley and John I. Messner, 2012, "Emotional intelligence provides indicators for team performance in an engineering course.", Engineering Project Organization Journal
  • Robert Leicht, Sarah E Zappe, Thomas Litzinger and John Messner, 2012, "Employing the Classroom Flip to move "Lecture" out of the Classroom", Journal of Applications and Practices in Engineering Education, 3, (1), pp. 19–31
  • Bryan Franz and Robert Leicht, 2012, "Initiating IPD Concepts on Campus Facilities with a" Collaboration Addendum", Construction Research Congress 2012, pp. 61–70
  • Stephen Fox, R M Leicht and John Messner, 2010, "Assessing the Relevance of Media Synchronicity Theory to the Use of Communication Media in the AECO Industry", Journal of Architectural Engineering, 16, (2), pp. 54-62
  • Robert Leicht, Samuel T Hunter, Chitwan Saluja and John Messner, 2009, "Implementing observational research methods to study team performance in construction management", Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 136, (1), pp. 76–86
  • R. M. Leicht, J. Messner and C. Anumba, 2009, "A Framework for Using Interactive Workspaces for Effective Collaboration.", Next Generation Construction IT: Technology Foresight, Future Studies, Roadmapping, and Scenario Planning, 14, pp. 108-203
  • Robert Leicht and John Messner, 2008, "Moving toward an ‘intelligent’shop modeling process", ITCon, 13, pp. 286-302
  • R. Leicht and J. Messner, 2008, "Moving Toward an 'Intelligent' Shop Modeling Process.", International Journal of Information Technology in Construction (ITcon), CIB. Special Issue Case studies of BIM use., 13, pp. 286-302

Conference Proceedings

  • Issa Ramaji, John and Robert Leicht, 2016, "Leveraging building information models in IFC to perform energy analysis in OpenStudio.", ASHRAE, 6, (1)
  • Miaomiao Niu, Robert Leicht and Steve Rowlinson, 2016, "The relationship among safety culture model constructs in construction."
  • Katie Gonzales, Somayeh Asadi and Robert Leicht, 2016, "On the evaluation of the main drivers of motivation in the construction industry", pp. 8
  • Miaomiao Niu, Robert Leicht and Steve Rowlinson, 2016, "Overview and analysis of safety climate studies in the construction industry", pp. 8
  • Jiang Li, Miaomiao Niu, Robert Leicht and John Messner, 2016, "Developing a taxonomy of construction model uses", pp. 8
  • Miaomiao Niu, Robert Leicht and Steve Rowlinson, 2015, "Exploring the role of owner leadership for improving construction site safety climate"
  • A Townes, B W Franz and Robert Leicht, 2015, "A case study of IPD Team Selection"
  • L Jiang, Robert Leicht and J I Messner, 2015, "Future construction uses of building information models"
  • F Wu, D R Riley and Robert Leicht, 2015, "Value-oriented Approach to Home Energy Audit Process Design"
  • L Jiang, Robert Leicht and J I Messner, 2015, "Aligning Design Information in An Automated, Rule-based Constructability Checking: A Case Study of Formwork"
  • Sanghoon Lee, Jason W Degraw, William P Bahnfleth, Robert Leicht and John Messner, 2014, "BIM-based Processes and Standardized Information Exchanges for Multizone Airflow Analysis", 2014 ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference, Atlanta, GA, pp. 129–136
  • P. Gultekin, C. J. Anumba and Robert Leicht, 2014, "Development of a decision support system architecture for energy efficient retrofit projects", 2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering, Orlando, FL
  • Tabitha L Sprau Coulter and Robert Leicht, 2014, "A Sensitivity Analysis of Energy Modeling Input Parameters for Energy Retrofit Projects", 2014 Construction Research Congress Construction in a Global Network, Atlanta, GA, pp. 2244–2254
  • Fadi Castronovo, Dragana Nikolic, Sarah E Zappe, Robert Leicht and John Messner, 2014, "Enhancement of Learning Objectives in Construction Engineering Education: A Step toward Simulation Assessment", 2014 Construction Research Congress Construction in a Global Network, Atlanta, GA, pp. 339–348
  • Bryan Franz, Behzad Esmaeili, Robert Leicht, Keith Molenaar and John Messner, 2014, "Exploring the Role of the Team Environment in Building Project Performance", 2014 Construction Research Congress Construction in a Global Network, Atlanta, GA, pp. 1997–2010
  • Li Jiang, Robert Leicht and Gul Kremer, 2014, "Eliciting Constructability Knowledge for BIM-enabled Automated, Rule-based Constructability Review: A Case Study of Formwork", 2014 Construction Research Congress Construction in a Global Network, Atlanta, GA, pp. 319–328
  • Steven K Ayer, Robert Leicht, Gretchen A Macht and David A Nembhard, 2014, "Teams Assessing Teams: How Assessment is Affected by Team Member Personality Traits", 2014 Construction Research Congress, Atlanta, GA, pp. 349–358
  • Gretchen Macht, Robert Leicht and David A Nembhard, 2013, "Personality and Emotional Intelligence Interactions for Engineering Teams: A Preliminary Study", Engineering Project Organizations Conference
  • Pelin Gultekin, Chinemelu J Anumba and Robert Leicht, 2013, "A Cross-Case Analysis of Decision Making Environment for Deep Retrofit Projects", Computing in Civil Engineering (2013), Coventry, UK, pp. 250–258
  • Pelin Gultekin, Chinemelu J Anumba and Robert Leicht, 2013, "Energy consumption reduction strategies through integrated system decisions in deep retrofit project delivery", Sustainable Building and Construction Conference, Coventry, UK, pp. 305–314
  • B. Franz and Robert Leicht, 2013, "Exploring Mediating Effects of Inter-organizational Boundaries on Project Delivery Methods", Engineering Project Organizations Conference, Denver, CO, pp. 11
  • Miaomiao Niu, Tabitha L Sprau Coulter, Robert Leicht, Chinemelu J Anumba and others, 2013, "Information Exchange Requirements for Energy Audits in the Commercial Building Retrofit Sector", American Society of Civil Engineers, pp. 145–152
  • Xue Yang, Yifan Liu, Semiha Ergan, Burcu Akinci, Robert Leicht and John Messner, 2013, "Lessons learned from developing immersive virtual mock-ups to support energy efficient retrofit decision making", International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, pp. 210–217
  • Miaomiao Niu, Tabitha Sprau-Coulter, Robert Leicht and C J Anumba, 2013, "Information Exchange Requirements for Energy Audits in Commercial Building Retrofit Sector", pp. 145-152
  • Yu Nan, Yufei Jiang, Lannan Luo, Sanghoon Lee, Abdou Jallow, Dinghao Wu, John Messner, Robert Leicht and John Yen, 2013, "Integrating BIMserver and OpenStudio for energy efficient building", pp. 516-523
  • P. Gultekin, C. J. Anumba and Robert Leicht, 2013, "A Cross-case Analysis of Decision Making Environment for Deep Retrofit Projects", International Workshop on computing in Civil Engineering, Los Angeles, CA, pp. 250-258
  • Jared C Zoller, Michael Whelton and Robert M Leicht, 2013, "Developing Energy Conservation Measure Assembly Costs for Rapid Integrated Retrofit Feasibility"
  • Behzad Esmaeili, Bryan Franz, Keith Molenaar, Robert Leicht and John Messner, 2013, "A review of critical success factors and performance metrics on construction projects", 4th Construction Specialty Conference, 1, pp. 10
  • Gretchen Macht, Robert Leicht and David A Nembhard, 2013, "Emotional Intelligence, Communication and Team Performance", Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, pp. 12
  • Li Jiang, Ryan L. Solnosky and Robert Leicht, 2013, "Virtual prototyping for constructability review", 4th Construction Specialty Conference, pp. 8
  • Tabitha L Sprau Coulter, Craig R Dubler and Robert Leicht, 2013, "Developing a Standard Energy Auditing Process for Pennsylvania State University", pp. 891–901
  • Pelin Gultekin, Chinemelu J Anumba and Robert Leicht, 2013, "Towards an integrated process model and decision support system for high performance green retrofits", Architectural Engineering Insitute, pp. 912-923
  • C Dossick, Robert Leicht and G Neff, 2013, "BIM Work spaces", pp. 10
  • S Safa Eslambolchi and Robert M. Leicht, 2013, "Benchmarking and advancing construction safety: an owner's perspective."
  • C. Dossick, R. M. Leicht and G. Neff, 2012, "Understanding how virtual prototypes and workspaces support interdisciplinary learning in Architectural, Engineering and construction education.", Engineering Project Organizations Conference, Rheden, Netherlands, pp. 8
  • Gretchen Macht, Robert Leicht and David A Nembhard, 2012, "Emotional Intelligence Subcategories Predict Team Performance in an Engineering Curriculum,", Engineering Project Organizations Conference
  • Y Jiang, J Ming, Dinghao Wu, John Yen, Prasenjit Mitra, John Messner and Robert Leicht, 2012, "BIM server requirements to support the energy efficient building lifecycle"
  • Sanghoon Lee, Yifan Liu, Sreelatha Chunduri, Ryan L. Solnosky, John Messner, Robert Leicht and Chinemelu J Anumba, 2012, "Development of a process model to support integrated design for energy efficient buildings", ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering, pp. 261-268
  • Y. Jiang, J. Ming, D. Wu, J. Yen, P. Mitra, J. I. Messner and R. M. Leicht, 2012, "BIM Server Requirements to Support the Energy Efficient Building Lifecycle", Computing in Civil Engineering Conference, Clearwater Beach, FL, pp. 365-372
  • S. Lee, Y. Liu, S. Chunduri, R. L. Solnosky, J. I. Messner, R. M. Leicht and C. J. Anumba, 2012, "Development of a Process Map to Support Integrated Design for Energy Efficient Buildings."
  • Y. Liu, R. M. Leicht and J. I. Messner, 2012, "Identify Information Exchanges by Mapping and Analyzing the Integrated Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Design Process.", Computing in Civil Engineering Conference, Clearwater Beach, FL
  • T. Coulter, J. Hinsey, R. M. Leicht and D. Riley, 2012, "Identifying Energy Auditing Information Exchange Requirements by Analyzing the Gaps Between Current Energy Auditing Process and the Ideal Energy Auditing Process for Commercial Retrofit Buildings."
  • B. Franz, P. Gultekin and R. M. Leicht, 2012, "Initiating IPD Concepts on Campus Facilities with a Collaboration Addendum.", ASCE Construction Research Council, West Lafayette, IN
  • S. K. Ayer, R. M. Leicht and C. Smith, 2012, "Assessing the Impact of Physical Prototyping in First; Year Engineering Education.", ASCE Construction Research Council
  • Bryan W Franz, Robert Leicht and David R Riley, 2011, "Project impacts of specialty contractor design involvement in the healthcare industry: A comparative case study"
  • G Macht, R M Leicht, D Riley and J I Messner, 2011, "Emotional Intelligence Provides Indicators for Team Performance in Engineering Curriculum", Engineering Project Organizations Conference, pp. 16
  • B. W. Franz, D. R. Riley and R. M. Leicht, 2011, "Early Involvement of the Mechanical Contractor to Improve Design Integration: A Comparative Case Study.", CN-209, pp. 1-8
  • R Solnosky, M K Parfitt, R Holland, R M Leicht and J I Messner, 2011, "Team Integration Through a Capstone Design Course Implementing BIM and IPD", pp. 10
  • R M Leicht, E Enache-Pommer and B W Franz, 2011, "Carrying Over Integrated Project Delivery Concepts to a Non-IPD Project: A Comparative Case Study", pp. 0
  • B W Franz, D R Riley and R M Leicht, 2011, "Early Involvement of the Mechanical Contractor to Improve Design Integration: A Comparative Case Study", pp. 0
  • Robert Leicht, PMP Moawia Abdelkarim and John Messner, 2010, "Gaining end user involvement through virtual reality mock-ups: a medical facility case study", Proceedings of the CIB W78, pp. 10
  • Sarah E Zappe, Robert Leicht, John Messner, Thomas Litzinger and Hyeon Woo Lee, 2009, ""Flipping" the classroom to explore active learning in a large undergraduate course", American Society for Engineering Education
  • R. M. Leicht, A. Lewis, D. R. Riley, J. I. Messner and G. B. Darnell, 2009, "Assessing Traits for Success in Individual and Team Performance in an Engineering Course.", pp. 1358-1367
  • R. M. Leicht and J. I. Messner, 2009, "Improving Site Utilization Planning Through the use of Interactive Workspaces.", ASCE Construction Research Congress, pp. 437-446
  • R. M. Leicht, C. R. Dubler and J. I. Messner, 2008, "Evaluating Building Information Modeling Requirements for Trade Coordination at the Dickinson School of Law."
  • R. M. Leicht, K. Maldovan and J. I. Messner, 2007, "A Framework to Analyze the Effectiveness of Team Interactions in Virtual Environments.", pp. 100-109
  • Lingyun Wang, John Messner and Robert Leicht, 2007, "Assessement of 4D Modeling For Schedule Visualization in Construction Engineering Education", 3, pp. 1
  • L. Wang, J. I. Messner and R. M. Leicht, 2007, "Assessment of 4D Modeling for Schedule Visualization in Construction Engineering Education."
  • R. M. Leicht and J. I. Messner, 2007, "Comparing Traditional Schematic Design Documentation to a Schematic Building Information Model.", Proceedings of the CIB W78

Magazines/Trade Publications

  • Keith Molenaar and Robert Leicht, 2015, "Study shows importance of team integration", (2), pp. 4

Technical Reports

  • Keith Molenaar, Robert Leicht, John Messner, Bryan Franz and Behzad Esmaeili, 2015, "Examining the Role of Integration in the Success of Building Construction Projects", pp. 170
  • Megan Wortman, Robert Leicht, Nevena Zikic and John Messner, 2008, "The Long and Foster Headquarters Building: A Building Information Modeling Case Study"

Working Papers

Research Projects

  • July 2012 - June 2016, "Virtual Construction Simulator 3," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation - Transforming Undergraduate Education).
  • September 2014 - August 2016, "Future Construction Needs of Virtual design models," (Sponsor: Construction Industry Institute).
  • May 2015 - April 2016, "CBEI - Open Studio Enhancements," (Sponsor: Department of Energy).
  • May 2015 - April 2016, "CBEI - BIM Guide to Energy Retrofits," (Sponsor: Department of Energy).
  • July 2014 - June 2015, "Integrated Studio Grant," (Sponsor: Raymond A. Bowers).
  • May 2014 - April 2015, "CBEI - Open Studio Enhancements," (Sponsor: Department of Energy).
  • May 2014 - April 2015, "CBEI - Collaborative Workspaces and IT Infrastructure for Integrated Design," (Sponsor: Department of Energy).
  • February 2013 - January 2014, "Energy Efficient Buildings Hub Task 3.4 - Visualization," (Sponsor: Department of Energy).
  • September 2013 - June 2014, "Active Learning for Electrical System Constructability Evaluation," (Sponsor: ELECTRI International).
  • February 2013 - January 2014, "Energy Efficient Buildings Hub, Task 2.2 - Energy Audit," (Sponsor: Department of Energy).
  • February 2013 - January 2014, "Energy Efficient Buildings Hub, Task 3.1 - Enterprise Architecture," (Sponsor: Department of Energy).
  • February 2013 - January 2014, "Energy Efficient Buildings Hub, Task 3.2 Visualization," (Sponsor: Department of Energy).
  • February 2013 - January 2014, "Energy Efficient Buildings Hub, Task 3.3 - Datahub," (Sponsor: Department of Energy).
  • August 2012 - July 2014, "Integrated Guide to Project Delivery," (Sponsor: Charles Pankow Foundation).
  • March 2011 - March 2013, "Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Owners Guide," (Sponsor: Charles Pankow Foundation).
  •   -  , "Energy Efficient buildings Hub Task 2.4 - Energy Audit," (Sponsor: Department of Energy).
  •   -  , "Owner Safety Benchmarking," (Sponsor: PSU Office of Physical Plant).

Honors and Awards

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Coordinator, AE Research Seminar Series, January 2013 - May 2015
  • Chairperson, Climate and Events Committee, August 2010 - August 2015
  • Member, AEI Conference 2013 Planning Committee, January 2011 - May 2013
  • Member, Thesis/Capstone Committee, January 2011 - May 2013
  • Member, Department Website Committee, January 2010 - May 2013
  • Advisor, Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), January 2010 - May 2011
  • Advisor, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), January 2011 - May 2011
  • Advisor, Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), January 2011
  • Committee Member, Undergraduate Studies Committee, January 2015
  • Member, Scholarships and Awards Committee, August 2012
  • Coordinator, Construction Faculty Option, January 2011
  • Advisor, Master of Architectural Engineering (MAE), August 2011
  • Member, Penn State Fulbright Review Committee, January 2011
  • Director, Partnership for Achieving Construction Excellence, PACE, January 2011
  • Advisor, Student Chapter of the Partnership for Achieving Construction Excellence (S:PACE), August 2011

Service to External Organizations:

  • Co-Organizer, Co-chair and technical committee member, Engineering Project Organizations, Conference Planning, January 2012 - June 2016
  • , Chair and Founding Member, Arch. Engr. Inst. (BIM) Committee, August 2011 - December 2015
  • Board Member, Board Member for Local Community of Practice, Lean Construction Institute, August 2010 - December 2014
  • Organizer, Arrange a visit to Immersive Construction Lab, March 2011
  • Member, Associate member, American Society of Civil Engineerings, January 2010
  • Member, National Building Information Modeling Standards Project Committee, May 2011
  • Member, Member, American Society of Engineering Education, January 2010
  • Committee Member, Committee Member, Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI), Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) 2013 Conference Committee, January 2011
 


 

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