Construction Faculty

Somayeh Asadi
The Hartz Family Center Career Assistant Professor of Architectural Engineering
Research Areas: design of energy efficient buildings, sustainable construction materials, life cycle assessment

Paul Bowers
Assistant Professor
Research Areas: architectural building materials, working drawings, Micro-CADD applications for buildings

Robert Leicht
Associate Professor
Research Areas: project delivery methods, collaborative and cross-fuctional teams, high performance buildings, team communication, technology to support interdisciplinary integration and decision-making

John Messner
Charles and Elinor Matts Professor and Director, Computer Integrated Construction Research Program
Research Areas: Building information modeling, virtual reality, process planning, project management, strategic management, execution planning for BIM, virtual prototyping

Esther Obonyo
Associate Professor
Research Areas: Intelligent information and knowledge-based systems for productivity improvement, innovation and engineering entrepreneurship, sustainable structural systems

David Riley
Associate Professor
Research Areas: Sustainable building methods, production planning for building construction, sustainable design with construction emphasis



Widely acknowledged as one of the top Architectural Engineering programs in the world, the Penn State AE Department is dedicated to providing outstanding academic excellence to all of our students. The AE program is focused on preparing students and conducting research in the design, engineering, and construction of building projects.

Department of Architectural Engineering

104 Engineering Unit A

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-6394