Alex Albert

Assistant Professor

Dr. Alex Albert is an Assistant Professor in the Construction Engineering and Management Program in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2013. He also received a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania in 2010. Dr. Albert’s research focuses on addressing the safety challenges experienced in the construction industry.

 

 

Note: My research group has openings for motivated students interested in addressing safety issues in the construction industry. A limited number of financial assistantships are available.

Education

PH.D. 2013

Civil Engineering

University of Colorado, Boulder

Masters 2010

Structural Engineering`

Lehigh University

B.E. 2007

Civil Engineering

Anna University

Research Description

Dr. Albert’s primary research expertise is in the area of Construction Safety with a particular focus on hazard recognition, risk management, situational awareness, injury prevention, Construction Hazard Prevention through Design (CHPtD), and experimental research. Dr. Albert’s research work has been published in the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Taylor & Francis Construction Management and Economics, Elsevier Safety Science, ASSE Journal of Safety Health and Environmental Research, and others. Dr. Albert’s recent research focused on developing innovative strategies to transform construction hazard recognition. His other past research includes (1) the exploration of a risk-based contingent liability model for electrical transmission and distribution (T&D) line safety investments; (2) modeling the role of social networks in situational awareness and hazard communication; (3) application of andragogical principles for safety knowledge transfer; (4) determination of psychological antecedents of risk-taking behavior in construction; and (5) application of augmented reality for classroom teaching and safety training.

Honors and Awards

  • 2017 Best Paper Award, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).,
  • 2016 Outstanding Reviewer, Journal of Construction and Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).,
  • 2015 Outstanding Reviewer, Journal of Construction and Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).,
  • 2015 New Scholar, Construction Industry Institute (CII).,
  • 2014 Best Paper (Second), Construction Research Congress, (CRC).,
  • 2013 Best Paper Award, International Council for Research and Innovation and Building Construction (CIB) W099.,
  • 2013 Best Paper Award, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).,

Publications

Developing construction hazard recognition skill: leveraging safety climate and social network safety communication patterns
Pandit, B., Albert, A., & Patil, Y. (2020), CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMICS. https://doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2020.1722316
Developing hazard recognition skill among the next-generation of construction professionals
Albert, A., Jeelani, I., & Han, K. (2020), CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMICS. https://doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2020.1797133
Focus on the fatal-four: Implications for construction hazard recognition
Albert, A., Pandit, B., & Patil, Y. (2020), SAFETY SCIENCE, 128. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2020.104774
Improving Safety, Efficiency, and Productivity: Evaluation of Fall Protection Systems for Bridge Work Using Wearable Technology and Utility Analysis
Zuluaga, C. M., Albert, A., & Winkel, M. A. (2020), JOURNAL OF CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT, 146(2). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001764
Incorporating Worker Awareness in the Generation of Hazard Proximity Warnings
Chan, K., Louis, J., & Albert, A. (2020), SENSORS, 20(3). https://doi.org/10.3390/s20030806
Are Visual Search Patterns Predictive of Hazard Recognition Performance? Empirical Investigation Using Eye-Tracking Technology
Jeelani, I., Albert, A., Han, K., & Azevedo, R. (2019), JOURNAL OF CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT, 145(1). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001589
Construction Safety Culture and Climate: Satisfying Necessity for an Industry Framework
Al-Bayati, A. J., Albert, A., & Ford, G. (2019), PRACTICE PERIODICAL ON STRUCTURAL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION, 24(4). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)SC.1943-5576.0000452
Fostering Safety Communication among Construction Workers: Role of Safety Climate and Crew-Level Cohesion
Pandit, B., Albert, A., Patil, Y., & Al-Bayati, A. J. (2019), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH, 16(1). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16010071
Impact of safety climate on hazard recognition and safety risk perception
Pandit, B., Albert, A., Patil, Y., & Al-Bayati, A. J. (2019), SAFETY SCIENCE, 113, 44–53. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2018.11.020
Automating and scaling personalized safety training using eye-tracking data
Jeelani, I., Han, K., & Albert, A. (2018), AUTOMATION IN CONSTRUCTION, 93, 63–77. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2018.05.006

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