Min Liu

Associate Professor, Edward I. Weisiger Distinguished Scholar

Dr. Min Liu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. She received a Ph.D. degree in Engineering Project Management from University of California, Berkeley in 2007.


Ph.D. 2007

Civil Engineering

University of California, Berkeley

M.S. 2001

Construction Engineering

National University of Singapore

M.S. 1997

Civil Engineering

Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology

B.S. 1994

Civil Engineering

Tsingdao Institute of Architecture and Engineering

Research Description

Dr. Liu's research interests include performance and productivity improvement, lean construction (project-based production management for the architecture-engineering-construction industry), and international project management. Current research projects include 1) Identifying, Prioritizing, and Reducing Causes of Variation in Construction Activity Planning, 2) Quantifying the Impact of Change from Project Authorization through Start-up, 3) Cost and Benefit Trade-off Study for Field BIM Application, 4) Global Perspectives on Project, Program, and Portfolio Management in Government, and 5) Preliminary Engineering Cost Estimation for Highway Construction.


Analysis of workflow variability's impacts on trade and project performance
Javanmardi, A., Abbasian-Hosseini, S. A., Liu, M., & Hsiang, S. M. (2016), In Icsdec 2016 - integrating data science, construction and sustainability. (Procedia Engineering, 145) (pp. 281-287).
"Oops" simulation: Cost-benefits trade-off analysis of reliable planning for construction activities
Hajifathalian, K., Howell, G., Wambeke, B. W., Hsiang, S. M., & Liu, M. (2016), Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 142(8).
Planning for uncertainty: Use of structural equation modelling to determine the causal structure of time buffer allocation
Russell, M. M., Liu, M., & Hsiang, S. M. (2016), Construction Management and Economics, 33(10), 783-798.
What impacts the performance of large-scale government projects?
Patanakul, P., Kwak, Y. H., Zwikael, O., & Liu, M. (2016), International Journal of Project Management, 34(3), 452-466.
Effects of idle time restrictions on excess pollution from construction equipment
Abbasian-Hosseini, S. A., Leming, M. L., & Liu, M. (2016), Journal of Management in Engineering, 32(2).
Comparison of least-cost and least-pollution equipment fleet configurations using computer simulation
Abbasian-Hosseini, S. A., Liu, M., & Leming, M. (2015), Journal of Management in Engineering, 31(6).
Case studies of the allocation and reduction of time buffer through use of the last planner system
Russell, M. M., Liu, M., Howell, G., & Hsiang, S. M. (2015), Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 141(2).

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Design of A Construction Expenditure Forecasting and Monitoring Tool for NCDOT Mega Projects
NC Department of Transportation(10/01/14 - 6/30/15)
Using Simulation to Explore the Investment in Planning by Project Teams
Lean Construction Institute (LCI)(9/01/13 - 8/31/14)
Evaluation of Vela Systems to Increase Worker Productivity and Field Efficiency
Skanska USA Building Inc.(6/01/11 - 12/31/11)
Project, Program, and Portfolio Management in Government: Application and Performance
Project Management Institute(1/01/11 - 6/30/13)
Quantifying the Impact of Change from Project Authorization to Start-Up
University of Texas - Austin(9/01/10 - 11/30/13)
Evaluation of the Cost Benefit Trade off for Vela Implementation
Skanska USA Building Inc.(8/16/10 - 5/31/11)
Preliminary Engineering Cost Trends for Highway Projects
NC Department of Transportation(8/16/09 - 12/31/10)