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Phuong Nguyen



Assistant Professor

Office Building

Solberg Hall



Mailing Address

Solberg Hall 202B
Construction & Operations Management-Box 2223
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Phuong Nguyen, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Construction and Operations Management, began teaching at SDSU in Fall 2023 after his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta, Canada. His research focuses include applications of artificial intelligence (e.g., machine learning, reinforcement learning and fuzzy logic) and automation in construction; innovative project delivery and procurement methods; and improving construction labor productivity and safety using wearable sensors and computer visions.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Civil Engineering, specializing in Construction Engineering and Management, from the University of Kansas, 2020.

Master of Science (MSc.) in Construction Management from California State University, East Bay, 2016.

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) in Civil Engineering from Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, 2014.

Awards and Honors

1. Outstanding Reviewer - ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management - 2020, 2021, and 2022.
2. Outstanding Reviewer - ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering - 2022.
3. J.E. Dunn Construction Scholarship - 2018 - Awarded by the University of Kansas and J. E. Dunn Construction Group.
4. Bert and Dorothy Steves Memorial Scholarship - 2018 - Awarded by the University of Kansas.
5. Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) Scholar Selections - 2017 - Awarded by California State University (CSU).
6. Engineering Doctoral Degree Scholarship - 2016 - Awarded by the University of Kansas.

Professional Memberships

1. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE): 2016-Present
2. ASCE Construction Research Congress: 2018-Present
3. Associated Schools of Construction (ASC): 2018-Present
4. U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC): 2019-Present
5. Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE): 2020-Present

Creative Activities

1. Nguyen, P., and Tran, D. (2023). “Optimizing Snow and Ice Route Removal Operations using Vehicle Routing Problems and Geographic Information System.” Journal of Cold Regions Engineering. ASCE.
2. Kedir, N., Nguyen, P., Pérez, C., Ponce, P., and Fayek, A.R. (2023). “Systematic literature review on fuzzy-hybrid methods in photovoltaic solar energy: opportunities, challenges, and guidance for implementation.” Energies. MDPI.
3. Nguyen, P., and Fayek, A.R. (2022). “Applications of fuzzy hybrid techniques in construction engineering and management research.” Automation in Construction. Elsevier.
4. Kedir, N., Somi, S., Fayek, A.R., and Nguyen, P. (2022) “Hybridization of reinforcement learning and agent-based modeling to optimize construction planning and scheduling.” Automation in Construction. Elsevier.
5. Mudiyanselage, S., Nguyen, P., Rajabi, M., and Akhavian, R. (2021). “Automated workers’ ergonomic risk assessment in manual material handling using sEMG wearable sensors and machine learning.” Electronics. MDPI.

1. Nguyen, P., and Tran, D. (2024 – Accepted). “Implementing Bayesian Networks in delivery selection for highway construction projects.” In Construction Research Congress 2024. Des Moines, Iowa: ASCE.
2. Nguyen, P., and Tran, D. (2024 – Accepted). “Development of a practical project delivery selection tool for airport capital projects.” In Construction Research Congress 2024. Des Moines, Iowa: ASCE.
3. Nguyen, P., Fayek, A.R., and Hamzeh, F. (2022). “A sensor-based empirical framework to measure construction labor productivity.” In Construction Research Congress 2022. Arlington, Virginia: ASCE.
4. Nguyen, P., and Tran, D. (2022). “Current state of practice in selection and implementation of airport capital project delivery methods.” In Construction Research Congress 2022. Arlington, Virginia: ASCE.
5. Nguyen, P., Mohamed, M., and Tran, D. (2021). “Examining skill sets for successfully managing alternative contracting methods for highway projects and programs.” In CSCE Virtual Annual Conference.

Area(s) of Research

Project Delivery and Procurement Methods
Artificial Intelligence and Automation in Construction
Wearables and Computer Visions
Construction Productivity and Safety
Geographic Information System for Winter Maintenance Operations


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