News and Updates



  • Mayank Periwal named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2017 semester.
  • Hwangbo Bae graduates with a BS degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech.
  • Jeanie Purchase’s poster earned 1st place at the VT Engage Poster ShowCase (April 2017)
  • Cass Groen joins SRL as a post doctoral researcher (June 2017)
  • Cass Groen successfully defends her dissertation entitled Advancing from Outsider to Insider: A Grounded Theory of Professional Identity Negotiation (March 2017)
  • Jeannie Purchase accorded an Honorable Mention as a part of the 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program. This is considered a significant national academic achievement.  Also she was selected as a Citizen Scholar for her Citizen Scholar Engagement Project titled “Flint Water Educational Outreach” by the dean of the VT graduate school, Dr. DePauw.  She will be recognized in a ceremony to be held Monday, March 27, 2017 at 4pm.
  • Members of SRL participate in graduate school’s Annual Research Symposium and Exposition on March 29th and Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering’s Research Day on March 31.
  • Dr. Simmons gives two invited presentations to faculty and students at University of Colorado-Boulder.  The two presentations were titled: Interdisciplinary Research: Methods and Theories to Investigate Construction Workforce Challenges and Investigating the Nature and Development of Expertise in Construction Engineering. (March 2017)
  • James T Martin, SRL alumni and senior majoring in CEM, publishes his first journal manuscript: (March 2017).  This is the first journal manuscript published in the SRL with an undergraduate student as the lead author. Congratulations also goes to Jeremy Brenner, James’ mentor and co-author on the manuscript. James is due to graduate in May 2017.
  • Dhruv Desai joined SRL to investigate to evaluate Succession Planning in Construction Industry (January 2017)
  • Nikunj Solanki joined SRL to investigate the concept of leadership development (January 2017)
  • Amy Hermundstad joined SRL to investigate the structure of learning learning communities (January 2017)
  • Mayank Periwal Joined SRL as an undergraduate researcher to examine leadership development in construction industry (January 2017)
  • SRL received $100,000 to support undergraduate research “Resilience and work-life balance of construction students and professional life” (NOV 2016)
  • SRL received $30,000 to study measures of quality in Civil Engineering education (DEC 2016)
  • Dr. Simmons was named 2017 Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE) scholar (DEC 2016)
  • SRL Launched new partnership with new LISA lab director and Dr Michelle Turner (RMIT) (October 2016)



  • Dr. Denise R. Simmons was awarded with the Engineering Sustainability Travel Award.
  • Dr. Denise R. Simmons was awarded with the National Society of Black Engineers Travel Award.


  • Dr. Denise R. Simmons became a Faculty Fellow for Frontiers in Education.
  • Dr. Denise R. Simmons became a Younger Leaders Fellow for the Civil Engineering Division of ASEE.