Keynote Speaker

 

 

 

 

Prof. Lonny Simonian
California Polytechnic State University, USA

Lonny Simonian has over 25 years of professional experience in the electrical design and construction industry and has worked on several multibillion USD federally funded domestic projects, as well as numerous public and privately funded projects around the world. This has including extensive experience in project & construction management, project controls and administration, and design and construction engineering on several US government advanced technology projects. He holds a Master of Science in Engineering degree from University of California, Berkeley with an emphasis in Construction Engineering and Management, a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), and an Advanced Project Management Certificate from Stanford.

 Professor Simonian’s current appointment is as a Professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) and graduate course instructor in the College of Engineering at Cal Poly. Professor Simonian is a licensed Professional Electrical Engineer in the State of California and a Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional. Professor Simonian’s previous experience includes positions as an Engineering Group Supervisor at Bechtel National and Senior Project Manager for Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. His Cal Poly courses have included Building Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Systems, Construction Contracts, Construction Project Administration, Principles of Construction Management, Project Controls, Management of the Construction Firm, Professional Practice for Construction Project Managers, and Integrated Project Delivery. Professor Simonian was a past recipient of a NSF/DOE fellowship, conducting Smart Grid research at UC Berkeley Lab on Energy Information System Dashboard Integrating Wireless Sensing Devices with Wired Metering and Controls. He is the principal or corresponding author of over three dozen peer-reviewed papers.

Plenary Speaker

Associate Professor Yingbin Feng
Western Sydney University, Australia

Dr Yingbin Feng is an Associate Professor of Quantity Surveying at the School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment. He was the Director of Academic Program (Construction Management) in 2018-2020. Dr Feng joined Western Sydney University in April 2011. He had a PhD degree awarded by the National University of Singapore (NUS). Before joining WSU, he was a Lecturer of Construction Management in the School of Construction Management & Real Estate at the Chongqing University, China from 2005 to 2007, and a Structural Engineer in the No. 6 Institute of Project Planning & Research of Machinery Industry, China from 2000 to 2002.
Dr Feng has been conducting research into the issues surrounding the management of civil and building construction and built environment. His main research interests include construction health and safety, sustainable procurement, adoption of BIM and robotics in construction, and management and organisation in construction. Dr Feng has been awarded over $1.0 million research funding supported by Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre of Australia, SafeWork NSW, Landcom, Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). He is currently leading the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc) national industry-driven research project - Sustainable Procurement ($165,000). Dr Feng has over 100 peer reviewed publications in the field of building and construction management. His research output has gained national and international recognitions as evidenced by the publications in leading journals and international awards. He was the winner of the Premier Award at the prestigious Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) International Innovation and Research Awards 2014.
Dr Feng is currently appointed as the Joint Coordinator of The International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) Work Commission W065 Organisation and Management of Construction. He is a Council Member of the Chinese Research Institute of Construction Management (CRIOCM) and the Vice Chairman of the CRIOCM Youth Committee. He is an Editorial Board member of the journals Sustainability, Advances in Civil Engineering, and Construction Management Research. He was appointed as the Guest Editors of four Special Issues for the journals Sustainability (Impact Factor = 2.576), Buildings (SCIE indexed) and Advances in Civil Engineering (Impact Factor = 1.176). He served as an assessor for Australian Research Council (ARC) projects and the Theme-based Research Scheme proposal for Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong. He was appointed as the External Examiners of PhD Theses by the University of Auckland, Queensland University of Technology, Bond University and Griffith University.