Robert Austin, Ph.D.


Robert Austin, Ph.D.

Position: Assistant Professor
Phone: 419-372-6779
Address: 126C Technology Building


I teach construction management courses such as planning and scheduling, construction equipment, data analysis and decision making, project management and the senior capstone course.  


Doctor of Philosophy (Building Construction), Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016
Master of Engineering (Civil), University of Texas at Arlington, 1991
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), University of Connecticut, 1979


My research interests are within the fields of construction management and civil engineering, including accelerated project deliveries.   My dissertation topic, Flash Tracking, sponsored by the Construction Industry Institute, addressed rapidly accelerated project deliveries or more predictable, faster fast- track.   Earlier research, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers, was on “Connecting Structural Plastics.” 


I have over 30 years of engineering and construction management experience in major domestic and international projects across the full range of project delivery systems.  My industry experience entails service in multi-faceted roles in engineering and project management across a broad spectrum of industrial, building, and transportation projects, with service with contractor, engineering and owner’s organizations. Notable roles included service on the start of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Light Rail System, a major rehabilitation of the Central Connecticut State University campus and a rapid delivery of 450MW of new power plants in NYC to avert a major power crisis.