I am an Associate Professor from the Department of Construction Management in Lyles College of Engineering. I received my Bachelor of Engineering in Built Environment and Equipment Engineering from Hunan University in China in 2004, Master of Science in Environmental Change and Management from University of Oxford in the UK in 2005, and Doctor of Philosophy in Design, Construction and Planning from University of Florida in 2010. I teach courses on topics including construction graphics, design-build project delivery, building information modeling (BIM), architectural design problems and senior capstone. I was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award by the Associated Schools of Construction, Region 7 in 2018. My research interests include BIM, graphics and visualization, virtual and mixed reality, green building and sustainable construction, workforce development, cyberlearning and educational technology, as well as construction and engineering education. I have published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings in these areas. My research has been funded by regional and federal agencies including a recent National Science Foundation (NSF) grant on investigating Mixed Reality (MR) for career-specific competency cultivation among construction management and engineering students. I received the Provost's Award in Innovation of Fresno State in 2019 for my efforts in leveraging technology for better student learning. Currently I am also running a Digital Building & Integration Lab (DBI-L) and mentoring a student club named Digital Innovation & Research (DIR), which aims to promote digital literacy and student entrepreneurship.
Due to the nature of my teaching and research interests, I tend to use a lot of technology in classroom. However, I find it even more important to integrate technology with active learning strategies, such as project-based learning and service-learning. I've always been trying to balance the technical and social-emotional constructs in my pedagogy, and strive to develop students' soft skills (e.g. communication. leadership, critical thinking, collaboration) as well as discipline-specific technical skills.
I've been helped by CFE in various occasions, from the DISCOVERe summer camp, the online teaching boot camp, to course redesign for better assessment, as well as other pedagogical training workshops over the years. CFE at Fresno State is a great resource to all faculty when it comes to better learning and teaching.