Gunnar Lucko, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE is Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Catholic University of America (CUA) and is Director of its Construction Engineering and Management Program, which is a specialization within the undergraduate and graduate studies in civil engineering. He has been a full-time faculty since 2005 and was promoted and tenured in 2011.

He received his Doctor of Philosophy as a Vecellio Graduate Fellow from the Vecellio Construction Engineering and Management Program at Virginia Tech in 2003 and a Master of Science as a Fulbright Scholar in the same program in 1999. He also holds a diploma (Diploma-Engineer = Dipl.-Ing.) equivalent to a Master's degree with concentrations in structural and environmental engineering from Hamburg University of Technology in his native Germany.

His scholarship has been recognized with the 2011 Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize of ASCE (which he shares with Dr. Rojas) for their journal paper on validation methods. The School of Engineering awarded him the 2013 Charles H. Kaman Award for Research Excellence and 2010 Burns Junior Faculty Fellowship. He has also received the 2009 Provost Award for Teaching Excellence in Early Career Faculty and the 2008 Kaman Award for Teaching Excellence.

His research interest include mathematical modeling, analysis, and optimization of project schedules in conjunction with other aspects, e.g. costs, resource use, as well as construction equipment operations and economics, and engineering education. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed conference and journal papers on these topics. A major focus of his work is the novel application of singularity functions, which originated in structural engineering, to construction management. His current work continues to expand the capabilities of these flexible functions.

His new research grant (CMMI-1265989) by the National Science Foundation will investigate how strategically pre-allocating float to the critical path of construction schedules can protect them against delay impacts to mitigate risk. A previous project (CMMI-0927455) has broadened singularity functions to financial management, especially the cash flows of construction projects. His earlier research project (CMMI-0654318) has created the algorithm for the productivity scheduling method, which has led to new interpretations of criticality and different types of float in linear schedules. In previous research he statistically analyzed the owning and operating cost for construction equipment and examined the constructability of cast-in-place segmental bridges.

He is Senior Specialty Editor and active reviewer of the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Past Chair of the Executive Committee of the Construction Research Council (CRC) in ASCE's Construction Institute, serves on technical committees of several conferences, and is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Scheduling Community of Practice.

From 2006 to 2009 he was principal investigator for a funded collaborative project of the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance and the Engineers Without Borders national capital chapter. Its unique student-centered team of undergraduate students, faculty, and industry assembled expertise in construction, structural, and earthquake engineering to develop a low-cost sustainable foundation damper system for structures in developing regions. The team then traveled to a community in rural El Salvador and successfully implemented the design in a health clinic building that now serves this community. He has also volunteered for CUA summer youth programs, e.g. Keys to Empowering Youth and Eye on Engineering. Since 2005 he is a biweekly mentor for a group of local minority high schoolers through the national Career Directions for Students in Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) Program.


Textbook Coauthor

September 2014: Dr. Lucko has been invited to become coauthor for the 5th edition of Construction Management by Dr. Halpin and Dr. Senior.

Young Alumni Award

April 2014: Dr. Lucko has been honored with a Young Alumni Award of the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech.

Construction Engineering Conference

March 2014: Dr. Lucko is principal investigator (PI) for an NSF-funded workshop (CMMI-1353242) to derived an agenda for basic research in construction engineering and serves as co-organizer of the Construction Engineering Conference in Seattle, Washington: Link.

Float Allocation

2013: Dr. Lucko has been awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (CMMI-1265989) to mitigate the risk of project delays by explicitly giving the activities on the critical path a share of the float that resides within their network schedule.

Research Highlight

June 2013: Dr. Lucko's funded research (CMMI-0927455) on cash flow modeling and analysis has been selected to be featured in a research highlight on the Research.gov website of the National Science Foundation.

Daniel W. Halpin Award

May 2013: Dr. Lucko has received the 2013 Daniel W. Halpin Award for Scholarship in Construction. This award of the Construction Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers carries the citation: "For extraordinary creativity and innovation in introducing singularity functions into construction engineering and management and developing novel modeling and analytical procedures for integrated project scheduling and control. His research work has significant potential to improve project planning and control." The "committee particularly noted... achievements in demonstrating that singularity functions can provide a comprehensive model that vastly reduces the number of variables needed for optimization techniques." Dr. Lucko delivered his award lecture on May 30, 2013 in Montréal, Québec, Canada during the annual business meeting of the Construction Research Council.

Visiting Faculty

September 2012: Dr. Lucko has been invited to spend his sabbatical semester as Visiting Associate Professor at one of Canada's best universities, in the Hole School of Construction Engineering at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize

May 2012: Dr. Lucko has received the 2011 Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize together with Dr. Eddy M. Rojas of the University of Nebraska for their technical paper "Research Validation: Challenges and Opportunities in the Construction Domain." The award recognizes the best research paper in the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, which is published by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The paper categorizes various techniques and illustrates them with examples of best practices. In selecting this paper for the award, the committee particularly noted "the unique value to all construction researchers by clearly outlining characteristics, selection, and proper application of validation techniques."

Construction Research Council

May 2012: Dr. Lucko was installed as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Construction Research Council for the 2012-2013 term during its business meeting at the 2012 Construction Research Congress at Purdue University. This council of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is the premier association of North American construction researchers. Its mission is to "to advance engineering knowledge and practice through stimulating and encouraging innovative research in the field of Construction Engineering and Management." In his new leadership role, Dr. Lucko will represent the community of construction researchers to ASCE, oversee committees, and facilitate initiatives for upcoming conferences.

Outstanding Reviewer

May 2012: Dr. Lucko has been recognized as an Outstanding Reviewer by the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. This honor has been bestowed upon the best 10 out of 355 active reviewers.
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