Dong Zhao

Dong  Zhao
  • Associate Professor
  • Construction Management
  • School of Planning, Design and Construction
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 552 W Circle Drive
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • 517-432-3242



Dr. Zhao is an associate professor of construction management and associate professor of civil engineering at Michigan State University. Prior to joining MSU, he earned his Ph.D. and conducted postdoctoral research at Virginia Tech.  He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Award, and an ASCE Best Journal Paper Award. He is a LEED AP, a TEDx speaker, and a member of Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society. He currently serves as an officer for the ASCE’s Data Sensing and Analysis Committee. His research focuses on human-building integration towards smart and sustainable cities. His research integrates human factors into building systems through advanced computing for energy efficiency, productivity, and health.  His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, US Department of Transportation, US Economic Development Administration, Michigan Department of Transportation, and other agencies and associations. He has published more than a hundred peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. He serves as a reviewer for agencies/foundations in the US, Europe, and Asia, and for more than fifty international journals and conferences.


  • Smart building energy efficiency and retrofit
  • Sustainable electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  • Virtual design, construction, and project management
  • System risks, safety, and mitigation