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Project Team


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Dr. Yimin Zhu

Professor, Holder of Pulte Homes Endowed Professorship, Construction Management

Louisiana State University

Dr. Yimin Zhu is a professor and holder of the Pulte Homes Endowed Professorship in the Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management at Louisiana State University. He has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses including value engineering, sustainable construction, building information modeling, and construction information systems.   He actively conducts research in the fields of computing for sustainable built environment design, engineering, and construction. Built environment sustainability as a global challenge affects the well-being of hundreds of millions of people, their communities, and the future of their lives. Hong Kong's unique sustainable urban development challenges and solutions can offer U.S. students exceptional international research experiences. Hopefully, such experiences will have a positive impact on students’ transferable skills: leadership, communication, and global competence, and help their future careers.


Dr. Tyree Mitchell

Assistant Professor, School of Leadership & Human Resource Development

Louisiana State University

Dr. Tyree Mitchell is an assistant professor in the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development at Louisiana State University. He teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level on leadership development and team dynamics. Similarly, his research focuses on understanding how individuals develop as leaders and how informal leaders emerge within self-managing teams to help teams achieve their goals. His hope is that students develop their knowledge, skills, and identities as leaders through the Hong Kong Project, which will be important for their future careers. Further, it is his desire for students to see how they can positively impact the lives of others through their work on this project.


Dr. Tracey Rizzuto

Professor of Leadership and Human Resource Development

Louisiana State University

I am an Industrial and Organizational (I-O) Psychologist by training. I received an M.S. and Ph.D. in I-O Psychology with a minor in Information Systems and Technology from Penn State University. I study attitudinal and behavioral responses to large-scale organizational change across a wide variety of settings and technologies ranging from government enterprise systems, healthcare information technology, to learning technologies used to support post secondary education and professional training. My secondary research interests include workforce aging issues and in understanding change reactions to workplace disasters.


Dr. Xin Wang

Senior Research Associate

RMC Research

Dr. Xin Wang is a Senior Research Associate at RMC Research. As the external evaluator of the project, Xin has over 15 years’ experience conducting educational research and evaluation. She has expertise in experimental and quasi-experimental designs, quantitative research and analysis, program evaluation, and second language acquisition. She currently serves as co-principal investigator (co-PI) for two National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded projects and lead evaluator of five NSF funded Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) projects. Xin was brought up in China and received her MA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Division of English as an International Language, Teaching English as a Second Language, and her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in Educational Psychology.

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Dr. Yong X. Tao

President (2020), American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers, Betty L. Gordan Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor

American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers; Cleveland State University

Dr. Yong X. Tao is Betty L. Gordon Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Cleveland State University. Prior to joining CSU he served as founding dean of College of Engineering & Computing at Nova Southeastern University, department chair of Mechanical & Energy Engineering with University of North Texas (UNT), and associate dean of the College of Engineering & Computing at Florida International University. At UNT he was also PACCAR Endowed Professor, Distinguished Research Professor, founding director of PACCAR Technology Institute and Zero Energy Research Lab.  In 2005, he was the faculty leader of the award-winning Solar Decathlon entry from FIU. During 2008 International Olympics, he served as Project Director of the American House, as playing a vital role in building better international collaboration “in the area of energy-efficient buildings” (quote from then U.S. Secretaries of Commence and Energy.)

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Dr. Geoffrey Q.P. Shen

Associate Dean (FCE); Chair Professor of Construction Management; Academic Discipline Leader of Construction & Real Estate Management

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University 

Dr. Geoffrey has a proven track record of academic and research leadership in construction management with special interest in value management and collaborative working in construction, supported by information and communication technologies. He has lead a large number of research projects with total funding over HK$25 million including five Research Grants Council-Competitive Earmarked Research Grants in a row since 2002/03, and has authored more than 300 publications including 160+ refereed papers in academic and professional journals. He has been invited to give keynote presentations in a number of international conferences and has chaired and co-chaired a number of major international conferences. He has also served the scientific committees of many international events.

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