Graduate Profile, Li Wang, Ph.D.
Name: Li Wang
Hometown: Beijing, China
Advisor: Dr. Fernanda Leite
Area of research: Knowledge formalization and reuse in BIM-based design coordination in new building projects
How does it feel to be graduating?
It reminds me of the saying “it always seems impossible until it’s done”. I feel very grateful for the help and support from many people throughout this journey, for the late nights I spent in the office and for all the obstacles that I have overcome from the beginning till the end.
Why did you choose to pursue your graduate studies at CTR/UT Austin?
The Department of Civil Engineering at UT has an esteemed academic reputation worldwide. The graduate program in Construction Engineering and Project Management (CEPM) provides a variety of well-structured courses taught by world-renowned professors, and its special connection with the Construction Industry Institute (CII) was also a great attraction to me when I applied.
Looking back, who influenced you the most during your time at UT Austin?
My advisor, Dr. Fernanda Leite. She is the best advisor you can ever have. I have learned so much from her, as a researcher, a female professional in Engineering and a life mentor.
I can never thank her enough for her persistent support, guidance, encouragement and trust. Her patience and enthusiasm has motivated me to overcome many obstacles throughout my PhD study and I will be always thankful for that.
What projects did you work on while you were here?
I worked on a TxDOT project on Work Zone Safety for Very Short Duration Operations from 2010 to 2012 and a FIATECH project on automated code compliance checking from 2012 to 2014.
What are your plans after graduation?
I am interested in information technology advancement in the construction industry, and hope to mature up as a professional consultant or researcher in Building Information Modeling (BIM) or related fields.