Fernanda Leite Honored with STAR Award
Fiatech, a global non-profit consortium of capital project industry stakeholders, honored Dr. Fernanda Leite with the Superior Technical Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award at their April 2016 Technology Conference & Showcase. Fiatech was launched in 2000 by UT’s Construction Industry Institute (CII)—an affiliate center of CTR—and the UK’s Process Industry Owners Forum. The STAR Award recognizes the personal contributions of Fiatech members who have given immensely of their own time and energy to help Fiatech achieve its vision.
Dr. Leite, a CAEE professor who has contributed to and overseen transportation research sponsored by TxDOT and the NCHRP, has been active on several Fiatech projects. In 2014, Dr. Leite took on the role of Co-Chair of the Horizon-360 Team, developing and maintaining a mechanism for scanning the global economy to identify, track, and evaluate game changing and incremental technologies and processes of potential benefit to the construction and capital facilities industries. She oversaw a major report analyzing the status of all Building Information Modeling (BIM) guidelines and standards around the globe. The report, “An Overview of Existing Standards and Guidelines: A Report to the Fiatech AutoCodes Project,” has become the base industry document in its field. A faculty member since 2010, Leite received her PhD from Carnegie Mellon University. Her technical interests include information technology for project management, building information modeling, visualization, life-cycle information integration, collaboration and coordination technologies, and information technology-supported construction safety management.