Yuting (Tina) Chen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Education: Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Toronto; Master of Management in Construction Management, Tongji University

Courses Taught: NA​

Dr. Yutang (Tina) Chen is an accomplished civil engineer specializing in construction safety and data analytics. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Construction Management.   Before joining UNC Charlotte, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Purdue University, exploring the use of UAVs and BIM in enhancing construction safety. She also researched at the University of Toronto, benchmarking safety practices within the Ontario construction industry.  Dr. Chen's research interests include automation, robotics, virtual reality, and BIM, with a focus on how these technologies can improve safety measures and project management. Additionally, she has investigated the importance of organizational and individual resilience in construction safety. Her contributions to the field have been recognized with various awards and honors, including the ASCE Construction Research Council Best Paper Award and a postdoc conference travel grant from Purdue University.  Beyond her academic achievements, Dr. Chen actively contributes to the field through her role as a reviewer for respected journals like the Journal of Safety Research and the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering. She is also an associate member of both the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering.

Selected publications:

Chen, Y.*, Min, B.C., and Zhang, J. (2019). “Applications of BIM and UAV to Construction Safety.” The 7th International Construction Conference Jointly With the Construction Research Congress (CRC 2019), Montreal, Canada.

Nahangi, M., Chen, Y., and McCabe, B. (2019). “Safety-based efficiency evaluation of construction sites using data envelopment analysis (DEA).” Safety science, Vol. 113: 382-388.

Chen, Y.*, McCabe, B., and Hyatt, D. (2018). “A resilience safety climate model predicting construction safety performance.” Safety Science, Vol. 109: 434-445.

Chen, Y.*, McCabe, B., and Hyatt, D. (2018). “The impact of individual resilience and safety climate on safety performance and psychological stresses of construction workers: a case study in the Ontario construction industry.” Journal of Safety Research, Vol. 61: 167-176.

Chen, Y.*, McCabe, B., and Hyatt, D. (2018). “The relationship between individual resilience, interpersonal conflicts at work, safety performance and stresses of construction workers.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Vol. 143(8), 04017042.

Jia, G., Chen, Y.*, Xue, X., Chen, J., Cao, J., Tang, K. (2011). “Program management organization maturity integrated model for mega construction programs in China.” International Journal of Project Management, Vol. 29(7): 834-845.