John Taylor

John TaylorThe Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes John Taylor, a professor in the College of Engineering, for his work at the interface of architecture, engineering, and the construction industry. Taylor studies network dynamics.

A professor in the Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Taylor's research often focuses on key network dynamics such as:

  • Sustained energy conservation in the built environment by coupling energy use and energy conservation practices with building occupant networks
  • The trending increase in global outsourcing of complex engineering services
  • The impact of integrated information systems on project networks and the associated virtualization of the engineering workforce

As the architecture, engineering, and construction industries become increasingly global, project work is more often executed by geographically distributed, technologically supported teams of knowledge specialists organized into virtual project networks.

Taylor's research focuses on civil engineering network dynamics of industrial and societal importance, including globalization dynamics, energy efficiency dynamics, workforce virtualization dynamics, and information system integration dynamics.

Taylor is the Preston and Catharine White Fellow in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction, which is housed jointly in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the College of Engineering.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 2011, Taylor also is a faculty member in the Vecellio Construction Engineering and Management Program.

He was recently honored with the American Society of Civil Engineers Construction Institute's 2015 Daniel W. Halpin Award for Scholarship in Construction. He was selected for his "broad and deep, path-breaking research on the effects of dynamic interpersonal and inter-organizational networks on the outcomes of constructed facilities over their life cycle."

Taylor also serves as director of the Civil Engineering Network Dynamics Lab and has been recognized with the Loganathan Teaching Award for Excellence in Civil Engineering Education. He has received the XCaliber award and the Construction Industry Institutes' Distinguished Professor Award.

He received a bachelor's and master's degrees from Tulane University, a second master's degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. from Stanford University.

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