Mahdi Safa, Ph.D., MBA

Contact

Dr. Mahdi Safa
Assistant Professor

Phone: (409) 880-7167
Email: mahdi.safa@lamar.edu
Office: Galloway Business Building 222

Ph.D.   University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada,  Waterloo, ON,  Civil Engineering (Construction Management minor)
M.B.A.   Wilfrid Laurier University,  Waterloo, ON

Courses Taught

Masters:

Construction Safety Management
Construction Cost Estimating and Analysis
Project Management
Asset Management

Bachelors:

Construction Safety Management 
Construction Cost Estimating and Analysis 
Electrical Systems  
Introduction to Construction Management 
Light Construction Materials and Methods 
Project Management
Construction Graphics Communication

Service

COMMUNITY SERVICE IN CONJUNCTION WITH ACADEMIA

Member of Environment, Coasts, Oceans, & Infrastructure | ASCE
American Society of Civil Engineers. 2017-Present

Member of Visualization, Information Modeling, and Simulation Committee | ASCE
American Society of Civil Engineers, 2017-Present

Member of Dta Sensing and Analysis Committee | ASCE
American Society of Civil Engineers, 2017-Present

Member of MLS Research Team PDRI for Manufacturing and Life Sciences
Construction Industry Institute, University of Texas at Austin, TX, 2017-Present

Session Chair, 8th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2017), Los Angeles, CA, 2017-Present

Member of Study Abroad Advisory Committee
Lamar University, TX, 2017-Present

Member of The Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce (GBCOC)
1110 Park Street, Beaumont, TX 77701, 2017-Present

Member of Golden Triangle Business Roundtable
2901 Turtle Creek Drive, Suite 440, Port Arthur, TX 77642, 2017-Present

Panel member, Developing a Study Abroad Program, Provost's Kick-Off features
Lamar University, TX, 2017

Panel member, What Journals Are Looking For: A Conversation with Journal Editors & Reviewers, Provost's Kick-Off features, Lamar University, TX, 2017

Member of Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Education and Training (ABG20), 00 Fifth Street, NW | Washington, DC, 2015-Present

Guest speaker for several events such as "Cardinal Conversation", Provost's Kick Off, and "Sustainability Event" Lamar University, TX, 2015-Present

Member of Standing Committee on Ports and Channels, 00 Fifth Street, NW | Washington, DC, 2016-Present

Member of Hike & Bike South East Texas/ South East Texas Regional Planning Commission, Beaumont, TX, 2017-Present

Faculty Member of Center for Advances in Port Management, 201-present, Lamar University, Texas, USA

  • Teach the next generation of port professionals
  • Conduct cutting edge waterfront community research

Building two generator platform, Lamar Renewable Energy and Microgrid (project manager - volunteer), 2016, Lamar University, TX

Construction MGMT Annual Career Forum Committee Member, 2015-present, Lamar University

Exclusive Online Behavior Research Panel, 2017-Present, Elsevier Ltd.

Member of Facilities, Technology, & Space Development Committee, 2015-2016, Lamar University

Member of Faculty Academic and Professional Impact Committee, 2016-present, Lamar University

Member of LU Green Squad, 2016- present, Lamar University

Member of Management Faculty Hiring Search Committee, 2016, Lamar University

Member of 3 DE Qualifying Exam Committee, 2016-present, Lamar University

Sigma Lambda Chi (SLC) International Construction Honor Society Member, 2016-present, SLC International Office, Lafayette IN

  • Develop good relations among campus, industry, and the public.
  • Render service to the major field of study

Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana Area Committee Member, 2016-present, United States Coast Guard, Port Arthur, TX

  • Coordinate response actions with tribal and local governments and with private sector
  • Develop area contingency plans (ACP) for respective designated areas

International Journal of Construction Management (Reviewer), 2015-present

International Journal of Innovation Science (Reviewer), 2016-present

Journal of Structural Engineering International (Reviewer), 2016-present

Journal of Automation in Construction (Reviewer), 2013-present

Wiley (Reviewer: Book / Textbook), 2016-present

Elsevier Books (Reviewer: Book / Textbook), 2016-present

Co-Advisor, Construction Management Student Association (CMSA), 2015-present, Lamar University, TX

Academic Advisor, 2015-present, Lamar University, Texas, USA

  • Proactively involve students in the academic and career planning process, self-reflection, and the exploration of options and resources
  • Refer students to appropriate institutional resources

Vice President, Internal (Finance), May 2011-April 2013
Graduate Student Association (GSA), University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada

  • Managed all financial aspects of the GSA and the Graduate House
  • Prepared annual budget and manage four corporate financial funds
  • Oversaw the FEDS/GSA Health plan and oversee the GSA dental plan
  • Chaired the GSA Council and the GSA General Meetings using Roberts Rules of Order

Graduate Student Senator, May 2012 - April 2013
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada

  • Assisted the Senate committees for providing the recommendations to the Board of Governors with respect to any matter relative to the operation of the University and without restricting the generality of the foregoing

Member, Senate Finance Committee, May 2012 - April 2013
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada

  • Considered, studied and reviewed all matters pertaining to the financial operations of the University and to make recommendations to the Senate thereon
  • Considered, studied and reviewed the general policies governing the internal allocation of the University's financial resources and to make recommendations to the Senate thereon.
  • Received each year from the President, for consideration, studied, and reviewed, on behalf of the Senate, a detailed operating budget for the University and to make recommendations to the Senate

Construction Management Councilor, May 2011-April 2012
Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Student Association (CE2GA), University of Waterloo

  • Academic Consultant for various issues related to construction management for graduate students of the civil and environmental engineering department

Vice President, Finance, May 2010&-May 2011
Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Student Association, University of Waterloo, Canada

  • Responsible for all financial aspects of the CE2GA

At-Large Board Director, May 2010-May 2011
Graduate Student Association (GSA), University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada

  • Board members are responsible for overseeing all financial matters of the GSA. By-Law Policy Committee member, Health and Dental Committee member

GENERAL COMMUNITY SERVICE

Project Manager - Caroline Gilbert Hinchee House restoration, 2017- present, 1814 Park St, Beaumont, TX

  • The historic preservation and building restoration

Project Manager - Rose Hill Manor House restoration, 2016- present, Port Arthur, TX

  • The historic preservation and building restoration

Habitat for Humanity Jefferson County, 2015- present, Lamar University, TX

  • Serve more families through an expanded array of housing products.
  • Demonstrate an improved quality of life in the communities where we serve.
  • Broaden the base of Habitat's financial support.
  • Increase volunteer participation.

Member of Women and Children's Shelter, 2016- present, Lamar University, TX

  • Intake services for our safe house protection and information about supportive services such as counseling.
  • Information and referrals for survivors and their concerned friends and family members.
  • Emergency transportation for domestic violence survivors to achieve personal safety.

Women and Children's Shelter painting, 2016, Lamar University, TX

Women and Children's Shelter remodeling project, 2016, Lamar University, TX

Beaumont Children's Museum, 2016, Lamar University, TX

Lamar South Park Community Garden, 2016-present, Lamar University, TX

Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana Area Committee Member, 2015-present, Lamar University, TX

Boy Scouts Volunteer, 2012-2015, First United Church, 16 William Street West, Waterloo, ON, Canada

  • Provide generations of youth with a first opportunity to sleep in a tent, to build self-confidence

Volunteer for Seniors Organizations in KW, 2013-2015, Community support connections, Waterloo, ON

  • Drive for urgently needed to escort seniors to medical appointments

Volunteer for Nowruz Ceremony, 2011-2014, Grad House at University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON

  • Prepared displays to demonstrate Persian culture and entertainment
  • Cooked Special Norooz meal (Sabzi poloo va Mahi) for 250 graduate students

Volunteer Manager, 2009-2013, International Students Office, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada

  • Supervised 12-15 students from across all faculties to meet and assist arriving international students in their orientation to Ontario and campus life

SHADOW Mentor, 2009-2012, International Students Office, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada

  • Guided and assisted new university students each term (one-to-one) in their adjustment to being in the Waterloo community and on campus

GSA Gender and Family Issues Committee Member, 2009-2010, Graduate Student Association, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada

  • Educated graduate students on gender/family issues. Promoted social interaction among female graduate students across all faculties

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

  • Smart Infrastructure Workshop (CSCEIC IMPACTS), University of British Columbia, Canada, 2017
  • Curriculum Performance Evaluator Certification, National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), 2017
  • Curriculum Proctor Certification, National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), 2017
  • Craft Instructor Certification, National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), 2017
  • The Workshop for Planning and Scheduling of Engineering/Construction Projects --Primavera P6, Lamar University, TX, 2017
  • PDRI for Manufacturing & Life Sciences Workshop, Indianapolis, IN, 2017
  • Advanced Project Management Training Boot Camp, PMIT, Dallas, TX, 2017
  • Bridges: Building a Supportive Community, Lamar University, TX, 2017
  • Engineering and the Modern Classroom, McGrawHill Higher Education Engineering, 2017
  • Competing on Business Analytics and Big Data, Harvard University, Boston, 2016
  • Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship, Lamar University, 2016
  • Design-Build Educator Workshop, University of Denver, Denver, CO, 2016
  • Breakbulk Jerry Nagel Education Day, Houston, TX, 2016
  • De-escalation Techniques, Lamar University, 2016
  • Small Infrastructure Project PDRI Workshops, CII, Houston, 2016
  • Certified Port Executive (CPE), Toronto, 2016
  • Entrepreneurship Boot Camp, Lamar University, 2016
  • HeavyBid 101, HCSS Professional Services, HCSS, Houston, 2016
  • NSF Proposal Writing Workshop, Houston, 2016
  • Revit Architecture Fundamentals, Houston, 2016
  • Advanced port management techniques, Brownwater University, Houston, 2015
  • Diversity, EEO, and Discrimination Prevention, Texas Workforce Training and Development, 2015
  • Child Protection Training Program, Lamar University, TX, 2015
  • Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI) Facilitation Training, Valency Inc., 2014
  • Writing grant proposal, Office of Research Services, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, 2013
  • Coreworx Database Management, Coreworx Inc, Kitchener, 2012
  • Dealing with Classroom Disrupt, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, 2011
  • Classroom Communication Strategies, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, 2011
  • Effective lesson plan, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, 2011
  • Teaching and Learning Styles, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, 2011
  • Workplace Violence Awareness, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, 2010
  • Victaulic Hands-On Workshop, Weldless Piping, Pickering Nuclear Power Plant, Pickering, 2009
  • WHMIS for Staff, General Laboratory Safety, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, 2009
  • Leadership Practices and Management Exposure, Aujan Industries Office, Dubai, 2007
  • Canning Plant Management, Crown Co, Eizmit, Turkey, 2007

Intellectual Contributions

Awards and Scholarships

  • 2017 University Merit Award, Lamar University, 2017.
  • PDRI for Manufacturing and Life Sciences, Construction Industry Institute (CII), 2017.
  • CO2 Carbon Safe capture and storage grant, DoE and UT Bureau of Economic Geology, 2017.
  • Using Drones for Indoor/Outdoor Scanning and Mapping, Annual CICE Project, 2017.
  • Habitat Prefabrication: Decision Framework and Tool, Research Enhancement Grants, 2017.
  • Port Asset Management Framework, Center for Advances in Port Management, 2017.
  • Carter Innovation Fund – Costa Rica/Panama, Lamar University, 2017
  • Exploring the use of blended digital learning and portable take-home maker tools in an interdisciplinary freshman entrepreneurial experience, NSF (pending), 2017.
  • A 3D Visualization Technology-based Model for Increasing Power Distribution Network Resilience, Research Enhancement Grants - Research Enhancement Grants, 2016.
  • TEXO Foundation Scholarship & Grant, 2016.
  • The Interdisciplinary Freshman Experience at Lamar University, Visionary Project, 2016.
  • Port Activity Analysis Tool, Center for Advances in Port Management, 2016.
  • An automated inspection model for power distribution grid using state-of-the-art 3D visualization technologies, Electri (pending), 2017.
  • Center for Resilient Coastal Infrastructure Research (CRCIR), Lamar University, 2015.
  • Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) scholarship, 2014.
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, 2014.
  • CII Annual Conference Scholarship, 2013.
  • FIATECH (Fully Integrated and Automated Technologies for Construction) Scholarship, 2013.
  • University of Waterloo Graduate Scholarship, 2009-2013.
  • Appreciation Award Graduate Student Association, University of Waterloo, 2012.

Referred Journal Publication

  • Kelly Weeks; Mahdi Safa; Jeff Dyson (2017). Future Port Automation: Issues to Consider. The Journal of Ports & Terminals 74, 30-31.
  • Seon Levius, Mahdi Safa, Kelly O. Weeks, “Use of information and communication technology to support comprehensive disaster management in the Caribbean countries." Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research (2017): 1-11.
  • Seon Levius, Mahdi Safa, Kelly O. Weeks, “Use of information and communication technology to support comprehensive disaster management in the Caribbean countries." Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research (2017): 1-11.
  • Kelly Weeks, Mahdi Safa, “The efficacy of routing and flexibility on financial performance within an international manufacturing setting,” International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, 2017 (in-print).
  • Berna Eren Tokgoz, Mahdi Safa, Seokyon Hwang, "Resilience Assessment for Power Distribution Systems." World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Journal of Civil, Environmental, Structural, Construction and Architectural Engineering 11, no. 6 (2017): 762-767.
  • Seon Levius, Mahdi Safa, Kelly O. Weeks, “Information and Communication Technology Strategies to Improve International Competitiveness in the Wholesale and Retail Trade Sector," International Journal of Business and Globalization, IJBG-158704, 2017 (accepted).
  • Mahdi Safa, Ming-Ho Yee, Derek Rayside, Carl T. Haas, “Optimizing contractor selection for construction packages in capital projects,” Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 2016.
  • Mahdi Safa, Arash Shahi, Carl Haas, and Keith Hipel, “Construction Contractor Management Using Value Packaging System,” International Journal of Construction Management, 2016.
  • Mahdi Safa, “Work activity analysis toll for productivity improvement in costal and port operation and management” submitted to International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management (IJPPM-12-2016-0278), (under review) 2016.
  • Majeed Safa, Jeremy Allen, Mahdi Safa, Carl Haas “Improving Sustainable Office Building Operation by Using Historical Data and Linear Models to Predict Energy Usage,” Sustainable Cities and Society (Elsevier), 2016.
  • Mahdi Safa, Carl Haas, Paul Goodrum, and Carlos Caldas, “A Method for Selection of Construction Formwork Systems,” International Journal of Construction Management, 2016.
  • Mahdi Safa, Arash Shahi, Mohammad Nahangi, Carl Haas, Hamid Noori, “Automating measurement process to improve quality management for piping fabrication,” Journal of Structures- Elsevier, 2015.
  • Mandi Safa, Ali Sabet, Sandra MacGillivray, Mike Davidson, Kevin Kaczmarczyk, Carl T. Haas, and G. Edward Gibson, Jr., Derek Rayside, “Classification of Construction Projects,” International Journal of Civil, Environmental, Structural, Construction and Architectural Engineering, 2015.
  • Kasra Ghahremani, Mahdi Safa, Carl T. Haas, Scott Walbridge, “Quality assurance for high-frequency mechanical impact (HFMI) treatment of welds using handheld 3D laser scanning technology,” Journal of Welding in the World, 2015.
  • Majeed Safa, Birendra KC, Mahdi Safa“Linear Model to Predict Energy Consumption Using Historical Data From cold Stores,” International Journal of Advances in Science Engineering and Technology, ISSN: 2321-9009, 2015.
  • Mahdi Safa , Arash Shahi, Carl T. Haas, Majeed Safa, Keith Hipel, Sandra MacGillivray, and Dawn Fiander-McCann, “Competitive Intelligence (CI) for Evaluation of Construction Contractors”, Automation in Construction, 2015.
  • Mahdi Safa , Ali Sabet, Kasra Ghahremani, Carl T. Haas, Scott Walbridge, “Rail corrosion forensics using 3D imaging and finite element analysis,” International Journal of Rail Transportation, 2015.
  • Arash Shahi, Mahdi Safa, Brenda McCable, “Creating a Memorable Lecture,” Southwestern Business Administration Journal, Issue 2, Volume 15, 2015.
  • Mahdi Safa, Arash Shahi, Carl Haas, and Keith Hipel, “Supplier Selection Process in an Integrated Construction Materials Management Model”, Automation in Construction, Vol. 48, pp. 64-73, 2014.
  • Mahdi Safa, Carl T. Haas, Joel Gray, and Keith Hipel, “Front End Planning Tool (FEPT) Based on Electronic Process Management”, Journal of Construction Engineering and Project Management, Vol. 13, No. 2, 12 pp., 2014.
  • Arash Shahi, Mahdi Safa, Carl T. Haas, Jeffrey S. West, “Data Fusion Process Management for Automated Construction Progress Estimation," Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000436 , 04014098, 2014.

Selected Industry Reports

  • Goodrum, P.M., Haas, C.T., Caldas, C.H., Shan, Y., Dadi, G., Gouett, C., Safa, M., Zhang, D., Benzekri, M., and Kim, J.Y. (2013). Construction Productivity Research Program- Phase IV. Construction Industry Institute. Research Team 252, Research Report 252-11c. The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Goodrum, P.M., Haas, C.T., Caldas, C.H., Zhai, D., Shan, Y., Dadi, G., Gouett, C., Safa, M., Zhang, D., Benzekri, M., and Kim, J.Y. (2012). Construction Productivity Research Program- Phase lll. Construction Industry Institute. Research Team 252, Research Report 252-11. The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Mahdi Safa, Priya Kenthirarajah, Haseeb Yaqubi (2013), “CNLA’s Race for Relevance,” Canadian Nursery and Landscaping Association (CNLA).
  • Caldas, C.H., Goodrum, P.M., Haas, C.T., Dadi, G.B., Kim, J.Y., MacNeel, D., Safa, M., and et al. (2011), “Innovations in Mechanical Construction Productivity” Construction Industry Institute. Research Team 252, University of Texas at Austin.
  • Mahdi Safa (2006) “Choosing Employee of the Year using Topsis Decision Making Method” Henkel Company, Germany.

Book

  • Mahdi Safa (2007) Principles of Supervision and Modern Management. Rahe Novin Publications. 
  • Mahdi Safa (2017) Advances in Human Aspects of Transportation (Book Chapter: Port Activity Analysis); Springer.
  • Mahdi Safa (2018) Human Factors, Business Management and Society (Book Chapter: Strategic Port Human Resource Management); Springer International Publishing.
  • Mahdi Safa, Sandra MacGillivray (2018- in progress) Construction Strategic Management Inceptions. Wiley.

Refereed Conference Proceedings

  • Mahdi Safa, Kelly Weeks, Rolf Stromberg , Abdullah Al Azam , " Strategic Port Human Resource Talent Acquisition and Training: Challenges and Opportunities," 8th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2017) and the Affiliated Conferences 17-21 July, 2017 , Los Angeles | The Westin Bonaventure Los Angeles, California.
  • Mahdi Safa, Kelly Weeks, Advancing Measurement Process to Improve Inspection of Construction Heavey ,  Equipment Using A State-of-the-art 3D Modeling Technology, 2018 Construction Research Congress (CRC), New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, April 2-5, 2018.
  • Weeks, Kelly and Safa, Mahdi. Automation's Effect On Green Production: Does It Translate To Improved Competitiveness? 2017 Annual Informs Conference, Houston, TX, USA, October 22–25, 2017.
  • Mahdi Safa, Kelly Weeks, “Cultivation of Soft Skills in the Construction Industry,” 2017 Annual Informs Conference, Houston, TX, USA, October 22–25, 2017.
  • Seokyon Hwang, Mahdi Safa, “Learning Advanced Techniques and Technologies for Construction Engineering and Management through a Collaborative Project”, 2017 International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, Seattle, 2017.
  • Mahdi Safa, Seokyon Hwang, Berna Tokgoz, “Improving Disaster Resilience of Power Distribution Network Using Photogrammetry Technology, 2017 CSCE Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada, 2017.
  • Berna Eren Tokgoz, Seokyon Hwang, and Mahdi Safa. “An Innovative Approach to Increasing Power Distribution Network Resilience”, International Conference on Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Constructed Infrastructure Facilities, South Korea, July, 2017.
  • Berna Eren Tokgoz, Mahdi Safa, and Seokyon Hwang. “Resilience Assessment of Power Distribution Systems” 19th Conference on Critical Infrastructure Systems Engineering, San Francisco, CA, June 2017.
  • Mahdi Safa, Jose Cardenas, Dylan Leblanc, Danny Rose and Arash Shahi, “Improving Construction Labor Productivity Using Automatic Rebar Tying Gun,” ISARC 2016 Conference, McWhorter School of Building Science, Auburn University, in Auburn, Alabama, US, July 18-21, 2016.
  • Mahdi Safa, “Automating Measurement Process to Improve Inspection of Marine/Offshore Equipment and Facilities,” 4th Biennial TRB-CMTS Research and Development Conference, From Sail to Satellite: Delivering Solutions for Tomorrow’s MTS, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., June 21-23, 2016.
  • Mahdi Safa, Brian Craig, “Maritime and Port Activity Analysis Tool,” 7th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2016), Orlando, Florida, USA July 27-31, 2016.
  • Majeed Safa, J. Borzouie, Arash Shahi, Mahdi Safa, “Developing an anchoring method to reinforce the structure of center pivot irrigators in windstorms,” International Conference of Agricultural Engineering CIGR - AgEng 2016 Aarhus, Denmark 26 - 29 June, 2016.
  • Seokyon Hwang, Mahdi Safa, “Impact of Vertical Integration of Classes on Students’ Learning,” ASCE Construction Research Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 31 May - 02 June, 2016.
  • Mahdi Safa, Arash Shahi, Shahin Karimidorabati, Carl Haas, “Discrete-Event Simulation for Optimization and Planning of an Intersection,” ASC International Conference, Provo, Utah, US, 2016.
  • Arash Shahi, Mahdi Safa, Brenda McCable, “Creating a Memorable Lecture,” 23rd Annual Southwestern Business Administration Teaching Conference, Houston, TX,October 29-30, 2015.
  • Majeed Safa, Birendra KC, Mahdi Safa, “Linear Model to Predict Energy Consumption Using Historical Data from Cold stores,” 4th International Conference on Food and Agricultural Engineering (ICFAE), Melbourne, Australia, August, 2015.
  • Mahdi Safa, Sandra MacGillivray, Mike Davidson, Kevin Kaczmarczyk, Carl T. Haas, and G. Edward Gibson, Jr., “Identifying Influential Factors for Capital Construction Project Planning Strategies, presented at the Construction Specialty Conference, June 8-9, and 10, 2015, at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
  • Mahdi Safa, Arash Shahi, Mohammad Nahangi, Carl Haas, and Majeed Safa, “Automated Post-production Quality Control for Prefabricated Pipe-spools,” ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, 201 5.
  • Mahdi Safa , Arash Shahi, Carl T. Haas, Majeed Safa, Keith Hipel, Sandra MacGillivray, and Dawn Fiander-McCann, “A Model for Construction contractor Selection Using Competitive Intelligence (CI),” 31st International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC 2014), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 9-11 July 2014.
  • Majeed Safa, Jeremy Allen, and Mahdi Safa, “Predicting Energy Usage Using Historical Data and Linear Models,” 31st International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC 2014), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 9-11 July 2014.
  • Mohammad Nahangi, Mahdi Safa, Arash Shahi, Carl T. Haas,” Automated Registration of 3D Point Clouds with 3D CAD Models for Remote Assessment of Staged-Fabricated Assemblies,” Construction Research Congress (CRC), Atlanta, GA, USA, 2014.
  • Mahdi Safa, Arash Shahi, Samin Shokri, Carl T. Haas, Ralph Haas, Keith Hipel, and Joel Gray,“Electronic Process Management System based Front End Planning Tool (FEPT),” Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), 2013.
  • Mahdi Safa, Sean Reinsma, Carl T. Haas, Paul M. Goodrum, and Carlos H. Caldas, “A Method for Choosing Concrete Forming System,” Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), 2013.
  • Mahdi Safa, Mohammad Nahangi, Arash Shahi and Carl Haas (2013), “An Integrated Quality Management System for Piping Fabrication using 3D laser Scanning and Photogrammetry,” 30th International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction (IAARC), Montreal.
  • Samin Shokri, Mahdi Safa, Carl T. Haas, Ralph C.G. Haas, Kelly Maloney, Sandra MacGillivray (2012), “Integrated interface management system and project schedule,” ISG*ISARC 2012, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
  • Samin Shokri, Mahdi Safa, Carl T. Haas, Ralph C.G. Haas, Kelly Maloney, Sandra MacGillivray (2012), “Interface Management Model for Mega Capital Projects,” Construction Research Congress (CRC), Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA.
  • Gabriel B. Dadi, Mahdi Safa, Paul M. Goodrum, Carl T. Haas, Carlos H. Caldas, and David MacNeel (2012), “Improving Concrete Trade Labor Productivity through the Use of Innovations,” Construction Research Congress (CRC), Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA.
  • Samin Shokri, Mahdi Safa, A.J. Antony Chettupuzha, Shahin Karimidorabati, Ray Simonson, Sandra MacGillivray, Dawn Fiander-McCann, Carl T. Haas, Professor, Ralph C.G. Haas (2011), “Electronic Product and Process Management System: A Tool to Improve the Execution of Capital Projects, ” Proceedings of the CIB W78-W102 2011: International Conference –Sophia Antipolis, France.
  • Mahdi Safa, Michael C. Gouett, Carl T. Haas, Paul M. Goodrum, Carlos H. Caldas (2011), “Improvement of Weld-less Innovation on Construction Project,” 3rd International/9th Construction Specialty Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • Samin Shokri, Mahdi Safa, Carl T. Haas, Ralph C.G. Haas (2011), “A Conceptual Framework to Improve Information and Process Management in the Execution of Capital Project,” 3rd International/9th Construction Specialty Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • Arash Shahi, Mahdi Safa, Shahin Karimidorabadi, Hassan Nasir, Carl T. Haas (2011), “Discrete Modeling and Simulation for Optimization and Planning,” 3rd International/9th Construction Specialty Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • Mahdi Safa, Michael C. Gouett, Carl T. Haas, Paul M. Goodrum, Carlos H. Caldas (2010), “A Fuzzy-logic Decision Making Approach for Using Innovations in the Construction Industry Case Study: Weld-less Pipe Joining,” 6th International Conference on Innovation in Architecture,  State College, Pennsylvania, USA.

Selected Poster Presentations

  • Marcus Rodgers, Mahdi Safa, “Port systems safety management analysis,” 8th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics,” The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA, July 17-21, 2017.
  • John Stone, Mahdi Safa, “Creating Predictive Models for Business Solutions Using Geoprocessing”, Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol, Austin, Texas, March 28, 2017. Best Poster Award.
  • Coy Laughlin, Daniel Hess, Lucas Sammons, Colin Bledsoe, Tyler Walthall, Mahdi Safa, 2017, “Effects a Poorly Executed Design Phase has on Cost, Time, and Material.” The annual Undergraduate Research Exposition, Lamar University.
  • Marcus Rodgers, Esther Salazar, Mahdi Safa, 2017, “Safety Analysis in Port Systems.” The annual Undergraduate Research Exposition, Lamar University. 
  • Leoany Alvarez, *Jason Brent, Jean Kim, Gary Patten, and John Stone, Mahdi Safa, 2017,” Degradation of Construction Materials at the New Orleans Hard Rock Hotel: A Case Study.” Best Poster Award. The annual Undergraduate Research Exposition, Lamar University.
  • Tricia Contreras, Vidya Tanawade, and Mahdi Safa, 2017,” How Information Systems and Data is Used to Control Operations and Influence Management Decisions at the Panama Canal.” The annual Undergraduate Research Exposition, Lamar University.
  • Michelle Jaramillo, Mirka Rodriguez, Matt Timmer, Yael Velazquez, Leonard Wysingle, Mahdi safa, 2017, “Human Resource Department: Port of Beaumont.” The annual Undergraduate Research Exposition, Lamar University.
  • Ryan Malone, Mahdi Safa, 2017, “An Advanced Construction Supply Model,” The annual Undergraduate Research Exposition, Lamar University.
  • John T Stone, Mahdi Safa, 2017, “Creating Predictive Models for Business Solutions Using Geoprocessing.” The annual Undergraduate Research Exposition, Lamar University.
  • Syrissa Dominguez, Joshua Autry, Mahdi Safa, 2017, “Imports and Exports: A Daily Grind in Costa Rica and Panama.” The annual Undergraduate Research Exposition, Lamar University.
  • Ryan Malone, Gabe Nevala, Charlie Kappleman, Jacob Major, Ben Hodges, Mahdi Safa, 2017, “Sustainability using Concrete Rubblization.” Best Poster Award. The annual Undergraduate Research Exposition, Lamar University.
  • Manisha Paul, Mahdi Safa, Seokyon Hwang, 2017, “Improving Disaster Resilience of Power Distribution Network Using Photogrammetry Technology.” The annual Undergraduate Research Exposition, Lamar University.
  • Abigail Saenz, Pedro Escamilla, Anthony Ledezma, Logan Mitchell, Luke Potter, Jonathan Saenz, Stephen Thomas, Mahdi Safa, 2017, “Environmental Effects on material in South East Texas Region.” The annual Undergraduate Research Exposition, Lamar University.
  • James Kight, Erik Rodriquez, Nick Davis, Luis Suarez, Marco Arellano, Jeremy Zachery, Mahdi safa, 2017, “The Effects of Work Hours on Project Safety.” The annual Undergraduate Research Exposition, Lamar University.
  • Anthony Ledezma, Abigail Saenz, Esther Salazar, Joshua Frank, Juan Hernandez, Leoany Alvarez, Mahdi Safa, 2017, “Software Advancements, and Uses within the Construction Industry.” The annual Undergraduate Research Exposition, Lamar University.
  • Lance Vargas, Mahdi Safa, 2017, “Exceptional Production of Quality Coffee from Doka Estate.” The annual Undergraduate Research Exposition, Lamar University.
  • Jordyn Glenn, Katie Meeks, Mahdi Safa, 2017, “Has ecotourism reached its peak in Costa Rica? The benefits and drawbacks of the ecotourism powerhouse.” The annual Undergraduate Research Exposition, Lamar University.
  • Mahdi Safa, Brian Craig, “An Advanced Port Management Program,” Breakbulk Americas, George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, September 26-29, 2016.
  • Mahdi Safa, Carl Haas, “Construction Contract Management Systems,” poster for WE Innovate, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, November 15, 2013.
  • Mahdi Safa, Carl Haas, “Construction supplier selection process,” CII Annual Conference, Showcase, Orlando, July 2013.
  • Mahdi Safa, Carl Haas, “An Advanced Construction Supply Nexus Model (ACSNM),” FIATECH Technology Conference and Showcase, JW Marriott Hill Country, San Antonio, TX, March 2013.
  • Mahdi Safa, Carl Haas, “Supply Nexus Management,” poster for WE Innovate, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, November 15, 2012.
  • Mahdi Safa, Carl Haas, “ EPPMS Value Packaging System, Fiatech Annual Technology Conference & Showcase, Miami, Florida, April 2012.
  • Mahdi Safa, Carl Haas, “Electronic Product and Process Management System,” Coreworx International Industry Symposium, Kitchener, ON, Feb. 2012.
  • Mahdi Safa, Matthew Black, Chandeep Gund, Zeynab Khalesi, “Maple Leaf Foods Inc.,”Company Projects Poster Presentations (MBA), Wilfrid Laurier University, Nov. 2011.