Professional Experience

McShane Chair and Professor (2016-Present), Construction Engineering Program,

Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Marquette University.

Chair and Professor (2012-2016), Department of Construction Management and Engineering, North Dakota State University.

Associate Professor and Director of the Emerging Technologies for Sustainable Infrastructure Laboratory (2008-2012); and Assistant Professor (2003-2008), Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, The University of Kansas.

Assistant Professor (1999-2003), Department of Engineering Technology, Texas Tech University.

Project Controls Engineer (1998-1999); and Office Engineer/Procurement Manager (1996-1998), J. A. Jones Construction Company.

Assistant Field Engineer (1986-1989), China State Construction Engineering Corporation.

Academic Credentials

Ph.D., 1996, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, North Carolina State University.


M.S.C.E., 1992, Department of Civil Engineering, Clemson University.


B.Engr., 1986, Department of Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University.


Professional Engineer, State of Texas (License No. 88143).


Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).


Member, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).


Specialty Editor, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE.


Editorial Board Member, Journal of Engineering Management, China.


Editorial Board Member, Journal of Chongqing Jiaotong University, China.

Brief Biography

Dr. Yong Bai, a professional engineer (P.E.), has been the McShane Chair and professor in the Construction Engineering program in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at Marquette University since August 2016. Before that he was the chair and professor in the Department of Construction Management and Engineering at North Dakota State University (2012-2016). During his career, Dr. Bai worked for two construction companies on commercial and industrial projects both in the United States and China for more than six years.  His research expertise is in the areas of infrastructure construction and maintenance, highway work zone safety, emerging technology applications, and international construction management.  Dr. Bai has led and participated in a variety of research projects funded by the State Departments of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, National Science Foundation, and the construction industry.  His cumulated research funding level has exceeded the million dollar mark. Results of his research have been published in more than 100 manuscripts. Dr. Bai received the NETI Fellowship awarded by ASEE in 2004, the ExCEED Fellowship awarded by ASCE in 2005, and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Faculty Fellowship awarded by the Federal Highway Administration in 2005. He has been an active member of ASCE since 1991 and was elected as the fellow of ASCE in 2010. Dr. Bai was inducted into the Chi Epsilon, the National Civil Engineering Honor Society in 1994, and the Sigma Lambda Chi, the International Construction Honor Society in 2013.