Professor Fischer's research goals are to improve the productivity of project teams involved in designing, building, and operating facilities and to enhance the sustainability of the built environment. His work develops the theoretical foundations and applications for virtual design and construction (VDC). VDC methods support the design of a facility and its delivery process and help reduce the costs and maximize the value over its lifecycle. His research has been used by many small and large industrial government organizations around the world.

Academic Appointments

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Administrative Appointments

  • Director, Center for Integrated Facility Engineering - CIFE (2001 - Present)

Honors & Awards

  • Member, National Academy of Construction (2018)
  • Peurifoy Construction Research Award, ASCE (2017)
  • Honorary Senior Fellow, Design Futures Council (2006)
  • Best Paper Award, Artificial Intelligence in Design (2000)
  • Eugene L. Grant Award for Excellence in Teaching, Eugene L. Grant (1999)
  • Hoefer Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing, Stanford University (1997,1998, 2005)
  • Top 25 Newsmaker, Engineering News Record (1996)

Professional Education

  • PhD, Stanford University (1991)

2018-19 Courses

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