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Maria Calahorra-Jimenez, Ph.D., PMP, ASCE M.A.
Assistant Professor
Lyles College of Engineering
California State University, Fresno


Dr. Maria Calahorra-Jimenez is a Beavers assistant professor in the Department of Construction Management at California State University, Fresno. Maria holds a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Ph.D. degree in Engineering Science from the Catholic University of Chile.

Maria is passionate about teaching and research, focusing on improving the management of public infrastructure projects.

Before earning her doctorate, Maria worked in international engineering firms for 14 years. She served as a project engineer, project manager, and technical office manager in the design and construction overseeing more than a hundred infrastructure projects—totaling nearly $2 Billion—in Spain and Chile. Maria enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.


  • 2023 ASC Regional Teaching Award, Associated Schools of Construction
  • 2021 Abertis UC Research Award on Transportation Systems and Infrastructure Management for doctoral thesis “Advancing Knowledge of Design-Build and Best-Value in Highway Projects” (Ex-aequo), Abertis, Chile
  • 2021 Lyles College of Engineering 21/22 Research Scholarship and Creative Activities (RSCA) Award. Chancellor’s Office, California State University, Fresno
  • 2020 Provost’s Award for Extraordinary teaching in extraordinary times. Category of Student Success. Provost Office, California State University, Fresno


B.S. in Construction Management (Undergraduate Core Requirement Courses)

  • Construction Documents (CM 20)
  • Construction Soils and Foundations (CM127)
  • Project Controls (CM170)
  • Internship Work Experience Undergraduate (C 193I)
  • Internship Work Experience Graduate (C 293I)

B.S. in Construction Management (Undergraduate Elective Courses)

  • Construction Site Planning and Development (CM144)
  • Heavy Civil Construction (CM151)
  • Heavy Civil Competition (CM98)

M.S. in Construction Management (Graduate Courses)

  • Independent Study (CM 290)
  • Research Methods for Construction Management (CM291T)