Dr. Calahorra-Jimenez’s research interests focus on alternative project delivery and procurement methods in transportation projects, digital project development, and delivery, data analysis/decision-making, sustainability, and resilience in infrastructure projects, broadening participation of women in civil engineering and heavy civil construction and engineering and construction education.

Alternative Project Delivery and Procurement Methods in Transportation Projects

Alternative Project Delivery and Procurement Methods in Transportation Projects

Dr. Calahorra-Jimenez aims to improve the management of public infrastructure projects by researching on:

  • Alternative project delivery systems such as Design-Build, Progressive-Design Build, and Alliances/Integrated project delivery.
  • Procurement methods such as Best-Value
  • Performance-Based Contracts
  • Digital project development & Delivery, including BIM and virtual/augmented reality.

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Data Analysis / Decision-Making

Data Analysis / Decision-Making

Dr. Calahorra-Jimenez aims to support public administrators’ decision-making processes by using data analysis techniques and alternative decision-making processes. Some of the techniques and methods used are

  • Montecarlo simulation
  • Choosing by Advantages (CBA)

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Sustainability and Resilience in Infrastructure Projects

Sustainability and Resilience in Infrastructure Projects

Dr. Calahorra-Jimenez aims to explore how pre-construction processes and decisions might impact sustainability and resilience in the construction and operation of infrastructure projects. Some of the topics under the sustainability and resilience umbrella are: Long-term performance, Project life cycle assessment, and Challenges to address sustainability goals.

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Broadening Participation of Women in Civil Engineering and Heavy Civil Construction

Broadening Participation of Women in Civil Engineering and Heavy Civil Construction

As a Hispanic female in civil engineering and heavy civil construction, Dr. Calahorra-Jimenez is interested in helping female students to pursue careers in this area. Currently, Dr. Calahorra-Jimenez is exploring the following topics with faculty and students females from different backgrounds: Motivations, Transition experiences, intentions; Recruitment and Retention Procedures to attract more women; and Exploring intersectionality.

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Engineering and Construction Education

Engineering and Construction Education

As a passionate educator, Dr. Calahorra-Jimenez aims to contribute with her experience and research efforts to the field of engineering and construction education. Some of the topics Dr. Calahorra-Jimenez explores are: Engaging Industry in the Classroom, and Lean-In Education.

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