Carnegie Mellon University
July 21, 2015

CEE Welcomes Pine Liu to Faculty

CEE Welcomes Pine Liu to Faculty CEE alumnus Pine Liu recently returned to the department in his new role as Assistant Research Professor. Liu specializes in software requirement engineering, building information modeling (BIM) and automation systems, and software project management and risk analysis. His research focuses on improving the sustainability and efficiency of managing urban infrastructure systems.

Liu earned his PhD from CEE in 2012, with a focus on Advanced Infrastructure Systems (AIS). Liu served for the past three years as Asset Preservation Manager with CMU’s Facilities Management Services (FMS) to gain an industry perspective on these systems.

During his time in FMS, Liu maintained a presence in the CEE department by teaching several graduate courses, related to computer-based approaches for search and decision support in civil Infrastructure, and BIM for engineering, construction and facility management. He has always had an interest in construction and computer science, and says that he considers CEE the perfect setting in which to explore these fields.

“Pine has been very actively engaged in our graduate program in his time with FMS,” said CEE Department Head Dave Dzombak. “In addition to teaching, he has had a key role in establishing several new collaborative projects between FMS and CEE that leverage CMU facilities for research and that bring advanced technologies to CMU facilities management.”

“It’s always been my career objective, to be a part of the CEE team,” says Liu. “I’ve been here for almost eight years, and from the beginning this department has felt like home to me.”

Liu earned his masters degree in CEE in 2008, and also holds an MS in Information Technology in Software Engineering. His doctoral thesis, “An Integrated Information Support Framework for Performance Analysis and Improvement of Secondary HVAC Systems,” was recognized with the Mao Yisheng Doctoral Dissertation Award.