Carnegie Mellon University

Chris Hendrickson

Chris Hendrickson

Hamerschlag University Professor Emeritus, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890


Chris Hendrickson is the Hamerschlag University Professor Emeritus, Director of the Traffic 21 Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, member of the National Academy of Engineering, and Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering Part A (Systems). His research, teaching, and consulting are in the general area of engineering planning and management, including, transportation systems, design for the environment,  construction project management, finance, and computer applications.

Hendrickson pioneered models of dynamic traffic equilibrium, including time-of-day departure demand models. He was an early contributor to the development of probabilistic network analysis for lifeline planning after seismic events. His work in construction project management emphasized the importance of the owner's viewpoint throughout the project lifecycle. With others at Carnegie Mellon's Engineering Design Research Center, he developed a pioneering, experimental building design system in the early 1990s that spanned initial concept through construction scheduling and animation

From 1994 to 2015, Hendrickson has concentrated on green design, exploring the environmental life cycle consequences of alternative product and process designs. He has contributed software tools and methods for sustainable construction, pollution prevention, and environmental management, including life cycle analysis software and a widely cited analysis of the life cycle consequences of lead-acid battery-powered vehicles. More recently, he has focused on transportation systems, including alternative fuels, automated vehicles, and data analytics. 


PhD 1978 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MPhil 1975 - Oxford University
MS 1973 - Stanford University
BS 1973 - Stanford University


Research Centers: GDICEICCEDM

Areas of Interest

  • Computer-aided engineering
  • Transportation systems
  • Construction project management
  • Environmental systems

Publications / Books

Coffelt, D., and Hendrickson, C. (2018), "Fundamentals of Infrastructure Management"

Matthews, H.S., Hendrickson, C., Matthews, D.H. (2014), "Life Cycle Assessment: Quantitative Approaches for Decisions That Matter"

Hendrickson, C., and Matthews, H.S. (2011), "Civil Systems Planning, Investment and Pricing," (this is an updated and generalized version of Wohl and Hendrickson 1984.)

Hendrickson, C.T., Lave, L.B., Matthews, H.S., Horvath, A., Joshi, S., McMichael, F.C., MacLean, H., Cicas, G., Matthews, D., and Bergerson, J. (2006) “Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Goods and Services: An Input-Output Approach,” Resources for the Future.

Fenves, S., Flemming, U., Hendrickson, C., Maher, M., Quadrel, R., Terk, M., and Woodbury, R. (1993) “Concurrent Computer-Integrated Building Design,” Prentice-Hall. (Reviewed in ASCE J. of Architectural Engineering, Sept. 1995).

Hendrickson, C., and Au, T. (1989) “Project Management for Construction,” Prentice-Hall, New York  

  • Other Editions and Authorized Translations:  
    • Hendrickson, C.T. (2000) “Project Management for Construction,” (2ndedition),
    • Chinese Translation: Higher Education Press, 2005
    • Farsi Translation: M.T. Bankie, 1995
    • Spanish Translation: Diego Arturo L. de Ortigosa, 1994

Zozaya-Gorostiza, C., Hendrickson, C., and Rehak, D. (1989) “Knowledge Based Process Planning for Construction and Manufacturing,” Academic Press, Cambridge, MA.

Wohl, M. and Hendrickson, C. (1984) “Transportation Investment and Pricing Principles,” John Wiley and Sons, New York.

Recent Awards

  • 2021: Torrens Award for Editing Service from American Society of Civil Engineers Torrens Award for Editing Service 
  • 2020: honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from Council of University Transportation Centers 
  • 2019: Steinburg AwardAmerican Road & Transportation Builders.
  • 2014: elected to the National Academy of Construction
  • 2012: named University Professor at Carnegie Mellon, the highest academic distinction university faculty members can achieve.
  • 2011: elected to the National Academy of Engineering for leadership and contributions in transportation and green design engineering. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.
  • 2009: honored with Carnegie Mellon's Faculty Service Award, given by the Alumni Association in recognition of his commitment to the support, education and mentorship of Civil and Environmental Engineering alumni.
  • 2007: Distinguished Member, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2007: named as a fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2003: Member Emeritus, Committee on Applications of Emerging Technology, Transportation Research Board
  • 2002: awarded the Turner Lecture Award, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2002: recipient of Steven Fenves Systems Engineering Research Award, Carnegie Mellon