Christine Fiori

Christine M. Fiori

Clinical Professor and Program Director for Construction Management
Department Head, Engineering Leadership and Society
Engineering Leadership and Society

Christine M. Fiori

Clinical Professor and Program Director for Construction Management
Department Head, Engineering Leadership and Society
Engineering Leadership and Society


Dr. Christine Fiori is the Program Director of the Construction Management Program and Department Head of the Engineering Leadership and Society department at Drexel University where she teaches courses in Project Controls, Equipment Applications and Economics, Leadership, Safety, and Strategic Management. Prior to joining the faculty at Drexel, she was the Preston and Catharine White Fellow and Associate Director of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech. She received her PhD in Civil Engineering from Drexel University in 1997. She served as a Civil Engineering officer in the United States Air Force and taught at both the US Air Force Academy and Arizona State University.

Fiori’s passion for building was stoked early in life as both her father and grandfather were carpenters. Her research on the construction techniques of the Inca road throughout Peru was part of a Smithsonian exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian through 2021. She was recognized as an Engineering News Record Top 25 Newsmakers of 2010 for her research on the Inca Road. Additionally, she was featured on the Science Channel in an Episode of Strip the City pertaining to Machu Picchu. Fiori is the co-author of the recently published, “Handbook for Building Construction: Administration, Materials, Design and Safety.”

Degrees / Education

  • PhD, Civil Engineering, Drexel University
  • MSCE, Drexel University
  • MS, Engineering Geology, Drexel University
  • BSCE, Drexel University

Research Interests

Improving the delivery of safety education in construction curriculum. Ancient construction techniques. Design and construction in developing countries. Leadership in construction. Workforce development.

Areas of Study

Select Publications


  • Fiori, C. Chapter 11, Training, Construction Safety: Engineering and Management Principles, 2nd Edition, edited by Darryl C. Hill, Copyright 2014 American Society of Safety Engineers, ISBN 978-1-885581-77-8 pages 190-218.
  • Pearce, A.R. and Fiori, C.M. (2010). Sustainable Construction Supervisor. National Center for Construction Education and Research, Pearson Education, Inc., 2011. ISBN 978-0-13-215416-1.
  • Pearce, A.R. and Fiori, C.M. (with Shenoy, S.B.) (2008). Your Role in the Green Environment Pearson/Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ. ISBN 978-0-13-606597-5
  • Kraig Knutson, Schexnayder, Cliff J., Christine Fiori, and Richard E. Mayo, Construction Management Fundamentals, 2nd Ed. International Edition, McGraw-Hill, Inc., ISBN 978-0-07-128456-1, 2008.


  • Zhao, D.* McCoy, A.P., Bulbul, T. Fiori, C.M., Nikkhoo, P., (2014). “BIM-integrated Preconstruction Simulation of Collaboration and Leadership in Construction Education,” Journal of Automation in Construction.
  • Short, K.M.*, Pearce, A.R., Fiori, C.M., Bulbul, T., and McCoy, A. (2014). “The Influence of Internship Participation on Construction Industry Hiring Professionals When Selecting New Hires and Determining Starting Salaries for Construction Engineering Graduates.”  Conference Proceedings,  121st ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, ASEE, Indianapolis, IN, June 2014
  • Recavarren, G. C., Fiori, C. M., & Schexnayder, C. (2013). Rammed Earth—Construction Lessons from Experience. Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction. Accepted for publication.
  • Bhattacharjee, S., Ghosh, S., Young-Corbett, D. E., & Fiori, C. M. (2013). “Comparison of Industry Expectations and Student Perceptions of Knowledge and Skills Required for Construction Career Success”, International Journal of Construction Education and Research, 9(1), 19-38.
  • Chang, L.G., Fiori, C.M., Jaselskis, E.J., Schexnayder, C.J., Hogle, L.G., Shane, J.S. (2013). “Preparing Students to Work on Multi-Cultural Teams,”120th Annual Conference & Exposition:Engineering Education: Frankly, We Do Give a D*mn, Atlanta, GA,June 23 - 26, 2013
  • Schexnayder, C.J., Jaselskis, E.J., Fiori, C.M., Becker, T.C., Hung, W.C., Beckman, C., Kaewmoracharoen, M. (2012). “Using Tele-engineering as a Tool to Reverse Engineer the Inka Road,” ASCE Construction Research Congress, West Lafayette, IN, May 20-23, 2012.
  • Schexnayder, C.J, Celaya, M., Chang, G., Fiori, C.M., Jaselskis, E.J (2011). “CEC: Engineering with the Elements.” ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management.
  • Pearce, A.R., Shenoy, S.B., Fiori, C.M., and Winters, Z. (2010). “The State of Sustainability Best Practices in Construction: A Benchmark Study.” Journal of Green Building, 5(4).
  • Pearce, A.R. and Fiori, C.M. (2009). “Sustainable Construction Benchmarking: Guidelines and Protocols for Undergraduate Internships,” Engineering Pathway, National Engineering Education Delivery System (NEEDS).