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Panagiotis “Takis” Mitropoulos, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor

Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

J.R. Filanc Construction Engineering & Management Program

(619) 594-0137




Current Research


High Reliability Foremen and Crews

This NSF-funded research project investigates the production practices and the teamwork processes of “High Reliability foremen and crews—that is, foremen and crews who consistently achieve high productivity and high safety even during the most challenging projects.  This research is based on a cognitive approach to accidents— the features of the task (complexity, difficulty, etc.) and the work context (pressures, interruptions, etc.), along with the workers capabilities determine the likelihood of errors and accidents.  The work situations shape the workers behaviors and the likelihood of errors.  We have completed studies of exceptional foremen and crews from framing, masonry, concrete and roofing trades.  Studies of foremen in heavy construction are currently on the way.

Students:  Gerardo Cupido, Babak Memarian, Alejandro Mendoza


Task Demands Assessment of Construction Operations

The design of the production tasks determine the difficulty to perform the task efficiently, safely (with no incidents) and correctly (without errors).   This study developed a methodology to analyze construction operations and evaluate the likelihood of incidents based on the execution of the activity. 

Student:  Manoj Namboodiri


Task Features Affecting the Likelihood of Accidents

Studies of accidents are used to identify the high-risk tasks and the task features that increase the likelihood of accidents.

Student:  Vince Guillama


Teamwork Processes

This study investigates the key capabilities, processes and behaviors of effective teamwork at the crew level to prevent errors and incidents.

Students:  Babak Memarian, Alejandro Mendoza


Constructability Analysis of Field Operations for Productivity Improvement

This research analyzes construction operations for Productivity, Safety and Quality to identify opportunities to improve the production system design (including methods, material management, design for constructability, etc.).

Student:  Victor Tajima


Developing Effective Phase Schedules

The development of effective work sequences is critical for the smooth workflow, speed and productivity of the trades.  This study investigates the effectiveness of existing phase schedules on building projects, in order to identify systematic strategies for generating effective and flexible phase schedules.

Student:  Neil Jon Delos Santos


Ergonomic Demands on HVAC Installation Workers

Work related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs) are a critical concern for the construction industry.  This study analyzed the ergonomic demands on Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) installation workers, and identified changes in the tasks, tools and training needed to reduce ergonomic demands while increasing productivity.

Student:  Sanaa Hussain