Ken-Yu Lin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Construction Management housed under the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington (UW). Dr. Lin is originally from Taiwan, studied in the U.S. as a Fulbright exchanged scholar, received her PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and served as an industry consultant before she started her appointment with the UW in 2008.
Dr. Lin is interested in research areas including technology supported construction safety, innovative construction education and training, construction knowledge management, construction information systems and management, and project sustainability. Dr. Lin has been involved in research projects funded by the UW’s Royalty Research Fund, Susan Harwood Grant from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Science Foundation (NSF), Hewlett-Packard (HP) Development Company, WA Department of Transportation (WADOT), and the Taiwanese National Science Council (NSC). In 2009, Dr. Lin was awarded the Dean’s Development Fund from the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington. She has published journal and conferences papers in major venues such as ASCE's Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering and Journal of Construction Engineering and Management.
Dr. Lin and her colleague Dr. Migliaccio co-direct the Laboratory for Safety and Health Advancement through Research and Education (SHARE) in Construction Management at the UW. Besides being an active contributor in both her professional and academic communities, Dr. Lin is involved in several leadership roles in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology (TCCIT). She was the former chair for the TCCIT’s Education Committee and is currently the U.S. member-at-large for the TCCIT’s Global Center for Excellence in Computing Committee.
Dr. Ken-Yu Lin from the Department of Construction Management at the University of Washington has been hosting international visiting intern students from the Computer Aided Engineering group at the National Taiwan University since 2010. Dr. Lin has the knowledge in the safety and education domains and her Taiwanese partners are strong in the design and development of technology innovations. Because the expertise from the two labs complements each other in advancing research agendas and in pursuing funded opportunities, the collaboration is mutually beneficial and financially sustainable with the students receiving funding from both labs. Through the international collaboration and during their one year stay in Seattle, the visiting intern students obtained unique research experiences, enhanced their language proficiencies, and received cultural influences that will mold their views and behaviors for the rest of their life.