ASCE has honored Kevin Han, Ph.D., EIT, A.M.ASCE, with the 2024 Daniel W. Halpin Award for Scholarship in Construction for innovative contribution to advances in construction automation and robotics, teaching innovations, and services to the academic community.

Han has been making important scholarly contributions to construction automation through advances in robotics, computer vision, and building information modeling (BIM). He has secured over $6.6 million in research grants, $4 million of which as the leading PI. In addition, he is an innovator who brings his technology to the market. He has three patents and was actively involved in founding two startups that branched out of his research. His work has been recognized through various awards and top journal publications.

He also brings innovations to construction education. Han has National Science Foundation projects on developing, implementing, and assessing new approaches and tools to teach construction students. He and his students are always actively engaged with K-12 visitors coming to the university, showing off cool welding robots and autonomous vehicles. Han always hosts high school interns over the summer to give them a head start on research experience. 

Lastly, Han has been actively involved in academic communities – for example, co-chairing various sessions/tracks and Ph.D. poster sessions at conferences like Construction Research Congress (CRC) and International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering (i3CE).

The Daniel W. Halpin Award for Scholarship in Construction recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship that advances construction engineering as a science.