Nirajan Mani

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Engineering Technology School of Health and Natural Sciences
Nirajan Mani, Ph.D., Construction Technology, Industrial Technology
978.665.4843 Office: Conlon Hall 204
Office Hours
Spring 2021

T/R 11 am - 12:15 pm
W 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
By appointment - online meetings

Courses Taught

CMGT 2035 Building Construction Systems
CMGT 3005 Heavy/Highway Construction Systems
CMGT 3022 Surveying
CMGT 3028 Estimating & Bidding
CMGT 4030 Construction Management Capstone
CMGT 4035 Site Planning & Land Development
CMGT 4045 Seminar in Construction
Topic Course: Smart City

Background

Ph.D., University of Nebraska (Construction Engineering and Management)
M.S., University of Nevada (Construction Management)
B.E., Tribhuvan University (Civil Engineering)

Modular Construction
Smart City
e-Construction
Labor Productivity
Construction Productivity and Safety
Modeling, Simulation and Visualization
Engineering Education

Construction Safety and Health

Ongoing research in collaboration with Dr. Nipesh Pradhananga (Assistant Professor, Florida International University)

Development of Virtual Environment of Construction Operations

Ongoing research in collaboration with faculty and students of Game Design Program (Communications Media Department)
Workstation: ITEC Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Laboratory, CNIC 201F

Labor Productivity

Ongoing research in collaboration with Dr. Eddy M. Rojas (Dean, University of Dayton), Dr. Terence Foster (Professor and Associate Director, University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Dr. Krishna Kisi (Assistant Professor, Missouri Western State University)

e-Construction and Big Data

Ongoing research in collaboration with Dr. Asregedew Woldesenbet (Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Representative Publications:

Journals:

  • Kisi, K. P., Mani, N., Rojas, E. M., & Foster, E. T. (2018). Estimating of optimal productivity in labor-intensive construction operations: An advanced study. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, in press.
  • Mani, N., Kisi, K. P., Rojas, E. M., & Foster, E. T. (2017). Estimating construction labor productivity frontier: Pilot study. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 143(10), 04017077.
  • Kisi, K. P., Mani, N., Rojas, E. M., & Foster, E. T. (2016). Optimal productivity in labor-intensive construction operations: A pilot study. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 04016107.
  • Shrestha, P. P., & Mani, N. (2014). Relationship of mathematics and physics grade point average with construction science grade point average. Engineering Sciences International Research Journal, ISSN 2320-4338.
  • Shrestha, P. P., Pradhananga, N., & Mani, N. (2013). Correlating quantity and bid cost of unit price items of public road projects. Journal of Civil Engineering, KSCE.
  • Shrestha, P. P., & Mani, N. (2013). Impact of design cost on construction cost and schedule performance of public road projects. Journal of Management in Engineering, ASCE, doi: (ASCE) ME. 1943-5479.0000220.

Peer Reviewed Conferences:

  • Mani, N. (2020). Critical factors affecting enrollment, performance, and retention, & graduation rates of construction management undergraduate students. Proceedings of 2020 Industry, Engineering, & Management Systems Conference, Florida, March 15-17.
  • Mani, N., & Chenot, D. K. (2020). Sustainable redevelopment in Fitchburg: A collaborative faculty-students-community engaged project. Proceedings of 2020 Industry, Engineering, & Management Systems Conference, Florida, March 15-17.
  • Mani, N., & Kisi, K. P. (2019). Estimating productivity for labor-intensive task: A case study. Proceedings of 7th CSCE International Construction Specialty Conference (jointly with Construction Research Congress), Laval (Greater Montreal), Canada, June 12 -15.
  • Kisi, K. P., Mani, N., Lee, N., Shrestha, J., Shrestha, K., & Kayastha, R. (2019). Opportunities and challenges for modular construction in developing nations: A case study in the Nepalese construction industry. Proceedings of 7th CSCE International Construction Specialty Conference (jointly with Construction Research Congress), Laval (Greater Montreal), Canada, June 12 -15. 
  • Mani, N., Kisi, K. P., Rojas, E. M., & Foster, E. T. (2018). Multi-level hierarchical analysis for productivity frontier estimation. Proceedings of 2018 ASCE Construction Research Congress, New Orleans, LA, April 2-5.
  • Kisi, K. P., Mani, N., Rojas, E. M., & Foster, E. T. (2018). Optimal labor productivity: A case study in a sheet metal bending. Proceedings of 2018 ASCE Construction Research Congress, New Orleans, LA, April 2-5.
  • Pradhananga, N., Mani, N., & Subedi, S. (2017). Sustainable safety in labor-intensive operations: An innovative perspective. Proceedings of CSCE Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, May 31 – June 3.
  • Mani, N., Kisi, K. P., Rojas, E. M., & Foster, E. T. (2017). Labor productivity frontier: A case study of two crews. Proceedings of 53rd ASC Annual International Conference, Associated Schools of Construction, Seattle, Washington, April 5-8.
  • Pradhananga, N., Mani, N., & Subedi, S. (2017). Determining safety frontier for repetitive labor-intensive operations: A theoretical approach. Proceedings of 53rd ASC Annual International Conference, Associated Schools of Construction, Seattle, Washington, April 5-8.
  • Mani, N., Kisi, K. P., Rojas, E. M., & Foster, E. T. (2016). A case study on estimating labor productivity frontier. Proceedings of 52nd ASC Annual International Conference, Associated Schools of Construction, Provo, Utah, April 13-16.
  • Kisi, K. P., Mani, N., Rojas, E. M., & Foster, E. T. (2016). A case study on estimating optimal labor productivity. Proceedings of 2016 ASCE Construction Research Congress, ASCE, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 31- June 2.
  • Mani, N., Kisi, K. P., & Rojas, E. M. (2014). Estimating labor productivity frontier: a pilot study. Proceedings of 2014 ASCE Construction Research Congress, Atlanta, GA, May 19-22.
  • Kisi, K. P., Mani, N., & Rojas, E. M. (2014). Estimating optimal labor productivity: a two-prong strategy. Proceedings of 2014 ASCE Construction Research Congress, Atlanta, GA, May 19-22.
  • Shrestha, P. P., & Mani, N. (2014). Relationship of mathematics and physics grade point average with construction science grade point average. Proceedings of International Conference on Mathematics and Engineering Sciences, Chandigarh, India, March 20-22.
  • Shrestha, P. P., & Mani, N. (2012). Impact of design cost on design bid build public projects performance. Proceedings of 2012 ASCE Construction Research Congress, West Lafayette, IN, May 21-23.
  • Shrestha, P. P., Pradhananga, N., & Mani, N. (2012). Impact of quantity of bid cost of unit price items in design-bid-build public road projects. Proceedings of the 91st Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting (CD), Washington D.C., January 22-26.
  • Shrestha, P. P., & Mani. N. (2011). Impact of mathematics and physics grade point average on the overall GPA for construction management undergraduate students. Proceedings of International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation, ISBN-13: 978-1-936338-36-8, IMETI, Orlando, Florida, July 19-21.

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Associated General Contractors
  • Golden Key International Honor Society
  • Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA)/ National Education Association
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
  • U.S. Green Building Council