Professor of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
Haggerty Engineering 259
(414) 288-3530
Complete CV



Research Interests

  • System reliability analysis
  • Construction safety
  • Computer applications in construction

Professional Preparation

Ph.D., 1981, Construction Engineering and Management, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.S., 1975, Structural Engineering, Tehran University

B.S., 1974, Civil Engineering, Tehran University

Selected Publications

Karshenas, Saeed (2018). “A Semantic Approach to Building Lifecycle Information IntegrationKeynote speech presented at the Fifth World Construction and Steel Structures Conference, October 2018, Los Angeles, CA.

M. Niknam, and S. Karshenas, (2017). “A shared ontology approach to semantic representation of BIM data,” Journal of Automation in Construction, volume 80, pages 22 to 36.

M. Niknam, and S. Karshenas, (2016). “Integrating BIM and Project Schedule Information Using the Semantic Web Technology,” Proceedings, 2016 ASCE Construction Research Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

M. Niknam, and S. Karshenas, (2015). “Integrating distributed sources of information for construction cost estimating using Semantic Web and Semantic Web Service technologies,” Journal of Automation in Construction, volume 57, pages 222 to 239.

M. Niknam, and S. Karshenas, (2014). “Sustainable Design of Buildings using Semantic BIM and Semantic Web Services.” Elsevier Procedia Engineering, 118, pages 909 to 917.

Students studying in lab

Civil, Construction and Environmental

Civil and environmental engineers design and build the infrastructure of civilization: highway systems, airports, water treatment systems, waste treatment systems, buildings, bridges and cities themselves.

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Co-op and Internship

Faculty and Staff

Short Courses


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