Issa Ramaji, Ph.D., P.E.

Issa Ramaji
Issa Ramaji, Ph.D., P.E., DBIAAssistant Professor of Construction Management

Contact Information

(401) 254-3725iramaji@rwu.eduSE 117

Areas of Expertise

Digital Twin, Building Information Modeling, Virtual/Augmented Reality, Building Energy, Modular Buildings


Ph.D., Architectural Engineering, Penn State University
M.S., Civil Engineering – Structures and Earthquake, Sharif University of Technology
B.S., Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology

Dr. Issa Ramaji received his Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering from Penn State University in 2016. He received his M.S. in Structural Engineering and his B.S. in Civil Engineering -- both from Sharif University of Technology.  He worked two years as an assistant professor at the University of North Florida before he joined Roger Williams University in 2018. 

He is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE), and has five years of work experience in the construction industry -- both in design and construction firms. He managed construction of three bridges including: (1) a 350-ft cable-stayed bridge, (2) a railway bridge with post-tensioned girders, and (3) a highway bridge with steel box-girder. He also designed more than 20 bridges during his time in the industry.

Dr. Ramaji is very active in scientific communities and is an associate editor of ASCE journal of Architectural Engineering. He is a committee member of the U.S. National BIM Standard and has been working with National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) on developing standards and guidelines for execution of BIM in the building industry. He is also a committee member of Construction Research Council (CRC) and ASCE Data Sensing and Analysis (DSA) committee. His research interest is evolved around application of advance information technologies in the AEC/FM industry. During the past five years, his research projects has been focused on Building Information Modeling (BIM), application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in construction projects, building energy efficiency, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), Internet of Things (IoT), and building Digital Twin.

Dr. Ramaji teaches a wide variety of construction topics to include, computing in construction management, advanced technologies in construction, plans/specification and codes, introduction to construction management, surveying, safety, residential construction, and construction finance and project control.