Faculty/Staff Directory

Cristina Poleacovschi

  • Assistant Professor
  • Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Main Office

402 Town Engineering Bldg
Ames, IA 50011-1066
Phone: (515) 294-2875


  • Ph.D.University of Colorado Boulder, 2017
  • M.S. University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2012
  • B. Econ. Technical University of Moldova, 2010

Interest Areas

  • Knowledge sharing and expertise in construction and engineering organizations:
    • Increasing collaboration within project teams
    • Governance and leadership styles that enhance collaboration
    • Studying techno-social systems
  • Infrastructure planning:
    • In the context of refugee resettlement
    • Leading to social and economic inequalities in urban areas
  • Marginalization:
    • Gender issues in engineering education and organizations

Brief Biography

Cristina Poleacovschi is an assistant professor in the department of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University. She researches collaboration and knowledge sharing in construction organizations. She has experience in working for international development organizations and is interested in studying the effects of infrastructure planning on issues of social justice. She is passionate about gender inclusion and has written a children's book (Elena, the engineer) about girls building and engineering cities.


Poleacovschi's research focuses on the social side of infrastructure and construction. First, it emphasizes the importance of the cultural and institutional forces that affect people's experiences in project-based organizations. She is interested in understanding how people collaborate and how micro-level factors (e.g. demographics) and macro-level factors (e.g. governance, leadership) affect collaboration. Second, Poleacovschi is interested in understanding how infrastructure planning affects social justice in humanitarian contexts (e.g. refugee resettlement) and urban areas. Finally, she studies gender inclusion by focusing on micro-aggressions in engineering education and organizations.

Honors & Awards

  • Construction Industry Institute, Best Poster Award, 2015
  • Engineering Project Organizations Conference, Scotland, Best Paper Award, 2015
  • The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International Scholarship, 2015
  • Doctoral Assistantship for Excellence Award, University of Colorado Boulder, 2013-2016
  • Dean’s Outstanding Merit Fellowship, University of Colorado, Boulder 2013-2014
  • Ventura Neal International Peace Named Scholar, 2012
  • IREX UGRAD Fellowship, 2009-2010

Selected Publications

  1. Poleacovschi, C. and A. Javernick-Will. (2016) “Spanning Knowledge Across Subgroups and Its Effects on Individual Performance,” ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering. DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000423,04016006
  2. Poleacovschi, C and Javernick-Will, A. “Who are the experts? Assessing expertise in construction and engineering organizations,” ASCE Construction Engineering and Management. DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001325
  3. Poleacovschi, C., Javernick-Will., A. and Tong, T. “The link between knowledge sharing connections and employee time benefits: A social network analysis,” Construction Management and Economics Special Issue on Social Networks. DOI 10.1080/01446193.2017.1287414