Ken-Yu Lin

Ken-Yu Lin

P.D. Koon Endowed Associate Professor, Construction Management

Dr. Ken-Yu Lin is a P.D. Koon Endowed Associate Professor in the Department of Construction Management at the University of Washington (UW). She is the director for the Construction Management Occupational Safety and Health (CMOSH) program at the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Health (NCOSH), a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) funded Education and Research Center (ERC) in Region X. Dr. Lin also co-directs the SHARE (Safety and Health Advancement through Research and Education) Lab with her colleague Dr. Giovanni Migliaccio and serves on the Executive Committee for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Computing and Information Technology Division since 2014.

Dr. Lin is interested in research applications that contribute to smart safety and health in construction; construction education and training; and sustainable practices. Her technical backgrounds land in serious gaming and visualization; information and communication technology; intelligent sensing and monitoring; and ontologies and semantic approaches. Dr. Lin has been involved in research projects funded by the UW, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Science Foundation (NSF), Hewlett-Packard (HP) Development Company, WA Department of Transportation (WADOT), NIOSH, and the Taiwanese National Science Council (NSC). She has published journal and conferences papers in major venues and is also the co-author of Construction Project Safety, a text book published by John Wiley and Sons in 2013.

CMOSH:Click here to see Dr. Lin being featured in Seattle’s Daily Journal of Commerce for her leadership role in the CMOSH program.

SHARE Lab: Dr. Lin co-directs with Dr. Migliaccio the Laboratory for Safety and Health Advancement through Research and Education (SHARE) in Construction Management, which is physically hosted at the UW Construction Education and Research Center (CERC). The mission of the lab is to promote construction safety and health through evidenced-based innovative research, education, and practices. In particular, the SHARE lab specializes in creating new knowledge, learning resources, and practical solutions using technology interventions such as wearable sensors, visualization, serious gaming and tablet computers. Research work is supported by domestic stakeholders as well as national institutions and global corporations.



Zhang, Z., & Lin, K.-Y. (2023). Applying implementation science to evaluate participatory ergonomics program for continuous improvement: A case study in the construction industry. Applied Ergonomics, 115, 104181–104181. View Publication


Zhang, Zhenyu; Lin, Ken-yu; Lin, Jia-hua. (2022). 2safe: A Health Belief Model-integrated Framework For Participatory Ergonomics. Theoretical Issues In Ergonomics Science, 1 - 18. View Publication

Zuidema, Christopher; Austin, Elena; Cohen, Martin A.; Kasner, Edward; Liu, Lilian; Isaksen, Tania Busch; Lin, Ken-Yu; Spector, June; Seto, Edmund. (2022). Potential Impacts Of Washington State's Wildfire Worker Protection Rule On Construction Workers. Annals Of Work Exposures & Health, 66(4), 419 - 432. View Publication

Lee, Wonil; Lin, Ken-yu; Johnson, Peter W.; Seto, Edmund Y.w. (2022). Selection of Wearable Sensor Measurements for Monitoring and Managing Entry-level Construction Worker Fatigue: A Logistic Regression Approach. Engineering Construction & Architectural Management (09699988), 29(8), 2905-2923. View Publication

Lee, Wonil; Lin, Ken-Yu; Johnson, Peter W.; Seto, Edmund Y.W. (2022). Selection of Wearable Sensor Measurements for Monitoring and Managing Entry-Level Construction Worker Fatigue: a Logistic Regression Approach. Engineering, Construction, and Architectural Management, 29(8), 2905–23. View Publication Abstract Keywords View Publication


Zhang, Zhenyu; Lin, Ken-yu; Lin, Jia-hua. (2021). Factors Affecting Material-cart Handling In The Roofing Industry: Evidence For Administrative Controls. International Journal Of Environmental Research And Public Health, 18(4). View Publication


Lee, Wonil; Migliaccio, Giovanni C.; Lin, Ken-yu; Seto, Edmund Y. W. (2020). Workforce Development: Understanding Task-level Job Demands-resources, Burnout, And Performance In Unskilled Construction Workers. Safety Science, 123. View Publication


Liang, Huakang; Lin, Ken-yu; Zhang, Shoujian; Su, Yikun. (2018). The Impact Of Coworkers' Safety Violations On An Individual Worker: A Social Contagion Effect Within The Construction Crew. International Journal Of Environmental Research And Public Health, 15(4). View Publication

Lin, Ken-yu; Lee, Wonil; Azari, Rahman; Migliaccio, Giovanni C. (2018). Training Of Low-literacy And Low-english-proficiency Hispanic Workers On Construction Fall Fatality. Journal Of Management In Engineering, 34(2). View Publication

Liang, Huakang; Lin, Ken-yu; Zhang, Shoujian. (2018). Understanding The Social Contagion Effect Of Safety Violations Within A Construction Crew: A Hybrid Approach Using System Dynamics And Agent-based Modeling. International Journal Of Environmental Research And Public Health, 15(12). View Publication


Lee, Wonil; Seto, Edmund; Lin, Ken-yu; Migliaccio, Giovanni C. (2017). An Evaluation Of Wearable Sensors And Their Placements For Analyzing Construction Worker's Trunk Posture In Laboratory Conditions. Applied Ergonomics, 65, 424 - 436. View Publication

Lee, Wonil; Lin, Ken-yu; Seto, Edmund; Migliaccio, Giovanni C. (2017). Wearable Sensors For Monitoring On-duty And Off-duty Worker Physiological Status And Activities In Construction. Automation In Construction, 83, 341 - 353. View Publication


Chi, Nai-wen; Lin, Ken-yu; El-gohary, Nora; Hsieh, Shang-hsien. (2016). Evaluating The Strength Of Text Classification Categories For Supporting Construction Field Inspection. Automation In Construction, 64, 78 - 88. View Publication


Shang-hsien Hsieh(1); Ken-yu Lin(2); Nai-wen Chi(1); Hsien-tang Lin(1). (2015). Domain Knowledge-based Information Retrieval For Engineering Technical Documents. Ontology In The Aec Industry. A Decade Of Research And Development In Architecture, Engineering And Construction, chapter 1. View Publication


Lin, Ken-yu; Tsai, Meng-han; Gatti, Umberto C.; Lin, Jacob Je-chian; Lee, Cheng-hao; Kang, Shih-chung. (2014). A User-centered Information And Communication Technology (ict) Tool To Improve Safety Inspections. Automation In Construction, 48, 53 - 63. View Publication

Dzeng, Ren-jye; Lin, Ken-yu; Wang, Pei-ru. (2014). Building A Construction Procurement Negotiation Training Game Model: Learning Experiences And Outcomes. British Journal Of Educational Technology, 45(6), 1115 - 1135. View Publication

Gatti, Umberto C.; El-anwar, Omar; Migliaccio, Giovanni C.; Lin, Ken-yu; Medina, Yvonne. (2014). Quantifying The Impacts Of Failures Of Departments Of Transportation Building Systems On Road System Users. Transportation Research Record, 2440, 85 - 93. View Publication

Chi, Nai-wen; Lin, Ken-yu; Hsieh, Shang-hsien. (2014). Using Ontology-based Text Classification To Assist Job Hazard Analysis. Advanced Engineering Informatics, 28(4), 381 - 394. View Publication


Lin, K. Y.; Levan, A.; Dossick, C. S. (2012). Teaching Life-cycle Thinking In Construction Materials And Methods: Evaluation Of And Deployment Strategies For Life-cycle Assessment In Construction Engineering And Management Education. Journal Of Professional Issues In Engineering Education And Practice, 138(3), 163 - 170. View Publication


Hsieh, Shang-hsien; Lin, Hsien-tang; Chi, Nai-wen; Chou, Kuang-wu; Lin, Ken-yu. (2011). Enabling The Development Of Base Domain Ontology Through Extraction Of Knowledge From Engineering Domain Handbooks. Advanced Engineering Informatics, 25(2), 288 - 296. View Publication