College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5316 USA
Dr. Siddharth Bhandari received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2019. He also received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2014 and 2017, respectively. Siddharth’s thesis, funded by the National Science Foundation and industry partners, focused on improving the current construction safety training techniques by leveraging behavioral psychology and adult learning principles critical to improving construction workers’ hazard identification, risk assessment, decision-making skills. For this work, Siddharth designed a new simulation-based multimedia safety training program, co-delivered it to over 1500 construction workers, and used multivariate data analysis techniques to validate the application of psychological and learning theories in the construction domain. For his research, Siddharth has received the best paper award at the 2015 5th International/11th Construction Specialty Conference in Vancouver, Canada.
Currently, Siddharth’s research exists at the nexus of human factors engineering, behavioral psychology, safety climate, and adult learning to improve safety and productivity on construction sites. His research team seeks to empirically test and validate the relationships between psychological antecedents, human factors, and safety skills to propose new strategies to train construction workers. In collaboration with international partners, his research group is also aspiring to address the global safety concerns by leveraging data from various relevant cultures that have been traditionally underrepresented in the academic literature. Siddharth received the ELECTRI International’s Early Career Award 2019 this summer to develop a protocol to measure situational awareness on construction sites among Electric Transmission & Distribution Line Workers. The protocol will be expanded for general construction to support real-time assessments of situational awareness and future research. For more information or to follow the work being performed by Dr. Bhandari’s lab, please visit: www.siddharthbhandari.com.