Katherine Maslak Madson


Affiliate Faculty


450 Town Engineering
813 Bissell Road
Ames, IA 50011


Dr. Katherine Madson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University. Dr. Madson’s research is at the intersection of decision-making under uncertainty and asset management. The general objective of her research is to ensure that, during the front-end planning process, assets are strategically designed and constructed to reach the end of the design life and are not retired early due to poor planning, realized uncertainty, or general lack of resilience.


Data driven decision making; decision making under uncertainty; engineering design under uncertainty; engineering education; flexibility; front-end planning; real options


Ph.D., Construction Management, University of Florida, 2020

M.Eng., Civil Engineering, University of Florida 2018

B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Florida 2013

Honors and awards

2019 Outstanding Student Engineering Project Organization Conference

2019 Best Poster Engineering Project Organization Conference

2018 Honorable Mention Construction Research Congress

2017-Present Sigma Lambda Chi Construction Honors Society


Miner, N., A. K. Ilgu, J. S. Shane, and K. Madson. (2021). Engineers as Effective Team Players: Evaluating Teamwork Skills in a Flipped Project Management for Civil Engineers Course. 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference

Madson, K., Franz, B., Molenaar, K., Kremer, G. (2020). Strategic Development of Flexible Manufacturing Facilities. Journal of Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management.

Madson, K., Franz, B. (2020) Real Options Approach for Flexible Building Delivery. 2020 Construction Research Congress.

Franz, B., Leicht, R., & Maslak, K. (2018). Framework for Assessing Resilience in the Communication Networks of AEC Teams. Engineering Project Organization Journal, 8(1).

Maslak K., Franz, B., Molenaar K., & Kremer G. (2018). State-of-the-Practice in the Design and Construction of Flexible Facilities. 2018 Construction Research Congress. New Orleans, LA.