Dr. Siddharth Bhandari is an Assistant Professor at Western Michigan University and the Associate Director of Research of the Construction Safety Research Alliance. Sid received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 2019 from University of Colorado Boulder specializing in construction safety and behavioral psychology. He also received his Bachelor and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Colorado Boulder in 2014 and 2017 respectively.
Sid’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 workers’ hazard identification, risk assessment, decision-making skills. For this work, Sid designed a new simulation-based multimedia safety training program, co-delivered it to over 1,500 construction workers, and used multivariate data analysis techniques to validate the practical application of psychological and learning theories within the construction domain. For his research, Sid has received the best paper award at the 2015 5th International/11th Construction Specialty Conference in Vancouver, Canada. Sid’s research expertise exists at the nexus of human factors engineering, behavioral psychology, safety climate, and adult learning to improve safety and productivity on construction sites. He has also received the ELECTRI International’s Early Career Award 2019 to develop an empirically validated tool to measure situational awareness, human factors performance, and safety climate in real-time on construction sites.