Portrait of Aaron Opdyke
PhD Graduate
Construction Engineering and Management • Engineering for Developing Communities

Aaron his currently a Lecturer (Assistant Professor equivalent in the Australian system) in Humanitarian Engineering in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney where his research and teaching focus on disaster recovery and sustainable development. Following his doctoral work, he consulted for Project Concern International, assessing long-term outcomes of the "neighborhood approach" in humanitarian programming after the 2010 Haiti earthquake and served as a Disaster Risk Reduction and Managment Program Officer with Peace Corps Response in the Philippines. Aaron's doctoral research focused on post-disaster shelter reconstruction in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 where he explored inter-organizational coordination, stakeholder participation, and training across 19 humanitarian shelter programs. His work was supported through the National Science Foundation Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure Systems: Post-Disaster Reconstruction Processes and Stakeholder Networks project and he was awarded a United States Agency for International Development Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) Humanitarian Shelter and Settlements Fellowship. As a part of his practicum for the Certificate in Engineering for Developing Communties, Aaron worked for Build Change as a staff engineer in response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines providing techincal guidance on housing reconstruction.


  • PhD in Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering and Management), University of Colorado Boulder, 2017

  • MS in Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering and Management), University of Colorado Boulder, 2015 

  • Certificate in College Teaching, University of Colorado Boulder, 2015

  • Certificate in Engineering for Developing Communities, University of Colorado Boulder, 2014

  • BS in Civil Engineering w/ Honors, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obipso, 2013

Professional Registrations

  • Professional Engineer (PE) 

California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists 

  • LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C) 

United States Green Building Council 

  • Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) 

Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure


  • USAID/OFDA Humanitarian Shelter and Settlements Fellow, 2016

  • Engineering Project Organization Conference, Best Paper, 2016

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, 2014