Saratu Terreno

Saratu Terreno

Assistant Professor

    Business and Engineering Convergence Center 2264
    (309) 677-2716


Ph.D. Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
B.Sc. Construction Project Management, Heriot-Watt University, Dubai, UAE
B.Sc. Architecture, University of Jos, Nigeria


Saratu Terreno is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction at Bradley University where he has been a faculty member since 2020. She also serves as the Director of Engineering Labs for the Caterpillar College of Engineering.

Saratu completed her Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University and her Masters in Construction Project Management at the Heriot-Watt University in Dubai, UAE. Her research interests lie in the area of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), ranging from Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) to robotics for Martian Habitats.

Saratu serves as an instructor for graduate and undergraduate courses in Construction Management such as Construction Estimating, Construction Materials and Methods, Construction Scheduling and Project Management. She incorporates active learning pedagogies to facilitate the Entrepreneurial Mindset in learning.

Professional Experience

  • August 2020 - Present, Assistant Professor, Bradley University
  • May 2022 – Present, Director of Engineering Labs
  • August 2018 – July 2020, Postdoctoral Researcher, Pennsylvania State University
  • August 2014 – May 2018, Graduate Research Assistant, Pennsylvania State University
  • June 2011 – July 2014, Architect, Jos University Teaching Hospital


  • Construction Estimating
  • Construction Scheduling
  • Construction Contracts, Claims and Change Orders
  • Revit and AutoCAD

Research Interests

  • Building Information Modeling
  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Robotics in Construction
  • Robotics for Martian Habitat Construction


Terreno, S., Asadi, S., & Anumba, C. (2019). An exploration of synergies between lean concepts and BIM in FM: A review and directions for future research. Buildings, 9(6), 147. [BIM / Lean / Computer Science / Facilities Management]

Terreno, S., Akanmu, A., Anumba, C. J., & Olayiwola, J. (2020). Cyber-Physical Social Systems for Facility Management. In Cyber-Physical Systems in the Built Environment (pp. 297-308). Springer, Cham. [Visualization / Automation / Internet of Things / Computer Science / Facilities Management]

Terreno, S. N. (2022, March). Value Delivery of BIM in Facilities Management. In Research Companion to Building Information Modeling. Edward Elgar Publishing. [BIM / Quality Management / Computer Science / Facilities Management]

Alzarrad, A., Awolusi, I. G., Hatamleh, M. T., Terreno, S. N. Automatic Assessment of Roofs Conditions Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Frontiers in Built Environment.  

Lee, Y.-S., Courtney, K., Terreno, S. (2022). 3D Printed Martian Habitats and Challenges to Overcome. Journal of Space Science and Technology, 11(1), 40-49.  DOI:

Licensures and Certifications

  • Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA) Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP)