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Meeting the PM Faculty

Dr. Gerry Galloway, Senior Fellow, Research Faculty PMCFE
Glenn L. Martin Institute of Professor of Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Affiliate Professor, School of Public Policy

The first known picture of Dr. Gerry Galloway was one of him and his mother. She was pregnant and standing on the banks of the Alabama’s Warrior River.

Since then, Galloway has never stopped working with, loving and being around the water. “My passion,” he said, “is to make sure that in the U.S. and other countries, people are able to live with the natural cycles, droughts and floods of water.”

Galloway has been working towards that goal in some way shape or form for his entire career. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and served in the army in various capacities for 38 years, including as Dean (Chief Academic Officer) at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Over the years he has served on numerous committees, commissions, and boards. Galloway has participated in national and international projects concerning environmental issues and water resource management and has served as a consultant for the Executive Office of the President of the U.S.

In spite of his impressive resume, he doesn’t let any of those accomplishments obscure his vision towards helping humanity live harmoniously with water. Despite making many appearances before public officials and providing various suggestions for improvement, he feels that one of the biggest problems is garnering enough prolonged interest to make an impact.

“When there is a drought or flood, people think about it and want to change something for two weeks,” he said. “Then the memory starts to fade. We’re trying to convince people to change
their behavior.”

Galloway isn’t pleased that all the recommendations he has been making for years seem to have fallen on deaf ears. “I’d like most of the recommendations to be acted on, and they’re not. It haunts me,” he said.

With Galloway’s long history as a water resources program manager, it’s not surprising that his Project Management philosophy has nature at its core. “Building a building is one thing,” he said, “I’ve built buildings. In Project Management of a natural system, building with Mother Nature, you’re managing a dynamic, adaptive system.”

An important component of his PM philosophy is listening and adapting to what the Earth and ecosystems want and not always doing what the client wants before gauging what irreparable impact it could have on the environment. On a personal note, he believes that his “good looks” give him an edge over other project managers.

By Nina Napolitano

Among the most important ideas he wants to instill in his students are that there’s no such thing as a simple answer and to always look for chains and linkages, to understand the how things are connected.

In Dr. Galloway’s office, you find yourself surrounded by pictures of projects past and maps of bodies of water. “I don’t know what a hobby is,” he said laughingly. However, he said that seeing and traveling along the world’s waterways is probably his closest substitute. “That’s what’s so great about the world, water is everywhere.”

(To read more about Dr. Galloway’s professional accomplishments, appointments, and education please review his resume)

 

PM Workshop in Rio de Janeiro

 On August 29 and 30, 2011 PMI hosted an academic workshop in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Approximately 40 participants attended from Brazilian universities and PMI chapters.

Professor John Cable, R.A., PMP, Director of the Project Management Center for Excellence, University of Maryland College Park, and chairman of PMI's Global Accreditation Center (GAC) was one of several presenters at the workshop. Cable gave a presentation on the Project Management program at UMD and on the necessity of becoming and maintaining accreditation through the GAC.


In addition, Professor Cable and GAC Board Member Christina Barbosa met with officials from Fundação Getulio Vargas, a Brazilian university comprised of 11 schools in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Brasilia, to discuss the possibility of becoming accredited by the GAC.

Successful GAC Accreditations in China

The GAC (Project Management Institute's Global Accreditation Center) bestowed accreditation to programs at two universities in Beijing, China. The two universities areTsinghua University and the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. These join Shanghai Jiao Tong to equal three universities in China that have accredited PM programs. The awards were presented at the 2nd annual PMI China Congress in front of an audience of about 1,300 attendees.

These are the first programs to be handled by our China Regional Committee of the GAC Board.

 

Professor Gregory Baecher to Chair National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Risk Assessment Committee

August 10, 2011. Washington, DC. The National Research Council of the National Academies announced today that Professor Gregory Baecher of the A.J. Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland will chair a committee of experts to review a congressionally-mandated site-specific risk assessment (SSRA) conducted by the Department of Homeland Security for the planned National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, Kansas.  An earlier NRC committee raised concerns about risk assessments conducted for the NBAF facility, forcing DHS into a reassessment.  The NBAF will be a state-of-the-art biocontainment facility for the study of foreign animal, emerging, and zoonotic diseases that threaten animal agriculture and public health.  For the past 50 years, the Plum Island Animal Disease Center has served as America's primary facility to conduct this research. However, PIADC is nearing the end of its design life and needs to be replaced.  Strategically, NBAF will host new and expanded capabilities, specifically, Biosafety Level (BSL) 4 containment for the study of high-consequence diseases affecting large livestock.  The committee intents to report to Congress by late spring of 2012.

Read more: http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/CommitteeView.aspx?key=49389

Why Uncertainty is a Critical Factor

Professor Link recently appeared in an ENR.com article: Why Uncertainty is a Critical Factor.

"Recently, the media reported an ecclesiastical forecast of the end of the earth. Dubbed the “rapture,” most of us are thankful it was inaccurate. But the same source, likely using the same information updated with one piece of hard fact—the non-event—now forecasts the rapture for Oct. 21, 2011. This typifies the great uncertainty in forecasting extreme events."

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40 PDUs

Reminder: Grad students can earn 40 PDU’s for each of our classes, but they have to submit the request. We are registered as an REP.

Professor John Cable's trip to India

PMI’s GAC Chair John Cable Meets with Four Universities & Industry Leaders in India to Discuss Accreditation of Project Management Education Programs

GAC Chairman John Cable (center) meeting with faculty of the Mukesh Pantel School of Technology, Management, & Engineering, and PMI, Mumbai, India.

From India, there have recently emerged some universities and one innovative company which are on their way to creating education and degree programs in project management. John Cable, R.A., PMP, Director of the Center for Excellence in Project Management at the University of Maryland and Chairman of Global Accreditation Center (GAC) for the Project Management Institute (PMI®), visited India from 11-22 January 2011 in order to offer advice to programs which were seen as potential applicants for accreditation.

The purpose of the trip was also to learn more about the project management education programs at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi; the Indian Institute of Technology Madras' Department of Civil Engineering, Chennai; the Mukesh Pantel School of Technology, Management, & Engineering at the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai; and the National Institute of Construction Management and Research, Pune.

If interested, the universities could apply to be certified by PMI's GAC thereby ensuring that their project management programs are truly the world's standard and in keeping with criteria that will ensure their students' success no matter where they work.

Mr. Cable's trip to India was initiated at the invitation of the private company Larsen and Toubro Limited (L&T), which has also created a project management education program for its employees. L&T is heavily involved in technology, engineering, construction, and manufacturing projects and is one of the largest companies in India's private sector.

L&T's Institute of Project Management (I'PM) has a diverse curriculum which includes classes from Arbitration Processes and Procedures to Bidding or Health. The classes meet six days every 3 months and can complete the post graduate diploma (Level 1) in two years. The senior management program (Level 2) can take up to three years. They offer their student-employees large, spacious classrooms, a stocked library, and computer lab.

I'PM's Chairman and Managing Director, A.M. Naik, stated in their welcome letter that L&T could no longer solely focus on operations if they wanted to grow and progress and therefore saw fit to implement this program.

According to Mr. Cable, "PMI/India asked me to extend the visit in order to be able to meet with some universities. We met with four institutions individually and I attended a meeting of Project Connect hosted by L&T and PMI/India to stir up interest with local Mumbai universities."

"One of my goals in agreeing to go to India was to try to develop a much better appreciation for the post graduate education environment in India. The trip can be counted on as a success in this regard," he added. "One thing that is immediately clear is that we need to be flexible in thinking about the education programs in India. Institutions of higher learning may have their genesis from several different sources and until fairly recently being 'recognized' was the only mode of validating postsecondary institutions."
 

Article by David Pells, Managing Editor, PM World Today Project Management eJournal, and Nina Napolitano, Communication Assistant, Project Management Center for Excellence, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

 

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