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Project Management Skills: Just as Important As Your Technical DegreeA Focus on MEng Graduate Maryam Dadabhoy

University of Maryland alum Maryam Dadabhoy hails from Karachi, Pakistan—one of the world’s busiest and most congested cities. According to a study conducted 2017, 90% of the water in Karachi is unfit to for human consumption—a major problem in a city of more than 20 million inhabitants. Maryam, who believes that “water is every citizen’s basic right,” is hoping to help solve that problem. According to Maryam, “The state of affairs in Karachi is unfortunate and has sparked my interest in water treatment.” She channels that interest into her work—in DC, Maryam is part of a project directly related to . . . continue reading

The University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence is proud to deliver its fifth annual Project Management Symposium, taking place May 10-11, 2018 at the university’s College Park campus. Last year’s Symposium drew a record breaking crowd of over 330 project management professionals from the Baltimore-Washington region and around the world that joined forces to tackle challenges impacting the project management field at large. The two-day May 2018 event will feature six keynote speakers and over 55 technical sessions spread across five concurrent tracks.  Symposium attendees can customize their event experience by choosing to attend speaker sessions on a . . . continue reading
PM Graduate Student Participates in PMDoS

For the first time since its inception, a project management student from the University of Maryland (UMD) participated in the Project Management Day of Service (POMDoS) which has been held at the Stamp Student Union and hosted by the Project Management Center for Excellence at the University of Maryland for the last three years.  Developed and organized by Project Management for Change, the PMDoS is held each year on Martin Luther King Jr. day and provides project management professionals the opportunity to give back to the community by assisting nonprofit organizations. Using project management best practices, project management volunteers guide . . . continue reading
The Sky is the LimitA Focus on MEng Graduate Daniel “Keith” Thompson

As an aerospace technologist, Daniel “Keith” Thompson may seem to have his “head in the clouds,” but his feet are firmly planted on the ground. Keith is an Aerospace Technologist specializing in Technical Management with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island Virginia. Wallops Flight Facility is NASA’s principal facility for the management and implementation of the suborbital research programs. Its mission is to power scientific discovery and technology through unique access to space. Keith says, “We provide unique expertise, facilities, and carriers to enable rapid-response and frequent, low-cost flight opportunities for a diverse customer base.” . . . continue reading
Mastering Agile Project ManagementA Short Course Series

In every industry, using Agile methods increases success rates and the overall value projects deliver to stakeholders. The University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence and the PMI Southern Maryland Chapter are offering a five-part short course series on “Mastering Agile Project Management” that will teach you why and how Agile methods work regardless of the framework or delivery approach (Hybrid, Scrum, SAFe, etc.). Each four-hour session focuses on a benefit (Speed, Innovation, Leadership, Control, and Scale) that your team can immediately use to deliver project objectives despite increasing constraints and uncertainty. Earn 4 PDUs for each session. Cost: . . . continue reading
Experiential Learning: Bringing Classroom Concepts to Life

A construction site is not traditionally what you would consider a standard classroom environment for a university undergraduate course.  However, if you understand the concept of experiential learning, then the setting is absolutely perfect. Approximately 50 University of Maryland (UMD) undergraduate students visited the site of the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation that is currently under construction on the UMD College Park campus.  The students went to “experience” construction management, courtesy of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company. The visit marked one of several the Introduction to Construction Project Management class will take over the course of the semester . . . continue reading
PM Graduate and Faculty Win ARCOM Emerald Research Methodology Award

The UMD Project Management Center for Excellence is pleased to announce that a paper entitled “Happiness for Project Managers: Framework and Empirical Analysis” won the Emerald Research Methodology Award at the Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) in September 2017 in Cambridge, U.K..  Authors of the paper include Clara Cheung PhD, Qingbin Cui PhD and Jocelyn Davis. Dr. Cheung is on faculty at the University of Manchester, U.K. and a May 2016 PhD graduate from the Project Management Center for Excellence at the University of Maryland.  Dr. Qingbin Cui is associate faculty and Jocelyn S. Davis is adjunct faculty . . . continue reading
UMD Alumni Making Positive Impacts on People All over the WorldMeet Michael O'Connor, May 2014 PhD Graduate

As Director Strategy and Project Management for Medtronic, the work that UMD alumni Michael O’Connor does on a daily basis makes positive impacts on the health and wellbeing of people all over the world.  Medtronic is a global healthcare solutions company committed to improving the lives of people through medical technologies, services, and solutions. Michael works in their operational headquarters located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “For me, the real passion of being in project management at Medtronic” stated O’Connor, “is being able to turn innovative ideas into actual products, having these products implanted into patients and then seeing and hearing how . . . continue reading
Center Researchers Answer Questions about Record-Breaking Flooding by Hurricane HarveyHurricane Harvey unloaded more than 50 inches of rain in parts of Texas, the greatest amount ever recorded in the lower 48 states from a single storm. National and local news outlets turned to University of Maryland Center for Disaster Resilience for their disaster expertise to include in the narrative of this most extreme rain event in U.S. history. Senior Research Engineer Sandra Knight and Research Professor Gerald Galloway, both Professors for the Project Management Center for Excellence under the Clark School of Engineering and Center for Disaster Resilience, were interviewed by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and others. Read and watch more . . . continue reading
PMI SoMD Prince George’s County Community MeetingsPMI Southern Maryland Chapter and UMD PM Center for Excellence Partner to Host Events

Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Southern Maryland Chapter has teamed up with the University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence (UMD) to host a series of Prince George’s County community meetings to provide their current chapter members (and potential new members) living and/or working in Prince George’s County the opportunity to advance their project management knowledge, network work other project management professionals and earn the PDU’s necessary to maintain their PMP certification. Through this partnership with UMD’s Project Management Center for Excellence, the PMI Southern Maryland Chapter are planning to offer “Prince George’s County Community Meetings” to meet the needs . . . continue reading
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