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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
Share your Project Management Experiences at our 5th Annual Project Management SymposiumAbstract Deadline is November 19

Are you ready to share your project management experiences with your peers and participate in our Annual Project Management Symposium as a speaker? The 2018 Symposium takes place May 10-11, 2018 at the University of Maryland campus in College Park. Supporting the theme, “Turning Knowledge into Practice,” project management professionals from the Baltimore-Washington area and abroad will come together to share best practices and lessons learned, plus discover the latest advances in project management.  The 2017 Symposium welcomed its largest-ever audience with more than 330 experts from industry, government, and academe from all areas of the world. Individuals and organizations are invited . . . 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 is planning to offer eight (8) Prince George’s County community meetings in 2017 . . . continue reading
2017 Project Management Symposium Draws Record Crowd

Project management professionals from as near as D.C. and as far as Australia came together May 4-5 to share best practices, discuss lessons learned, and discover the latest advances in the field at the University of Maryland (UMD) Project Management Symposium. More than 300 people were in attendance, the largest number in the event’s four-year history. Hosted by the Project Management Center for Excellence in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), the Project Management Symposium featured over 50 technical sessions on a broad range of topics: people in projects, construction management, federal programs, agile/IT, integrated project management, risk . . . continue reading
D.C.-Area Nonprofits Tap Into Local Project Management ExpertiseUMD's Project Manamanet Center for Excellence Hosts 2017 Project Management Day of Service

Representatives from 45 nonprofits teamed up with 220 project management experts January 16 to write and codify strategic goals, create fundraising plans, or take additional steps towards boosting worthy projects. Hosted by the Project Management Center for Excellence at the University of Maryland (UMD), the 2017 Project Management Day of Service (PMDoS™) provided an estimated $550,000 value to D.C.-area nonprofits. Paul Oyelakin consults Brainy Camps Association on marketing for fundraising “The impact is not just that my job is easier,” said Adrienne Fikes, executive director of the Parent Leadership Training Institute of Alexandria), who worked with a team of volunteer . . . continue reading
Bethel Abate: DC Water Project EngineerPM Graduate Success Story

By Ellen Ternes, from E@M Spring 2016 Tunnel Vision Keeps Abate on Track for Master’s Degree When civil engineer Bethel Abate (B.S. ’06, M.E ‘12) talks about her project management duties, she talks big. Really big.  As part of the DC Water’s DC Clean Rivers Project team, Abate is a project manager on a portion of the 2.6 billion dollar, 13-mile tunnel system that is designed to improve the water quality in the Anacostia, Potomac and Rock Creek Rivers by 2025. “By 2025, the project aims to reduce the combined sewer overflows by up to 98% significantly improving water quality and . . . continue reading
Christian David Presley: IT DirectorPM Graduate Success Story

Christian David Presley is a the Director of Information Technology Bioscience and Biotechnology Research at the Shady Grove Campus. Apply Apply for a Master of Engineering in Project Management (MEng).
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