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Intelligent DisobedienceWorkshop with Bob McGannon

If you would have told Bob McGannon that his life would turn out this way, he would have never believed it. As the Founder and Principal of Mindavation, McGannon has managed to take his passion in helping others and create a consulting business to guide others in reaching their full potential. Watch Bob McGannon’s Presentation As a certified Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute, an Executive Project Manager with IBM, and a Certified Project Management Coach for the Boeing Corporation, McGannon has more than 25 years of experience in IT, project management and project analysis. Through the experiences in his professional and personal . . . continue reading
PM Alum Creates Authentic Engineering Experiences for Youth

Michael Addis, a 2015 Master of Engineering (MEng) graduate, sees a need for summer camps that do more than provide kids with fun activities related to STEM topics. That’s why he and two colleagues launched the BeSTEM!! Summer Camp program, which offers full-immersion camps designed to create an authentic engineering experience. Following a successful inaugural season in 2018, BeSTEM! will again offer its four robotics camps for kids aged 9-14 again in summer 2019 (for more information, or to register, visit the program’s website). “The goal was to create an environment where campers could see how science and mathematics are used to make decisions about engineering design elements while . . . continue reading
Galloway named a 2018 Top 25 NewsmakerDr. Gerry Galloway  was named a Top 25 Newsmaker of 2018 by Engineering News-Record for his leadership in water and floodplain management, and on a report released in November about urban flooding. Galloway (right), in one of his many roles, joins fellow engineers at Folsom Dam in California in 2015 to study dam stability in mountainous areas. Photo courtesy: Gerry Galloway Galloway is research professor and Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering in the Clark School’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is also an affiliate of the Clark School’s Center for Disaster Resilience. Read the full story here.
Glodon Software Gift to Support Advancements in Smart ConstructionThe Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Maryland (UMD) last week announced a gift of $500,000 from Glodon Software, a Beijing-based company specializing in the development of construction engineering and project management software. The majority of the gift will establish the Glodon Software Research Fellowship and support improvements in the CEE curriculum in the areas of smart construction, energy efficiency, and sustainable materials and practices. “Glodon Software’s generous gift will allow us to provide graduate and undergraduate students alike with more hands-on learning opportunities incorporating the latest construction technologies, which is crucial to ensuring our . . . continue reading
UMD Risk Expert Contributes to National Academies Report on National Drone Policy

Originally Published June 13, 2018 by Anjanette Riley at eng.umd.edu. University of Maryland (UMD) Professor Gregory Baecher is one of 14 authors of a new National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report calling on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to update its methods of authorizing drone operations. Released June 11, 2018, the report was mandated by Congress and sponsored by FAA. Baecher and the other committee members found that the administration’s current safety regulations are hindering the spread of commercial drones by overestimating the likelihood and severity of the risks posed by their operations. FAA risk assessment techniques, originally developed for manned aviation, . . . 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 teamed with the PMI Southern Maryland Chapter to offer a five-part short course series on “Mastering Agile Project Management” that taught why and how Agile methods work regardless of the framework or delivery approach (Hybrid, Scrum, SAFe, etc.). Each four-hour session focused on a benefit (Speed, Innovation, Leadership, Control, and Scale) that could be immediately used to deliver project objectives despite increasing constraints and uncertainty. Above is a photo of a group of participants . . . 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
Director John Cable Honored by Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education

In early 2016, the Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) honored John Cable, Director of the University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence, for his 15 years of service to the GAC Board. The GAC is the world’s leading specialized accrediting body for project management and related degree programs, accrediting programs at institutions of higher educa-tion around the world. The GAC Board of Directors organized a dinner to celebrate Cable’s 15 years of service to the Board. Upon announcing his retirement from the GAC, effective Dec. 31, 2015, Cable became the last founding member of the . . . 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
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