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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
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
The Wharf at Southwest WaterfrontCatriona Winter

As a Project Executive for The Clark Construction Group on the District Wharf Project in Washington DC, Catriona Winter led the design partners through an accelerated design period on its half-billion mixed-use waterfront project. The District Wharf project in Washington DC, is the result of the client, Hoffman-Madison Waterfront’s commitment to revitalizing the Southwest waterfront. Watch Catriona Winter’s Presentation In Winter’s presentation at the 2016 Project Management Symposium, “The District Wharf at Southwestern Waterfront, Washington, DC,” Winter discussed the development and execution of The Wharf, which is scheduled to open in 2017. Located along the historic Waterfront Channel, The District Wharf project aims to . . . continue reading
2016 Project Management SymposiumTurning Knowledge into Practice

The University of Maryland’s third annual Project Management Symposium drew a record-breaking crowd May 12-13 as more than 260 project management professionals from the Baltimore-Washington region and areas around the world joined forces to tackle challenges impacting the field at large. Watch the Keynote Presentations Held by the university’s Project Management Center for Excellence in College Park, Md., this year’s event featured more than 70 esteemed speakers and keynotes covered topics ranging from project management methodology and disaster management to Building Information Modeling (BIM) and agile/IT. New this year, Aviation Week Network sponsored the Aerospace and Defense Best Practices track in response to . . . continue reading
Engineering News-Record Honors CEE’s Galloway for Dedication to Water Infrastructure, Resiliency

The Engineering News-Recordrecently named Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering Gerry Galloway the recipient of the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Legacy Award. The Legacy Award is given by Engineering News-Record editors to individuals who have achieved a lifetime “legacy” of service to the construction and design industry, to their specific profession, and to the communities in which they live. Each year, the publication names Legacy Award recipients from each of its 10 regions. “Anytime you receive an award, you know that the recognition you are getting is the result of the work of so many others,” Galloway said. “I . . . continue reading
Jocelyn Davis: Happiness Works-Rethinking Competitive Advantage

  When it comes down to successful organizations, keynote speaker Jocelyn S. Davis, emphasized the importance of creating an environment for people to flourish so that their organization thrives. In her 2015 symposium presentation, “Happiness Works-Rethinking Competitive Advantage,” Davis focused on the essentials of happiness in the workplace as a competitive strategy. Davis offered a new strategic paradigm to create and sustain successful organization: profitability or financial mission results in nonprofit or public sectors, people and purpose. Traditional financial and operational metrics are insufficient to sustain competitive advantage over time. Rather, organizations in all sectors must focus on establishing work . . . continue reading
Entering Project Management with a non-engineering backgroundDon't count yourself out! How Project Management is beneficial to all fields of industry.

My brother is a Construction Systems Management major at a large research institution similar to UMD. In his experience there he has interned in the construction industry, specifically in project management. Through  his internships and job placement, he has gained experience in estimating, surveying, and mechanical systems. He also has an Ag Business minor, which has helped him meet the minimum math requirements for the program. Students like my brother would benefit from the Master of Engineering (MEng) or Graduate Certificate of Engineering (GCEN) in Project Management because it would build on their prior experience in project management and enhance the construction industry through graduate . . . continue reading
Minor in Construction Project ManagementArchitecture and Engineering Project Management Collaborate

In 2012, the Maryland Center for Construction Education and Innovation (MCCEI) conducted a research study interviewing 126 industry leaders from across the state, Eastern Shore to Western MD, plus the Baltimore and Washington metro areas. These leaders represented $7.2 Billion in annual construction volume employing 13,700 state residents. They discovered that Maryland construction companies currently recruit 70% of their college graduates from out-of-state schools because Maryland graduates did not have the necessary construction management training that was needed. Maryland Construction companies recruit 70% of their college graduates from out-of-state schools Answering to the number one policy recommendation from MCCEI to “create or expand . . . continue reading
Navy instructor calculating the cost of storm, flood damage

By Lucy Westcott, originally published at CNS Maryland. Editor update: Angela has graduated from the PhD Program. ANNAPOLIS — As she works toward her doctorate at the University of Maryland, U.S. Naval Cmdr. Angela Schedel is researching how much it will cost to repair the country’s coastal installations should they be damaged by climate change. Schedel, 40, a U.S. Naval Academy instructor, is working to attach cost-per-foot data to damage caused to coastal infrastructure by climate change, tropical storms and hurricanes. With her findings, organizations can compare the cost of preventative measures to the cost of doing nothing. Her research can help to determine . . . continue reading
Portland Research Conference, 2014

The 2014 PMI® Research and Education Conference brought together researchers, practitioners and students from around the world. The theme, “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: In Search of Theory and Evidence” represented: How research and education enables us see farther and with greater insight (“standing on the shoulders of giants”) How the field has moved beyond Koskela and Howell’s (2002) provocation, that there is no underlying theory in project management Evidence- based project management, as discussed Professor Denise Rousseau’s (2012) keynote address The University of Maryland participated in Global Accreditation Center (GAC) session as an accredited school. We also helped eat donuts. Like us on facebook . . . continue reading
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