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Beyond the Industry Advisory Board: Increasing the Role of Industry Engagement to Support Program Quality

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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College Industry Partnerships Division Technical Session 1

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College Industry Partnerships

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26.281.1 - 26.281.10



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Angela Acree Guggemos Colorado State University

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Angela Acree Guggemos is an Associate Professor, Assistant Department Head and Undergraduate Program Coordinator of the Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University. She has Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the environmental and economic assessment of the built environment, modeling of life-cycle environmental and economic assessment, development of computer-aided environmental analysis and management tools, environmental performance measurement, international project management and education, and sustainable development. She has published peer-reviewed journal and conference papers on the life-cycle environmental implications and LCA of construction methods and materials, extended producer responsibility in the construction industry, environmental decision support tools, and integrating service-learning and sustainability in coursework. She has developed construction management curriculum for Egyptian, Palestinian, Tunisian, and US university students. Her research integrates concepts in economics, engineering, management, environmental science, and public policy. She has over five years of experience in the construction industry on tenant improvements, seismic retrofits, and historic renovations for commercial projects as well as sewer line maintenance and rehabilitation for a government agency. She has worked for contractors, owners, and construction managers.

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Mostafa Khattab Colorado State University

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Dr. Khattab is a professor and head of Colorado State University’s Department of Construction Management. He has more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, researcher, and consultant in construction project management. Dr. Khattab is a past president of the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC), an international educational organization that supports the advancement of construction education, serving more than one hundred fifteen schools across the United States. He has successfully led several international initiatives with department faculty and staff sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Education for Employment Foundation (EEF). Dr. Khattab’s international effort in addressing challenges facing higher education and lack of employment in the Middle East was recognized by the Fulbright Commission. Dr. Khattab was named a Fulbright Specialist.

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Beyond the Industry Advisory Board: Increasing the Role of Industry Engagement to Support Program QualityDuring the last number of years, States’ support for higher education has declined significantly.Over the next decade, higher education will continue to face the challenges of state revenuefunding constraints, changes in the public perception of higher education, and the effectivenessof higher education in preparing young men and women for a career after graduation.With their natural connection to industry, engineering and construction education programs arepoised to lead the way in a new model for the future of higher education. Constructionmanagement education by its nature is connected to the construction industry. In fact,construction management was created by the construction industry. As a result, today graduatesfrom construction management programs across the U.S. enjoy almost 100% employment,higher salary than many other disciplines, and a great career. Construction management howeverdoes not truly fit the traditional model of higher education. Now, the traditional model of highereducation is being challenged and this creates an opportunity for engineering and constructionmanagement education to introduce a model that connects the needs of the marketplace to theeducation provided to the students.This paper examines one construction management program’s approach to industry engagementthroughout the program in order to increase the quality of education provided to the students. Ithighlights a cooperative partnership model between the academic program and the constructionindustry that goes beyond the limits of the traditional Industry Advisory Board of mostengineering and construction programs. The results have been impressive for the program, thestudents, and the industry. The program has been able to stabilize its funding, improve thequality of the education for the students, and make a difference in the lives of those in need in thecommunity. Students have received an excellent education with real-world applications not onlyon topics required by accreditation but in areas well-beyond. Industry partners are hiring job-ready graduates who are poised to become the future leaders of the construction industry.

Guggemos, A. A., & Khattab, M. (2015, June), Beyond the Industry Advisory Board: Increasing the Role of Industry Engagement to Support Program Quality Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23620

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