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Developing A New Construction Management Program

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

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June 20, 2010

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June 23, 2010



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Construction Classroom Development

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15.376.1 - 15.376.13



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Tamara Chowdhury

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Tamara Chowdhury is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Construction Management Program in the Department of Engineering Technology at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, AL. Mrs. Chowdhury has extensive background in teaching undergraduate students in the Department of Civil Engineering, Construction Management and conducting research. She also worked for a multinational research organization for many years. Mrs. Chowdhury earned her MS in Civil engineering from Clarkson University, New York, USA and B.S. in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology.

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Developing a New Construction Management Program


With the increasing complexity of constructing and maintaining infrastructure facilities, there has been a growing need for Construction Expertise to supplement the technical and managerial skills through construction and management related degrees in engineering & technology. The means to acquire additional technical proficiency has been addressed quite adequately by a variety of Construction Management Degree Programs at many universities throughout the country, but the challenge to impart the requisite managerial skills has not been satisfied very effectively. Construction managers apply management and engineering techniques to the planning, design and construction of a project in order to control the time and cost to complete the project and the quality of the construction.

The Bachelor's Degree program in Construction Management offered by Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama is designed to provide a foundation in construction management, construction engineering and legal issues relating to the construction management field. The program’s multidisciplinary approach combines essential components of construction techniques with concepts of business management and behavioral science to develop technically qualified individuals for responsible management roles in the design, construction, and operation of major construction projects. In addition, Alabama A&M University is considered as a Historically Black College & University (HBCU), where over 90% students are underrepresented minority African-Americans. The mission of the program is to produce quality construction management graduates with technical and management skills that meet or exceed the expectations of industry, government, and graduate programs, and introduce diversity in the national workforce. The goals of the program are to prepare graduates for a lifelong professional career in the construction industry, meet the educational requirements for professional certification, and to provide graduates with solid academic preparation for graduate study. The construction industry needs qualified people who possess skills and knowledge in the management, engineering, economic and environmental aspects of construction projects.


Alabama A&M University (AAMU) offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S) degree in Construction Management (CMG) starting from Fall 2008. The CMG curriculum has been developed using the guidelines provided by the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC) and designed to meet the requirements of accreditation board of American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) which is the predominant accreditation agency

Chowdhury, T. (2010, June), Developing A New Construction Management Program Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16585

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