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Expectations for Future Health and Safety Professionals from Current Professionals in Construction

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Construction Engineering Division Technical Session 4

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Construction Engineering

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Nicholas Tymvios Bucknell University

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Nicholas Tymvios received a B.S. and M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in 1999, and 2002 respectively. After working for four years in Cyprus in the construction industry, he was accepted into the Ph.D. program at Oregon State University, where he graduated in 2013 with a degree in Civil Engineering with emphasis in Construction Engineering and Management. His area of concentration is construction safety, and in particular Prevention through Design.
Upon graduation, he worked for four years as an Assistant Professor at UNC-Charlotte. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA, USA).

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John Gambatese Oregon State University Orcid 16x16

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John Gambatese is a Professor in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University. Dr. Gambatese’s educational background includes Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington. He started his current position at Oregon State University in 2000 following three years on the faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Gambatese’s expertise is in the broad areas of construction engineering and management, and structural engineering. He has taught many courses over his career on a variety of subjects including: construction safety, contracts and specifications, planning and scheduling, structural analysis and design, temporary construction structures, construction site systems engineering, and engineering economics. He has performed research and published numerous articles on construction worker safety, work zone design and safety, prevention through design, risk management, sustainability, constructability, innovation, and construction contracting. He is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer in California.

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The Health & Safety (H&S) environment in the construction industry is dynamic, and must evolve alongside all other construction operations taking place, whether that is the introduction of new technology, new methods of communication, supervision, or reporting. Safety professionals currently serving in the construction industry have a front and center view of this evolving world, and have advice, as well as expectations, for the newer generations of construction industry professionals who are interested in occupational health and safety.

To report these expectations, a survey was conducted to identify and evaluate current H&S professionals’ viewpoints. Specifically, H&S professionals employed in construction companies in the Pacific Northwest were contacted, and fifty-five (55) responses were collected. Participants answered questions on the future of the industry, changes they foresee happening in the industry, emerging areas for education requirements, and expected technical skills that future H&S professionals will need.

This information can be used by Construction Management and Construction Engineering programs in order to modify their curricula, and produce more competitive candidates for the future construction industry.

Tymvios, N., & Gambatese, J. (2021, July), Expectations for Future Health and Safety Professionals from Current Professionals in Construction Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--37129

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