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Starting a Construction Engineering Program at Marquette University

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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Building a Better Program - Construction Curriculum Enhancements

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23.1081.1 - 23.1081.7



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Mark O. Federle Marquette University

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Mark O. Federle, PE, PhD, CPC, F. ASCE

Mark Federle is currently the McShane Chair in Construction Engineering and Management at Marquette University. He has started Construction Engineering and Management program at MU. Previously he was Chief Information Officer for The Weitz Company in Des Moines for 9 years. During his time at Weitz, the company was recognized with several Vision Awards. Prior to joining The Weitz Company, Federle was the Professor-in-Charge of the Construction Engineering program at Iowa State University, where he taught for nine years. In 1998, Mark was recognized by the ISU engineering student council as the outstanding Construction Engineering Faculty Member. In 1999, he was honored as the Outstanding Engineering Advisor. Mark’s career began in the construction industry working as a foreman, superintendent, and project manager for general contractors in Indiana and Michigan. Mark earned his PhD and Masters in Construction Engineering and Management from the University of Michigan. Mark is a licensed Professional Engineer in Iowa and Wisconsin, a Certified Professional Constructor and is a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers. Mark was awarded The Career Achievement Award by Rose-Hulman in 2005. He has served on the national boards and committees for many organizations, including the AGC, the Lean Construction Institute, and ASCE. He has actively served as a judge for the Vision Awards for the past several years. In Milwaukee he is active with the Construction Leadership Council of AGC of Greater Milwaukee and serves on the Advisory Board for the AGC Building, Architecture, & Technology Leadership Academy at Bay View High School.

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Starting a Brand New Construction Engineering and Management Program          Submitted by: Mark Federle, Marquette University   Abstract:    Marquette University decided to start a Construction Engineering and Management program during the 2007 academic year.  An endowed chair – titled the McShane Chair in Construction Engineering and Management was funded by Jim and Kelly McShane to run the program.  After a national search, Mark Federle, an executive with a large construction firm and previous academic experience at Iowa State University, was hired to start the program.  The first group of students were enrolled in the fall of 2008.  This paper will present the opportunities/challenges in starting a Construction Engineering and Management program.  Lessons learned, comparisons to other programs, and other pertinent information will be shared.  The program will be undergoing an ABET evaluation during the fall of 2012 – if successful that would result in Marquette University having one of less than 15 such programs across the country.  To this point there have been 12 graduates from the program. Specific topics of the paper will be:  ‐ Developing a program in a Jesuit University  ‐ Creating buy‐in/enthusiasm amongst the industry during a downturn  ‐ Managing pre‐requisite requirements  ‐ Establishing meaningful Senior Design Experiences  ‐ Maintaining degree requirements  

Federle, M. O. (2013, June), Starting a Construction Engineering Program at Marquette University Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22466

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