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Seminar Series

MPM Seminar Series events for the Fall Quarter 2021 are held in Tech M345 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. At the present, the talks are only open to MPM students and faculty.

(Please note that the speakers or topics are subject to change - contact the department directly at for the most recent information.)

Fall Quarter 2021

Date Speaker Affiliation Title of Lecture
September 27, 2021 Ahmad Hadavi Northwestern University "Chicago Movable Bridges"
October 4, 2021 Helen Oloroso Assistant Dean and Director, McCormick Office of Career Development "Employment Perspectives"
October 11, 2021         Terry Breen Northwestern University "Effective Communication Makes a Difference"
October 18, 2021        Mel Meyer McShane Construction "Why Keep Score?"
October 25, 2021      Kunal Panchal              Lockheed Martin "Preparing for a Career in Project Management"
November 1, 2021  Emma Kowalenko Kowalenko Consulting Group "Cross-Cultural Strategies for Successful Projects"
November 8, 2021       Karen Layng M.A.I.T. Company "Personal Ethics and Integrity"
November 15, 2021 Charles Dowding Northwestern University "Crazy Horse Monument"
November 22, 2021 Justin Kirk Metropolitan Water Reclamation District "Reversing the Chicago River"
November 29, 2021 Diane Zimmer J. S. Held "Green Hard Hats and Pink Hard Hats"


Winter Quarter 2022

Date Speaker Affiliation Title of Lecture
January 10, 2022 Hernan Levy World Bank Consultant "Project Management in Emerging Economies"
January 17, 2022

MLK Day - No Speaker

January 24, 2022 Carlos Canetta Stantec "Panama Canal Expansion"
January 31, 2022 Anthony Bilotti Kowalenko Construction Chicago's Third Airport
February 7, 2022  Howie Piersma Pepper Construction IT Strategic Initiatives for Construction Industry
February 14, 2022

Joel Sensenig

Lake County Public Works


February 21, 2022 Dave Hettinger Entropy "Chaos In Construction"
February 28, 2022 Laurence Audenaerd  MITRE TBA
March 7, 2022 Grace Gallucci Metropolitan Planning Organization "Economics of Transportation Funding"


Spring Quarter 2022

Date Speaker Affiliation Title of Lecture
April 11, 2022 Pat McGowan W. E. O’Neil Construction Construction Delivery Systems
April 18, 2022 Tom Mitoraj Exp Federal Time is Money
April 25, 2022 Brett Gitskin ECS Illinois            Lessons Learned from an Acquisition
May 2, 2022 Emma Kowalenko Kowalenko Group The Why, What, and How of Environmental Site Assessments
May 9, 2022 Graham Garfield CTA Building Consensus for Large Infrastructure Projects
May 16, 2022 George Lytwynyshyn Supply Chain Risk Management Doing the Right Things for the Wrong Reasons
May 23, 2022 Ahmad Hadavi Northwestern University From Virtual Reality to Metaverse and Beyond

NOTE: All seminars, except the one on April 11, will be presented via ZOOM.

Last updated: 4/18/22