Professor Raymond Krizek interviewed by Civil Engineering magazine

MPM Director Raymond Krizek was interviewed by Civil Engineering magazine for an article in their September 2017 issue, entitled "Higher Learning: Practitioners Teach Real-World Skills," which highlights the origins and development of the online MS in Executive Management for Design and Construction (EMDC) program offered by Northwestern University:

"Raymond J. Krizek, Ph.D., P.E., Hon.M.ASCE, the Stanley F. Pepper Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, runs the program that confers a master of science (M.S.) in executive management for design and construction (EMDC). This innovative program for professionals in engineering and architecture is taught solely by experts.

The EMDC program’s development was organic in that it grew out of Northwestern’s master of project management (MPM) program, which Krizek started 25 years ago. The MPM program is designed for young engineering and architecture professionals with one or two years of experience who know the fundamentals of their fields but are looking to acquire business and management skills.

Six years ago Krizek sat down with a committee of practitioners, not academics, from a handful of consulting and contracting firms in the Chicago area and asked them how he could improve the MPM. Their advice was to start an executive management program that would go beyond the tactical approach required of project managers and emphasize the skills and insights needed by aspiring executives with at least eight years experience with increasing levels of responsibility...."

Full text available online, courtesy of BuiltWorlds.

MPM wins at builtworlds Annual hackathon 

Participants that competed in the Profitability Challenge, facilitated and sponsored by FMI Consulting, optimized profit and loss statements, ran smart simulations, and honed their ability to manage the bevy of operations and processes entailed with helming a construction company.

Of the four teams that participated, three came from general contractors. But, as true Cinderella stories go, the fourth team, a group of students from Northwestern University’s Master of Project Management program, was crowned the winner of the challenge during the BuiltWorlds annual Hackathon that took place December 1-3, 2017 at UI Labs in downtown Chicago.

The underdogs: A team of four Northwestern MPM grad students — Nandita Vadali, Rafael Ochoa, Shikun Wu, and Hiren Kar — won the FMI Profitability Challenge

The inclusion of the Profitability Challenge was a new addition to the Hackathon that proved vital to the overarching mission. “Building in an element of practicality, an element of business, and having that going on simultaneously and then mixing them all together at the end with the presentations and throughout the weekend is a different way to host a Hackathon,” Nick Durham, BuiltWorlds’ B2B Marketing Manager, said.

Four teams participated in the Profitability Challenge, including three teams from general contractors and one team from Northwestern University.

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MPM Launches Strategic Alliance with builtworlds

Northwestern MPM and EMDC are launching a strategic alliance with BuiltWorlds, a community and network for forward-thinking leaders in the built environment (architecture, engineering, construction, real estate, and other buildings and infrastructure-related industries).

As an association partner of BuiltWorlds, Northwestern MPM and EMDC will be a sponsor and key participant of four BuiltWorlds conferences, including Future Workforce in December, Machines in May 2018, Projects in June 2018, and Buildings 2.0 in July 2018. MPM Associate Director and Civil Engineering Professor Ahmad Hadavi will be a panelist at the Future Workforce conference.

“We are excited to strengthen our relationship with Northwestern’s MPM and EMDC programs,” said Jed Levenstein, BuiltWorlds Director of Operations. “We expect to learn a lot from their students and faculty as they attend our events and engage with our community. Our community will no doubt share invaluable real world insights and experiences from the field in return.”

Full press release available here.

MPM statement on 2017 Natural Disasters

The devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the earthquakes in Mexico has created tremendous pain and hardship for the people of the Gulf Coast, Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Dominica, St. Martin, Barbuda, Mexico, and throughout the Caribbean. We know these catastrophic events will affect communities for years to come as people struggle to rebuild and restore what was lost.

The MPM program faculty and staff are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and devastation from these events and we send our thoughts and prayers to our many alumni, their family and friends, and all those whose lives have been impacted. We join with people and organizations across the globe and encourage MPM students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to support the ongoing relief efforts. One credible source for donations is Charity Navigator, which offers information about different organizations and ways to contribute.

We welcome any information that our alumni would like to share and are ready to help in any way that we can.


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