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Current Research Initiatives!

Two current research projects sponsored in part by the AGC Education and Research Foundation directly respond to the needs identified by AGC members and our partners at the Associated Schools and of Construction (ASC) and American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). Both the Faculty Internship Fund and the Case Study Fund will provide construction students nationwide with the resources necessary to become tomorrow's constructors.

Faculty Internship Fund: These internships create partnerships between an educational institution, an AGC contractor, and the AGC Education and Research Foundation. Last year's internships involved Blach Construction Company (BCC), Swinerton Incorporated, Santa Clara University and California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Hisham Said, associate professor at Santa Clara University, spent the summer as a faculty intern with Blach Construction Company and Dr. Justin Reginato, associate professor at California State University, Sacramento, spent the summer as a faculty intern with Swinerton Incorporated.

AGC Education and Research Foundation would like to congratulate the 2014 Faculty Interns:

  • Amr Kandil, Purdue University, Bowen Engineering
  • Tarek Mahfouz, Ball State University, Baton Malow
  • Sinem Mallaoglu, Michigan State University, Granger Construction

Each educator will spend several weeks on site of a construction project with the intent of gaining field experience to bring back to their students. All of the educators are supported equally by the AGC Education and Research Foundation, their host AGC member company, and their institution. Applications for the Faculty Internship opportunity in the summer of 2015 will be accepted until December 5, 2014.

Faculty professional internships are designed to be three-way partnerships in which the faculty member's salary during the internship period is funded equally by the AGC, the faculty's home institution, and an AGC member contractor. On application, the faculty member must identify the specific skills and knowledge to be gained during the internship, identify an AGC construction firm or affiliated organization that will agree to provide the requested professional work experience, and obtain support from the faculty member's institution. The selected faculty member(s) will document the internship experience in a post-internship report describing the experiences, learning outcomes and the value the internship will bring to his/her classroom.

Participating in this program is an investment in the future of the construction industry, providing valuable and current professional experience that can be shared in the classroom. Professional internships also benefit the host company by providing quality temporary help on projects and if desired, feedback on management processes. If you have questions after reviewing the application, contact Melinda Patrician, Director, AGC Education and Research Foundation, patricianm@agc.org.

Industry Case Studies: The AGC Education and Research Foundation is committed to the growth, development, and encouragement of field research initiatives in order to enhance the education of construction management students. In support of this vision, The AGC Foundation commissions case studies that will provide today's construction management students the tools to build the industry's future. A case study developed by Northern Kentucky University with Turner Construction Company illustrating ethical choices faced by contractors will be available through the AGC bookstore in the fall of 2014. Another study on the implementation of lean construction practices in managing construction projects is in development by a team from Pittsburgh State University, J.E. Dunn Construction Company and TD Industries, Inc. Another case study RFP will be issued by the Foundation in the fall of 2015.

“Having a college professor onboard working on real-life issues will benefit his course instruction, which will hopefully trickle down in the caliber of student the university produces and Blach ultimately hires.”

Brad Fannin, project manager at Blach