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Phyllis Harden

Legislative & Special Projects, Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel
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Research and New Initiatives

Current Research Initiatives

Two current research initiatives sponsored by the AGC Education and Research Foundation directly respond to needs identified by AGC members and our partners at the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) and American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). The Robert L. Bowen Fund and the Case Study Fund provide construction faculty nationwide with the resources necessary to support tomorrow's constructors in the classroom.

Robert L. Bowen Industry Residency Program: These residencies create partnerships between an educational institution, an AGC contractor, and the AGC Education and Research Foundation. The Foundation's 2017 residencies involved AGC members DPR Construction and GE Johnson. In total, 21 industry residents have been sponsored by the foundation since 2011.

AGC Education and Research Foundation congratulates the 2017 class of faculty interns:

  • Reza Akhavian, California State University, East Bay, DPR Construction
  • Somik Ghosh, University of Oklahoma and GE Johnson

Each educator spends several weeks on site with a construction company with the intent of gaining field experience to bring back to their students. All educators are supported equally by the AGC Education and Research Foundation, their host AGC member company, and their institution. Applications for the Industry Residency opportunity in the summer of 2018 will be accepted until December 1, 2017.

On application, the faculty member must identify the specific skills and knowledge to be gained during the residency, identify an AGC construction firm or affiliated organization that agrees to provide the requested professional work experience, and obtain support from the faculty member's institution. The selected faculty member(s) will document the residency experience in a post-residency report describing the experiences, learning outcomes and the value the residency 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 residencies also benefit the host company by providing quality 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 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. 

“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

 

 
 
 
 
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