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

Current Research Initiatives

Two current research projects sponsored by the AGC Education and Research Foundation directly respond to needs identified by AGC members and our partners at the Associated Schools and of Construction (ASC) and American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). The Faculty Internship Fund and the Case Study Fund provide construction faculty 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. The Foundation's 2015 internships involved Webcor Builders, Walsh Group, Duinick, Inc., Shaumut Design and Construction, Howard S. Wright, Saunders Construction, and Flintco. In total, seven faculty interns were sponsored by AGC last year.

AGC Education and Research Foundation congratulates the 2016 class of faculty interns:

  • Dean Wirtanen, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Market and Johnson 
  • Daniel Trujillo, Colorado State University-Pueblo, GH Phipps Construction Companies 
  • Victoria Chen, The Ohio State University, Messer Construction Co. 
  • Javier Irizarry, Georgia Tech University, Batson-Cook 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 2017 will be accepted until December 2, 2016.

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 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 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 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. One such case study, developed by Northern Kentucky University with Turner Construction Company, illustrates the ethical choices contractors face and is available now at the AGC bookstore. A second study on lean construction (Pittsburg State University with JE Dunn and TD Industries) will be published in 2016. In order to expand this library and provide the industry with more academic resources the AGCERF has commissioned three new studies on pre-construction planning (Central Connecticut University with O&G Industries; and Mississippi State with Brasfield and Gorrie); and risk analysis and mitigation (Clemson University and Turner Construction).

A Request for Proposals (RFP) has been released by the Foundation for case studies on one of three topics:

  • BIM applications in the field (preconstruction planning and project execution)
  • Sustainable construction
  • Using mobile technology to manage construction operations

​Proposals are due no later than 5 p.m. EDT on October 12, 2016. 

“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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