Ahmed Abdel-Aziz, PhD - University of Washington
Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Aziz is an associate professor in the Department of Construction Management and teaches construction management at the University of Washington at the graduate and undergraduate level. Some of his classes include project planning and control, construction cost estimating, project management, and project risk and economic analysis.
Dr. Abdel-Aziz’s research interests lie in developing private-public partnerships in infrastructure, risk analysis, and project planning. His work has appeared in influential journals such as the Journal of Infrastructure Systems, the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, and Construction Research Congress. He also serves as an associate editor at the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering. Dr. Aziz completed his doctorate in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia, and a bachelor's and master's in civil engineering from Zagazig University in Egypt.
Neil Eldin, PhD - University of Houston
Dr. Neil Eldin teaches courses on construction management at the University of Houston, specifically in construction documents, construction management principles, construction planning and scheduling, and cost analysis and bidding. Before joining the University of Houston, Dr. Eldin taught at several schools including Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, Texas A&M University, the University of Wisconsin, and Oregon State University.
Dr. Eldin has also worked on several industrial projects focused on design, construction, and procurement. His research on construction projects and scheduling has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as the International Journal of Information Technology, the International Journal of Cost Engineering, and the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. In recognition of his outstanding contribution as an educator, he won the “Teacher of the Year” Award from Oregon State University and the “Outstanding Teaching Award” from Texas A&M University. Dr. Eldin completed his doctorate in civil engineering from Oklahoma State University, his master's in geotechnical engineering from McGill University, his master's in building science from Concordia University, and his bachelor's in civil engineering from Cairo University.
Todd L. Sirotiak, PhD - North Dakota State University
Dr. Todd L. Sirotiak is an associate professor at North Dakota State University. He teaches construction management, management methods, soil mechanics, construction estimating, and construction graphics. He has extensive real-world experience in construction. He has worked with non-profit organizations, general and specialty contractors, and sustainability organizations, where some of his responsibilities included estimation, field techniques, and managerial development.
Dr. Sirotiak’s research involves virtual design and construction, and advanced concrete methods. A sought-out expert in his field, Dr. Sirotiak is an active member of several professional organizations and serves in administrative positions for a number of them. He earned his doctorate and master’s in civil and construction engineering from Iowa State University. He also has a master's in business administration (MBA) from the University of Northern Iowa and a bachelor's degree in construction engineering from Iowa State University.
SNHU offers an online master of science in management with construction management as one of its concentrations. The program is focused on the process of construction planning. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and are not required to complete the GRE or GMAT.
The 36-credit program teaches students about the strategies and tools used in construction management as well as budgeting and estimating for projects and materials. The curriculum includes courses in resource planning and decision making, construction law and contracts, organizational culture, estimating and bidding, and construction budgeting. Students also learn about the legal aspects of construction, develop critical thinking skills, and analyze construction projects.
The program helps students cultivate essential skills such as decision making, ethical behavior, and application of management theory. Graduates of the program can pursue roles as general contractors, construction managers, business development managers, project managers, and project executives.
The University of Washington online master of science in construction management is ideal for construction industry professionals looking for a flexible master’s degree. Students can study on their own time and upgrade their skills and knowledge. Applicants to the program need to have a bachelor’s degree in construction management, construction science, civil engineering, or construction engineering as well as a minimum GPA of 3.0 and GRE test scores.
The 45-credit program is focused on large construction projects such as bridges, highways, airports, and utility systems. The curriculum explores topics including design and construction law, temporary structures, energy infrastructure, and construction materials. Students also learn about accounting and finance for construction and heavy construction estimating.
The program is offered through a special online learning management system, Canvas, that allows students to view lectures as well as interact with classmates and faculty. The program opens up several professional opportunities for students including roles as project engineers, construction project managers, and construction managers.
The University of New Mexico offers an online masters in construction management. Designed by industry experts, the program equips students with the skills and knowledge needed to venture into the construction industry. The program is ideal for professionals working in residential, industrial, commercial, or highway construction. Admission requirements include a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 as well as submission of GRE or GMAT test scores.
The program comprises 30 credits and focuses on all aspects of the construction industry, including the legal and financial angles. The curriculum includes courses such as simulation of construction operations, construction safety, construction law, sustainable design and construction, project delivery systems, and construction materials. Along with developing technical skills essential in construction, students also learn how to communicate their ideas effectively.
The program also aims to make students proficient in construction programming and project management. The coursework opens up opportunities in various fields such as business, engineering, law, and construction.
North Dakota State University offers a fully online master in construction management. The program helps construction management professionals pursue leadership roles in their field and explores various types of construction projects, such as residential, commercial, highway, industrial, or heavy construction.
Students applying to the program must have a bachelor’s in construction, architecture, or engineering, and a GPA of at least 3.0, among other requirements. The 30-credit program includes courses in infrastructure management, construction management, and construction technology and equipment. Students also learn how to schedule and control projects, how to support construction projects, and draw up specifications and contracts.
At the end of the program, students can take the associate constructor exam or the certified professional constructor exam. However, this exam is only offered in the U.S.—not online. Apart from this program, students can also pursue the graduate certificate in construction management offered by North Dakota.
With its comprehensive curriculum and myriad learning opportunities, the master’s in construction management program prepares students to pursue successful careers in the construction industry.
Arizona State University’s Del E. Webb School of Construction designed an online master’s program focused on facility and construction management. Students who wish to advance their technical and management skills can opt for this program. Program requirements include a bachelor’s degree, a minimum GPA of 3.0, and the submission of transcripts, a resume, and a personal statement.
The 30-credit program delves into project management, construction management, and facility management. Students gain in-depth knowledge of facilities project management, facilities operations and maintenance, building energy management, construction methods, and information technology in construction. They also learn how to maintain, operate, renovate, and decommission existing facilities.
The program prepares students to take up management-level roles in construction. They can pursue roles as construction laborers, construction managers, building inspectors, carpenters, and supervisors of construction.
The University of Houston offers an online master of science in construction management that prepares students to pursue leadership roles in the construction industry. Experienced faculty members with extensive real-world experience teach the program. Applicants to the program need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institute and a minimum GPA of 3.0, among other requirements.
The 31-credit curriculum explores topics such as construction management, contract administration, decision making and risk management, and quality assurance in industrial construction. Students also learn how to conduct cost analysis and bidding, plan projects, and manage quality control. The coursework maintains a balance between business and construction topics to give students a thorough overview of the industry.
Graduates are equipped with marketable skills that can make them desirable to top companies. Some of the roles open to them include construction estimators, construction planners, and engineers.
This is a role for tech-lovers, for logical thinkers, for those who like being given an answer and then are told to find the question. But it’s also a role for communicators, for relationship builders, for people who enjoy cross-departmental collaboration.
Because quality of educators is paramount in the decision-making process for prospective engineering management students, we have compiled this list of professors to know in the field. To be the best, it helps to learn from the best.
The personal statement for engineering school is not just an essay. It has to be smart, engaging, typo-free, and capable of convincing exhausted admissions reviewers that you are a better fit for their program than the other thousands of applicants they are reviewing.
Lean Six Sigma is a blend of two manufacturing concepts focused on minimizing product defects and the wastage of resources. A number of universities offer certification programs in Lean Six Sigma, which can generally be completed in six to 12 weeks.
Technology and the internet have enabled numerous entrepreneurs to see their ideas come to fruition. It is no surprise that many universities now offer courses and degree programs in technology entrepreneurship.
An online bachelor’s program in project management generally comprises 120 credit-hours and can be completed in four years. A few courses that students study include estimating and scheduling, project contracting, foundations of project management, international business, and project planning.
The main goal of operations management is to maximize profits, reduce wastage in production, and ensure that all resources (including labor and materials) are being utilized effectively.
Engineering management combines the two dynamic disciplines of engineering and business. Typically, an engineering manager will be responsible for drawing up budgets, managing projects, overseeing product design, and also collaborating with the marketing team.
Upon completing a dual MBA and engineering degree program, students will hold master’s degrees in two of the most coveted fields. They may be eligible to take up leadership roles such as vice president of engineering, chief technical officer, and chief operating officer.
Operations management is an important cog in any business wheel. This role ensures that all products and services are produced and delivered on time; there is minimum wastage of resources; and quality is maintained across all units.