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University buildings honored at bi-annual program

The recent bi-annual Design Awards, sponsored by the Springfield Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, honored several Missouri State buildings. At the awards ceremony, the public jury cited five projects for recognition and the professional jury (from the east coast) also recognized five projects for recognition for a total of 10 awards given. MSU received five of […]

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Faculty Spotlight – Jacob Nelson

ENGINEER IN EDUCATION: JACOB NELSON

INSTRUCTOR, CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

 

FROM | Springfield, Missouri

BS | Kansas State University – Architectural Engineering

MS | Kansas State University – Architectural Engineering

 

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ON WHAT HE’S BEEN UP TO RECENTLY:

 

  • Teaching
    • Mechanical Systems
    • Facility Design
    • Energy & Control Systems
    • Construction Drawings & Take-Offs
    • Mechanical & Electrical Estimating
  • Consulting
    • Consulting on various mechanical and electrical systems for local architects and building owners
  • Learning
    • Pursuing an additional Master’s degree in Business Administration at MSU
  • In his free time
    • Coaching Little League
    • Golfing
    • Mountain Biking

 

ON HIS BACKGROUND:

 

Mr. Nelson is a Springfield native with family ties to both the area and MSU. Growing up, he “really liked math and enjoyed the design aspect of architecture,” which is why Architectural Engineering had an appeal to him. As he furthered in his studies he found that quality MEP engineers were in demand which led to him earning his degrees with an emphasis in MEP.

 

Before changing career paths to teaching, Mr. Nelson was a MEP consultant at Colvin Jones Davis for 9 years. He looks forward to the “different perspective and different pace that teaching provides.” He is also looking forward to bringing an engineering perspective to Construction Management.

 

 

ON HIS THOUGHTS ON SPRINGFIELD AND MSU:

 

Having grown up in Springfield, naturally he likes it. His favorite lunch spot is Grad School and his favorite family meal restaurant is Mexican Villa. One thing that Mr. Nelson really likes about Springfield is “how close it is to Branson, Table Rock, and golf courses!”

 

In regards to MSU, he feels that there are “lots of talented students here” and that “the new facilities have really done a lot for the campus.”

 

 

ON HIS TEACHING STYLE AND ADVICE TO GRADUATES:

 

To be successful in one of his classes, Mr. Nelson recommends that students “do the homework, come to class, and take notes”. He says that he has learned that “hard work takes time to develop” and that “long term hard work does pay off.”

 

If he were to give advise to soon to be graduates, Mr. Nelson would say to “have patience.” “Sometimes you learn as much from bad experiences as you do the good experiences.”

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Faculty Spotlight – Amir Behzadan

ENGINEERING TO EDUCATION: AMIR BEHZADAN

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

 

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FROM | Tehran, Iran

BS | Sharif University Of Technology – Civil Engineering

MS | University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – Construction Engineering and Management

PHD | University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – Civil Engineering

 

 

ON WHAT HE’S BEEN UP TO RECENTLY:

 

  • Teaching
    • Structural Design Principles
    • Construction Soils and Foundations
    • Construction Surveying
    • Statics
  • Researching
    • Construction workflow simulation for quality and productivity improvement
    • Augmented reality visualization and collaborative learning technologies
  • Exploring Springfield
    • Trying different BBQ places in search of good brisket
  • In his free time
    • Hiking and enjoying the natural beauties of the Ozarks
    • “I love traveling, especially to destinations that are not necessarily touristy, such as South America, or East/Central Asia.”

 

 

 

 

ON HIS BACKGROUND:Behzadan_Banff_01

 

His interest in building started young. He would build sand castles and have toy trucks and excavators move around them. He says he has “always been fascinated by how buildings, roads, and dams are built.” As he grew up, he developed a strong passion for science – math and physics. Ultimately, he realized that the best way to use his science skills was to build things that help people live better and healthier lives.

While an undergraduate, Dr. Behzadan had the opportunity to be an intern for a multinational construction firm in Tehran, Iran. Through this internship he was able to work on a 64-story high-rise construction project. This internship ended up turning into a full time job where he “was responsible for construction supervision, quality control, and field inspection of materials.” He says that this experience resulted in him later deciding to pursue construction engineering and management at the graduate level.

Before coming to Missouri State University, Dr. Behzadan taught at the City University of New York and University of Central Florida.

 

 

ON HIS THOUGHTS ON SPRINGFIELD AND MSU:

Behzadan_Banff_02He says that he likes the Midwest. “It has the best of everything, even including the weather!” Over the last few months, he has been searching for his new favorite BBQ place with a good brisket – but so far, has been unsuccessful.

He thinks that MSU’s campus looks great and is well taken care of. “Missouri State turns out to be an up and coming school.” When interviewing here, he says he was impressed with the resources, facilities, collegiality among faculty and staff. The only complaints would be the long line at Subway in the PSU.

 

 

 

 

ON HIS TEACHING STYLE AND ADVICE TO GRADUATES:

 

Dr. Behzadan says that his teaching style is shaped around student participation. He does not like dry lectures where the professor talks and the students fall asleep. He thinks the best learning experiences occur when students participate and discuss problems among themselves. He tells his students to come to class prepared, show enthusiasm, be respectful, and doamir quote their best, and leave the rest up to him.

Throughout the years, he has learned that you can always wish for what you want to be or what you want to have, but there is no guarantee that you will get what you want. “However, nothing should keep us from thinking big and being ambitious. At times it is hard and even frustrating when you see others get what they want while you are struggling. But always remember nothing in this world is meant to be fair and balanced. The universe is expanding and so are opportunities.”

If he were to give advice to soon-to-be-graduates, it would be to “make connections with the right people, learn many new things (both inside and outside the classroom), interact with successful people, and establish the cornerstones of your future life.” Dr. Behzadan goes on further to say to “take this time very seriously; you will never have it back, but the experiences you will gain can transform your life in ways you could never imagine.”

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New Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Nebil Buyurgan

NEW FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: DR. NEBIL BUYURGAN

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

 

FROM| Isparta, Turkey

BS| Istanbul Technical University – Industrial Engineering

MS| Missouri University of Science and Technology – Engineering Management

PHD| Missouri University of Science and Technology – Engineering Management


ON WHAT HE’S BEEN UP TO RECENTLY:Buyurgan_Nebil_1213 copy

1. Teaching

  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Principles of Project Management
  • Project Management

2. Researching

  • Logistics and supply chain management
  • Scheduling and dispatching unmanned aerial vehicles in military surveillance

3. Spending time with his kids

  • Taking them to after school activities

4. In his free time

  • Learning the aspects of Hydroponics – growing garden plants in a mineral rich solution

 

ON HIS BACKGROUND:

Growing up, Dr. Buyurgan was always good in math and science, so engineering was “the right fit.” In Turkey, he went to a gifted high school that was geared toward a profession in math and science. After he received all of his degrees, he worked for 9 years at University of Arkansas in the Industrial Engineering program. Later Dr. Buyurgan moved to Connecticut, where he helped start a new Industrial Engineering program in the Engineering Department at Quinnipac University.

 

ON HIS THOUGHTS ON SPRINGFIELD AND MSU:

Dr. Buyurgan likes Springfield and truly enjoys having everything here. He and his family are still exploring the area, but are very pleased to say that this is truly “a bigger and better version of Fayetteville.” Dr. Buyurgan’s family loves the variety of food that is available here. He says, “We love sushi, but are still looking for our favorite place.”

Missouri State is “excellent” in his opinion and he really likes both that the campus is the “right size” and that the stadium is “so close” to all of the other buildings. He admits that “parking is a problem, but it’s a problem everywhere.” So far, he has encountered many returning students in his classes, which he finds unique. He is excited to help start and be an integral part of the new Mechanical Engineering Technology program. The significance is very important to him.

 

ON HIS TEACHING STYLE AND ADVICE TO GRADUATES:

Dr. Buyurgan strives to use hands-on, active learning practices in the classroom. “Students learn by doing,” he states. To be successful in his classes, he also suggests students to not only be prepared for class, but to “show up with an open mind.” Dr. Buyurgan recommends that asking questions during class time and attending office hours for extra help are both examples of highly effective students.

Some of the best advice Dr. Buyurgan has been given is that, “Education gives you unlimited opportunities.” He has also learned that one should strive to be flexible and be adaptable. For advice to soon to be graduates, he states. “Go out and see the world. Don’t just look for jobs in your area; get out of your comfort zone! Learn about other cultures, places, and ways of life – broaden your perspective.”

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Boots to Books: Mohammed Mehany

BOOTS TO BOOKS: MOHAMMED MEHANY
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENTmehany-casual

FROM | Cairo, Egypt
BS | Arab Academy for Science and Technology — Construction and Civil Engineering
MS | Colorado State University — Construction Management  
PHD | Colorado State University — Civil and Environmental Engineering with Construction Management

 

 

ON WHAT HE’S BEEN UP TO RECENTLY:

In short: Teach class. Do research. Eat. (Repeat) 

image0041.  Teaching
     — Scheduling and Cost Estimating
2.  Researching
    — Infrastructure Systems, Construction
    Claims Management, Risk Management,
     Project Delivery Systems, Construction
     Safety, Fracking, and Construction Education
3.  Eating
      — Everything. “I’m always hungry!”
4.  Other
      — When I have the time I love to travel, go
      scuba diving, go climbing, do CrossFit, play
      soccer and football, and watch sports.

 

 

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ON HIS TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:
My teaching style is based on having a personal obligation to prepare and conduct courses that are intellectually engaging, informative and rigorous.  I provide students with substantive information and marketable skills to equip them for their future careers in a stimulating, safe learning environment.  And because graduates will represent the construction management job force when they leave the university educational environment, I help them to understand how education prepares them for their future and encourage and assist them in pursuing their educational and vocational goals.
 
ON TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION:

I think it is critical that students be able to learn in new ways.Technology is a passion of mine and I truly believe through its integration into standard curriculum.  Students should receive the best education we have to offer to prepare them for an industry headed toward innovation.
 

 

ON GETTING THROUGH TO STUDENTS:
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Teaching higher education curriculum in the construction industry is extremely challenging but it can also be very rewarding. Though work experience is crucial to student’s success in the design and construction fields, I believe the most valuable skills we can teach students in college are collaboration, self-education, and critical thinking within the context of their specific discipline.  Those are the skills that they will take with them into adulthood and utilize day to day.  I also believe education must be delivered with a sense of humor and a positive attitude.  The more engaging I am, the more excited my students will be.

 

 

 

 

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Alumni Spotlight: ANDREW WINDISCH

BOOTS TO SUITS: ANDREW WINDISCH

ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER, ALBERICI. ST. LOUIS

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FROM | Jefferson City, MO

THEN | Construction Management degree from MSU (May 2011)

NOW | Assistant Project Manager, Alberici Constructors Inc. in St. Louis, MO

 

ON HIS DAY-TO-DAY ROUTINE:

Quote 1It depends on the project but there’s one constant—wake up early. I try to get to site before my field level supervision and work on whatever I wasn’t able to finish the previous day; this is typically the most productive part of my day. Then morning stretches with the crews and we break for toolbox talks. From there the ball is rolling and it’s usually a blur of meetings to attend and fires (figurative) to put out. That, to me, has always been the appeal of making a living this way. Monday you could be in a suit having lunch with an owner’s rep, Tuesday you’re in work boots working through an issue with a crew of ironworkers.

 

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ON WHAT HE’S BEEN UP TO:

1.    Long Harbour Processing Plant

– Long Harbour, Newfoundland Canada

2.    K+S Legacy Potash Processing Plant

– Regina, Saskatchewan Canada

3.    South Cobb Water Treatment Plant

– Atlanta, GA

4.    Fargo WTP Membrane and Improvements

– Fargo, ND (Current)

 

 

ON LESSONS LEARNED:

Quote 2Communication is key. This is a people industry, period. The best managers I’ve had may not understand the technical intricacies of what they’re building – most don’t have to. What they do possess are two key traits: how to communicate with individuals on their team and how to motivate those individuals to work as a team.

 

 

ON HOW TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING THE INDUSTRY: IMG_3222

I’ve embraced all of this new and exciting technology available to the industry. I recently received the “2014 Alberici Award for Technical Innovation” for spearheading the company’s transition from Adobe to Bluebeam. As an industry, specifically the steel fab/erect sector that is slow to change, this can be quite difficult at times. It has taken a lot of patience and self-confidence but in the end I was able to demonstrate the organizational benefits of making the move to Bluebeam. We are currently looking at options for using Revit to maintain a “constructability model” with great initial feedback. This allows us to work within a 3D environment right up until the point of generating shop drawings on a branded Alberici title block – exciting stuff.

 

 

 ON THE BEST ADVICE HE’S BEEN GIVEN THAT IS WORTHY OF PASSING ON: 

Quote 3 I had a seasoned Ironworker superintendent once tell me, “Hey kid… first you get good, then you get fast.” That phrase has always stuck with me. Most of us in the industry have an ever-changing work environment and responsibilities. That’s what I like about it, but this can lead to frustration when thrown into a new situation. It’s always beneficial to think with the end game in sight, take your time up front, and establish procedures that allow for the team to work efficiently when implemented.

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