ace_logo.jpgCheck out the article entitled, “Mentoring program pairs professionals, students” by Aïssatou Sidimé. A brief excerpt of the article follows:

The Roosevelt High School students have nicknamed Lake/Flato Architects designer Jeremy Fields “Simon” — as in the feared “American Idol” judge — for his blunt critiques of their drawings for a new, cooler cafeteria.

But the nine students don’t flinch when he points out another weakness.

“The kitchen’s in the center. What’s tough about that?” Fields said.

Responses ring out: “There’s no access to outside for food delivery!” “And trash!”

“Maybe we should move it to the outside wing. The view of the mall is not that great anyway,” suggests junior Loram Rodriguez.

It is the final moments of the first local ACE Mentorship Program, a nine-month series that pairs architects, construction professionals and engineers with students at John Jay and Roosevelt high schools. Students will present their construction plans and learn the winners of three $2,000 scholarships during a dinner May 10 at the Marriott Plaza San Antonio downtown.

“Mentoring program pairs professionals, students” by Aïssatou Sidimé.


chicostate.jpgBuilding Information Modeling, or BIM, has become a hot topic in the construction industry. At the ASC Student Competition in Reno, NV the BIM National Problem was one of the more popular student problems judging by the “standing room only” audience that watched the student presentations.

The following two articles highlight what Chico State is doing with BIM technology:

Outline for a BIM Curriculum at Chico State

Construction Management Faculty Seen as Leaders in Building Information Modeling

calpolymustangs.jpgAccording to the article, “Cal Poly Construction Management Graduate Receives $20,000 Fellowship”, Joe Karten will be traveling the world to research examples of sustainable construction. An excerpt of the article is below:

“Karten’s trip begins May 30 in Mexico, where he will spend three months volunteering at Mexico’s Green Building Council helping create a standard for sustainable building similar to the United States ‘ Green Building Council’s LEED standard.

Following his work in Mexico , he will travel to Europe where he will meet with architects, contractors and planners in Spain , Sweden , Denmark , Germany and Holland . He will also visit and research sustainable building projects in those countries and will study techniques used to achieve sustainability in the building industry.

In late July follow Karten’s travel and see information about on-going research findings at . For more information about Cal Poly’s Construction Management Department, visit . For information about the Regnier Traveling Fellowship, visit”

texasamaggies.jpgFrom time to time, students visit this blog to determine the differences between construction management / engineering / sciences and other degrees. This link at the Texas A & M Website, offers one response to the differences between construction science and environmental design. A brief excerpt is below:

The focus of the Construction Science degree is on managing the construction process. Students graduating with an Bachelor of Construction Science degree can work for General Contractors and developers. Contractors and developers can be involved with building construction, road and bridge construction, industrial or commercial construction. The Department of Construction Science offers courses in project control systems. (scheduling and estimating), construction law and industry, soils and foundations.

ISUThe following information was send to me by the Iowa State Construction, Civil, and Engineering Department:

CCEE Graduate Programs Now Online!

The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering now offers two of its graduate programs – Construction Engineering and Management and Environmental Engineering completely online through Engineering Distance Education. The new online programs make it more convenient and cost-efficient than ever for professionals to attain a master’s degree or certificate. Distance education students learn from the same respected professors and in the same classes as our resident graduate students do – but from anywhere in the world. Visit the EDE website or look for our article in the upcoming the CCEE Alumni Newsletter for more information.

unlvAccording to an article at, the UNLV Construction Engineering and Management Program received a scholarship donation from Korte Co. Article text below:

Korte Co. said Thursday that it recently agreed to contribute $8,000 to the construction management program at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) in the form of a scholarship fund.

The Construction Management Advisory Board Scholarship Fund will be used to encourage high school students to pursue degrees in construction management and construction management engineering, according to a release.

Korte Co., based in Highland, Ill., in Metro East, is a design-build and construction management firm. It’s one of the St. Louis area’s largest privately held companies, with 2006 revenue of $212 million.

purdueboilermakers.jpgI came across this job posting for an Internship Director for Purdue’s Construction Engineering and Management Program. A brief excerpt of the job description follows:

Provide the Division of Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) with the experience and knowledge of a veteran engineering and construction professional to: direct the CEM Internship Program; serve the CEM faculty in activities where professional engineering, construction and management experience is a key factor, and teach courses where experience in professional industry practice is essential to the course needs. Responsible for the design, implementation and direction of the CEM Internship Program, including development of new initiatives. Includes development of policies and procedures to govern the operation of the program. Responsible for the development of strategic goals for the program, including both short-term and long-term goals, as well as communicating how goals are to be met.

Internship Director, Purdue University