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The Division of Construction Engineering and Management is celebrating 40 years of excellence during the 2016-2017 academic year. The Division was founded in 1976, with the first graduating class receiving their degrees in Construction Engineering in 1979.

Throughout the school year, we will host a series of events to commemorate our program and its 40 years of success. View our full list of celebrations in PDF format here.

This year, we will honor one of our CEM alums with the inaugural Outstanding Alumni Award.

We have many distinguished alumni, and one who has shown particular excellence in the construction industry will be honored during the spring semester.

The awardee will be honored during the annual Spring Internship Banquet hosted by Beta Tau, CEM's honor fraternity. More details to come.

Throughout the year, distinguished guests will be invited to speak in CEM undergraduate and graduate courses. The list of speakers will include experts from both academia and industry.


Guests from academia will speak during graduate courses, providing students with insights into the latest research in Construction Engineering and Management. Faculty and students will have the opportunity to sit down with these experts during Q&A sessions after each seminar.

Fall 2016

Aspects of the Canadian Construction Industry
October 28, 1:30pm
Andrea Panzeter, Ph.D.
Director of Resource Planning and Scheduling
Corrpro Companies, Inc.
Details here.

The Top 10 Innovations in Trenchless Technology
November 4, 1:30pm
Tom Iseley, Ph.D., P.E., Dist. M. ASCE
Director, Trenchless Technology Center
Professor of Civil Engineering
Louisiana Tech University
Details here.

Let Curiosity Drive Your Career
November 11, 1:30pm
Jim Rowings, Ph.D.
Chief Learning Officer
Vice President
Kiewit University, Kiewit Corporation
Details here.

Teaching and Learning: My Journey
November 18, 1:30pm
Jeff Russell, Ph.D.
Vice President for Lifelong Learning
Dean of Continuing Studies
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Details here.

Meet Four Great Engineers at the Hoosac Tunnel
December 2, 1:30pm
Clifford Schexnayder, Ph.D.
Eminent Scholar Emeritus
Arizona State University
Details here.

Spring 2017

Encouraging Change for US Transportation Agencies: Digital Data Exchange
February 20, 9:30am
Charles T. Jahren, Ph.D.
W.A. Klinger Teaching Professor
Assistant Chair for Construction Engineering
Iowa State University
Details here.

Construction in the Process Industries: Understanding Process Safety and Your Role
April 3, 10:30am
Deb Grubbe
President and Owner
Operations and Safety Solutions, LLC
Details here.

Teaching, Researching, Consulting, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership in Academia
April 10, 11:30am
Yvan Beliveau, Ph.D.
Department Head of Building Construction,
Myers-Lawson School of Construction Virginia Tech
Details here.


Our speakers from industry are Purdue CEM alums who have been working in the construction industry since graduation. They will speak in undergraduate courses and present case studies to our students, who will have the opportunity to learn about various aspects of the construction industry and to ask questions about life as a practicing construction engineer.

Navigating Contracts
October 3, 12:00pm
Steve Bestard
Vice President, Messer Construction
Details here.

October 24, 12:00pm
Jonathan Belviso
Preconstruction Manager, Ruscilli Construction Co.
Details here.

Site Limitations
October 26, 11:30am
Mike Runza
Project Executive, Bernards Builders, Inc.
Details here.

Speakers and dates to be updated as announced.

We love getting our students and faculty engaged, and what better way to do that than a friendly bowling competition?

Bowling night will take December 2nd from 7 – 9pm at Rack and Roll in the Purdue Memorial Union, and the bowler with the highest score will win a prize!

We will also be holding an art competition, open to all students and staff, which will be judged at the bowling event. The winner's work of art will be showcased in our main office!

More details on the event here.

John Frantz was one of the first students to enroll in the CEM program in 1976 and was one of two members of the first graduating class to receive a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering from Purdue in 1979.

In the Fall 2016 issue of CEM News, look for insights from Frantz on what it was like to be a part of CEM in the late 70s and how his degree has helped him purchase and run a successful business in the construction industry.