Purdue Engineering Impact Magazine Fall 2009

Construction Engineering and Management The art of re-construction - The light at the end of the [economic] tunnel

Welcome to the Fall 2009 issue of Construction Engineering and Management Impact. The focus of this issue is the economy, a topic that is on the minds of constituents both within and outside the university.

As you will see in the pages to follow, Purdue’s division of CEM and its constituents—alumni, industry partners, faculty, and students—are at once being affected by and responding in meaningful ways to the situation. While the economy continues to put a strain on these entities, we are hopeful that, with the help of professionals and researchers in the construction engineering field, U.S. and the global community will soon be moving toward viable and long-lasting solutions.

With an eye toward improving quality of life and enacting lasting change through construction engineering, we hope that this issue of Impact offers some fresh perspectives during these challenging economic times.

Makarand Hastak
Professor and Head of Construction Engineering and Management

Heroes Award celebrates unsung dedication
October 15, 2009
At this year’s Heroes Award celebration, nominees from across the university community came together to learn about each other and celebrate their individual and collective dedication to the Purdue spirit.
Dean Towl, LEED AP (BSCNE '91) Scheduling Manager and Training & Development Manager, Mortenson Construction
October 15, 2009
Alumnus Dean Towl has made a successful career with M. A. Mortenson Construction Company. Here, he shares his personal thoughts on an industry that continues to grow despite the economic downturn.
Challenged by tough economic times, construction companies still see the silver linings
October 15, 2009
Recognized as industry leaders, their projects range from health care facilities, baseball stadiums, and bridges, to campus buildings, corporate headquarters, and cultural/performing arts centers. And although they remain rooted in longtime family ownership, their branches have expanded nationwide, touching the commercial/industrial, health care, and infrastructure sectors.
Two CEM students recognized for excellence
October 15, 2009
Each year, the College of Engineering recognizes students across the engineering disciplines for excellence in their fields with the Outstanding Student Award. Each engineering discipline in Purdue University’s College of Engineering presents this award to one senior and one graduate student.
Incoming faculty bring diverse interests to CEM
October 15, 2009
This fall, CEM welcomes new faculty members Amr Kandil, Hubo Cai, and Panagiota Karava. The division is excited by the diversity of knowledge and interest areas each bring, and looks forward to watching their expertise and teaching acumen take root in our classrooms and labs.
Endowment creates distinguished fellow position in CEM
October 15, 2009
As a renowned and distinguished member of the construction engineering and management field, alumnus Donn Hancher knows the value of bringing top-quality knowledge and research ability into the classroom.
One of CEM's first alums offers some insight
October 15, 2009
For John Frantz, (CEM ’79) construction and engineering were in his blood. So it was only a matter of time before he fulfilled a lifelong goal of owning his own company.
Training = Safety Training
October 15, 2009
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2: Make or become prepared or skilled.