[su_spoiler title=”Renée Cheng
Dean of the UW College of Built Environments” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

Renée Cheng joined the College of Built Environments as dean on January 1, 2019.  Dean Cheng comes from the University of Minnesota where she was a professor, associate dean of research, head of the school of architecture, and directed an innovative graduate program linking research with practice and licensure. Prior to UMN, she taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Arizona. She is a graduate of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and Harvard College.

A licensed architect, her professional experience includes work for Pei, Cobb, Freed and Partners and Richard Meier and Partners before founding Cheng-Olson Design. Dean Cheng has been honored twice as one of the top 25 most admired design educators in the United States by DesignIntelligence. She has received numerous honors and awards including the 2017 Lean Construction Institute Faculty Award and was named to the American Institute of Architecture’s College of Fellows in 2017.

Cheng is a leader in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and advocates for equity in the field of architecture and in the practices related to the built environment. Recently, Cheng led the research effort for the AIA guides for equitable practice in the workplace. Cheng has pioneered research surrounding the intersection of design and emerging technologies, including work on industry adoption of Integrated Project Delivery, Building Information Modeling and Lean.[/su_spoiler]

“Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration in Built Environment Practice”

[su_accordion][su_spoiler title=”Rob Warnaca, DBIA
President, GenCap Construction Corporation” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]
Rob Warnaca is a 25-year veteran of the industry.  He recently became the president of Kirkland-based GenCap Construction, which specializes in large-scale mixed-use, multifamily and retail developments and tenant improvements throughout the Puget Sound.  He most recently served as director at Seattle-based M.A. Mortensen Co., where he was responsible for $450M in annual projects, as well as serving as chief estimator and construction executive on several large projects.

Rob is currently chairing the UW Construction Industry Advisory Council (CIAC), which serves as a bridge between the construction industry and the University in order to create interdependent relationships with a shared goal of serving the construction and related industries. [/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=” Peter Orser
Chair, Runstad Real Estate Department Advisory Board
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Peter Orser is best known for his work with Quadrant Homes where he served for almost 25 years, helping to bring Quadrant to prominence as Washington’s leading homebuilder, serving as President of the Company from 2003 through 2010. In October of 2010 he assumed the role of President and CEO of the Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company where he oversaw five different homebuilding operations across the Country.  In July of 2014, under his leadership, Weyerhaeuser completed the successful sale of the Company for $2.8 Billion dollars to Tri Pointe Homes in Irvine California, at which point Peter “retired”, but remains engaged in a variety of activities related to Real Estate.

He is currently an active member of the UW Runstad Real Estate Department Advisory Board as Chair and was recently appointed by the Governor to serve on the Washington State Affordable Housing Advisory Board. [/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Kate Freels, AIA
Associate Partner, ZGF Architects
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As Project Manager and Architect, Kate leads teams in the design of client-responsive, community-focused, and environmentally sustainable workplaces, mixed-use developments, healthcare facilities, and research and learning environments.  She brings expertise in collaborating with and facilitating conversations among project stakeholders to quickly blend key components of a client’s vision with programmatic and functional needs.

Kate is a champion for diversity, inclusion, and gender equity issues, as Director for the CREW Seattle Emerging Leaders Mentorship Program, and as a member of ZGF’s Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Group and in-house mentoring program.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Craig Skipton
Landscape Architect, Senior Project Manager at AHBL, Inc.
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As a landscape architect, environmental scientist, and farmer, Craig brings a unique set of perspectives and abilities.  As a practitioner of design, urban planning and landscape architecture with over seven years’ experience, Craig has contributed to the built environment in profound ways – creating functional public space, converting parking lots to parks, and implementing green infrastructure projects. As a project manager, he coordinates project teams to bring out the best in everyone, keeping on task, mindful of budget and having fun.

Working knowledge of ecology and ecological processes have shaped Craig’s understanding of the world and solidified his beliefs that everything is connected – people, plants, and animals. As a farm manager, Craig applied his passion for local food, love of technology, tendency to be highly organized, design acumen, project management, soil science and ecosystems. Designing solutions that lead to ecologically sound and organized systems.

Craig is currently co-chairing the UW Department of Landscape Architecture’s Professionals Advisory Council.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Mandi Roberts, AICP, PLA, ASLA
Principal, Otak 
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Mandi has 31 years of experience in land use and transportation planning, public and stakeholder involvement, and planning and design of the public realm, including transportation and transit projects, streets, streetscapes, parks, civic spaces, and campuses.  She brings extensive expertise in multi-modal transportation, pedestrian planning and design, shared-use paths, corridor and alternatives analysis studies, scenic byways, design guidelines, and toolboxes and interpretive planning and design.

Mandi has been responsible for management, coordination and design on a wide variety of complex, multi-faceted projects involving agencies at federal, state, regional, and local levels, tribes, organizations and special interest groups. She is an excellent communicator and facilitator and enjoys working with clients and communities to transform vision in to reality.

She is currently the vice chair of the UW Department of Urban Design and Planning’s Professionals Advisory Council.[/su_spoiler][/su_accordion]


[su_accordion][su_spoiler title=”Ahmed Abdel-Aziz
Associate Professor, UW Department of Construction Management” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]
Presenting: “Public-Private Partnerships:  An Overview

Aziz is an Associate Professor with the Department of Construction Management Department. Aziz is known for his experience in the public-private partnership (PPP) alternative project delivery system; he has participated in committees, given presentations and talks, wrote book chapters, and published technical articles in leading academic journals in the USA, Canada, and the UK. Along with PPP, and with experience in construction project management, Aziz teaches project planning, scheduling, and control, Primavera and MS Project, estimating, life-cycle cost modeling for project economics, and quantitative risk analysis techniques. Aziz holds the UW honor of being a P. D. Koon Endowed Professor of Construction Management. He also works as Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineers.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”William Gorham
Associate Vice President, Project Development and Partnering at Plenary Group
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Presenting: “Case Studies for Public-Private Partnership

As Associate Vice President, Project Development and Partnering at Plenary Group, Will assists in the strategic positioning of Plenary in the public-private partnership segment of the U.S. infrastructure market. A core part of the business development team, his primary role is to identify and cultivate new projects, serve as the initial contact with public sector clients, and to assemble the optimal project team to successful win and deliver projects. In addition, having developed an understanding of a project’s context and related public decision making processes, Will often provides ongoing client relationship, stakeholder management, and strategic insight during the origination, delivery and operations phases of projects.

Prior to joining Plenary, Will worked at an LA-area public and government relations firm providing energy and environment clients with strategic planning, media relations and community outreach assistance. He started his career as an analyst for a strategy consulting firm providing strategic market analysis across a variety of industries.

Will graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in International Studies, Economics.  He then went on to receive a Masters of International Affairs with a focus on International Management and Latin America from the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy.[/su_spoiler][/su_accordion]


[su_spoiler title=”Kamran Nemati, PhD
Associate Professor, UW Department of Construction Management” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

Presenting:  “Under Fire: Mix Design & Concrete Performance”

Kamran M. Nemati is an Associate Professor in Construction Management and Adjunct Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was also a post-doctoral research fellow until August 1998. His Ph.D. thesis entitled: “Generation and Interaction of Compressive Stress-Induced Microcracks in Concrete.” His other graduate degrees are: Master of Science in civil engineering (Environmental Engineering); Master of Engineering in civil engineering (Geotechnical and Construction Engineering); and Master of City and Regional Planning (Urban Transportation Planning).

His main research interests include investigation of the behavior of plain and reinforced concrete materials, and, in particular, the development of improved concrete materials and technologies for structural applications. He has been active in the following research areas: fracture mechanics of concrete, application of stereology to analyze cracks in concrete, fracture analysis of concrete using scanning electron microscopy, effect of confinement on the fracture behavior of concrete, development of micromechanical models to simulate crack growth in concrete, accelerated construction techniques for pavements with portland cement concrete, and using sea water as mixing water in concrete.

He is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and American Concrete Institute (ACI), a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in Washington and several other states, and has more than fourteen years of consulting engineering experience mostly with AECOM (formerly Kaiser Engineers, Inc.) in Oakland California.[/su_spoiler]

[su_accordion][su_spoiler title=”Ken-Yu Lin
Associate Professor, UW, Department of Construction Management” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]
Session Lead

Dr. Ken-Yu Lin is a P.D. Koon Endowed Associate Professor in the Department of Construction Management at the University of Washington (UW). She is the director for the Construction Management Occupational Safety and Health (CMOSH) program at the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Health (NCOSH), a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) funded Education and Research Center (ERC) in Region X. Dr. Lin also co-directs the SHARE (Safety and Health Advancement through Research and Education) Lab with her colleague Dr. Giovanni Migliaccio and serves on the Executive Committee for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Computing and Information Technology Division since 2014.

Dr. Lin is interested in research applications that contribute to smart safety and health in construction; construction education and training; and sustainable practices. Her technical backgrounds land in serious gaming and visualization; information and communication technology; intelligent sensing and monitoring; and ontologies and semantic approaches. Dr. Lin has been involved in research projects funded by the UW, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Science Foundation (NSF), Hewlett-Packard (HP) Development Company, WA Department of Transportation (WADOT), NIOSH, and the Taiwanese National Science Council (NSC). She has published journal and conferences papers in major venues and is also the co-author of Construction Project Safety, a text book published by John Wiley and Sons in 2013.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Josh Mullen
COO, Snyder Roofing and Sheet Metal” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

Presenting:  “From Internship to L&I Grant:  Creating Productive and Safe Practices through Research-to-Practice Partnerships”

Josh Mullen is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Snyder Roofing and Sheet Metal, a corporation consisting of 5 specialty construction companies operating in the Pacific Northwest.  With a background in construction management, Josh has been heavily involved in operations.  He has managed a locally based construction consulting firm with a multi-billion dollar asset management international portfolio.  While the challenges and tasks have varied, the common focus has always remained the same with people and communication being the keys to success.  When not at work, Josh enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and accumulating miles on his bike on the backroads of wherever he finds himself.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Lucille Mihalic
EHS Director, Snyder Roofing of Washington” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

Co-Presenting:  “From Internship to L&I Grant:  Creating Productive and Safe Practices through Research-to-Practice Partnerships”

Snyder Roofing of Washington EHS Director Lucille Mihalic has a background as Rancher, Sales Director and Park Ranger.  Six years ago, she attended Mount Hood Community College to pursue a career in safety.  After completing her internship at Snyder Roofing of Oregon, then continuing as EHS Assistant, she was promoted to EHS Director for Snyder’s Washington office.

Lu has a passion for safety and developing a safety culture that is in line with Snyder’s core values.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Zhenyu Zhang
PhD Candidate, UW College of Built Environments” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

Co-Presenting:  “From Internship to L&I Grant:  Creating Productive and Safe Practices through Research-to-Practice Partnerships”

Zhenyu Zhang is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Washington.  His research lies in the field of construction ergonomics and health behavior changes, with an emphasis on the design and dissemination of evidence-based interventions to prevent soft tissue injuries in the construction industry.  Meanwhile, he is interning with Snyder Roofing of Washington as a Safety Assistant.

He has an undergraduate degree in Material Science and a master degree in Construction Management, both from Chongqing University, China. [/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Elena Franks, PMP
Designer and Construction Consultant at EDL Studio
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Presenting:  “New Safety and Productivity Paradigms in Off-Site Construction” 

Elena Franks is a designer and consultant with EDL Studio, where she practices design and construction integration, with emphasis on constructability. Among her areas of interest and expertise are advanced modular building techniques, Life-Cycle Safety, and progressive project management methods.

Elena started her career in Italy as a professional architect for commercial, light-industrial and residential projects, before transitioning to program design and management. She was instrumental in developing and establishing an accredited master’s program in Sustainable Architecture at Tampere University of Technology, Finland, where she also held a lecturer appointment in graduate core design studios.

Prior to her current role, Elena served as an Associate Director of Operations for the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington. Elena holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Architecture form the University of Florence, Italy, as well as a M.Sc. in Construction Management and a Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Washington. [/su_spoiler][/su_accordion]

[su_accordion][su_spoiler title=”Hyun Woo ‘Chris’ Lee
Assistant Professor, UW Department of Construction Management” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]
Session Lead

Prior to joining the CM Department in January 2016, he spent 3.5 years as an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University, and 7 years in the U.S. and Korean construction industries as field engineer, project engineer, and estimator. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2004 and 2012, and B.S. in Architectural Engineering from Seoul National University in 1999.

Prof. Lee’s research interests center on developing an interdisciplinary view of integrating advanced financial analysis, project development, and management strategies, which is used during the delivery of energy-efficient commercial buildings and sustainable infrastructures. His areas of expertise include building sustainability and energy efficiency, construction safety, lean design and development of sustainable infrastructures, and IT innovation in project management.

In recognition of his academic contribution in lean for electrical prefabrication, he was awarded the Early Career Award by ELECTRI International in 2013. He has also received the Excellence in Academic Research award from the CM Department three times in a row (2016 through 2018).

Since 2012, Prof. Lee has published 25 peer-reviewed journal papers in top-quality journals such as Applied Energy, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, Automation in Construction, and Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. In addition, he has co-authored 17 peer-reviewed conference papers and 10 technical reports.

Prof. Lee currently teaches Construction Estimating I and II (CM331&410), and Sustainable Construction (CM540). In recognition of his excellence in teaching, he was awarded the Regional Teaching Award (Region 7) in 2018 by the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC).

Prof. Lee has been actively involved in the professional service at the international level by serving in the editorial boards of two journals: Assistant Specialty Editor for Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (JCEM) and Associate Editor for Journal of Built Environments. He also has been actively engaged in the review processes of numerous high-impact journals, and was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Reviewer by JCEM[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Stefanie Young
LEED AP BD+C, LEED for Homes Green Rater, WELL AP, Built Green Verifier, BREEAM Assessor, Senior Sustainability Consultant
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Presenting:  “Sustainability and Changes in WA State and Seattle Energy Code Requirements”

Stefanie Young is a professional planner and senior sustainability consultant at the Seattle engineering and project delivery firm Rushing.  As a critical team member of the Sustainability Studio at Rushing, Stefanie provides sustainability management and administration services.  She brings well rounded experience working with architecture firms, developers and engineers, assessing appropriate sustainable solutions for projects throughout the greater Pacific Northwest.

Additionally, Young has worked internationally for the World Bank and locally for the UW campus and the Port of Seattle.  A student in the interdisciplinary planning Ph.D. program, she manages the Urban Infrastructure Lab and is the program manager of the student group, UW-Solar, whose mission is to support the development of solar infrastructure for UW and other public institutions in the Pacific Northwest.  Her research focuses on climate change; the resilience and adaptation of the built environment; and ecosystem services.

Young has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Master’s in Urban Planning from the University of Washington.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Luming Shang
Research Assistant and PhD Candidate, UW College of Built Environments
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Presenting:  Quantitatively Assessing the Impact of Energy Disclosure Policy on Office Buildings

Luming Shang is a doctoral student in the Department of Construction Management at the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments. Luming completed his B.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of Jinan, and M.S. in Construction Management at Columbia University.

Luming is interested in using machine learning, artificial intelligence, NLP, optimization modeling, and other cutting edge data analysis methods to assist decision-making in the areas of innovative project delivery systems, sustainability, project financing, and policy analysis. His dissertation topic is to develop A Stackelbery Game-Based Optimization Model For The Design of Payment Mechanism in Performance-Based PPPs.[/su_spoiler][/su_accordion]

“Project Procurement:  Best Practice, Challenges & Lessons Learned”

[su_accordion][su_spoiler title=”Mike Bell
Executive Project Director, Sound Transit” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

Mike Bell has been with Sound Transit as an Executive Project Director since 2017. Mike is currently serving as the Executive Project Director for the East Link. Previously Mike worked for Mortenson Construction, Mowat Construction, PCL Construction and Wilder Construction. He has worked on other infrastructure projects in the region, including the Elliott Bay Seawall and the SeaTac Airport Station. He has a BS from Western Washington University and an MS from the University of Washington. Mike has been a guest lecturer at the UW on Heavy Civil Construction Practices for 15 years and a member of the UW Construction Industry Advisory Council since 2017.[/su_spoiler][su_spoiler title=”Bob Cowan,
Director of Facilities, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

Bob is responsible for day to day Operations, Maintenance and Repair of the beautiful, highly complex, world class, 1.6 million square foot, Fred Hutchinson Campus.  The 15 building Campus in Seattle WA, is dedicated to both Cancer Research and Treatment, has over 4,000 staff and boast of 3 Nobel Prize winners amongst the staff.  Bob’s been at the “Hutch” over 18 years and during that time has overseen an expansion program of more than a million square feet, helped the Center win over 20 Energy Awards at both local and national level, weathered more inspections than you can count JCAHO, DOH, FDA, AAALAC, CAP, etc.. And even found time to take a 6 month sabbatical where he took his family on an around the World Adventure covering over 40,000 miles.

Bob’s a retired Navy Commander; originally from Grosse Ile, Michigan (a small island between Michigan and Canada).  He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering and from the University of Florida with a Masters in Civil Engineering. [/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Keith Donovan,
Director of Real Estate & Security at Microsoft
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As head of Puget Sound development for Microsoft’s Real Estate & Security group, Keith leads its multi-billion-dollar Redmond campus modernization project, overseeing the 250-person cross-disciplinary team of development managers, architects, and contractors executing Microsoft’s vision for its new campus.

Keith brings 25 years’ experience across all facets of real estate and project delivery, providing the mentorship, technical acumen, and clarity to lead large and dynamic teams toward the same completion goals. Originally trained as an architect, Keith moved into development management for large real estate development firms, then to leadership in corporate real estate—experience which leaves him uniquely qualified to provide strategic oversight of real estate development projects, and to drive for solutions tailored to goals of the business.

Keith has a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Southern California.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Steve Tatge
Executive Director, Project Delivery, UW Capital Planning & Development” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]
Steve Tatge is an architect and the Executive Director of the Project Delivery Group for the University of Washington’s Facilities organization. He directs a portfolio which typically exceeds a billion dollars and includes projects such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science and Engineering and the $230M Population Health Facility.

Prior to joining the University in 2004, Steve directed the quality control program for Walsh Construction’s Seattle office and managed capital projects for a Seattle biotechnology firm. He was the Senior Associate for the Miller/Hull Partnership and managed several AIA award-winning projects during his 11 years there. Steve attended the UW Masters of Architecture program and has a B.A. in Psychology from Knox College. He is President of the Western Washington Chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America Northwest Region.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Janice Zahn
Assistant Director of Engineering, Port of Seattle
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Janice Zahn is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer and Certified Construction Manager with over 30 years of experience.  She is the Assistant Director of Engineering at the Port of Seattle, in the role of leading Construction Management.  Her work at the Port encompasses many different types of projects that support the Aviation, Maritime, Economic Development and NW Seaport Alliance operating divisions, with both horizontal and vertical construction and tradition low-bid as well as GC/CM, DB and JOC type delivery methods.  Janice leads a team of talented in-house staff, augmented by outside consultants as needed to manage the major construction contracts and provide oversight of our tenant improvement construction projects.

Janice is experienced in project planning, design, alternative delivery procurement methods, construction management, safety, quality, claims avoidance and manufacturing.  She holds a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering as well as a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Washington.  Janice has a passion for improving the construction industry and project delivery.

She continues to serve on various CPARB Subcommittees, is PRC Vice Chair, Transportation Research Board – Construction Management and Project Delivery subcommittee member, DBIA Owner Subcommittee Chair and NWCCC Executive Board member.[/su_spoiler][/su_accordion]


[su_accordion][su_spoiler title=”Bill Bender, PhD, PE, LEED AP
Professor and Department Chair, UW Department of Construction Management” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]
Presenting: “Construction Management Accreditation

Dr. Bender has over 35 years of experience in the construction industry as an owners representative, consultant, and academic. He teaches project management, estimating, and sustainability. His research interest include sustainable construction, project risk and management. He is the currently a Professor and the Chair of the Construction Management Department at the University of Washington.

Educational History:
BSCE Washington State
MSCE Oregon State
PhD Maryland[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Diane Kocer,
Executive Director, AGC Education Foundation” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

Presenting:  Workforce Training

As Executive Director of the Associated General Contractors of Washington Education Foundation, Diane manages multi-faceted outreach programs that promote and develop construction careers through education and training. She is responsible for a robust scholarships and grants program, and oversees a highly-regarded training program for construction professionals. With over thirty years of project management experience, she is dedicated to creating effective programs that link careers in the construction industry with the state’s school systems and organizations. Diane serves on numerous state-wide boards and committees that seek to advance the awareness of construction career pathways. [/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Karen Dove,
Executive Director, Apprenticeship & Non Traditional Employment for Women (ANEW)” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

Presenting:  Workforce Training

Karen Dove is the Executive Director of Apprenticeship & Non-traditional Employment for Women (ANEW), which also manages the Pre-Apprentice Construction Education (PACE) program hosted at CERC.  ANEW is a 38-year-old nonprofit with a mission to improve people’s lives by providing quality training, employment navigation and supportive services leading to successful family wage careers.  ANEW is the oldest continuously running pre-apprenticeship program in the country with an emphasis on recruiting women into the construction and transportation trades.  Karen’s role as Executive Director is to plan and execute the overall strategic and operational responsibility for ANEW’s staff, programs, expansion and execution of its mission.  Karen comes to ANEW from Montana where she led programs and advocated for policies focused on building economic security for all.

Karen is a dedicated servant leader and has a passion for social justice issues.  She is committed to developing collaborative partnerships resulting in systemic change.  Throughout her career, she has utilized her entrepreneurial spirit and skills to create and implement new and innovative programs aimed at moving people toward family wage jobs. [/su_spoiler][/su_accordion]

[su_accordion][su_spoiler title=”Yong-Woo Kim, PhD
Professor, UW Department of Construction Management
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Presenting:  “A New Metric of Percent Constraints Removed (PCR):  A Report from 32 Projects”

Yong-Woo Kim is a Professor and P.D.Koon Endowed Professor of Construction Management. His research emphasizes lean principles focusing on interdependency and uncertainty in construction supply chain networks. Dr. Kim developed a new metric to measure the inventory work between trades called CEV (Customer Earned Value), and two international contractors have been using this new metric for their project control. Dr. Kim has published more than 30 peer-reviewed technical journal articles, 50 papers in peer-reviewed conference proceedings and two books. In his presentation, he will address the relationship between shielding / make-ready process and project performance with 25 projects where a LPS was successfully leveraged. [/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”John Strickland
Lead/IPD Director, Jacobs Engineering ” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]
Presenting:  “The Simply and Compelling Case for Lean and IPD”

John Strickland has been an active member of the Lean Construction Institute since the organization was formed in 1997. He has led a wide variety of industrial projects using Lean concepts with a long list of projects that achieved cost and schedule goals that seemed impossible when viewed from the perspective of traditional delivery. John combines a strong practical background, ranging from hands-on work as a carpenter to leading large scale technology projects, with a passion for studying the frontiers of new possibilities for the construction industry. He was one of the primary developers of the Collaborative Design and Scoping (CDS) process, which allows project teams to confidently make project cost and schedule promises far earlier and far more reliably than is possible with traditional project delivery techniques. He is an active researcher and presenter, participating in 4 major Construction Industry Institute (CII) research teams with several well-read papers and countless presentations to regional and national associations. He will be presenting a simple and compelling case for why Lean-based projects will consistently out-perform those delivered under traditional methods and will address ‘how do I know I’m getting the best price?”. [/su_spoiler][/su_accordion]

[su_accordion][su_spoiler title=”Carrie Dossick Sturts, PhD
Professor, UW Department of Construction Management
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Session Lead

Dr. Carrie Sturts Dossick is a Professor of Construction Management at the University of Washington, College of Built Environment, and former Executive Director of CERC.

Dr. Dossick has over a decade of research and teaching experience primarily focused on emerging collaboration methods and technologies such as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM).  She is an active member of both the National Institute of Building Sciences and buildingSMART Alliance.  Current research projects include technology and collaboration strategies for green building design and construction; global team collaboration with Virtual Reality; operations applications of BIM and facilities data in maintenance management and life cycle planning; and rebaselining BIM and asset data for existing buildings.

She has received funding from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Education, Mechanical Contractors Association of Western Washington, Sound Transit, Skanska USA Building, University of Washington Royalty Research Fund, University of Washington Capital Projects and Facilities services.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Bita Astaneh Asl,
PhD Candidate, Teaching Assistant, UW Department of Construction Management
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Presenting:  “Application of New Technologies in the AEC Industry”

Bita Astaneh Asl is a Ph.D candidate in Construction Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, and works as a teaching assistant in the Department of Construction Management, University of Washington.  Bita’s research interests are in
1. Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie) implementation,
2. Utilization of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in AEC industry,
3. Studying visualization impact on team collaboration and decision making.

Bita graduated with a BS degree in Civil Engineering, and an MS degree in Geotechnical Engineering from K.N. Toosi University of Technology (KNTU), Iran.  She has also received her MS degree in Construction Engineering from the University of Washington (UW), USA.

Bita has participated in research projects with different organizations such as the UW Capital Projects Office, Sound Transit, and PEER, and has gained invaluable practical skills and knowledge working in the construction industry.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Steve Hutsell,
Chief, Geospatial Section, US Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District
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Presenting:  “USACE Advanced Modeling Requirements: Necessary Tools to Complete the Job”

Steve Hutsell is Chief of the Geospatial Section for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Seattle District, which supports local, regional and national BIM, Survey & Mapping, Civil Information Modeling (CIM), GIS, CAD and ProjectWise requirements and initiatives, collectively known as Advanced Modeling.  He has over 30 years of experience with AEC and Geospatial technology implementation and support at the USACE Southwestern Division, Fort Worth, Europe and Seattle districts, and at regional military installations.

As a member of the Corps’ BIM/CAD Community of Practice, Steve is honored to lead the USACE/Industry BIM & CIM Consortia in a partnered development of USACE Advanced Modeling Contract Requirements for civil and military projects.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1985.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Van Woods
BIM Program Manager, US Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District
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Presenting:  “Frontiers of Asset Data Standards in Practice”

Mr. Van Woods is the BIM Program Manager for the Seattle District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  He is responsible for strategic BIM initiatives, applied R&D, and innovation incubation within a production environment on high-priority BIM capabilities and projects.  He is passionate about combining his experience in R&D with the real-world production environment across the entire facility lifecycle on topics such as contract requirements, design program and criteria validation, automated and semi-automated QA/QC methods, advanced techniques for AEC data management and exchange, quantity takeoff standards, content management, and more.

In addition to his 21 year tenure within the Corps, Van currently serves on the buildingSMART Alliance® Board of Direction as the Vice Chair.  He is passionate about bringing big picture ideas into production-ready environments through agile and other proven software and lean production strategies.  As technology advancements accelerate, he is interested in making sure that standards are relevant to practitioners and software providers, are fit for purpose, use best practices from internet standards development and other industries, and are able to be demonstrated and repeated through reference implementations.  Most importantly, he wants to encourage a collaborative environment where all of the best ideas and hard work can be brought together to accelerate improvements in the industry as a whole.[/su_spoiler][/su_accordion]


[su_spoiler title=”Giovanni Migliaccio, PhD
Associate Professor,UW Department of Construction Management and Executive Director, CERC” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

Associate Professor Giovanni C. Migliaccio holds a P. D. Koon Endowed Professorship in Construction Management and is the Executive Director of the Center for Education and Research in Construction (CERC) at the University of Washington, Seattle.  He joined the CM department in August 2010.  Previously, he was a faculty member with the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque.

Giovanni holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a master-level degree from Politecnico di Bari in Italy.  Prior to moving to the U.S., he worked in Italy in construction management of telecommunication projects under Nortel Networks, Nokia Networks, and IPSE 2000. At UW, Giovanni is active in all three pillars of academic life, including service to the university and the industry, teaching, and research.

SHARE Lab : Dr. Migliaccio co-directs with Dr. Lin the Laboratory for Safety and Health Advancement through Research and Education (SHARE) in Construction Management, which is physically hosted at CERC.  The mission of the lab is to promote construction safety and health through evidenced-based innovative research, education, and practices.  In particular, the SHARE lab specializes in creating new knowledge, learning resources, and practical solutions using technology interventions such as wearable sensors, visualization, serious gaming and tablet computers.  Research work is supported by domestic stakeholders as well as national institutions and global corporations.[/su_spoiler]