Construction Management news and events

News and Events

 NAU Students Sweep ASC Region 6&7 Student Competition in Sparks, NV.

NAU CM students competed in the 28th annual ASC Student Competition on Feb 4-7th in Sparks, NV. 1178 students from 43 universities competed in 18 different construction problems. NAU sent 3 teams in the regional problems (Commercial, Heavy Civil, and Mixed Use) this year to the competition and placed 1st place, 3rd, place, and 4th place, respectively. In addition, two of our alternate's team placed 1st and 2nd in the Alternate's problem.  Participation wouldn't have been possible without the strong support from Kitchell Construction, Sundt Construction, Granite Construction, and Wespac Construction!

 NAU Students Attend 2015 TRB Conference

Two NAU students presented their research project at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board. Sean Begay’s (CE and CM senior) project is to evaluate “Asphalt Binder Testing in Cold Weather Climates” while Mary Begay’s (ME senior) research is to conduct “Milton Road Dedicated Bus Lane Study.” Their projects under the supervision of Dr. Jun Ho have been sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration via NAU Dwight. D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship

2015 TRB Conference
Left to right: Sean Begay(CENE and CM Student), Dr. Jun Ho, Mary Begay (ME student)

NAU Students Work Together at 2014 International Concrete Construction Competition

A group of 5 NAU students (3 CM: David Wilson, Jonathan Lance, and Jerson Hosteen, and 2 CE: Fawaz Almutairi and Fahad Aloqaili) participated in the 2014 International Concrete Construction Competition organized by the ACI and took overall 4th place (2nd place in the US). This was a great mix of NAU students and they worked hard together to solve a real world problem

All teams were given a problem statement and asked to submit their solution within two weeks. This year’s competition was to determine an appropriate concrete form and optimize construction costs based on students skills in engineering analysis, scheduling, takeoff, and cost estimate.

NAU Professor Presented with Prestigious Award

Dr. Jun Ho was awarded the 2014 Pavements/Materials Community Service Award at the Arizona Pavements/Materials Conference in Tempe on 11/9/14. Dr. Ho is recognized for his significant contributions to the advancement of the pavement and materials technology. Three awards were given – one each in public sector, private sector and academia. Dr. Ho was the award winner in the academic division.

NAU Students Achieve Success at State Conference 

A group of 9 NAU students (6 CE, 2 ME, and 1 CM) under the guidance of Dr. Jun Ho, Assistant Professor, CECMEE, participated in the Student Poster Competition at the 2014 Arizona Pavements/Materials Conference at ASU. Awards received:

First overall place (tie in an ASU PhD student): Fawaz Almutairi and Fahad Aloqaili (CE seniors). Research topic: “Evaluating Freeze-Thaw Durability of Fiber Reinforced Pervious Concrete Mixtures”
2nd place (undergraduate student category): Tassio Magassy, Tamyres Da Silva, and Joao Lima (CE seniors): Research topic: “Asphalt Mixture Beams in the Bending Beam Rheometer for Quality Control: Material Preparation, Testing Process, and Field Application”
3rd place (undergraduate student category): Kaiqi Zhang (CM sophomore): Research topic: “Quantifying Effect of Solar Radiation and Wheel Pressure on Performance of Asphalt Pavements”

The winners’ posters were displayed at the conference and NAU President Dr. Rita Chen), Provost Dr. Laura Huenneke, and VP for Finance and Administration Mr. Jennus Burton were at the venue while attending the Arizona Board of Regents Meeting. They had the opportunity to share in the students’ success.

2014 AZ Paving and Materials Competition
From left to right: Fahad Aloqaili, Junyi Shan, Kaiqu Zhang, Fawaz Almutairi, Dr. Rita Cheng, Jun Ho, Tamyres Da Silva, Tassio Magassy, and Joao Lima

Thank You and Welcome to our Newest Generation Next Supporters!

We would like to welcome and thank our newest Generation Next Sponsors:
Gold Sponsorship: Holder Construction
Silver Sponsorship: McCarthy Building Companies, Barnard Construction, The Weitz Company, Henkels & McCoy, and Adolfson & Peterson.
McCarthy Barnard Construction Logo Weitz Logo Henkles & McCoy Logo  
Our program thrives on our industry support and we look forward to working with you in the years to come!

2014 Demolition Banquet

We would like to thank all the Industry Supporters who attended our 2014 Annual Graduation Banquet and Demolition Banquet! A special thank you goes our keynote speaker, Ron Wilson, and JE Dunn for winning the Supporter of the Year Award. We wish the spring 2014 class luck as they enter the ever growing construction industry!

NAU Steel Sculpture Completed

Last Spring, the NAU CM program completed the construction of the Steel Sculpture! This structural steel tree will be used as a teaching tool to help student visualize the various constructions of steel. We would like to thank Schuff Steel, CEMEX, and Warner's Nursery and Landscaping for donating time, materials, and support during the construction process!

CM program welcomes new faculty

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Jeff Heiderscheidt joined the NAU faculty of Civil Engineering, Construction Management, and Environmental Engineering in 2014 after serving on the faculty of the US Air Force Academy. Prior to moving to Flagstaff, he spent nearly 23 years as a Civil Engineer for the US Air Force. His engineering career spans a wide variety of design and project management experiences at a variety of locations around the world. Jeff is a member of ASCE, AGU, SAME, and ASEE and enjoys hiking, camping, and downhill skiing when he’s not teaching.  Read more on our Faculty and Staff page.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) Recipients

Congratulations to Sean Begay (Construction Management and Civil Engineering major) and Mary Begay (Mechanical Engineering major) for receiving the Eisenhower Fellowship. Both students will be completing their proposed research project for the 2014-2015 academic year under the supervision of Dr. Jun Ho. Both students have been received a $10,000 award and will be presenting their research at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C.

CM Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the Construction Management student scholarship recipients for the 2014-2015 school year!  For more information about upcoming scholarships, please visit our Scholarships page.

Ben C. Griggs & American Subcontractors Association Scholarship

Natalie Bouley

Chuck Orr Construction Management Scholarship

Callie Johns

Construction Management Departmental Scholarship

Elizabeth Garcia-Turjillo

Kitchell Native American Scholarship

Cody Slim
Jerson Hosteen

Scott W. McFarland Memorial Scholarship

Callie Johns

Retail Construction Association Scholarship

Shawn Falleur

Valley of the Sun Chapter CMFA

Aubrey Mollett

Kinney Construction Services Award

Shawn Falleur

The Beavers Heavy Construction Scholarship

Jerson Hosteen

Association of General Contractor (AGC) Scholarship

Emily Benjamin
Natalie Bouley
David Wilson
Sierra Holloway (CE)

American Quarter Horse Foundation Scholarship

Steven Blum

NAU CM program announces Dwight D. Eisenhower MIHE Transportation Fellowship Program

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) provides funding for NAU American Native students and Hispanic students in the pursuit of a Degree (Bachelor, Master, or Doctorate) in transportation related fields at NAU.  Applications due April 1, 2013. Click here for details