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Construction Engineering and Management alumni are employed at leading engineering and construction companies, are teaching at top universities in the United States and internationally, and occupy senior office positions in each branch of the United States Military.

Kelley Byars
Project Manager
Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company

“If I did not pursue a Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU), I would not be where I am today. The courses gave me a solid understanding of the construction industry by showing me different aspects of the industry and challenging my thought processes.

The school did require I take some additional undergraduate coursework to supplement my degree, but the program was very accommodating. Additionally, the program provides a great deal of diversity between the students, offering many perspectives on the construction industry.”

To contact Kelley Byars, contact the Construction Engineering and Management Program for e-mail and phone number.

Bryon White
Milender White Construction Co.

“Coming out of school at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU), versus a lesser named school, gave me more confidence and opened a lot of doors as a young graduate. Working locally I network and continue to meet more people who have attended CU, and from the start, we have that tie and connection.

The Construction Engineering and Management program at CU provides its students with the adaptable knowledge for a versatile career. Our company is confident in the graduates CU produces and each semester we recruit from the school hoping to secure qualified candidates for Milender White.”

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Matt Girard
Vice President of Business Development
Flatiron Construction Corp

“The research I conducted during my master’s program at the University of Colorado at Boulder proved very useful unlike many thesis projects which are often unrelated to the real world. I wanted to be involved in something directly related to practice in the construction industry and the connections and related research opportunities the CU professors had enabled me to select a private sector research project. The experience also provided insight into how this sector functions including the projects, directives and meetings.

The knowledge I received was the first stepping stone to move up in project management at a construction company. Additionally, the ability to relate graduate work, whether it’s a master’s degree or Ph.D., to some kind of real world experience, even if it’s a summer internship, is going to make higher education that much better.”

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Jennifer S. Shane, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
Iowa State University

“The University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) offered me a great education, many opportunities to participate in significant research projects, access to well known and recognized professors, and an opportunity to get hands on academic knowledge through teaching assistant and lecture positions.

Before I finished my Ph D. from the Construction Engineering and Management program at CU, I was offered a tenure-track position at several universities and accepted a position at Iowa State University. I am actively involved with both undergraduates and graduate students in the classroom and have established a research program working with several graduate students.

I believe my degree was made up of two parts; research and classroom. These parts, along with industry experience, provided me with a foundation for the research I am currently conducting as well as enabled me to be an effective teacher to my students.”

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Greg Shear
Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command
Chief of Civil Engineers
United States Navy

“My graduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) certainly helped my professional development. The program provided great insight into construction management scheduling and cost estimating as well as a great review of engineering principles applied to civil engineering.

Prior to attending CU, I received a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture from the Naval Academy so I did not have an undergraduate degree in civil engineering. The engineering principles for naval architecture and civil engineering are the same but applying them to civil, particularly working with soils, is something I needed to learn. The knowledge I gained about basic civil engineering, surveying, scheduling, and even contract administration, have been put to use throughout my career in the Navy.

My advice to a graduate student is: apply yourself! You have such an opportunity to learn. In graduate school, like many other things, the product gets better if you put time and effort in up front. The harder you work, the more you ask questions, the more you dig into the research, the better off you’re going to be when you go back to government or industry. It really is what you put into it.”

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