CEPM - Construction Engineering and Project Management Department of Civil Engineering CEPM - Construction Engineering and Project Management The University of Texas at Austin The University of Texas at Austin cepm header
 Mission Statement
 CEPM Program
 History of CEPM
 The University
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spacerTo provide a state-of-the-art education, new knowledge, and service in Construction Engineering and Project Management to University students, industry, and the research community in order to produce an environment that results in continuous advancement of the capital projects industry.
spacerTo be recognized as a world-leading program in practical and cutting-edge construction engineering and project management research and education. To be a key player in changing the capital projects industry through new knowledge generation and by generating leaders.
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spacerThis website is intended to supplement The University's Graduate Catalog and Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department website by providing detailed information on the academic program, faculty, student body, and research facilities in Construction Engineering and Project Management (CEPM) and additional comments on The University and community.

spacerThe continuing growth of construction volume and the demand for more sophisticated managerial talent has led to a dual emphasis on capital project education and fundamental construction engineering research. The CEPM graduate program is designed to integrate the technical education of engineering with the financial, legal, and administrative skills of business management. The unique needs of the construction industry for management personnel at all levels offer excellent career opportunities for graduates with construction companies, construction management consultants, companies purchasing construction services, government agencies, educational institutions, building material companies, real estate firms, and others.

spacerOur graduate program combines a group of core courses in Construction Engineering and Project Management with others from various fields selected by each student. The aim is to make our CEPM program as attractive as possible by encouraging our students to match courses and research work with their individual strengths and interests.

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Dr. Tucker's famous Metrics class
spacerThe vibrant Austin community provides a pleasant environment for the graduate education experience. In addition, UT Austin offers outstanding facilities, computer and library resources and extracurricular activities. The Cockrell School of Engineering is highly regarded and the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering (CAEE) is consistently ranked among the nation’s top departments. A significant contribution to the stature of the Cockrell School and CAEE Department is the CEPM program, because of its following unique features:

spacerThe Faculty: The CEPM faculty currently includes five tenure-track, one emeritus faculty member and six adjunct faculty members. The faculty includes the only construction faculty member in the National Academy of Engineering. The adjunct faculty are industry leaders and provide valuable real-world experiences and applications. Visiting faculty are also often involved during the summer term. Because of the unique relationship with the Construction Industry Institute and the national and international involvement of the faculty, guest lecturers are frequent by industry leaders and faculty at other leading universities.

spacerThe Students: The CEPM graduate program is limited to about 50 graduate students who are carefully selected from hundreds of applicants. The limited size allows us to maintain a collegial atmosphere and give each student individual attention. About one-half of the students are at the doctoral level, providing experienced peer access for new students. Approximately one-half of the students are international, with an intentional mix of students chosen from 20 or so different countries, to reflect the increased globalization of our industry. Our American students normally include a few military officers who, because of their superior qualifications and experience, have been selected by their service branches to pursue advanced degrees. The CEPM students have an active Graduate Students Organization to promote the collegial atmosphere and provide feedback to the faculty for continuous CEPM program improvement.

spacerThe CEPM Program has over 600 M.S. graduates and more than 100 Ph.D. graduates. The graduates are widely dispersed in both industry and at leading universities around the world. Contact with our graduates is maintained through a twice-annually published newsletter, as well as individual contacts in professional activities. Many of our graduates have professional interaction with each other during their careers.

spacerThe Courses: The size of our program allows a breadth of available courses. Typically, five or six different graduate courses are taught each semester by CEPM faculty, in addition to the many courses available throughout the University. Thus, a student’s program can be individually designed to relate to buildings, industrial projects or infrastructure projects such as highways or airports. A student is also able to focus on management, controls, automation or other specializations.

spacerResearch: An aggressive faculty research effort, totaling over $1 million per year, provides current topics for graduate studies. It also ensures inclusion of state-of-the-art material in our courses. The interdisciplinary Center for Construction Industry Studies (CCIS), with funding support from the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, involves many CEPM faculty and students. Similarly, the Construction Industry Institute (CII), widely considered as the world’s premier construction research organization was founded by CEPM faculty and is headquartered at UT Austin. The CII project database, including over 1000 projects, is utilized in both courses and in research studies. Some CEPM students are involved in projects through the Center for Transportation Research and the International Center for Aggregates Research as well as other research centers at The University.

spacerIndustry Interaction: CEPM students have unique opportunities to interface with leading companies and executives. Both CCIS and CII enjoy high levels of industry involvement, totaling several hundred industry professionals. As a result, industry executives often provide guest lectures, and graduate students are often involved with company projects during their research efforts. Many CEPM graduates join companies because of acquaintances made during their research activities.

spacerIntangibles: Project management involves relationships. Our courses emphasize teamwork through group assignments and activities. The resulting informal atmosphere manifests itself through many CEPM intramural teams and social activities. Acquaintances made as students continue throughout careers in professional and business relationships. Indeed, the CEPM graduate experience is considered to be the first stage of a long-term professional relationship among our faculty, students and industry friends.

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John BorcherdingMichael BlackhurstJames O'ConnorWilliam O'BrienCarlos CaldasFernanda Leite
spacerThe University's interest in construction began in the late 1960's when Werner Dornberger and Robert Carr initiated undergraduate classes in Architectural Engineering. The Architectural and Civil Engineering Departments were later combined and Dr. John D. Borcherding initiated graduate classes in 1972. At the time Dr. C.M. Popescu joined the faculty in 1974, there were ten M.S. students and one Ph.D. student. Dr. Richard L. Tucker joined the faculty in 1976 and currently holds the Joe C. Walter, Jr., Chair Emeritus in Engineering. Dr. David Ashley joined the faculty in 1982 and Dr. James T. O'Connor joined in 1984, when the graduate enrollment had more than doubled in size. Professors Carl T. Haas and G. Edward Gibson Jr. joined the faculty in 1990.

spacerReflective of the dynamic and leading nature of the CEPM program, the faculty has had expected transitions. Dr. Borcherding has transitioned to Adjunct Professor status, but maintains an active CEPM involvement. Professors Popescu and Tucker have retired, although Dr. Tucker remains as an emeritus professor and maintains a campus office. Professors Ashley, Gibson, and Haas have assumed administrative positions at other universities, but continue an active liaison with the CEPM program. Professors Carlos Caldas, William O'Brien and Cindy Menches have joined the program in recent years. In addition, the CEPM program enjoys several adjunct faculty, including Dr. Stephen Thomas, Dr. Michael Pappas, Dr. Stephen Mulva, Mr. Steve Nelson, and Mr. August Petersen, along with tenure-track faculty in other programs aligned with CEPM.

spacerThe National Academy of Construction, the industry's most prestigious organization, is headquartered at UT Austin and allows interaction with industry leaders.

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L.B. Johnson Presidential Library   Tower of UT
spacerThe University of Texas at Austin is the major graduate institution in The University of Texas System. It was established in 1881 and is the only Southwestern member of the Association of American Universities. It is one of the nation's largest universities. In all recent evaluations of graduate education, the UT program in Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering has been ranked among the top five universities nationally.

spacerThe University of Texas in general, and the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department in particular, lead in the state-of-the-art computer and software technologies' laboratory facilities.

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