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Fall 2022 Construction Management Newsletter

The Construction Management newsletter publishes twice per year, in January and June.

From Dr. Paul Goodrum, CM Department Head

Dr. Paul Goodrum, CM Department Head
Dr. Paul Goodrum, CM Department Head

Dear Alumni and Friends,

As we celebrate the start of 2023, we are excited for the opportunities that the new year presents us.

In 2022, we celebrated the accomplishments of current faculty and welcomed outstanding new faculty to the program. We also welcomed new staff to help grow our CM student body in ways that reflect the state’s population.

Our alumni and students continued to have a profound impact on our communities. Our faculty continued to tackle industry challenges through research.

These accomplishments in 2022 motivate us to do even greater things in the new year.

Thank you for all you do in making the Construction Management Program at Colorado State University the best construction program in the nation.

All the best,

Paul M. Goodrum
Professor and Department Head
Construction Management

Department News

Jeff Wilkes photo outside of the LSC.

Wilkes named Patterson/Beavers heavy construction faculty fellow

Jeff Wilkes was named the Patterson/Beavers Heavy Construction Faculty Fellow for a five-year appointment.

CM faculty member Chris Beuret

Chris Beuret – Providing hands on experience and preparing students for the future

Chris Beuret brings his background in developing people and leading teams to his new role.

Sherona Simpson feature image.

Sherona Simpson – Sharing knowledge on the socio-economic resilience of communities

Sherona Simpson seeks to educate the next generation on the use of technological aids in the field.


Dre Jackson posing on a construction site.

In the Department of Construction Management students and alumni are inspired to give back

CSU’s Department of Construction Management has many incredible alumni working in the industry around the globe.

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CM Cares project brings outside world into backyard for three children with special needs

CM Cares is a leadership and service-learning program and class in CSU’s Department of Construction Management.

Gianna Bueno portrait photo.

CM expands outreach and recruitment with new coordinator

CSU’s Department of Construction Management has always prided itself on providing the best quality graduates to become the new employees and leaders of the construction industry.

Research and Scholarship

Dr. Ozbek feature image.

Social equity in transportation: a new frontier for researchers

Social equity in the U.S. has long been a topic of interest for researchers from different backgrounds, but has not always received the attention it deserves from the engineering and construction fields.

Professor Mehany feature image.

CM associate professor seeks to improve CDOT’s alternative dispute resolution methodology

Mohammed Hashem Mehany is working with the Colorado Department of Transportation to review and improve CDOT’s alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods.

Professor Shakouri feature image.

Is crop residue from corn a building material of the future? Professor investigates ‘CornCrete’

Mahmoud Shakouri is investigating using ash made from raw corn stover to replace some of the ingredients typically used to make concrete and building components.

George Passos profile photo.

Brazilian visiting scholar in Construction Management studying sustainability in construction

CSU’s Department of Construction Management hosted George Passos due to funding he received from the Brazilian Federal Foundation for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education.

CM Student Cayden Fish

Construction Management spotlights graduating senior, Cayden Fish

Growing up as an only child just south of Denver, Department of Construction Management graduating senior, Cayden Fish, is the first Colorado State University graduate in his family.

Ivanna Conejo feature photo

CM spotlight on senior Ivannia Conejo

Department of Construction Management graduating senior, Ivannia Conejo, is from Denver, Colorado. Her mother is also from Denver and her father is from Guanajuato, a central Mexican state.

George Wamagata posing for a picture with a hard hat on.

CM senior spotlight on George Wamagata

Born and raised in the countryside near a city called Nakuru in Kenya, Department of Construction Management senior George Wamagata, a non-traditional student, immigrated to the United States in 2014.

Health and Human Science Matters Podcast

Dr. Olbina portrait photo.

Olbina discusses virtual reality, ballroom dancing, and the future of construction

Dr. Svetlana Olbina, associate professor in Colorado State University’s Department of Construction Management, discusses her journey from Serbia to the United States, her passion for teaching and implementing virtual reality in construction education and research, and her joyous life off-campus.

Vasquez profile photo.

Valdes Vasquez talks construction research, Panama City, and diversity

Dr. Rodolfo Valdes Vasquez of CSU’s Department of Construction Management talks about his journey as a first-generation college graduate from Panama and his passion for sustainable design and construction.

Dr. Chris Harper portrait photo.

Harper speaks on construction management, parenthood, and team building

CSU Department of Construction Management professor Dr. Chris Harper discusses the unconventional path to his Ph.D., the joys of parenthood, and optimizing processes within construction projects with hosts Matt Hickey and Avery Martin.


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