UMD & Aviation Week Network Team Up for 2016 Symposium – Adds Aerospace & Defense Track & Lockheed Martin Keynote

(Jan. 26, 2016) – The University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence is proud to partner with Aviation Week Network to offer a daylong Aerospace & Defense Best Practices session track during this year’s Project Management Symposium, taking place May 12-13.

Held at the Stamp Student Union on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Md., the two-day symposium will feature a total of five keynote speakers and dozens of session speakers covering myriad project management topics ranging from risk and big data and public private partnerships, to federal programs and disaster management.

New this year, Aviation Week Network will lead an Aerospace & Defense Best Practices track moderated by Carole Rickard Hedden, Executive Editorial Director for Aviation Week Network Executive Intelligence. The track will feature three session breakouts and a sought-after keynote presentation by Lockheed Martin Space Systems’ Dr. Michael Hawes.

As Vice President and Orion Program Manager for Lockheed Martin, Hawes contributes a diverse background of program management, aerospace engineering, mission operations, and leadership experience that is critical to driving one of the company’s most notable programs. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Hawes celebrated a 33-year career with NASA, where he served as the Associate Administrator for Independent Program and Cost Evaluation (IPCE) and provided objective studies and analyses in support of policy, program, and budget decisions by the NASA Administrator. Hawes also served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Program Integration in the Office of Space Operations at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and supported the Space Shuttle Program focusing on Return to Flight actions as well as the transition and disposition of Space Shuttle assets following the program’s conclusion.

During his presentation, “Industry Creates the Next Generation of Space Flight,” Hawes will share firsthand experiences building a global partnership and shifting responsibilities and people into a non-NASA world.

Symposium attendees can choose to kick off their symposium experience by participating in the full slate of Aerospace & Defense Best Practices on May 12, or pick from these and nearly a dozen other topic areas spanning the two-day symposium. Even more, symposium attendees can earn up to 15 professional development units (PDUs) toward maintaining a PMI credential.

With this year’s symposium projected to draw record-breaking attendance, those interested in participating are strongly encouraged to register in advance of the April 1 early-bird deadline.

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Construction Management and BIM Tracks Added to 2016 Agenda

(March 16, 2016) – New this year, the University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence has added Construction Management and Building Information Modeling (BIM) session tracks to the Project Management Symposium agenda.

Taking place May 12-13, 2016, at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md., the third annual symposium has grown to feature nine session breakout tracks and five keynote presentations including those from Catriona M. C. Winter (Clark Constrution Group), W. Michael Hawes (Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company), and Kenneth B. Sheely (National Nuclear Security Administration.)

In her case study presentation, “The Wharf at Southwest Waterfront, Washington, D.C.,” Winter will share her experiences as Design Executive for the $457 million mixed-use waterfront project, during which she led Clark and its design partners through an accelerated design period.

Attendees following the Construction Management session track will hear from Susan Parente, principal consultant at S3 Technologies, as she presents a case study of the New NY Bridge Project to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge. Projected to be one of the world’s longest and widest bridges, the replacement bridge will cost an estimated $4 billion – placing it on the list of the world’s most expensive bridges, as well. Recognizing this, Parente will demonstrate why this project presents an excellent case of how both risk management and stakeholder management support project management and the achievement of project objectives.

As part of the BIM session track, Kristen Ambrose, Senior Associate with Ayers Saint Gross Architects, will present, “BIM in Design – Applications in Architectural Practice,” during which she will provide a case study on the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center at the University of Maryland. Ambrose will discuss how BIM seeks to explore the boundaries of documentation, coordination, and visualization of space within architectural practice. She will also present the concepts and techniques of digital modeling and explore design opportunities in digital media at key phases of practice.

Those interested in the Construction Management and BIM tracks can elect to take part in all nine sessions across the two topics, or cherry-pick from these and other tracks offered, including disaster management, project management methodology, and the brand-new Aerospace & Defense Best Practices track, established in partnership with Aviation Week Network.

“This year’s symposium features the most robust agenda we’ve ever put forth,” said John H. Cable, Director of the University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence. “Not only will attendees learn more about big-picture opportunities in project management, but they will also hear from a variety of focus-area experts covering the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ behind many applications of project management today.”

With more than 50 breakout sessions and five keynote presentations slated for this year’s event, the 2016 Project Management Symposium is on track to be the biggest ever in the center’s history. Those interested in attending are strongly encouraged to register in advance of the April 1 early-bird deadline to secure a seat at the Baltimore-Washington region’s premier project management event.

For those looking to maintain a PMI credential, the Project Management Symposium offers an opportunity to earn up to 13 professional development units (PDUs).