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Department of Construction Management Faculty and Staff

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Mr. Travis Chapin

Position: Chair/Associate Professor
CONS
Department of Construction Management
Phone: 419-372-2837
Email: tchapin@bgsu.edu
Address: 126B Technology Building

What I Do

As Chair of the Construction Management, I teach various construction classes and am the primary contact to the outside world whether it is perspective students or the construction industry. Our department is very closely connected with the industry through our required co-op program and classroom interaction with construction professionals. Upon graduation our students enter their work world knowing that they belong.

Education

I received my Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue in 1972 and returned after 15 years in the construction industry to get my Masters once again in Civil Engineering in 1989. I have been teaching here at BGSU ever since.

Research Interests

My construction experience was in Heavy / Highway Construction. Therefore my research interests are in this field with particular interest in concrete construction. I am very happy to work with undergraduate or graduate students with their research interest particularly when the topic can clearly enhance their professional career. If a student wants to investigate a "crazy" idea whether it is for a cooperative education experience or a research topic, I am generally receptive to the discussion.

About Me

Home for me and my construction experience is Norwalk, Ohio. The family company mainly did concrete pavements throughout the eastern United States. Highly specialized involving a big investment in paving equipment. As a result I am well connected with the construction industry and enjoy networking students with potential employers. Your job search begins when you walk into your first construction class. On a personal note I have two grandchildren in Montana, enjoy hunting (I got my deer this year) and the outdoors, and live just outside of BG with my wife and two dogs.

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Dr. Alan Atalah

Position: Associate Dean/Associate Professor
CONS
Department of Construction Management
Phone: 419-372-8354
Email: aatalah@bgsu.edu
Address: 217 Technology Building

What I Do

I am the Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs and the graduate coordinator for the construction management department. I teach construction management courses such as Estimating and Bidding Strategy, Engineering Economics, Negotiations in the Engineering Environment, Contractual Disputes Avoidance and Resolution, and Trenchless Technology Construction.

Education

Doctor of Engineering - Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering specialization from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA; Mar 1998
Master of Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA; May 1996
Master of Science in Civil Engineering with Construction Engineering specialization from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA; Nov 1991
Graduate Diploma in Construction Management from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt; Jun 1990
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, Jun 1982

Research Interests

My interests are in areas of construction management, trenchless technology, and geotechnical engineering. In construction management, my interests are in planning and scheduling, computer applications in construction, productivity improvement, resources management, temporary structures, construction equipment selection and planning, contract administration, claims analysis, cost estimating, financial management, and project feasibility. In geotechnical engineering, my interests are in soil mechanics, shoring structures, shallow and deep foundation design, and construction dewatering. In trenchless technology, my interests are in tunneling, pipe jacking and microtunneling, pipe bursting, horizontal directional drilling, and pipeline rehabilitation.

About Me

I have been involved in the construction of water and wastewater projects for more than 29 years of; 22 years of which were in trenchless technology construction. I earned a Doctor of Engineering, Master of Science in Civil Engineering, and Master of Business Administration degrees from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana. I have made hundreds of trenchless technology and construction management presentations in many national conferences and educational seminars.

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Mrs. Heidi Hakel

Position: Secretary
CONS
Department of Construction Management
Phone: 419-372-5439
Email: hhakel@bgsu.edu
Address: 126A Technology Building

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Mr. Joseph Lavalette

Position: Lecturer
CONS
Department of Construction Management
Phone: 419-372-7596
Email: jnlaval@bgsu.edu
Address: 125A Technology Building

What I Do

As a Lecturer in the Construction Management Department, I teach the Structures, Construction Layout and Residential Construction courses.

Education

The academic foundation for my career as an engineer, residential contractor and instructor is a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Master of Science in Civil Engineering and an ABD in Engineering Systems.

About Me

My practical experience has covered a broad spectrum, which includes designer, officer and founding partner in various Engineering Consultant firms, owner of a residential construction company and an instructor in both the College of Engineering at The University of Toledo and the Department of Construction Management at Bowling Green State University. Having enjoyed professional careers in both the design and consulting arenas has enabled me to bring a unique blend of expertise to the classroom. The students are exposed to the theoretical along with practical side of the construction process. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to develop relationships with many design and construction professionals. These contacts are available to the students to assist in their own professional development, through networking opportunities. My academic motivation is to be an effective catalyst in the life of my students by providing guidance in the development of a sound, responsible thought process coupled with strong organizational and time management skills. AND of course technical expertise!

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Dr. Willfred Roudebush

Position: Associate Professor
CONS
Department of Construction Management
Phone: 419-372-8275
Email: wroudeb@bgsu.edu
Address: 211 Technology Building

Education

Ph.D., Architecture, College of Architecture, University of Florida, 1992
M.S. Architectural Engineering, Construction Management, University of Kansas, 1982
Bachelor of Architecture, Kent State University, 1973

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Dr. Charles Wayne Unsell

Position: Professor
CONS
Department of Construction Management
Phone: 419-372-6779
Email: cunsell@bgsu.edu
Address: 127C Technology Building

What I Do

I teach in the Department of Construction Management. This is my major responsibility. I also serve as advisor to approximately 40 CM students, work with graduate students on research projects, and serve on various committees in the college. My primary teaching responsibility is with the following courses : Construction Materials, Estimating and Cost Control,HVAC, and a grad course Data Analysis and Decision Making.

Education

University of Toledo, PhD Engineering Science (Civil Engineering)
University of Oklahoma, MS Civil Engineering
Oklahoma State University, BS Civil Engineering

Research Interests

I am currently working on the integration of alternative/renewable energy in the HVAC class and the establishment of a renewable energy learning center in the college. I enjoy working with construction materials and industry in applied research projects which provide companies with an improved product that will allow them to be more competitive.

About Me

My first full time position was as an officer in the US Navy Civil Engineer Corps, responsible for design and construction at the Marine Corps Air Station and Naval Hospital,Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA. As a licensed professional engineer, I have also owned 2 engineering consulting companies that provided geotechnical, geoenvironmental, and construction services in civil projects. My interests include biking, swimming, backpacking out west, and walking my 2 dogs.

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Dr. Ghada Gad

Position: Assistant Professor
CONS
Department of Construction Management
Phone: 419-372-5437
Email: gmgad@bgsu.edu
Address: 125B Technology Building

WHAT I DO

I teach courses in the areas of construction management. Currently, I am teaching construction scheduling (CONS 4420) and construction contracting (CONS 4400).

EDUCATION

Doctorate of Philosophy, Construction Engineering, Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University (ISU), USA, May 2012

Master of Science, Construction Engineering, Architectural and Construction Engineering, American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt, February 2009

Construction Engineering Management Diploma, AUC, Egypt, February 2004

Bachelor of Science, Construction Engineering, AUC, Egypt, February 2003

RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research interests are in the areas of construction management, especially human factors effect on construction projects, alternative project delivery methods, and risk management in construction projects. My Ph.D. research focused on international construction contracts where I was investigating the effect of culture, risk, and trust on choice of dispute resolution methods (DRM). I have been working on various transportation-related research projects such as NCHRP "Alternative Technical Concepts" project and Minnesota Department of Transportation "Risk-based Estimating" project. I have also worked in construction materials research where I was focusing on self-healing as a mechanism to repair concrete, and its performance compared to conventional concrete repair mechanisms as fiber reinforced polymers injection and epoxy resin.

ABOUT ME

I have worked as Contract Administrator in one of the leading consulting companies (a Bechtel subsidiary) in the power plant industry in Egypt. I administered multiple contracts of complexity and cost in excess of $10M including review and monitoring of commercial and technical submittals and contract changes for commercial impacts. This is in addition to the preparation, negotiation, and coordination of contracts. I also worked as a project coordinator for a cladding subcontractor on the Cairo International Airport Terminal 3 project; this is in addition to working in construction projects' scheduling and estimating on other construction projects.