AGC Scholarship application available online beginning 1 July 2012

The AGC Education and Research Foundation Scholarship application for the 2013-14 academic year will be available online beginning July 1.  The application period runs through midnight EST November 1 but students can get a jump on the process by starting now!  Full criteria for scholarship eligibility and the application may be found at  Students in ABET or ACCE-accredited civil engineering or construction management programs are eligible for $2,500 scholarships, renewable for up to three years.  Students must be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year (or the final year of a five-year program) in the fall of 2013 in order to apply.  Graduate students are eligible for $3,750 annually for up to two years. For additional eligibility criteria, please access the scholarship application site. Questions?  Contact Foundation Director Melinda Patrician, 703-837-5342 or

Construction Internships Summer 2012 Employment Data

I finished compiling all of the summer internship data for students within the Del E. Webb School of Construction.  This is the 10th year since the School implemented the first mandatory internship.  Students currently enrolled in the undergraduate program are required to complete two (2) internships to graduate.  CON 296 is our field internship which focuses on day to day field operations as it pertains to their concentration.  CON 484 management internship is more flexible in that they can mix experiences as it is best applies to their career aspirations and their curriculum concentration.

More details will come as students complete and submit their field journals (CON 296) and 10 page reports (CON 484) and I receive evaluations from employers.   For now, I have information on compensation, location of experience and company sponsors.


Average Intern: $15.08, this is up from $14.60 last summer.
Average CON 296 Field Internship = $14.69.
Average CON 484 Management Internship = $15.90.
Total Pay Range: $10-26.44 (One unpaid with the Veterans Admin).

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Three new DEWSC tenure-track faculty hires arriving fall 2012

We have three new faculty joining the Del E. Webb School of Construction (DEWSC) starting in August – Mounir El Asmar, Kristen Parrish, and Pingbo Tang.  The information below is just a quick snapshot of their interests I gleaned from the CV’s.  More will be posted about the new faculty as we get closer to the start of the fall semester.

Mounir El Asmar

Mounir El Asmar received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Economics from the American University of Beirut. He received his Master of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he developed Quantitative Methods to Support Decision Making for Design-Build Team Selection in State Highway Agencies. He also performed a leading role on a Wisconsin Department of Transportation research project entitled Developing Conceptual Cost Estimates for Major Highway Projects. The results of Mounir’s research projects are published in ASCE’s Journal of Construction Engineering and Management and its Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, among others. He recently completed his PhD in the Construction Engineering and Management Program, within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Among his many awards are the 2011 AACE International Scholarship and the 2010 Best Paper Award of the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management.

Kristen Parrish

Dr. Parrish earned her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering Systems in May 2009 from the University of California- Berkeley; Dissertation: Applying a Set-Based Design Approach to Reinforcing Steel Design. From October 2009 to present Dr. Parrish has been working as a Building Technologies Postdoctoral Fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Her interests are in innovative project design and delivery, especially as it relates to existing construction rehabilitation. Her doctoral research at Berkeley focused on the interface between reinforced concrete designers and builders. She developed and validated a set-based design process for the reinforced concrete design and delivery system that reduces rework and facilitates innovation. Her postdoctoral work at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) extended this work on the design process to encompass the interfaces between design, construction and operations.

Pingbo Tang

Dr. Tang received his PhD degree from Carnegie Mellon – dissertation titled “Extraction of Surveying Goals from Point Clouds Obtained from Laser Scanners to Support Bridge Inspection”.  His  interests are  in Construction Management, Facility Management, Bridge CAD/CAE (Computer-Aided-Design/Computer-Aided-Engineering) and Bridge Management. “What I am trying to do is to apply various information and communication technologies (ICT), such as remote sensing, computer vision, knowledge-based systems, product and process modeling to improve people’s situation awareness of the condition of construction sites, operational buildings, and infrastructure systems, hence they can make objective and rational decisions about the management of construction, facility and infrastructure.”  A casual description about his PhD work is available here.

A new way to pay for parking outside of Urban Systems Engineering

Lot 46, just outside of the Urban Systems Engineering building (USE), is under maintenance for a couple of days.  I noticed this morning that the PTS folks were cutting down the old coin meters.  In place of the coin meters is a newly installed automated system much like the visitor lots on the south side of the Tempe Campus.  No more having to run into the USE and ask if anyone has quarters.  There is also the added benefit of getting a printed receipt should you need to appeal a parking ticket.


ASU PV Beach getting a face lift (Tempe Campus)

Summer months is usually a busy time for construction around the ASU Tempe Campus.  The area commonly known at Palo Verde (PV) Beach is under renovation.  For those alum that go way back you might recall people laying out tanning in this area.  That was before the Student Rec Center was built in the early 90’s.  Even this last year it was a common area for students to hang out and kick back in the evenings and on the weekends.  I couldn’t find a reference of the project on the ASU Facilities webpage.  I usually start on this page to see what is up and coming on the Tempe Campus –   If anyone has concept drawings I would be happy to update this post.

This view of PV Beach is from the top of the ASU pedestrian bridge looking north.  Taken 10 June 2012.

Phoenix Office of the Registrar of Contractors Moving Into the Capitol Tower

I received this press release from Tyler Palmer (, Public Information Officer at the Arizona Registrar of Contractors. It is my understanding that there are many state agencies moving into the Capitol Tower this summer.

On Friday, June 22, 2012, the Phoenix office of the Registrar of Contractors (ROC) will be moving from 3838 North Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85012 to 1700 West Washington Street, Suite 105 Phoenix, AZ 85007. The move places the Phoenix office of the ROC in the 1st floor of the Capitol Executive Tower.

Impact on Services
On Friday, June 22, the ROC will offer only limited services from the 3838 North Central location. The ROC plans to provide complete services at the Capitol Executive Tower beginning Monday, June 25. Services from the agency website, phone center, and other office locations should not be affected by the move.

If you plan to send time-sensitive mail that will be received by the ROC after June 22, please use the 1700 West Washington address. Examples of time-sensitive mail are: license renewals, responses to citations, and responses to notices concerning the Recovery Fund. Any mail sent to 3838 N. Central Avenue after the move will be forwarded to the new address.

Parking at Capitol Executive Tower
Free parking is located in the parking lot to the west of the building off 19th Avenue and Washington. You can park in any of the spaces that are not marked as reserved. Access the ROC offices by entering through the west entrance of the Capitol Executive Tower.