The Community Partnerships and STEAM Initiatives Division facilitated an educational luncheon with the 2015 Summer College Interns and Faculty Fellows. During the luncheon, three Faculty Fellows gave presentations on their areas of expertise, academic and professional career trajectories, and collaboration with the Department of Design and Construction.
The first presentation was given by Faculty Fellow Changbum Ahn, assistant professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Ahn focused on environmental and urban sustainability—minimizing human impact on the environment and reducing our ecological footprint—and his work with DDC on developing best practices for retrofitting public buildings to reduce emissions in accordance with the mayor’s OneNYC initiative to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050.
Faculty Fellow Amr Kandil, associate professor of civil engineering at Purdue University, presented on his work with Subhash Tuladhar, DDC’s Project Controls Executive Director of Program Management, in developing best practices for project management at DDC. The Program Controls Project stems from the mayor’s initiative to improve customer satisfaction rating, ensure that work is delivered on budget and on time, and guarantee accurate reporting. Kandil elaborated on the intricacies and importance of project management, and the career paths and available jobs for project control specialists, especially at DDC.
The final Faculty Fellow to present was Semiha Ergan, assistant professor at NYU and adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon, who discussed the emergence of BIM technology as an academic and professional field. In her presentation, Ergan showed the importance of BIM technology in efficient building planning, and pointed out the different BIM technologies that students can learn.