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Engineering | Undergraduate Research

Project Management for Large Industrial, Construction, Energy, and Defense

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Dr. Mounir El Asmar, an Associate Professor for the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment has a research opening for the following project:

Performance of Project:
Earned Value Management System (EVMS) is the project management tool that can control cost and schedule. With regards to the convenience of EVMS to control the project, most of the US governments utilize it for their management system. The well defined EVMS can provide clear work scope, budget allocation plan, reliable project schedule, and even management strategy to accelerate project schedule. Therefore, most government agencies are following standards to build up EVMS, but it is hard to keep a reliability of EVMS due to the uniqueness of projects.

This research effort will examine the processes and best practices that a number of government agency and contractor groups utilize to assess compliance with the EVMS Guidelines. In addition, this research effort will examine, to the extent feasible, the added costs of implementing a compliant EVMS, and the benefit or value gained by being able to control, mitigate, and/or eliminate cost or schedule increases or reductions in technical scope.

The research will collaborate with the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DoD), and other CFA (Cognizant Federal Agencies), GAO (Government Accountability Office), OMB (Office of Management and Budget), NDIA (National Defense Industrial Association), and EFCOG (Energy Facility Contractors Group).

Benefits for Participants
Learn about EVMS implementation
 Collaborate with diverse government agencies and contractors
 Gain research experience
 The research will impact the entire industry

 Help professors and doctoral students to organize and operate research meetings
 Support research processes by helping collect data and perform data analysis
 Meetings 1-2 times per week with professors or doctoral students to keep track of weekly process of research


  • Earned Value Management System
  • Project Definition Rating Index
  • Statistical Analysis

Student qualifications/requirements:

 Knowledge of project management, cost estimation, scheduling, planning, including CON 495
 GPA 3.0 or higher
 Knowledge of statistics is a plus
 Knowledge of Qualtrics (or SurveyMonkey)
 Professionalism is a must
 Confidentiality is a must (any data learned from this project cannot be shared outside of the project team)

Additional information needed, such as: Resume and transcripts

Semester(s) or start/end date of position: Starts Fall ’19, renewable till 2021 based on performance

Number of hours per week: Variable

Stipend amount/hourly wage/volunteer position: Volunteer

Lab/Center website:

How to apply: Email Mrs. Bethany Skabelund at


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