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An ACCE Scholarship Can Impact Your Career in Construction Management

The following article was created following an interview (Q&A) with Dr. Armin Yeganeh, Assistant Professor in the Construction Management Program. Michigan State University


Dr. Armin Yeganeh

Dr. Armin Yeganeh is an assistant professor in the construction management program. Before joining Michigan State University, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Virginia Tech where he earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning. During his graduate education, he worked at the Virginia Center for Housing Research on drafting and presenting industry reports, studies, policies, programs, panel discussions, and presentations on housing and community development. Armin received his first master’s degree in Architectural Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology. At Virginia Tech, he received a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a master’s degree in Building Science and Construction Management.


 

"My interest in engineering and construction began at an early age, thanks to my dad. He is a civil engineer and construction manager, and I grew up fascinated by the process of designing and constructing structures. I also had a passion for the arts, particularly drawing and painting. This led me to pursue architectural engineering, which combines art and science.


Michigan State University

Choosing a career in engineering and construction has brought me immense fulfillment both professionally and academically. Working in this field has been incredibly rewarding, and I can't imagine myself in any other industry. After obtaining my first master's degree, I had the opportunity to oversee the design and construction of various projects. This experience further fueled my passion for research and finding innovative solutions in the field. I went on to pursue multiple master's degrees, a PhD, and a Post-Doc, all at Virginia Tech, which has been a significant part of my academic journey.


Attending an ACCE accredited program, such as the one at Virginia Tech, provided me with numerous benefits. It was like being given a golden ticket to the world of construction management. The program allowed me to explore both disciplinary and interdisciplinary aspects of the profession. I not only gained a degree but also developed a comprehensive understanding of the complexities that shape the construction landscape.


When I entered the industry, I definitely felt that attending an ACCE accredited program gave me an edge in terms of employment opportunities. Currently, I am a faculty member at Michigan State University, where I have the opportunity to research, learn, and teach about construction. My current employer recognized the value of the ACCE accreditation, which demonstrated a strong educational background and a deep understanding of the industry.



Being a recipient of the ACCE scholarship had a significant impact on my career. The scholarship, which focused on housing, not only provided financial assistance but also symbolized recognition of my commitment and potential within the housing industry. It played a pivotal role in shaping my academic and professional path, leading me towards becoming a faculty member with a specialization in housing.

Currently, my academic focus at Michigan State University revolves around housing data analytics and homebuilding technologies. I dedicate my time to exploring innovative solutions, sustainable practices, and addressing contemporary challenges within the field. I study various aspects such as market analysis, feasibility analysis, technoeconomic analysis, cost-benefit analysis, and multi-objective or multi-attribute optimization of technologies, policies, programs, and decisions related to housing.

In my classes, I bring practical skills and wisdom to help students succeed in their construction careers. I incorporate real-world case studies, industry best practices, and the latest technological advancements to prepare students for the challenges they may face in the industry. It is essential to equip them with the knowledge and skills that will make them successful professionals in the construction field.


When choosing a place to teach, I specifically sought out an ACCE accredited program. It was crucial for me to align myself with a program that upholds academic and industry standards and prepares students for the ever-evolving challenges and opportunities in the construction engineering field. ACCE accreditation ensures that the program meets rigorous standards and provides students with a high-quality education.


My current involvement in ACCE allows me to stay updated on industry trends, connect with professionals, and contribute to educational programs. ACCE offers more than just certification, and I am grateful to the organizers for creating such an enriching platform. Being involved in ACCE benefits me by keeping me informed and connected within the industry, allowing me to continuously grow and contribute to the field of construction engineering."


Dr. Armin Yeganeh

Assistant Professor in the Construction Management Program

Michigan State University



 



Faculty Scholarship Support

 

ACCE annually offers two scholarships to industry practitioners who desire to become construction educators and to current part-time construction educators who seek construction management graduate degrees at Institutions with an ACCE-accredited undergraduate program. One scholarship is for graduate students focusing on residential construction, and the second is for students focusing on any type of construction. Applications are to be submitted online no later than May 31 for award in the fall semester.

Dupree Construction Education Fund Scholarship

 

ACCE awards a Dupree Construction Education Fund Scholarship up to $5,000 to a candidate pursing an advanced degree in construction management with a desire to teach in an ACCE-accredited construction management program. Applicants must have been accepted into a Master’s degree or Ph. D. program in construction management at an Institution with an ACCE-accredited undergraduate program. Additional information and the link to the online application form can be found at the link below.

      

Dupree Construction Education Fund / National Housing Endowment Scholarship

 

ACCE awards a Dupree Construction Education Fund up to $5,000 in conjunction with the National Housing Endowment to a candidate pursing an advanced degree in construction management with a desire to teach residential construction in an ACCE-accredited construction management program. Applicants should have experience in residential construction. Applicants must have been accepted into a Master’s degree or Ph. D. program in construction management at an Institution with an ACCE-accredited undergraduate program. Additional information and the link to the online application form can be found below.


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT ACCE



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