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Construction Management

Construction managers are the leaders of the design-build process, and work for owners, builders, designers, subcontractors and a multitude of government and technical agencies. They control the “means and methods” of construction, develop the budgets and manage the project schedules. On-time, on-budget completion is a typical CM responsibility which has become increasingly difficult given today’s technically and organizationally complex projects. Owners, designers and construction managers must all work collaboratively to create integrated best value solutions that meet a client’s needs.

To work as a construction manager, graduates need technical, managerial, research and problem solving skills. Our program provides this education with a balanced curriculum which includes engineering, construction, business, mathematics, science and liberal arts courses. Employer surveys regularly report our graduates meeting or exceeding all performance expectations and regularly outperforming graduates from many of our peer institutions.

Graduates find employment with companies in all project sectors: residential, commercial building and heavy highway.

The Construction Management program is accredited by the American Council of Construction Education (ACCE).

Regional competitions photo 2013

SWEEP - RWU Construction Management Student Teams after winning the first place in all three categories at the ASC Regional Student Competition - New Jersey, November 2012.

RWU Construction Management Integrated Project Delivery Team after winning the third place in the ASC's Open Competitions in Reno, NV. RWU Team competed as the only fully undergradauate team in its category - February 2013.

Left to right: Michael Decoulos, Laura Bunnell, Michael Stuart, Dr. Bilge Gokhan Celik (Faculty Coach), Perry Cyr (Team Captain), Nathan Blinn, Richard Vindici.

Amine Ghanem, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Construction Management
Contact Information
(401) 254-3418

Amine Ghanem

Amine
Ghanem
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Construction Management
Contact Information
(401) 254-3418

Amine Ghanem joined the SECCM faculty in Spring of 2013 as an Associate Professor after serving 5.5 years as a faculty member at California State University, Northridge. He earned his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 2007.

Previous to joining the academic life, Dr. Ghanem was highly involved in Civil/Construction Management projects performing design, estimate, and schedule of Pre-Engineered Steel Buildings. In addition to the mentioned duties, Dr. Ghanem was assisting in creation of project proposals by securing project specifications from clients and communicating the same to design teams, and he was acting as a liaison with client during proposal/quotation stage until projects were awarded. His main clients were Aramco and Shyoda.

Dr. Ghanem's research interests focus on the development of robust IT based decision support systems for a better managed construction sites. The main objective of these systems is to facilitate the flow of work along the different phases of a project that can be used throughout the design, engineering, and construction phases to improve the capability to detect and prevent interference during field construction. 

Frederick E. Gould, P.E., C.P.C.
Professor of Construction Management
B.S. United State Air Force Academy, M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Contact Information
x3725
SE 107
Areas of Expertise: 
Construction Management

Frederick E. Gould

Frederick E.
Gould
P.E., C.P.C.
Professor of Construction Management
B.S. United State Air Force Academy, M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Contact Information
x3725
SE 107
Areas of Expertise: 
Construction Management

Professor Gould is the Ahlborg Professor of Construction Management at Roger Williams University where he serves as the director of the Construction Management Program.  He has over 30 years of teaching experience at the university level.  His expertise lies in the field of Construction Project Management, Estimating, Scheduling and Project Control.  He has authored two textbooks in these fields. 

In addition to his teaching, he actively consults in the field having worked with a wide range of public and private clients including the U.S. Air Force, Sears Roebuck, and NASA.  He has developed and taught numerous seminar and short courses in both public and in-house settings.  He has also served as a seminar instructor for R.S. Means for over 15 years. 

He served two terms, 6 years, as the director for the Northeast region of the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) an organization established for the purpose of supporting and disseminating construction knowledge.  He currently serves as ASC Region 1 job fair coordinator connecting students with employers and raising money in support of the Region 1 annual conference.

Michael J. Emmer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Construction Management
B.S. Wentworth Institute of Technology, M.S. Clemson University, Ph.D. University of Florida
Contact Information
x3864
SE 110
Areas of Expertise: 
Sustainability, Owner training, Materials reuse, Estimating, Scheduling

Michael J. Emmer

Michael J.
Emmer
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Construction Management
B.S. Wentworth Institute of Technology, M.S. Clemson University, Ph.D. University of Florida
Contact Information
x3864
SE 110
Areas of Expertise: 
Sustainability, Owner training, Materials reuse, Estimating, Scheduling

Dr. Michael Emmer received his B.S. in Construction Management, Suma Cum Laude, from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston in 2002, his M.S. in Construction Science and Management from Clemson University in South Carolina in 2004 and his Ph.D. from the University of Florida’s College of Design, Construction, and Planning in Gainesville in 2009. His areas of research and interest are sustainable construction with a focus in material extraction/reuse and deconstruction, estimating, and is also active in promoting and exploring owner training and productivity in the AEC industry. He has been teaching full-time for over ten years and before that worked in the construction industry for over 25 years in a variety of positions to include laborer, carpenter, carpenter foreman, superintendent, project manager, and owner’s representative. He is retired from the Army/Army Reserves with 20+ years of service and is married with five grown children and one seventeen year old son at home.

Bilge Gökhan Çelik, Ph.D., LEED AP BD+C
Assistant Professor, Construction Management
Ph.D., Design, Construction, and Planning, University of Florida, 2006
Contact Information
x3648
SE 111
Areas of Expertise: 
Sustainability and Marketing of Sustainable Buildings; Green Building Certification Systems; Scheduling, Control, and Optimization; Construction Management Education

Bilge Gökhan Çelik

Bilge
Gökhan Çelik
Ph.D., LEED AP BD+C
Assistant Professor, Construction Management
Ph.D., Design, Construction, and Planning, University of Florida, 2006
Contact Information
x3648
SE 111
Areas of Expertise: 
Sustainability and Marketing of Sustainable Buildings; Green Building Certification Systems; Scheduling, Control, and Optimization; Construction Management Education

Bilge Gokhan Celik joined the SECCM faculty in Fall of 2009, after completing his postdoctoral fellowship at University of Florida in the area of sustainable buildings and indoor air quality.  He earned his Ph.D. degree in Design, Construction, and Planning at University of Florida in 2006. He earned his M.S. (2002) degree and B.S. degrees in Architecture at Anadolu University in Turkey. 

Dr. Celik’s research experience started with his masters thesis in the area of green buildings, more specifically on the integration of photovoltaic modules into architecture. He continued his interest in green buildings by studying optimization of indoor air quality in commercial buildings as a doctoral dissertation. He continued to research indoor air quality as a post doctoral associate at University of Florida

Gilbert C.F. Brunnhoeffer III, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor of Construction Management
B.S. US Military Academy, M.B.A. Long Island University CW Post Center, M.S., Ph.D. University of Illinois
Contact Information
x3870
SE 130
Areas of Expertise: 
Construction Management, Civil Engineering, Engineering Economics, Experimental Stress Analysis

Gilbert C.F. Brunnhoeffer III

Gilbert C.F.
Brunnhoeffer III
Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor of Construction Management
B.S. US Military Academy, M.B.A. Long Island University CW Post Center, M.S., Ph.D. University of Illinois
Contact Information
x3870
SE 130
Areas of Expertise: 
Construction Management, Civil Engineering, Engineering Economics, Experimental Stress Analysis

Jim Brunnhoeffer joined the faculty of Roger Williams University in 2005 after completing a 20+ year career as a US Army officer in the Corps of Engineers with assignments in SouthEast Asia, Europe and the US.  While with the Corps of Engineers he served as a company commander, staff engineer at NATO/SHAPE headquarters and Technical Director of the Army Materials Laboratory.  Upon retiring from the US Army he entered a second career as a consultant for computer analysis of mechanical systems with contracts from the US Air Force, the US Army, the US Navy, and General Motors Corporation.  He then entered the world of manufacturing of engineered materials for the aerospace, electronics, and construction industries with products including high temperature superconducting materials, metal fiber reinforced composites, metallic media for filtration, electrically conductive elastomers and metallic threads.

Khalid T. Al-Hamdouni, P.E.
Professor of Construction Management
Diploma, Architectural Enginering, University of Baghdad, B.S., M.S. University of Rhode Island
Contact Information
x3012
SE 101
Areas of Expertise: 
Construction Management

Khalid T. Al-Hamdouni

Khalid T.
Al-Hamdouni
P.E.
Professor of Construction Management
Diploma, Architectural Enginering, University of Baghdad, B.S., M.S. University of Rhode Island
Contact Information
x3012
SE 101
Areas of Expertise: 
Construction Management

Education

  • Master of Science, University of Rhode Island, Major: Civil Engineering, Specialization: Geotechnical and Structural Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Rhode Island, Major: Civil Engineering 
  • Diploma, University of Baghdad, Iraq, Major: Architecture and Building Construction

Experience

  • Consultant - Private Practice – Concentrating on the design and the resolution of engineering issues of commercial, residential, and business facilities.
  • Delta Engineers, Inc.: Principal: Civil/Environmental/Geotechnical Engineering Group
  • Northeast Development Engineers: Vice President and Senior Structural Engineer
  • Leonard Mandell & Associates: Project Engineer
  • C.E. Maguire & Associates: Project Engineer
  • Waterman Engineering Company: Project Engineer
  • RWU Faculty Member, Coordinator

Honors/Affiliations

  • Registered Professional Engineer: State of Rhode Island