Professor Feniosky Peña-Mora is visiting Cambridge University from 24th to 28th of March. The theme of his visit is Advanced Construction Management and Methods. Professor Peña-Mora has extensive expertise in this area. It is anticipated that he will deliver two to three Master’s seminars of approximately two hours each. This would involve a) overview of the academic background, b) innovative applications, and c) interactive exercise to engage the students. Potential seminar topics would involve collaboration, change management and conflict resolution in large-scale infrastructure projects. His input for the overall week’s theme would also be valuable.
Dr. Feniosky Peña-Mora is currently Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, and Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering, and Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. Formerly, he was Dean of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University from 2009-2012. He earned his Master of Science (S.M.) and Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degrees in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1991 and 1994, respectively. He has earned an international reputation for his research interests, which include information technology support for collaboration in physical infrastructures. He also is a leader in change management, conflict resolution, sustainable construction and processes integration during the design and development of large-scale civil engineering systems. Dr. Peña-Mora is the author or co-author of more than 180 scholarly publications and holds five patents and two provisional patents. He has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering Award. In 2011, he was honoured by FIATECH, an industry-wide consortium, with its Engineering & Technology Innovation Award. He and his students received the 2011 award for best paper published in the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. In 2012, he and his students received the 2012 Best Conference Paper Award from the ASCE Visualization, Information Modelling, and Simulation (VIMS) Committee.