Fall Senior Year
In the fall of the senior year the perspective applicants of the GLCM program attend their first Town Hall Meeting which is annually held in September. At this meeting, in which all the CM faculty attend, the applicants are briefed about the program, its goals, structure, intern¬ships as well as the international and national trips. AThe requirements for the GLCM program are discussed in Section I of this proposal. The list of the accepted applicants is announced before the end of the semester.
Winter Break Senior Year
Upon the acceptance of the new applicants, they are involved in the preparations for the first international trip. The new applicants join the current GLCM students in the international trip. Not only this trip provides them with the opportunity of visiting the leading international construction companies and signature projects but also gives them the opportunity to network with their seniors in Global Leaders in Construction Management program.
Spring Senior Year
As soon as the new GLCM students are back from their first international trip they would be supervised by the faculty through an independent study. This study will be focusing on the new construction methodologies or project management techniques that been observed on the construction projects during the international trip. In addition, the students are responsible for preparing a report about the trip, including technical details and cultural experiences as well. During this semester the students are encouraged to contact companies and find internship positions. In case the students did not find an internship the GLCM faculty would help them to contact industry partners of the program. Other important activity in the spring semester is the national trip. The objective of this trip is to provide the students with the experience of visiting challenging projects within the United States. This trip is intended to create a contrast between the international projects visited during the fall break and national projects.
Summer of Senior/MS Year
Once the students are finished with their required BS courses they would join a company to do their internship during the summer of their senior/master year to get practical experience and familiarize them with construction techniques and methodologies before they start their GLCM graduate courses.
Fall MS Year
In the fall of the master year the GLCM students attend their second Town Hall Meeting in September of that year. In this meeting these students along with the CM faculty of the program will brief the new applicants about the program, the international trip, and their internship experiences. In this semester students would continue with their course work and they also start an independent study about a construction related problem identified during their internship. This independent study is a collaborative effort between industry, faculty members and the students. Finally, the students will get prepared for their second international trip.
Winter Break MS Year
In the second winter break of the program the students will be going for a trip to a new destination on the globe. This trip align with the previous international trip would allow them to visit two different alternatives to construction, network with previous and new students as well as getting to know different cultures. Fig 1 shows the overlaps between different academic years of the
Spring MS Year
The same as the previous spring the students would work on a report for the second international trip along with independent study on the finding from their last summer internship. During this semester the students will be taken to a national construction trip, which will provide a comparison between the construction practices observed at the international and local level.