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Successful Collaboration with Industry

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Successful Collaboration with Industry
Phase 2
Phase 1
Building Strong Research Relationships
Hole School of Construction Engineering
Dr. Simaan AbouRizk
Professor, Construction Engineering and Management
Canada Research Chair in Operations Simulation
NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Construction Engineering and Management

Collaborations
Industry Advisory Board created and lobbied university for Construction program
Endowment fund created
CEM undergraduate program created
2 members from industry hired as first faculty members
Period of 1985 - 1990
Successes
Industry and university collaboration
$500,000 endowment from industry, enabled inception of valuable program
Program growth
Dr. Simaan AbouRizk joined faculty to start the Graduate CEM Program
Lessons
Disconnect between industry and academia understanding - undergrad not enough; research component required for sustainability
Period of: 1991-1996
Growth
Collaborations
Building foundations for research program with industry collaboration
Industry Advisory Board chose Dr. AbouRizk to lead graduate program
Discovered NSERC program to support university/industry collaboration
Successes
Dr. AbouRizk awarded a Collaborative Research and Development grant from NSERC
University created "Alberta Construction Industry Professorship"
Both industry and NSERC funding academic research
Lessons
Industry and academia don't always agree on what they want in a research program - must find the intersection between industry and university interests
Discovered programs available to support collaboration
Phase 3
Period of: 1997-2001
Building a Sustainable Framework
Collaborations
Dr. AbouRizk awarded an NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Construction Engineering and Management supported by industry partnerships
Successes
Dr. AbouRizk awarded a Canada Research Chair in Operation Simulation to support further research
NSERC Industrial Research Chair
Success allows for hire of additional faculty members - first Dr. Aminah Robinson Fayek joined CEM, then Dr. Mohamed Al-Hussein
Dr. AbouRizk awarded the Killam Annual Professorship, E.W.R. Steacie Fellowship from NSERC and the Walter Shanly Award from CSCE
Lessons
Your reputation is key not only for your career, but also in creating and maintaining industry partnerships
Past achievements and successful partnerships
Support
Recognition and awards
Students supervised
Publications
Phase 4
Period of: 2002-2006
Expanding Partnerships
Collaborations
Dr. AbouRizk awarded 2nd Term of NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Construction Engineering and Management supported by a growing number of industry partnerships
Hole family, owners of Lockerbie and Hole, donated $5 million to the university to support the newly created Hole School of Construction Engineering opened in the state-of-the-art $65 million Markin/CNRL Natural Resources Engineering Facility
Successes
Renewed IRC shows university, industry, and NSERC satisfaction and continued support of research
Continued success allows for hire of another faculty member - Dr. Yasser Mohamed joined CEM
Dr. AbouRizk awarded the E. Whitman Wright Award from CSCE and the Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize from the Construction Institute of ASCE
Lessons
Don't oversell yourself
You will learn from industry
What you bring to the table is abitilty for unique problem solving
Know the basics, know implications of what you promise and provide quality work
Don't underestimate industry knowledge
Add real value to the company
Focus on the big picture
Make 5-year plans
Have distinct, achievable goals
Phase 5
Period of: 2007-2011
Supporting Future Growth
Collaborations
Dr. AbouRizk awarded 3rd Term of NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Construction Engineering and Management supported by a growing number of industry partnerships
Dr. Robinson Fayek awarded an NSERC Associate Industrial Research Chair in Construction Engineering and Management
Dr. Al-Hussein awarded an NSERC Industrial Research Chair in the Industrialization of Building Construction
Successes
Success with IRC results in additional IRCs awarded to faculty
Dr. AbouRizk awarded 2nd Term of Canada Research Chair in Operation Simulation
Continued success allows for hire of another faculty member - Dr. Ming Lu joined CEM
Dr. AbouRizk awarded the ASCE Peurifoy Construction Research Award
Dr. Robinson Fayek awarded the Ledcor Professorship in Construction Engineering and the Walter Shanly Award from CSCE
Lessons
Avoid common pitfalls of industry collaboration - glorified consulting work disguised as research work
Company-specific, one-off work doesn't add to state of the art
Limited academic recognition
Industry develops diminished view of research program
Ensure you are fulfilling industry's needs AND your academic/university needs
Be selective in your projects to ensure balance between the needs of industry and your career
Phase 6
Period of: 2012-present
Measuring Success
Collaborations
New collaborations unfolding with all 6 faculty members
International collaborations including the Global Leadership Forum in CEM
Successes
Continued success allows for hire of another faculty member - Dr. SangUk joined CEM
Dr. AbouRizk inducted into the National Academy of Construction
Dr. AbouRizk elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
Dr. Robinson Fayek awarded the Killam Annual Professorship
Lessons
The RIGHT collaboration can lead to success
Secure your own path
Check in - am I achieving what I want/need?
Ensure both parties are rewarded
Too much money can be a bad thing - don't let it dilute your ability to supervise resources
Don't take on too much - students, projects, partners, etc.
Research should be personal; you're not running a business
Do what feels rewarding
Measuring Success
How do you measure your success?
Successful collaborations reward both parties based on their individual reward systems
Industry Rewards
Problems solved through cutting-edge tools
A way to differentiate them from competition
Association with the university
Employable HQP
Personal levels of success

Academia Rewards
Publications
Students
Awards and recognition
Research support
Reputation
Image of program worldwide
Hole School of
Construction Engineering
Current Accomplishments
Internationally renowned program
Over $3 million in annual research funding
38 industrial research partners
6 faculty members
Over 270 students trained and in leadership positions in the construction industry
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