Sunday, September 13, 2009

SHPE-NYC Welcomes Dean Feniosky Peña-Mora - This Wednesday!

Professionals / Alums, Teachers, Parents & Students are all invited !!!!

SHPE welcomes Dean Feniosky Peña-Mora to Columbia University!

Feniosky Peña-Mora is the new dean of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), effective July 15, 2009.

Peña-Mora has earned an international reputation for his scholarship, teaching, research and engineering innovations, as well as hands-on leadership in managing major university engineering programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Illinois, where he has served as associate provost.

Reception Details:

Wednesday September 16, 2009
@ Columbia University,
Lerner Hall, Broadway Room

Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

This event is Free


Dean details:

Peña-Mora is a graduate of Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He earned his masters and doctorate in civil engineering from MIT. Before arriving in Illinois in 2003, he worked at MIT as assistant professor and associate professor of information technology and project management in civil and environmental engineering.
His research interests include information technology support for collaboration in preparedness, response and recovery during disasters involving critical physical infrastructures. He is also involved in change management, conflict resolution, and processes integration during the design and development of large-scale civil engineering systems. His research has been groundbreaking in the field of construction engineering and management.
As a scholar, Peña-Mora is the author of more than 100 publications in refereed journals, conference proceedings, book chapters and textbooks on computer-supported design, computer-supported engineering design and construction, as well as project control and management of large-scale engineering systems. His publication, “Design Rationale for Computer Supported Conflict Mitigation,” received the 1995 award for best paper published in the Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. He is also the author of the influential 2002 textbook, Introduction to Construction Dispute Resolution.
He is the holder of the 1999 National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the White House Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. In 2007, he won the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). In 2008, he was recognized with the ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering Award for outstanding achievement and contribution in the use of computers in the practice of civil engineering.Although a native of the Dominican Republic, coming to upper Manhattan as a Columbia dean represents a homecoming for Peña-Mora, who spent part of each year while growing up living with family in Washington Heights. He first learned to speak English in his early twenties by attending English-as-a-second-language community programs at Teachers College, Riverside Church and other organizations in the city.

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