CM Magazine Fall 2017 Edition

Oct 30, 2017

The latest edition of Construction Innovator is out and headed to your mailbox. If you can't wait to read it, check out the on-line edition.


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CM Brings Home Three New Trophies

Oct 25, 2017

Downer's Grove, IL

This year the CM Department sent four teams of six students to the ASC region 3 competition in Downer's Grove, IL. Much like the Region 6 & 7 competition held in Reno, NV.,  the students were pitted against other teams in the categories Electrical, Concrete, Pre-Construction and Project Solutions. The CM department emerged with first place trophies in the Electrical and Pre-Construction Divisions and a second place trophy in the Concrete division. 

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Paul Weber Receives AGC 2017 Construction Education Friend Award

Oct 23, 2017

Paul Weber (Right) with Student Will Leonard "Pledge"

Construction Education Friend Award

The AGC (Associated General Contractors) of California Construction Education Foundation Friend Award recognizes individuals who made outstanding contributions to construction education efforts and the development of future construction workforce.    


Paul Weber
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


Paul Weber has dedicated the last 18 years of his professional career to teaching, mentoring, and advising aspiring construction professionals at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (SLO). With the student’s future success in mind, Paul Weber has done everything he can to give students the opportunity to succeed. That has led him to his current position as the Cal Poly AGC Student Chapter Faculty Advisor. Before Paul began teaching, he double majored in Construction Engineering and Architecture at Cal Poly, SLO. Soon after, Paul jumped into his career and began leading a successful home building enterprise where he designed and built homes throughout California.

Students at Cal Poly are first introduced to Paul when they take his Introduction to Construction Management course (CM 102). Because this is the first Construction Management course that students take, many develop a relationship with Paul that will extend and grow as they progress through the program. Another course that Paul teaches is Fundamentals of Construction Management (CM 115). 

Paul’s mentorship reaches far past just the students taking his classes. When students begin their journey as a construction management student, they are assigned one of the faculty members as a mentor for the duration of their time in college. Whether it be about school or about life in general, you can always count on Paul to give you some words of wisdom and brighten up your day.

The Cal Poly AGC student chapter has only been around for roughly 10 years and Paul has been the backbone of the organization. As students come and go, Paul has remained the man behind the wheel–steering this club to success and constantly giving all students the opportunities to learn and grow as individuals. The student chapter was quite in its early stages and at times could have dissipated, but Paul kept promoting it until the life was brought back into the chapter.

Today Paul is very involved with the chapters success on campus and is always helping us look for new ways to improve the student chapter. As an individual, he does so much more for not only the AGC chapter on campus, but all students he interacts with. With AGC, Paul is involved in all AGC sponsored events, whether that be conferences, socials, fundraisers, or anything that benefits the student’s growth and the chapter. Just over the past two years the student chapter has grown by 50 members and now has a complete board. The AGC Student Chapter was also able to travel to the AGC National conference for the first time in its history, all with Paul supporting the students and doing whatever he can to make their dreams become a reality.

Paul is not only an outstanding professor and mentor, but person as well. He always says that he loves watching his students grow and progress throughout their careers and personal lives.

Phil Barlow named one of CIE's new Fellows

Oct 23, 2017

Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) has named three professors to its Faculty Fellows program: construction management professor Phil Barlow, industrial technology & packaging professor Ahmed Deif, and marketing professor Stern Neill join the multidisciplinary cohort in preparing students to become emerging entrepreneurial leaders.

These three new CIE Faculty Fellows become part of an interdisciplinary community that is committed to inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. CIE Faculty Fellows raise awareness of CIE programs and provide guidance to students and faculty with an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Deif’s project drives innovation in the rapidly evolving and increasingly entrepreneurial value chain space and opens up opportunities for the formation of startups. Dr. Barlow will focus on fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration to spur innovations that impact the built environment. Dr. Neill will focus on curricular and co-curricular innovation to bring customer discovery and creation skills to Cal Poly startups, which will enhance their chances for survival and success.

The 2017-2018 class of CIE Faculty Fellows joins fellows David Askay, communication studies; Graham Doig, aerospace engineering; Enrica Costello, art and design; Bob Crockett, biomedical engineering; Dale Dolan, Electrical Engineering; Lorraine Donegan, graphic communication; Charmaine Farber, graphic communication; Mary Glick, journalism; Brian Granger, physics; David Janzen, computer science; Lynn Metcalf, marketing; Clare Olsen, architecture; Christiane Schroeter, agribusiness; Lynne Slivovsky, computer engineering; Taryn Stanko, management & human resources; and Umut Toker, architecture.

Phil Barlow Named AGC Outstanding Educator

Jan 25, 2017


Phil Barlow Photo

Construction Management Professor Dr. Phil Barlow has just been named the AGC Outstanding Educator for 2017. Phil's work as an educator, a mentor of students, and as a colleague in the construction industry set him apart as an outstanding leader and role model for this award. AGC was particularly appreciative of his work advising students in the Cal Poly CM program. Phil will receive a $5,000 award for himself as well as two $2,500 scholarships for eligible Construction Management students.

Since 1985, the AGC (Associated General Contractors) Education and Research Foundation has recognized annually an educator who makes a significant mark in the field of construction education. The Outstanding Educator award is based on a nominee’s academic contribution as well as his/her work with students outside of the classroom and involvement with colleagues in the industry.

The qualified applicant must be a full–time teaching faculty member of a university construction management or construction–related engineering program or with an institution–approved construction option. Nominees must have at least four years full–time teaching experience.

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NAHB Team Places 3rd

Jan 25, 2017

NAHB Team Photo
Left to Right: Joseph Lynch, Sam Godfrey, Zak Faber, Jimmy Materne, Eric Bet, Tiffany Chen, Keenan Brekke, Jeremy Suryadi, Scott Kelting, Jeffrey Hammond, Stacy Kolegraff, Kyle Haggard, Bercut Smith, Billy Blaha, Peter Lee

Thank you for supporting our 2017 NAHB Competition Team. We are proud to inform you that our team finished third place in the Residential Construction Management Competition held at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando. This is a tremendous accomplishment for Cal Poly as 35 other universities participated in the competition. Our success on the national stage is attributed to your mentorship and commitment to furthering our education and careers.

Our interdisciplinary team was comprised of 13-students ranging in majors from Construction Management and Architecture to Finance and Accounting. Each team member contributed a unique perspective and skill-set that helped our team achieve a podium finish. This experience not only provided us great insight into the construction and development industries, but is a prime example of what collaboration and hard-work can truly accomplish.

“I’m proud of the professional proposal our team put together over the past several months that lead to taking home third place at the RCMC last week. This experience truly exemplifies Cal Poly’s motto of “Learn by Doing” and will be remembered as one of our most valuable experiences in our education as we embark on our careers.”

Eric Bet, Senior NAHB Team Captain

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CM Faculty Dan Knight Wins Award

Dec 15, 2016


Congratulations to our colleague Dan Knight, who has been named one of 20 under 40 Best and Brightest Leaders. 


According to the Tribune newspaper article: "Now in its 12th year, the competition honors the accomplishments and achievements of young women and men under the age of 40 who have demonstrated excellence in their professions and a profound commitment to community service. To be eligible, nominees must have lived and worked in the county year-round.


Ninety-five individuals were nominated for the honor. Six judges representing both the private and nonprofit sectors evaluated the nominations, selecting the winners at The Tribune’s request."


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CM Magazine Fall 2016 Edition

Nov 29, 2016

The latest edition of Construction Innovator is out and headed to your mailbox. If you can't wait to read it, check out the on-line edition.

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ASC Region 8 Team Receives Honorable Mention

Nov 22, 2016

Reading, UK

Cal Poly CM Department Sent four students to Reading, UK to compete in the ASC Region 8 Competition. Unlike the other ASC Regions the department competes in (notably Region 6/7 and 3), this competition allowed for a team of four students instead of six and pit them against teams from schools around the world.

Professor Lonny Simonian went as their coach and states that, "Our team performed admirably and the students represented Cal Poly exceptionally well.  Although not selected for one of the three final presentations, Cal Poly and Oklahoma Sate were the only two exclusively US teams receiving an honorable mention (placing fourth or fifth), the students were widely congratulated for their runner-up position.  Whitney Bevan (ASC Region 8 host) praised our students for their work and mentioned that the selection of the final three teams was much more difficult than anticipated.  Cal Poly and OS were the only US schools specifically given public accolades and singularly noted for their achievement."

The students all commented that this international competition was a great learning experience and remarked how distinctly different it was from both the Region 7 and Region 3 ASC competitions. For example ASC Region 8 only hosts a single competition across all categories as opposed to ASC region 6 & 7 which offers twelve categories.

The project was a seven building complex consisting of 649 student bedrooms along with a facilities management and reception building.  There were a number of challenges associated with the project, and various health and safety issues that required attention.  Prefabrication was used extensively to meet aggressive schedule requirements. 

The aim was, as much as possible, to fit together components on the day of delivery. Panels were lifted from delivery lories straight into position onto the new buildings, which helped create a very tidy site with minimal space required for material storage.

This is the second year that the CM Department has fielded a Region 8 team.

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