Akinola is currently an Assistant Construction Manager at K4 General Contractors in Southfield Michigan.
“When I graduated with a BSc in Architecture in Nigeria, I felt a lack of knowledge in the Building Industry and perceived that my designs tended to be unpragmatic. To rectify this tendency, I sought to further my education in construction management. The education I received at LTU was so engaging that I ended up deciding to switch lanes, changing my intended career path to be more construction focused. Prior to my graduation, I received and accepted an employment offer from a family owned construction company. I have been employed since then, and I took to the construction industry swimmingly. It has been two and a half years and I think I will be staying in the construction industry. The classes within the curriculum at LTU were so relevant to my budding career. With Construction Law and Techniques of Project Planning & Control especially, I was able to hit the ground running. I still need some experience under my belt to tackle the riskier parts of construction management, but the MCEM program gave me the perfect start, and for that I am grateful.”
MCEM’08, DBIA, LEED AP (BD+C)
Haitham is a former Master of Construction Engineering Management student and is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering. He teaches courses in project management, construction quality management and integrated project delivery. He currently works at O’Brien Construction Company. Prior to joining there, he spent 11 years at Walbridge, in which he initiated shortly after receiving his MCEM degree. Haitham has been a critical component to the development and the success of the MCEM program throughout the years and his contributions are highly regarded. Haitham joined the department’s Industry Advisory Board in 2021.
“When I applied for grad school, I Had worked in a Construction Management and Engineering field for about 10 years. At that point, I felt like it was important for me to continue my education in order to further my career. I looked for a program that would allow me to balance my full-time Construction Management career and my family life with my wife and one preschool-aged child. As I researched several options, Lawrence Technological University stood out above the rest. The flexible schedule, accelerated pace, the support from the professors, and the great curriculum made it the right choice. It left me feeling that I can make it and go through the program and utilize what I'll learn in my real life career. Graduate school is a rewarding experience. My advice to other graduate students would be to work hard, be organized, and most importantly interact with other people. Treat it as an investment and expect to get out as much as you are willing to put in.”