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Master of Construction Engineering Management

The Master of Construction Engineering Management (MCEM) at Lawrence Technological University provides specialized education addressing the needs of students interested in the concepts of construction engineering and the principles of management. The synthesis of these two fields represents a highly marketable combination of skills, which are valuable in today’s environment of integrated project delivery. The program focuses on in-depth information regarding the project management plan with specific courses on project scheduling, project estimating, construction safety practices per OSHA specifications, sustainable construction practices, construction law, accounting, asset management, materials management, quality control and risks and uncertainties. This well-rounded education, embracing Lawrence Tech’s motto of theory and practice, can help prepare you for leadership positions within the construction industry

The MCEM program requires 30 credit hours to complete. Most courses are available in the evenings, and you can complete your degree in as few as three semesters.

Throughout your studies, you will learn to use mathematics, science, and engineering to analyze problems and design construction processes. Lawrence Tech’s MCEM program also stresses advanced computer and communication skills, as well as the importance of professionalism and ethics – all essential to success in any field.

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Akinola Akinrinsola MCEM'17,

Akinola AkinrinsolaAkinola 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.”

Haitham Sarsam, 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.

“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.”

Core Courses

ECE 5113 Sustainable Construction Practices
ECE 5223 Techniques of Project Planning and Control
ECE 5263 Construction Safety Management
ECE 5283 Conceptual Estimating

Technical Electives (Select 6)

ECE 5103 Applied Geographic Information Systems
ECE 5203 Construction Quality Management
ECE 5213 Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery
ECE 5233 Advanced Construction Techniques and Methods
ECE 5243 Fundamentals of Construction Accounting and Finance
ECE 5253 Infrastructure Asset Management
ECE 5273 Construction Law
ECE 5293 Special Topics in Construction Engineering
ECE 5353 Environmental Management
ECE 5823 Pavement Management Systems
ECE6113 Concrete Engineering
ECE 6223 Risk Management in Construction Engineering
ECE 6213 Issues in Integrated Engineering Management
MBA 6043 Global Leadership (Special Permission Required)

Curriculum Notes

With permission of the program director or the department chair:

  • Students may transfer a maximum of six semester hours for graduate engineering courses taken at other accredited engineering colleges, provided they are deemed relevant. Students must have taken the courses within the past five years and achieved a grade of “B” (3.00) or better. These may replace core classes or elective classes listed above if deemed equivalent.
  • Students may apply up to six credits of 4000-level civil engineering courses (senior-level electives) to the MCEM program. These would replace elective courses listed above.
  • A maximum of two electives may be chosen from other graduate programs in Civil Engineering or related fields if deemed relevant to the MCEM program.

Educational Objectives

During the course of study, students are expected to:

  1. Create appropriate processes, subsidiary plans and contract documents for incorporation into the project management plan.
  2. Plan, compose and integrate the verbal, written, virtual and graphical components of a project and communicate them to technical and non-technical audiences.
  3. Apply techniques to simple public policy problems related to civil engineering projects.
  4. Synthesize case studies, experiences and lessons learned to cultivate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Apply business and public administration concepts and process.

Faculty Profile: Ahmed Al-Bayati, PhD, PE

Ahmed Al-Bayati, PhD, PEDr. Al-Bayati actively conducts research in the field of construction safety, specializing in safety climate and safety culture, safety training, safety management, and overall process optimization. Dr. Al-Bayati also conducts research on various topics of civil engineering, such as infrastructure damage prevention process and construction materials. He uses a variety of qualitative and quantitative data collection, data analysis, and data mining methods.

Dr. Al-Bayati research findings have been published in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE’s Journal of Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, and National Safety Council’s Journal of Safety Research.

In the fall of 2019, a recent eye-tracking study was performed as shown in the video. This study investigates the influence of artificial experience on overall hazard recognition. This study could help us better understand the needed elements to deliver high-quality safety training. This study takes about 3 hours and consists of two components: (1) Classroom safety training, and (2) scanning three construction pictures to identify unsafe conditions while an SMI Inc. head- mounted eye-tracking is fitted.


Primary Graduate Student: Samer Al-Sharif (PhD’17)
Project Advisor: Aslihan Karatas, PhD, LEED AP

The main goal of this study is to develop a schedule and cost forecasting model that is capable of improving the accuracy of schedule and cost estimation and forecasts for nuclear power plant projects. To accomplish this goal, the research objectives of this study are to: (1) develop a framework for identifying causal factors of delay for nuclear projects that can impact project schedule and cost estimation and forecasts; (2) develop a new schedule and cost forecasting model for nuclear power plant projects using Data Mining methodology that can be used to generate reliable schedule and cost forecasts for real-case nuclear projects; (3) refine, validate, and fully develop an innovative schedule and cost forecasting model can be used to analyze and predict reliable schedule and cost estimation for nuclear power plant projects. This developed schedule and cost forecasting model is capable of providing decision makers (e.g., nuclear power plant project managers) with a tool that can provide early warnings to support timely decision making process.

This study also evaluated, analyzed, and refined the performances of the developed framework and model using real case studies of nuclear projects implemented in a nuclear power plant in Michigan-USA. The results from this study illustrated that the developed framework and the model were capable of improving the reliability of the schedule and cost estimation for nuclear power plant projects. These innovative framework and model are expected to enhance the decision making process for nuclear power plant projects in terms of schedule and cost performances. Three papers were authored by Dr. Aslihan Karatas and Dr. Samer Al-Sharif.


Primary Graduate Student: Hevar Palani (MSCE’21)
Project Advisor: Aslihan Karatas, PhD, LEED AP

This research study aims to develop a model that measures the overall effectiveness of occupancy-focused energy use interventions in hotel buildings. The model is developed in four stages: (1) data collection of energy consumption from a sample of hotel buildings in the US; (2) model formulation stage that identifies the effective occupancy-interventions for the analyzed building(s); (3) model implementation stage that performs identified occupancy-interventions on the analyzed buildings; and (4) model evaluation stage that analyzes and refines the performance of the collected data from a sample of hotel buildings. This research study is expected to assist decision-makers (e.g., facility managers) in delivering the occupancy interventions effectively to reduce building energy usage tailored to occupants’ energy behavior, and accordingly improve the overall buildings’ energy performances. The developed model will also be used as a road map for providing great energy reduction opportunities in buildings.

Admission to the Master of Construction Engineering Management program requires:

  1. An earned B.S. degree in civil engineering, or bachelor of architecture, or related fields, from an accredited undergraduate program;
  2. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00;
  3. Application for graduate admission;
  4. One letter of recommendation (employer and professor are preferred);
  5. Official transcripts of all college work;
  6. Professional resume.

Although not required, additional documents recommended include; additional recommendation letters and a statement of purpose discussing what the applicant plans to do with the degree and why the university was chosen. The program director may allow provisional admission to applicants who do not meet all conditions for regular admission. A provisional student is typically granted regular status after completing the provisional requirements.



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