Education + Industry: Partnering for the Future of Construction
On June 21, the College of Engineering and Computing hosted the “Education + Industry: Partnering for the Future of Construction” panel discussion in Washington, D.C., to celebrate a historic gift made by alumnus Chad Moss ’94 to create the FIU Moss School of Construction, Infrastructure and Sustainability.
“FIU is producing graduates in construction management who are curious, passionate and well-equipped to provide innovative solutions to the industry challenges of the future,” Moss said during the panel discussion.
In addition to Moss, Mike Bellaman, president of Associated Builders & Contractors; Ryan Colker from the National Institute of Building Sciences; and Assistant Professor Lu Zhang from the FIU Moss School of Construction, Infrastructure and Sustainability, participated in the discussion. The panelists explored ways in which higher education and industry may collaborate to advance both building science technology and the education of future construction professionals.
The panel also assessed how emerging technologies are altering the ways in which construction professionals approach complex problems. Some of the technologies discussed were building information modeling, 3-D printing in construction and interactive work spaces that change in response to one’s immediate needs. The group agreed that it’s crucial to advance skills-based learning, a major thrust of the Moss School of Construction, Infrastructure and Sustainability.