7th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium Grows to major Regional Conference in Texas


10 September 2013 – Richardson, Texas, USA – With a record number of participants, the recently concluded 7th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium has been declared a big success by conference organizers.  The two-day event was held in the Naveen Jindal School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) in Richardson, Texas, USA during August 15-16, 2013.

Under the theme of “Project Management: Optimizing Value to Stakeholders,” and sponsored by the Project Management Program at UT Dallas in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and PM World Journal, the symposium attracted 341 participants, seven keynote speakers and more than 50 paper presenters.

According to James Joiner, symposium director and former head of the PM program at UT Dallas, “We’re now in our seventh year so we expected the symposium to be successful.  But we were still very pleased to see the higher turnout.  The keynote presentations and papers were excellent, and we received very positive feedback from attendees and speakers alike.”

Keynote presentations at this year’s symposium included the following:

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Lessons Learned on Delivery of Major Projects throughout TexasRussell Zapalac, Chief Planning and Project Officer, Texas Department of Transportation (pictured)

Quantifying Value Creation for Our ClientsSean C. Goff, Managing Director, North Texas Project Management Group, and Christine Seay, Senior Financial Analyst, Global Project Management Platform, CBRE Inc. (one of the world’s largest commercial real estate services companies)

The Value of Project Management for Society, Organizations and the PractitionerC. J. Walker Waite, PhD, Member of Board of Directors, Project Management Institute (PMI®) and past President, PMI Washington DC Chapter (world’s largest PMI chapter)

Local, Regional and Global Cultural Impact on Stakeholder EngagementJesús Martinez-Almela, Vice President for Education and Training and Member of Executive Board, International Project Management Association (IPMA)

Building the Hospital for the Future: Managing Technology to Optimize Operations and the Patient Experience at the new Parkland HospitalWalter B. Jones, Jr., Vice President and Project Director, Parkland Hospital, and Mike Candler, PMP, Project Manager, TEECOM (at $1.3 billion, the new Parkland hospital is one of the largest hospital projects in the world)

The symposium also included 45 paper presentations and three panel discussions on various aspects of management programs and projects.  To view the keynote presentations and read the papers, go to pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.

The annual UT Dallas PM symposium, which focuses on topics relevant to industries in North Texas including information technology, healthcare and energy is now recognized as one of the best regional project management conferences in the United States.  If also offers one of the best values for a full two-day professional conference.  If you are a project manager or PM professional living anywhere in the Central United States, plan to attend this world-class symposium next year.  More information can be found at pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.

Conference Organizers:

The Project Management Program at UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education Center in The UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management, students have the option of earning a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration degree with project management emphasis.

The UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) sponsored Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).  Registered with the PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.), the program is taught by world-class faculty with a blend of industrial project management, consulting and teaching experience. UT Dallas’ PM Program in delivered both on campus and online, and attracts students from across the USA and worldwide. For more information, visit project.utdallas.edu.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. With more than 350,000 members in over 180 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s leading membership association for project management. Founded in 1984 and with more than 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components.  To learn more about the PMI Dallas Chapter and its service offerings, visit www.pmidallas.org .

The PM World Journal is an online publication produced by PM World Inc. in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PMWJ features dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management in different countries and industries.  PM World is a virtual organization reflecting the 21st century reality of a connected world where individuals and organizations worldwide can collaborate for the creation, sharing and application of new knowledge.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.