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UT Dallas PM Symposium successfully concludes in Texas, positioned to become International Learning Event in 2013

18 August 2012 – Richardson, Texas, USA – The 6th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium in Richardson, Texas successfully concluded on 17th August 2012 after two days of outstanding speeches, presentations and discussions.  Under the theme of “Project Management in a Risky World”, the symposium attracted approximately 340 participants from around the region, with authors and speakers from around the USA and from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Mexico, Serbia and UAE.

Speaking: Hasan Pirkul, PhD, Dean of the UT Dallas School of Management, welcomed attendees on 16 August – Seated: Jim Joiner, symposium director and Dr. David Daniel, UT Dallas President (photo courtesy of PM World)

Keynote presentations at the 2012 UT Dallas PM Symposium included: Dr. David Daniel, President, University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas); Robert Rausch, recent PMO Director, Dell Healthcare; Lewis Gedansky, Vice President of the Project Management Institute (PMI®); Stacy Goff, Vice President of the International Project Management Association (IPMA); and Mark Penny, Senior Vice President, Manhattan Construction Corporation.

According to Jim Joiner, symposium director for UT Dallas, “This was our most successful symposium to date, with more attendees, great keynote speakers, strong papers and good track presentations.  We received very positive feedback throughout the day, so we’re very pleased this year.”

Jim Szot, director of the Project Management Program at The UT Dallas, stated: “The annual symposium has become an integral part of our project management program here.  We think it can now grow in size, attract more international participants and become one of the premier learning events in the United States.  I think it is already one of the leading project management conferences in this part of the country.

Dr. David Daniel, President of UT Dallas, revealed lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon oil platform disaster in the Gulf of Mexico during his keynote presentation (photo courtesy of PM World)

“I want to thank our volunteers for an outstanding job this year,” Joiner adds.  “The PMI Dallas Chapter really stepped up this year with a full slate of motivated and professional volunteers.  They helped with registration, room and speaker coordination, directing traffic to meals, and helping visitors.  And we can’t forget Debbie Samac, the symposium project manager.  She’s so good and the two days went so smoothly, she made this entire event seem easy.  Great job everyone!”

The 6th UT Dallas Project Management Symposium –  Project Management in a Risky World – was held in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The symposium included five keynote speakers, 50 professional paper presentations, panel discussions, lunches, coffee breaks, a networking reception and a closing plenary session with door prizes.   Participants received up to 16 PDUs for attending.  Information about next year’s event will soon be at pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.  For more information, contact [email protected].

This annual project management conference is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at the University of Texas at Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and PM World Inc.  The 2-day UT Dallas PM Symposium focuses on topics relevant to organizations, industries and the economy in North Texas.

A highlight of the symposium each year, the drawings for door prizes at the end of the symposium keeps attendees at the event until the very end. Symposium director Jim Joiner and project manager Debbie Samac drew the names, with about 40 door prizes given away this year.  Photo courtesy of PM World.

 At the conclusion of another successful symposium;
Jim Joiner, Debbie Samac, James Szot of UT Dallas
17 August 2012 (photo courtesy of PM World)

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 area of the AACSB-accredited 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 an emphasis in project management.

The UT Dallas Project Management Program, originally developed in 1997, is also accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) sponsored Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) and is 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 academic experience. The Program is 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 over 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

PM World Inc is an online publishing and information services organization focused on program and project management, with advisors, correspondents, readers and stakeholders worldwide.  Managed by a virtual team of editors and directors located in Australia, the UK and the United States, PM World publishes the online PM World Journal (PMWJ) and will launch a new PM World Library in coming months.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.