Chief Planning & Project Officer for TxDOT to review North Texas Highway Projects at UT Dallas Project Management Symposium in August


19 July 2013 – Richardson, Texas, USA – Organizers of the 7th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium being held August 15-16, 2013, in Richardson, Texas, USA have announced that Russell Zapalac, Chief Planning and Project Officer for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), will deliver a keynote presentation on Thursday morning, August 15.  Mr. Zapalac will provide attendees with an update on the various highway projects planned or underway in North Texas, and some of the project management issues being addressed.

The theme for the 7th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium is “Project Management: Optimizing Value to Stakeholders.”  The conference is again being sponsored by the Project Management Program at The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas), in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and PM World Journal.  To register, visit pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.

russell-zapalacMr. Russell Zapalac serves as the Chief Planning and Project Officer for Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). His duties include oversight of TxDOT planning activities, development of a new enterprise project management system and leading TxDOT’s comprehensive development agreements and public-private partnership program.

Throughout his nearly 20-year career, Mr. Zapalac has always worked with large highway projects. He served as senior vice president and director of transportation for HDR, where he managed the 17-state central region and led 500 professionals. He served as the program manager for TxDOT’s SH 130: Segments 1-4 project. He also worked for the Transportation Corridor Agencies in Orange County, California as the Director of Design and Construction where he oversaw a 67-mile, $5 billion tollway program created with design-build contracts.

Mr. Zapalac is on the Board of Directors for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, serves on the Transportation Transformation Group’s Executive Committee and is the past president of the American Road and Transportation Builders

Association’s Public-Private Venture Division.

The two-day UT Dallas Project Management Symposium will be held in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the University’s campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The annual two-day project management conference focuses on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including information technology, healthcare, telecommunications, public programs, energy, transportation and others.  This symposium has become one of the best regional project management conferences in the United States, and one of the best values for a full two-day professional conference.

The symposium will include an opening ceremony and plenary session, professional paper presentations by 45 different speakers, panel discussions, lunches and coffee breaks, a networking reception and a closing plenary session with keynote speaker.   Attendees can receive 15 PDUs for attending.  If you are a project manager or project management professional living in North Texas or anywhere in the Central United States, plan to attend this world-class symposium.  More information can be found at pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.

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.