UMD Project Management Symposium to Feature U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Director


13 March 2014 – College Park, Maryland, USA — The University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence has named Karen Durham-Aguilera, Director of Contingency Operations and Office of Homeland Security Headquarters for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a featured speaker at this year’s First Annual Project Management Symposium. Durham-Aguilera joins a lineup of more than 55 guest speakers and presenters who will offer expert insights throughout the two-day event, taking place June 9-10, 2014, in the Stamp Student Union on the University of Maryland (UMD) campus in College Park, Md.


During her presentation, “Managing the Army Corps of Engineers $14 Billion Dollar Project to Keep New Orleans Dry,” Durham-Aguilera will discuss her role in assisting with planning responses for federal, state and local governments in the event of an emergency or disaster, including terrorist attacks and disasters involving weapons of mass destruction. Her presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9, at 12:20 p.m.

With the goal of “Connecting Academically Rigorous Research with Practical Applications,” this symposium will bring together project management professionals from academe, industry and government to share, explore and learn the best management practices for today’s dynamic project environments. Topics covered will range from disaster management and human factors to global project management and innovative financing, and attendees can credit symposium sessions toward earning professional development units (PDUs) for maintaining their Project Management Institute (PMI) credential.

This event is being held in partnership between the UMD Project Management Center for Excellence and the Silver Spring Chapter of the Project Management Institute, with media sponsorship support from Project Management World Journal.

For more information on the symposium, visit University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence’s website. Those who register for the symposium by April 1, 2014, can take advantage of this year’s exclusive early-bird registration rate.

The University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering Project Management Center for Excellence’s mission is to provide high quality, challenging education in project management that encompasses breadth and depth, preparing graduates to be proficient as both contributing members of project teams and excellent project managers, to maintain a strong research program recognized for excellence in project management, and to provide project management training and development service to the university, the profession and the community at large. Our academic program was the first program in an engineering school to be accredited by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Global Accreditation Center, and the center is also designated by PMI as a “Global Registered Educational Provider.”  For information, visit www.pm.umd.edu

Source: UMD Project Management Center for Excellence