Butz speaks at Lehigh

Lee A. Butz, Chairman of Butz Enterprises, Inc. launches the CEE Construction Management Guest Lecture Series on August 30. The 15-session series features key members of the Alvin H. Butz., Inc. Construction Manager project team as well as other guest experts from local industry. Adjunct professor Bill MacNair, pictured above to Lee's left, coordinated the lecture series for his construction management class. Pictured to Lee's right is CEE dept. chair Sibel Pamukcu, who awarded Lee his Fritz Lab T-shirt.

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Addressing a capacity crowd in Neville 3, Lee A. Butz, chairman of Butz Enterprises, Inc., wished that Lehigh had offered a construction management class when he was studying civil engineering in the 1950s. On August 30, 2012, the man responsible for bringing the construction management concept to the Lehigh Valley offered a master class of his own, graciously returning to his alma mater to share the benefit of his perspective with students and professionals alike. The Butz companies currently manage a project portfolio worth $690 million.

To view Lee's lecture, "Construction Management: Its local history, benefits, and how it differs from other construction delivery methods, click here.

Butz Lecture Video

To view the post-lecture Q&A, click here.

Butz Q&A Video


CEE congratulates…

Reidar Bhorhovde, '72PhD, the 2012 recipient of the Charles Massonnet Award. He is the third Lehigh alumnus to be so honored, having been preceded by Jacques Brozzetti,'69G in 2000 and Manfred Hirt, '71PhD, in 2006.

Mark J. Tamaro, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, who has been promoted to senior principal in the Washington, D.C. office of Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm. Mr. Tamaro graduated from Lehigh in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and in 1992 with a master's degree in civil engineering.

Baby Kuklinski

New parents Dawn and Gregory Kuklinski, '98, P.E., M.ASCE, who welcomed daughter Ashley Charlotte on February 11, 2012, at 4:19 p.m. The professional engineer and project manager for Alfred Benesch & Company reports that Ashley debuted at "7 lbs., 4 oz, and 1 foot, 8 and a quarter inches long." Greg has won awards for his engineering photography, but we suspect his camera has a new subject these days.

Mack McElroy, who was accepted into the Ph.D. program at North Carolina State University. Mack will be studying advanced materials for aerospace engineering.

Holly Canada, who began work in March as a water resources engineer for the California Department of Water Resources. In 2011 Holly earned an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of California, Davis after earning a B. S. degree in integrated business and engineering and a B. S. in civil engineering with honors from Lehigh in 2010.The California native reports she's happy to be back in her native, sunny California.

Baby Keller

New parents Wesley Keller, '12PhD and his wife, Rebecca Chance, who welcomed daughter Madeline Chance Keller on July 26, 2012. Maddie weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 20½ inches long at birth. Wes has returned to Lehigh as a post-doc research associate after working as a structural engineer at Weidlinger Associates, NYC.

CEE remembers…

Harold S. Reemsnyder, '63PhD, P.E., Ceng., FASTM, FTWI, who passed away on October 23, 2012. Harold was an internationally recognized expert in the fatigue and fracture of structure metals and worked as a principal scientist at Bethlehem Steel's Homer Research Laboratory. He served as an officer in the 801st Engineer Aviation Battalion during the mid-1950s.


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