MSPM Professors, Drs. Kwak and Keleher to Present at PMI® Global Congress 2016—North America

Congratulations to our esteemed MSPM Professors, Drs. Kwak and Keleher for having been selected as presenters at the PMI® Global Congress 2016—North America! The Global Congress will take place at the San Diego Convention Center from September 24-27, 2016. Their topic, “Managing Risk and Implementing Strategy: The Importance of Leadership and Management Skills,” will tackle how project management methodology supported the deployment of an innovative risk assessment tool. Participants will identify how to use project management methodology to facilitate strategy implementation, learn about innovative approaches to risk management and identify ways to customize the implementation of project management methodology.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify how use of project management methodology can facilitate strategy implementation.
  • Gain exposure to and understand innovative approaches to risk management.
  • Identify ways to customize the implementation of project management in response to an organization’s culture and strategic goals.

More information about their presentation including the schedule is posted here.

About Dr. Young Hoon Kwak:

Young Hoon KWAK

Young Hoon Kwak is a faculty member at The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) in Washington, D.C. and holds a guest professor position at faculty of economics and business administration at Ghent University in Belgium. Dr. Kwak currently serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Management in Engineering.

About Dr. Julia Keleher:


Julia Keleher is the founder of Keleher & Associates, LLC., a boutique consulting firm with principal offices in Washington, D.C. She has designed and implemented various large-scale change initiatives over the course of her nearly 20 year career. Julia earned her BA in Political Science and MS Ed in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her MBA in 2013 and holds a doctorate degree in Education Leadership from the University of Delaware.

MSPM Alum William Davis (’14), Presenter at the PMI Global Congress – North America 2016


We are proud to announce that our MSPM Alum, William Davis (2014) has been selected as one of the presenters for the PMI Global Congress – North America 2016. William’s topic, Easily Estimate Projects Using Statistical PERT  was accepted and approved on June 2nd under Technical sessions category.  Presentation will take place on September 26 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. PMI® Global Congress 2016 – North America brings together thousands of project and program managers, leaders and business professionals from around the world for a series of exceptional education and  networking opportunities. Congress helps develop personal skill sets – from technical and leadership to strategic and business management, empowering professionals to achieve personal career goals, and drive immediate business results to positively impact organizational objectives.

William is presenting his own estimation technique, Statistical PERT, which is a technique he created to compliment the work done by MSPM Professors Cioffi and Khamooshi who developed the Unified Scheduling Method.  Read more about William’s presentation.

In an email message to the program, William mentioned,  “The work I did to create Statistical PERT was wholly due to what I learned while in the MSPM program.  I wouldn’t be presenting in San Diego had it not been for my MSPM graduate degree, and all the hard work and learning that it represents.”

William Davis graduated from the MSPM program and was a recipient of the MSPM Academic Excellence Award in 2014. Since graduation he has been an active MSPM Ambassador and has consistently offered his time to serve as the panel moderator during student orientations. Congratulations on your recent success, William!




DreamSpark Access

DreamSpark provides free downloads of Microsoft software, including MS Project. MSPM students have access to DreamSpark including the new Fall 2016 students. See  download instructions from DreamSpark on the blog (password: gwmspm). For first time users, you will need to register/create an account using your email address. Contact GWSBIT for any questions (



MSPM: In the KNOW, August 23, 2016

Top 3 for 23 Aug

1- The incoming class participated in orientation on campus on Friday, 19 August and Saturday, 20 August 2016. We welcome our new MSPM students to the program. This is an exciting time of the year to join the program as we are now on our 20th year! Visit the GW PMA Facebook page for pictures from the bridge game. The program would like to thank the following MSPM Ambassadors for helping us run the orientation flawlessly:

Current Students: Rahul Rathod, Krishna Tummala and Phebean Williams.

MSPM Alumni: Wilbert Davis (’16), William Davis (’14), Michael Ortiz (’14), Elizabeth Rouse (’16), Graham Sloan (’16) and Chad Wendolek (’16).

2- The Office of the Registrar provides all registration deadlines and refund schedule for students to be aware of. If you are not yet registered for classes, please register now via GWeb. Be reminded that restrictions on most MSPM courses had been removed effective Fall 2016. This resulted to higher number of students registering for MSPM courses. Need help with registration? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via and include your GWid.

3- The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) is inviting presenters to their annual meeting next year. If interested, submit your abstract by 31 August through this link:

CALL FOR PAPERS – 2017 AACE International Annual Meeting, Due 31 August

The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) is inviting presenters to their annual meeting next year. The 2017 AACE International Annual Meeting is taking place at the Hyatt Regency, Orlando, Florida, USA from 11-14 June 2017.

If you are interested  in presenting a paper, please submit an abstract of the proposed paper by 31 August 2016 through this link:

MSPM: In the KNOW, August 16, 2016

Top 3 for 16 Aug

1- Need to Check your Fall Class Schedule? Confirm your fall schedule by logging into GWeb.  Courses and class schedule can be found via the Student Records & Registration Menu under Student Schedule by Date and Time tab. This site provides your official registration details. Blackboard is not the site you should use to confirm this information. Most professors will not make the courses available on Blackboard until the first week of the semester, which begins 29 August.

Not registered yet? Time is running out and seats are going fast. Register now via GWeb. Refer to your DegreeMAP for classes you need to sign up for.

2- Join career coaches for the GWSB Specialized Masters Programs this week for a free session. Career coaches Pilar and Sylvia are available to work with you and give you some job search tips for a one-hour chat session this week. Registration is required. More information here.

3- Have you taken the DNSC 6258 Executive Decision Making Class? You may be interested in becoming a grader for Fall 2016. Dr. Forman is seeking a current MSPM student to work with him this upcoming semester. Application is due tomorrow 17 August. Send resume to Jade Abrams via More information here

Chat With Career Coaches This Week!

The F. David Fowler Career Center  is running Coaches Chat Week. Take advantage of this interactive online chat rooms.  Join Pilar and Sylvia, career coaches for the GWSB Specialized Masters Programs, in this one-hour free-format chat room. You will have an opportunity to chat about your Summer Prep Guide and other internship or job search management tools and services GWU provides. Registration is required.


GWU Department of Decision Sciences Hiring Grader, deadline Wed 8/17

DNSC Grader Position

Grader needed to assist faculty with grading and posting grades. Current students who had already taken the DNSC 6258 Executive Decision Making Course are ideal candidates.  Grader will not hold recitation sessions or office hours. Grader interaction with students will only pertain to assignments and/or grading.   Quite flexible. No special training or preparation required to do the job, other than the approval/recommendation of the faculty member and/or department.  Pay rate is $11.50/hour.  Send your resume to: