Getting to know MSPM Assistant Director Dustin Pusch

I am thrilled to announce the addition of Dustin Pusch to the Project Management Program staff at GW!  Dustin, who has worked for the Decision Sciences Department as Senior Secretary for the past two years, is our new Assistant Director for the MSPM Program.  He will focus on managing our admissions and special events.  Please join me in extending a big welcome to Dustin!  (You can use the comments section to leave welcome messages!)
– Anne Koprince, Director, Project Management Program

To help us get to know Dustin a little better, the MSPM Program sat down with him . . .
 Welcome to the GW MSPM program, Dustin.
Thank you.  I am very excited to work closely with such a great administration, faculty, and especially the MSPM students.  GW’s MSPM students are some of the most passionate, diverse, and interesting students at GW.  I have actually been working with the program since 2008 as the Senior Secretary for the Department of Decision Sciences here at the Business School.  I have grown very familiar with the program over the last 2 years and I am eager to focus on making the experience at GW as rewarding as it can be for the MSPM students.  

So, Dustin, tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in suburban Connecticut and headed north to Boston after high school.  I graduated from Boston College in 2004 with a degree in Political Science and History.  I stayed in Boston for 2 more years organizing international educational travel opportunities for high school and college groups.  Helping students from across the country experience international cultures was a very rewarding experience, but because of my interest in government and politics, I decided in 2006 to move to Washington, DC.

What brought you to GW?
With an eye towards working in higher education, I began working at GW at the end of May in 2008 with the Department of Decision Sciences in the Business School.  Because the MSPM program is part of the Decision Sciences Department, I have worked closely with the program for the last 2 years.  Before coming to GW, I was the Executive Administrative Assistant for the Division on Engineering and Physical Science at the National Academies here in Washington, DC.  I very much enjoyed working with many respected experts in the fields of engineering and physics, but a desire to work in higher education and to continue my own education directed me towards GW.

Are you a student at GW?
Yes, I am!  I’m currently a part-time/evening law student at GW studying International Law.  I have really enjoyed my first 2 years at the law school and while it can be tough at times, I really value my experience of working and going to school at the same time.  I also have a lot of respect for students in the MSPM program who are working full-time and going to school part-time.  I know first-hand how hard it can be to balance work and school while still finding time to have a personal life!
 
What do you like to do outside of GW when not working and studying?
Well, I’d be lying if I said I had a lot of free time, as anyone working and going to school at the same time can attest to, but I do find time to pursue several interests.  During the summer and fall, you can find me on a softball field somewhere in the DC area a few times a week.  I enjoy any kind of outdoor activity, especially paintball.  If anyone is around campus, feel free to swing by Funger 415.  I am always up for a healthy discussion on politics, movies, tv, and all kinds of sports, especially if it’s about the Yankees!  

New publications for Dr. Young Kwak

IBM Center for the Business of Government just published a report titled “PM in Government: Introduction to Earned Value Management” by Dr. Young Kwak and Dr. Frank Anbari.  The audience for this report are federal employees who are middle and upper managers who have no or very little exposure to EVM so the tone and the contents of the report is very light, practical, and easy to read.   

In addition, Dr. Kwak has published two new articles on project management: “Exploring Monte Carlo Simulations Applications for Project Management” in IEEE Engineering Management Review, 37(2), pages 83-91; and “Web-based Construction Project Specification System” in the Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 24(2), pages 212-221.

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