Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Bridging the Gap of Industry and Academia"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2014 - DURI
Research area(s):
Construction Management, Productivity, Company dynamics
Project Description:
There are national issues in the construction industry related to the following questions: 1. How can communication be improved with all employees? 2. How can technology use be maximized? 3. What actions can be taken to improve productivity? 4. How can the construction industry recruit future employees, both management and craft? This project will be collecting real data from employees in the Lafayette area to answer the research questions.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern will be assisting with the development of methodology and collecting data. He or she will visit construction projects and offices to record the interviews. Analysis and development of visual results will also be expected.
Related Website(s):
Desired Qualifications:
Good communcation skills. Interest in construction industry, company dynamics and or management. Previous experience in research and the display of results would be helpful. Human subjects approval preferred. Ability to develop charts from excel and simple statistical analysis.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Koch, Daphene
bldg construction management technology

Student Supervisor

Daphene Koch
Associate Professor

Cooperating Faculty

E. Shirl Donaldson
Engineering Technology / Technology