This Panel Discussion will center on the topic of what is happening in higher ed to help educate a new generation of facilities management professionals. Many current FM professionals fell into their positions by happenstance. Now, however, a number of colleges and universities have developed FM-related degree programs for individuals desiring to enter the world of FM by choice.
The discussion will be highlighting two aspects of FM in academia:
- Degree programs and their curricula
- Academic research related to FM topics
Derek Hillestad – Graduate Research Associate – Arizona State University
Jake Smithwick – Assistant Professor – University of North Carolina Charlotte
Regina Ford Cahill – Chair of Construction Management – Pratt Institute
Michael Bown – Associate Professor – Brigham Young University
Deniz Besiktepe – Assistant Professor – University of Wisconsin Stout
Moderator: Doug Litwiller – Building Maintenance Optimization Consultants
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