Kevin Miller, BYU professor and construction management program chair, recently received the Construction Management Association of America’s Student Educator of the Year award for his outstanding service to the academic field of construction management.
This award, which is given annually, is granted only to those who have made significant contributions to advancing educational opportunities for future construction managers. CMAA is North America’s only organization dedicated exclusively to the interests of professional Construction and Program Management, and has more than 11,000 members, 28 regional chapters and 50 student chapters.
Miller was one of the key leaders in an effort for construction management programs at colleges and universities nationwide to gain accreditation through the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Accreditation for construction management inside of ABET did not previously exist, until Miller and his colleagues helped create it from the ground up.
“In the college most of the programs are ABET accredited, so getting construction management to join the same accreditation body is a great step to bringing all the programs in the college in a more common language,” explained Miller.
While this shift does not change the validity, purpose or quality of education given to construction management students, this new accreditation simplifies many matters in terms of common structure, organizational tools, framework, etc…
Professor Miller’s commitment to teaching his students and building bridges between the higher education community and the construction management industry are among the many reasons why he has received this award from the CMAA.
“It’s a great honor, there are a thousand faculty members to choose from, and to be recognized is an extremely nice honor,” said Miller.