CWUNews FeedNews Feed$113K Awarded for Construction Safety Management Best Practices Handbook, 17 Jun 2014 14:44:26<p><img alt="" src="/engineering/sites/" style="width: 343px; height: 320px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right;"></p><p>The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries recently awarded a $113,000 Safety and Health Investment Projects (SHIP) grant to Central Washington University’s Safety and Health Management program and the Associated General Contractors of Washington to develop a “best practices” construction safety handbook.</p><p>“This has never been done before,” said Sathyanarayanan “Sathy” Rajendran, professor and program coordinator, safety and health management. Rajendran is partnering with the AAGC of Washington, and its safety director, Mandi Kime, a 2001 CWU safety and health management alumna, on the handbook project.</p><p>“This is not a compliance manual—we have plenty of those. This will be a comprehensive safety handbook that focuses on the best practices of actual construction businesses.</p><p>“Compliance is the bare minimum,” he continued. “We want to showcase companies that are going above and beyond the legal requirements, who have a reputation for leadership in safety practices.”</p><p>Rajendran and his students will spend the next year assessing top Pacific Northwest companies and detailing how these companies set the bar high when it comes to health and safety on the job. The manual, which will be completed in May 2015, will be freely available online, and updated regularly.</p><p>The book will be organized in modules that cover each facet of construction safety and provide a variety of templates and forms that contractors can download in the field—“We want to make this really simple and usable.” Mobile apps could possibly be developed down the line, Rajendran added.</p><p>According to Rajendran, many of the best practices begin with the company being proactive about safety, with ongoing safety education classes for employees and encouraging a culture that facilitates compliance with heightened safety practices.</p><p>Rajendran notes that many companies educate their employees to practice safety away from work as well, with booklets showing best practices around the home and how to perform basic first aid—“They want their employees to get in the habit of being safety conscious all the time.”</p><p>“It is for humanitarian, as well as financial reasons,” explained Rajendran, who noted that an injury, disability, or death affects the welfare of the worker’s whole family.</p><p>The numbers are sobering. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,628 workers were killed on the job in 2012. That is an average of 89 deaths per week or more than 12 deaths every day. More than 700 Hispanic or Latino workers were killed from work-related injuries in 2012—on average, more than 14 deaths a week, or the equivalent of two Latino workers killed every single day of the year, all year long. Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 15 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2012.</p><p>Central Washington University’s Safety and Health Management Program is one of the oldest university-based programs in the nation, and one of only two on the West Coast. Highly competitive, the program only admits 24 students a year. The program offers rigorous, hands-on, in-the-field training that prepares its graduates to become leaders in the industry.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p>Dean's Scholars, 09 Jun 2014 15:07:05<p>Joshua <strong>Yoder</strong> of Ellensburg, a Mechanical Engineering Technology grad and Andrew <strong>Coward</strong>, an Electronics Engineering Technology grad at CWU-Des Moines will receive a<br>Dean's Scholars award at CWU’s Honors Convocation Friday, June 13, at 7:00 p.m in McConnell Auditorium.&nbsp; They are in the top 6% of the College of Education and<strong> Professional Studies.</strong>&nbsp; Congrats!</p><p><br>&nbsp;</p>SOURCE 2014 AWARDS, 20 May 2014 12:27:52<p><strong>CONSTRUCTED OBJECTS BEST PRESENTATION AWARDS</strong></p><p><br>SolarDraft Solar Air Heater<br>Dickson, Jeremy; Budnick, Sam; Porter, Kevin; Kluever, Kyle<br>Faculty Mentor(s): Roger Beardsley, Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction</p><p>Three-­‐Phase Motor Controller Design<br>Johnson, Aaron<br>Faculty Mentor(s): Lad Holden, Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction</p><p>Programmable Logic Controller Automated System<br>Waytuck, Michael<br>Faculty Mentor(s): Nathan Davis, Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction</p><p><strong><em>Congratulations!</em></strong><br>&nbsp;</p>Club News, 22 Apr 2014 12:17:21<p>Chelsea Dowdell took a second place award at the 2014 Northwest Regional <strong>ASME</strong> Student Professional Development Conference (SPDC). The conference was sponsored by the Puget Sound chapter of the <strong>American Society of Mechanical Engineers </strong>(ASME) and Highline Community College Foundation, and included approximately 75 students from mechanical engineering, engineering technology, and community college pre-engineering programs at 12 schools. Chelsea Dowdell took second place (and a $150 cash award) for her Old Guard presentation titled "The Effect of Line of Sight on Stride Length" which detailed results of an experiment relevant to ergonomics of treadmill design. Associate Professor Roger Beardsley accompanied three CWU <strong>Mechanical Engineering Technology</strong> students to the April 12 event at Highline Community College in Des Moines.</p>Club News, 22 Apr 2014 12:14:44<p>The <strong>IEEE Club </strong>recently hosted several groups of students from area high schools to learn about and create basic electrical circuits.&nbsp; The projects included an Operation game developed by the club and an astable multivibrator circuit commonly found in many electronic devices. The<strong> IEEE</strong> represents students from the <strong>Electronics Engineering Technology</strong> program and is advised by Professor Nathan Davis.</p>ETSC Participates in Regional FIRST Robotics Event, 26 Mar 2014 13:42:08<p>More than 700 students, in grades nine through 12, from 35 teams across Washington and Oregon will be in Ellensburg Friday and Saturday, March 28-29, for the Washington FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) regional competition, hosted by Central Washington University.</p><p>Click <a href="">Here</a> for more info.</p>CWU Hosts Statewide Training for Safety and Health Professionals, 11 Mar 2014 10:23:11<p>Central Washington University on Friday will welcome an estimated 60 safety and health professionals from throughout Washington State for a first-of-its kind conference.</p><p>The day of professional development, titled <em>Safety Professionals and Soft Skills</em>, qualifies for continuing education credits. The conference features speakers Kathy Hagler, PhD, and Marcus Mann. Members of CWU’s student section of the American Society of Safety Engineers will lead a presentation on smartphone apps for the safety industry and offer tours of CWU’s impressive Hogue Technology Building. Safety industry vendors will showcase their products at booths throughout the day.</p><p>Hagler’s talk will focus on meeting management. Hagler is a nationally recognized authority on continuous improvement, quality planning, and organizational coaching. She founded the Technology Exchange Center in Orange County, California.</p><p>Mann’s talk will focus on motivation and field leadership. Mann is an author and facilitator with his company Sound Productions. He has 20 years of experience in public safety where he served as commander of Washington’s Hostage Negotiations Team, manager of a police academy, a critical incident stress counselor, and more.</p><p>CWU’s <a href="" target="_blank">Safety and Health Management Program</a> has never hosted such a conference in its 40-year history, said professor Sathyanarayanan Rajendran, coordinator of CWU’s Safety and Health Management Program. Industry professionals often have to travel to the Seattle area to get similar training, he said. Ellensburg offers a convenient location for people coming from central and eastern Washington.</p><p>“If it takes off, it’s going to be an annual event,” Rajendran said.</p><p>The ASSE Puget Sound Chapter and CWU’s ASSE student section organized the conference, which is planned from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday in the <a href="" target="_blank">Hogue Technology Building</a>. Registration is $75 per person, which includes breakfast and lunch. Register online at <a href=";event_id=12" target="_blank"></a> or on site the day of the conference.</p><p>March 11, 2014</p>CMGT Team Wins 3rd Place at Reno Competition!, 24 Feb 2014 12:57:05<p><img alt="" src="/engineering/sites/" style="width: 424px; height: 600px;"></p>Ranking the Top Construction Management Schools, 15 Jan 2014 13:01:00<p><br>Top Construction Management Schools<br>2July 24, 2013 by Admin<br>Ranking The Top Construction Management Schools</p><p>It’s difficult to rank the top construction management schools without some kind of metric in which to measure each school against the other. So I decided to rank the top schools for construction management based on their most recent (as of April 2013) performance in a US national competition hosted by the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC).........</p><p></p><p>&nbsp;</p>CWU Construction Management Alumnus named National Top Field Employee of 2013, 17 Dec 2013 10:14:38<p><img alt="" src="/engineering/sites/" style="width: 482px; height: 320px;"></p><p>The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association Inc. (NRC) has named the winners of its 2013 Field Employee and Rail Construction Project of the Year Awards.</p><p>The association chose Craig Almont of Hamilton Construction as the Field Employee of the Year. He joined Hamilton Construction two years ago after attending Central Washington University's construction management program. One year after his hiring, Craig was sent to a job in Idaho where he not only exceeded the company's project goals and expectations, but also immersed himself into the community and joined the coaching staff of the local high school's struggling football team, NRC officials said in an award announcement.</p><p>Read more in <a href="">Progressive Railroading.</a></p><p>Almont is also featured in <a href="">Railway Age</a>.</p>