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September 26, 2001

Associated General Contractors Endowed Chair Named at UNM

Dr. Jerald RoundsDr. Jerald Rounds, professional engineer (P.E.), has been named to fill the Associated General Contractors (AGC) Endowed Chair in Construction Management and Construction Engineering at the University of New Mexico. Rounds has 30 years of combined experience in academia and the construction industry.

Rounds began his duties in the UNM Department of Civil Engineering on Aug. 13. He succeeds Deborah Fisher, P.E., who is focusing more on teaching and research as a UNM Civil Engineering faculty member.

As AGC Endowed Chair, Rounds will be responsible for both undergraduate and graduate construction division programs, as well as research and industry outreach.

Rounds was selected for the chaired position following an international search that started in February. He is the third professor to hold the position, the others being Fisher and Greg Howell, P.E.

The “AGC Endowed Chair” was started by the New Mexico Building Branch, Associated General Contractors, in September of 1984. It is funded by contributions from AGC contractors and others in the New Mexico construction industry.

AGC’s goal in the construction industry is to ensure professional standards in the commercial building industry. Its 220 plus members account for more than 60 percent of New Mexico’s non-residential public and private building construction each year The Construction Advancement Program, AGC’s 501©3 Education Foundation, provided a major impetus to the start of the program. Matching funds were also provided by UNM and the State of New Mexico.

The purpose of the endowment is to seize a standard of excellence for education beyond what is attainable through normal funding sources at UNM and to promote and enhance Construction Management and Construction Engineering as unique disciplines within the UNM CE Department.

In response to the needs of students in the department who plan to go to work directly in the construction industry, the program teaches both technical and business knowledge needed for the operation and management of a construction company. The program is intended, also, to produce graduates who can meet the personnel needs of New Mexico construction companies who work in this state’s fourth largest private industry.

Originally from Denver, Colo., Rounds comes to UNM from Goodyear, Ariz., where he headed Rounds and Associates, a consulting firm for the construction industry. Before that, he taught at Arizona State University from 1986 to 1993.

Rounds holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Structures) from the University of Dundee, Scotland and a B.S. in CE (Structures) from the University of Colorado. He also completed graduate level CE courses toward a masters degree at the National University of Mexico. In addition, Rounds has taught at Iowa State University from 1983 to 1986 and is a Fellow at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He is a licensed professional engineer in both Colorado and Iowa. He has worked in the industry in structural design and as a construction field engineer. He was also a project manager for Petry Construction Co. in Colorado.

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