Project Management Students
A few of our Project Management Students
Sean Boone is the owner of NAEC LLC, a small company that has been in business for 10 years providing geotechnical inspection and testing services on construction projects. As owner of NAES LLC, Mr. Boone has participated on the project management teams of several high-profile construction projects including Hilton Baltimore Convention Center Hotel (HBCCH) and the Intercounty Connector (MD 200) Contracts A and B. As a student, he also participated in project management teams for the Nzema Solar Project in Ghana. He graduated in December 2015 and plans to use the knowledge and skills acquired in the program to increase the capabilities of the company. His goal also includes using the tools he has learned from this program to more effectively manage his company's projects and as a preparation for taking the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam.
Henry Monger is originally from Liberia, West Africa. He has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and decided to study Project Management because it will help him become a better planner and help him achieve his goals in an orderly manner. As a graduate of the MSPM program, he plans to use his knowledge and skills to establish his business. His knowledge and understanding of how to analyze and journalize business transactions and mixing it with the triple constraint will help his future efforts. To learn the interactions and combinations of the three most significant restrictions on any project: scope, schedule, and the cost will prepare him for the challenges of real-world projects. Henry graduated in December 2015.
Daniel Janak, a project manager, was a dual enrolled student at Eastern High School and Morgan State University and graduated from the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. School of Engineering with a baccalaureate civil engineering degree when he was only 21 years old. He wanted to pursue a career in construction management; however, he realized to be successful in the business of construction management, he would need a masters degree in project management and without delay, applied for admission to the Morgan State University, Earl G Graves School of Business and Management. With Daniel's academic and work record, he was admitted and completed the Master's program in two years.
Soon after he graduated and armed with a MS in project management and a BS in civil engineering, he immediately applied and was offered the position of "Assistant Project Manager" in the Department of Design and Construction Management at Morgan State University.
As a junior project manager, Mr. Janak manages multiple design and construction projects with funding under $1.0M. He also assists the Associate Vice President for Construction Management with projects that are valued over $1.0M. Today, Mr. Janak enjoys what he does while at the same time helping Morgan State University achieve its mission and strategic goals along with its core values.
His next stop is to further his education and manage projects that are valued closer to the $100M range.
Reginald spent 13 years in the military, serving as a detachment supervisor for a Transportation unit. After the military, he earned his B.S. in Architecture and Environmental Design at Morgan State University. Reginald works for a small construction company where he is currently the foreman. His work experience helps him to navigate through the Project Management program by preparing him for the practical skills and guiding framework that is needed to be successful in the project management field. The program strongly emphasizes the people skills and real world practices required to effectively manage projects on time, on a budget, and within scope. He obtained his Master's degree in Project Management at the end of Fall 2015.
Juanita Singletary Jones.Construction Contracts Manager.
In 1999, I was recruited and hired as the Construction Contracts Manager at Morgan State University (MSU) Procurement Department. This position entails overseeing a (3) person unit that is responsible for managing and directing daily activities of construction/construction related and maintenance contracts. We perform cradle to grave contract administration on construction, maintenance and service contracts.
I was excited and thrilled to learn that MSU offered a Master of Science in Project Management degree as this would be a natural progression for me in my profession. Nothing gives me a greater sense of pride, than being a part of a process that allows me to see a project being built from the ground up! Although I have been a Procurement Officer for over twenty (20) years, I recognize that I can only benefit from being in a learning environment that provides an all-inclusive understanding of all aspects of project management principles and practice. My motivation and commitment to the field of study is twofold; first, to actively expand and develop my skills to assist in the growth and dynamics of the university and secondly, to become an alumnus of a historically black institution.
I have chosen Morgan's MSPM program because the university allows for evening classes for the working professional, real time orientation by experienced faculty; and the convenience of leaving work and walking directly to class. This program allows me to become better at what I love doing every day. The Project Management Program has allowed me to be able to develop project schedules, demonstrate an in depth knowledge of theories and practices, plan, organize, secure, and manage resources to achieve specific goals; thereby bringing added value to the project and university. After completing my Master's, I plan to pursue a Certificate of Advance Study in Project Management.
Mrs. Juanita Singletary Jones will complete her Master of Science degree in Project Management in Fall of 2016 at MSU.
Jim Jones,Contract Compliance Supervisor
Mr. Jones works for the Maryland State Government in the Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO) with the department of Human Resources in the Division of Office of Technology for Human Services. Mr. Jones holds the title of Contract Compliance Supervisor which entails making sure that technical contractors follow the terms and conditions of the companies major IT contracts. The contracts consist of software development, telecommunications, hardware maintenance, technical support and management advisory services. He is also responsible for initiating approved projects and making sure the contractors meet their deliverables submission schedule. In addition, to ensure accuracy he reviews the deliverables contents and makes sure the contractors meet their Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) goals. In other words, Mr. Jones and his division make sure that the prime contractors are apportioning the required percentage of the contract to certified subcontractors of MBE. Mr. Jones takes part in the RFP evaluation committee where they evaluate and rank prospective bidders on the Request for Proposal (RFP).
The project management program taught him the concepts and methodologies of project management from a Project Management Institute (PMI) perspective. The program provided him with the foundation and the fundamentals of how to approach project management within his organization. Mr. Jones had some industry knowledge in managing projects prior to starting his MSPM program at Morgan State University (MSU). However, Mr. Jones emphasizes that the MSPM program at MSU helped him connect the dots and provided him with a detailed understanding of project management concepts.
At his organization, Mr. Jones has the opportunity to review deliverables and to participate in projects from the initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling, and closing phases. In other words, Mr. Jones is involved in the entire process of managing a project. He adds that approximately 80 percent of his work is in the area of monitoring and controlling and he is also heavily involved in all aspects of procurement. Mr. Jones Graduated May 2014 with a Master of Science in Project Management degree from MSU.