The St. Francis College Center of Excellence in Project Management
First Annual Practical Research Forum

June 10, 2011






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Dr. Thomas Lechler, PhD, from Stevens Institute of Technology made a presentation titled “Overcoming the Mental Barriers of the Triple Constraint.” He discussed how PMBOK standards address risk and that uncertainty can have very positive influences on projects.



Stevens Project Management Forum

Over 90 people registered for the 2nd Annual Project Management Forum at Stevens on May 11, 2012. Besides presentations, the Forum included a panel discussion moderated by the Stevens Project Management Program Director Dominic Lepore. Pictured below are panel members from left to right: Henry Abel, President Elect of PMI New York City, Judy Balaban, President of PMI New Jersey, and Brenda Horton, Vice President of PMI Westchester.

Below are the presentations:


    Stevens Hosts Astronaut William Shepherd

    Dominic Lepore and Debra Lepore and Capt Bill Shepherd

    In his 30-year Navy career, Capt. Shepherd has been a program manager, systems engineer, Navy SEAL and astronaut. He flew three missions on the U.S. Space Shuttle and flew on the International Space Station (ISS). Additional information about his visit to Stevens is here.

    With Capt Shepherd is Project Management Program Director Dominic Lepore and Technical Leadership Program Director & SERC Strategic Programs Director Debra Lepore.

    Dominic Lepore and Debra Lepore
    with Captain Bill Shepherd



    2nd Annual Practical Project Management Research Forum

    “The Business Side of Project Leadership”

    Networking, Discussions, Presentations, PDUs

    Co-Sponsors: St. Francis College and Stevens Institute of Technology


    Friday, May 11, 2012
    10am – 4pm
    Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ
    Howe Center, Bissinger Room

    The St. Francis College Center of Excellence in Project Management and the Stevens Institute of Technology present the 2nd Annual Practical Project Management Research Forum. The theme of the Forum is “The Business Side of Project Leadership.” We are going beyond the basics of scope, schedule and budget management to discuss theories, concepts and methodologies that will maximize business value.

    The Forum will feature presentations by both project management researchers and project management practitioners. Researchers will present highly-relevant research findings in PM. Project management practitioners will discuss current trends in project management.

    Specific topics include Project Leadership for Healthcare IT Projects, Bridging the Gap Between Business and the PMO, and the soon-to-be-released Software Extension to the PMBOK.

    Featured speakers include:

    • Beverly Magda, Associate Dean, Technology Management, Georgetown University
    • Don Zack, Project Management Office Director, Broadridge Financial
    • Fred Payne, President – North America, International Centre for Complex Project Management
    • Richard Turner, Distinguished Service Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology
    • Peter Dominick, Industry Assistant Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology
    • Thomas Lechler, Associate Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology

    There will also be a panel discussion with Judy Balaban, President of the PMI New Jersey Chapter and Henry Abel, President-Elect of the PMI NYC Chapter, and Brenda Horton, Vice President of PMI Westchester, moderated by Dominic Lepore, Program Director of Project Management for Stevens.

    The Forum is $50 for general admission, $25 for Stevens alumni and PMI members; it includes coffee, lunch and snacks. The Forum is free for current Stevens Howe School and SSE graduate students.

    PMI members earn 5 PDUs.

    For more information email [email protected]

    Directions to Stevens:

    Stevens is located in Hoboken, NJ and easily accessible by bus, subway and ferry. Parking is available in several local garages. Stevens will not validate parking. Maps, driving directions and public transportation information is here: /sit/maps/driving-directions

    About the Project Management Program at Stevens

    Stevens is one of just 18 American universities accredited by PMI’s Global Accreditation Center (GAC) and the only one in New Jersey, New York or Connecticut. Stevens offers a four-course Graduate Certificate in Project Management and a 12-course master’s degree with a concentration in Project Management. The Graduate Certificate presents the theory and practice of project management and links project planning and execution with achieving strategic business goals. The four courses can be applied to any master’s degree at Stevens. The Master’s Degree is designed for people working in project-based organizations who want to excel in managing enterprise-level projects, programs, portfolios and project management offices.

    About Stevens Institute of Technology

    Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University™, lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research. The University’s students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.

    Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,350 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world. Additional information may be obtained at .