National Academy of Construction Symposium


School of Engineering

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is hosting a symposium, convened by the National Academy of Construction, to engage with leading engineering schools and industry around the inclusion of safety culture concepts within current curricular constraints. This is the second in a series of five symposia with the goals of

  • elevating awareness of actions needed to create a safety culture across the industry,
  • connecting leaders in higher education to executives, managers, and supervisors in charge of construction activities, and
  • preparing graduating engineers to be of greater value to industry and to be ready for the leadership roles they will fill in the future.

NAC, the host universities, and professional societies will invite faculty and industry leaders from their local region in order to provide a diverse representation at each symposium. Symposia will be scheduled so that learnings from an earlier symposium can be incorporated into the subsequent symposia.

Financial support for the symposia has been generously provided by the NAC to cover all expenses, so there is no cost to attendees.

Friday, October 21, 2022

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7:30-8:30 - Light Breakfast & Networking

8:30-8:45 - Welcome by Wole Soboyejo, Interim President of WPI

8:45-9:00 - Administrative Remarks by Anthony Leketa, P.E. and Member of NAC

9:00-9:30 - Wayne Crew, President & CEO, National Academy of Construction

9:30-10:00 - First Keynote Address, Thomas F. Gilbane, Jr., Chairman & GEO,Gilbane, Inc.

10:00-11:15 - Panel 1: Benefits of a Safety Culture and Expectations of Recent Graduates

11:30-12:00 - Second Keynote Address, Dr. John A. McNeill, Bernard M. Gordon Dean of Engineering, WPI

12:00-1:15 - Panel 2: Safety Culture Concepts in Existing Course Structure

1:15-2:15 - Lunch

2:30-3:30 - Breakout Session

3:30-4:00 - Report Out/Breakout Session

4:00-4:30 - Q&A 

4:30-5:00 - Next Steps, Wayne Crew, President & CEO, NAC

5:00-6:00 - Social Hour/Networking