Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

Project Management for Principal Investigators

Join us for a talk by Dr. Kelly Strong from the UNI Technology Department on Wednesday, February 13th, from 3:00 - 4:00 in Rod Library 287.

Principal Investigators on sponsored research contracts and grant programs typically have primary responsibility for quality, budget and schedule performance of the research project.  This presentation will provide some basic project management tools for principal investigators, including: pull planning, top down budgeting, quality control (managing expectations), scope definition, and sponsor buy-in.

Dr. Kelly C. Strong, Ph.D., DBIA, is an associate professor and program coordinator in the Department of Technology. He also holds a research collaborator appointment at the Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University in Ames Iowa. He has over 20 years of consulting and academic experience in construction engineering and management. He has taught undergraduate courses, graduate seminars, and organizational training workshops in the areas of risk assessment, contracting, innovative project delivery, project scheduling, project finance, project design, and project management. He has partnered with the Transportation Research Board, Federal Highway Administration, American Association of State Highway Transportation Organizations, CH2M Hill, HNTB, Midwest Transportation Center, Applied Pavement Technology Inc., and dozens of state and regional transportation agencies, research universities, contractors, and engineering organizations.

Dr. Strong has participated in over 20 research projects ranging in size from $18,000 to $1.25 million. He has served as principal or co-principal investigator on several projects and has participated in numerous interdisciplinary, multiple-investigator projects. He has supervised dozens of master’s and Ph.D. students and post-doctoral research associates. He has over 40 refereed journal articles, major final reports, and national presentations in the area of transportation construction and project management. Dr. Strong has been PI or co-PI on numerous transportation work zone safety and risk analysis projects. Dr. Strong was chosen by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America as lead developer of their project management development training program and participated in the revision of AGC of America’s field supervisory training program.