Research Initiatives

The ż Education and Research Foundation directly responded to needs identified by ż members and our partners at the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) and American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). The Robert L. Bowen Industry Residency Fund and the Klinger Case Study Fund provide construction faculty nationwide with the resources necessary to support tomorrow's constructors in the classroom.

: Industry residencies are created through partnerships between an educational institution, an ż contractor, and the ż Education and Research Foundation. In total, 49 industry residents have been sponsored by the foundation since 2011.

ż Education and Research Foundation congratulates the 2023 class of industry residents:

  • Anne Anderson, Roger Williams University/BOND Building Construction
  • Chad Crain, Pittsburg State University/Nabholz
  • Daniel Linares, Florida Gulf Coast University/Manhattan Construction Company
  • James Jenkins, Purdue University/Bowen Engineering
  • Jeff Wilkes, Colorado State University/Kraemer North America

Each educator spends several weeks on site with a construction company with the intent of gaining field experience to bring back to their students. All educators are supported equally by the ż Education and Research Foundation, their host ż member company, and their institution. Applications for the Industry Residency opportunity in the summer of 2025 will open July 1 and be accepted until December 1, 2024.

On application, the faculty member must: identify the specific skills and knowledge to be gained during the residency; identify an ż construction firm or affiliated organization that has agreed to provide the requested professional work experience and financial support; and obtain support from the faculty member's institution. The selected faculty member(s) will document the residency experience in a post-residency report describing the experiences, learning outcomes and the value the residency will bring to his/her classroom.

Participating in this program is an investment in the future of the construction industry, providing valuable current professional experience that can be shared in the classroom. Professional residencies also benefit the host company by providing quality help on projects and if desired, feedback on management processes. 

Industry Case Studies: The ż Education and Research Foundation is committed to the growth, development, and encouragement of field research initiatives to enhance the education of construction management students. In support of this vision, the ż Foundation commissions case studies that will provide today's construction management students the tools to build the industry's future. Cases written by faculty-contractor teams are based on actual experience and provide students with the opportunity to work through issues in a classroom setting. 

The ż Education and Research Foundation is currently soliciting proposals for the development of educational case studies related to the following topics:

  • Dealing with Unforeseen Site Conditions
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Implementing Last Planner Scheduling

All proposals are due no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT, June 21, 2024. Click here to view the Case Study RFP. 

Case Studies published by the foundation are available in as free downloads to industry trainers and faculty members. We welcome your feedback, especially regarding your experience using the studies and your students’ response to them.

The ż Education and Research Foundation Case Study Task Force has also developed a white paper, “Implementing ż Foundation Case Studies into Construction Education” which provides information about how to effectively use case studies to engage construction students in the classroom, including best practices that have proven successful. 


“Having a college professor onboard working on real-life issues will benefit his course instruction, which will hopefully trickle down in the caliber of student the university produces and Blach ultimately hires.”

Brad Fannin, project manager at Blach