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J. K. Yates

Emeritus Civil Engineering Professor and Former Dean
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Dr. J. K. Yates, former dean, College of Engineering Technology, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan. Construction management department head and coordinator in civil engineering departments at several universities. A Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in civil engineering from the University of Washington and Texas A&M University with five minors. Worked for numerous engineering and construction firms both in the U.S. and overseas.

Biography

Dr. J. K. Yates is the former dean of the College of Engineering Technology at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan; and has been in charge of construction management or project management programs in several civil engineering and construction management departments. Dr. Yates received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Washington and a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University with minors in global finance and management, global political science, business analysis, construction science, and archeology/anthropology.
Dr. Yates has worked for several of the top ranked domestic and global engineering and construction firms, as a consultant during legal cases, and on international contracts. Dr. Yates is the author of eight books and numerous refereed journal articles and is a former member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Project Management Institute, and the American Association of Cost Engineers International. Dr. Yates received the Distinguished Professor award from the Construction Industry Institute (CII) in 2010 and Polytechnic University in 1994, was the Associated General Contractor’s Outstanding Construction Professor in America in 1997, was one of the Engineering News Records Those Who Made Marks on the Construction Industry in 1991, and received the Ron Brown award for industry/academic collaborations with the Hewlett Packard Foundation in 2001. Dr. Yates has traveled for work and pleasure to twenty-five countries and worked in Bontang, East Kalimantan on the Island of Borneo in Indonesia.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Construction management, industrial construction, heavy construction equipment and methods, construction law and contracts, engineering economics, construction estimating and scheduling, construction financing and marketing, and project management. Dr. Yates has conducted research in a variety of areas including: sustainability in the engineering and construction industry, productivity Improvement, construction law and contracts, dispute review boards, global engineering and construction, international standards, global construction competitiveness, project preplanning delays, construction delay analysis system, construction failures, and construction safety.

Personal Interests

    Researching and writing engineering textbooks; collecting biographies of engineers; designing, constructing, and remodeling homes; landscaping and horticulture; the development and use of nuclear power and nuclear weapons; physics;  zoology; chemistry; history; the Civil War and World War II; world travel to 31 countries; world affairs and economics; medical textbooks and journals; tennis, walking, dogs, and home repairs.

Books

Featured Title
 Featured Title - Sustainability in Engineering Design & Construction - 1st Edition book cover

Articles

American Society of Civil Engineers, Journal of Constructino Engineering and Management

Diseño Y Construccion Para Una Construccion Industrial Sustentable


Published: Apr 01, 2014 by American Society of Civil Engineers, Journal of Constructino Engineering and Management
Authors: Dr. J. K. Yates
Subjects: Engineering - Civil

Este artículo resume los resultados de un proyecto de investigaciön financiado por el Instituto de la Industria de la Construcciön (CII) que abarcö el diseño y construcciön para una construcciön industrial sustentable.

American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Construction Engineering and Management.

Design and Construction for Sustainable Industrial Construction


Published: Jan 30, 2014 by American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Construction Engineering and Management.
Authors: Dr. J. K. Yates
Subjects: Engineering - Civil

A global literature review of sustainable industrial construction and the results of a survey of industrial construction firms that provided information on sustainable practices and numerous examples being implemented in their firms. The research developed a quick start guide for implementing sustainability practices, two maturity models for evaluating the sustainability of projects, and a checklist for sustainability evaluation of industrial construction projects.

Journal of Construction Innovation, Vol. 13, No. 3 p. 281 - 301

Sustainable Waste Minimization Methods for Construction


Published: Jan 01, 2013 by Journal of Construction Innovation, Vol. 13, No. 3 p. 281 - 301
Authors: Dr. J. K. Yates
Subjects: Engineering - Civil

This article discusses sustainable waste minimization strategies that were derived from a research investigation that was funded by the Construction Industry Institute and that included assistance from industry representatives The research investigation included reviewing waste minimization strategies being used throughout the world and conducting a survey of high-level executives from top ranked engineering and construction firms.

, American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Leadership and Management in Engineering

Forum: The Art of Negotiation in Engineering and Construction


Published: Sep 01, 2011 by , American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Leadership and Management in Engineering
Authors: Dr. J. K. Yates
Subjects: Engineering - Civil

This article reviews traditional dispute resolution techniques, provides definitions for negotiation and construction contract claims, and discusses the negotiation of construction claims and negotiators.

American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of the Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction

The Art of Mediation in the Engineering and Construction Industry


Published: Jul 15, 2010 by American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of the Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction
Authors: Dr. J. K. Yates
Subjects: Engineering - Civil

This article discusses mediation as it applies in the engineering and construction industry in the U.S. and other common law legal systems and how it is viewed in Asian and Shari'a legal systems. It also includes a review of the effectiveness of different types of mediation systems.

American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Leadership and Management in Engineering,

Forum: Engineering Knowledge Versus Skills


Published: Jul 01, 2010 by American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Leadership and Management in Engineering,
Authors: Dr. J. K. Yates
Subjects: Engineering - Chemical

This article discusses the debate that pertains to whether teaching computer software programs in university-level science, math, and engineering programs results in students acquiring knowledge or mastering skills. It includes arguments both in favor of and against teaching computer software programs in addition to or in place of fundamentals.

American Society of Civil Engineers Construction Engineering and Management Journal

Construction Project Scheduling with Time, Cost, and Material Restrictions Using


Published: Oct 01, 2009 by American Society of Civil Engineers Construction Engineering and Management Journal
Authors: Castro-Lacouture, D.; Suer, G.; Gonzaliez-Joaqui, J.; and Yates, J. K.
Subjects: Engineering - Civil

This article evaluates the viability of using fuzzy mathematical models for determining construction schedules and for evaluating the contingencies created by schedule compression and delays due to unforeseen material shortages. Networks were analyzed using three methods: manual critical path method scheduling calculations, Primavera Project Management software (P5), and mathematical models using the Optimization Programming Language software.

American Association of Cost Engineers International Journal

Global Terrorism Protection for Project Management Professionals


Published: May 01, 2009 by American Association of Cost Engineers International Journal
Authors: Dr. J. K. Yates and B. Claiau
Subjects: Engineering - Civil

This article summarizes the results of a research investigation that examined terrorism and kidnapping issues that affect project management professionals when they are working on projects in unstable environments or international countries.

American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice

Global Legal Issues


Published: Jul 31, 2007 by American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice
Authors: Dr. J. K. Yates and J. A. Smith
Subjects: Engineering - Civil

This paper provides information on some of the international legal conventions, regional legal issues, and comparative legal systems Specific contract clauses are examined in relation to how their inclusion or exclusion might impact global engineering and construction projects.

American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice

Utilizing Dispute Review Boards in Relational Contracting: A Case Study


Published: Oct 01, 2006 by American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice
Authors: Dr. J. K. Yates and J. Duran
Subjects: Engineering - Civil

The issues discussed in this article include: defining Dispute Review Boards; background information on dispute resolution methods; a description of a case study project; roles of the parties involved in the DRB; DRB member selection; causes of disputes; geotechnical design summary reports; DRB presentations by owners, contractors, construction managers, and subcontractors; and perspectives of the owner, contractor, and construction managers on the DRB process.

American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice

Avoiding and Minimizing Construction Delay Claims in Relational Contracting


Published: Apr 01, 2006 by American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice
Authors: Dr. J. K. Yates and A. Epstein
Subjects: Engineering - Civil

A discussion is provided relative to how claims are generated during a construction project, the various types of delay, contract provisions which may trigger construction delay claims, methods of solidifying a party’s position, presentation, substantiation and justification of a claim, formal and informal methods to resolve claims and, most importantly, mechanisms by which to cut down on the incidence of delay claims.

American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Construction Engineering and Management

Documenting and Analyzing Construction Failures


Published: Feb 01, 2002 by American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Construction Engineering and Management
Authors: Dr. J. K. Yates and E. Lockley
Subjects: Engineering - Civil

This article provides background information on construction failures and investigation techniques. It describes the results of a survey of 115 industry professionals, and an investigation into the OSHA case studies on construction failures. It provides an analysis of the results and discusses construction failure investigative techniques being used in the engineering and construction E&C industry and discusses a new procedure for investigating, documenting, and reporting construction failures.

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