Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker I
Prof. Lonny Simonian
 California Polytechnic State University, USA

Lonny Simonian has over 25 years of professional experience in the electrical design and construction industry and has worked on several multibillion USD federally funded domestic projects, as well as numerous public and privately funded projects around the world. This has including extensive experience in project & construction management, project controls and administration, and design and construction engineering on several US government advanced technology projects. He holds a Master of Science in Engineering degree from University of California, Berkeley with an emphasis in Construction Engineering and Management, a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), and an Advanced Project Management Certificate from Stanford. Professor Simonian’s current appointment is as a Professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) and graduate course instructor in the College of Engineering at Cal Poly.

Professor Simonian is a licensed Professional Electrical Engineer in the State of California and a Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional. Professor Simonian’s previous experience includes positions as an Engineering Group Supervisor at Bechtel National and Senior Project Manager for Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. His Cal Poly courses have included Building Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Systems, Construction Contracts, Construction Project Administration, Principles of Construction Management, Project Controls, Management of the Construction Firm, Professional Practice for Construction Project Managers, and Integrated Project Delivery. Professor Simonian was a past recipient of a NSF/DOE fellowship, conducting Smart Grid research at UC Berkeley Lab on Energy Information System Dashboard Integrating Wireless Sensing Devices with Wired Metering and Controls. He is the principal or corresponding author of over three dozen peer-reviewed papers.

Professor Simonian is currently conducting research for ELECTRI International, the research foundation for the National Electrical Contractors Association, on Quality in Construction – Improving productivity and reducing rework by establishing a Built-in Quality (BIQ) program, and recently completed work on another ELECTRI grant Applications for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Electric Utility Construction. Professor Simonian previously completed a co-funded ELECTRI and National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) grant on Electrical Distribution and Construction – Developing an Agile Supply Chain Partnership.

Prior research includes a grant from the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) on a Guide to Applying Reliability Based Decision Making to Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance (ITM) Frequency for Fire Protection Systems and Equipment and a report for the National Institute of Standards and Technology via the FPRF on Smart Grids and NFPA Electrical Safety Codes and Standards. Prior ELECTRI grants include Customer Side Smart Grid Installations – Preparing for the Future, Combining Charging Station Installation with Energy Efficiency Upgrades – an Emerging Market, and Building Information Modeling (BIM) Training and Implementation for Electrical Contractors.

Speech Title: Quality in Construction – Improving productivity and reducing rework by establishing a Built-in Quality (BIQ) program
Abstract: Failure to maintain quality during the design and construction of facilities is estimated to cost the U.S. construction industry over $15 billion a year in rework expenses alone, and that additional costs for other quality failures may bring the total to more than twice that amount.1

The traditional approach to design and construction project quality emphasizes Quality Assurance (proactive) at the beginning of a work process and Quality Control (retroactive) at the end. During the construction phase, Quality Control occurs after the completion of installation, followed by inspection, then acceptance/rejection of the work.

However, “one of the fundamental tenets of modern quality management states that quality is planned, designed, and built in (emphasis added) – not inspected in.2 A BIQ program instead focuses on the initial stages of a quality process by first identifying customer expectations, converting these expectations into requirements, developing design operations, and then performing the work. The BIQ process strives for error-free results as opposed to a quality level that is deemed to be acceptable. Worker inspection is a continuous BIQ process while Inspector of Record or professional design engineer inspection are discrete activities that follow completion of a construction task with the objective of achieving a 100% inspection success rate. This research focuses on designing a process to prepare electrical contractors to develop and implement a BIQ program, with the goal of producing work that meets customer expectations, maximizing.

Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Masahisa Shinoda
Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan

Masahisa Shinoda is a professor at the Mathematics and Science Research Center of Academic Foundations Programs in Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan. He received his BS and MS degrees in physics from Osaka University in 1979 and 1981, respectively. He worked for Mitsubishi Electric Corporation from 1981 to 2015. He was a researcher and an engineer on optical engineering, and was in charge of developing DVD and Blu-ray equipment at Mitsubishi. He received his Dr. degree in optical engineering from Osaka Prefecture University in 2001. He was certified as Project Management Professional (PMP) by Project Management Institute (PMI) in 2007. Then, he moved to Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT) in 2015. His current research interests are educational engineering and project management. He is a member of The Japan Society of Applied Physics, The Optical Society of Japan, Japanese Society for Engineering Education, and Project Management Institute (USA). He is a senior member of The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (Japan).

Speech Title:
Systematization of the Method to Improve a Quality of Project Activity for Education in University
Abstract:Improvement and investigation about a quality of both product and process of project in university is introduced. Project subjects are proposed and proceeded by students. The progress of each project is checked and managed regularly by teaching staff. The method of project management well known as PMBOK (Project Management Body Of Knowledge) in business world is applied into these projects proceeded by students to improve them. From these activities, the attempt to construct the method of project management that is optimum for education in university is described.