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I Biographies of Authors G. Edward Gibson, fir., is a professor of civil engineering and the Austin Industries endowed faculty fellow in the construction engineering and project management program at the University of Texas, Austin. He received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Auburn University in 1990 and an M.B.A. from the University of Dallas in 1987. His research interests include organizational change, preproject planning, construction productivity, electronic data management, and automation and robotics. In 1996 he received the Construction Industry Institute's Out- standing Researcher Award for his pioneering work in preproject planning. He is an author or a coauthor of numerous articles and reports on this subject. Among these documents are CII's Pre-Project Planning Handbook, Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI) Industrial Projects, and Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI) Building Projects. In 2002 he received the Engineering Education Excellence Award from the National Society of Professional Engineers for his leadership in education, research, and service. Dr. Gibson currently serves as associate chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering in charge of the architectural engineering program at the University of Texas. He has developed several CII education modules for continuing education and has taught over 130 short courses to industry on such topics as setting objectives, team alignment, continuous improvement, preproject planning, and materials management. Dr. Gibson has consulted with many organizations such as NASA, the Smithsonian Institution, the General Services Administration, De- partment of State, the Texas Department of Transportation, 3M, Broadwing, BECK Group, DuPont, Ontario Power Generation, Hensel Phelps, and Union Carbide. He also served on a National Research Council committee investigating project management practices at the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Gibson has several years of industry experience and is a licensed professional engineer in Texas. Michael P. Pappas is a project management consultant and a Ph.D. candidate in civil engineering at the Univer- sity of Texas, Austin. He has 10 years of industry experience managing domestic and international construction projects and facilities programs as a U. S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps officer and with an Engineering News Record Top 300 design firm. Over the past four years he has worked as a project management consultant, analyzing planning, cost, schedule, and delay data for process improvement programs and construction dispute resolution. Mr. Pappas has a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Missouri, Rolla, and an M.S.E. in civil engineering from the University of Texas, Austin. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Missouri. 85