The project management instructors at the University of Chicago bring a wealth of project management experience to the students in our downtown Chicago classrooms and our online project management classes. Our instructors facilitate highly interactive courses, using case-studies or in-class activities to ensure that course focus is relevant and immediately applicable to any organization.
Most of our instructors are credentialed Project Management Professionals (PMP)® as certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®; many have PhDs in relevant fields. All will provide a strong, interactive experience to ensure that your skills and knowledge align with the three tenets of the PMI® talent triangle: technical project management, strategic and business management, and leadership.
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Elaine Alexander, PhD., MBA, MSC, PMP, PgMP is a project and program management professional with over 20 years of experience in large corporations regulated by the FCC and the FDA. She is currently the project manager for the American Joint Committee on Cancer at the American College of Surgeons in Chicago. In her prior role at Pfizer Biotherapeutics she was in project management for the development of tools and processes for biosimilars regulatory submissions. While at Pfizer she managed virtual team activities for scheduling, metrics, and risk reporting with scientists in India, Croatia, and Australia. Her experience in project and portfolio management in the life sciences includes the development of global teams for R & D of generic drugs, specialty pharmaceuticals, and life cycle management planning across a corporate portfolio of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. As a Director at Baxter Healthcare responsibilities included development of global project budgets, supply chain improvement initiatives, project management processes and project metrics. She has developed project management process training for corporate acquisitions and has participated in the integration of project management groups in Malmo, Sweden and Medolla, Italy as well as teams in Brussels, Belgium.
Prior to project management in life sciences, she was a global Sr. Contracts Manager and Sr. Project Manager for communication systems at Motorola, Inc.
She holds a PhD in Organizational Development, and masters’ degrees in Business Administration, Communications, and Computing as well as advanced project management certifications from the University of Chicago and Stanford University. She is certified as both a Project and Program Management Professional by the Project Management Institute and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Chicago, Graham School of Continuing Studies, and at Northwestern University, Pritzker School of Law.
Dr. D'Mello, MBA, MS, PhD, PMP®, PMI-ACP®, CSM is president of Exequity Inc., a Management Consulting & Training firm, and a PMI Global Registered Education Provider which focuses exclusively on enhancing clients’ execution capabilities. He has over 25 years of experience in management and consulting capacities, spread across a wide spectrum of organizations/companies: Fortune 500, small business, not-for-profit, US and foreign government organizations, and defense.
Dr. D’Mello conducts seminars in operations and project management, and has trained managers, executives and government/defense officials worldwide in tackling operations and project management challenges ranging from small to large and highly complex projects and programs, and in effecting organizational transformation. He has been invited frequently by leading corporations to deliver on-site training programs and by reputed universities to teach short management and executive seminars, as well as MBA-level courses in operations, project/process management, and information management. He has been facilitating highly successful PMP®/CAMP® prep course training for 15 years.
Dr. D’Mello holds an MBA from Northwestern University and MS and PhD degrees from Ohio State University. He has a Master’s Certification in Project Management from Stevens Institute of Technology, is a PMI®-certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) and Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®), and is also a Certified Scrum Master (CSM). He won the 2013 University of Chicago Graham School Excellence in Teaching Award in Business and Professional Programs.
Prasad S. Kodukula, PhD, PMP®, PgMP®, is a speaker, coach, author, inventor, and entrepreneur with more than 30 years of professional experience. He has spoken in 45 countries and worked with 40 Fortune 100 companies (e.g., Abbott, BP, Chrysler, Dow, Kraft Foods, IBM, JPMorgan Chase, Motorola, Stryker, United Technologies). He is Co-founder/CEO of two companies: Kodukula & Associates, Inc. (kodukula.com), a project management training and coaching company; and NeoChloris, Inc. (neochloris.com), a clean energy startup. Dr. Kodukula holds degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Cornell University, and Rutgers University. He was recognized twice by the Project Management Institute as “Best of the Best in Project Management” with 2016 Eric Jenett Project Management Award of Excellence and 2010 PMI Distinguished Contribution Award. He also received prestigious awards from the USEPA and the States of Kansas and Illinois for outstanding achievements in education, training, and technology innovation. Dr. Kodukula is a co-author or contributing author of eight books and more than 40 articles and co-owns four patents.
Mr. Rose is president of Everymind, a nonprofit technology and management company that specializes in eLearning and project management. Mr. Rose holds a Master’s in Information Management and a JD Degree in Technology Commercialization Law from Syracuse University. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)®, Agile Certified Professional (PMI-ACP)®, Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+), as well as Cloudera Certified Hadoop Developer (CCHD).
Dr. Yepez has over 20 years of professional experience working for Big Five consulting firms and as an entrepreneur. He is a Consultant’s Consultant. Fernando is a thought leader with a track record of leveraging cutting edge economic and management theory to develop pragmatic business solutions for clients. Areas of concentration include Strategy, Business Modeling, Technology, Service Delivery, Change, and People. Core competencies include designing innovative business solutions; working with key stakeholders and top management teams to achieve a shared vision; and delivering large, complex, international projects on time and on budget. Fernando has a PhD in Economic Development from the University of Wisconsin.