Student Chapter Board

Chuck Zulanas
Chuck Zulanas- President

Chuck Zulanas is a graduate research assistant for the Performance Based Studies Research Group, a Project Manager for CenturyLink, a Project Manager for Neogard, and the Director of Marketing for the Leadership Society of Arizona, LLC. Zulanas is currently researching risk management within project and facilities management, while studying for his M.S. Construction Management. Zulanas would like to proliferate the FM profession to high school and college students through his research and involvement in IFMA by partnering with IFMA member companies to run semester long research projects with graduate students, and teaching FM leadership through summer and after-school programs for high school students. If interested in participating, please email Chuck Zulanas at czulanas@asu.edu.

alfredo rivera
Alfredo- Vice President
Doctoral Candidate, Researcher/Lecturer
Performance Based Studies Research Group (PBSRG)
School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Arizona State University
Alfredo Rivera is an engineering PhD candidate within the School Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University. He works within the Performance Based Studies Research Group (PBSRG), a large supply chain management research center that is the Best Value leader in managing and improving facility/project performance and organizational efficiency. Prior to ASU, Alfredo served as a pathfinder infantryman in the U.S. Army for nearly 6 years and served 2 tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. He received his Master’s degree in construction management with an emphasis in facilities management, and his undergraduate degree in management with a focus in entrepreneurship and leadership. Alfredo is also an engaged student leader, holding leadership positions in the Leadership Society of Arizona and the International Facility Management Association.

 Alfredo is currently responsible for the Best Value education and implementation service projects at Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). His main objectives have been to help ADEQ overhaul their vendor selection process, project management practices, and performance measurement system. Within 2 years, ADEQ has seen the following increase in performance: 135+ projects estimated at $14M budget, delivering projects within the first year at 92% on time, 95% on budget, with a 30% increase in customer satisfaction.

 From his research, Alfredo has published seven papers in the past two years and is both the developer of the Best Value Project Management Model, derived from the theoretical basis of the Best Value Performance Information Procurement System, and Advanced Project Management Course. He has assisted in teaching 10 undergraduate/graduate courses totaling over 200 students with an overall 9.6 out of 10 teaching assistant rating. He has also the co-creator of the K-12 Deductive Logic and Leadership Course, and has taught 6 summer high school courses to over 110 students with an instructor rating of 9.6 out of 10.

jake gunnoe
Jake Gunnoe- Vice President of Finance
Doctoral Candidate, Researcher, & Lecturer
School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Arizona State University
Jake Gunnoe is an engineering PhD candidate within the School Sustainable Engineering & the Built Environment at Arizona State University. He works within the Performance Based Studies Research Group (PBSRG), a large research center spanning across several research disciplines. He received his Master’s degree in construction management and his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering with a focus in energy and environment. Jake’s current research efforts focus on integrating engineering and scientific processes with professional talent management and leadership development. His thesis dissertation has a two-fold focus: first identifying and measuring personality and behavioral traits that yield successful industry leaders, and second, teaching methodologies to educate and develop these key leadership traits in young students.

From his research, Jake has published seven papers in the past two years and is currently funded to produce an implementation guidebook for his research work. He has assisted in teaching 6 undergraduate/graduate courses totaling over 100 students with an overall 10 out of 10 teaching assistant rating. He has taught 9 summer high school courses to over 170 students with an instructor rating of 9.5 out of 10.

uvaraj devarajan
Uvaraj Devarajan- Student Outreach Chair
Uvaraj Devarajan is a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Facilities Management and Operations class. Uvaraj is currently pursuing his Masters in Construction Management with the IRA Fulton School of Engineering and would like to learn more about the facilities operations and maintenance by partnering with other IFMA members and try to educate fellow students about the importance of FM profession. Uvaraj Devarajan has two years of work experience back in India with Larsen & Toubro Construction Ltd., during his tenure he dealt with Water Supply and Distribution Projects. He formulated the maintenance plans for the projects and also worked on the budget, by collecting offers from the vendors. His main focus is to bring as many students as possible into the FM profession and wanted them to know the importance of taking FM as their profession. If you are interested in joining IFMA student chapter kindly mail to udevaraj@asu.edu.

nguyen Le
Nguyen Le, Student Chapter Director of Industry Outreach
Doctoral Candidate, Researcher, & Lecturer
School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Arizona State University
Nguyen Le is an international student from Vietnam who has been living in the US for 8 years. He is integrated in the East and West cultures as well as business practices. He is a Construction Management with Facility Management emphasis PhD candidate within the School Sustainable Engineering & the Built Environment at Arizona State University. He works within the Performance Based Studies Research Group (PBSRG), a 24-year old research center spanning across several disciplines. Nguyen received his Master’s degree in Construction Management and his Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with Business and Economics concentrations.
Nguyen’s research effort includes assisting the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality in managing 100+ environmental task orders using the Best Value approach, and educating high school and university students with Deductive Logic, Leadership, and Self Improvement principles. Nguyen is also leading a global research effort in quantifying worldwide construction and FM performance, identifying non-performance issues, and addressing those issues using pilot tests with different delivery methods.
Nguyen has shown great interest in the FM industry and has been a member of IFMA Greater Phoenix Student Chapter since 2014. He is mentored by a Global Senior FM in one of the largest companies located in Phoenix, Arizona. He has a large network with FMs across the Valley and will be as a facilitator between FM professionals and students to connect them for internship, mentorship, and employment opportunities.

 

Jacob Kashiwagi
Jacob Kashiwagi, PhD- Student Chapter Advisor
Assistant Research Professor
Arizona State University
School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Performance Based Studies Research Group

Jacob has been working with the leading facility management research group for over a decade.   He is the developer of the no-influence leadership theory, the theoretical basis for a graduate facility management course at ASU. He the lead researcher to assist implementing a risk management and contractor performance tracking system for the US Army Medical Command facilities that resulted to minimizing time delays by 49% and reduced change orders to .046% (less than 1% rate). His work with the State of Oklahoma’s procurement office on 12 projects estimated at $115M budget where costs were reduced by 71% and 100% on-time in project delivery.   Also assisted Schering Plough (pharmaceutical company) on 11 facility service projects which resulted to 50% cost savings. He is currently working with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to over haul their vendor selection process and performance measurement system.   When he’s not working on facility projects, Jacob teaches both undergraduate and graduate facility management courses where he introduces the best value concepts and leadership approach.   It is one of the highest rated classes both in the business and construction schools at ASU.   Jacob earned a doctoral degree in Supply Chain at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and is also an accomplished author 

Allan Chasey
Dr. Allan Chasey- Student Chapter Advisor
Dr. Chasey, an associate professor in the Del E. Webb School of Construction, received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech, an MS in Engineering Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a BS in Civil Engineering from ASU. He is the Director of CREATE, Construction Research and Education for Advanced Technology Environments, a research and education consortium of 20 companies representing the controlled environments and advanced technology design and construction industry. He is a registered Professional Civil Engineer in Arizona and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineers (AACE), Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) and the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE).

Dominique Laroche
Dr. Dominique Laroche- Student Chapter Advisor
Dir Facilities Management
Fac Mgt Downtown Campus
With "sustainability" becoming part of our vernacular, it positions universities and other institutions of higher education at a decision point: to either lead in the formation of future generations in regards to environmental issues, or merely react to the global-wide events as they happen. And what better way to lead than by example? But are institutions of higher education walking the walk? What are the bases for their decisions?

Kenn Sullivan
Dr. Kenn Sullivan- Student Chapter
Advisor
Dr. Kenneth Sullivan is an associate professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University.  He specializes in performance measurement, risk management, best value contracting, organizational transformation, and accountability systems.  His research processes have generated over $6 Million in research funding and have been implemented in IT, business services, and construction projects valued at over $3 Billion.  In addition to all types of design and construction delivery, he has led project efforts in networking systems, software, campus dining, sports media rights, radio systems, furniture, health insurance, document management, and others.  Prof. Sullivan possesses a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, an MBA in Real Estate and Urban Economics, and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, all from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  He has authored over 120 peer reviewed publications and recently won the 2012 ASCE journal of Leadership and Management in Engineering Best Article Award.  He has also created a Masters Degree program in Facility Asset and Project Management, is the secretary of research of the international CIB Working Commission in performance measurement, is the Graduate Program Chair for his department, and won the 2008, 2009, and 2012 Teaching Award for the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at ASU.