Rice Global E&C Forum
Rice Global E&C Forum

Welcome to the Rice Global Engineering & Construction Forum

The Rice Global E & C Forum is the only organization focused solely on the discussion and study of problems and opportunities facing the contracting side of the E & C industry. The Rice Global E&C Forum (RGF) has a vision to be the premier venue for discussion of critical issues impacting the future of the global E & C industry.

The mission of the RGF Council is to accomplish its vision through collaboration with Rice University, by conducting an Annual Forum and holding monthly roundtable meetings within a neutral environment.

Engineers Week Student Competition – February 24, 2016

Calling all Rice University students!! Join us on February 24, 2016 for our annual Engineers Week Student Competition. This friendly competition will challenge your ability to conceive, design and construct a device to perform a certain task utilizing provided materials and tools. For more information about the competition, CLICK HERE. The first 50 registrants who participate in the competition get a free phone pocket, so REGISTER your team now!

Spring Industry Mixer – March 31, 2016

Join us at Karbach Brewing Co. on Thursday, March 31 from 5 – 8 pm for our annual mixer! Enjoy appetizers, beer tastings and raffle drawings, along with the opportunity to meet and network with other engineering and construction professionals. You do not need to be a member of the Rice Global E&C Forum, just be interested in the E&C industry. There will be an opportunity to learn more about the Rice Global E&C Forum while you are there. Click here for more information. The cost is $5 for pre-registration online and $10 at the door, if space is available. Pre-register now at https://signup.rice.edu/SIM16/.

Join us for a Discussion – Upcoming Roundtable Meetings

Date: Friday, February 12, 2016

How to Avoid Project Train Wrecks”

The presentation will take a data driven and experience based approach as to why such a high percentage of large projects fail. Many of the reasons for challenged projects are due to internal structural issues as opposed to external influences. Key drivers for project failures and their root causes are addressed.

Owners can do a few ”simple” things to greatly increase the probability of project success and ensure a smart start for their project. Best practices and lessons learned based on the speaker’s experience will be discussed.

Speaker: Pete Luan, Project Management Consultant, Pete Luan & Associates, LLC

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Date: Friday, March 11, 2016

“Should You Trust Your Gut?

Like all people, Project Managers have a number of biases and psychological weaknesses when making decisions in complex situations. When those complex situations involve large EPC projects, the costs of getting things wrong can be substantial. In recent years, the pages of the Harvard Business Review and other business magazines have been filled with articles by researchers like Daniel Kahneman, Richard Thaler, Dan Ariely, and others who have shown beyond any reasonable doubt that relying on gut instinct in the face of uncertainty and complexity is a dangerous thing to do. This talk will focus on a number of pitfalls and traps to avoid when making project decisions, and will introduce tools and methods that Project Managers can employ  to mitigate the problems.  Topics will include: The Framing phenomenon; How emotions color our decisions; “Costs” vs. “Losses”; The Endowment phenomenon; Anchoring; Seeking validation; and Groupthink. We will also discuss under what circumstances it is okay to “trust your gut.”

Speaker: Patrick Leach, CEO, Decision Strategies Inc.

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Career Opportunities with Member Companies

Interested in exploring employment with a Forum member company? Visit http://www.forum.rice.edu/membership/careers/ to view current opportunities.

Become A Member

The Rice Global E&C Forum would not be what it is today if it were not for its members. Learn how you can become actively involved in our Forum by visiting our membership information page or contact us at globalforum@rice.edu.

Join us now for 2016. Our membership year runs from January 1 – December 31.

We thank our members for enabling the Forum Board of Directors to establish and maintain a continuous dialogue on current and future issues related to the benefit of the Engineering and Construction industry. Our membership directory is available for your review.

Need a Student Intern?

Contact our University Liaison at satish.nagarajaiah@rice.edu.

Monthly Roundtables

February 12, 2016
March 11, 2016
April 8, 2016
May 20, 2016
June 10, 2016
July 8, 2016
August 12, 2016
October 14, 2016
November 18, 2016
December 9, 2016

Annual Forum XIX

September 19-20, 2016

Roundtable Meeting Location

Grand Hall in the Ley Student Center at Rice University


11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


$25 for online registration; $35 for on-site registration includes a boxed lunch; park at the Central Campus Garage or in West Lot.

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