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Dr. Ataei is a registered Professional Engineer in Canada and in the United States. He has the industry experience in the fields of structural design of civil infrastructure systems; business administration of heavy civil projects and project controls of large-scale civil infrastructure for global Engineering-Procurement and Construction firms including Bechtel Corporation and Kiewit Infrastructure Group. He has also been with KPMG LLP with project management consulting and risk advisory services for construction and infrastructure projects. A Certified International Project Manager (CIPM), Dr. Ataei is a Fellow of the American Academy of Project Management (AAPM). Prior to joining Syracuse University, Dr. Ataei was teaching simultaneously at the California State University, Long Beach (Mechanical Engineering) and at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Construction Engineering). He is a professional member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).