Areas of Interest and Expertise
- The design and construction of sustainable building projects in developing countries
- Designing and leading Study Abroad classes
- Designing and leading International Service Learning classes
- Construction project management (estimating, scheduling and project administration)
Honors, Awards and Accomplishments
- International Outreach and Community Engagement in Thoman, Haiti, 2013 - present. Collaborating with Brasfield & Gorrie, Birmingham, AL and But God Ministries, Jackson, MS to design and construct a new sustainable multi-building medical-dental compound in the mountains of Haiti.
- In March 2015, 2013, 2012 and 2010, co-led a group of BSCI students on a Short-term (10-day) Service-Learning class to Quito, Ecuador. BSCI students participate in hands-on field construction of churches and daycare centers.
- During 2010 – 2012, Faculty Director of the BSCI – B.L. Harbert International Construction Internship Program. 10 BSCI students participated in a 12-month International Internship, working on a project in the Far East.
- In 2001, designed and implemented the 1st Building Science Study Abroad Undergraduate Thesis class. This class is now offered by the school every summer semester and became the first faculty-led study abroad class, in construction education, that involved an undergraduate research thesis. In 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2004, 2002, designed and co-led these 6-week Study Abroad Thesis classes for senior-level BSCI students to Europe, China or Australia.
- 2006 International Construction Faculty Internship for professional development. The 4-week faculty internship was awarded by B.L. Harbert International to visit and conduct preliminary research on U.S. Embassy Design-Build projects under construction in Accra, Ghana and Lome, Togo.
- 2003 Associated Schools of Construction Outstanding Educator Award. This award is peer-reviewed, by construction faculty at the national level and is the highest honor given by the ASC for excellence in teaching, research and service.
- Since 2002, scholarly work includes over 25 refereed publications, and international presentations, dealing with Study Abroad in Construction Education, International Service Learning or International Construction Management.
Professor Kramer received his B.S. (’82) and M.S. (’83) in civil engineering from Auburn University and Ph.D. (’03) in learning design & technology from Purdue University. Since 1992, he has taught undergraduate and graduate classes in estimating, scheduling, project management, and leadership. His project management experience includes 9 years of professional practice working for two Engineering News Record (ENR) top 50 commercial builders. Kramer co-authored the research article, Teaching Project Management Through an Information Technology-Based Method, which was named the 1997 Paper of The Year by the PMI Project Management Journal.