Dr Mehmood Alam - IPMA Young Crew member

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Posted by APM on 17th May 2012

Name: Dr Mehmood Alam

Currently works for: AMEC, Project Manager

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire, United Kingdom

Currently working on: I'm currently managing a portfolio of civil nuclear design and consultancy projects worth in access of six million pounds.

Tunde Ajia, an APM member of the Thames Valley Branch had the opportunity of interviewing him and getting his thoughts on being a recent recipient of the prestigious award.

TA: In the project management domain what interests you the most?
The management of complex nuclear multidisciplinary projects with challenging objectives and multiple stakeholders through effective deployment of project management principles, practices, tools and techniques. Stakeholders management and project planning, monitoring and control are my key strengths. 

TA: How many years have you been involved with the IPMA Young Crew?
Five years.

TA: How many YC Global Congresses have you attended?
Ive attended the last six IPMA World Congresses and contributed through dissemination of my research work.  I was awarded the IPMA Young Researcher of the year award at the 25th IPMA World Congress held 9-12 Oct 2011 in Brisbane, Australia.

TA: What motivated you to apply for the award?
I provided a high profile industry lead research consultancy as part of my doctoral work with its findings contributing to the UK industry and Higher Education Institutes. Most recently, the European Construction Institute (ECI) has expressed interest in my research and considering its application in the European Construction companies. All these key research achievements motivated me to compete internationally and put a case forward for the IPMA Research Award. 

TA: How does it feel to be the recipient of the 2011 research award?
It is indeed a great honour for me, the UK consortium headed by Rolls-Royce and The University of Manchester to win this International Research Award. This truly reflects the high profile of research undertaken at Manchester in true partnership with the UK industry. I am proud of my work which has been well disseminated in both the academia and industry and it is an evidence of great recognition when I see my work being referenced in the upcoming project management research. 

TA: What advice would you give to this years entrants?
All prospective applicants must carefully read and understood the eligibility criteria, application process and timeline detailed by the IPMA. The research submission document should be in a story telling format with precise well documented details of clear evidence to support the claim of the research project. It should be easily understandable by an independent informed reader. The submission should address each section of the evaluation criteria outlined above. It would be an advantage to demonstrate the contribution of research through a letter/ note from the Sponsors along with a list of publications made to-date. Add data appendices where applicable bearing in mind that the submission should not become so long. A cold eye review of the submission must be carried out by research supervisor before the submission is submitted to the IPMA jury. Be confident about your research and remain careful that you are not overselling your claims. It should be a true reflection of your work; fingers crossed and hope for best.

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