Dr. Ibrahim Odeh believes in the power of teamwork.
Years of managing complex global real estate and infrastructure developments taught him the value of having the right team in place, being open to new ideas and embracing collaboration. So when he made the move to academia, Odeh, who was a 2023 winner of a McGraw Hill Pathfinder Award, brought that mindset right along with him.
There are signs of it everywhere, whether you’re one of his Global Leaders in Construction Management (GLCM) Fellows at Columbia University or taking one of his popular MOOCs (“Massively Open Online Courses”) on construction management.
At Columbia, for instance, small group projects are the norm because they give students practice brainstorming solutions together, challenging each other’s ideas and supporting each other.
In the MOOCs, there are opportunities for learners to interact and review each other’s work, despite the remote set-up and the sheer size of the class. (Up to 2,000 new students join each week. Since 2017, more than half a million learners in 190 countries have taken his courses.)
But it’s not just the students who are collaborating. Dr. Odeh welcomes it in his teaching, too. Though he brings his wealth of expertise to the classroom, he’s eager to leverage the knowledge and insights of others in the field so his students are exposed to both the theoretical and the practical.