Industry Session 1: From the Academy to Industry

Chaired by Stacy Scopano of JE Dunn

Eastman’s decades of academic research began to translate into meaningful industry impact at the turn of the century.  What is unique about his body of work is that it laid a foundation for many of the technical innovations that we see both in practice today and those that are still forthcoming.  This panel of distinguished industry experts, across the domains of architecture, engineering and construction, will discuss the bridge between Eastman’s academic efforts and the cross-industry innovations these efforts enabled.

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Stacy Scopano is the Vice President, National Prefabrication & Manufacturing Director at JE Dunn. Stacy has a focus on providing overall direction, development, and leadership for JE Dunn's integration of prefabrication and manufacturing processes into commercial construction, including identifying and developing partnerships with key designers, trade partners, and manufacturers. 

Stacy has significant experience in prefabrication and volumetric modular construction as well as technology. Previously, Stacy was on the executive leadership team at Skender, which produced modular and prefabricated components for commercial projects.  Prior to Skender, Stacy was an Innovation and Strategy executive at Skanksa USA, Autodesk and Trimble. 


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Phil Bernstein is an architect, technologist and educator who is Associate Dean and Professor Adjunct at the Yale School of Architecture, where he received his B.A (honors) and M.Arch and has taught since 1988. He was formerly a Vice President at Autodesk where he was responsible for setting the company’s future vision and strategy for BIM technology as well as cultivating and sustaining the firm's relationships with strategic industry leaders and associations. Prior to Autodesk Phil was a principal at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects where he managed many of the firm’s most complex commissions.

He is the author Architecture | Design | Data – Practice Competency in the Era of Computation (2018) and co-editor of Building (In) The Future: Recasting Labor in Architecture (2010 with Peggy Deamer), and speaks and writes extensively on technology, practice and project delivery. He is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council and former Chair of the AIA National Contract Documents Committee. His upcoming book on artificial intelligence and design practice will be published by RIBA in 2021.

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Atul Khanzode, PhD,  is the Chief Technology Officer and a member of Management Committee at DPR Construction. In this role he oversees the Construction Technology, Information Technology and Innovation Groups at DPR. These groups are responsible for the Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), Operations and Preconstruction Technologies, Strategic Technology initiatives, Innovation, Research & Development and Consulting.

Atul Khanzode is also Board Member at WND Ventures where he is responsible for managing the strategic investments and providing mentorship and operational guidance to leadership teams of the portfolio companies.

Atul collaborates extensively with academia and leading research groups around the world exploring issues related to Integration, Lean Construction and VDC to move the industry forward. Atul is a co-author of a book called “Integrating Project Delivery” published by John Wiley & Sons in April 2017.

Atul has a Ph.D. in Construction Engineering and Management, focused on Integrated Practice, VDC and Lean Construction, from Stanford University and has a Master’s Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University, Durham NC.

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Joseph Burns is a passionate advocate for the deeper integration of architecture and engineering, which he promotes through technical innovation in the design of structural systems, collaboration in practice and leadership in building science education.

With more than 40 years of experience, Joe specializes in the design of complex structural systems, including earthquake engineering and dynamic analysis. His credits span across several building types, including commercial, residential, healthcare, education, cultural, aviation and sports and infrastructure. A recipient of the American Institute of Steel Construction’s Special Achievement Award, Joe was also named to Structural Engineer’s Power List and Engineering News-Record‘s (ENR) Top 25 Newsmakers.

 He is well-known as an innovator of projects, receiving recognition for the pioneering use of Tekla modeling in the redevelopment of Chicago’s Soldier Field in the late 1990s.