As of August 17, 2011, five IUP Research Institute Business and Technology Group employees became certified Project Management Professionals.
A credential offered through the Project Management Institute, PMP certification is one of the most distinguished certifications for project managers. It is a globally recognized and demanded industry commodity and is quickly becoming the gold standard within the world of federal contracting. The PMP credential demonstrates that individuals have the experience, education, and competency to successfully lead and direct projects.
“With great power comes great responsibility.”
Nothing quite describes the future of the IUP Research Institute Business and Technology Group (BTG) better than this renowned quotation by Spiderman comic book figure Ben Harper.
Beginning its second year as a subsidiary for-profit company of the IUP Research Institute, BTG has already established itself among the ranks of business and government contracting mega-houses like Lockheed Martin and Northrup Grumman. Building a reputation based on expert quality services and workmanship, BTG’s exemplary record has garnered recognition throughout both the technological and business worlds. And now, as BTG looks ahead to its expanding clientele base and numerous promising endeavors just on the horizon, BTG is feeling the echo of Harper’s words.
However, despite the flood of new and exciting responsibilities, BTG is more than ready to exceed the demands and challenges that often accompany success. As of August 17, 2011, five BTG employees became certified project management professionals (PMPs).
To obtain certification, Rebecca Zukowski, Pat Higgins, Brian Petersen, Robert Kimmel, and Keith Bauder had to meet rigorous requirements of past project management experience and formal project management education. After meeting these requirements, each then had to put their skills to the test and pass the PMP certification exam.
While the process required numerous hours of study and preparation from each BTG employee, all agree that the benefits the certification will bring to BTG’s mission were well worth the effort.
“The PMP confirms that our existing project management procedures meet industry standards while also providing additional insight on best practices,” said Kimmel. “It offered us a new way to look at and approach situations.”
“This credential will be key to us keeping our current government clients,” added BTG CEO Zukowski, “and it will certainly be key to winning new clients.”
Yet, it is important to note that, while the company looks toward greater growth and prominence with an array of government and industry contracts, BTG is also positioned to support IUP faculty by providing services that can strengthen their research proposals and support the sustainability of their projects and funding. BTG’s long-range goal is to provide sustainable business opportunities, jobs, and formal internships with IUP students while supporting the research enterprise at IUP. Working hand in hand with faculty in support of this vision is one method to achieve this goal.
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