Electrical / Mechanical / Academia Consortium (MEAC), 1996-present. Founder of a national consortium of industry professionals and educators from NECA, the Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA), six major universities, and electrical and mechanical equipment suppliers organized to create a national framework and clearinghouse for electrical and mechanical construction management education. The goal of the consortium is to encourage other universities to develop specializations in electrical and mechanical construction management in order to meet industry demand, and for contracting organization and suppliers to provide both input, resources, and jobs. The consortium meets twice a year, and Professor Alter sits on both the standing committee and the advisory board. This consortium is the work product of a grant from NECA that Professor Alter has developed.
1999-2000 Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC), Education 2000. Professor Alter, working in concert with the National IEC Education Committee, was tasked with developing and presenting a 16-hour project management training program to be presented at local and regional training centers. During the period from April 1999-May 2000, he has presented, or will be presenting this program to IEC chapters in Denver, Houston, Atlanta, Dallas/Ft.Worth, Cincinnati, Washington, D.C., Sacramento, Las Vegas, Nashville, Phoenix, Colorado Springs, Hartford, Alexandria, and Trenton.
1999 Collins Electrical Company, Inc. (Sponsor). Professor Alter developed and coordinated the first-ever NECA/IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) project management training program to be offered via videoconference. Electrical contractors and IBEW members from California, Texas, Georgia, Indiana, New York, and Illinois participated in the 8-hour training program entitled The 10 Commandments of Project Management. The technical aspects of the program were coordinated by the Purdue University Distance Education office.
1997-present Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) / Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Project Management Training Program. Professor Alter developed and secured a long-term commitment with IEC/ABC to be the sole source provider for a project management training program for electrical contractors to be offered to the member firms of each association. The combined membership of the associations is 6,000 firms. The initial value of the contract to develop the program was $48,000, with annual revenues of the program exceeding $180,000. Revenues to Purdue from this program total $348,000 to date. Professor Alter is the coordinator for the program, and developed and teaches 43 hours of the 80-hour curriculum. The course is offered three times per year, and is currently booked at full capacity through the year 2002.
1996-present Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC-NA) Projects Management Process Course. Professor Alter assisted in securing and developing a $105,500 contract for the development of a continuing education program in project management for PHCC-NA. He is personally responsible for developing and teaching more than 34 hours of this 80-hour curriculum. This program produces annual revenues to Purdue of $130,000.
Departmental Academic Counseling. Professor Alter currently provides academic counseling to 36 students in the department. Additionally, Professor Alter acts as the informal international education liaison encouraging and assisting students in seeking and obtaining international co-ops. He is currently working with students interested in studying abroad in Israel, New Zealand, Australia, and China.