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Aug 2007May 2009

Master of Civil Engineering

GPA: 3.80  (See right-hand column for course descriptions)

Research focus:CPM Scheduling; Linear Scheduling; Cash Flow Management

Thesis:  An Analytical Function to Model and Forecast Cash Flow (basis for grant awarded from National Science Foundation)

Hennessey Distinguished Scholar

Clark Construction Group Annual Scholarship for Graduate Students


Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration

GPA: 3.54

Presidential Scholarship—4-year full tuition scholarship

Accounting Honors Board—senior accounting honorary

Graduate with Distinction

Work experience


Advisor to the Commissioner

Department of Economic & Community Development—State of Tennessee
  • Oversaw key issues and projects for the Commissioner
  • Analyzed potential tax incentives for business recruitment
  • Worked with Japanese representative on business prospecting mission.; traveled to Japan for preparation and implementation of Governor’s visit
  • Served on committee that developed legislation for attracting film industry to state

Chief Financial Officer

NDN, Inc.
  • Administered the financial and legal compliance oversight of political association
  • Developed and monitored multi-million dollar annual budgets
  • Compiled regular financial reports, including those submitted to Federal & State government agencies
  • Constructed and implemented new legal framework for the organization
  • Supervised administrative and accounting team


Tennessee Democratic Party
  • Administered the financial and legal compliance oversight of political association
  • Compiled regular financial reports, including those submitted to federal & state government agencies
  • Remained as consultant from 2002—2003


Engineer-In-Training (EIT)

State of Virginia


Course Descriptions

Graduate courses

Construction Scheduling Techniques

Examines the different types of schedules used in construction including bar chart, Critical Path Method (CPM), Project Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT). Analyzes cost and resource loaded schedules. Delay analysis techniques.

Estimating and Bidding

In-depth analysis of procedures for developing detailed estimates for the general contractor and subcontractor. Examines external sources that impact on the estimated costs. Determining the monitoring procedures for control of costs by subcontractors, suppliers, and vendors. Utilization of the estimate in the purchase budget, internal cost control, and determination of tax liabilities. Study of federal regulations impacting construction costs, safety requirements, insurance, and bonding costs. Use of the estimate in the interrelation between the architect/engineer and the contractor.

Construction Operational Management

Administration and management techniques in construction industry to maximize the understanding and participation of new managers in management procedures. Major managerial functions including planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling. Specialized issues include leadership, motivation, communication, contract documents, construction schedules, change orders, claims, ethics, cost controls, interrelation within a corporate structure, working relationships with the legal, accounting, and other construction related professions.

Introduction to Systems Analysis

Scientific approach to decision making, usually under conditions requiring the allocation of scarce resources. Provides several of the most useful and realistic mathematical models available for solving engineering management problems, including linear programming, transportation and assignment models, deterministic economic order quantity inventory models, and network models.

Managerial Engineering Economics

Examines decision-making based on comparisons of the economic worth of alternative courses of action with respect to their costs and/or incomes or benefits. Present Worth, Equivalent Annual Worth, and Rate-of-Return calculations, applied to consideration of specific decision problems of private sector capital investment choices, asset replacement, and analysis of public projects.

Mathematical Analysis for Graduate Students

Series solutions of ordinary differential equations (Bessel functions, Legendre polynomials).  Boundary Value Problems.  Fourier series and Fourier transform.  Partial differential equations and solution of model equations (wave equation, heat equation, Laplace equation).

Computational Methods for Graduate Students

Discretization methods (finite differences, finite volumes, finite elements), stability and convergence; parabolic, hyperbolic, and elliptic partial differential equations: model equations and numerical solutions method.

Decision Analysis

Decision analysis, a quantitative decision making technique for systematic evaluation of alternative courses of action under conditions of uncertainty. Complex decision problems are divided into separable components for analysis. The decision maker's perceptions of options, future states of nature, probabilities and utilities for various options are determined explicitly. Topics include the fundamentals of probability theory, decision trees, expected monetary values, utility theory, sampling, and risk sharing.

Applied Hydrology

Hydrologic cycle, precipitation, runoff, hydrologic data sources, frequency analysis, peak flow determination at ungaged sites, hydrographs, hydrologic routing, effects of urbanization, storm water management facility, GIS in hydrology, computer applications for hydrologic analysis.

Undergraduate co-requisites

Reinforced Concrete Design

Concrete constituent materials;  Design and Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Rectangular Beams and T-Beams; Design of  Reinforced Concrete Continuous Beams, One-Way Slabs, Columns, and Footings; Ultimate Strength Method of Design for Flexure, Shear, and Axial Load; Development Length of Reinforcement and Deflections; Use of current Codes and design aids.  Computer applications.

Structural Steel Design

Principles and knowledge of component design for steel structures using the load and resistance factor design (LRFD) method are discussed.  Topics include steel material properties, and the behavior and design of steel tension members, compression members (columns), beams and beam-columns, and bolted and welded connections.

Theory of Structures

Analysis of determinate structures; Stability and determinacy; Influence lines and moving loads; Deflection methods. Analysis of indeterminate structures using the methods of compatibility of displacements; Slope-deflection method; Moment distribution method. Computer applications.

Mechanics of Solids

Introductory course in the mechanics of deformable bodies. Analysis of simple structural members to resist safely axial, torsional, and bending stresses caused by static loads on structural systems.

Engineering Mechanics

Vector algebra, force vectors; concurrent force systems and equilibrium of particles; moment systems and equilibrium of rigid bodies. Structural applications and machines; internal forces; friction; moments of inertia.

Construction Systems and Planning

Presentation of the entire process of bringing a constructed facility on line. Construction Documents: owner-contractor, owner-architect, owner-CM, and standard subcontract agreements, plans and specifications, shop drawings, general and special conditions, addenda and modifications, types of contracts, bidding and award concepts, change orders, and other key documents. Building Component Systems: foundation, structural, roofing, mechanical, electrical, barrier and fire control systems.

Civil Engineering Systems Management

Engineering and management techniques and systems used in civil engineering projects. Methods for project estimating, cost control, and procurement of materials, equipment, and subcontracts. Options presented for scheduling, with concentration on the computerized Critical Path Method (CPM) of network analysis. Introduction to environmental aspects of civil works: sustainability; environmental impact statements. Also: engineering economics, labor relations, equipment management, productivity improvements, personnel management, and construction safety programs.


James Cooper is a civil engineer with prior education and experience in business and finance. He received his Master of Civil Engineering degree from The Catholic University of America upon completion of both the civil engineering undergraduate curriculum as well as the construction engineering and management graduate curriculum. Having passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, he is a licensed EIT in the state of Virginia.

Marrying his financial background with these new studies, James conducted research and published papers on cash flow issues within the construction industry.

Incorporating a structural analysis tool from civil engineering-singularity functions-James authored an algorithm that accurately models net cash flow for the first time. This led to the University's receipt of a $175,000 grant (CMMI-0927455) by the National Science Foundation for further investigation into financial management, particularly in the construction industry.