Dr. J. K. Yates is the former dean of the College of Engineering Technology at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan; and has been in charge of construction management or project management programs in several civil engineering and construction management departments. Dr. Yates received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Washington and a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University with minors in global finance and management, global political science, business analysis, construction science, and archeology/anthropology.
Dr. Yates has worked for several of the top ranked domestic and global engineering and construction firms, as a consultant during legal cases, and on international contracts. Dr. Yates is the author of eight books and numerous refereed journal articles and is a former member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Project Management Institute, and the American Association of Cost Engineers International. Dr. Yates received the Distinguished Professor award from the Construction Industry Institute (CII) in 2010 and Polytechnic University in 1994, was the Associated General Contractor’s Outstanding Construction Professor in America in 1997, was one of the Engineering News Records Those Who Made Marks on the Construction Industry in 1991, and received the Ron Brown award for industry/academic collaborations with the Hewlett Packard Foundation in 2001. Dr. Yates has traveled for work and pleasure to twenty-five countries and worked in Bontang, East Kalimantan on the Island of Borneo in Indonesia.
Ph.D. Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Construction management, industrial construction, heavy construction equipment and methods, construction law and contracts, engineering economics, construction estimating and scheduling, construction financing and marketing, and project management. Dr. Yates has conducted research in a variety of areas including: sustainability in the engineering and construction industry, productivity Improvement, construction law and contracts, dispute review boards, global engineering and construction, international standards, global construction competitiveness, project preplanning delays, construction delay analysis system, construction failures, and construction safety.
Personal Interests
Researching and writing engineering textbooks; collecting biographies of engineers; designing, constructing, and remodeling homes; landscaping and horticulture; the development and use of nuclear power and nuclear weapons; physics;  zoology; chemistry; history; the Civil War and World War II; world travel to 31 countries; world affairs and economics; medical textbooks and journals; tennis, walking, dogs, and home repairs.