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Mary Ann Gaal

Assistant Professor | Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Contact Information

mgaal@fit.edu
(321) 674-8473
F.W. Olin Engineering Complex, 309

Personal Overview

Dr. Mary Ann Gaal teaches in the Engineering Management Master's of Science program. She brings her experiences in both business and engineering as the foundation for student engagement in the classroom. Prior to Dr. Mary Ann Gaal’s career teaching, she spent 20 years in construction, beginning with working on multi-million dollar construction sites as a field engineer to work as a project manager and Owner’s Representative for educational and commercial projects. Dr. Gaal continues to work with Engineers and Architects as a consultant managing projects for Owners. She also has completed forensic document analysis on completed projects.

Professional Memberships
American Society for Engineering Management

Educational Background

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas

Master of Business Administration, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire

Ph. D. in Leadership and Organizational Change, School of Management: Applied Management and Decision Sciences, Walden University

Professional Experience

 

Consultant, Construction Project Manager/ Owner’s Representative:  2014 to 2017

 University System of New Hampshire, New Hampshire

Oversight and management of a $32 Million Physical Education and Fieldhouse building project located at Plymouth State University.

Oversight and management of a $33 Million Residence Hall project at Keene State College.

Oversight and management of a $33 Million Residence Hall project at Plymouth State University.

 

  • Including quality, budget, and schedule monitoring.
  • Facilitating communication between all parties.
  • Negotiating all change orders.

Current Courses

Graduate Level

  • Project Engineering
  • Statistical Quality Control
  • Logistics and Operations Managment
  • Technological Commercialization Strategy
  • Organizational Behavior
  • International Management
  • Leadership

Undergraduate Level

  • Engineering Economics and Planning
  • Statics and Mechanics of Materials
  • Project Management

Selected Publications

Alas, R.; Übius, Ü.; Gaal, M.A. (2013). Organizational Culture as Predictor of Innovation Climate. Prause, G.; Venesaar, U.; Kersten, W. (Eds.). International Business: Baltic Business Development (169 - 185). Berlin: Peter Lang GmbH

Alas, R.; Übius, Ü.; Gaal, M.A. (2012). Predicting Innovation Climate using the Competing Values Model. In: Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences: World Conference on Business, Economics and Management (BEM-2012), May 4–6 2012, Antalya, Turkey. Elsevier, 2012, (62), 240 - 244.

Presentations

Gaal, M. A., and Hill, C., (2022) Model Development to Evaluate the Responsiveness of the Pharmaceutical Industry During a Pandemic. American Society for Engineering Management International Annual Conference, Tampa, Florida.

Gaal, M. A. and McGill-O’Rourke, A, (2018) Smiling Faces: Bullying in Academia. Presented at the Annual International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Gaal, M. A. (2015) How Do We Teach and Measure Creativity and Innovation as a Learning Outcome? Presented at the Annual Teaching Society of Management Educators in La Verne, California.

Gaal, M. A. (2014) The Craziness of Implementing OB-XB for the First Time. Presented at the Annual Teaching Society of Management Educators in Nashville, Tennessee.

Gaal, M. A. (2014) Goal-Setting Theory: Putting Students to Work. Presented at the Annual Teaching Society of Management Educators in Nashville, Tennessee.

Alas, R., Egri, C. & Gaal, M.A, Ralston, D. A., Kangasniemi, M., Wallace, A. (2013). Institutional and Cultural Influence on Managerial Attitudes towards CSR, Proceedings of the Academy of Management Annual Conference. Presented in Orlando, FL

Research

Supply chain management issues

Measurement and assessment of creativity within the classroom.
Enhancing student creative self-efficacy
Attributed leadership differences and similarities among European, American and Asian cultures.
Communication across cultures, nonverbal cultural influences and perceptions by cultures.
Corporate social responsibility and the influences of manager values and institutions within countries

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