Kathy Roper, CFM, IFMA Fellow
School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology
Kathy Roper is associate professor and chair, Integrated Facility Management at Georgia Institute of Technology, an IFMA Foundation accredited graduate program. She is widely published in FM journals and conferences, and recently co-created and co-edits the new open-access, online International Journal of Facility Management (www.ijfm.net), and co-authored "The Facility Management Handbook, Third Edition." Roper and her students also developed the IFMA white paper, Strategic Facility Planning. She is on IFMA's board of directors and serves on the Education, Research and Strategic Plan Oversight Committees. She has been a member of the Atlanta Chapter of IFMA board of directors for more than 13 years and served as president in 1997; she chaired the IFMA Recognized Degree Programs Committee, as well as served as a member of the board for the Atlanta Chapter of CoreNet Global and being an appointed member of the USGBC’s Formal Education Committee, serving as co-chair.
Bartlett School of Graduate Studies
Michael Pitt specializes in research and consultancy projects that add value and deliver change in the general area of facility management operations and strategy. He has been involved in facilities and property research and teaching since 1990, is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and sits on the RICS Facilities Management Executive. Pitt delivers two taught modules on the MSc Facility & Environment Management in London and Singapore. He works particularly closely with Modus Services Ltd. in the MoD PFI supply chain and UCLH on Healthcare Facility Management and is always keen to develop new long-term relationships to add value to both UCL and the partner organization. He is editor in chief of the Journal of Facilities Management, having been instrumental in founding the Journal in 2001. He has published numerous papers in international refereed scholarly journals, has presented at many international conferences and delivered workshops in several countries. Recent projects have included an examination of the impact of interior planting on productivity, waste management trends, the development of sustainability strategies and performance measurement systems. At the current time a cluster of research projects are running within the PFI supply chain at MOD Main Building in Whitehall. These projects are all partly funded by the private sector jointly with either the U.K. Government or one of the U.K. research councils. The work with Modus Services Ltd. on sustainability won the BIFM Sustainability and Impact Award 2011. Pitt is engaged in FM developmental work, particularly in Malaysia and China. He is visiting professor at the University of Malaya.
Bartlett School of Graduate Studies
Paulina Zakrzewska is a highly motivated, dedicated and inquisitive person. She specializes in cross-border research in the areas of macro-business, industrial relations and best practice transfer. Her degree in interdiscyplinary studies of business and social sciences which focused on international concepts allows her to understand and analyze organizational behavior on local, national and international levels. Her foreign language skills enable her to use a wide range of sources written in native languages. Thanks to her professional project management background, she is very time, quality and goal orientated. Zakrzewska was involved in cross-national research within a European framework, in particular in Polish, German and English business environments. Recently she has been working on projects within the public sector and highly regulated large private organizations following the motto of sustainability, with the outlook into a broader horizon, where simple solutions is not enough. This principle will be also leading her Ph.D. research on FM LEAN applications within the health sector.