Preparing the Next Generation of Construction Leaders

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General Session


As contractors adapt to the digital landscape of the construction industry, the next generation of the workforce needs to be ready to work with these tools. The general session starts with an interview with Patrick Sauermann, dean of Texas A&M school of architecture. Overseeing the largest school of its kind in the United States, Patrick plays a direct role in preparing today’s new hires and shaping tomorrow’s future leaders.

Amy Northcutt, the Director of Education & Outreach at Trimble, will join Patrick to discuss technology’s role in education. The two will address how colleges must prepare students and faculty to learn current building processes and practices.


  • Pat Suermann

    Texas A&M University

    Patrick C. Suermann became the interim dean of the Texas A&M School of Architecture in 2022, the largest school of its kind in the United States, with more than 3300 students and approximately 300 faculty and staff. Before his appointment as interim dean, Suermann served for four and a half years as head of the Texas A&M Department of Construction Science, also the largest national program of its kind. As an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the U. S. Air Force Academy, Suermann taught building information modeling, computer-aided design, construction processes, project delivery and civil engineering.

  • Amy Northcutt


    Amy Northcutt, P.E. is the Director of Education & Outreach at Trimble. With a background in both structural engineering and technology, she is familiar with the challenges inherent within the construction industry and passionate about finding creative, technology-enabled solutions. Amy’s current role involves creating and managing programs to equip students and educators with the technology necessary to shape tomorrow’s future leaders. Amy’s approach to this work is focused on building a diverse workforce and creating equitable systems for access where everyone is included. Prior to her work at Trimble, Amy worked for a structural engineering firm in California, where she used Tekla Structures, a Trimble solution, for engineering design, construction documents as well as rebar detailing and shop drawings. Amy is a Licensed Professional Engineer from the state of California and has a M.S. in Architectural Engineering from Kansas State University.

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