My vision is to unlock the potential for all individuals to achieve unlimited success within the Chicago construction industry through the educational strategies of Teaching-as-Research, Learning Community, and Learning-through-Diversity and through the institutional strategies of collaborative relationships, Lean thinking, and continuous improvement.
Dr. Menches has conducted research for the National Science Foundation, the Construction Industry Institute, the Foundation for Electrical Construction, and the Texas Department of Transportation. Prior to joining the faculty at the Illinois Institute of Technology, she was a professor at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Menches completed nine years as a civil engineer/project manager in the U.S. Air Force followed by five years in private industry in Chicago, IL and Madison, WI. Dr. Menches is a licensed professional engineer in Illinois. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Lean Construction Institute.