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AACE Great Lakes Section

January 25th, 2023 Meeting​​

Cost Engineering Panel


Jason Marentette, Brennan Cagney, Jeff Willard

Date:   January 25th, 2023

Location:  Weber's Inn

                 3050 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI

                 (734) 769-2500

Time:   6:00 pm to 6:30 pm – Social Hour
            6:30 pm to 7:15 pm  - Dinner

            7:15 pm to 8:15 pm - Program

Cost:  $30 for Program and Dinner -  Students are FREE but must RSVP

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Presentation and Panel Info

Cost Engineering Panel

Jason Marentette, Brennan Cagney, Jeff Willard

Presentation Abstract:

The AACEI Great Lakes Section will host a panel centered around Cost Engineering.  We have three veterans of the industry that will answer your questions as well as provide their insight into topics such as:  present day Cost Engineering, the future of the field and development. They will be able to answer your questions both in the room and virtually. 

Presenter Biographies:                          

Jason Marentette is a Senior Project Controls Engineer for Administrative Controls Management.  He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Michigan, is a Certified Cost Professional, and a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan.  Jason has over 18 years of experience in cost engineering and controls, project tracking, WBS management, budget projections, contingency and risk management, generating essential reports, Critical Path Method (CPM) project scheduling, and analyses in the utility, petrochemical, and automotive industries. 

Brennan Cagney is a Project Controls Manager for Burns & McDonnell within their construction global practice.  He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University and is a Certified Cost Professional (CCP).  He has spent the majority of his career supporting large capital projects and outages in heavy industrial settings including refineries, power plants, natural gas compressor stations, and liquified natural gas facilities.  Brennan has over 17 years of project controls experience in cost, schedule, and risk management.

Jeff Willard is a Cost Engineering Lead for Consumers Energy. He holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science and Economics from Eastern Michigan University. BBA in Accounting from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Science in Finance from Walsh College.  Jeff has spent the last eleven years working on large Capital Projects and Programs. He also has many years of experience in construction.