Welcoming Jeffrey Lessman and Mark Shami as Inaugural Beavers Teaching Fellows


With the generous support of the Beavers Charitable Trust, a non-profit organization that assists students entering the heavy construction industry,  we are very pleased to introduce our inaugural Beavers Teaching Fellows, Mr. Jeffrey Lessman and Dr. Manar (Mark) Shami!

This fall, Shami will teach CE 166: Construction Engineering. In spring 2022, Lessman will teach CE 190: Special Topics in Heavy Civil Construction. Both bring vast knowledge and skill sets to the department, and we very much look forward to them joining CEE. We are grateful to The Beavers for making these fellowships possible.

Mr. Jeff Lessman has more than 30 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry. He was a major Shimmick Construction shareholder and a Director on Shimmick’s BOD from 1997 to 2017. During that time Shimmick grew from annual revenues of $20M/year to $500M/year. In 2005, Jeff was part of the executive team that transitioned management and ownership from the company’s founder and in 2017 sold Shimmick Construction to AECOM. He is skilled in all aspects of project execution for public and private clients using all types of contracts.  Jeff also has experience in mergers and acquisitions in construction.

Dr. Manar (Mark) Shami is the Corporate Manager for Training and Development at Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), a large international contractor of over 150,000 employees, based in Athens, Greece. With over 20 years of experience, he has been providing construction support, management consulting, and training at CCC main office and its global partners in over 40 countries for mega infrastructure and power projects. He earned his Ph.D. and two masters in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley. He has 42 publications and has been certified project management professional (PMP), Authorized Training Partner/Instructor by PMI, and Authorized OSHA Safety Trainer. Mark is a U.S. licensed private pilot and an active trainer and volunteer at large humanitarian NGOs.

Published 08/24/2021