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Dwaraka Iyengar

Sharing lessons learned from various projects is key to ensuring that risks are mitigated early on in projects and proper planning is performed for a smooth execution.

There's a certain amount of credibility that an instructor commands when you, the student, realize that he or she is going to give you more than what's in the textbook or lecture notes.

Read all the books you want about project management, but you can never recreate the 25 years of experience Collin College Continuing Education instructor Dwaraka Iyengar brings to his classroom.

Iyengar is current assistant vice president of technical communication at Innodata Isogen, a publicly traded content management solutions consulting service organization. He heads the business development and delivery wings of the technical communications practice.

But this is just a part of Iyengar's more than 25 years of IT and project management consulting experience ranging from government, healthcare, housing, insurance, manufacturing, finance, retail promotion and transportation.

All of this expertise and experience is available at Collin College.

"Imparting knowledge that I have gained from several years of experience and the opportunity to make a difference in the community inspires me to teach," Iyengar said. "I bring to the class this wealth of on-the-job experience and added to that I am a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the world's largest project management organization (Project Management Institute). Hence, I am aware of the best practices in various organizations and can impart those best practices to the class to enable the students to manage successful projects."

Iyengar teaches Collin College's Continuing Education Project Management Certificate Series, a 60-hour series that covers human resource and time management, cost, communication and procurement management, risk and quality management, integration and scope management and more. The certificate series is only one part of a vast workforce development slate of classes and certificates at the college.

"Project management has no silver bullet when it comes to successfully managing projects. Sharing lessons learned from various projects is key to ensuring that risks are mitigated early on in projects and proper planning is performed for a smooth execution. Thus experience from various projects, programs and industries is essential for completing projects to the satisfaction of the sponsor," Iyengar said.