January Chapter Meeting, 2018

January 11, 2018
5:00 PM MST to 8:00 PM MST
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Hotel Eleganté Conference & Event Center
2886 S Circle Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
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34 Seats Remaining

5:00-6:00pm: Presentation
6:00-6:30pm: Dinner
6:30-7:00pm: Business Meeting/Chapter Announcements
7:00-8:00pm: Presentation
8:00-8:10pm: Closing/Drawings


Session 1 (1 PDU): 0.5 Leadership and 0.5 Strategic

Out of this World Project Management

Addressing the nation’s STEM workforce shortage and the style in which today’s students learn, the Space Foundation and Project Management Institute Educational Foundation partnered to create an innovative learning platform that connects Mars mission scenarios to the real world. Out of this World Project Management instructs educators and students in Project Management principles, then, students use these skills to plan, develop and execute a mission in the Space Foundation’s Mars Robotics Laboratory in one of four mission scenarios: Searching for Water; Searching for Life; Mars Base Location Search; and an Engineering Design Challenge. The project is also being design so that any students in the world will be able to execute a mission in the lab.

Learning objectives:

  • Students will use Project Management principles to plan, develop and execute one of four Mars mission simulations
  • Students will make the intrinsic connection between the skills acquired and the real world to encourage them to follow a STEM career path
  • Students will prepare and present a project mission summary



Bryan DeBates, Vice President - Education


Bryan DeBates administers the development and implementation of the Space Foundation's global education programs that support science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) education. This includes developing and overseeing education programs, such as the Discover the Universe field trips and the Space in the Community international outreach program. He supervises the Space Foundation's Discovery Center, and its education labs, which include: Science On a Sphere®, Mars Robotics Laboratory, AGI Space Missions Simulation Laboratory, and the Battelle Underwater Drone Lab.
DeBates has been honored for his achievements in education through numerous awards, including being named the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal, presented by the International Astronautical Federation. Other awards include:
  • Colorado Air Force Association's Colorado Medal of Merit, 2016
  • Aerospace Education Foundation Christa McAuliffe Memorial Award National Finalist, 2006
  • Air Force Association's Alamo Chapter Christa McAuliffe Memorial Award Winner, 2006
  • Air Force Association's Alamo Chapter Teacher of the Year, 2005
  • Texas A & M's Educators Shape the Future Award Winner, 2004
  • Time Warner Cable's National Crystal Apple Award Winner, 2003
  • Citation in the National Congressional Record for accomplishments in and contributions to education, 2003


Session 2 (1 PDU): 1.0 Leadership

Responsible Management of Our Water Infrastructure

Learning objectives:

  • As water leaders in the West, we are asked to face new challenges such as aging infrastructure, climate variability, uncertain demand, and regulatory changes.
  • Taking a rational approach has allowed us to maximize our approach to these responsibilities.



Phil Tunnah, General Manager – Water Services Division


Mr. Tunnah has 27 years’ experience on specialist water and wastewater projects in both design and construction leadership roles. He is a specialist in leading large, multi-discipline teams to deliver complex water programs, committing to the overall success of the delivery. Over the past 15 years, he has led the delivery of some of the largest ongoing national water projects, leading teams of up to 80 staff.
His extensive experience in water and wastewater lifecycle delivery from concept, design, construction, commissioning and closeout phases has allowed him to be genuine to the multi-discipline skilled teams he leads, utilizing multiple forms of alternative procurement for the benefit of his clients.
He has been solely responsible for setting the strategic direction and enhancing the culture of the individuals he leads for more than 10 years on large programs and more recently as a General Manager and interim Chief Water Services Officer.
His management of key stakeholder and community interests have been demonstrated over the past 15 years as he is entrusted as the lead representative for the organization he serves. He has managed multiple community related issues associated with the large water projects and is competent in his management of complex situations.
His recent experience as a General Manager for asset management, engineering, and project/program delivery has built on his leadership experience. Managing capital annual budgets of more than $60 Million, he is responsible for the successful full lifecycle delivery of multiple ongoing, interrelated community projects to a consistent format, while assessing the overall enterprise service impacts.


Presentation Content: 

Presentations, if provided to PPRC for posting, will be available on the Presentation Archive page after the meeting.


10 Person/Seat Table Purchase Option:

PPRC is providing, to it's members, the option to purchase a 10-person/seat table at Chapter Meetings. For more information on the option and guidelines around a purchase, please visit the Multi-Seat Table Registration informational page.


Refund and Cancellation Policy:

The PMI Pikes Peak Regional Chapter Refund and Cancellation Policy is currently under revision. As per the approved revisions, cancellation of registrations for Chapter Meetings will be honored and refunds granted when the cancellation is completed/received by 11:59 PM seven business days before the event. 

You will be required to review and accept the current PMI Pikes Peak Regional Chapter Refund and Cancellation Policy as part of your registration.  Please review it here.


Registration Questions:

Please contact the VP Communications for any registration questions or problems that you may have.


$35.00 Member
$30.00 Earlybird rate before January 5

$40.00 Non-Members/Guest

$300.00 10 Person Coupon Purchase. If the table has fewer than 10 people attending then no refunds or reassign to future meetings for the empty seats. A coupon code will be sent to you for distribution to all to use for individual registration.