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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Biosketches of Committee Members." National Research Council. 2009. Advancing the Competitiveness and Efficiency of the U.S. Construction Industry. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12717.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Biosketches of Committee Members." National Research Council. 2009. Advancing the Competitiveness and Efficiency of the U.S. Construction Industry. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12717.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Biosketches of Committee Members." National Research Council. 2009. Advancing the Competitiveness and Efficiency of the U.S. Construction Industry. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12717.
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A Biosketches of Committee Members Theodore C. Kennedy, Chair, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1999 for leadership and innovation in advancing the nation’s construction industry. He is a member of the National Research Council’s Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment. Mr. Kennedy is the cofounder of BE&K, Inc., a privately held international design-build firm that provides engineering, construction, and maintenance for process-oriented industries and commercial real estate projects. BE&K companies design and build for a variety of industries, including pulp and paper, chemical, oil and gas, steel, power, pharmaceutical, and food processing. BE&K is consistently listed as one of Fortune magazine’s Top 100 Companies to Work For, and BE&K and its subsidiaries have won numerous awards for excellence, innovation, and programs that support its workers and communities. Mr. Kennedy served as the chairman of the national board of directors of INROADS, Inc., and is a member of numerous other boards. He currently serves as chair of the Alabama’s A+ College Ready Board and in that capacity is spearheading a statewide initiative to establish advanced placement programs in Alabama’s public schools. He is a former president of Associated Builders and Contractors and former chair of the Construction Industry Institute. He has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Duke University, the Walter A. Nashert Constructor Award, the President’s Award from the National Association of Women in Construction, and the Contractor of the Year award from Associated Builders and Contractors. Mr. Kennedy has a B.S. in civil engineering from Duke University. Parviz Daneshgari is the president of MCA, Inc., a firm providing services focused on implementing process and product development, waste reduction, and productivity improvements. At MCA, Inc., Dr. Daneshgari has provided supply chain consulting services to national and international companies in the automotive, medical, insurance, banking, and construction industries. Other projects include developing a standard format for calculating sizes and shares of the construction industry, large cities construction market characteristics, and lean production principles. Dr. Daneshgari is an adjunct professor for the University of Michigan-Dearborn and for Oakland University. He holds an M.B.A. from Wayne State University; a Ph.D. and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany; and a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a B.S. in civil engineering from Northwestern University, Illinois. Patricia D. Galloway is the chief executive officer of Pegasus-Global Holdings, Inc., an international management consulting firm. Dr. Galloway was the first woman to serve as president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in the organization’s 154-year history, her proudest accomplishment, enabling her to serve as a role model for young women engineers. She is currently the vice chair of the National Science Board, a presidential appointment with Senate confirmation; her term ends in 2012. Dr. Galloway is also a member of the Eastern Washington Governor’s Advisory Council. She is a licensed professional engineer in 14 U.S. states, in Canada, and in Australia and is a certified project management professional. Having traveled to nearly 100 countries, Dr. Galloway is known for her experience and expertise in global engineering and construction. She also lectures around the world on topics such as leadership, globalization, risk management, engineering education, and women in engineering. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Construction and the Pan American Academy of 47

48 ADVANCING THE COMPETITIVENESS AND EFFICIENCY OF THE U.S. CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Engineering, for which she serves on the board of directors. Dr. Galloway is also an elected member of the American Arbitration Association Board of Directors. She received a Distinguished Engineering Alumna award from Purdue University in 1992. In addition to having lectured in numerous venues around the world, Dr. Galloway has served as a cohost to the Discovery Channel program “Modern Engineering Marvels.” She holds a Ph.D. in infrastructure systems engineering (civil) from Kochi University of Technology in Japan, an M.B.A. from the New York Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, specializing in structural design and construction management, from Purdue University. She is the author of The 21st Century Engineer: A Proposal for Engineering Education Reform, published by ASCE Press, and has authored more than 150 articles and papers. Dr. Galloway is currently a blog writer for Engineering News Record, discussing current issues in the construction industry. James O. Jirsa is the Janet S. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Jirsa was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1988 for significant contributions to research on the behavior and design of structural reinforced concrete. He is a former chair of the National Research Council’s Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment. Dr. Jirsa has been on the faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Texas at Austin since 1972 and has served as department chair since 1996. Dr. Jirsa has held the Janet S. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering since 1988. He was named to the Phil M. Ferguson Professorship in 1984 and served as director of the Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory from 1985 to 1988. Prior to his move to Austin, Dr. Jirsa taught at Rice University and the University of Nebraska, where he received his B.S. degree in civil engineering. He has graduate degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Jirsa’s teaching and research specialization areas are the design, behavior, and durability of reinforced-concrete structures; earthquake engineering; and the repair and strengthening of structures. He is a registered professional engineer. Dr. Jirsa has received many honors and awards over the span of his career, beginning as a Fulbright Scholar in France in 1963-1964. More recently he received the Hocott Award for Research from the College of Engineering in 1994 and the Joe W. Kelly Award in 1997 from the American Concrete Institute, “in recognition of a creative career as a teacher, researcher, and author.” He is on the board of directors of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. Behrokh Khoshnevis is a professor of industrial and systems engineering and civil and environmental engineering. He is the director of the Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies (CRAFT) and director of the Manufacturing Engineering Graduate Program at the University of Southern California. He is an expert in construction industry technologies and innovations. Dr. Khoshnevis is active in computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing; robotics and mechatronics-related research projects that include the development of novel solid free form, or rapid prototyping, processes; and autonomous mobile and modular robots for assembly applications on Earth and in space. He routinely conducts lectures and seminars on invention and technology development. He is a fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, a fellow of the Society for Computer Simulation, and a senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineering. His automated construction invention, Contour Crafting, was selected in 2006 as one of top 25 best inventions by the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the History Channel’s “Modern Marvels” program. Feniosky Peña-Mora was recently named dean of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University. Dr. Peña-Mora was previously an associate provost, Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as a center affiliate at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and a faculty affiliate at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Peña-Mora earned a Master of Science degree in civil engineering and a Doctor of Science in civil engineering systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1991 and 1994, respectively. Before coming to the

APPENDIX A 49 University of Illinois in 2003, Dr. Peña-Mora worked at MIT as assistant professor and associate professor of information technology and project management in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He has also served as a visiting professor at Loughborough University in Great Britain and at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. He is an expert in change management, process integration, and large-scale civil engineering. Dr. Peña-Mora’s research interests include change management, conflict resolution, and processes integration during the design and development of large- scale civil engineering systems. He is the author of more than 100 publications in refereed journals, conference proceedings, book chapters, and textbooks on computer-supported design, and on computer- supported engineering design and construction, as well as project control and management of large-scale engineering systems. He has held the position of chief information technology consultant on the Boston Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel Project, where he focused on information technology support for change management and process integration during the design and construction phases of this massive $14.6 billion, two-decade-long engineering endeavor. Benedict Schwegler, Jr., is chief scientist at Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development and a consulting professor at Stanford University. From hydrological modeling to four-dimensional software, from integrated infrastructure design to next-generation entertainment effects, Dr. Schwegler’s mission is to invent, simulate, and deliver new technologies to improve the quality of the built environment. He has been a key executive for theme park and resort developments for the Walt Disney Company in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Hong Kong. He is a member of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Technical Divisions Advisory Board, a winner of the Henry R. Michel Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a juror for the Sloan Prize for the best portrayal of science in a feature film at the Sundance Film Festival. David A. Skiven is a facilities management consultant and frequent adviser to federal agencies including the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force. He is also currently serving as co-director of the Engineering Society of Detroit Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving Michigan’s economy. Mr. Skiven retired as the executive director of the General Motors Corporation Worldwide Facilities Group in 2007. The Worldwide Facilities Group was responsible for providing facilities management, utilities, construction, and environmental segments, allowing General Motors (GM) clients to focus on their core business, resulting in structural cost savings and improved utilization of assets. In 42 years at GM, Mr. Skiven worked in various engineering and plant operations, including as manager of Facilities and Future Programs–Manufacturing Engineering for the Saturn Corporation and as director of Plant Environment and the Environmental Energy Staff, before being appointed executive director of the Worldwide Facilities Group in 1993. Mr. Skiven has served as a member of the National Research Council’s Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, on the board of directors of BioReaction, Inc., and on the Board of the Engineering Society of Detroit. Mr. Skiven has a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute and an M.S. degree from Wayne University. He is also a registered professional engineer. Jorge A. Vanegas serves as dean of the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University (TAMU), holds a faculty appointment as a tenured professor in the Department of Architecture, and serves as director of the Center for Housing and Urban Development (CHUD). As dean, Dr. Vanegas oversees the operations of (1) four departments—Architecture; Construction Science; Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning; and Visualization; (2) five research centers—the Center for Health Systems and Design; Center for Heritage Conservation; CHUD; CRS Center for Leadership and Management in the Design and Construction Industry; and Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center; (3) the Architecture Ranch, a hands-on research/education demonstration facility on a 13-acre site and a 10,000-square-foot facility at TAMU’s Riverside Campus; and (4) several study abroad programs. Dr. Vanegas has active research and education interests in sustainable urbanism, civil infrastructure systems, facilities, and housing; advanced strategies, tools, and methods for integrated capital asset delivery and management; and

50 ADVANCING THE COMPETITIVENESS AND EFFICIENCY OF THE U.S. CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY design/construction integration in the development and rehabilitation of facilities and civil infrastructure systems. He has been active in the research and educational deployment efforts of the Construction Industry Institute in constructability; the use of prefabrication, preassembly, modularization, and off-site construction; and innovative practices for cost-effective capital projects. Dr. Vanegas held prior academic appointments at the Georgia Institute of Technology from 1993 through 2005, and at Purdue University from 1988 to 1993. He received a B.S. in architecture from the Universidad de los Andes in 1979 and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from Stanford University. Norbert W. Young, Jr., is the president of McGraw-Hill Construction, a global source of construction industry information. At McGraw-Hill, Mr. Young is responsible for building relationships with owners, key design firms, and construction firms. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania. His professional affiliations include the American Institute of Architects, where he is a fellow; the Urban Land Institute; the Construction Specifications Institute; and the International Alliance for Interoperability, where he served as chair of the North American Board of Directors. He is a trustee of the National Building Museum and is former chair of the board of regents of the American Architectural Foundation. He is also a member of the Construction Users Roundtable, a national organization of more than 50 major owners focused on providing the “voice of the owner” to the design and construction industry. Prior to joining McGraw-Hill, Mr. Young was president of the Bovis Construction Group’s Bovis Management Systems, where he was instrumental in creating an integrated approach to delivering preconstruction services. Mr. Young was also a partner at Toombs Development Company, where he managed all aspects of design and construction, and he spent 12 years as a practicing architect in Philadelphia.

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Construction productivity--how well, how quickly, and at what cost buildings and infrastructure can be constructed--directly affects prices for homes and consumer goods and the robustness of the national economy. Industry analysts differ on whether construction industry productivity is improving or declining. Still, advances in available and emerging technologies offer significant opportunities to improve construction efficiency substantially in the 21st century and to help meet other national challenges, such as environmental sustainability.

Advancing the Competitiveness and Efficiency of the U.S. Construction Industry identifies five interrelated activities that could significantly improve the quality, timeliness, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability of construction projects.

These activities include widespread deployment and use of interoperable technology applications; improved job-site efficiency through more effective interfacing of people, processes, materials, equipment, and information; greater use of prefabrication, preassembly, modularization, and off-site fabrication techniques and processes; innovative, widespread use of demonstration installations; and effective performance measurement to drive efficiency and support innovation. The book recommends that the National Institute of Standards and Technology work with industry leaders to develop a collaborative strategy to fully implement and deploy the five activities

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