Iris D. Tommelein

Iris D. Tommelein
Professor
Engineering and Project Management

Lean construction, e-commerce, supply-chain management, Materials Management, Construction Processes

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Biography

Iris D. Tommelein is Professor of Engineering and Project Management, in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at U.C. Berkeley. Her interests are in developing principles of project-based production management for the architecture-engineering-construction (AEC) industry, what is termed Lean Construction. Her pioneering research Lean Construction includes teaming up with design specialists, general- and specialty contractors, and suppliers to increase process and product development performance.

Professor Tommelein is an expert on construction site logistics, layout, as well as materials management, supply-chain management, and e-commerce. Her work involves computer-aided design, planning, scheduling, simulation, and visualization of construction processes; and the use of information technology including web-based systems, wireless communication, bar-coding, and laser-based positioning systems.

Professor Tommelein served 4 years on the Executive Committee of ASCE's Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology (TCCIT). She is a member of the TCCIT's Database and Information Management Committee, TCCIT's Expert Systems and Artificial Intelligence Committee, and the Construction Division's Construction Research Council. Professor Tommelein serves as the Secretary General of the International Group for Lean Construction and she serves on the Board of Directors of the Lean Construction Institute.

Professor Tommelein is the 2002 recipient of the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers "for her research on civil engineering computing for managing project-based production systems in the engineering-architecture-construction industry".

See also is the 2014 recipient of the Peurifoy Construction Research Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers "for her contributions in developing Lean Project Production theory, methods and tools, and for successfully disseminating these theories, methods and tools into multiple large, complex projects in the US and worldwide.”

Last but not least, she received the Lean Pioneer Award 2015 from the Lean Construction Institute (LCI), recognizing an individual (or organization) who has moved the design and construction industry forward in embracing and implementing Lean tools and techniques on capital projects.

Education

PhD - Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering and Management), Stanford University, 1989
MS - Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence), Stanford University, 1989
MS - Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering and Management), Stanford University, 1985
Civil Engineer-Architect (5 year degree) - Free University Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Brussels, Belgium, 1984