Dr. Glenn Ballard research director of Project Production Systems Laboratory at UC Berkeley, has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Construction (NAC).
The 2018 class includes 37 new inductees. Over 300 leaders were considered for NAC's rigorous nomination and election process.
Individuals were selected based on outstanding contributions to the design and construction industry throughout a career.
Dr. Ballard was noted as a true innovator and was cited for his work as co-founder
of the Lean Construction Institute and as the inventor of the Last Planner System.
Glenn Ballard began as a school teacher and then started in the construction trades as a welder’s helper at Brown & Root. This unique background helped him make a huge impact at the intersection of academia and industry.
At Bechtel, he invented the Last Planner, a system of production control that is used by construction firms worldwide. The Lean Construction Institute includes some of the largest owner firms in the US as well as international participation.
In addition, Dr. Ballard co-founded the International Group for Lean Construction. He was the principal investigator on two research teams at the Construction Industry Institute. His innovations have dealt with design management and with relational contracting. His impact on students can be seen through their teaching and research globally.