Hendrickson Elected to National Academy of Construction
Hamerschlag University Professor Chris Hendrickson will be inducted into the National Academy of Construction at the NAC Annual Meeting Austin, Texas. Hendrickson was one of 28 new inductees and will join 187 members who share this distinction.
The National Academy of Construction, established in 1999, is an organization of industry leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the engineering and construction industry. It is composed of a wide variety of industry representatives, including construction users, designers, constructors, consultants, attorneys, sureties, and academics. In addition to being a personal honor, election to the Academy allows members to volunteer their expertise to a variety of organizations, governmental and nongovernmental, for the betterment of the industry as a whole.
Hendrickson was selected to the NAC in part because of his outstanding systems-oriented research and his leadership in construction project management, transportation, and green design. He is the Director of the Traffic 21 Institute and editor-in-chief of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Transportation Engineering.
His research contributions range from computer-aided engineering to transportation systems to project management and environmental systems. He strikes a balance in his systems wide perspective between engineering and management considerations. Hendrickson developed a travel distance formula as part of his doctoral work in 1978 for random stops that is still in use today for home service planning.
Hendrickson and others at CMU Engineering Design Research Center pioneered an experimental building design system that spanned initial concept through construction scheduling and animation. He is the co-author of five books and numerous articles in professional literature. For the past 20 years, he has focused on green design and the environmental life-cycle consequences of alternative product and process designs.
The recipient of many teaching awards and several recognitions and honors from industry groups, Hendrickson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Distinguished Member of ASCE, and an emeritus member of the Transportation Research Board.