Biographies of Committee Members
Lloyd A. Duscha (National Academy of Engineering), Chair, retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1990 as the highest-ranking civilian after serving as deputy director, Engineering and Construction Directorate, at headquarters. He has expertise in engineering and construction management, was a principal investigator for the NRC report Assessing the Need for Independent Project Reviews in the Department of Energy, and was a member of the committee that produced the NRC report Improving Project Management in the Department of Energy. He served in numerous progressive Army Corps of Engineer positions in various locations over four decades. Mr. Duscha is currently an engineering consultant to various national and foreign government agencies, the World Bank, and private sector clients. He has served on numerous NRC committees and recently served on the Committee on the Outsourcing of the Management of Planning, Design, and Construction Related Services as well as the Committee on Shore Installation Readiness and Management. He chaired the NRC Committee on Research Needs for Transuranic and Mixed Waste at Department of Energy Sites and serves on the Committee on Opportunities for Accelerating the Characterization and Treatment of Nuclear Waste. He has also served on the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment and was vice chairman for the U.S. National Committee on Tunneling Technology. Other positions held were president, U.S. Committee on Large Dams; chair, Committee on Dam Safety, International Commission on Large Dams; executive committee, Construction Industry Institute; and the board of directors, Research and Management Foundation of the American Consulting Engineers Council. He has numerous professional affiliations, including fellowships in the American Society of Civil Engineers and in the Society of American Military Engineers. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota, which awarded him the Board of Regents Outstanding Achievement Award.
Don Jeffery (Jeff) Bostock recently retired from Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Inc., as vice president for engineering and construction with responsibility for all engineering activities within the Oak Ridge nuclear complex. In addition to his experience with managing projects as a DOE contractor, he has also served as vice president of defense and manufacturing and as manager of the Oak Ridge Y-12 plant, a nuclear weapons fabrication and manufacturing facility. His career at Y-12 included engineering and managerial positions in all of the various manufacturing, assembly, security, and program management organizations. He also served as manager of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, providing uranium enrichment services. He was a member of the committees that produced the NRC reports Proliferation Concerns: Assessing U.S. Efforts to Help Contain Nuclear and Other Dangerous Materials, Technologies in the Former Soviet Union, and Protecting Nuclear Weapons Material in Russia. Mr. Bostock also served as a panel member for the annual NRC assessment of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Measurement and Standards Laboratories. Mr. Bostock has a B.S. in industrial engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. in industrial management from the University of Tennessee. He is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Management Program for Executives.
Allan V. Burman is president of Jefferson Solutions, a division of the Jefferson Consulting Group, a firm that provides change management services and acquisition reform training to many federal departments and agencies. He has expertise in federal acquisition, procurement, and budget reform. Dr. Burman
provides strategic consulting services to private sector firms doing business with the federal government as well as to federal agencies and other government entities. He also has advised firms, congressional committees, and federal and state agencies on a variety of management and acquisition reform matters. Prior to joining the Jefferson Group, Dr. Burman had a lengthy career in the federal government, including as administrator for federal procurement policy in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where he testified before Congress over 40 times on management, acquisition, and budget matters. Dr. Burman also authored the 1991 policy letter that established performance-based contracting and greater reliance, where appropriate, on fixed-price contracting as the favored approach for contract reform. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, Dr. Burman served as chief of the Air Force Branch in OMB’s National Security Division and was the first OMB branch chief to receive a Presidential Rank Award. Dr. Burman is a fellow and member of the board of advisors of the National Contract Management Association, a principal of the Council for Excellence in Government, a director of the Procurement Round Table, and an honorary member of the National Defense Industrial Association. He was also a contributing editor and writer for Government Executive magazine. Dr. Burman obtained a B.A. from Wesleyan University, was a Fulbright scholar at the Institute of Political Studies, University of Bordeaux, France, and has a graduate degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the George Washington University.
G. Brian Estes is the former director of construction projects, Westinghouse Hanford Company, where he directed project management functions for construction projects in support of operations and environmental cleanup at the Department of Energy’s Hanford nuclear complex. His has experience with DOE, as well as other large-scale government construction and environmental restoration projects. He served on the committee that produced the recent NRC report Improving Project Management in the Department of Energy and on a number of other NRC committees. Prior to joining Westinghouse, he completed 30 years in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps, achieving the rank of rear admiral. Admiral Estes served as commander of the Pacific Division of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command and as commander of the Third Naval Construction Brigade, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He supervised over 700 engineers, 8,000 Seabees, and 4,000 other employees in providing public works management, environmental support, family housing support, and facility planning, design, and construction services. As vice commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Admiral Estes led the total quality management transformation at headquarters and two updates of the corporate strategic plan. Admiral Estes directed execution of the $2 billion military construction program and the $3 billion facilities management program while serving as deputy commander for facilities acquisition and deputy commander for public works, Naval Facilities Engineering Command. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Maine and an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois and is a registered professional engineer in Illinois and Virginia.
Steven L. Fahrenkrog is director of the Project Management Institute’s (PMI’s) Knowledge Delivery Group, which includes the PMI’s Standards and Publishing departments and its Knowledge and Wisdom Center. He has sponsored and guided development and publishing of A Guide to the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), 2000 edition; the Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures, the Government Extension to the PMBOK® Guide; the Project Manager Competency Development Framework Construction Extension to the PMBOK® Guide (Provisional Standard); and, most recently, the Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3). Prior to joining the PMI in July 2000 he had a 30-year career in the U.S. Navy, as a helicopter pilot and acquisition professional. While in the Navy, he was commanding officer of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Three and program manager of the U.S. Marine Corps Light/Attack Helicopter Program. Mr. Fahrenkrog has a B.A. in economics from Moorhead State College and M.S. degrees in aeronautical engineering and management from the Naval Postgraduate School.
David N. Ford is an assistant professor of civil engineering at Texas A&M University. His expertise is in
evaluating project management with analytical methods and simulations. He researches the dynamics of project management and strategy of construction organizations and teaches project management and computer simulation courses. Current research projects include the investigation of causes of failures to implement fast-track processes and the value of contingent decisions in project strategies. Prior to his appointment at Texas A&M, Dr. Ford was an associate professor in the Department of Information Sciences at the University of Bergen in Norway. He was one of two professors to develop and lead the graduate program in the system dynamics methodology for 4 years. Dr. Ford’s research during this time focused on the dynamics of product development processes and included work with Ericsson Microwave to improve its product development processes. Dr. Ford designed and managed the development and construction of facilities for over 14 years in professional practice for owners, design professionals, and builders. Projects varied in size and facility types, including commercial buildings, residential development, and industrial, commercial, and defense facilities. He serves as a reviewer for Management Science, the Journal of Operational Research Society, Technology Studies, and System Dynamics Review. Dr. Ford received his B.C.E. and M.E. from Tulane University and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in dynamic engineering systems.
Theodore C. Kennedy (NAE) is chairman and co-founder of BE&K, a privately held international design-build firm that provides engineering, construction, and maintenance for process-oriented industries and commercial real estate projects. Mr. Kennedy’s experience and expertise are in the design, construction, and cost estimation of complex construction and engineering 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, among others. 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 is the chairman of the national board of directors of INROADS, Inc., and is a member of numerous other boards, including the A+ Education Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. Mr. Kennedy is also a member of the Duke University School of Engineering Dean’s Council and former chair of the Board of Visitors for the Duke University School of Engineering. He is the former president of Associated Builders and Contractors and the former chairman 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 the Associated Builders and Contractors. Mr. Kennedy has a B.S. in civil engineering from Duke University.
Stephen R. Thomas is an associate director of the Construction Industry Institute (CII) and director of the CII Benchmarking and Metrics Program. In this position he establishes and disseminates performance and practice use metrics for the construction industry and directs the development and operation of a research-based benchmarking system for capital projects improvement. Dr. Thomas is a member of the steering committee for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) project to develop a cost-effectiveness tool for evaluating the management of terrorist risks and completed several NIST-sponsored research projects from 1998 through 2004 as the principal investigator. He is also a senior lecturer in the University of Texas (UT) at Austin Department of Civil Engineering for both undergraduate and graduate courses in project management and analytical analysis. Prior to coming to UT he was an assistant professor in the United States Military Academy’s Department of Systems Engineering and chief of engineering and construction management for a U.S. Army engineer brigade in Germany. He has coauthored numerous articles on construction and project management. He received a B.S. in engineering from the United States Military Academy and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.