John is the managing partner and co-founder of Nelson Hart LLC. He currently lives in Arlington, Va. John’s interests include gourmet food and wine. He enjoys traveling with his wife, his favorite destinations include Cape May and London.
John is an architect with over 35 years of experience managing projects of various size and complexity. His activities have been both domestic and international and included; management consulting; management of his own planning, design, and construction business; formulating and managing building energy conservation research; managing a large scale congressionally mandated program in energy conservation standards; and teaching. He is currently Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Project Management at the Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park. John initiated the graduate program in project management during the fall of 1999 and an undergraduate Minor in Project Management in 2002. He teaches courses inProject Management Fundamentals, and Managing Projects in a Dynamic Environment. He is widely sought after for his seminars and workshops on Project Management. John is also Chairman of the Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center Board of Directors and a member of the science council of NASA’s Center for Project Management Research. John is a co-founder of Nelson Hart, LLC.
Prior to joining the University, John was a Research Fellow in the Logistics Management Institute’s Facilities and Engineering Management group where he managed a variety of lead assignments analyzing facility design and construction practices, conducting benchmarking and business process reengineering studies, assessing the use of information technology in the management of design and construction, managed business and program planning assignments, and training/assisting clients in becoming certified in compliance with ISO9000 Quality Management Standards.
John is a graduate of Clemson University and Catholic University and is a doctorial candidate at the University of Manchester in the UK. He’s a licensed architect and is certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a Project Management Professional (PMP). John is currently doing research in the application of positive psychology to project management and leadership.