The National Academy of Construction (NAC) has elected Richard E. Westney, Founder and Director of Westney Consulting Group Inc., as a member of its 2016 class. He was inducted October 20. The 2016 class includes 30 new inductees. Three hundred industry leaders were considered for the NAC’s rigorous nomination and election process.
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The new members of the National Academy of Construction represent the best of the best of those who have distinguished themselves through stellar careers and contributions to the engineering and construction industry,” said Wayne Crew, General Secretary of NAC. “Our mission is to recognize these leaders and to share the academy’s reservoir of expertise in all facets of the built environment in service to our nation.”
Westney has developed new strategic project planning concepts and conducted workshops worldwide. His clients include major oil companies, national oil companies, drilling and production service providers, contractors, and project investors. He is the author or co-author of five books on project management, cost, and risk. He has served as visiting faculty for executive programs at Stanford, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, the University of Houston, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and the Moscow School of Management. He actively promotes best practices, including project execution planning, project organization, team alignment, contract strategy development, risk analysis, value engineering, constructability, technology selection, design to capacity, and lessons learned.
Westney received the Award of Merit from the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International, its highest honor. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from City College of New York and a master’s degree in management science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
The National Academy of Construction, established in 1999, is an organization of industry leaders―construction users, engineers, designers, constructors, consultants, attorneys, sureties, and academics―who have made outstanding contributions to the engineering and construction industry. 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.