About the Authors
Jeffrey S. Russell is Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning, Dean of Continuing Studies, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Executive Director of the Consortium for Project Management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his role as vice provost and dean, he is responsible for leading the university’s programs and services for lifelong learners and nontraditional students. He has published widely in the areas of contractor failure, prequalification, surety bonds, constructability, automation, maintainability, warranties, and quality control/quality assurance. He has served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Management in Engineering and served as founding editor-in-chief of Leadership and Management in Engineering. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he co-teaches the course “Technical Project Management” within the Engineering Management program.
John S. Nelson is the Chief Technical Officer for Global Infrastructure Asset Management LLC, an asset management firm specializing in sustainable infrastructure investments, and Chairman of MEP Associates LLC, a US Consulting Engineering Firm. He teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, in the Construction Engineering Management program. He co-teaches the course “Technical Project Management” within the Engineering Management program. Previously, John was CEO of Affiliated Engineers as the firm became nationally recognized for designing dynamic building systems and infrastructure for large and complicated projects. His technical background includes design and application of, and research on, dynamic energy and water systems. His management background includes company management and consulting for the investment, design, and construction industries.
Wayne P. Pferdehirt (1952-2019) was the director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Master of Engineering Management and Master of Engineering Data Analytics programs. He taught the courses “Technical Project Management” and “Foundations of Engineering Leadership” within the Engineering Management program. Prior to joining UW-Madison, Wayne directed Midwest solid waste consulting services for an international environmental consulting firm, led energy conservation research projects for Argonne National Laboratory, and led water resources projects for the Army Corps of Engineers. He held a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and a master’s degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in regional planning from Northwestern University. Wayne was a frequent speaker and author on continuing education for engineers and project management and was a member of the College of Engineering’s Education Innovation Committee.
Brian Price is an academic based at Aston University in the UK, teaching engineering and product design. Active research areas include ultra low carbon vehicles, charging/fueling networks and engine/transmission design. With over 25 years experience in industry, working worldwide on engine design consultancy, he brings a pragmatic approach to new product development. Previously chief engineer or technical director at a number of leading automotive companies, including Lotus Engineering, Cosworth Technology, Mercury Marine, Harley-Davidson and Ricardo Consulting. He presents regularly at international conferences and is a visiting professor at Loughborough University, UK, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA and Hanyang University, South Korea.