ASCE has honored Iris D. Tommelein, Ph.D., M.ASCE, with the 2024 Construction Management Award for her groundbreaking research in lean construction and leadership in teaching and advancing state-of-the-art construction management practices worldwide.

Tommelein is recognized as the leading researcher in the United States and abroad on several construction management research areas, including lean construction, production and project management, integrated product and process design and development, sustainability, and whole-life design.

She is a fantastic educator and advisor for her large group of research graduate students. Her former students are today the leading professors in many top institutions all over the world.

Previous award winner Lucio Soibelman considers Tommelein a fantastic communicator of ideas and a congenial, helpful, and stimulating colleague. He says her work gives the impression of a clear intellect grappling with a range of significant issues, bringing strong background in theory and practical experience to bear.

In 2019, Tommelein was inducted into the National Academy of Construction for being an ”academician, professor, and researcher with substantial contributions to bring the lean construction philosophy and practice into the construction industry.”

The Construction Management Award is presented to a member of the Society who has made a definite contribution in the field of construction management in general and, more particularly, in the application of theoretical aspects of engineering economics, statistics, probability theory, operations research, and related mathematical-oriented disciplines to problems of construction management, estimating, costs accounting, planning, scheduling, and financing.