Construction Management’s Goodrum elected to National Academy of Construction

Paul Goodrum, professor and head of the Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, has been elected to the National Academy of Construction.

His induction occurred Oct. 29 during the NAC annual meeting, which was held online. During the ceremony, the NAC cited Goodrum’s “significant contributions in research on construction productivity, craft availability and workforce strategies that changed government regulations and benefited the industry and the nation.”

Paul Goodrum portrait photo
Paul Goodrum

“The 2020 class undoubtedly strengthens the Academy membership,” said Wayne Crew, general secretary of the NAC. “Their career achievements, collectively, broaden NAC’s wealth of experience. We’re honored that the entire class of 2020 is now part of our NAC membership.”

Election criteria for NAC include leadership, exceptional service, a continued commitment to making a contribution, past recognition by peers for innovation, and being recognized as “best of the best.”

Research focus

Goodrum’s research on construction productivity has examined technology changes on both micro- and macro-measures of construction productivity as well as site management practices that improve productivity of construction projects. His research has also explored aspects of the nation’s workforce development system and its influence on the recruitment and training of construction craft professionals. His most recent research is exploring the influence of both the uncertainty and complexity of information on human performance considering individual differences in spatial cognition.

His research has been funded by a series of federal, state and industry agencies, such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, the Federal Highway Administration, the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Construction Industry Institute, the Electrical Contracting Foundation, the National Center for Construction Education and Research, the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Center to Protect Workers’ Rights.

Among his many recognitions and honors for teaching and research, he has twice been the recipient of the Construction Industry Institute Outstanding Researcher Award.

He joined CSU this summer as head of the Department of Construction Management after serving as Nicholas R. Petry Professor of Construction Engineering and Management at the University of Colorado Boulder. After receiving his undergraduate degree in civil engineering (construction concentration) at the University of Washington, he earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Goodrum worked five years in industry between his master’s degree and Ph.D., and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Kentucky.

About the NAC

The National Academy of Construction, established in 1999,is an organization of industry leaders that recognizes those who have made outstanding, life-long contributions to the design and construction industry.

The Department of Construction Management is part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.