John S. Nelson

Adjunct Professor

2205 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 843-5976
Fax: (608) 262-5199
jsnelson4@wisc.edu


Profile Summary

 

Mr. Nelson is an adjunct professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin Madison and a consultant to the design and construction industry.

Duties as Adjunct Professor include research, advising, and mentoring, such as:

  • Lectures/Instruction/Mentoring in a variety of CoE, School of Business, and Nelson Institute Classes
  • Research, publication and conference presentations on sustainability in buildings (in conjunction with Professor Carol Menassa)
  • Research, publication and conference presentations on lean project delivery (in conjunction with Professor Awad Hanna)
  • Graduate student advising and thesis committees
  • Student mentoring
  • Seminars such as: "What Would Aldo Leopold Think  About Corn Ethanol?" a joint series with CoE and Ag, CHE/NIES Place Based Workshop on Energy — Spring 2010 Energy Institute, CoE Weston Lecture Series, CEE and Nelson Institute High School Student on Campus Career Days
  • Engaging students in practice experiences via consulting assignments

Examples of recent consulting assignments include:

  • Advising a design builder on lean
  • Advising a major university on sustainable campus master planning
  • Advising a Chicago area constructor, designer and hospital system on lean facility delivery
  • Advising an energy services company on value clarity
  • Assisting a venture capital firm with due diligence on an energy services company investment
  • Advising the UW Physical Sciences Lab on construction to support the Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment at DUSEL
  • Advising a global equipment manufacturer on business strategy
  • Advising a developer on life cycle and triple bottom line sustainable development analyses
  • Participating in the US General Service Administration Design Excellence Program as a construction peer
  • Advising a private college on professional selection and project delivery
  • Advising a major healthcare system on capital strategies
  • Supporting WARF on the Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery
  • Advising a National A/E on Engineering Strategies
  • Advising an environmental consultancy on business strategies

During his tenure in industry, he served as Project Engineer, Department Head, Project Manager, Vice President and Chief Executive Officer at Affiliated Engineers. His background includes design, applications and research experience with dynamic building systems, along with business and project management.

 

Education

  • MS 1976, Mechanical Engineering, UW-Madison
  • BS 1975, Mechanical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, Bradley University

Research Interests

  • Energy/Fuels: Production, Conversion, & Consumption
  • Lean Facility Delivery: Fundamentals and Practices
  • Sustainable System Analysis & Deployment: Economic and Physical
  • Organizational Value Clarity:Leadership & Marketplace Optimization

Awards, Honors and Societies

  • Recipient, University of Wisconsin Construction Club “Lifetime Achievement Award”
  • Recipient, University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Engineering, “Distinguished Service Award”
  • Faculty Advisor, UW-Madison Emerging Green Builders
  • Member, Green Lake Association Board of Directors
  • Member, Sustainability Subcommittee ASCE BOK 2
  • Appointed member, Committee on Prudent Practices for Handling, Storage and Disposal of Chemicals in Laboratories: Subcommittee on Laboratory Space and Equipment
  • Member, National Science Foundation, Undergraduate Engineering Foundation Coalition Board
  • Member, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, 2006-Present and Chair, 2011-Present
  • Member, University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Engineering, Industrial Advisory Board, 2001-2006
  • Chair, 2003-2004
  • Director, UW Foundation. 2010-Present

Publications

  • Author, “Performance of Open Cycle Air Conditioning Systems,” Solar Energy Journal, 1978.
  • Author, “Northern Tri-Load Solar Energy System,” ASHRAE Journal, September 1980.
  • Author, “The Practical Application of Heat Recovery Concepts,” WEEC, October 1981.
  • Author, “Planning Functional R&D Facilities,” with Ralph Jackson, Jr., Published by Flad & Associates, 1985.
  • Author, “Renovation of Research and Development Facilities” with Ralph Jackson, Jr. and James Miller, Industrial Development, July/August 1988.
  • Contributing author, “Building Type Basics for Research Laboratories” by Daniel D. Watch. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2001
  • Author, “One Big Idea for the Construction Industry — Risk Realignment,” Tradeline, April 2008
  • Author, “Leadership in the Construction Industry - The Challenge of the Brutal Facts,” With JS Russell, AS Hanna, ML Hendrickson. LEAD 2008 Conference.
  • Author, “Completing the Circle of Professional Development through Leadership & Mentoring,” with JS Russell, Leadership & Management in Engineering, January 2009.
  • Author, “Lean Management is a Game-Changerfor Facility Design & Construction,” Tradeline, July 14 2009.
  • Author, “Form Meets Function — Sustainable Skins and the Triple Bottom Line,” Building Design and Construction, September 2009.
  • Author, “Lean and Green, Getting the First Mile Right,” Tradeline, November 2010.

Links

  • Meet the board: John Nelson nelson_john/meet-the-board-john-nelson.pdf\"
  • John Nelson Q&A nelson_john/Nelson-QA.pdf\"
  • Lean management is a game changer for facility design and construction nelson_john/lean-management-is-a-game-changer-for-facility-design-and-construction.pdf\"
  • Lean and green: Getting the first mile right nelson_john/lean-and-green-getting-the-first-mile-right.pdf\"
  • One big idea for construction delivery: Risk realignment nelson_john/one-big-idea-for-construction-delivery-risk-realignment.pdf\"
  • Resume (PDF) nelson_john/Resume.pdf

Courses

Spring 2013-2014

  • CIVENGR 699 - Independent Study
  • Profile Summary

     

    Mr. Nelson is an adjunct professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin Madison and a consultant to the design and construction industry.

    Duties as Adjunct Professor include research, advising, and mentoring, such as:

    • Lectures/Instruction/Mentoring in a variety of CoE, School of Business, and Nelson Institute Classes
    • Research, publication and conference presentations on sustainability in buildings (in conjunction with Professor Carol Menassa)
    • Research, publication and conference presentations on lean project delivery (in conjunction with Professor Awad Hanna)
    • Graduate student advising and thesis committees
    • Student mentoring
    • Seminars such as: "What Would Aldo Leopold Think  About Corn Ethanol?" a joint series with CoE and Ag, CHE/NIES Place Based Workshop on Energy — Spring 2010 Energy Institute, CoE Weston Lecture Series, CEE and Nelson Institute High School Student on Campus Career Days
    • Engaging students in practice experiences via consulting assignments

    Examples of recent consulting assignments include:

    • Advising a design builder on lean
    • Advising a major university on sustainable campus master planning
    • Advising a Chicago area constructor, designer and hospital system on lean facility delivery
    • Advising an energy services company on value clarity
    • Assisting a venture capital firm with due diligence on an energy services company investment
    • Advising the UW Physical Sciences Lab on construction to support the Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment at DUSEL
    • Advising a global equipment manufacturer on business strategy
    • Advising a developer on life cycle and triple bottom line sustainable development analyses
    • Participating in the US General Service Administration Design Excellence Program as a construction peer
    • Advising a private college on professional selection and project delivery
    • Advising a major healthcare system on capital strategies
    • Supporting WARF on the Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery
    • Advising a National A/E on Engineering Strategies
    • Advising an environmental consultancy on business strategies

    During his tenure in industry, he served as Project Engineer, Department Head, Project Manager, Vice President and Chief Executive Officer at Affiliated Engineers. His background includes design, applications and research experience with dynamic building systems, along with business and project management.

     


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