PMI Pays Tribute to Dr. David I. Cleland for a Lifetime of Achievement to Project Management and the Profession

By Project Management Institute, PRNE
Monday, July 12, 2010

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2010 - Project management is garnering new attention for the value it delivers
to organizations wrestling with economic challenges, tight resources and
rapid change. At its 2010 Research and Education Conference, Project
Management Institute (PMI), the leading professional association in the
field, paid tribute to a man whose lifetime of work made modern-day project
management possible: Dr. David I. Cleland, Ph.D. and PMI Fellow.

"Dr. Cleland was among the first to see project management strategically
as well as tactically, at the center of organizational competencies," said
Gregory Balestrero, president and CEO of PMI. "It's hard to believe, but
there was a time when it was new and unfamiliar. Dr. Cleland was a driving
force behind the adoption of project management as a professional competency,
and is a key contributor to the success of all organizations that use
professional project management standards and methodologies today."

Dr. Cleland is Professor Emeritus of Engineering Management in the School
of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Recognized
as the most published contributor in the field, he is the author or editor of
40 books in the fields of Project Management, Engineering Management, and
Manufacturing Management. He has published numerous articles, handbook
chapters, and presented many papers on project management and leadership at
professional meetings.

In addition, he has served as a consultant for multinational companies.
Dr. Cleland is co-founder of the University of Pittsburgh Manufacturing
Assistance Center (MAC), whose mission is to provide manufacturing systems
technology assistance to small and mid-sized manufacturers in Western

A Paragon of PMI Excellence

Since its beginning, Dr. Cleland has dedicated his time and resources to
PMI's mission of making project management indispensable for business results
as well as a driving force for research in the profession through his
leadership in co-founding the Research and Education Conference in 2000. A
founding member of the PMI Pittsburgh Chapter, Dr. Cleland was named a Fellow
of PMI in 1987 and has received the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award an
unprecedented three times: in 1983, 1993 and 2001. In 1990 PMI recognized him
with a Special Contribution Award and in 1991 he received a Presidential

In 1997, PMI established an award named in his honor: the PMI David I.
Cleland Project Management Literature Award. The purpose of this award is to
recognize the best project management literature published during the
previous calendar year. This award recognizes the author for advancing the
project management knowledge, practices, procedures, concepts, or other
advanced techniques that demonstrate the value of using project management.

"Dr. Cleland has dedicated his professional life to advancing the art and
science of project management through research, formal education,
certification and standards," said Balestrero. "No one has arguably done more
to support the profession or those who operate within it. It is with both
pride and pleasure that PMI honors Dr. Cleland for his contributions to the
profession and to PMI."

About Project Management Institute (PMI)

The world's leading professional membership organization for project
managers, PMI shares knowledge with more than one half million members and
credential holders in over 180 countries. Since 1969, PMI has impacted more
than one million practitioners, businesses, governments, students and
training organizations. Today, PMI's products and services range from
world-class standards for project, program and portfolio management to five
professional credentials, including the gold standard Project Management
Professional (PMP)(R). PMI's exclusive Global Executive Council engages large
multinationals and government organizations in endorsing the value of project
management. The only project management association with an established
academic research program, PMI has invested more than US$14 million in
support of academic research since 1997. Learn more at

Megan Maguire Kelly, +1-610-356-4600 x7030, Megan.Kelly at, or Glenn R. Boyet, +1-610-356-4600 x1112, Glenn.Boyet at, both of Project Management Institute

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