University of Maryland’s John Cable named Editorial Advisor for PM World Journal


2 December 2012– PM World has announced that Professor John Cable, Director of the Project Management Center for Excellence in the A.J. Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland will join the Editorial Advisory Board for the global PM World Journal.  The PMWJ is a monthly eJournal devoted to the creation of new knowledge and continuous learning related to program and project management (P/PM).

John Cable has been an innovator in more than three different career fields.  While at the newly formed U.S. Department of Energy in 1980, he was recognized by Engineering News Record as “one who served in the best interests of the building industry” for his work in building energy conservation research developing energy standards for buildings, methods for measuring energy consumption, and managing primary research in energy conservation which has enabled the development of the energy saving products in use today.

As an architect and builder, Mr. Cable founded and led John Cable Associates in 1984, a design build firm. That work resulted in his being recognized by Remodeling Magazine as one of the top 50 remodeling contractors in the U.S. in 1992.

In 1999 he was recruited by the University of Maryland’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering to create and manage a graduate program in project management.  In his role as founder and director of the Project Management Center for Excellence at Maryland, the program has grown to offer an undergraduate minor, master’s degrees, and a doctoral program. Currently, more than1300 seats are filled annually with students from many countries, with visiting scholars coming to learn about the program, conduct their own research, and teach graduate students.

With his appointment in 2001 by the PMI Board of Directors to a task team, the team was asked to define the parameters for an accreditation program for project management education; Mr. Cable brought his innovation skills to establishing accreditation standards for post-secondary education in project management.   In 2002, PMI formed the Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Educational Programs (GAC).  Mr. Cable was appointed to that inaugural board where he served as vice chair.

In 2006, he was elected as chairman, a role he will continue to hold through 2012.  In concert with an increasingly global GAC board, the growth of accredited project management educational programs has dramatically exceeded expectations:  86 programs at 40 institutions in 15 countries in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and the Asia Pacific Region. Currently, Cable is working to expand project management education, accreditation and representation in China, India and Brazil.  John was awarded PMI’s 2012 Distinguished Contribution Award for his leadership at the GAC.

According to David Pells, PMWJ Managing Editor, “As chair of PMI’s Global Accreditation Center, John Cable has been one of the most active and visible leaders in the global project management academic community over the last ten years.  His recent contributions have had a broad impact on the field of project management.  We are honored to have him join our advisory team.”

“I have known David for several years now and respect the global value he is creating with the new journal,” Prof Cable said.  “I am honored to join the other academic leaders on their team, which include some of the most respected names in the project management field.  It should be rather stimulating to participate.”

The Project Management Center for Excellence in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland offers Masters and PhD level graduate degrees in project management.  The mission of the Center is threefold: 1. To provide a high quality, challenging education in project management that encompasses breadth and depth, and prepares graduates to be proficient as both contributing members of project teams and excellent project managers; 2. To maintain a strong research program that is recognized for excellence in project management; and 3. To provide project management training & development services to the University, the profession, and the community at large.  For information, visit www.pm.umd.edu

The PM World Journal is a global online publication produced by PM World Inc. in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PMWJ features dozens of new articles and papers, and news stories about projects and project management in different countries and industries.  PM World is a virtual organization reflecting the 21st century reality of a connected world where individuals and organizations worldwide can collaborate for the creation, sharing and application of new knowledge.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.