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About John


Mr. Cable is a licensed architect and general contractor with over 40 years experience.  His activities have included planning, design, and construction of buildings; building energy conservation research; management consulting; and teaching.  In 1980 he was cited by Engineering News-Record as “one who served in the best interests of the building industry.” And, in 1992 he was selected by Remodeling Magazine as one of the 50 best remodeling contractors in the United States. In 2012 he was awarded PMI’s 2012 Distinguished Contribution Award for his leadership of the Global Accreditation Center. In 2013 he was awarded the Lilly Fellowship for innovation in teaching and in 2014 he was selected to represent the Clark School of Engineering in the National Academy of Engineering “Frontiers of Engineering Education” for his work in creating and managing the highly acclaimed on-line master’s degree program in Project Management.

Since joining the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland in the fall of 1999, John initiated the graduate program in project management, two undergraduate minors, and the Center for Excellence in Project Management. He has taught courses in Project Management Fundamentals and Managing Projects in a Dynamic Environment plus is widely sought after for his seminars and workshops on a variety of Project Management topics. John is also chairman emeritus of the Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center Board of Directors, a member of the Federal Government’s Project Management Working Group, and a member of the Science & Engineering Council of NASA’s Center for Program/Project Management Research. John is also a founding member of the International Project Management Educational Union along with Peking University and 6 other universities worldwide. In 2004 he coauthored a report for the National Academy of Sciences Federal Facilities Council on “Key Performance Indicators for Federal Facilities Portfolios”.

Prior to joining the University, Mr. Cable was a Research Fellow in the Logistics Management Institute’s Facilities and Engineering Management group where he managed a variety of lead assignments analyzing facility design and construction practices, conducting benchmarking and business process re-engineering studies, assessing the use of information technology in the management of design and construction, managed business and program planning assignments, and training/assisting clients in becoming certified in compliance with ISO9000 Quality Management Standards.

Prior to LMI, John created and managed a design/build firm specializing in renovation and new construction of residential, commercial and retail properties and directed energy conservation research in buildings for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Honors and Awards

  • Project Management Institute’s 2012 Distinguished Contribution Award
  • Top 50 Best Remodeling Contractors, 1992 by Remodeling Magazine.
  • Cited by Engineering News Record in 1980 as “one who served in the best interests of the building industry”

Professional Experience

  • Chairman Emeritus, Global Accreditation Center Board of Directors, Project Management Institute, Board member 2001 to 2015 and Chairman 2006 through 2012.
  • Member, Science & Engineering Council, NASA’s Center for Program/Project Management Research


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