Washington, D.C. ― The National Academy of Construction (NAC) has elected Ron Klemencic, Chairman and CEO of Magnusson Klemencic Associates, in Seattle, as a member of its 2017 class. He was inducted October 26 at the NAC Annual Meeting, which was held at the Fairmont Georgetown. The 2017 class includes 28 new inductees. More than 300 leaders were considered for NAC’s rigorous nomination and election process.
Klemencic was cited by the Academy for his innovative and inspiring leadership in the development of performance-based seismic design and for his reputation as a preeminent structural engineer dedicated to improving and advancing the methodology worldwide.
“The new members of the National Academy of Construction, like those before them, have earned the high honor of Academy membership through stellar careers and contributions to the engineering and construction industry,” said Wayne Crew, General Secretary of NAC. “Tonight we recognize them for their career of achievements, and will join with them going forward to share our collective expertise as a service to the nation.”
Klemencic joined the company in 1992 as a senior engineer. In 2016, he was recognized with the 2016 Fazlur Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal awarded by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. He also received the 2016 ASCE Ernest E. Howard Award for leadership in the application of PBSD methods for tall building structures and the promulgation of this approach throughout the structural engineering profession.
Klemencic holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University and a master’s in engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He serves on the board for the Charles Pankow Foundation, is a voting member of many industry committees, and is one of the founders of the research-based Magnusson Klemencic Associates Foundation.