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Brightwood Engineering Education Faculty

Timothy W. Mays, PhD, PE
Associate Professor - Civil Engineering at the Citadel in Charleston, SC.
Course Topic: Civil FE, Civil PE, SE, Loads (Vertical), Bridges (Vertical & Lateral), Force Distribution/Seismic, Lateral Forces

Dr. Mays recently served as Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Associations of South Carolina and North Carolina. He currently serves as NCSEA Publications Committee Chairman. He has received two national teaching awards (ASCE and NSPE) and both national (NSF) and regional (ASEE) awards for outstanding research. He is the recipient of the 2009 NCSEA Service Award. He is a prolific speaker who sits on several code writing committees and his areas of expertise are code applications, structural design, seismic design, steel connections, structural dynamics, and civil engineering aspects of antiterrorism.

Lawrence Novak, SE, FACI, LEED® AP BD+C
Director - Engineered Buildings with the Portland Cement Association
Course Topic: Concrete (Vertical)

Mr. Novak is a licensed Structural Engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional with more than 25 years of design experience. He is a voting member on the ACI 318 Code Committee. Prior to joining PCA, he was with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill where he served as the lead structural engineer for the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

Joe Miller, PhD, PE
Structural Engineer
Course Topic: Wood (Vertical & Lateral), Light Gage

Dr. Miller has been an active member of the timber frame industry for 10 years designing, engineering, fabricating, building, and restoring heavy timber and light-framed wood structures all across the country. Dr. Miller earned his M.S. and PhDs studying various types of heavy timber engineering.

Rafael Sabelli, SE
Director - Seismic Design, Walter P Moore
Course Topic: Structural Steel (Vertical & Lateral)

Mr. Sabelli is a Principal and Director of Seismic Design at Walter P Moore. He is the co-recipient of the 2008 AISC T.R. Higgins Lectureship, and is a member of the AISC Task Committee on the Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings and of the ASCE 7 Seismic subcommittee.

Ravi Kanitkar, SE
Principal - KL Structures Group, LLC
Course Topic: Concrete (Lateral)

Ravi Kanitkar is a principal and co-founder at KL Structures, which specializes in the repair and strengthening of existing structures. He has over twenty years of experience in structural and earthquake engineering. His interests include the use of new technologies, such as fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP), buckling-restrained braces and energy dissipation, to enhance the seismic performance of structures. He is a member of the ACI Committee 440 (FRP) and is active on the sub-committees that deal with repair/strengthening of concrete and masonry structures.

Jennifer Butler, PE
Civil Engineering Technology Instructor
Course Topic: Analysis Methods (Vertical)

Ms. Butler, a civil engineer, has been an instructor with Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT) for the past 3 years. Prior to her work at OSUIT she was employed by a private engineering firm for 6 years. Ms. Butler is currently the President of the Tulsa Branch for American Concrete Institute and is the Treasurer for the Oklahoma State Section of American Society of Civil Engineers.

John Lommler, PhD, PE
Principal Geotechnical Engineer
Course Topic: Foundations / Retaining Structures (Vertical & Lateral)

Dr. Lommler, a Principal Geotechnical Engineer, has over 40 years experience in structural and geotechnical engineering. He has been a guest speaker at several annual Texas and New Mexico SEA meetings discussing soil-structure interaction issues and Geotechnical LRFD.

Donald R. Scott, SE
Vice President - Director of Engineering
Course Topic: Force Distribution / Wind (Lateral)

Don has been with PCS Structural Solutions since 1982 and became a Principal in 1986. He has led many of the firm’s educational, commercial, institutional and private projects for new and renovated construction. He is Vice Chairman of the ASCE 7 Wind Load Committee (since 1996), shaping future IBC provisions for wind design. Don is also Chairman of the SEAW Wind Load Committee.

Thomas A. Grogan, PE, SE
Chief Structural Engineer/Director of Quality – The Haskell Company in Jacksonville, FL
Course Topic: Exam Strategies (Vertical & Lateral)

Mr. Grogan is currently a director on the NCSEA (National Council Structural Engineers Association) Board and is also a member of the NCSEA Licensure Committee. He has been an active member of FSEA (Florida Structural Engineers Association), including President in 2010 and 2012. He is also the chair of the FSEA Licensure Committee. In 2009, Tom passed the NCEES SE II and CSESE exams and has since obtained SE registration in CA, HI, OR, WA, and UT. He is registered in 35 US jurisdictions including Puerto Rico. In 2011, he was awarded the Engineer of the Year for both the NE Florida Engineers Week Committee and ASCE Florida Section.

John Hochwalt, SE
Associate, KPFF Consulting Engineers
Course Topic: Masonry (Vertical & Lateral)

Mr. Hochwalt is an Associate with KPFF Consulting Engineers in Seattle. He is the co-author of the 7th Edition of the Reinforced Masonry Engineering Handbook published by the Masonry Institute of America and the Structural Brick Veneer Guide published by the Western States Clay Products Association. He is also a member of the Reinforcing and Seismic subcommittees for TMS 402, Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures.