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Expert in Structural Engineering

Expert ID: 736230 Utah, USA

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Structural Engineer with 20 years of experience ranging from residential construction to heavy industrial facilities.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2003 Degree: PhD Subject: Civil Engineering Institution: University of Utah
Year: 2000 Degree: MS Subject: Civil Engineering Institution: University of Utah
Year: 1998 Degree: BS Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: University of Utah

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2016 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Co-Owner Department: Responsibilities: Created new firm focusing on structural and mechanical engineering.
Perform structural evaluations of existing heavy industrial structures.
Develop structural design of manufacturing and industrial facilities.
Years: 2011 to 2015 Employer: Millcreek Engineering Title: Structural Group Manager Department: Structural Responsibilities: Created new structural engineering group.
Perform structural engineering and design review on industrial mine and power plant structures.
Oversee technical staff hiring and development.
Established structural design and drafting standards
Years: 2007 to 2011 Employer: Dunn Associates Title: Principal Department: Responsibilities: Oversaw operation of structural design group
Developed client relationships
Managed workload and quality control
Acted as the Principal in charge for seismic retrofit and blast mitigation projects.
Years: 2006 to 2007 Employer: New Mexico Tech Title: Visiting Professor Department: Civil & Environmental Engineerig Responsibilities: Taught the following courses
Construction Materials
Intro & Advanced Concrete Design
Intro & Advanced Steel Design
Timber & Masonry Design
Years: 2004 to 2005 Employer: Pfeifferhorn Structural Engineering Title: Owner Department: Responsibilities: Responsible for the day-to-day operation of the firm. This included acquiring new work, writing proposals, and performing the work.
Years: 2000 to 2004 Employer: ABS Consulting Title: Principal Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Designed concrete, steel, masonry, and wood structures using IBC and associated material specific codes
Performed seismic evaluations and retrofits using FEMA-356 for concrete wood, and masonry structures

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
Professional Structural Engineer in Utah, Nevada, Illinois.
Professional Civil Engineer in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, New Mexico, Tennessee, Washington
Professional Structural Engineer: Licensed in 25 additional states
Awards / Recognition
 Received the Utah Heritage Foundation Award for structural stabilization of a historical building.
 Recognized in the ENR Mountain States Top 20 under 40.
Publications and Patents Summary
Patent holder for the RakAttach.
Publications: 16
Presentations: 11

Additional Experience

Other Relevant Experience
Representative Projects: 2000-Present
 MAK Tunnel, Mongolia: Engineer of Record on twostory reclaim tunnel below 150 ft ore pile.
 Dominion Coal Yard Expansion, West Virginia: Engineer of Record for a $150M coal yard expansion. Structures included tube gallery conveyors, transfer towers, stacking tubes, head houses, and reclaim tunnels.
 Urea Plant, North Dakota: Engineer of Record on $85M Urea material handling system. Structures included truss and tubular galleries, transfer towers, storage
 Suspension Bridge, Arizona: Design Engineer for a 130 foot span, suspension bridge carrying water and process piping.
 Intel, Arizona: Structural connection designer on over 10,000 Tons of structural steel.
 Vibration Retrofits: Design Engineer on numerous vibrating equipment retrofits (primarily for screens and crushers).
 Bridge Crane Evaluation: Oversaw the structural evaluation of a 105 year old bridge crane, that spanned 550 ft, and rode on rails. Evaluation included structural loads, fatigue, and non-destructive testing.
 Solar Concentrator Plant, Nevada: Design Engineer on various plant modifications.
 Compaction Facility, New Mexico: Oversaw the structural design of an $125M potash compaction plant.
 Intrepid Potash Structural Evaluation: Lead the yearly structural condition evaluation of all surface and underground facilities at three large mine sites. Structures varied from headframes to conveyors to processing structures.
 Salt Lake Public Safety Building: Responsible for the structural design of this critical 6-story building housing police and fire administration and emergency operations. Design criteria included Anti-Terrorism/ Force Protection, and Immediate Occupancy seismic performance.
 Canyons District Seismic Study: Oversaw seismic evaluation of 100 building and provided expert testimony during asset division arbitration hearings.
 BWXT Pantex Nuclear Weapons Facility: Performed soil-structure interaction analyses of five nuclear weapons assembly facilities.
 Utah Capitol Dome Retrofit: Engineered the steel backup frames for the terracotta retrofit

 Served as a Structures Specialist for 10 years ASCE BODY OF KNOWLEDGE COMMITTEE
 Participated as a corresponding member of the 2nd Edition (BOK-2) and Committee on Academic Prerequisites for Professional Practice
 Served as a scout leader for 15 years.

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