Course Instructors


Dr. Sushil H. Bhavnani
Contact:
Email: bhavnsh@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-3303

Dr. Sushil H. Bhavnani holds the Henry M. Burt Chair in Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University. His primary research area is in liquid cooling of high-powered microprocessors. In 2013, he received the Senior-level Research Award for Excellence from the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council. He is the 2008 recipient of the ASME Electrical and Electronics Packaging Division’s Clock Award for sustained contributions to the area of electronics packaging. He has authored 150 refereed journal and conference publications resulting from research sponsored by NASA, the National Science Foundation, the U. S. Department of Energy, the U. S. Department of Defense, Southern Company, Vulcan Engineering Company, the Electric Power Research Institute, Dresser Rand Corporation, and Alabama Electric Cooperatives. His teaching has been recognized with twelve excellence awards, including the Mortar Board Award, the Walker Award, the Birdsong Award, the Pumphrey Award, and the Leischuck Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Sushil has led student teams in international solar-powered car and solar house competitions and is the recipient of the 2014 Auburn University Spirit of Sustainability Award.

Course(s):

Review of Conduction and Radiation Heat Transfer
Review of Convection Heat Transfer

Ms. Deborah Boswell
Contact:
Email: deborah@deborahboswell.com
Phone: (205) 987-8080

Deborah Boswell is an accomplished speaker, trainer, and consultant in the area of business communications. As founder and president of Professional Speech Services of Alabama, P.C., she combines her clinical and corporate experience to improve the communications skills of engineers, technical professionals, and other business clients. The firm has offices in Birmingham and Huntsville, Alabama. Ms. Boswell received her B.S. degree from Auburn University. She received a Master of Science in Speech Pathology from the University of Montevallo. Deborah's husband majored in Agricultural Engineering and is now working in Supply Chain Management after years in the ductile iron pipe industry.

Course(s):

Technically Speaking: Presentation Skills for Engineers and Technical Professionals
Technically Speaking Part 2: Leadership Essentials for the Technical Professional

Mr. W. Martin Bretherton Jr.
Contact:
Email: wbretherton@hntb.com
Phone: 404-946-5700

W. Martin Bretherton Jr. is a registered professional engineer in the State of Georgia, received an Master in Business Administration from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Martin has been very active in the Traffic Engineering profession. He has been the President of the Georgia Section of Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), is the 2012 Vice President of the Southern Section of ITE and has been on the Executive Committee of the ITE Safety and Traffic Engineering Council and is a past chair of the Traffic Engineering Council and is a Fellow of the Institute. Martin has published and presented over 20 technical papers with many of them winning technical awards from the Georgia and Southern Section of ITE. He chaired a committee that was awarded the Best Committee Report by ITE. He has served on many panels for NCHRP and chaired two NCHRP research panels. He is listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering. He has been honored by the Georgia ITE Section with the Karl Bevins Distinguished Service Award and the John D. Edwards Individual Achievement Award from the Georgia Section and the John F. Exnicios Government Service Award from the Southern District of ITE. Mr. Bretherton has worked for the Georgia DOT, the City of Conyers, and retired from the Gwinnett County DOT with 20 years of Service. He presently works for the HNTB Corporation as a Senior Project Manager. He, also, is a Principal of WMB Engineering in Atlanta. Courses

Course(s):

Roundabouts 101

Dr. Daniel Butler
Contact:
Email: butledd@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-2464

Dr. Danny Butler is a Thomas Walter Center Professor at Auburn University. He has received awards for outstanding research in Services Marketing and Marketing Education. Dr. Butler has received 28 teaching awards from the college, university, and international organizations. He has taught academic courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive level. These include Marketing Management, International Marketing Operations, Marketing Research, Entrepreneurship and the Commercialization of Technology, International Supply Chain Management, and Health Care Marketing. Dr. Butler works jointly in the College of Business and the College of Engineering in the Business Engineering Technology program where he helps commercialize technology. Dr. Butler has led student teams in China, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and the United Kingdom. Dr. Butler has developed and presented Executive Development programs for numerous global companies.

Course(s):

Decision Making Using Business Metrics
Selling and Negotiating for the Technical Professional

Don R. Chancy
Contact:
Email: drchancy@Southernco.com
Phone: (334) 502-2655

Has worked with Alabama Power Company since graduation in various areas of the Company including Distribution- design, operation, & maintenance of overhead and underground systems supplying residential, commercial, and industrial customers on our system and Supervision of Engineers and crew personal at different levels; Substation Maintenance- Supervisory responsibility for maintenance, testing, and operation of Company substations; Marketing- Industrial Accounts Manager- responsible for account management of several major industrial customers that included tariff applications, coordination of customer requests with our company; Power Quality Engineer- responsible for the investigation and resolution of Power Quality inquiries within one of the six geographic regions for Alabama Power Company for residential, Commercial and Industrial customers with an emphasis on the Major Industrial customers.

Course(s):

Power Quality Series: Fundamentals
Power Quality Series: 60 Hz Voltage Problems
Power Quality Series: Harmonics in Power Systems
Power Quality Series: Transients

Dr. Mark Clark
Contact:
Email: clarkma@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-3889

Mark Clark has a dual appointment in the College of Business at Auburn University. He serves as a Management Scientist in the Auburn Technical Assistance Center and he also serves a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Aviation and Supply Chain Management Department. Dr. Clark has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and specializes in the area of production and operations management. He has eight years of experience in the pulp and paper industry, and served as a process engineer for approximately three years before joining the management team at one of the International Paper production facilities. In the classroom, Dr. Clark teaches Quality Management, Project Management, and Quantitative Methods at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He is also an instructor in the Executive MBA Program. Dr. Clark has been in his current role since 1998.

Course(s):

Project Management

Dr. Larry Crowley
Contact:
Email: crowllg@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-6267

Have worked with Alabama Power Company since graduation in various areas of the Company including Distribution- design, operation, & maintenance of overhead and underground systems supplying residential, commercial, and industrial customers on our system and Supervision of Engineers and crew personal at different levels; Substation Maintenance- Supervisory responsibility for maintenance, testing, and operation of Company substations; Marketing- Industrial Accounts Manager- responsible for account management of several major industrial customers that included tariff applications, coordination of customer requests with our company; Power Quality Engineer- responsible for the investigation and resolution of Power Quality inquiries within one of the six geographic regions for Alabama Power Company for residential, Commercial and Industrial customers with an emphasis on the Major Industrial customers.

Course(s):

Contract Administration: Change Order Basics
On Time: Project Scheduling Basics
Tort Liability and Ethics for Public Agencies

Mr. Milton E. Denny
Contact:
Email: mdenny5541@aol.com
Phone: (205) 507-0522

Milton E. Denny is a registered surveyor in seven states, received his certificate in Land Boundary Surveys from the University of Illinois and a veteran of surveying, mapping and GIS. His special interest has always been in project development and management of firms. He is a past president of the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors, a Fellow in the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping and served for many years on the Board of Direction. Mr. Denny is the author of many manuals dealing with surveying, mapping and GIS. He is a nationally known speaker and lecturer on these subjects and writes a column called “The Business Side” for a trade magazine. He was instrumental in the starting of a new member organization in the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping called the “Geographic and Land Information Society and served as the first president. Mr. Denny recently finished publishing a book on the history of surveying measurement call “Surveying The Land: Survey Measurement Devices 1620 to 1920”. He also does a first person presentation of the Colonial Surveyor Andrew Ellicott. Since retirement he has formed the firm of Denny Enterprise, LLC to better serve the surveying and mapping community. He is currently working at off campus locations for Auburn University teaching basic and advanced surveying for the Alabama Department of Transportation. He is available for consulting on many different issues, including Buying and Selling a Company, Business Planning, Future of Surveying Technology, and Training at both the entry and advanced level for field and office personnel.

Course(s):

2007 National Readjustment of the North American Datum 1983
ALTA/ACSM Standards
Buying/Selling The Engineering or Land Surveying Firm
Construction Surveying with Robotics', GPS and Machine Controls
Effective Marketing of Professional Services for Engineers and Surveyors
Establishing Your Engineering or Surveying Firm
Great Surveyors and Their Surveys: Understanding the Men, Equipment and Accuracy of Their Surveys Will Make You a Better Surveyor
History of Surveying Instruments: Impact and Accuracy
History of the Government Land Office
Professional Ethics for the Land Surveyor
Retracing and Proofing Original GLO Section Corners
Standards of Practice for Surveying in Alabama
The Art of Land Surveying
The Colonial Land System and the Building of America
The Rectangular Land System: Subdivision of Public Lands
The Use of Magnetic Instruments
Understanding Boundary Law - Case Law and Principles of Surveying Law

Dr. Ronald W. Eck, P.E.
Contact:
Email: Ronald.Eck@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: 304-293-9931

Ron is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at West Virginia University and Senior Advisor with the West Virginia Local Technical Assistance Program (WV LTAP). He has been involved in traffic engineering, including pedestrian transportation, for over 35 years. He is a member of the Pedestrian Committee of the Transportation Research Board. He authored the chapter on Pedestrians in McGraw-Hill’s Handbook of Transportation Engineering. He facilitates walkability audits and Walkable Communities Workshops for communities in West Virginia. For the past 4 years, he has taught “Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility” workshops throughout the United States.

Course(s):

ADA Self-Evaluations/Transition Plans
Overview of Elements of Public Right-of-Way Accessibility

Dr. David J. Elton, P.E., M. ASCE
Contact:
Email: eltondj@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-6285

Dr. David J. Elton, P.E., is a professor of civil engineering at Auburn University who has been specializing in geotechnical engineering for more than 25 years. His extension activities include the many videos sold by Auburn University Engineering Continuing Education on this website, and the hundreds of live short courses he continues to teach on soils, erosion control, drainage, foundations, soils for roads, lime stabilization, slope stability, and mechanically stabilized backfill walls. His specialty areas include: foundations, geosynthetics, liquefaction, soil mechanics, soils magic and pavement evaluation. Dr. Elton has been honored with national and international awards for his research, teaching and service, including the Fred Burggraf Award from the Transportation Research Board. Dr. Elton has served as president of the North American Geosynthetics Society, and has organized the national professor training course for Geosynthetics for five years which is taught at Auburn University. He has also served as editor of the International Geosynthetics Society Newsletter for five years. He holds two U.S. patents and is a registered professional Engineer.

Course(s):

Engineering Economic Analysis
Erosion and Sediment Control Using Geosynthetics
Foundations of Buildings - Basics
Geotechnical Failure Lessons
Geotechnical Failures: Cases from the Field
Geosynthetics: An Overview of Designs
Ground Improvement
Landfill: Basics of Design and Operation
Retaining Wall Design: Using Gabions
Rigid Retaining Wall Design: Geotechnical Aspects
Shallow Foundations Design Part 1 - Geotechnical Aspects
Soil Basics for Engineers
Soil Classification for Roads and Engineering
Soils for Pavements
Unpaved Low Volume Road Design, Construction, and Maintenance

Mr. Christopher Estes
Contact:
Email: chris@estesdesign.com
Phone: 704-841-1779

Chris Estes, PLA, President, Estes Design, Inc. Christopher J. Estes is president of Estes Design, Inc., an environmental design and consulting company in Charlotte, NC that specializes in Low Impact Development, storm water quality, and environmental regulatory services. Mr. Estes is a University of Georgia graduate and has 25 years of professional experience. Before starting his company, Mr. Estes worked for the City of Charlotte Engineering Department for 11 years, including 9 years in the Storm Water Services Division. He initiated Charlotte’s storm water stream restoration program, and five master’s thesis research projects. Mr. Estes has initiated, conducted and published hydraulic research in peer review publications such as the Journal of American Water Resource Association and industry publications including Stormwater Magazine. He has been a contributor to several books including The Engineering Guide to LEED New Construction. Mr. Estes initiated and designed the first pervious concrete parking infiltration BMP in North Carolina that was constructed in clay soils, then researched and monitored for 3 consecutive years. Most recently, Mr. Estes has assisted North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources rewrite Chapter 18 of the NC BMP Manual, “Permeable Pavement”. Changes to this chapter were in part due to research initiated and conducted by Mr. Estes.

Course(s):

Reversing Urban Hydrology: Pervious Concrete
Stormwater Infiltration Design with Pervious Concrete

Mr. Ben Farrow
Contact:
Email: farrocb@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-5378

Mr. Ben Farrow is an Assistant Professor of Building Science in the McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University. His has an Undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Duke University and a Master's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Ben also holds an MBA from The Owen School of Business at Vanderbilt University. Ben has over fifteen years of industry experience primarily in the field of engineering consulting coupled with two years of teaching in the School of Building Science at Auburn. As a Professional Engineer and registered Qualified Credentialed Professional for Stormwater in the State of Alabama, Ben enjoys the opportunity to share his experiences with storm water management on construction sites.

Course(s):

Storm Water Management for Construction Projects

Dr. Charles A. Gross
Contact:
Email: grossca@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-1812

Dr. Charles A. Gross is the Square D Professor of Electrical Engineering at Auburn University. His more than thirty-five years of electrical engineering experience in industry and education includes work with several industries, consulting firms, and governmental agencies. Professor Gross holds a B.S. in Physics and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla. He is a registered engineer and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Gross is an IEEE Fellow 2008 for contribution to Power Engineering Education and also received the international "Outstanding Power Engineering Education Award for 2001" from the IEEE Power Engineering Society. The second edition of his book, Power Systems Analysis, was published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc. in the spring of 1986. He has authored or co-authored numerous technical papers and received several outstanding teaching awards.

Course(s):

An Overview of Electric Power Systems Engineering
Electric Motors and Generators - Part One - Fundamentals
Electric Motors and Generators - Part Two - Three-phase Induction Machines
Electric Motors and Generators - Part Three - Power Electronic Control
Electric Motors and Generators - Part Four - Synchronous Machines
Electric Motors and Generators - Part Five - DC Machines
Electric Motors and Generators Part Six - Single Phase Induction Machines
Electric Power System Protection Part One - Fundamentals
Electric Power System Protection Part Two - System Modeling
Electric Power System Protection Part Three - Fault Calculations
Electric Power System Protection Part Four - Hardware
Electric Power System Protection Part Five - Component Protection
Electric Power System Protection Part Six - Line Protection
Electrical Circuit Fundamentals for Power Applications
Electric Power Systems Part One - Fundamentals Review
Electric Power Systems Part Two - Power Distribution Systems
Electric Power Systems Part Three - Loads
Electric Power Systems Part Four - Protection
Engineering Math
General Lighting Design - Part Two: Design, Fixtures, Flood Lighting
General Lighting Design - Part One: Fundamentals of Indoor Calculations
Operational Amplifiers
Power Electronics
Power Quality: Fundamentals
Power Quality: 60 Hz Voltage Problems
Power Quality: Harmonics in Power Systems
Power Quality: Transients
Signals and Systems Part One - Fundamentals
Signals and Systems Part Two - Fourier Concepts
Signals and Systems Part Three - Analog Transform Concepts
Signals and Systems Part Four - Discrete Transform Concepts
Solar Power
Symmetrical Components
The Smart Grid: A Primer
Transformers
Wind Power

Mr. Douglas I. Hanson
Contact:
Email: doug.hanson@amec.com
Phone:

Mr. Douglas I. Hanson is the Assistant Director of the National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University. He received his B.S. from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and his M.S. from the University of New Mexico in 1969. While in the Air Force he worked with airfield pavement design, construction and maintenance. He was district engineer of The Asphalt Institute, and came to Auburn from the New Mexico State Highway Department where he was chief of the materials laboratory.

Course(s):

Asphalt Pavement Preservation & Rehabilitation

Dr. Roy Hartfield
Contact:
Email: hartfrj@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-6819

Roy J. Hartfield, Jr. is the Walt and Virginia Woltosz Professor of Aerospace Engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University. He holds a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia (1991). r. Hartfield has been employed by Auburn University as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, and Woltosz Professor of Aerospace Engineering since December, 1990. Dr. Hartfield’s technical interests include optimization of aerospace systems, rocket propulsion, airbreathing propulsion, aerodynamics, wind tunnel testing, and optical diagnostics. Dr. Hartfield is active in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, having served as a member of the High Speed Airbreathing Propulsion Technical Committee, a member of the Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committee and as Technical Chair of the 25th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference. Dr. Hartfield has authored over 100 journal articles and conference papers and continues to be actively involved in research. He holds three US patents, a Canadian patent and a Chinese patent.

Course(s):

Understanding the Second Law of Thermodynamics for Gases

Mr. Michael Hein
Contact:
Email: heinmic@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-5380

Mr. Michael Hein is a Professor in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction at Auburn University. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Tulane University in 1971 and Masters Degree in Structural Engineering from Princeton University in 1973. His industry experience includes working as a Project Engineer for structural consulting offices in New York, Olympia and Seattle, Washington, and Auburn and Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Hein is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Washington. He has extensive experience in computer based training and software application development for architecture, engineering and construction. His specialty areas include CAD, Structural Design, Soils and Foundations, and Computer Aided Instructional delivery methods including the WWW. In 1994, he was selected Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year by the students of the AU Architecture School. He is director of Educational Technology for the College.

Course(s):

Concrete Basics: Commercial Slab on Grade
Concrete Basics: Residential Slab on Grade
Pervious Concrete: The Sustainable Pavement
Stories From The Field: What Engineers Need To Know About Construction
Stormwater Infiltration Design with Pervious Concrete

Dr. Michael A. Heitzman
Contact:
Email: mah0016@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-7309

Dr. Michael Heitzman assumed duties of Assistant Director with the National Center for Asphalt Technology in October 2007. In the previous nine years, he served as the State Bituminous Materials Engineer for the Iowa Department of Transportation. Prior to October 1998, he worked 18 years for the FHWA and specialized as asphalt paving technical specialist in the Pavement Division in Washington, D.C., from 1990 through 1993. His career also includes professional experience in geotechnical engineering, pavement design, and program management. He currently serves as a NCHRP panel member for Synthesis of Highway Practice Topic 38-06, Pre-Overlay Treatment of Existing Pavements and chairs the NCHRP panel for Research Project 09-45, Development of Specification Criteria for Mineral Fines Used in HMA. He has published several reports in the area of asphalt paving materials, particularly on the subject of modified binders, asphalt recycling and HMA film thickness. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Washington and Iowa. He received a B.S. degree in civil engineering and an M.S. degree in engineering management from the University of Missouri – Rolla and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Iowa State University.

Course(s):

Hot Mix Asphalt Paving Construction Specifications and Quality Control and Quality Assurance

Mr. Joseph A. Holifield III
Contact:
Email:
Phone:

Mr. Holifield is a Senior Electrical Engineer with the Consulting Firm of Thompson Holdings in Mobile Alabama, and holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Auburn University. He has multiple State Professional Engineering Registrations and over 40 years experience as a general consulting electrical engineer. Associated with the General Lighting Design course, he has designed lighting systems for schools, aircraft hangars, industrial assembly facilities, sports lighting, roadways, and high mast lighting.

Course(s):

General Lighting Design - Part One: Fundamentals of Indoor Calculations
General Lighting Design - Part Two: Design, Fixtures, Flood Lighting

Dr. John S. Jahera, Jr.
Contact:
Email: jaherjs@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-3008

Dr. Jahera has been a member of the Auburn faculty since 1980. He served as Head of the Department of Finance from 1988 until 2012 except for the years 2000-2004 when he also served as Interim Dean of the College of Business. Dr. Jahera is the author of more than eighty articles in a variety of academic and professional journals including the Journal of Financial Research, the Journal of Law, Economics & Organization, Research in Finance, the Journal of Real Estate Finance & Economics and the Journal of Banking & Finance. The primary focus of his research has been in the area of banking, corporate finance and corporate governance.. He currently serves as co-editor of the Journal of Financial Economic Policy and also is on the Editorial Board of Corporate Finance Review, Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets & Policies, and also the International Journal of Business & Finance Research. He has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as in the Executive MBA and the Physician Executive MBA programs. In addition, Dr. Jahera has taught in a number of executive education and corporate training programs for firms in the southeast. He has been recognized on several occasions for outstanding teaching. He is a member of a number of professional organizations including the Financial Management Association, the Southern Finance Association, Healthcare Financial Management Association, Eastern Finance Association, and the American Finance Association. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership and is also on the Board of Scholars of the Alabama Policy Institute.

Course(s):

Essential Financial Skills: Part 1
Essential Financial Skills: Part 2

Dr. S. Rod Jenkins
Contact:
Email: rodjenkins@pcisys.net
Phone: (719) 481-9149

Dr. S. Rod Jenkins is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the United States Air Force Academy, and is a Professor Emeritus of Auburn University. Dr. Jenkins' teaching and research interests are in the Environmental Engineering arena, but he also has a continuing interest in engineering economy and has taught many short courses on the subject. Dr. Jenkins received his B.S.C.E. degree from Georgia Tech and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. He taught at the University of Wyoming and Auburn University (for 22 years) before moving to USAFA. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in both Alabama and Wyoming.

Course(s):

Storm Water Drainage System Design
Storm Water Hydrographs and Their Use

Charlene LeBleu
Contact:
Email: leblecm@auburn.edu
Phone: 334-844-0192

Charlene LeBleu, FASLA, AICP, is an Associate Professor of the Master of Landscape Architecture Program at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. Professor LeBleu teaches urban ecology, regional ecology, stormwater construction and a community outreach studio. Her primary areas of interest and research have been focused on green building and water quality issues, especially issues related to low impact development design. She is the current Vice President of the Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Professor LeBleu has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in university, town, and state affairs as well as in our national professional and academic organizations. She has a B.S. Forest Resources and Conservation from the University of Florida, and a Master of Community Planning, and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Auburn University.

Course(s):

• Marine Spatial Planning: An Introduction to Protecting our Ocean and Coastal Resources

Mr. Jeffery N. Lucas
Contact:
Email: lucas_j@bellsouth.net
Phone: (205) 560-0562

Jeffery N. Lucas is in private practice in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Lucas has been in the surveying business for 31 years. He is a licensed land surveyor registered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. Mr. Lucas is also a licensed attorney and member of the Alabama State Bar. Mr. Lucas specializes in land boundary issues and practices throughout the southeast. He has been a seminar leader on surveying topics that include ALTA/ACSM standards, survey technical standards, boundary law, survey law, legal descriptions, state plane coordinates, geodetic surveying, and water boundaries. In addition, he has authored many articles on surveying and boundary issues that have been published in state and national professional journals.

Course(s):

Pincushion Effect

Dr. Dan Marghitu
Contact:
Email: marghdb@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-3335

Dan Marghitu has a degree from Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse and a PhD from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. He joined the mechanical engineering department at Auburn University in 1994. He has more than thirty years of mechanical engineering experience in education and industry. He is the author of more than 60 journal papers and 6 books on dynamics, mechanical impact, mechanisms, robots and biomechanics.

Course(s):

Introduction to Industrial Robotics

Dr. Justin D. Marshall
Contact:
Email: dm0022@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-7145

Dr. Justin D. Marshall, Ph.D., P.E. is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Structural Engineering at Auburn University. He has been at that position since January 2009. He received his doctorate from Virginia Tech in December 2008. He earned his Bachelors and Masters in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University in 2000. Additionally, Dr. Marshall was employed as a Consulting Structural Engineer with Delta Engineers, PC in Binghamton, NY. He worked there for 4 ½ years on a wide variety of structural projects. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer (CE) in California. His research interests are Earthquake Engineering, Passive Structural Control, Structural Steel Design, Bridge Design and Advanced Structural Analysis Techniques. He has participated in post-earthquake reconnaissance teams in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (January 2010) and Christchurch, New Zealand (March 2011). His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Alabama Department of Transportation, American Institute of Steel Construction and Industry Sponsors. He is a member of several national technical and code committees related to seismic design of buildings and bridges. Dr. Marshall is a veteran of the armed forces having served in the Marine Corps and Army reserve including a one-year tour in Iraq.

Course(s):

Seismic Design: Part 1 - Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
Seismic Design: Part 2- Seismic Design for Buildings

Mr. John R McCarthy
Contact:
Email: johnr_m2000@yahoo.com
Phone: 334-749-3814

John R McCarthy, PE, is a Traffic Engineer III, with the City of Montgomery, AL. Mr McCarthy has over 35 years of experience as a traffic engineer, engineering instructor and engineering administrator in state and local governments. In one assignment, he made presentations to local officials for the removal of 100 traffic signals in three cities of one county. He also reviewed the design and did the inspection of 70 upgraded traffic signals in that county. He has written technical reports and newsletter articles on many traffic engineering subjects covering signs, markings, roadway lighting, traffic signals, work zones and safety benefits of alternative geometric improvements. He has conducted seminars and given presentations on asset management, the Internet, roadway markings, roundabouts and work zones. He also written and edited several engineering websites and co-authored a lab manual on computer usage in Civil Engineering. While with the Alabama Highway Department, as it was called then, he was on the editing team of the Alabama MUTCD. He also administered the small town traffic studies and the work zone training program. He assisted in writing a three-volume research report that was published by the Federal Highway Administration.

Course(s):

Roundabouts 101

Jason R. Moore
Contact:
Email: moore02@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-7336

Jason Moore has worked as a Laboratory Research Engineer for NCAT for 7 years and is currently serving as Laboratory Manager. His duties include scheduling, managing, and conducting research, analyzing data, and preparing technical reports. He also assists in preparing proposals and developing work plans for research. He is responsible for maintaining AMRL accreditation for the NCAT laboratory. His laboratory research work has required extensive use of laboratory performance testing equipment such as the MTS, AMPT, IDT, and bending beam fatigue apparatus. He is very knowledgeable of laboratory test procedures and requirements including sample preparation, testing frequencies, and test temperatures required for a variety of hot mix asphalt laboratory performance tests. In addition to his laboratory experience, Mr. Moore has taught several special training courses involving extensive knowledge of asphalt technology. He has also taught technician training and certification courses regarding Asphalt Plant QC/QA testing, Roadway Technician responsibilities, and Aggregate Technician duties. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Alabama.

Course(s):

Aggregate Properties and Testing

Andrzej Nowak
Contact:
Email: asn0007@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-6216

Dr. Nowak is Professor and Department Chair of Civil Engineering at Auburn University, after 25 years at the University of Michigan and 8 years at the University of Nebraska. He received his MS and Ph.D. from the Warsaw University of Technology in Poland. His area of expertise is structural reliability and bridge engineering, and major research accomplishments include the development of a reliability-based calibration procedure for calculate ion of load and resistance factors. The procedure was successfully applied on calibration of AASHTO LRFD design code for bridges, ACI 318 Code for Concrete Buildings, Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code, and British Standard BS-5400. He made important contributions in the area of bridge diagnostics and evaluation, including analytical load models used for prediction of extreme load events for bridges and buildings and the development of efficient experimental procedures for weigh-in-motion measurement of truck loads, dynamic loads on bridges and fatigue load spectra. In the area of materials, Dr. Nowak has developed a design guide for self-consolidating concrete (SCC), including field applications. Dr. Nowak has authored over 450 technical publications, and chaired a number of committees associated with professional organizations such as: ASCE, ACI, TRB IABSE and IABMAS. He is a Fellow of ASCE, ACI and IABSE, he received the ASCE Moisseiff Award, IFIP WG 7.5 Award, Bene Merentibus Medal, Kasimir Gzowski Medal from the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers.

Course(s):

Bridge LRFD Design
Bridge Load and Steel Girders
Design of Steel and P/C Girders
Evaluation and Rating of Bridges

Dr. R. Buzz Powell, P.E.
Contact:
Email: powelrl@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-6228

Dr. R. Buzz Powell earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from Auburn University (1990, 1996, and 2006, respectively) with emphasis in pavements and geomaterials. He completed his professional internship with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) in site characterization and geotechnical construction. While with ALDOT, he gained a total of 10 years of experience in pavement management, pavement design, pavement research, and pavement materials characterization. Following a 12-year career with ALDOT, he worked for 2 years as the Principal Engineer for an engineering consulting firm. Dr. Powell has served as NCAT’s Test Track Manager since 1999, and he has been an Assistant Director at NCAT since 2007. The focus of his research at Auburn University is accelerated pavement testing, pavement performance measurement, and pavement construction. Dr. Powell is a registered professional engineer in the State of Alabama.

Course(s):

Accelerated Pavement Testing

Dr. James P. Reilly
Contact:
Email: jpreilly@nmsu.edu
Phone: (575) 621-5893

Dr. James P. Reilly received his B.S. in Mining Engineering from Penn State and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Geodetic Science from Ohio State. After a varied career in engineering, University research and teaching, industrial and private consulting, Reilly currently serves as Department Head in the Department of Surveying Engineering at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Through his firm, Geodetic Enterprises, LLC., Reilly does GPS consulting and seminars on surveying applications and GPS. He writes a bi-monthly column, "The GPS Observer," for P.O.B. Magazine. Dr. Reilly is the current President of the American Congress of Surveyors and Mappers.

Course(s):

Geodesy for Engineers and Surveyors
Improving Surveying Field Procedures using the Total Station
State Plane Coordinates
Surveying with GPS
Understanding Boundary Law - Case Law and Principles of Surveying Law
Vertical Datums and Leveling

Thad Roppel
Contact:
Email: roppeth@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-1814

Dr. Thad Roppel is Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Auburn University. He established the Cooperative Robotics Research Laboratory at Auburn in 2006. He and his students develop teams of robots that collaborate with each other and with people to accomplish missions such as disaster search and rescue. Dr. Roppel teaches courses in robotics at all levels from freshman through Ph.D. He also supervises a variety of student projects and extracurricular activities centered on robotics, including the NASA Planetary Mining Competition team. He also coordinates outreach activities to elementary and middle schools to engage students in robotics from the earliest ages.

Course(s):

Mobile Robots: Design and Operation for Real-World Operations

Dr. William I. Sauser, Jr.
Contact:
Email: sausewi@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-2352

Dr. William Sauser is Professor of Management and Higher Education at Auburn University. His teaching and research center primarily on Principles of Management and Business Ethics, which he teaches in Auburn’s world-class Executive MBA program. Dr. Sauser earned his BS in Management and MS and PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Georgia Tech. He is licensed to practice psychology in Alabama and holds two specialty diplomas from the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Sauser is a frequent consultant to private-, public-, and voluntary-sector organizations on matters of strategic planning, human resources management, business ethics, and human relations in the workplace.

Course(s):

Business Ethics Module I
Business Ethics Module II

Dr. Michelle Sidler
Contact:
Email: sidlema@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-9040

Dr. Michelle Sidler, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Auburn University, where she teaches classes in writing, rhetoric, technical communication, and science communication. Sidler has taught technical writing for over twenty years, including as a part of Auburn’s Master of Technical and Professional Communication program; she also administered Auburn’s Composition Program from 2006-2012. Sidler has published 16 scholarly articles and book chapters about writing and teaching and is currently finishing a book manuscript about scientists’ digital research and reading practices.

Course(s):

Writing Effectively: Written Communication Skills for Technical Professionals

Dr. J. Michael Stallings
Contact:
Email: stalljm@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-6276

Dr. J. Michael Stallings is Professor of Civil Engineering at Auburn University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Alabama. He holds B.C.E. and M.S. degrees from Auburn University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. His teaching and research interests include structural analysis and design, experimental study of structural behavior, fatigue and fracture mechanics, and bridge evaluation and rehabilitation. Dr. Stallings is an accomplished researcher and is a past member of technical committees of ASCE and TRB. He has been recognized for his classroom teaching with a Birdsong Merit Teaching Award and Fred H. Pumphrey Teaching Award from the college of engineering, an Undergraduate Teaching Excellence award from Auburn Alumni Association, and he has been selected four times (yearly award) by the students at Auburn as the Outstanding Civil Engineering Faculty Member.

Course(s):

Design of Structural Steel Members Using LRFD
Reinforced Concrete Design: T-beams and Compression Reinforcement
Reinforced Concrete Design: Development Anchorage and Lap Splices
Reinforced Concrete Design: Axial Compression and Bending
Reinforced Concrete Design: Flexure and Shear
Shallow Foundations Design Part 2 Structural Design

Dr. Robert Thomas
Contact:
Email: thomare@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-1420

Rob Thomas is a Professor Emeritus in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Auburn University. He joined the faculty in 1988. Prior to coming to Auburn he worked in industry as an industrial engineer, in military equipment design and procurement and in consulting. Dr. Thomas is a Registered Professional Engineer (Texas) and a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE).

Course(s):

Introduction to Occpational Ergonomics

Pamela Turner
Contact:
Email: turnepa@auburn.edu
Phone: 334-844-6228

Pamela Turner received her Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1996. While attending UK, she worked as a co-op student at the Asphalt Institute laboratory. After completing her degree, she accepted a full time position with the Asphalt Institute as a Materials Engineer, focusing primarily on asphalt binder testing. She joined the NCAT staff as a laboratory engineer in March, 2004. Pamela is experienced in all aspects of asphalt binder testing, including conventional test methods and the Superpave system. She has participated in many research projects, both at the national level and for private clients and has supervised the everyday activities of one of the premier asphalt binder testing facilities in the country. Pamela is also familiar with the Superpave mix design system, Superpave performance tests, and has considerable experience with laboratory performance testing equipment such as the MTS, AMPT, IDT, and many other asphalt-related tests.

Course(s):

Asphalt Binder Tests and Specifications

Dr. Rod E. Turochy
Contact:
Email: turocre@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-6271

Rod E. Turochy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Auburn University, where he has been employed since 2001. He earned bachelors and master's degrees at Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. at the University of Virginia, all in civil engineering. He teaches courses in transportation engineering, traffic engineering, intelligent transportation systems, and roadway design. His current research activities are in the areas of traffic engineering, highway safety, and pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Dr. Turochy also has four years of work experience with the Virginia Department of Transportation; in his last position with the Virginia DOT, he was responsible for traffic design and work zone safety for the Salem District.

Course(s):

Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities
Fundamentals of Roadway Design
Temporary Traffic Control

Dr. Reginald I. Vachon
Contact:
Email: vachonr@asme.org
Phone: 404-229-5015

Dr. Reginald I. Vachon is a licensed attorney in Alabama and admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He is also a Professional Engineer licensed in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Wisconsin. Dr. Vachon is Principal and COO of Gipco Holdings International, Ltd.. He has over 30 years experience in corporate management, administration, engineering, design, construction, manufacturing and education for government, business and industry. He also has domestic and international experience as CEO, COO and/or Principal of firms engaged in engineering, manufacturing, product design and development, marketing, consulting, construction, software development, and laboratory and environmental services.

Course(s):

Contracts for Engineers, Surveyors and Technical Professionals
Ethics and Professionalism

Mr. Don Watson
Contact:
Email: watsode@auburn.edu
Phone: 334-844-6228

Mr. Don Watson has over 40 years experience with Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) and other construction materials. Prior to joining NCAT in August, 2001, Mr. Watson served for 32 years with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and retired as Assistant State Materials and Research Engineer. He is currently responsible for directing the NCAT training program which typically involves about 700 participants annually. The courses regarding asphalt technology, asphalt mixture design and construction, and various technician certification courses involve knowledge of materials and technical requirements for asphalt mix design, pavement design, HMA production and construction, and pavement maintenance and management systems. Mr. Watson is also Principal Investigator of several current research projects, and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Georgia.

Course(s):

Asphalt Mix Design
HMA Compaction
HMA Delivery and Placement

Dr. Rick Williams
Contact:
Email: rrw0006@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-4340

Rick Williams is a Visiting Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University. He earned his Bachelors and Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from Auburn University. Upon graduating from Georgia Tech, Rick was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy where he served on board a submarine and qualified as chief engineer for a naval nuclear power plant. He then worked for Corning Incorporated and was awarded four U.S. Patents for aspects of the manufacturing of optical fiber. Rick left Corning to pursue his Ph.D. and a teaching career. Prior to joining the faculty at Auburn he was an Associate Professor at East Carolina University. At Auburn, he teaches a variety of mechanical engineering courses as well as a course on nuclear power regulation as part of Auburn’s Nuclear Power Generation Systems minor. Since joining the faculty at Auburn Rick has been awarded the William F. Walker Merit Teaching Award and the Mark A. Spencer Creative Mentorship award. He is a licensed engineer in Virginia.

Course(s):

Commercial Nuclear Power Regulation

Mr. Steve Williams
Contact:
Email: willi14@auburn.edu
Phone: 334-844-5379

Mr. Steve Williams is a Professor in the Department of Building Science, within the College of Architecture, Design and Construction at Auburn University. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toledo in 1975 and Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University in 1981. His industry experience includes working as a structural engineer for consulting firms in Toledo, Ohio and Greenville, South Carolina. Mr. Williams is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Alabama. His specialty areas include Concrete, Structural Design, and Information Technology in Construction. He was selected Student Government Association Outstanding Faculty member in the College of Architecture Design and Construction in 1983-84 and 1997-98.

Course(s):

Concrete Basics: Commercial Slab on Grade
Concrete Basics: Residential Slab on Grade
Stories From The Field: What Engineers Need To Know About Construction

Dr. J. Richard Willis
Contact:
Email: willi59@auburn.edu
Phone: 334-844-6288

Dr. Richard Willis joined NCAT in January 2009 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow. He received a BS in physical science from Freed-Hardeman University in 2003 and a BCE from Auburn University in 2004. In 2005, he graduated with a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from Auburn University. Dr. Willis has been involved in several studies at the NCAT Pavement Test Track. He was a member of the forensic team that investigated the causes of multiple pavement failures. He used mechanistic pavement models, laboratory produced data, and forensic trenching to help verify debonding in pavements, the energy ratio concept, and strain regimes in perpetual pavements. Dr. Willis was also among the first research engineers to quantify acceptable variability in embedded pavement instrumentation both between gauges and within a single gauge. Dr. Willis has played a vital role in developing the test plans for the 2009 NCAT Pavement Test Track as well as finalizing the results from the 2006 Test Track experiment. He is currently developing relationships between laboratory performance testing data and field performance measurements for flow number and the bending beam fatigue test. He is also beginning to study how warm-mix asphalt influences pavement performance in the field when coupled with high percentages of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP).

Course(s):

Pavement Management Systems
Sustainable Pavements: Part 1
Sustainable Pavements: Part 2
Sustainable Pavements: Part 3

Davis Woodruff
Contact:
Email: davisw@managementmethods.com
Phone: 256-355-3896

Davis M. Woodruff, PE, CMC is an internationally recognized consultant, professional speaker and author. He grew up on a family farm in rural southern Alabama where his family also owned and operated a “country store.” From this background he earned a Chemical Engineering degree from Auburn University, became a Professional Engineer and Certified Management Consultant. He was a manufacturing executive with 3M for ten years and became the youngest manufacturing superintendent in the company prior to forming a management consulting company, Management Methods. Since 1984 he has served clients in 35 states and on 3 continents. From Vermont to Malaysia Davis’ clients include scores of large and small organizations. As a professional speaker, certified management consultant, published author, and professional engineer Davis Woodruff brings immediate benefits to businesses. These benefits include developing leaders; optimizing resource utilization; improving processes, quality and customer satisfaction; and saving time and $$$. Having authored three full-length books, over five dozen articles and multiple online professional development courses, Davis is on the cutting edge of today’s business world. Davis and Lynn have been married since 1970 and they have two daughters, two sons-in-law, three grandchildren and one dog. He is actively involved with his family, in his community and in his church where he leads an adult Bible Study class each week.

Course(s):

Dealing with Human Error
Effective Problem Solving Methods
Error-Proofing Essentials
Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA)
Managing Change: A Process Model That Works
Managing Project Risk(s)
Numbers to People
Process Analysis for Problem Solving
Risk Management Essentials
Risk Management: Tools and Techniques
Ten Essentials: Common Sense Principals for Business
Tools for Problem Solving
Understanding AS 9100D
Understanding IATF 16949
Understanding ISO 9001: 2015
Understanding ISO 14001: 2015
When Disaster Strikes- Contingency Planning

Dr. Wesley C. Zech
Contact:
Email: zechwes@auburn.edu
Phone: 334-844-6272

Wesley C. Zech is the Brasfield & Gorrie Associate Professor of Construction Engineering and Management in the Department of Civil Engineering at Auburn University. Dr. Zech attended the State University of New York at Buffalo where he earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1995, a M.E. in Construction Engineering and Management in 1999, and a Ph.D. in 2004. He currently teaches courses in the areas of construction engineering, construction equipment and methods, and construction safety and health management. The focus of Dr. Zech’s research program is in the areas of work zone safety, construction safety, the use of geospatial technologies in construction, and erosion and sediment control.

Course(s):

Erosion Sediment and Control Applications for Construction
Temporary Traffic Control

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