Growing up in Indiana and through my early travels, I became fascinated with large manufacturing complexes, skyscrapers, monumental buildings, bridges, dams, and rollercoasters. I was curious about how products were made, how structures were created and used, and how those structures impacted society. Using toy construction sets, I created many structures. Additionally, through experiences with flash flooding and tornadoes, I developed an interest in how they could withstand destructive forces. These fascinations and experiences led me toward civil engineering.
My next step was attending the Lyles School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University, majoring in structural engineering and minoring in geotechnical engineering. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1994. During college, I also chaired the community service committee of the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, leading various projects.
Today, my passion is creating healthier project delivery systems through collaborative project delivery and enhancing the performance of structures during extreme events. I am involved with progressing Integrated Project Delivery to foster a healthier environment, building certainty in delivering projects, and reducing risk to capital budgets and schedules. This includes developing structural solutions with processes and infrastructure by working closely with project stakeholders to implement multi-trade integrated modular systems design and construction. I use Lean Construction tools and practices to enhance project delivery and internal processes. My passion extends to sustaining the facility, its operations and its users.
I am blessed with a wonderful wife, four energetic boys, and our American Dingo. During my free time, I enjoy mountain biking, spelunking, kayaking, LEGOs, bookstores, vinyl record stores, and watching our boys compete in sports.