Technical Interests

  • Engineering analysis and design of timber structures; deck safety; laboratory testing and analysis of engineering wood components, composite materials, connections, and assemblies; post-frame construction; nondestructive evaluation of wood materials; wood durability; building materials.

Previously Published:


  • Ph.D. – Purdue University, 1984
  • M.S. – Virginia Tech University, 1980
  • B.S. – Virginia Tech University, 1979


  • Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering; and Director, Composite Materials & Engineering Center, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 1997-present
  • Interim Dept Head; Professor; Assoc Professor; Asst Professor, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 1984-1997
  • Visiting Scientist, USDA Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI, 1991-1992


  • Weyerhaeuser Distinguished Professor, WSU, 1997 – present
  • Leon Luck Faculty Award, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, WSU, 2007
  • Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award, College of Engineering and Architecture, WSU, 2002
  • Six national-level journal article awards from SWST, FPS and ASABE
  • Two national-level award from post-frame building industry


  • Design of Timber Structures
  • Advanced Wood Engineering
  • Probability and Statistical Models in Engineering