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Hemanth Kumar Thippeswamy, PhD, PE is a professional engineer in the state of Virginia. He serves as a program manager for the federal/state-mandated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Program in the Infrastructure and Environmental Division of Fairfax County Public Schools. Dr. Thippeswamy earned bachelor of science, master of science, and doctorate degrees in civil engineering. Dr. Thippeswamy was instrumental in designing, implementing, testing, and monitoring the first glass fiber-reinforced polymer composite rebar-reinforced jointless vehicular bridge in the United States.

Richard Davis retired as a principal engineer for the Nuclear Energy Division of General Electric (GENE), where he has worked for more than 24 years in a range of research and development positions. He has been an instructor for PPI for many years. He has published several papers in technical journals pertaining to his research activities at GE. Currently, Rich serves as a mechanical engineering advisor for PPI's Passing Zone. He earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in material science from the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of California at Davis and performed postgraduate studies at Stanford University.

Andy Richardson began his career in 1998. He has over 13 years of experience in structural and civil engineering, with the majority of that time devoted to structural engineering. Andy Richardson has a deep understanding of construction and structural framing of many different types of buildings and materials, plus strong knowledge of the International Building Code. His competent areas of structural design include concrete, steel, light gauge steel, masonry, and wood, with an emphasis on design for high-risk coastal areas.

Mohammad Iqbal has over two decades of experience as a civil and structural engineer. He is a licensed PE in six states and a licensed SE in seven states. Throughout his career, he has been responsible for the design of buildings, amusement parks, high-rise buildings, and parking structures. He is the co-author of Parking Structures: Planning, Design, Construction, Maintenance, and Repair, 3rd Edition, and has written numerous technical papers and magazine articles. Mo holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Engineering University, a master of science degree in civil engineering from Middle East Technical University, and a doctorate degree in civil engineering from Washington University.

Khushru Wadia, PE holds both professional engineering and structural engineering licenses in California. He received a bachelor of science degree in construction engineering from Mumbai University and a master of science degree in civil engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Khushru is a project engineer with Englekirk Partners Consulting Structural Engineers, Inc. and a civil engineering lecturer at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA).