FE/EIT Review Course Instructors Civil PE Review Course Instructors Electrical PE Review Course Instructors Environmental PE Review Course Instructors
Mechanical PE Review Course Instructors CA Civil Seismic & Surveying Review Course Instructors Structural SE Review Course Instructors Chemical PE Review Course Instructors

FE/EIT Review Course Instructors

James Mirabile, PE
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James A. Mirabile obtained his BSEE from Drexel University and a Master’s Degree in Administrative Science from the Johns Hopkins University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Maryland. In his 32 years with Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, Mr. Mirabile has held various technical and leadership positions.

Mr. Mirabile is a senior member of IEEE and IEEE Power and Energy Society, a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Maryland Society of Professional Engineers, and the United States Green Building Council – Maryland Chapter. He is currently Northeast Vice Chair of NSPE’s Professional Engineers in Industry. He is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Energy Auditor (CEA), Certified in Power Quality (CPQ), and a LEED AP O+M.

Mr. Mirabile was named IEEE Power and Energy Society – Baltimore Chapter’s 2011 Outstanding Engineer.” In 2018, he will become President of Maryland Society of Professional Engineers.

Jerry Maffia, DE, MBA
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Jerry Maffia is a professor of chemical engineering at Manhattan College. After 20 years as a process engineer and manager in the petrochemicals industry, Jerry joined Widener University in the fall of 1992 as Chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering. Prof. Maffia has broad research interests in environmental, energy and biotechnology areas. A specific research topic is the development of technologies based on the water retention properties of unraveled bovine hide collagen. At Widener, Prof. Maffia founded the Collagen Research Group, which has involved more than 300 students, industrial and government researchers and faculty colleagues. In 2010, Prof. Maffia retired from Widener as Emeritus Professor. In 2010, Prof. Maffia joined his Alma Mater, Manhattan College, as Professor of Chemical Engineering.

Prof. Maffia is an active consultant in chemical and bio-based processes, and is an associate of several consulting firms. He has offered short courses and training seminars on process engineering and related topics at sites around the world on six continents. A frequent volunteer for a variety of community and outreach activities, Prof. Maffia has also served on Meals on Wheels in Newtown Square, PA for the past 20 years. In 2008, Prof. Maffia established a student chapter of Engineers Without Borders at Widener University. He is now involved in service projects for potable water supply in Haiti, Kenya, and the Philippines through Manhattan College. Recently, Prof. Maffia has reestablished the collagen research group at Manhattan College and has initiated research projects with NASA, L'Oreal, ARK and the USDA.


Civil PE Review Course Instructors

Joshua Ogle, PE
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Joshua Ogle, PE is ‘The Hipster Engineer’. He is more than your average engineer and tries to find ways to give back to the profession. With his passion for engineering, Josh started TheHipsterEngineer.com to be a resource for engineers as they prepare for their licensure exams, job search and career growth.

Josh has a broad range of experience. He is currently a Project Manager for a premier structural engineering firm, Dunn Associates, Inc., located in Salt Lake City, Utah which specializes in building design. He has worked on numerous building projects that do not fit typical design standards and loves every minute of it.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree from the University of California, Davis in Civil Engineering he went on to help open up a new office for his previous firm. While in Los Angeles, California he prepared for the PE exam. He passed the Civil PE Exam (Structural Depth) along with the California Specific Exams (Seismic and Surveying), and he wants you to pass too!

Beyond engineering, he enjoys spending time with his wife and his pups. They are the things that keep him centered while working hard, studying hard and teaching hard! Let’s get started with your PE Exam prep now!!


Richard Austin, PE, SE
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Richard Austin, PE, SE is a registered Professional Engineer in Arizona, California, Texas, Louisiana, and Hawaii as well as a registered Structural Engineer in California. He graduated from California Polytechnic University Pomona with a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering. He has over thirteen years of experience in the design and detailing of structural projects related to the treatment and storage of water, wastewater, and oil. He has experience in reinforced concrete, masonry, structural steel, and wood frame design and construction for a variety of building and infrastructure projects. He currently works as a structural engineer for Superior Tank Company, Inc., a manufacturer of steel tanks for the storage of water, oil, and other products. Richard is involved with standards development as a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA D103-09) Standard for Factory-Coated Bolted Carbon Steel Tank for Water Storage Revision Task Force.


Elena Badilla, PE, MCE
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Elena Badilla, PE earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from California State University–Northridge (CSUN) and a Master of Civil Engineering from Norwich University. She currently works as a survey engineer on a 10-mile segmental bridge project in Hawai’i. She has over six years of experience in construction engineering, surveying, hydrology and hydraulics, geometry control and site development for residential, commercial and public works projects. Elena holds a professional engineer license in the State of California.

Andy Richardson, PE
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Andy Richardson, PE, has more than 17 years of professional experience in structural and civil engineering. Richardson graduated magna cum laude from Clemson University with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering and a minor in environmental science. In 2003, he passed the Civil PE exam, and in 2005, he passed the Structural I PE exam. He began his career at a civil and structural engineering firm, designing water, sewer, and drainage systems for small municipalities, then focused his expertise to the structural design of concrete, steel, masonry, and timber. In 2009, Richardson launched Structural Innovations, LLC, a structural engineering consulting company. Since 2012, Richardson has taught civil review courses for PPI, where he has used his education, professional skills, knowledge of codes, and passion for engineering to help more than 1,000 students prepare for their Civil PE exam.

What Past Students Have to Say:

"Andy was personable and easy to watch, and was strong in water resources and structural analysis. Overall, he did a great job, and the motivational speeches were appreciated."

"Andy provided good insight into the exam and the general approach/strategy for taking the exam."

"Andy was enthusiastic about the PE exam. He always had a positive attitude about our prospects. He offered up great tips on how to stay motivated and was very knowledgeable about the topics."

"Andy was very professional and helpful throughout the entire course. He answered questions directly and was readily available to assist students whether it be via classroom interaction or on the online forum. He is knowledgeable in the subject matter and provided helpful tips and guides for taking the exam."

Kenneth Wasserman, PE
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Kenneth Wasserman, PE is a Project Manager and structural engineer in the Transportation and Infrastructure Group within STV Incorporated currently working as a Deputy Project Manager for a 36 kilometer Light Rail Transit expansion project in Ottawa, Ontario. He has been responsible for structural design projects for clients including NJ Transit, South Jersey Transportation Authority, Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, as well as Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. He began his career working on the structural design of environmental structures for Hatch Mott MacDonald. He holds a professional engineering license in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania as well as a Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University. His specialties include the design and rehabilitation of structures for hurricane and flood loading. He is active within the American Society of Civil Engineers' Young Members Group as well as a member of the American Concrete Institute.


Electrical PE Review Course Instructors

Gregg Wagener, MS, PE
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Gregg Wagener has taught several Electrical PE exam and FE exam review courses for PPI. Gregg has also worked for PPI on several writing and technical review projects for PE exam and FE exam products. Gregg has served as an electrical engineering and fundamentals advisor for PPI's online discussion forums. Gregg is a licensed electrical engineer in California. He has worked as an electronics engineer for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme, CA, performing in-service and development engineering for the Navy's air defense missiles and writing manuals for Navy personnel. He holds a bachelor of science degree in physics from the University of New Mexico and a master of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.


What Past Students Have to Say:

"I liked the amount of experience he had in preparing students for the PE Electrical Power Exam and his attentiveness to the course forum."

"I enjoyed his depth of knowledge and the extra materials related to sections."

"I thought he was very knowledgeable and well spoken. He was very interesting and funny."


Environmental PE Review Course Instructors

Kunal Patel, PhD, PE
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Dr. Kunal Patel is an Environmental Engineer working for NJ State. He has 15 years of work experience in programs for water quality, stormwater, floodplain analysis, & teaching. Currently he is working as a project manager for engineering studies in co-ordination with FEMA and multiple engineering firms. He has taught courses such as Environmental Engineering, Solid Waste Management, Fluid Mechanics, and Sustainable Engineering at several colleges as an Adjunct Professor. He received his doctoral degree from the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Rutgers University. He is a Professional Engineer licensed in New Jersey and a Certified Floodplain Manager. Kunal is excited to join PPI in its mission to help you pass your PE exam.



Mechanical PE Review Course Instructors

Paul Anderson, MS, PE
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Paul Anderson has tutored and lectured for college level courses in Physics, Thermodynamics, Fluid Dynamics, and Heat Transfer. In graduate school, he was also a Teaching Assistant for upper division mechanical engineering courses in Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer. Paul has over 20 years of experience as a mechanical engineer in the fields of nuclear power generation, semiconductor processing, ink jet printing, flow instrumentation, and environmental / NOx reduction. He holds a bachelor of science degree in nuclear engineering from Oregon State University and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering also from Oregon State University. Paul passed the Mechanical PE Thermal and Fluids Systems exam and is very familiar with the new exam specifications.

Mathew Sadoff, PE, NEBB TAB CP, CPMP
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Mr. Sadoff is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of New York. He is a Certified Professional in Testing, Adjusting, & Balancing (TAB CP) with the NEBB organization. Also, he is a certified commissioning agent with ASHRAE as a Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP) and Associate Commissioning Professional (ACP) with the BCA. Mr. Sadoff holds a B.E. in Marine-Mechanical Engineering and a 3rd Assistant Engineer’s License in Steam, Motor, and Gas Turbine Vessels from Suny Maritime College. He has experience in project management, commissioning, testing, adjusting, & balancing (TAB), sound testing, vibration testing, building envelope testing, HVAC testing, electrical testing, plumbing testing, fire protection testing, security testing, planning & design, codes and standards, special inspections, operations & maintenance, factory testing, system optimization, energy management and measurement & verification in the construction industry. Mr. Sadoff currently works as a Project Manager with Colliers International providing commissioning services to his clients in healthcare facilities, universities, schools, government, corporate facilities, and high end residential facilities. He is a member of ASHRAE, NEBB, and BCA and a corresponding member of the ASHRAE Testing, Adjusting, & Balancing Technical Committee.

Raymond M. Burynski, Jr., PE
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Mr. Burynski holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Applied Mechanics from Lehigh University. As a graduate student, he performed research related to corrosion fatigue of aerospace aluminum alloys. The results of this work were presented in an ASME publication on structural integrity of aging aircraft. After graduation he was employed by a leading supplier of heavy industrial machinery, working within the organization’s various R&D and New Product Development groups. These positions took him to several locations across the globe as he designed and analyzed diverse equipment and processes. Since 2003 he has been an independent consultant and started Tripod Innovation. His practice areas include Machine Design, Finite Element Analysis, and New Product Development. He holds three patents and continues to work both as a practicing engineer and provider of engineering education.

Ray currently resides in upstate NY with his wife and three children. In addition to spending time with his family, Ray volunteers for a variety of youth programs and enjoys running, cooking, and the occasional pick-up soccer game.


David Olivero, MS, PE
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Mr. Olivero is a licensed Professional Engineer (Mechanical) in the state of Colorado, where he has worked for over two decades. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University, where he interned as a Machine Design instructor. He also has a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis on Materials Science, from Colorado State University, where he was a Research Associate at the Composite Materials, Manufacture and Structures Laboratory and where he designed and fabricated his own composite bicycle. He has extensive industry experience designing hardware, components, assemblies and processes for computer hard disc drives and solid state drives, and holds several patents. His favorite part of being a manager is sharing his passion and knowledge with a new generation of engineers. When not working on interesting engineering problems, David loves to garden, make furniture and explore the mountains of SW Colorado.


Nebojsa Sebastijanovic, PE, PhD
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Dr. Sebastijanovic is a registered professional mechanical engineer in the state of California. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from McNeese State University and a Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering at University of California, Santa Barbara. He has experience in the analysis, design, and optimization of various aerospace, industrial, and commercial systems and components. Dr. Sebastijanovic is currently working as an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Milwaukee School of Engineering. He is a member of ASME, AIAA, NSPE, and ASEE.


What Past Students Have to Say:

“Thank you very much! Our professor (Neb) was great in how he structured his class and office hours, and provided many problems during class that were of similar difficulty to what was given on the test. After taking the exam I felt that I was very prepared in all of the major subjects.”

“Your course motivated me and taught me everything I needed to pass the PE exam. Very much appreciated.”

“I PASSED and I know that your instruction played a crucial part in achieving this goal. Thank you very much for your patience working with us and for sharing your knowledge.”

“Thank you again for taking the time to teach the PPI class. I really don't think I would have passed without the class.”

“Thank you so much in helping me pass my FE exam. Couldn't do it without your help!”

“I liked his availability and flexibility in answering random questions during Office Hours.”

“I liked the fact that Neb offered us timed problems, as there would be on the test.”

Jun Xu, PE, PhD
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Dr. Xu is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas. He has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a Master’s degree in Thermal Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China; and a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Beijing, China. Previously, Jun was an Assistant Professor at Tuskegee University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California at Davis, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Beijing, China. He also has industry experience as a Product Development Engineer at EuroMed, Inc. in New York, New York. His practice areas include heat transfer, fluid dynamics, and renewable energy systems. He is currently working as an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering and Computer Science at Tarleton State University. He enjoys running, cycling, and reading in his spare time.


Chemical PE Review Course Instructors

L. Adam Williamson, PE
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L. Adam Williamson is a registered professional engineer in the states of Connecticut and Georgia with inactive registrations in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma. He is a Senior Process Engineer with Studsvik Inc., where he specializes in thermal oxidation and volume reduction of both nuclear and non-nuclear wastes. Prior to joining Studsvik, he spent two years designing thermal oxidizer systems for John Zink and eight years designing fluidized bed boilers for Alstom Power (now GE). Adam holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute along with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering and Physics from Clarkson University.


California Civil Seismic & Surveying Review Course Instructors

Vladimir Calugaru, PhD
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Vladimir Calugaru, PhD has 7 years of research experience and more than 4 years of consulting experience in earthquake engineering, structural engineering, and risk assessment with InfraTerra, Inc. He specializes in earthquake resistant design, numerical analysis, and reliability assessment of complex structures and infrastructure systems. His graduate research at the University of California, Berkeley has focused on seismically isolated structures, particularly liquid storage tanks and tall buildings, and has resulted in more than ten publications. Dr. Calugaru’s project experience includes probabilistic risk assessment, linear and non-linear dynamic analysis, numerical impact modeling, soil-structure interaction analysis, retrofit design, seismic review of structures, and analysis of civil infrastructure. He an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Structural Engineering Association of California (SEAOC).

Structural Engineering (SE) Review Course Instructors

Derek Pham, PE, SE
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Derek Pham, PE, SE is a licensed civil and structural engineer in the state of California. He received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering (structural emphasis) from University of California, Irvine and a master of science degree in structural engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Derek has more than 10 years of structural engineering experience working for both public agencies and engineering consultants. Some notable projects that Derek worked on include the Gigafactory in Nevada as Tesla's only internal structural engineer and a $200M seismic improvement project for a water treatment plant adjacent to the San Andreas fault.