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Chemical Instructors

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.

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Teaches: FE Chemical

 
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.

Teaches: PE Chemical

 

Civil Instructors

Arthur Chianello, PE
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Arthur Chianello is a licensed professional engineer in both Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters degree in Civil Engineering. His current position is the Water Resources Manager for a large City in California with a population of over 380,000 people. His current responsibilities include managing the domestic water system in addition to river surface water supplies and groundwater banking for later recovery and use. Mr. Chianello has practical engineering work experience ranging from aerospace design, structural engineering, managing daily operations of wastewater treatment plants, and currently managing a domestic water utility. In addition, Mr. Chianello is a certified wastewater treatment plant operator and a certified water distribution operator. Arthur is passionate about the engineering sciences and is excited to help others pass their FE and PE exams.

Teaches: FE Civil

 
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.

Teaches: FE Civil, PE Civil Breadth + Transportation, PE Civil Breadth + Water Resources, CA Civil Surveying

 
Hossein Ataei, PhD, PE, P.Eng, F.ASCE
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Dr. Hossein Ataei is a Civil Engineering faculty at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where he is also the Director of Undergraduate Studies. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Civil, Structural and Construction Engineering and he oversees the Construction Engineering and Management program. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Canada (British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec) and in the United States (Nevada, Texas and Wyoming). He has the industry experience in the fields of structural design of civil infrastructure systems; business administration of heavy civil projects and project controls of large-scale civil infrastructure for large global Engineering-Procurement and Construction firms including Bechtel Corporation and Kiewit Infrastructure Group. He has also been with KPMG LLP with risk advisory consulting services for capital construction and infrastructure projects. Prior to joining University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Ataei was teaching at Syracuse University and at California State University. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and serves on national ASCE committees of Construction Claims Avoidance and Resolution and on Forensic Engineering Education Committee. He has a PhD in Civil Engineering from University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California and holds three Masters degrees in Civil Engineering; Construction Management; and also in Business Administration.

Teaches: PE Civil Geotechnical Depth

 
Jake Dunn
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Jake Dunn has always had a passion for engineering. From shake table science fair projects in elementary school to receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah, engineering has always been an integral part of Jake’s life.

Jake was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and is the youngest of five boys, two of which are also structural engineers. Jake is currently an Engineer-in-Training for Dunn Associates, a consulting structural engineering firm in Salt Lake City. Jake has been able to design hundreds of thousands of square feet in warehouse and office space and loves every second of it. Learning has always been a passion for Jake, which helps motivate him as he pursues a Ph. D in structural engineering at the University of Utah.

Outside of school and work, Jake enjoys spending time with his wife and family. He enjoys doing anything outside, be it fly fishing, hiking, basketball, boating or playing golf. Fresh off passing the Civil PE Exam in April 2019, Jake is excited to continue alongside you as we enter the field as professional engineers!

Teaches: PE Civil Structural Depth

 
Jeyoung Woo, PE, PhD
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Dr. Jeyoung Woo is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). He is a registered Professional Engineer (Civil - Construction) in Texas. He has worked in the industry for nine years as a project manager, a corporate quality manager, a field engineer, and a designer. Also, he conducted several research projects about construction labor productivity, construction safety, engineering design quality management, and construction sustainability. He earned a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) and a B.S. in Architectural Engineering from Hanyang University, ERICA. He is a Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI).

He is ready to share his lessons learned about time management, problem-solving techniques, and other practical tips from his PE Exam experience. From his lecture, you will learn from the fundamental concept of each assigned section to lots of practical problems. Please utilize Jeyoung as one of the main resources to pass your PE Exam!

Teaches: PE Civil Construction Depth

 
Jordan Lax
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Jordan Lax obtained his Bachelor of Engineering with a focus on structural design from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. After graduating, he began working in the metal buildings industry as a Design Engineer at American Buildings Company, a part of the Nucor Buildings group. Two years later, Jordan moved into the Design Supervisor role and now leads a team of eleven engineers. After moving roles, Jordan switched from building steel buildings to building futures. Jordan finds great fulfillment in his work through growing and assisting the Design Engineers in his department rise to their full potential. Jordan has successfully passed the PE and will officially be a registered Professional Engineer in May of 2020. He is currently working towards completing the Structural Engineering Exam.

In his time outside of work, Jordan enjoys buying vintage bicycles and refurbishing them. He recently opened a bicycle repair shop out of his home in Eufaula, Alabama, where he and his two cats reside.

Teaches: FE Civil

 
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! Get started with Josh on your FE or PE Exam prep now!!

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Teaches: FE Civil, PE Civil Breadth + Structural

 

Kenneth Wasserman, PE
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Kenneth Wasserman, PE is a Project Manager within the Rail / Transit practice within HNTB Corporation located in New York City. Before joining HNTB, Mr. Wasserman was working as a Deputy Project Manager for a 36 kM Light Rail Transit expansion project in Ottawa, Ontario for STV Inc. Mr. Wasserman’s background is in structural design working on 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.

Teaches: PE Civil Breadth

 
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.

Teaches: PE Civil Construction Depth

 

 

Electrical Instructors

Ben Hamlett, PE
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Ben Hamlett started working with electronics when he was in Junior High, working at a local small company, repairing multi-meters and making electronic trainers. Ben received both his Bachelor's and Master's in Electrical Engineering from the University of Idaho and is a Professional Engineer in Idaho. Some of Ben’s certifications include: Certified SolidWorks Associate, National Institute of Metalworking Skills, CTE Advanced Occupational Specialist certification, FANUC certified instructor, Authorized OSHA 10 and 30 hour General Industry. For the ham operators out there his call sign is N7BEN. Ben is currently a Professor and Program Manager of the Automation Engineering Technology program at the College of Southern Idaho, teaching automation, controls, and electronics. Ben teaches students of all ages about, robotics, PLCs, HMIs, CAD, instrumentation (level sensors, flow meters, light curtains, conductivity meters, etc.), different programming languages, industrial safety topics, etc. In addition to teaching classes, Ben does consulting at local manufacturing facilities programming and increasing efficiencies.

Teaches: FE Electrical

 
Ernie Kim, PE, PhD
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Upon graduation with a BSEE from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Dr. Kim accepted a position as a contract Electrical Engineer at the Naval Ocean Systems Center at the Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station in Hawaii.

After completing his MSEE studies, Dr. Kim took a position as an Electrical Engineer at the U.S. National Bureau of Standards in Boulder, Colorado responsible for precise measurement of optical fiber geometries and established the national optical fiber far-field and near-field measurement standard procedures and tests. He was awarded the certificate of achievement from the Department of Commernce for his work on a establishing a fiber optic national standard.

Upon completion of his PhD studies, he joined Burroughs Corporation in San Diego as a Project Engineer developing fiber optic transmitters and receivers for an advanced local area network.

Dr. Kim left Burroughs Corporation to work at Ipitek Corporation in Carlsbad, California as the Manager of Electro-Optic Systems where he developed fiber optic Cable TV transmission systems.

Dr. Kim left Ipitek to teach at the University of San Diego and remains an active design engineer, including a sabbatical leave at Ascom Tech in Bern, Switzerland as a Senior Systems Engineer and Principal Radio Frequency Engineer at Lightwave Solutions, LLC developing advanced fiber optic Cable TV equipment for U.S and international markets.

Dr. Kim actively teaches Professional Engineering Licensing Review courses in the United States and Saudi Arabia in person and online.

Teaches: FE Electrical

 
Foad Alvandi, MSEE, PE
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Foad Alvandi has taught engineering courses since the early 1990's, including a 10 year period of full time tenure track teaching at a private engineering school from 1997 to 2006. Most recently he has developed and taught a graduate level course in power systems engineering at the Johns Hopkins School of Engineering. Additionally Foad has extensive work experience in design and integration of utility-level photo voltaic solar systems and holds nationally recognized NABCEP certification for the field of renewable energy. Foad has received his Bachelors degree in electrical engineering from Sharif School of Engineering in Tehran Iran in 1977, and received his Masters degree in electrical and computer engineering from George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia in 1987. He earned his PE certification in Electrical Power Engineering from state of Maryland in 2006, and is currently recognized as PE in several other Eastern states, and in California. Foad has two grown children and lives in Northern Virginia.

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Teaches: PE Electrical Power

 
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."

Teaches: PE Electrical Electronics, Controls, and Communications

 
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 many years with Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, Mr. Mirabile has held various technical and leadership positions.

Mr. Mirabile is a senior member of IEEE, IEEE Industry Applications Society, IEEE Power and Energy Society, and IEEE Standards Association. He is also a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers. 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.” He is the current President of Maryland Society of Professional Engineers. His term expires in July 2021.

Teaches: PE Electrical Power

 

Environmental 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.

Teaches: FE Environmental, PE Environmental, FE Other Disciplines

 

Mechanical Instructors

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. 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. 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 enjoys running, cycling, and reading in his spare time.

Teaches: PE Mechanical HVAC & Refrigeration

 
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.

Teaches: PE Mechanical Thermal & Fluids Systems

 
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.”

Teaches: PE Mechanical HVAC & Refrigeration

 
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.

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Teaches: PE Mechanical Thermal & Fluids Systems

 
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.

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Teaches: PE Mechanical Machine Design & Materials

 
Tyrell Arment, PE
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Tyrell W. Arment, PE graduated with honors with his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and went on to earn his M.S. in Nuclear Science and Engineering from MIT. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Washington. During his eight years of active duty in the Navy, Mr. Arment held several positions of leadership in both operations and maintenance of multiple submarine nuclear reactor plants. Mr. Arment also taught several classroom-based courses on quality maintenance practices for high energy systems, as well as topics on radiological controls, primary, and secondary chemistry controls.

Mr. Arment presented his research on Diesel engine efficiency internationally at the 2010 SAE Small Engines Conference in Linz, Austria. He also published his work on critical heat flux enhancement in pressurized water reactors in Nuclear Engineering and Design in 2013.

Mr. Arment currently works as a Mechanical Engineer for Naval Nuclear Labs in the thermal-hydraulics methods development division.

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Teaches: FE Mechanical

 

Other Disciplines 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.

Teaches: FE Environmental, PE Environmental, FE Other Disciplines

 

SE Instructors

Brian McSweeney, PE, SE
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Brian McSweeney, PE, SE is a licensed professional engineer currently practicing at a multidisciplinary firm, TLC Engineering, in the Orlando, Florida area and is an active member of ASCE. The first eleven years of his career were spent in the Washington, DC area at structural-focused consulting engineering firms. There, he spent his time designing structures ranging from single-family homes to churches, shopping centers, offices, and mid-rise post-tensioned concrete buildings, and also spent significant quantities of time working on historic renovation and adaptive reuse projects. Since moving to Florida, he has been actively engaged in the complexities of projects such as the design of entertainment and amusement structures and condominium buildings that reach 37 stories.

Brian attended school at the University of Virginia for his undergraduate degree and the Pennsylvania State University for his Masters of Science degree. As part of his MS, he focused his research in the area of fiber-reinforced polymer strengthening for concrete construction. In a series of internships during both degrees, he learned the value of skilled drafting and the basics of structural engineering.

He took the NCEES 16-hour SE exam in October of 2017 after being challenged by his supervisor to do so. The process of studying and taking the exam was a rewarding experience that greatly enhanced his knowledge of codes and material specifications, and provided additional confidence in day-to-day engineering. Having worked in areas where structures need to contend with high seismic and high wind forces, and having worked with all major structural materials in the course of his career to date (wood, masonry, concrete, and steel) as well as both conventional and deep foundations for buildings, Brian is passionate about training the next generation of engineers and, in this case, is excited for the opportunity to assist others in taking on the challenge of the SE Examination.

Teaches: SE Vertical + Lateral Forces

 
Robin Closs, PE, SE
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Robin Closs, PE, SE has 15 years of experience as a structural engineer in designing and analyzing anything from pipes to multistory buildings in fields such as commercial, power, government, institutional, nuclear, industrial, and residential. She traveled to Long Island in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy as part of a Code Enforcement Disaster Assistance Response Team. Her engineering knowledge in timber, concrete, steel, masonry, aluminum, and light gauge metal has helped her design new buildings, complete renovations and additions, demolish existing structures, produce mechanical platforms, and design appropriate repairs to roofs, walls, floors, and spillways. Ms. Closs is the president of The Engineering Society of Buffalo and currently creates, writes, and edits their monthly newsletter. She also regularly spends time tutoring and greatly enjoys assisting young minds to see the benefits of engineering. She has also acted as the principal coordinator for 80 person volunteer teams, judged inventions, and mentored winners of engineering city competitions. Ms. Closs graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineering with a BS degree in Architectural Engineering with a Structural Specialty. She is a licensed professional engineering in multiple states, is a licensed structural engineer in Illinois, and is certified as a NCEES Model Law Structural Engineer.

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CA Seismic & Surveying Instructors

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.

Teaches: FE Civil, PE Civil Breadth + Transportation, PE Civil Breadth + Water Resources, CA Civil Surveying

 
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).

Teaches: CA Civil Seismic

 
 

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