W. Mark McGinley

Professor, Endowed Chair in Infrastructure Research, Civil & Environmental Engineering

About

Dr. McGinley is a structural engineer and building scientist with an excess of 25 years of research and forensic engineering practice in building systems.  Prior to joining U of L, he served 20 years at North Carolina A & T State University in the Civil, Architectural, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Department.   He is an expert in masonry building systems, in particular, masonry building envelopes. Dr. McGinley's research has included research on the structural performance of masonry walls, water penetration experiments on envelopes and the building envelope performance of brick veneer and steel stud wall systems.  He has also been involved in, multidiscipline efforts on the evaluation of the energy systems of existing buildings and demonstration projects evaluating condensing heat exchangers and thermal mass effects of night time ventilation. He has been a primary author of all seven editions of the Masonry Designers Guide.

Dr. McGinley has been actively involved in the Masonry Society as the Chair of the Design Practices committee (1992-1998) and member of the research committee, member of the Board of Directors and the code and standards committee.  He is also involved with ASTM on committees C-12 and C15 and currently chairs the Subcommittee on Lab accreditation and the Task groups on the Bond Wrench testing Apparatus and Field evaluation of mortars. He received the ASTM Gilbert C. Robinson Memorial Award in 2001 and the ASTM Award of Merit and title of Fellow in 2008 for his efforts at ASTM. In September  2012, he received the TMS - J.B. Scalzi Research Award for his masonry related research contributions. He is also a member of the Masonry Joint Standards Committee, served as Chairman of the Reinforcing and Connectors Subcommittee and now chairs the Flexural Axial Load and Shear Subcommittee.

Dr. McGinley is a structural engineer and building scientist with an excess of 25 years of research and forensic engineering practice in building systems.  He is a recognized expert in masonry building systems, as well as masonry building envelopes. Dr. McGinley's research has included basic research on the structural performance of masonry walls, anchors, strengthening of masonry walls, water penetration experiments on envelopes and the thermal evaluation of steel stud wall systems.  He has also been involved in, multidiscipline efforts on the evaluation of the energy systems of existing buildings and demonstration projects evaluating energy related technologies such as condensing heat exchangers and thermal mass effects of night time ventilation.

Teaching Interests

Dr. McGinley teaches structural design and analysis related courses related courses including steel, wood and timber design. He also teaches the capstone design class as well as the the materials lab.

Research Interests

Dr. McGinley’s prime focus at the University of Louisville is to expand his research into the evaluation and improvement of the performance of infrastructure systems including structural systems for buildings and bridges, pipe systems and storage facilities.  He is  also looking at ways in which distributed sensor systems can be deployed to improve the long term performance of the infrastructure, improve security and reduce maintenance costs.

Dr. McGinley is also continuing to explore his interest in sustainability and energy efficiency of structures and civil engineering systems. He teaches LEED building design and Energy Auditing a Green Energy Class with Dr. Tom Rackaway.  He has also collaborated with faculty in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical engineering to develop proposals related to energy efficiency in buildings. He is also a research associate in the Conn Center in the area of Energy efficiency and Holistic building design.