W. Mark McGinley

Endowed Chair in Civil Infrastructure

J.B. Speed School of Engineering

Mark McGinley is a professor of civil and environmental engineering. The structural engineering and building scientist has worked for more than 20 years in research and forensic engineering practice in building systems. A recognized expert in masonry building systems, McGinley has conducted wide-ranging research in building materials and experimental evaluation of building systems.

McGinley's research has focused on the structural performance of concrete frames and masonry walls, water penetration of building envelopes, and the performance of brick veneer and steel-stud wall systems. He also has evaluated energy systems of existing buildings and worked on demonstration projects evaluating energy-related technologies such as condensing heat exchangers and thermal mass effects of nighttime ventilation.

At U of L McGinley will be expanding his previous efforts into a wide range of infrastructure-related issues including developing sensors for health monitoring of engineering systems and developing innovative ways to repair and strengthen infrastructure.

The American Society for Testing and Materials awarded him its Gilbert Robinson Memorial Award in 2001 for his committee work and efforts in masonry testing and performance. He also has been active in the Masonry Society as chair of its design practices committee and member of other committees and task groups; he received the society's Distinguished Service Award in 1998.

Before joining U of L in 2007, he had been chair of the civil, architectural, agricultural and environmental engineering department at North Carolina A&T State University, where he had worked for 19 years and developed, built and managed its structural engineering laboratory. He earned his doctoral, master's and bachelor's degrees in civil engineering from University of Alberta in Canada.