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McGinley, W. M.

Professor & Endowed Chair for Infrastructure Research


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Dr. McGinley


W.  Mark McGinley, PE, joined the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and a professor and as the Endowed Chair for Infrastructure Research in January 2007.  He joins us from North Carolina A & T State University where he was a Professor and Chair of the Civil, Architectural, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering department.  

Dr. McGinley was born and raised in Canada. He attended the University of British Columbia, University of Calgary and, finally, the University of Alberta, where he completed his Ph. D. in Civil Engineering in December 1987.  In January, 1988, he joined the faculty of  the Architectural Engineering department where he taught structural engineering design, analysis, material testing and project management to students in the Architectural and Civil Engineering programs. He developed and built the Structural Engineering Laboratory at the school and served as its manager from 1990 to December 2006.  The departments of Civil, Architectural and Agricultural Engineering were merged in 2001 and he was appointed the Chairman of the combined department in July 2006.       

 Dr. McGinley is a structural engineer and building scientist with an excess of 20 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.

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, was appointed to the executive subcommittees of both C 12 and C15, and chairs the subcommittee on laboratory accreditation and various other task groups on test methods. Recognizing his efforts for ASTM in the area of masonry unit testing and performance he received the ASTM Gilbert C. Robinson Memorial Award in 2001.  He is also a member of the Masonry Joint Standards Committee and serves as secretary of the Reinforcing and Connectors Subcommittee.


In addition to teaching courses in structural design and analysis , Dr. McGinley  initially plans to focus on developing a structural testing laboratory, continuing his research in masonry building systems, looking at application of structural heath monitoring sensors to civil infrastructure, and nondestructive evaluation structural materials and systems.

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