Northeastern University in partnership with the Charles Pankow Foundation, Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, and Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt

Principal Investigators

Prof. Jerome F. Hajjar - Northeastern University

Jerome F. Hajjar, Ph.D., P.E. is the CDM Smith Professor and Chair at Northeastern University. He was Professor and Narbey Khachaturian Faculty Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign between 2005 and 2010, where he served as Chair of the Structures Faculty. Between 1992 to 2005 he was Professor at the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, he was a structural engineer and Associate with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in New York and Chicago. He received his BS from Yale University and his MS and Ph.D. from Cornell University. His research interests include computational analysis, experimental testing, structural stability, and design of steel and composite steel/concrete structures. He is also a registered professional engineer in Illinois and Minnesota.

Mark D. Webster - Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.

Mark D. Webster, PE and LEED AP BD+C, is a structural engineer in the Boston-area office of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH). Mr. Webster has nearly twenty-five years of experience in the design, analysis, and investigation of concrete, steel, masonry, and wood structures. His lifelong concern for the health of the natural environment has led him to investigate the intersection of sustainability and structural engineering practice. This work has made him a leading authority in the field. He has written and lectured on topics such as the practical measures structural engineers can take to improve the environmental performance of their designs and the life-cycle environmental impact of building structural systems. He is a founding member and Vice-Chair of the Structural Engineering Institute’s Sustainability Committee and former Chair of the USGBC Materials & Resources Technical Advisory Group. He received a BA degree from Haverford College and BS and MS degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.

James A. D'Aloisio - Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt

James A. D’Aloisio, PE and LEED AP BD+C, is a Principal of the engineering firm Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt and was the firm’s first LEED Accredited Professional. In this emerging area of facilities design, Jim has been a project advisor or project principal for several “green projects” in the Central New York area, and has implemented green strategies, including the use of frost protected shallow foundations, structural insulated panels (SIPs), and insulated concrete forms (ICFs). He has developed and implemented schemes to minimize building energy loss caused by thermal steel bridging. Jim’s responsibilities and experience encompass a wide variety of project types, from the structural design of the SUNY Upstate Medical University East Tower Expansion for the Golisano Children’s Hospital, to building condition reviews, in-house design reviews, structural failure investigations and forensic analyses, and expert witness services. He is a trained Infrared Thermographer.


Kara Peterman - Postdoctoral Research Associate - Northeastern University

Graduate Students

Zachary Schultz - Graduate Research Assistant - Northeastern University



Sean O'Brien - Associate Principal, Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.

James Parker - Senior Principal and Division Head, Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.

Medhi Zarghamee - Senior Principal, Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.


  • Fiona Aldous - Associate Principal, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
  • Glenn Barefoot - Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, Strongwell
  • Todd Berthold - National Accounts Manager, Strongwell
  • Craig Blanchett - Principal, LeMessurier Associates
  • John Busel - Executive Director, American Composites Manufacturers Association
  • Rodney Gibble - Principal, Rodney D. Gibble Consulting Engineers
  • Robert Haley -President, ArmadilloNV
  • Robert Kistler - Principal, The Façade Group
  • Adrian Lane - Senior Product Engineer, Owens Corning
  • Andrea Love - Building Scientist, Payette
  • Alex McGowan - Vice President, Technical Services, Levelton Consultants, Ltd.
  • Steve Moore - Project Manager, Fabreeka International, Inc.
  • Larry Muir - Director, Steel Solutions Center, American Institute of Steel Construction
  • Rick Pauer - Applications, Polynt Composites USA, Inc.
  • Thomas Schlafly - Director of Research, American Institute of Steel Construction
  • Tabitha Stine - Director of Technical Marketing, American Institute of Steel Construction
  • Dustin Troutman - Director of Marketing and Product Development, Creative Pultrusions, Inc.

  • Charles Pankow Foundation Members

  • Mark Perniconi - Executive Director, Charles Pankow Foundation
  • Dean Browning - Project Director, Charles Pankow Foundation