John Duntemann Promoted to Senior Principal

March 17, 2013
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) is pleased to announce the promotion of John Duntemann to the position of Senior Principal in the firm's Northbrook office.

Mr. Duntemann joined WJE in 1979. During his thirty-four years with the firm, he has specialized in the assessment of structural distress and serviceability problems and has designed and specified repair solutions for a wide variety of structures. In addition, he has been actively engaged in the development of related codes and standards for the last twenty years.

His experience at WJE includes the structural evaluation, repair, and reconstruction of Chicago Public Schools; the investigation of structural failures including the collapse of the Cline Avenue/Riley Road Interchange in East Chicago; the design and reconstruction of the seating bowl at Fenway Park in Boston; the structural evaluation of wharf structures for the Port of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina; the development of seismic retrofit details for buildings damaged during the Northridge earthquake in California; and the blast evaluation of the retrofit windows at the US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

He is the principal author of a state-of-the-art standard entitled Guide Design Specification for Bridge Temporary Works, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and subsequently adopted by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. He is also a contributing author to the Handbook of Temporary Structures in Construction and the Forensic Structural Engineering Handbook, both published by McGraw-Hill.

Mr. Duntemann earned his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering and a master of science in structural engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He currently serves on the Board of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois and previously served on the Illinois State Task Force on School Plan Review and Inspection. He is also a member of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Structural Exam Committee.

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