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James P. Wacker

James P. Wacker

Research General Engineer
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
Phone: 608-231-9224
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Research Interests

  • Investigating innovative inspection tools and techniques
  • Smart bridge technologies to support long-term performance monitoring
  • Design approaches for timber bridge structures


  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1990

Professional Organizations

  • Transportation Research Board, Friends Of The Committee (2010 - Current)
  • Forest Products Society, Member (2005 - Current)
    Served as Past Chair for FPS Midwest Section, Served on FPS Awards Committee
  • State Of Wisconsin, Registered Professional Engineer (2004 - Current)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers - Structural Engineering Institute, Member (2003 - Current)
    Served as Past Chair for Timber Bridge Technical Committee, Served as Past Chair of Bridges Technical Advisory Committee
  • American Indian Science And Engineering Society, Member (1992 - Current)
    Served as Past Judge for Student Science Fair

Featured Publications & Products

Publications & Products

Research Highlights


America's Historic Covered Timber Bridges

Covered wooden bridges proliferated in the United States in the mid-nineteenth century. Today an estimated 800 covered bridge structures remain ...


Centennial Edition, Wood Handbook—Wood as an Engineering Material

The Wood Handbook—Wood as an Engineering Material serves as a primary reference document for a wide variety of users-from the general publ ...


Keeping America's Historic Covered Bridges Safe for Vehicular Traffic

The Forest Products Laboratory, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration and the National Park Service is sponsoring a comprehensi ...


Scientists Study True Longevity of Timber Highway Bridges

Do timber bridges last longer than concrete or steel bridges in similar climates´┐Ż This national project aims to generate more reliable data ab ...


Last updated on : 03/06/2015