About the Authors
James "Scott" Groenier, professional engineer, began working for MTDC as a project leader in 2003. Scott earned a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a master's degree in civil engineering from Montana State University. He worked for the Wisconsin and Illinois State Departments of Transportation and with an engineering consulting firm before joining the Forest Service in 1992. He worked as the east zone structural engineer for the Eastern Region and as a civil engineer for the Ashley and Tongass National Forests before coming to MTDC.
Merv Eriksson has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of North Dakota. He worked as a highway and bridge engineer with the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration before joining the Forest Service's Northern Region in 1979 as a structural engineer. Merv was the leader of the bridge design and construction group from 1986 until 1997. He joined MTDC where he served as the technical coordinator for the Wood in Transportation Program and managed a number of projects for the Technology and Development Program and the Forest Products Laboratory. Merv served as the regional bridge engineer for the Pacific Northwest Region before becoming the deputy director of engineering for the Intermountain Region in 2005.
Sharon Kosmalski worked for the Forest Service for 14 years in bridge design, construction, and inspection. She now lives in Willow, AK, where she works for the State of Alaska in water system design and approval. She has a degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology.
For additional information about fiber-reinforced polymer bridges, contact Scott Groenier at MTDC.
Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management employees can search a more complete collection of MTDC's documents, videos, and CDs on their internal computer networks at: http://fsweb.mtdc.wo.fs.fed.us/search/