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James Wacker

James P. Wacker

Research General Engineer
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison
Wisconsin
United States
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

Education

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bachelor Of Science Civil and Environmental Engineering

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 Judge for Student Science Fair Competition

Featured Publications & Products

Publications

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


FPL-2011-09
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 ...

2011


FPL-2017-102
Assessing the ability of ground-penetrating radar to detect internal moisture and fungal decay

Internal moisture and fungal decay are detected in structural bridge members using ground penetrating radar for faster evaluation of timber brid ...

2017


FPL-2010-001
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 ...

2010


FPL-2013-135
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 ...

2013


FPL-2013-136
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 ...

2013


FPL-2017-110
Smart timber bridge on geo-synthetic reinforced soil abutments

Forest Service researchers partnered in the construction and monitoring of an innovative bridge abutment system, developed to be lower cost and ...

2017


Last updated on : 09/24/2018