Originally From: Kinston,NC
B.S. Civil Engineering – North Carolina State University
M.E. Structural Engineering –OldDominionUniversity
National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
Virginia Society of Professional Engineers (VSPE)/Tidewater Chapter, Past President
Professional Engineers in Private Practice (PEPP)/Chairman/National Governor
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)/Fellow/Past National Director
American Council of Engineering Companies/Virginia (ACEC/V)/Past President
Council of American Structural Engineers (CASE)/Past Chairman
Structural Engineer’s Risk Management Council (SERMC)/Past Director and Officer
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Fellow
American Concrete Institute (ACI)
Virginia Foundation for Architecture, Past Trustee/Treasurer
Roger founded the firm in the great recession of the mid 1970’s, an era marked by OPEC’s quadrupling of oil prices and large government spending on the Viet Nam war. The theory was that if the firm could survive those conditions during start-up it would make it for the long haul. Having spent one semester in the school of architecture at NCSU, and three years on the design team for the LA Class fast-attack submarine, Roger came to the profession of general structure and building design with a knack and a passion for solving problems outside the box of the archetypical structural engineer. The firm did survive the recession of the 70’s and subsequent recessions. This success was based on client loyalty that was gained through a level of service and solution oriented design that was not offered elsewhere. In the process SPA became one of the premier structural firms in the Mid-Atlantic region.
While he has stepped away from day to day management responsibilities, he will continue to be involved as an advisor to the CEO and President on management issues, and act as a special consultant on complex projects. He will work on projects requiring special expertise, and on forensic engineering/expert witness cases. He will assist in training and presentations, and will be involved in loss prevention, constructability reviews, and value engineering of complex projects.
In addition to a passion for solving engineering problems Roger lives by the motto “All professionals owe a debt of time and talent to the enhancement of their profession”. He has served as a leader of organizations dedicated to the enhancement of the profession of structural engineering at the local, state and national levels. Roger has sought to build the firm with individuals who share the idea that structural engineering is not just a job, but a responsibility, and a lifetime passion.