TEACHING & LEARNING PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATION
Tony Lamanna, PE, PhD, F.ACI, F.ASCE - TLP Task Force Chair
Anthony Lamanna’s academic career at Tulane University in New Orleans was turned upside down in 2005 after a little bit of weather called Hurricane Katrina. After the storm, the university closed its engineering programs. He decided to stay in New Orleans and start his own engineering firm to assist in rebuilding and strengthening the city. He also didn’t give up on teaching, teaching Reinforced Concrete Design and Structural Steel Design each semester as an adjunct at the University of New Orleans as he consulted, and in 2013 he returned to a full-time faculty position at Eastern Kentucky University.
Tony’s dedication to advancing the construction field earned him the election of Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and a commission as a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky, the state’s highest civilian honor. In 2017 he was drawn to Arizona State University by the inclusiveness of the ASU charter and the universities willingness to try new and innovative things.
He has expertise in building repair, rehabilitation, adaptive reuse, and retrofit – also known as “hardening” of buildings or making them more resilient to hazards such as high winds, storm surge, earthquakes, fires, or blast. When he’s not teaching his students how to be successful in the construction industry, he’s making homemade wine, mead, and beer, and serves as a certified beer judge.