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Tony Lamanna, PE, Ph.D., 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 engineering firm to assist in rebuilding and strengthening the city.  He also didn’t give up on teaching, as he was the instructor for Reinforced Concrete Design and Structural Steel Design each semester as an adjunct at the University of New Orleans. 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.  Then in 2017 he was drawn to Arizona State University by the inclusiveness of the ASU charter and the University's 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 blasts.  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.


Dr. John Tingerthal EdD, SE, PE

Professor and Associate Chair

Department of Civil Engineering, Construction Management and Environmental Engineering

Northern Arizona University

John Tingerthal joined the Construction Management faculty at Northern Arizona University in 2007 and was appointed as a Distinguished Teaching Fellow in 2015. His engineering career spans a wide variety of design and forensic engineering experiences. He spent the first eight years of his career performing structural consulting engineering in Chicago. This work culminated with design work on the Minneapolis Public Library and the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin. He was also involved with forensic investigations in Iowa and Wisconsin and participated in structural coordination efforts at Ground Zero in September 2001. He holds professional engineering licenses in the states of Arizona and Illinois. 

Dr. Tingerthal earned his Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in 2013. His academic interests lie in the field of student-centered learning and teaching and discipline-based educational research.  He chaired the NAU Teaching Academy from 2017 to 2022 and remains an active member.  In addition, John has served as the division chair for the Construction Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education, is involved in the Associated Schools of Construction and is a member of the Guidance Committee of ACCE.

Tom Leathem, Ph.D., 

Tom Leathem, Ph.D., is the JE Wilborn Associate Professor at Auburn University’s McWhorter School of Building Science. He is the Proceedings Editor for the Associated Schools of Construction and has held leadership roles with ASC since 2013. Tom serves on the American Council for Construction Education Training Committee and facilitates numerous professional development workshops in teaching and learning. He has received multiple teaching awards, including the Associated Schools of Construction 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2019 McWhorter School of Building Science Outstanding Faculty Award. Tom leads and serves on numerous committees related to the advance of teaching and learning. He holds a doctorate in curriculum & assessment, and his main areas of research are construction education and assessment, collaborative education in the built environment, and innovation in construction education. He has published numerous articles on teaching and learning.  Most recently, Tom co-authored a book on elevating the student learning experience in the built environment through a concept called Transformational Active Learning. Before entering the academic world, Tom worked in the commercial industrial construction industry for 11 years in various management roles. 

Eric M. Wetzel, Ph.D. 

Eric Wetzel is an Associate Professor at Auburn University’s McWhorter School of Building Science. He serves on the American Council for Construction Education Standards Committee and is active in the Associated Schools of Construction. In addition to his primary research focus in construction robotics, Eric has published several papers in the domain of construction education and co-authored a book on the topic entitled, “Teaching in the Built Environment: Creating Transformational Active Learning Experiences.” His teaching has been recognized by students and peers through various awards at the university, college, and school level. In addition, he was recognized by AGC Alabama as a class of 2020 “40 under 40” for his teaching and service.


Eric holds a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. Outside of academia, he is the principal of Wetzel Consulting, LLC and does project controls management work for Carollo Engineers, Inc.

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