William McGinley

Professor, Endowed Chair in Infrastructure Research

W. Mark McGinley , Ph. D PE, FASTMProfessor and Endowed Chair for Infrastructure Research, Civil and Environmental Engineering, J.B. Speed School of Engineering University of LouisvilleDr. McGinley is a structural engineer and building scientist with an excess of 25 years of research and forensic engineering practice in building systems. Prior to joining U of L, he served 20 years at North Carolina A & T State University in the Civil, Architectural, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Department. He is an expert in masonry building systems, in particular, masonry building envelopes. Dr. McGinley's research has included research on the structural performance of masonry walls, water penetration experiments on envelopes and the building envelope performance of brick veneer and steel stud wall systems. He has also been involved in, multidiscipline efforts on the evaluation of the energy systems of existing buildings and demonstration projects evaluating condensing heat exchangers and thermal mass effects of night time ventilation. He has been a primary author of all seven editions of the Masonry Designers Guide.Dr. McGinley has been actively involved in the Masonry Society as the Chair of the Design Practices committee (1992-1998) and member of the research committee, member of the Board of Directors and the code and standards committee. He is also involved with ASTM on committees C-12 and C15 and currently chairs the Subcommittee on Lab accreditation and the Task groups on the Bond Wrench testing Apparatus and Field evaluation of mortars. He received the ASTM Gilbert C. Robinson Memorial Award in 2001 and the ASTM Award of Merit and title of Fellow in 2008 for his efforts at ASTM. In September 2012, he received the TMS - J.B. Scalzi Research Award for his masonry related research contributions. He is also a member of the Masonry Joint Standards Committee, served as Chairman of the Reinforcing and Connectors Subcommittee and now chairs the Flexural Axial Load and Shear Subcommittee.


  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Alberta, 1983
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Alberta, 1985
  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Alberta, 1987


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