Dennis M. McCann, Ph.D., P.E.

Dennis M. McCann, Ph.D., P.E.


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Dr. McCann’s professional practice is focused on forensic engineering, risk assessment, and performance evaluation of structures and infrastructure. He has studied the cause of catastrophic structural collapses and has responded in the aftermath of major natural and man-made disasters. His work extends to the investigation of design and construction defects, as well as the evaluation of damage that has resulted in loss of performance or undesirable structural behavior. Dr. McCann has a strong background in engineering mechanics, with a specialty in structural dynamics and vibrations, as well as probabilistic analysis to support risk management and decision-making. He has overseen the development and implementation of monitoring systems to assess the behavior and health of in-service structures and infrastructure.

Prior to joining CTLGroup, Dr. McCann held positions with a leading multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific consulting firm. He has taught civil engineering courses and has served as a peer reviewer for academic journals and industry publications. Dr. McCann has also served as a Structures Specialist for the Illinois Urban Search and Rescue Team.


Ph.D. in Civil Engineering

The Johns Hopkins University, 2001


M.S.E. in Civil Engineering

The Johns Hopkins University, 2000


B.S. in Civil Engineering

University of Notre Dame, 1993


McCann, D.M., Viz, M.J. Risk-based Inspection and Hazard Assessments: Analogs for Civil Infrastructure. American Society of Civil Engineers, Structures Congress, Portland, Oregon. April 2015.

Ogle, R.A., McCann, D.M., Viz, M.J. Sizing Safety Stock for Supply Chain Risk Management. American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2011 Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota. October 2011.

Corr D.J., McCann D.M., McDonald B.M.  Lessons learned from the Marcy bridge collapse. Forensic Engineering 2009 – Pathology of the Built Environment, Proceedings of the 5th Congress on Forensic Engineering, Washington, DC, November 11–14, 2009.

Smith S., Bilow D., McCann D., Kamara M.  A complete guide to blast-resistant design of low rise reinforced concrete buildings. 17th IABSE Congress, Creating and Renewing Urban Structures—Tall Buildings, Bridges and Infrastructure, Chicago, IL, September 17–19, 2008.

Peraza D.P., McCann D.M.  Avoiding structural failures during construction—Part 2. Structure Magazine, February 2008.

McCann D.M., Smith S.J.  Blast resistant design of reinforced concrete structures.  Structure Magazine, April 2007.

McCann D.M., Weaver B.T., Smith S.J., Meacham E.M. Modal testing diagnosis of bus seat failures.  IMAC XXII, Society of Experimental Mechanics, Dearborn, MI, January 2004.

McCann D.M., Jones N.P.  Systems-based approach to evaluating structural condition assessment methods.  Proceedings, Workshop on Management of Civil Infrastructure Systems in Multihazard Environments, Jones NP (ed), 2001.

McCann D.M.  The value of information in structural performance assessment.  Ph.D. Dissertation, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2000.

McCann D.M., Jones N.P., Ellis J.H.  Role of global NDE techniques in structural performance assessment.  Proceedings, 14th ASCE Engineering Mechanics Conference, Austin, TX, 2000.

McCann D.M, Jones N.P., Ellis J.H.  Evaluating the utility of global damage detection methods for highway bridges.  Proceeding, 5th Annual Symposium on Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring of Aging Structures, Newport Beach, CA, 2000.

McCann D.M., Jones N.P., Ellis J.H.  Toward consideration of the value of information in structural performance assessment.  Proceedings, Structural Engineering World Congress, San Francisco, CA, 1998.

Kirkner D.J., Caulfield P.N., McCann D.M.  Three dimensional finite element simulation of permanent deformations in flexible pavement systems.  Transportation Research Record, No. 1448, pp. 34–39, 1994.

McCann D.M.  Response of an elastic-plastic layer to a moving load.  Proceedings, 7th NCUR, Salt Lake City, UT, 1993.

Smith S.J., McCann D.M., Kamara M.E.  Blast Resistant Design Guide for Reinforced Concrete Structures. Portland Cement Association, 2009. ISBN 978-0-8932-270-6.

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
    • Structural Engineering Institute, Technical Council on Life-Cycle Performance, Safety, Reliability and Risk of Structural Systems
    • Forensic Engineering Division, Committee on the Dissemination of Failure Information
  • American Concrete Institute
  • American Institute of Steel Construction
  • Structural Engineers Association of Illinois
  • American Association for Wind Engineering
  • Society of Experimental Mechanics

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