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


Mount Prospect, IL

  • Forensic Engineering
  • Structural Evaluation


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, Johns Hopkins University, 2001

M.S.E. in Civil Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2000

B.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1993


  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Concrete Institute
  • American Institute of Steel Construction
  • Structural Engineers Association of Illinois
  • American Association for Wind Engineering
  • Society of Experimental Mechanics

Featured Publications

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. Click here to visit ASCE’s library and download a copy of this paper.

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.

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