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BIO: Richard Agard has been a technical instructor for over twenty years. Besides his teaching at the Engineers Club of Philadelphia, he also teaches at Penn State Abington, The Thompson Institute in Philadelphia and at Septa’s Light Rail Training Center in Upper Darby. He was formerly head of the Electronics Department at the Philadelphia Wireless Technical Institute where he developed Pennsylvania’s first ETA certified fiber optic training program. He was a communications system Technician at Septa for over eighteen years where he has worked with Fiber Optics since the early 1990’s. Recently he has been active with the development of a new Photovoltaic Installer’s Certification and he was chairman of the mathematics and formula committee for the new FCC Exam.


Current Instructing Assignments

EL-2   Advanced Fiber Optics and Network Wiring
Start Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2011
6:30 PM-8:30 PM

EL-3   FCC License Exam Preparation
Start Date: Monday, September 12, 2011
6:30 PM-8:30 PM

EL-4   Photovoltaic Systems Installation
Start Date: Thursday, March 21, 2013
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

EL-5   Grounding and Bonding
Start Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2011
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

EL-6   Changes in National Electrical Code
Start Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

EL-8a   Small Wind Turbine Installation
Start Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

EL-8b   Small Wind Turbine Installation
Start Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2011
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

EL-9   Understanding NEC Requirements for Solar Photovoltaic Systems
Start Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2011
6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Alderson Engineering, INc. 
BIO: Howard Alderson, PE is president of Alderson Engineering, Inc. and is the chief mechanical engineer and certified GeoExchange designer of the company. He has owned and worked for mechanical contracting firms prior to becoming a consulting engineer, giving him insight and experience in the actual construction of mechanical systems. Prior to forming Alderson Engineering, Inc., in 1990, he worked at a Philadelphia-based consulting engineering firm for 10 years. He is frequently a guest speaker at various conferences, with expertise in the area of ground source heat pump systems.

Mr. Alderson’s projects range from geothermal projects for health care facilities, office buildings, industrial projects, retail projects, government facilities, university campus facilities, hotels and motels to residential projects. He has been responsible for the design of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of mechanical, plumbing, and electrical building systems and has been responsible for many +$100,000,000 projects.

Mr. Alderson received his BSME degree from Drexel University, with a specialty in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.

BIO: Mr. Beggarly has 42 years experience in the mechanical design field. Scope of experience includes development and supervision of Piping, Mechanical Systems and HVAC systems. He was an outfitting design supervisor for Bethlehem Steel's shipbuilding “Central Technical Division” in Baltimore, MD from 1967 to 1989. He then worked for Technical Research and Development Co. and its Parent JJH, Inc. in Cherry Hill, NJ from 1989 to 1994. He spent a year in Singapore supervising piping and mechanical design on conversion of a super tanker to a floating refinery. Since 1995, he has been employed by John Lehman Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in Philadelphia, PA, with short stints with Zimmer Corp. in Columbia, MD; NDI Inc of Thorofare, NJ; and Ang Associates in Philadelphia, PA.

He has taught the Heating and Ventilation course for The Engineers Club of Philadelphia since 2001.


Current Instructing Assignments

ME-2.   Heating and Ventilation
Start Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
7:00 PM- 9:00 PM

ME-3   Air Conditioning for Designers
Start Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
7:00 PM- 9:00 PM

Urban Engineers, Inc.  
BIO: As a fire protection designer with over 40 years experience in the sprinkler field, has a deep commitment to improving the quality of fire protection in the industry. Part of that commitment involves the continuing education concept and involving members of the fire service branches in the spreading of information. Works extensively with local Fire Marshals to update their Plan Review programs as codes change.


Current Instructing Assignments

FP-1   Sprinkler Systems Basics
Start Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

BIO: Ronald C. Kerins, Jr. is a Regional Manager with GREYHAWK, an international construction management consulting firm. He is a Construction Professional with more than 24 years of experience in all phases of construction management from design though occupancy. Mr. Kerins’ expertise is in representing owners as a construction consultant in the areas of Project and Program Management, Value Engineering, Contracts and Administration, Cost Control, Scheduling, and Construction Claims. Mr. Kerins is a Certified Construction Manager [CCM] as conveyed by the Construction Management Certification Institute [CMCI]. He also serves as a director on the national board of CMAA. Mr. Kerins holds a BS in Architecture and a BS in Civil and Construction Engineering Technology from Temple University as well as an MBA with focus in Leadership Studies from Penn State University. He is also President of the Temple College of Engineering Alumni Board as well as sits on the Industrial Advisory Board for the Temple College of Engineering.


Current Instructing Assignments

CO-3   Construction Project Management
Start Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Manager, Geosciences Department 
Gilmore & Associates, Inc. 

Current Instructing Assignments

MU-3a   Working Geology 101 for Surveyors and Engineers
Start Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
7:45 am to Noon

MU-3b   Working Geology 101 for Surveyors and Engineers
Start Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2012
7:45 am to Noon

MDC Systems, Inc. 
BIO: Mr. McCue has over 35 years of engineering experience on both domestic and international projects in the areas of project/construction management, consulting engineering, design, contract administration and construction claims analysis and resolution. Mr. McCue has provided expert testimony in mediation, arbitration, U.S. State and Federal Courts, and international venues on issues of construction delay, lost productivity, design deficiencies, construction defects, error and omissions and related technical issues. As an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association he has served on many construction arbitration panels. Click for Mr. McCue's complete resume.

Arora Engineers 
BIO: Daniel Shovlin is a Vice President and Managing Director with Faithful+Gould, managing the firm’s New Jersey/Pennsylvania operations and is registered as a Member Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors, and a member of CMAA. He has a BS in Civil/Construction Engineering Technology form Temple University. Mr. Shovlin has worked in the construction industry for over 23 years with extensive experience in all phases of construction management, and particularly in construction cost consulting. His project experience includes numerous building types including manufacturing, retail, corporate, educational, pharmaceutical, and transportation.

Specific areas of expertise include conceptual estimating, cost management, scheduling, project management, and coordination of design and construction teams. He has served as an expert cost witness in construction claims matters. Dan has led his team in evaluating the cost of the World Trade Center Reconstruction Master Plan and other relevant projects throughout the Atlantic region.


Current Instructing Assignments

CO-2   Construction Cost Estimating
Start Date: Sunday, September 7, 2014
6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

BIO: Nathan Tadlock is an Instrumentation Engineer, with twenty-five years experience in process control and instrumentation. He has conducted hands-on training sessions in the application, installation and design of microprocessor based controllers, recorders, PLCs and smart transmitters.

Mr. Tadlock career also includes application and design engineering relating to power generation, pharmaceutical and petro chemical automation. He has also taught courses on the modes of control and process transmitters for the Philadelphia Section of the Instrument Society of America and for the Center for Professional Advancement.

Mr. Tadlock studied physics and microprocessor design at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts.


Current Instructing Assignments

EL-7   Fundamentals of Instrumentation and Control
Start Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Current Instructing Assignments

MA-1   Project Management
Start Date: Saturday, November 12, 2011
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM


Current Instructing Assignments

FP-2   Advanced Sprinkler Systems
Start Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
6:00 PM- 8:30 PM

Professor Emeritus 
Department of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering, Drexel University 

Current Instructing Assignments

MU-4   Solving Ethical Dilemmas
Start Date: Monday, April 23, 2012
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Current Instructing Assignments

ME-1   Basic Piping Design
Start Date: Monday, October 10, 2011
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Practice Leader, Municipal/Streetscape Dept. 
Urban Engineers, Inc. 

Current Instructing Assignments

0813   Construction Specifications
Start Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

0913A   Ethical Considerations of Consultant and Public Sector On-site Assignments
Start Date: Thursday, October 31, 2013
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM