Department of

Civil and Environmental Engineering



Kavanagh Lecture - Biographical Sketch

The Sixth Annual Thomas C. Kavanagh Memorial Structural Engineering Lecture

April 2, 1998

7:30 pm

Applied Research Laboratory Auditorium

Towards More realistic design


Dr. John M. Kulicki
President and Chief Engineer
Modjeski and Masters, Consulting Engineers


Dr. John M. Kulicki received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College in 1965. He then went on to study at Lehigh University, where he received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering in 1967 and 1974, respectively. He currently serves as President and Chief Engineer for Modjeski and Masters, Consulting Engineers, in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. He is a registered professional engineer in 13 states.

Dr. Kulicki has more than thirty years of experience in virtually all aspects of bridge analysis and design. Currently, as Chief Engineer, he is Principal-in-Charge of technical development for structural projects with the firm and manages CAE/CADD operations.

Dr. Kulicki recently served as the Principal-in-Charge of the design team that analyzed, designed, and detailed the Second Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, Michigan. This was the first major structure in the United States that was designed using AASHTO's new probability based Load and Resistance Factor Design Code with SI units.

His suspension bridge experience includes serving as Principal-in-Charge of the redecking of the Mid-Hudson Bridge and the emergency evaluation of the Williamsburg Bridge and the subway support systems of the Manhattan Bridge, as well as acting as a designer during the evaluation and subsequent recabling of the General Grant Bridge. His cable-stayed bridge experience includes work on the concrete alternative of the Weirton-Steubenville Bridge, the Hale Boggs (Luling) Bridge, the steel and concrete alternatives for the Bayview (Quincy) Bridge, as well as erection consultation on the East Huntington Bridge.

Dr. Kulicki was selected to assemble and lead a 50-member team of experts to develop a technically-current, probability-based LRFD Bridge Design Specification which was adopted by AASHTO in 1993. He was named one of ENR's "Men Who Made Marks" in 1991 and also received the George S. Richardson Medal at the 1996 International Bridge Conference for leading the development and approval of the LRFD Specifications. He is currently in charge of NCHRP 20-7/69 to revise Division II of the AASHTO Specification for LRFD and SI compatibility, and has been selected to lead NCHR 12-42 to provide professional support to the Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures to maintain the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specification. He is currently Principal-in-Charge of a series of seismic assessments for PaDOT and is also active in the ATC-32 evaluation of the CALTRANS seismic design requirement.