Derrick Watkins, Ph.D.

Derrick Watkins, Ph.D.

Derrick Watkins, Ph.D.

Vice-President, Structures

Dr. Watkins has 25 years of experience in the design, analysis, construction, and repair of structures in the following industries: healthcare, hospitality, government, military, life sciences, and energy.  His skills include complex finite element analysis, seismic design for extreme earthquake events, design of rotating and vibrating equipment supports and foundations, vibration mitigation, impact/blast, anchorage to concrete, and equipment seismic qualification.

Dr. Watkins has given numerous technical presentations to third party review panels and has successfully defended a variety of projects to the Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board (DNFSB), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Army Corps of Engineers, and Department of Energy (DOE) peer review teams.  He is a voting member of the ASCE-4 Seismic Analysis of Safety Related Nuclear Structures Committee and ASCE-43 Seismic Design Criteria for Structures, Systems, and Components in Nuclear Facilities.

Dr Watkins received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University, his M.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin, and his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego. He is a licensed Structural Engineer in the states of Alaska, California, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in those states and in Hawaii, Kentucky, Maryland, New Mexico, and Virginia.

Dr. Watkins is focused on giving back to the community through volunteer work and in addition to his work with ASCE’s technical committees, he enjoys volunteering on housing, tutoring, and clean water projects, as well as other humanitarian missions.