The technical staff of Construction Science and Engineering, Inc. is skilled and experienced at providing insight and answers relating to building industry problems. Our staff is available to assist you with a variety of building envelope and structural projects.
Derek A. Hodgin
Derek A. Hodgin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University. Mr. Hodgin has over twenty-five (25) years of experience as an engineering consultant and is responsible for facility condition inspections, failure analysis, damage assessments, and forensic engineering investigations of all types of structures. Mr. Hodgin is licensed as a Professional Engineer in twenty-three (23) states, registered as a Roof Observer, Roof Consultant and Waterproofing Consultant with the Roof Consultants Institute and certified as a Construction Document Technologist with the Construction Specifications Institute. Mr. Hodgin's experience includes failure analysis of a wide variety of building envelope and roof systems. Additionally, Mr. Hodgin has been involved with design, permitting, construction management, and failure analysis of a wide variety of civil and coastal projects such as residential and commercial developments, marinas, docks, shoreline stabilization and retaining systems, basin and channel dredging. A large part of Mr. Hodgin's projects have included analysis of deficient construction cases including roofs, exterior walls, windows, doors, structural framing, civil site work and building code review. Mr. Hodgin has performed engineering assessments of hurricane, flood, tornado, hail, wind, ice and fire-related damages for a wide variety of commercial and residential structures in the United States and Caribbean.
Martin R. Phillips
Martin R. Phillips’s career includes more than twenty-eight (28) years in the consulting engineering field, including three years as an engineering technician. As a technician, he gained experience in laboratory and field quality control testing of asphalt, soils, concrete and metal construction materials. After graduating, Mr. Phillips provided engineering support for investigations of construction-related problems, including comprehensive laboratory, field testing and engineering analysis. This work was performed on a wide variety of facilities, including manufacturing, institutional, commercial and residential buildings, bridges and silos. Mr. Phillips later managed several large design/repair projects, where he was initially responsible for diagnosing problems and designing repairs, and later coordinating the construction activities, including project administration, and construction monitoring. Mr. Phillips then served as the construction services/geotechnical engineering manager for an engineering consulting firm, providing subsurface explorations, foundation and pavement design services, and monitoring and testing of various construction activities. Over the past 17 years, Mr. Phillips has performed building envelope, roof and structural system surveys for residential and commercial facilities. In this capacity, his engineering experience has included evaluation of system failures, primarily related to deficient construction and catastrophes. His role in many of these projects has been as a non-advocate expert to provide engineering support for cases in litigation.
Joseph (Jody) D. Gaskin
Jody Gaskin has over 20 years in civil and structural engineering experience in the design of residential, light commercial, and industrial structures. This design experience includes evaluation of structural requirements, structural analysis, preparation of plans and specifications, report preparation, and observations of project site conditions. Mr. Gaskin's forensic experience includes identifying structural deficiencies during various phases of construction, and providing comprehensive solutions for corrective repair. This forensic experience involves the assessment of project plans and specifications, industry standards, product manufacturer data, and code compliance research.
Scott D. Coffman
Scott Coffman received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Purdue University and has over 35 years in structural wood design experience, predominately in engineered wood building components. This includes engineering analysis, code compliance, product testing, and field investigations of FRT lumber, construction related problems and product application and serviceability. His work involves a wide variety of buildings including institutional, light commercial and residential structures. Mr. Coffman has been responsible for diagnosing problems and designing repairs including the coordination and monitoring of repair activities. He is licensed in nine (9) states.
John C. Wylie
John C. Wylie has over ten (10) years of experience as an engineering consultant and engineering intern, primarily in the areas of deficient construction, structural analysis and collapse/damage investigations. Mr. Wylie is licensed as a Professional Engineer in four (4) states and a registered Exterior Wall Consultant and registered Roof Observer with the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants. Mr. Wylie is responsible for the inspection and structural analysis of a wide variety of building envelope and framing systems that include roof, wall and guardrail systems. Mr. Wylie has provided deposition testimony during a litigation case, and has presented several technical papers at national and regional conferences.
Jason L. Smith
Jason Smith has more than 36 years of architectural experience, including design, master planning, technical detailing, specification writing, and construction management. He has a comprehensive background in building facility physical assessments, facility handicap accessibility, architectural forensics/remediation, contract and construction administration, and environmental hazard assessments. Design projects have included large- and small-scale commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities, high-rise and mid-rise multifamily projects, religious facilities, recreational facilities, and indoor/outdoor aquatics venues.
Josh Lusk
Project Manager/Engineering Technician, REWO, CDT
Josh Lusk provides technical support services to the professional staff of Construction Science & Engineering. Areas of support include project management, deficient construction surveys, and project-specific research and testing. Mr. Lusk is a consultant affiliate member of RCI, Waterproofing Contractors Association, and the Masonry Contractors Association. Mr. Lusk’s career includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Science & Management from Clemson University and over ten (10) years experience in the construction industry. At Clemson, Mr. Lusk gained experience in various aspects of the construction profession including estimating, scheduling, quality control, and field labor. Josh’s post-graduate career includes experience in specifications and estimating with a coatings manufacturer.
Karen Blohm
Senior Administrative Assistant
Melissa (Missy) Siegel
Administrative Assistant


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