John Tingerthal, MSCE, EdD, PE

John Tingerthal Associate Professor, Associate Chair
Northern Arizona University
Construction Management
Phone: 928-523-5217

John joined the faculty of Construction Management in 2007 after serving as an instructor for the Northern Arizona University Civil Engineering Department. Prior to moving to Flagstaff, he spent two years traveling around North and Central America.  He spent four months at the Cloudbridge Preserve in Costa Rica mapping and developing databases for biological research.

John's engineering career spans a wide variety of design and forensic engineering experiences. He spent the first eight years of his career performing structural consulting engineering in Chicago. This work culminated with the Minneapolis Public Library and the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison Wisconsin.

He was also involved with forensic investigations in Iowa and Wisconsin and participated in structural coordination efforts at Ground Zero in September of 2001. He holds professional engineering licenses in the States of Arizona an Illinois.

He is currently working on a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Higher Education. His academic interests lie in developing construction engineering curricula and in utilizing tablet PC technology in the classroom.

He is also involved with a transdisciplinary course that incorporates engineering, construction, cultural anthropology and emergency medicine in an immersive experiential setting that is aimed to prepare students for international development projects.

John is a member of Engineers without Borders, ASCE, AISC and The Building Smart Alliance and advises the construction management student organization (CMO). He coordinates Northern Arizona University's teams for the Associated Schools of Construction Regional competition in Reno, NV, and coaches the BIM team.


  • BCE, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 1993
  • MSCE, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 1995
  • EdD Northern Arizona University (in progress)

Professional experience 

  • Shephard-Wesnitzer, Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Thornton-Tomasetti, Chicago, Illinois
  • Perkins and Will, Chicago, Illinois
  • University of Illinois-Chicago, Illinois
  • Forensic work:
    • World Trade Center New York City, New York, temporary support structures for rescue. 2001
    • Miller Park (Big Blue) Crane Collapse, Milwaukee, WI. 1999
    • University of Iowa Uni-Dome, reconfiguration structural analysis. 2002

Professional memberships and associations 

  • Registered structural engineer in Arizona and Illinois
  • Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers

Classes taught 

  • CENE 180 Graphics (Autocad)
  • CM 130 Computing in Construction
  • CM 220 Introduction to Structural Design
  • CM 253 Surveying and Building Layout
  • CM 331 Structural Steel Systems
  • CM 490 Capstone
  • CM 497 ASC Student Competition preparation
  • CENE 499 Essential Skills for Sustainable Development

Adjunct faculty and associates

Jedidiah Westover

Project Estimating