D. Scott Pipkins, Ph.D., P.E.
Dr. Scott Pipkins is currently the Principal Engineer at Pi-Tech, Inc. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Mercer University in the School of Engineering. Dr. Pipkins is a registered Professional Engineer in the States of Georgia and Florida. He earned his Ph.D. in Engineering (Structural Specialty) from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1992. Prior to his current position, Dr. Pipkins worked at Knowledge Systems Inc., Georgia Tech, and the FAA Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJ. He is experienced in the structural analysis and design of aerospace, mechanical and civil structural systems built with steel, aluminum, concrete, masonry, wood, and reinforced fiber composites. He has worked on a wide variety of projects involving aircraft, automobiles, pressure vessels, piping, and civil structures.
Claire E. Dent, P.E.
Senior Design Engineer
Ms. Dent graduated from Mercer University School of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree in May 2002. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Georgia. She has worked at Pi-Tech, Inc. under Dr. Scott Pipkins since November 2000 and is currently a Senior Design Engineer. Her work has included structural assessment, analysis and design of wood, steel, masonry, and reinforced concrete structures. Claire is an active member of the Central Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Society for Professional Engineers. Projects she has worked on include primary and secondary schools, college and university structures, office buildings, medical facilities, public facilities, churches, industrial structures, and wastewater facilities.
Matt Ellis, P.E.
Senior Design Engineer
Mr. Ellis graduated from Mercer University School of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in December 2002. He has worked at Pi-Tech, Inc. under Dr. Scott Pipkins since January 2000 and currently holds the position of Senior Design Engineer. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Georgia and a member of the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers. He has completed a variety of industrial, commercial, and residential projects, which includes evaluation and design of steel, reinforced masonry & concrete, and wood elements.
Dennis Adams, P.E.
Senior Design Engineer
Dennis Adams is a senior structural engineer with over 15 years of combined experience in the construction and engineering fields. He is a 2003 graduate of Mercer University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, with a specialization in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining Pi-Tech, Dennis spent 10 years as a production assistant and project engineer for a steel construction company, working in primarily heavy industrial projects for the mining and material handling industries. His background in the construction industry provides valuable experience in all aspects of industrial and commercial construction, from advanced knowledge of fabrication and field installation practices to project management, which influences his approach to structural analysis and design.
Dennis is a licensed professional engineer in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. He has specialized experience in structural steel and reinforced concrete design for industrial structures, including design of bulk material conveyors, heavy industrial process buildings, bulk and liquid storage silos, and a variety of equipment support systems. Dennis also has specialized experience in reinforced concrete design of environmental structures for wastewater treatment facilities, and in the evaluation of existing industrial, environmental and commercial structures. Recent projects include the Gemini Plant 5 Expansion at Imerys C.E. Minerals, Andersonville, GA; Upgrades to Alamo WWTP, Alamo, GA; Load-out Silos for Georgia Biomass, Waycross, GA; Wood Chip Processing Facility for Logistec, Brunswick, GA.
Rachel W. Autin, E.I.T.
Rachel graduated from Mercer University School of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Engineering (Mechanical specialty) in May 2004. She has worked at Pi-Tech, Inc. under Dr. Scott Pipkins since August 2001 and is currently a Project Engineer. Her work has included various commercial, residential, and industrial projects requiring structural assessment, analysis, and design of wood, steel, masonry, and reinforced concrete structures. She also has experience with structural analysis on various aircraft platforms, solid modeling using Solidworks, and analysis using Femap and NASTRAN.
Felton graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree. He has 4 years experience including machine design, product development, materials research, and manufacturing process design. Felton has 9 years structural engineering experience with Pi-Tech. His work includes residential structural repairs and modifications, residential and commercial structural inspections, industrial structures design and modification. He has 5 years of experience creating solid models of structural and non-structural systems using Soid Works. He has experience with airframe structural analysis, damage tolerance analysis, and design of structural repairs on various platforms including MH-53s, UH-1 Huey, HH-60G Blackhawk, F-15 Eagle, C-130 Hercules, and C-5 Galaxy.
Neil Blizzard, E.I.T.
Neil graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999 with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree with a structural emphasis. He has over 10 years experience designing cold-formed steel framing for commercial buildings including office buildings, schools, hotels, retirement communities, and storefronts, as well as government projects such as post offices, courthouses, and air force base structures. Since joining Pi-Tech in 2009, Neil has worked on projects which include designing new structures as well as the rehabilitation of existing structures using steel, concrete, masonry and wood framing.
Paul Johnson, E.I.T.
Paul graduated from Mercer University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree in May 2016. He began working at Pi-Tech in January 2014 as an intern, and is now a Project Engineer. During his time at Pi-Tech, he has worked on a variety of residential, commercial, and industrial projects involving analysis and design of wood, steel, masonry, and reinforced concrete structures.
Megan H. Bucy
Megan graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in May 2016. She began working at Pi-Tech, Inc. in the Brunswick office under Dennis Adams in July 2016 and is currently a Project Engineer.
Drew graduated from Mercer University School of Engineering with a Bachelor and Master of Science in Engineering (Biomedical specialty) in December 2016. He began work for Pi-Tech, Inc. in January 2017 in the Macon office under Scott Pipkins, and became involved in the design and analysis of steel, concrete, and wood structures in residential, commercial, and industrial environments. As of May 2018, Drew works in the Brunswick office under Dennis Adams as a Project Engineer.
Rhett graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in December 2018. He has previously worked as an intern for Pi-Tech, Inc. since May 2017, and has since become a Project Engineer. In his time at Pi-Tech, Inc., he has worked on various industrial and commercial projects involving the design of new structures and the analysis of existing structures. These projects include analysis of steel, masonry, wood, and reinforced concrete structures.