The Florida State Senate has approved Governor Rick Scott’s appointment of William Bracken to the state’s Board of Professional Engineers. A Tampa resident, Bracken is the president and principal engineer of Bracken Engineering, Inc. He fills the vacancy created by the death of H. D. Wallis and is appointed for a term that ends October 31, 2015.
Bracken’s career and experience spans more than 23 years and has centered on the practice and instruction of structural engineering and building codes. Within this field, Bracken has conducted and directed design, analysis, and engineering of various types of projects. He has also served as lead investigator on various forensic engineering projects.
As an instructor for the International Code Council, Bracken teaches structural and non-structural code-related classes throughout the world. He is also a subject matter expert to the State of Florida and has developed and taught classes on various building and building code related matters. Bracken works with local and state fire services acting as an Urban Search & Rescue Structural Specialist and continues to work closely with the University of South Florida to promote its College of Engineering. “I am honored and excited at the opportunity to serve on the Board at a time when our profession is at a crossroads,” Bracken says. “I look forward to working with such a committed team to build upon their momentum and the successes they have achieved.”
Bracken Engineering provides a broad range of consulting solutions with expertise ranging from forensic, geotechnical, and structural engineering to construction and disaster support. Their team of experts work with a wide range of property types, including commercial, residential, municipal, industrial, and agricultural. They address building code, public safety, cost, and risk management issues for the insurance, legal, construction, and real estate industries. For more information, visit www.brackenengineering.com.
The Florida Board of Professional Engineers was established under Chapter 471, Florida Statutes and consists of eleven members. The Florida Legislature found it necessary, in the interest of the public health and safety, to regulate the practice of engineering in the State of Florida and created Chapter 471, Florida Statutes, and the Engineering Registration Law. Under this law, the Florida Board of Professional Engineers is responsible for reviewing applications, administering examinations, licensing qualified applicants, and regulating the practice of engineering throughout the state. All members are appointed by the Governor for terms of four years each.