We are Team 29E6
The 29E6 team works to meet our common goal: provide structural engineering that protects the public. In doing so, we provide the highest efficient design that also meets our common team values: family/work life balance, striving for humility in all we do, and espousing a hunger and hard work toward excellence, efficiency and productivity.
Our team consists of core full-time team members working in the Beaufort, SC office, members that work on a part-time basis and our contract support team. Having this organizational structure best positions us for jobs of various size and type, while maintaining quality customer support. Download or print our company and team profile.
Andy Richardson, PE
Nearly 25 years in the structural engineering industry, Andy has wide exposure across various applications and highly specialized technical expertise. His diverse resume provides experience in nearly any material, building type or structure. Living in the Lowcountry of South Carolina since 1998, he has acquired expertise in both hurricane design as well as seismic design of buildings. Over the past 10 years, Andy founded and operated his engineering firm and provided engineering education for the PE Exam. In 2017, Andy rebranded his company as 29E6. A combined passion for mentorship and excellence in design, Andy developed a process that unmistakably, but not only, provides the best design with every efficiency, it is also intended to be utilized by a team of engineers. Since that time, the vision is to grow and expand 29E6 so architects, contractors, and fabricators everywhere can benefit from the 29E6-Step Process and its streamlined results.
Andy enjoys spending time with his lovely wife and six kids, who range in age from 20 to 6. He also enjoys spending time with his church family as well as running, playing frisbee, and learning ballroom dance.
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), Structural Engineering Association of SC (SEA of SC), NCEES Council Record
Licenses and Certifications
ARPE No. 16069, FLPE No. 91363, GAPE No. 031369, GASE No. 001063, NCPE No. 036442, OHPE No. 86872, PAPE No. 090836, SCPE No. 22824, TN No. 124016, NCEES Council Record Civil PE Exam (2003), Structural PE Exam (2005)
Licensed in: AR, FL, GA, NC, OH, PA, SC & TN.
Ultimate Civil PE Depth Review Courses – The Ultimate Civil PE Depth Review Courses are the #1 resource for passing the civil engineering exam. These courses are an on-demand review covering all five sub-disciplines of the PE Exam.
Professional Development Lunch and Learn Seminars – Developed and taught a number of continuing education and ‘lunch and learn’ seminars to architects and engineers alike to enrich their education in technical areas such as building code changes, mass timber, and wind load provisions.
Ace the PE Video Series – Creator of an on-demand video series helping prepare students for the PE Exam. The series covers the five sub-disciplines of civil engineering and provides supplemental content to live courses and the student’s self-study activities. The course was hosted by PPI from 2015 to 2019 and then by Kaplan publications until 2020.
Live Online PE Exam Review Course – Online instructor for a Live PE Exam Review Course covering the five sub-disciplines of civil engineering. Provided the first online course of its kind (2012-2017) with excellent reviews from students; the course was hosted by the popular publisher of the Civil Engineering Reference Manual, PPI.
Ace the PE Exam – Website and podcast provided information and resources to prepare for and pass the PE Exam (2013-2015).
Theory and Practice of Steel Structures; Design to Eurocodes with Introduction to U.S. Standards, an update to structural Eurocodes. Provided a review and update to the book comparing the design of steel structures in the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) codes to Eurocodes. (2012)
Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, 1998
Graduated with Honors
Corbin Collier, PE
Corbin has over 6 years of design engineering experience specializing in heavy steel fabrication for the government and marine industries. Due to his extensive exposure in the fabrication shop environment, Corbin implements a detailed design approach in his daily roles. Throughout his career he has been exposed to a range of responsibilities including manufacturing engineering, quality engineering, engineering lead, proposals lead, and project management.
Corbin enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He can often be found out on the water fishing and wakeboarding or exploring the outdoors.
American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Welding Society (AWS), NCEES Council Record
Licenses and Certifications
ALPE No. 51203, AZPE No. 75458, FLPE No. 93143, GAPE No. 044369, KYPE No. 37255, NCPE No. 0553450, OHPE No. 87444, OKPE No. 33192, SCPE No. 36374, TNPE No. 126060, NCEES Council Record Mechanical PE Exam (2018)
Licensed in: AL, AZ, FL, GA, KY, NC, OH, OK, SC & TN.
Tool Material Degradation Due to Friction Stir Welding of Aluminum Alloys – A study to investigate the friction stir welding (FSW) tool material degradation factors due variation in tool material properties and the effect of an aluminum diffusion wear mechanism on three different FSW tool material when exposed to various welding temperatures and times. (2015)
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, 2015
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, 2014
Dwayne S. Robinett, PE
Dwayne S. Robinett
Scott’s extensive work experience spans exposure to government, commercial and retail, renovations, residential, civil and structural forensics and civil site sectors. With nearly 25 years in the greater construction and building industry, Scott started from the ground up working in the construction field then on to construction management. Civil and structural formal education and training widened his exposure to include: structural and field engineering, forensics and expert witness, quality assurance and construction quality control.
Scott’s breadth of knowledge and understanding of the industry is beyond compare. He is a highly valued member of the 29E6 team.
Licenses and Certifications
SCPE No. 25127
OSHA Training in Construction and Industrial Safety (2010/2011)
Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Master of Engineering, 2002
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, 2001
Billy Evans, PE
Billy began his studies in Biology while attending school in South Carolina but his interest in building and structures shifted his attention toward civil engineering and working in the construction industry. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University and continued his engineering career in other design studies at the Georgia Institute
Billy has many years of exposure to civil, structural, electrical, instrumentation and controls, nuclear and mechanical engineering applications. His familiarity with the nuclear engineering field in an upper level design capacity developed a multidisciplinary approach to project preparation and management, as well as other operational services, like: scheduling, proposal and design review meetings. As a Professional Engineer Billy supports the Quality Assurance and Design team at 29E6. He provides our clients with shop drawing review, construction support and design checks.
Billy’s professional aspirations align exactly with 29E6 with a strong desire to help clients achieve the results they need by ensuring safety, optimizing efficiencies and enhancing the built environment.
Billy is married with two children who all enjoy spending time together in the great outdoors: camping, fishing and hunting. Billy’s wife homeschools their two children as well as operating an online digital clip art business. They are active with Sunday School classes, American Heritage Girls and Trail Life troops. Having been a tiger himself, Billy enjoys all things Clemson!
Licenses and Certifications
ALPE No. 38332-E
SQUG Seismic Walkdown Course Certification
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Continued studies in Reinforced Concrete Design, Timber and Masonry Design, 2007 – 2008
Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, 2003
Francis Marion University, Florence, SC
Bachelor of Science in Biology, 1997
David has over 42 years of experience in Engineering Design, the last 21 years of which have been in design and construction support, including: Project Management, Project Engineering, and Civil/Structural/Architectural Design on projects ranging from the UPF, HEUMF, F-Area Tank Farm Services Upgrades, and TRU Waste Characterization and Processing and Mixed Waste Containment Building, to the Site Infrastructure Upgrades for the Accelerator Production of Tritium.
Prior to that, David has spent many years as an Engineering Manager in TN and SC offices handling projects for Title I – Title II of the Uranium Processing Facility. For over 13 years David served the President role at Southern Engineering Services, Inc., and Zimmerman & Naus, Inc., and since has also worked with various clients as a Structural Engineering Consultant.
Currently, David adds his immense knowledge base and career experience to the 29E6 team in a part-time role reviewing drawings and approving designs. His extensive exposure and mastery in the realm of engineering equips the 29E6 team with a structural expert.
Licenses and Certifications
Florida Professional Engineering License (1983) – Not Active
Georgia Professional Engineering License (1991) – Not Active
South Carolina Professional Engineering License (1991) – Not Active
University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering, 1979
Outstanding Graduating Senior Award
Pinewood Fire Station, Corner Perk, Atlanta Veterans Administration
Taylor Durtschi, Structural EIT
Taylor spent a summer in training at 29E6 and has become a superior asset to 29E6. She is a strong EIT having caught on quickly to 29E6 best process and procedures. Taylor is high impact on the teams “Right. Reviewable. Repeatable.” implementation tactic across both small and large, and commercial and residential applications. She designs for all market segments but has a special talent for residential wood structures that are affected by the lowcountry’s high wind load and seismic activity.
Taylor also works on building the 29E6 training video library for onboarding new employees. She’s crafted a digital resource with step-by-step, “how to’s” of 29E6 procedures and acquiring ASCE references. Taylor’s comprehension of gravity and lateral wind loads ideally suits her to identify the forms and processes for doing these calculations efficiently. And, her love for teaching shines through as well!
As far as other teaching ventures, Taylor runs a tutoring business called The Bridge Tutors. The Bridge Tutors is committed to providing quality tutoring and academic support to ALL students, striving to build students’ self-confidence and help them realize their potential. The Bridge Tutors offers online one-on-one tutoring services for all ages in math, engineering and science.
In her free time Taylor enjoys reading a good book, hanging out with her dog Aussie, and spending time with family. She has 3 brother, 3 sisters, and 11 ‘niblings’ (nieces and nephews). Taylor is also pursuing a 2nd bachelor’s degree in psychology and loves sports: soccer, football, and tennis.
Utah State University, College of Engineering Tutoring Center – basic to graduate-level structural engineering tutoring courses. Emphasizing complex to conceptual learning techniques.
Utah State University, Logan, UT
Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering with a structural emphasis, 2019
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a structural emphasis, Summa Cum Laude, 2018
Komi Tepe, Structural EIT
Komi, originally from Ghana, comes to us from a broad and varied background in design and management of structural, civil and geotechnical engineering. His degree is in civil engineering with a focus in structures and over 10 years of design experience. Komi is preparing for his PE exam and is on track for Professional Engineer Certification in 2023.
Komi has exposure in heavy construction, residential and commercial, nuclear engineering with skilled practices of precast concrete formation, and field engineering site visits and inspections. At 29E6 Komi is able to apply his exposure from various disciplines to analyze loading conditions, and design adequate structural members for residential and commercial building projects for the specialized lowcountry conditions.
In his spare time Komi enjoys running, road trips and dancing the Lindy Hop – a swag era dance. He and his wife, Shasta, are expecting twin boys next year! Komi believes, “The mind is a garden – it must be tended.”
Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN
Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2009
James Ellis, Structural Designer
With both military and construction in his background and work experiences, James’s varied skill set encompasses: management, training, organizational foundation for remedying troubleshooting and a keen aptitude for preventative maintenance and inspections methodology. James worked in general construction and quality assurance roles, then as a structural mechanic at both Gulfstream and Lockheed Martin. These positions developed James’s work experience and propelled him to structural designer at 29E6. James’s fluidity and expertise in Revit is an essential role in drafting projects for client approval across all market segments at 29E6.
James is married to his beautiful wife, Emily, and they have two daughters, Charity and Nora. James enjoys spending time with his family, playing frisbee and basketball. He also spends time doing projects around the house and is very involved with his home church and his church family.
Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
United States Marine Corp, Beaufort, SC, 2014-2018
Travis Bennett, Structural Designer
Over 20 years experience in structural design, Travis has proven performance in a wide variety of disciplines, software and work environments. Simultaneously raising his family and working full-time, Travis attended school in the evenings working toward his goal to become a well rounded drafter and modeler; earning three Associate’s degrees and five certifications in engineering, architectural and computer-aided design.
Functioning as lead, Travis managed multiple teams of drafters in a fast-paced, rapidly changing setting. These roles required excellent communication and organizational skills, complex file and database management, implementation of drafting standards and creation of typical details library. He’s had specialized focus utilizing SolidWorks parametric modeling/AutoCAD drafting (for military vehicles). Proficiency in standard applications such as Inventor & Revit, and very complex design tasks in the operation and application of CAD equipment round out Travis’s training.
Travis’s industry exposure includes: consultant coordination and quality assurance, design project involvement to determine detailed BIM model specs, scope of design and choosing initial parameters. He develops signed construction documents including civil and structural requirements necessary for architect and contractor, inclusive of: foundation, framing & site plans, isometrics and structural sections and details for a wide variety of projects. Travis has a broad understanding of assembly and design with various construction methods, such as: structural, concrete, conventional lumber, metal stud, CIP, steel joists, CMU, conventional slabs and retaining walls. He has also developed a strong working knowledge of design industry workflows, production cycle and priorities while assisting with various market segments: commercial, religious, residential, education, hospitality, medical and event venues. And he has exposure to most every structural design element and material: hollowcore, concrete, CLT, steel, CMU, wood, light gage, post-tension.
At 29E6 Travis has broadened his support to the needs of all their markets but has special interest in the housing studio.
Travis has lived in the Charleston area all his life and has three children: Kailynn, Zachary, Rory. His children and family are his passion, alongside Carolina Panthers football! Travis and girlfriend, Julie, adore Chaos and Mayhem (felines), Waverly (canine), and Skittles (emydidae, aka, a red-eared slider turtle). Travis loves kayaking, video and board games, football, motorsports, and MMA; having recently earned black belt in American Freestyle and previously a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He also enjoys DIY improvements around the house, road trips, and hosting a huge annual Halloween party.
Trident Technical College, North Charleston, SC
Associate of Applied Science in Engineering Design Graphics, 2013
Associate of Arts in Art History, 2007
Associate of Science in General Science, 2006
Derek Fox, Structural Designer
Originally from Hilton Head Island, Derek attended school in Columbia, SC, and also in Charlotte, NC, where he worked as a lead manufacturing engineer before returning back to the area he called home to pursue his structural engineering career with 29E6. Derek comes from a long line of family in the building and construction industry, and the field has long been a passion of his.
While in manufacturing engineering Derek increased productivity with new tool design and implementation projects as well as training. He specified documentation for testing, validation and instrumentation of plans, provided commissioning support and monitoring engine testing and tuning. Derek collaborated with engineering groups and service engineering programs mitigating technical issues and performance calculations with technical and design reviews for complications and testing. He also participated in analyzing engine performance data including training procedures to others.
At 29E6 we utilize Derek’s collaborative nature and problem solving to best equip our construction support team which he leads. His project management roles and construction interests give him a strong understanding of project progression and necessary collaboration with moving parts, as well as juggling and prioritization of construction and design. Derek also assists our residential team together with his personal enthusiasm for historic preservation efforts.
Derek and his wife, Rachel, like traveling and backpacking. They explore the lowcountry via boat and the May River with their two dogs, Juno & Lola who love the water! Derek enjoys carpentry and helping with the local family furniture business in his free time.
University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, 2015
Midlands Technical College, Columbia, SC
Associates Degree in Construction Management, 2009
Omar Nassif, Structural Designer
Engineer in Training
Omar attended school in the U.A.E. acquiring a Bachelor’s degree in Civil and a Master’s in Structural Engineering. He then came to the states to attend the University of Tennessee as a research assistant and doctoral candidate where he earned a PhD in Structural Engineering with an emphasis in computational mechanics. In that role, Omar investigated the life span of the grade 91 steel alloy proposed to be used in the pressure vessels of Gen.IV SFR nuclear reactors involving simulation of creep and fatigue under high-temperature and low-stress.
Omar has ten years of engineering experience, over five were industrial experience involving:
- FEA(CSM/CFD) in ABAQUS/ANSYS simulating structural, fluid, thermal, and vibration problems.
- Proficiency in: MATLAB, Python, FORTRAN, C++ and VBA.
- In-depth understanding of: Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Thermal Transfer, Plasticity, Continuum Mechanics, Constitutive Modeling, Fracture Mechanics, Composites Material, Structural Dynamics, Structural Design and Machine Learning/Optimization.
- Perform a coupled thermal-mechanical nonlinear FEA analysis to predict the actual distortion effect the weld metal buildup (WMB)/corrosion resistant overlay (CRO) will have on pressure vessels/boilers, making sure that the vessel stays within tolerances specified in the ASME BPV code.
- Using Fe-Safe to predict failure locations and life estimate of welded structures and joints.
- Perform Fitness-for-service according to API 579-1.
- Perform CFD analysis in Ansys-FLUENT to simulate in-operation condition of coke drums.
Omar is an Engineer in Training and has completed his FE Exam. He serves the commercial and industrial lines of the 29E6 team.
Licenses and Certifications
Engineer in Training, FE Exam complete.
Co-authored, “Optimization of Support Structures for Offshore Wind Turbines Using Genetic Algorithm with Domain-Trimming” in the Mathematical Problems in Engineering Journal. (2017)
Co-authored, “Optimization of Truss Structures Using Genetic Algorithms with Domain Trimming (GADT)” in the International Journal of Civil and Structural Engineering, 2(2): p. 144-148. (2015)
Co-authored, “Variational Projection Methods for Gradient Crystal Plasticity Using Lie Algebras” in the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 110(4): p. 303-332. (2017)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Ph.D. in Structural Engineering, 2019
University of Sharjah, U.A.E.
Master of Science in Structural Engineering, 2014
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, 2011
Ken Ellis, Drafter
After his service in the military, Ken continued his education within the field of livestock management from The Ohio State University and earned multiple certificates in auto mechanics, sustainable agriculture and leadership development. From his time in the United States Marine Corps and with his wide range of knowledge in management, Ken has been well shaped for his position on the 29E6 drafting team. Alongside his personal education Ken has gone through extensive training with knowledge checks and skills checks since having been with 29E6. Ken works to redraw and correct plans, ensuring only excellent plans are delivered to the client.
Ken is broadening his knowledge base with exposure to client needs satisfaction and finds interest in that side of the business. He enjoys the work he does with 29E6 and sees it as a blessing.
Ken and his wife, Hannah, have a son, Samuel. Ken keeps busy working on the family farm, continuing his education at Moody Bible Institute, and is actively involved in his church and the teen ministry there. What he enjoys most is studying the Bible, understanding, and comprehending the message it gives. During his free time, he takes great pleasure being with family and friends and he also plays ultimate frisbee!
The Ohio State University – Agricultural Technical Institute, Wooster, OH
Associate’s Degree in Livestock Management, 2020
United States Marine Corp, Jacksonville, NC, 2014-2018
Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Jennifer Fox, Account Manager
Jennifer has administrative and management background with over 15 years serving executives in the paper, telecommunications, healthcare, and marketing industries.
Focused on keeping Andy and the 29E6 team organized with administrative & project management needs, Jennifer is the conduit behind the scenes keeping all arms of the company in collaborative motion. She ensures the fluency and efficiency of all inter-office needs, manages human resources services across the remotely-located southeast offices, including: payroll, employee onboarding, policies and procedures. She also manages all financial responsibilities, including: preparing reports, billing, accounts receivable and accounts payable.
Jennifer resides in Nashville with her husband, 2 kids – Braden & Adalyn, and 3 dogs. Much of her spare time is spent running her children to practices or cheering one on at baseball, softball or soccer games. If there is free time left, she loves to do house projects, bowl and is a big fan of her hometown Wisconsin Badgers or anything red!
Upper Iowa University, Fayette, IA
Bachelor of Science in Business Management, 2003
Johnathan Engle, Operations
Jonathan comes to us from a varied background in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He spent five years on active duty with the United States Marine Corps as an Avionics Technician in Beaufort, SC, where he became friends with James Ellis, and eventually Andy Richardson. After his separation from the service, he spent the next four years working in both the high and low voltage electrical fields, and in particular low voltage fire and security alarm applications. He has always worked to stay sharp on computer software and systems and is currently pursuing a degree in Information Technology from Liberty University Online.
At 29E6, Jonathan primarily works in an infrastructure support role as our main IT tech, filling the following roles:
– Microsoft 365 Business Admin
– Google Workspace Admin
– Jira Work Management Admin
– Physical IT Asset Admin
– Microsoft Power Automate Manager
Jonathan also works as our primary Continual Process Improvement agent, analyzing processes, identifying constraints, and seeking solutions for better productivity. He is always looking for ways to make work easier, more enjoyable, and more productive for the entire 29E6 team.
Jonathan works remotely from his home in Bryson City, NC, with his wife Jessica and their two boys (Mark and Ezekiel). He spends most of his free time outside with his family, or visiting with his parents at his boyhood home (just 20 minutes away), all under the shadow of the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains.
Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
Continuing studies in Information Technology, 2021 – present
United States Marine Corp, Beaufort, SC, 2013-2018
United States Marine Corp Reserves, 2018-2021
Julie Murphy, Executive Assistant
From a tiny Michigan village, population 700 people and 1500 cows, Julie grew up working on cars, barrel racing, boating, hunting, and playing in a different sport every season. She lived in Boston for 10 years to gain worldly experiences for a “human growth montage” she claims will air when her life gets made into a movie. (jk, she just wanted to be where ‘things happen’ for a change.)
Julie is the first touchpoint of the 29E6 operation. She tends to all inter-office needs and runs point on organizing Andy and everyone else! She coordinates calendars, agendas, minutes & memos, and puts her warm and creative touches on most everything else. All this while also lending support to the sales and marketing efforts.
Prior industry professional experiences include: airline and travel, mid-management retail, and veterinary medicine. Don’t let her warm nature fool you, she developed training modules for all those roles that are still in use today.
Julie comes from a large family who take pride in their strong foundational values and hard work ethic. With her boyfriend, Travis, and stepchildren, Kailynn, Zachary, and Rory, they spend a lot of time tending to their many and varied pets: cats, dogs and turtles, oh my! Julie has a passion for photography and all the latest digital apparatus for capturing just the right image. In her spare time Julie enjoys: travel, music, home décor, reading and crafting. A classically trained clarinetist, but sometimes known for playing the ukulele at her Annual Halloween Extravaganza!
Julie is planning to return to furthering her education next year although still divided on what she will ultimately pursue. Psychology, Photography and Business Management are hot contenders. Although, now having dipped her toes in the engineering world, maybe drafting?