Alexander Newman, P.E., F.ASCE, is a forensic and structural consultant in Needham, Massachusetts. During more than 35 years of professional practice, Mr. Newman has been involved with structural design, renovation, and failure investigation of numerous structures around the country, many of which involved metal building systems.
Most recently, he has been a managing engineer with the country’s premier construction failure and accident investigation firm. His previous positions include being a principal engineer with a large architectural and engineering firm, where he was responsible for structural design of projects ranging from simple residential buildings to complex, multistory industrial facilities. His experience also includes engineering positions with a light-gage steel contractor, precast concrete manufacturer, and being a manager of fabrication division with a steel fabricator.
Mr. Newman’s many publications include a number of award-winning articles that appeared in leading engineering magazines. He is an author of three authoritative books published by McGraw-Hill. The first edition of Metal Building Systems: Design and Specifications received wide acclaim and was translated into Chinese. Mr. Newman’s other books include a definitive reference book Structural Renovation of Buildings: Methods, Details, and Design Examples (McGraw-Hill, 2001) and Foundation and Anchor Design Guide for Metal Building Systems (McGraw-Hill, 2013). Mr. Newman has led numerous educational seminars around the country for design professionals, building officials, owners and contractors. He has conducted training programs for the employees of U.S. State Department, NASA, U.S. Air Force, Iraq Reconstruction Team, and many educational and professional groups. Mr. Newman has taught a number of courses at Northeastern University.