Distinguished Engineer Citations
Dudley McFarquhar, Ph.D.
Civil Engineering – 1984, 1986, 1989
At Time of Nomination in 2015
Dr. Dudley McFarquhar has more than 26 years of experience in civil engineering. Currently a principal of his consulting firm in Mesquite, Texas, McFarquhar Group Inc., he has also taught in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering at Texas Tech and has extensive experience in engineering consulting and design, forensic investigation, building repair/restoration of building exterior enclosures and related litigation support. He has conducted extensive research in window glass strength behavior and investigated both tornado and hurricane damage on exterior wall systems as part of an ASCE task group and he has worked as an independent consultant.
He has gained experience as a practitioner and is highly skilled in the analysis and investigation of various building enclosure and envelope cladding systems including curtain wall cladding components: aluminum stick, unitized, suspended and gasket wall, steel framing, window glazing, natural stone cladding, brick cladding, precast panels, monolithic and composite metal panels, sealants and cladding waterproofing. McFarquhar has worked directly for building owners, institutions, developers, architects, property managers, insurance adjusters, legal community and general contractors and subcontractors.
McFarquhar is engineer-of-record for cladding on several commercial projects within the U.S. and has performed engineering and consulting on several projects in the Far East, Middle East, Europe, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. He has published more than 20 papers and has published a book titled “Curtain Wall: A Primer.” He has presented several seminars in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and Singapore on various building envelope topics. He is an avid presenter at conferences.
Some of his notable projects include the new Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas, which is currently the largest hospital in the United States, NationsBank headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Texas, Federation Tower in Moscow, and the Hong Kong Convention Center. He was involved soon after September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center in New York during the remediation and habilitation of the AMEX Building.
McFarquhar is currently active on several committees, including the Texas Tech Civil Engineering Advisory Council, the Texas Tech Civil Engineering Academy, a national board member of the Building Enclosure Technology Environmental Council, Building Enclosure Council, Glass Association of North America, American Society of Civil Engineers, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, Architectural Institute, and the American Society for Testing and Materials.
In addition to technical involvement, he is the current president of the Dallas West Indies United (DWIU) social organization, an active member of the Optimist Club, and an avid sports fan. He resides in Mesquite, Texas with his wife Paula and sons Brandon and Ryan.