• Construction Accident
  • Construction
  • Damaged and
                  Failed Ladder
  • Structural
  • Fixed Ladder
  • Leak Testing
  • Illumination
  • Vehicle Path
  • Insert Pull
  • Ramp
  • Accident
  • Speed Bump
  • Stairs
  • Step
  • Tire Failure
  • Trip Hazard
  • Wheelstop
  • Erosion
  • Truss Failure
  • Fastener
                  Cyclic Load Test
  • Wheelchair
  • Wood Decay


Licensed Professional Engineer
Board Certified Forensic Engineer


    August 1986:
        Master of Science in Civil Engineering
        San Jose State University
        Concentration in Structures and Applied Mechanics

    May 1981:    
        Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
        San Jose State University
        Concentration in Structures and Applied Mechanics

    May 1975:    
        Surprise Valley High School
        Cedarville, California


Destructive and non-destructive testing services to determine the physical properties of materials,         structural elements and assemblies.

The investigation of the laws, phenomena and forces of nature.

Specialties include test instrumentation, data acquisition and analysis.

Services provided include strain measurement, fatigue testing, measurement of vibration, strength, stiffness, force, pressure, temperature, acceleration, velocity, rotation, coefficient of friction, etc.

Design and fabrication of unique laboratory test apparatuses, development of test procedures and supervision or observation of tests.

As a member of the faculty at San Jose State University, extensive laboratory, support facilities and personnel are available by contract with the University. Portable test and measurement equipment is available.



Expert services for both the defense and the plaintiff provided in construction defect, structural design error, and personal injury litigation.

Testimony at trial in cases related to design, construction defect, automobile accident, and slip/trip and fall cases.

Testimony in regard to gait and fall mechanics, national standards and code interpretation and application, etc.

Testimony in regard to the forces and phenomena of nature.

Safety engineering in regard to constructed works, construction sites, railings, walkways, ramps and stairways.


Static and dynamic engineering analysis.

Reconstruction, technical support, documentation and instrumentation services related to vehicle/object dynamics.

Human gait mechanics.



Examination for code compliance of plans, specifications and calculations for proposed and existing construction.

Review of forensic engineering calculations.


Design services are provided for new construction and renovation of residential and commercial structures. Design of wood, concrete, steel, and masonry structures.

Design of temporary and permanent repairs for damaged structures.

Design of pre-cast concrete and glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) architectural elements.



Inspection services are provided for the evaluation of existing constructed works for compliance with building codes, applicable standards and safety.

Examination of existing structures for compliance with design drawings and specifications.

Inspection services provided during construction and fabrication.

Evaluation of damaged and failing structures for causation and responsibility.




1984 - 2013:
San Jose State University, San Jose, California; Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and in the Department of General Engineering.  Supervision of research in the Civil Engineering Advanced Structures Laboratory.

       Courses taught, Upper Division: 

            CE 112 Mechanics of Materials
            CE 113 Mechanics of Materials Laboratory
            CE 133 Construction Structures
            CE 162 Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures
            CE 164 Design of Wood Structures
            CE 165 Earthquake Engineering                          

    Courses taught, Lower Division: 

            GE 070 Descriptive Geometry
            CE 099 Statics

1980 - 1984:
Scientific Service, Inc., Redwood City, California: Staff Engineer.  Research, development and testing.

1978 - 1979:
Testing Engineers, Inc., Santa Clara, California: Construction Inspector and Laboratory Technician.

 Other experience includes Civil Engineering survey crewman and Mechanical Engineering energy auditor


        National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE), board certified FE
        National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
        American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
        International Code Council (ICC)
        American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
        Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)
        Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society
        Chi Epsilon, Civil Engineering Honor Society



    Licensed Professional Engineer
    California, Civil, # C 44862

    Journal Publications

            "Seismic damage thresholds for gypsum wallboard partition walls"
            Journal of Architectural Engineering.


            “Performance of Repaired Gypsum Wallboard During Lateral Loading.” 
            Wood Design Focus, Forest Products Society.  Submitted for review. 
            McMullin, K.M. and Merrick, D.


            “In-Situ Vibration Characteristics of Precast Cladding Panels.” 
             Abstract submitted for review for May 2003 Structures Congress and Exposition.  Seattle, WA.                      Merrick, D., McMullin, K., Hildebrand, M. and Kwong, A.

            “Damage Thresholds and Repair Costs for Gypsum Wallboard Partition Walls.” 
            2nd Structural Engineering World Congress.  Yokohama, Japan. Oct. 2002. 
            McMullin, K. M., and Merrick, D.

            “Seismic Testing of Light Frame Shear Walls.” 
            World Conference on Timber Engineering.  Whistler, British Columbia.  July 2000. 
            McMullin, K. M. and Merrick, D.

            “Fragility Curves of Woodframed Walls for Residential Construction”
            Mcmullin, Kurt; Merrick, Dan; Karim, Sajitha; Davis, Rhine
            13 WCEE: 13th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering Cosnference Proceedings. 2004

Reviewed and Awarded External Proposals

            “Seismic Performance of Gypsum and Stucco Walls – Testing.” 
            Proposal funded by the CUREe-Caltech Woodframe Project in September 1999. 
            Grant amount of $68,000 for 15-month testing program.

Engineering Reports

             “Seismic Performance of Gypsum Walls-Experimental Test Program,”
               CUREE Publication No. W-15,.CUREE, Richmond, CA.
                McMullin, K.M. and Merrick, D., 2001.

             “Cyclic Comparison Testing of Light Wood Framed Shear Walls”
            Merrick, D., 1999 (self funded research)        


            The Effect of Notches on the Capacity of Wood Columns
            D Merrick

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