Principals

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Carrie J.K. Seifert, P.E., Principal / Chairman

Theron M. Peacock, P.E., Principal

Mary E. Browne, P.E., Principal

Cory M. Sauer, P.E., Principal

John O. Woods, Jr., P.E., Principal / Chairman Emeritus

 

Carrie J.K. Seifert, P.E. 

Carrie has been practicing structural engineering since 1986. Carrie came to the firm as a project engineer in 1995 while it was FDE, Ltd. In 1999, Carrie left the firm to enhance her career in structural design involving steel fabrication, residential construction, and educational facilities. She was hired by Woods • Peacock Engineering Consultants in 2007 and has advanced her career at WPEC from project engineer to Principal. She has extensive experience in planning, coordinating, and managing projects from concept through construction, working closely with contractors, fabricators, engineers, architects, client, and owners. Carrie has been involved in the structural engineering (structural design and construction observations) on all types of projects, including new construction (design/build and design/bid/build), renovation, rehabilitation, historic preservation, MEP upgrades, building additions, adaptive reuse, existing building surveys and assessments, seismic surveys and evaluations, and floor load evaluations.

Carrie is experienced in the design of cold-formed and structural steel, precast and cast-in-place reinforced concrete, reinforced and unreinforced masonry structures, and timber structures and systems. She has worked on a wide range of buildings including airport terminals, educational facilities, historic courthouses, parking garages, recreational facilities, religious facilities, residences, and warehouses.

Recently, Carrie was the WPEC Project Manager on the $38 million Rehabilitation of the Robert S. Vance Federal Building and Courthouse in Birmingham, AL and the Aberdeen Public Health Command Central Utility Plant in Aberdeen, MD ($28 million).

Carrie earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University in 1984. She also received a Master of Science in Civil Engineering with specialization in structural engineering from West Virginia University in 1986.  Carrie is a member of ASCE, NCSEA, and ACEC and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, State of Maryland, and District of Columbia. (back to top)

 

Theron M. Peacock, P.E. 

Theron co-founded Woods • Peacock Engineering Consultants in 1999 after 14 years with FDE Ltd., Consulting Engineers in Alexandria, VA and 8 years practicing in Ohio.  Theron has a depth of experience in the design of steel, concrete, and masonry load-bearing structures, extensive field experience in the observation of construction ranging from new construction and major repair and renovation projects and historical projects to field investigations of collapsed structures.  He has been involved in hundreds of projects in the United States as well as worldwide.

Theron was the Principal-In-Charge, Prime Contract Manager & Senior Structural Engineer for a Woods • Peacock lead NAVFAC Washington Civil /Structural IDQ contract, winning a 2010 Structural Engineers Association of Metropolitan Washington Merit Award for the task order to replace the Dive Tower at Lejune Hall, U.S. Naval Academy.  Theron was on the design team which won the 2005 D.C. Mayor’s AIA Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation for the Cleveland Elementary School Renovation and Addition.  He was awarded the E. Boyd Graves Award for Excellence in Historic Restoration for the “faithful reconstruction of the Shepherd House” in Fredericksburg, VA.  Theron was also the lead structural engineer for the roof renovation project for the historically significant Old Executive Office Building that won an ACI Award of Excellence and an ACEC/MW Engineering Excellence award.

Theron is a member of ASCE, SAME, ACEC, AISC, ACI, and ASIS and was a member of the Building Security Council where he participated on the Building Evaluation Committee.

In his community, Theron was a board member for the Stafford County School Board for 10 years and was instrumental in guiding the school board and school administration through the renovation, rehabilitation and conversion of a number of schools in the district.

Theron earned his Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree from The Pennsylvania State University, with a specialization in structural engineering.  He is the Principal-In-Charge of engineering supervision, production management, and quality assurance and is a registered professional engineer in 12 states and The District of Columbia. (back to top)

 

Mary E. (Mary Beth) Browne, P.E. 

Mary Beth has been with Woods • Peacock Engineering Consultants since its founding in 1999, after 2-1/2 years with the predecessor firm, FDE Ltd, Consulting Engineers. She has been a structural engineer since 1981, designing and overseeing the structural design of projects from concept design through construction administration phases. In addition to design, Mary Beth has extensive experience with building rehabilitation, renovation, and load surveys.

Her experience covers a broad spectrum of construction projects including airports, office complexes, museums, religious and educational facilities, recreational facilities, warehouses, industrial buildings, parking garages, and residences. This experience includes private and public sector projects, both domestic and international.

Mary Beth was the Senior Project Manager for both the Smithsonian’s Mathias Labs addition in Edgewater, Maryland and the TSA’s Floor Load Survey Project, which involved the evaluation of 70 commercial service airports to accommodate emerging security screening equipment.

Mary Beth earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1981, is a Certified International Code Council Building Plans Examiner, and is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. (back to top)

 

Cory M. Sauer, P.E. 

Cory has been with Woods • Peacock Engineering Consultants since 1999, after 2-1/2 years with FDE Ltd, Consulting Engineers in Alexandria, VA.  Cory has a depth of experience in the design of steel, concrete, and masonry load-bearing structures, as well as field experience in the observation of new construction and renovation projects.  He has extensive experience with the AF/TP standards for U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Building Operations and the U.S. Department of Defense (UFC) and has worked on over a dozen U.S. Embassy design projects where he either performed or oversaw the design of the perimeter security elements.

Cory is a member of AISC and ACEC, where he participates on the OBO Subcommittee of the International Committee.

Cory earned his Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree from The Pennsylvania State University in 1997, with a specialization in structural engineering.  He is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. (back to top)

 

John O. Woods, Jr., P.E.

John co-founded Woods • Peacock Engineering Consultants in 1999 after 29 years with FDE, Ltd., Consulting Engineers in Alexandria, VA.  During his 40 plus years of experience John has designed or been responsible for hundreds of significant structures, and has consulted on hundreds more, primarily in the Washington, DC area, but also worldwide.  Since 1983, he has visited more than 40 countries consulting on projects for the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Building Operations, and tenant organizations.

Active in professional societies, he has served as president of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Metropolitan Washington, and numerous committees and task forces of ACEC national and the Coalition of American Structural Engineers. He is also a mediator and a large complex case commercial (construction) panel member of the American Arbitration Association.

John was honored by his professional peers with the 2013 Structural Engineers Association of Metropolitan Washington’s Outstanding Achievement Award, and was inducted into ACEC-MW’s Class of 2013 College of Fellows.

As a disabled Viet Nam Veteran, John has previously served on both the Governor’s Council and the Alexandria Commission for the Disabled and completed his Presidential appointment in 2008 as a Public member of the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Access Board.  He is currently the treasurer and a director of the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial Fund, has served as the chairman of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, and president of the Alexandria Rotary Club. He is an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from The Citadel, and a M.S. from Duke University. (back to top)