Leadership


Kurt A. Boyd, P.E.

Vice President

Kurt’s goal is for all clients to be so satisfied they can’t wait to work with us on their next project. Since client satisfaction is paramount to him, he is always thinking outside the box to come up with new solutions. He does that when he is preparing contract documents and specs for the design of structures, reviewing shop drawings, and investigating failed or distressed buildings. While each project has its own challenges due to scheduling or design issues, Kurt knows the RBA team is a library of knowledge and ideas and ready to address any challenge.

R. Mark Dunning, P.E.

Principal

Mark is an experienced, thorough, team player with a background in architecture and structural engineering. Those traits give him good perspective and help him work hand in hand with architects. As a designer, he is flexible, responsive and not easily intimidated by complex or difficult projects. Clients say they appreciate Mark’s ability to roll out trash paper and quickly evaluate options to the challenges, whether it’s for a higher education facility or a historical renovation.

W. Michael Paris, P.E.

Senior Associate

Michael has several decades of engineering and design experience working with a wide variety of structures and materials. He thinks on his feet and works with the project team to quickly evaluate and develop concepts and design solutions. Clients appreciate his open dialogue approach that allows him to be creative in providing economical and innovation solutions for their projects. Michael also audits fabrication facilities for various certification programs and audits plants and teaches for the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.

Steven E. Qualls, P.E.

Vice President & Managing Partner

Steve knows the best way to consistently meet a client’s needs from project conception to completion. An experienced structural design engineer, he can conceptualize design options for unique situations like adding a supplemental structure in unobtrusive ways to a building not originally designed for vertical expansion. Financial institutions trust Steve for construction monitoring and plan/budget review. He teaches personnel and audits plants for the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s certification programs. Steve also shares his knowledge with students as an adjunct professor in the Civil Engineering Department at Tennessee Tech University.

Elizabeth O. Surface, P.E.

President

Elizabeth welcomes a challenge whether it’s finding an effective, economic solution for a specialty structure or meeting a client’s tight timeline on a building structure. The veteran engineer has experience with a variety of structures, structural materials and systems and investigative services. She has worked in all lines of the firm’s business and serves on several industry boards and committees. Elizabeth also enjoys interacting with clients and values those relationships, making her an ideal collaborator for your project.

Brent A. Thornton, P.E.

Senior Associate

Brent draws on his strong work ethic, varied experience, and critical-thinking skills to help determine the most cost-effective solutions to keep projects on schedule while meeting client and owner needs. He is a good problem solver, organized and experienced with different project types and materials. That is why Brent is responsible for contract document preparation and construction administration of projects. He also provides investigative and auditing services and conducts audit training for new engineers.

David K. Wayman

Director of Operations

David implements the firm’s projects and schedules personnel to make sure the product we provide our clients is concise and complete. He has collaborated with other consultants to incorporate all project documents and models into a blended deliverable package, assuring required submittals stay current and visibly correct and document quality is consistently achieved. Recognizing each project is different, David looks for new ways to continually improve the product we provide.

Donald E. Yarbrough, P.E.

Senior Principal

Don likes problem-solving. He has solved a lot of them in his 35 years as a structural engineer and five years as company president. Experienced and determined, he focuses on completing the project, regardless of the challenges. As a board member and senior principal, Don provides planning, training and technical expertise and assistance to staff, and construction administration for projects. He also investigates failed or distressed structures and provides auditing services and training for the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.