August W. Domel

August W. Domel, Ph.D., S.E., P.E.


As a Principal at ESi, Dr. Domel is one of the technical leaders of the firm, and has a professional track record in structural engineering that spans more than 30 years and includes structural design, analysis, and investigation, as well as emergency stabilization, shoring, and monitoring in the event of a disaster. Over the course of his career, Dr. Domel has examined the full range of new and existing structures, including industrial, commercial, and residential buildings, and public bridges and roadways.

Dr. Domel's career has included work in all phases of engineering including design, construction, emergency stabilization, repairs and testing.  He has inspected weather, fire and explosion damaged structures for occupancy, extent of repairs, and stabilization during origin and cause investigations, and then designed the necessary repairs. Well known for his deep experience in construction safety, Dr. Domel has been an Adjunct Professor with the Illinois Institute of Technology for more than 20 years, teaching courses on construction site management, operations and safety. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Judson University, where he teaches courses in building design, steel design and concrete design.

Prior to joining ESi, Dr. Domel worked as a Civil Engineer in the Department of Public Works for the City of Chicago. He also served as a senior structural engineer for the Portland Cement Association. Dr. Domel was the first chairman of the committee on Structural Engineering Emergency Response (SEER) for the National Council of Structural Engineers and the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois. In that role, he trained response teams across the country on the evaluation of structures after disasters such as hurricanes, explosions and flooding.

Dr. Domel has also been a certified OSHA trainer and structures specialist with the Urban Search and Rescue Team for the State of Illinois.


  • Structural Engineering Emergency Response Plan, National Council of Structural Engineers Associations, April 2003
  • World Trade Center Disaster: Structural Engineers at Ground Zero, National Council of Structural Engineers Associations, November 2001
  • Contractors Engineering Handbook, McGraw‐Hill, March 2000
  • Construction Shortcuts: An Invitation to Disaster, University of Hawaii, March 1999
  • Basic Engineering Calculations for Contractors, McGraw‐Hill, January 1997
  • Rectangual Tanks, Portland Cement Association, January 1994
  • Residential Contracting; Hands-On Project Management for the Builder, McGraw-Hill, January 1994
  • When Technology Fails, Gale Research, January 1994
  • Circular Concrete Tanks, Portland Cement Association, January 1993
  • Design of Concrete Buildings for Earthquake and Wind Forces, Portland Cement Association, January 1992
  • See CV for further publications

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