Jay Wegner

Advisor: Dr. Bill Davids and Dr. Joshua Clapp


M.S. in Civil Engineering – University of Maine, PRESENT

B.S. in Civil Engineering – University of Maine, 2017, Magna Cum Laude

Bio & Research Interests

Originally from Davidsonville Maryland, I attended high school on Maryland’s Eastern Shore at the internationally renowned Gunston School. Graduating in 2013, I pursued my dream of studying Civil Engineering, which was sparked by a daily commute across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Enrolling at the University of Maine, I continued my structural engineering education focus while also enjoying my interests of fútbol, acting, and serving the community.

As an undergraduate, I consistently made the Dean’s list. I was a steel bridge designer and erector on the University of Maine’s team at the 2017 New England Regional Steel Bridge Competition.  I am an active member in the American Society of Engineers University of Maine Chapter. For my senior capstone project, I was the project manager, leading our team to design a new water treatment plant site and building for a Maine city water district, which earned the Maine section of the American Society of Engineers’ first place award.

In the summer of 2015, I interned at the Federal Highway Administration Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (through Student Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups). My internship concentrated on research in the concrete and structures lab, studying ultra-high performance concrete and its use as a joint compound for precast bridge segments, bearing pads, and decks. In the summer of 2016, I interned at Kiewit Corporation, as a Field Engineer on the New Jersey to Staten Island arch steel Bayonne Bridge, “Raise the Roadway” $1.3 billion project over the New York harbor channel needed for the new Panamax ships.  I worked on pre-cast segmental bridge approach structure construction using a traveling 500-ton gantry crane to erect the pre-cast segmental post tension spans.

My academic and work experience have allowed me the opportunity to develop my interests on monumental bridges, specifically looking at new structural systems that would lead to more economical designs and decrease construction time.

My current research at the Advance Structures and Composites Center involves using finite element analysis software to develop and analyze rapidly deployable structures with a focus on the inclusion of airbeams as a structural component.


Memberships, Honors, Awards

  • Engineer in Training Certification (Maine)
  • Phi Kappa Phi – National Honor Society
  • Francis Crowe Society – School of Engineering Society
  • Tau Beta Pi – National Engineering Honor Society
  • Chi Epsilon – Civil Engineering Honor Society
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America Troop 731