PE Review Course Instructors
Meet Our Instructors
Surveying Instructor - Ron Moreno, PE, PLS
Ron Moreno is a Senior Engineer and City Surveyor at City of Palm Desert. He is a registered Professional Engineer for state of California and a licensed Professional Surveyor. Ron Moreno has 27 years of experience working in both private firms and public agencies. He has been an Adjunct Professor at Cal Poly Pomona for almost 12 years.
Construction Instructor - Dan McAuliffe, PE
Dan McAuliffe is a Project Manager for Morley Builders, where he has successfully helped his team complete hospitality, commercial, parking structures, mixed-use multi-family housing, and educational/institutional projects throughout Los Angeles. Passionate about maximizing efficiency for all project team members, Mr. McAuliffe is particularly interested in building information modeling (BIM) and the implementation of Lean Construction techniques during the construction phase of the project life-cycle. Dan has experience teaching construction engineering and management at California State University, Northridge and UCLA Extension. A California-licensed Professional Engineer, Dan completed his M.S. Civil Engineering - Construction Engineering and Management from USC and his B.S. Structural Engineering from UC San Diego.
Geotechnical Instructor - Robert G. Trazo, M.Sc., PE, GE, D.GE, Southern California Geotechnical, Inc.
Southern California Geotechnical, Inc. (SCG) specializes in providing great service to its fantastic clients on commercial, industrial, residential, public, governmental and retail projects. The company has been structured since its founding in 1998 as a streamlined organization with hands-on involvement by the principals of the company. Because of that, SCG has been and continues to be a valued and trusted member of development design teams in Southern California. Mr. Trazo has 23 years’ experience in the geotechnical industry beginning with analyzing forensic projects associated with the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and Malibu landslides to building large residential, municipal and bridge projects in Orange County to building large commercial, industrial and retail buildings throughout Southern California. Mr. Trazo has served as a part-time professor of civil engineering at California Polytechnic University, Pomona since 2003. Mr. Trazo has also taught the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Review Class for California Professional Engineer license exam students since 2001. In addition, Mr. Trazo has served the California Board of Professional Engineers since 2005 as a geotechnical exam development team member and as a geotechnical subject matter technical expert reviewing cases involving other geotechnical engineers in California. Mr. Trazo is a devoted family man and is involved with community service projects throughout Southern California.
Transportation Instruction - Daniel E. Mitchell, PE
Dan Mitchell is an Assistant General Manager and the Chief Engineer for LADOT, the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation, where he leads the Office of Project Delivery & Operations. His responsibilities include the planning, design, and implementation of the department’s capital improvement and safety projects, including Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets and Vision Zero programs. Dan also oversees the day-to-day operation of the city streets, including the traffic signal system and the ATSAC Traffic Management Center. Mr. Mitchell earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Loyola Marymount University and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on Transportation Systems from the University of California at Irvine. He is a licensed Civil and Traffic Engineer in the State of California, is certified as a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer, and has over 20 years of experience in transportation and parking management.
About LADOT: The Department of Transportation leads transportation planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operations within the City of Los Angeles. We work together and partner with other agencies to improve safe, accessible transportation services and infrastructure in the city and region.
Seismic/Structural Instructor - Josh Gebelein, M.S., S.E.
Mr. Gebelein is a practicing Structural Engineer at Parsons. He holds a Master of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and has more than 20 years of experience specializing in earthquake engineering, performance-based design, seismology and applied mathematics. His projects include many iconic structures of Southern California’s landscape such as Wilshire Grand Tower, Metro Exposition Line and Purple Line, Universal Studios Starway Expansion, Disney California Adventure Cars Land Radiator Springs Racers, LAX Theme Building Retrofit, Burbank RITC, UC Irvine Medical Center, and many more. He is a member of ASCE, SEAOC, ACI, and AISC. Mr. Gebelein has been teaching PE Review classes for ASCE since 2007, and teaches Timber & Masonry Design at CSULA.
Water Resources & Environmental Instructor - Anthony Farmand, PE
Engineering & Business Manager with over 20+ years of experience in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Program & Project Management, Land Development, Supervision, Oil & Gas, Design & Construction.
Instructor of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Environmental Engineering for the Civil PE Exam since 2002
Registered Professional Civil Engineer in all 50 States, Washington DC, and Guam
Adjunct Faculty at Norco Community College
Doctoral in Engineering (D.Eng.) Management – George Washington University (Fall 2018)
MS – Environmental Engineering – CSU Fullerton, CA
MBA – National University – Fresno, CA
BS – Civil Engineering – CSU Fresno, CA
LEED GA – Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, Green Associate
QSD/P – Qualified Stormwater Developer / Practitioner
CPESC – Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control