Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Structural Engineering, Lehigh University, 2022
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2013
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Portland State University, 2012
Licenses & Certifications
  • Professional Engineer Civil, California, #C94841
  • Professional Engineer, Iowa, #P28408
  • Professional Engineer, Illinois, #062.075041
  • Professional Engineer, Indiana, #PE12300869
Additional Education & Training
  • Designing and Constructing Flood-Resistant Buildings (2-day Workshop)
  • FEMA P-154 Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards
  • FEMA P-646 Guidelines to Design Structures for Vertical Tsunamis Evacuation
  • CFSEI Blast Design of Cold-Formed Steel Framing
  • Software Competencies: Finite Element Analysis (SAP2000, ETABS, RAM), Fire (SAFIR, Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) and Smokeview, CFAST, Ozone), Blast (ProSAir, SBEDS, SBEDS-W, Wingard, ConWEP, Close-in Air-Blast (CAB))
Professional Honors
  • P.C. Rossin College of Engineering Doctoral Fellow
  • Fritz Engineering Research Society
  • Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society
Professional Affiliations
  • ACI 216 Fire Resistance and Fire Protection of Structures Committee
  • ASCE/SEI Blast Protection of Buildings Standards Committee

Dr. Carlton is a licensed professional engineer working as a forensic engineering consultant within the Buildings & Structures practice at Exponent. He provides engineering expertise in code compliance, site inspection, finite element analysis, and forensic collapse and damage evaluations. His forensic work has included stair collapse, personal injury related building code evaluation, industrial building failure, weather and construction related building damage evaluations, and explosion-initiated building damage and collapse analysis.

Prior to Exponent, he completed projects including private space-industry launch complex design, building seismic evaluation, and traditional residential and commercial building designs. He has experience working on building projects for federal government agencies and their partners providing physical security assessment and design as a blast engineering consultant.

He earned a PhD in Structural Engineering at Lehigh University, where he conducted experimentation at the ATLSS Engineering Research Center and Fritz Laboratory. His dissertation research focused on the behavior of structures in fire with special emphasis on thermally induced explosive concrete spalling and mitigation of that behavior in the context of U.S. roadway tunnels. Prior to his dissertation work, he completed performance-based engineering and probability analysis of structures subjected to high-consequence, low-probability hazards, specifically the structural evaluation of earthquake and subsequent fire follow-on as cascading hazards.