Harry A. Capers, Jr. PE

Vice Persident (Corporate Bridge Engineer), Arora and Associates, P.C.

IBE EAB member Harry A. Capers, Jr., PE.

Harry A. Capers, Jr. PE retired from state services and joined Arora and Associates as vice president and corporate bridge engineer in 2006. His responsibilities include Quality Assurance for bridge projects, mentoring and training in the structures department, and serving as liaison to the TRB, FHWA, AASHTO and other state and federal agencies. He provides technical guidance and advice on all bridge projects at Arora and Associates, and develops the firm's research and technical support capabilities in new business areas. Prior to joining Arora and Associates, Capers spent 32 years with the New Jersey Department of Transportation designing, constructing, inspecting and maintaining bridges. He worked on several major bridge replacement and rehabilitation projects.

While with the NJDOT, Capers also served as the state's representative to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) bridge subcommittee. As a member of AASHTO's bridge subcomittee, Capers worked with, or chaired, its technical committees on loads, tunnels, seismic design, security, moveable bridge and calibration. In 2003, Capers worked with the Federal Highway Administration as a load resistance factor design (LRFD) resource and helped implement LRFD in 12 states. 

Capers contributes to bridges and structures research as a member of various TRB committees. He has published over 200 papers both in the U.S. and internationally. Capers joined the TRB general structures committee in 200, and served as chair and member of the structures section from 2004 - 2010. He is a member of the bridge preservation committee and the TRB bridge management committee. He has also served on the long-term bridge performance committee, and has chaired or been a member of many NCHRP panels on bridge research, TRB standing committees and planning committees for three international bridge conferences. Capers also serves of the advisory board for bridge engineering centers at UB, Rugters, NYU, the Stevens Institute and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.