Formerly a member of the U.S. Army and assigned to the U.S. Army Materiel Command, James Waller is a 1958 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He received his Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Miami in 1969 and has been a registered structural engineer since that time. Many engineering projects Mr. Waller has directed have been awarded honors of excellence by:
Jason Pirtle is a 1996 and 1998 graduate of Texas A&M University where he received his Master of Science in Civil Engineering. With a background in commercial and heavy industrial structural design, Pirtle collaborated with Jim Waller to design the first school safe room/shelter retrofit in the United States.
Along with managing the day-to-day operations of Remagen Safe Rooms, Jason Pirtle also serves as the president of the National Storm Shelter Association, is a producer member, and has served as a 3rd party reviewer. He is on the International Construction Code 500 Commentary Development Committee and is a committee member for the American Society of Civil Engineers Wind Speed Estimation in Tornadoes Standards.
Pirtle has authored and co-authored professional articles outlining safe room innovations and has been the keynote speaker for national tornado conventions and summits.