Derek Rhodes, P.E., graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on structures and has more than 17 years of experience in the wood truss industry. Early in his career, Derek was involved in the design of small bridges and participated in several large bridge inspections in the greater Philadelphia area. Most of his career was with Builders FirstSource, a leading supplier of structural building products to new home builders. Derek is currently employed by MiTek USA, Inc., a leading supplier to the wood truss industry of truss plates, manufacturing equipment, and design software. Primary activities through both employers have included truss design, review and approval of truss design drawings, preparation of truss repair documents, and computer programming. Derek resides in Leesburg, Virginia with his wife and three sons.