P.E. Review Course Instructors

Daniel E. Mitchell, P.E., T.E., P.T.O.E.


Mr. Mitchell is an Assistant General Manager and the Chief Engineer for the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT). He has helped engineers prepare for the Civil P.E. Exam for over 15 years. He is a licensed Civil and Traffic Engineer, as well as a certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer. Mr. Mitchell holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a master's degree in Transportation Systems Engineering.

Francelina Neto, Ph.D., P.L.S.


Dr. Neto is Professor and Department Chair at the Civil Engineering Department of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She has over 25 years of academic experience in both the US and Europe. She holds a Ph.D. in Photogrammetry from the University of London and is a registered Land Surveyor in California as well as in Europe.

Josh Gebelein, M.S., S.E.

Structural / Seismic

Mr. Gebelein is a practicing Structural Engineer at Brandow & Johnston, Inc. He holds a Master of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and has more than 18 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, EERI, AISC and COSMOS. Mr. Gebelein has been teaching PE Review classes for ASCE YMF since 2007, and teaches Timber & Masonry Design at CSULA.

Benjamin Baker, P.E., M.S.


Mr. Baker is a registered civil engineer in California working as a project engineer with Walsh Group on the $1.7 billion LA County Metro Crenshaw/LAX Corridor.  He previously worked as a project engineer for KPFF Consulting Engineers and the State of California Public Utilities Commission.  He has a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Engineering and Project Management from UC Berkeley, where he was a graduate student instructor in Physics.  He also has a Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA in civil and environmental engineering.

Joseph Reichenberger, P.E., BCEE


Mr. Reichenberger is a registered Civil Engineer in California and 4 other western states, and is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. He has almost 50 years of experience in water, wastewater, and recycled water. He is currently Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at Loyola Marymount University. Before joining the full time faculty, he was Vice President and Western Regional Manager at Parsons. In addition to teaching, he provides consulting engineering in water and wastewater to a wide variety of clients. He is a Life Member of ASCE, WEF and AWWA.

Ernest H. Ariza, P.E.

Water Resources

Mr. Ariza is a Senior Engineer for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He has over 25 years of experience performing hydraulic analysis and hydraulic modeling of both pressurized and free-surface flow systems. He specializes in Water Resources, Hydraulics, and Potable Water Treatment. He is currently the Project Manager for Metropolitan's system-wide Hydraulic Model Project. A registered professional civil engineer in California, he earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the California State University, Los Angeles. Since 2002, he has served as an adjunct professor of water technology at Mt. San Antonio College, Glendale College, and San Bernardino Valley College teaching water treatment and water distribution courses.

John E. Shamma, P.E.

Water Resources

Mr. Shamma is the Facility Planning Team Manager for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He was the Project Engineer for the Inland Feeder Water Conveyance System’s Arrowhead Tunnels project from 1993 – 2005 responsible for two 12 foot diameter tunnel segments totaling approximately 11 miles. Prior to his work on the Inland Feeder Project, he served as design manager for a multitude of projects within Metropolitan’s engineering group. A registered professional engineer in California, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the California State University, Los Angeles. He also earned a master’s of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Southern California. Since 1999, he has served as an adjunct professor of civil engineering at California State University - Los Angeles teaching water resources and design classes. He is currently serving as the chairman for ASCE’s Los Angeles Section Hydrology and Hydraulics Group.

Robert G. Trazo, M.Sc., P.E., G.E.


Mr. Trazo is a registered Geotechnical Engineer in California and is a Principal Engineer at Southern California Geotechnical, Inc. He has over 18 years of experience spanning all aspects of Geotechnical Engineering. He is a lecturer at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and has instructed the Geotechnical portion of the Review Course since 2001. Mr. Trazo also serves as a Technical Expert for the Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists (BPELSG).