Principles of Roofing from Design to Installation and Beyond

We want to thank Bill Good for speaking at the first-ever for-credit college class about roofing held at Clemson University Jan. 9. The class is part of a three-hour course about roofing being offered as an elective in Clemson University’s building science department this semester. The class has 20 students—about half undergraduate and half graduate. Three of the students are part of the Clemson University Construction Management Student Competition team that will compete at the 2020 IRE; all three participants said they signed up for the class because of their involvement with the competition.

The excitement of this new roofing course was evident among the students through their interaction during the first class. The students acknowledged the importance of offering a roofing-specific course in a college curriculum and showed an immense interest and curiosity in the content that will be covered during the semester.

Subsequent courses this semester will include various guest lectures from roofing industry leaders, most of whom are Roofing Alliance members who volunteered to teach. Clemson University hopes to expand the program by developing a nine-hour “certificate in roofing” program starting as early as 2021. The course is owned by the Roofing Alliance and can be made available to other interested colleges, universities and community colleges.

We also want to thank Dudley Miles for speaking to the students Jan. 16, and Tamko for delivering a carton of roofing samples. If any members are interested in speaking or providing roofing products for the class, please contact Dr. Dhavall Gajjar at or (480) 332-6674.

We also want to thank the Clemson Curriculum Development Task Force for working with Dr. Gajjar:

  • Andrew Christ, Cornell Roofing & S/M, Independence, Mo.
  • Dennis Conway, Commercial Roofers Inc., Las Vegas
  • Bill Good
  • Chris Huettig, Karnak Corp., N.J.
  • Josh Kelly, Roofing Alliance president, OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass.
  • Candace Klein, Klein Contracting Co., Doraville, Ga.
  • Jim MacKimm, Beacon Roofing Supply Inc., Peabody, Mass.
  • Kelly Van Winkle, King of Texas Roofing Co., Grand Prairie, Texas

Bill Good speaking to students in the first class Jan. 9.

Dudley Miles speaking to students during the Jan. 16 class.