Nelson Bingel earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and has over 35 years of experience in the utility industry. The first 30 years were at Osmose Utilities Services where he focused on researching, developing, and testing instruments, products, and methods for inspection, analysis, maintenance, and repair or restoration of wood, steel, concrete, and fiberglass utility structures. He received five U.S. Patents; two for wood pole inspection instruments and three for unique designs of wood pole restoration systems. Additionally, Nelson developed software to calculate the remaining strength of decayed poles and another program, O-Calc Pro, to perform comprehensive pole loading analysis for in-service poles. Throughout his career, Nelson has been an active member of the NESC, serving two cycles as chair of the Strength & Loading Subcommittee and chair of the whole NESC since 2016. Nelson is currently Principal of Nelson Research, LLC, and provides consulting and expert witness services within the electric and telecom utility industries.