Ray Cook received A.B. and B.S.C.E. degrees from the University of Illinois in 1981. He worked as a field engineer, weld inspector, and design engineer for CBI Industries in various locations in the southeastern U.S. and, later, as a design engineer for Daily & Associates Engineers of Champaign, Illinois. He returned to graduate school at Cornell University for his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees receiving the latter in 1992. Since August of 1992, he has been a member of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of New Hampshire where he teaches courses in structural engineering design. He is a member of Sigma Delta Pi, Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon, ASCE, and ACI.