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20 Top Professors of Civil Engineering

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Anton K. Schindler - Auburn University

Anton K. Schindler is the Mountain Spirit Professor and Director of the Highway Research Center within the department of civil engineering at Auburn University. Awards and honors he has received over the past include a Fulbright U.S. Scholarship in the 2015-2016 year, a Fellowship with the American Concrete Institute in 2013, and the Frank G. Erskine Award from the Expanded Shale Clay and Slate Institute in 2013, among many others.

Mark O. Barnett - Auburn University

Mark O. Barnett is a professor of environmental engineering at Auburn University, as well as the department chair. He previously served as a visiting scientist at the Department of Environmental Sciences within Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands, and he was the recipient of the Malcolm Pirnie Professorship in 2007, a position he currently holds today.

Janet Blume - Brown University

Janet Blume is an associate professor of civil engineering at Brown University, where she is also employed as the senior associate dean of the faculty, a position she has held since 2011. In 2010 she was awarded the Karen T. Romer Prize for Excellence in Advising, and her research focuses on mathematical aspects of solid mechanics.

Chris Hendrickson - Carnegie Mellon University

Chris Hendrickson is the Hamerschlag University Professor within the department of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, as well as the director of the Traffic 21 Institute within the same institution. He has pioneered models of dynamic traffic equilibrium, and for more than two decades he has concentrated on green design, exploring the environmental life cycle of consequences of alternative product and process designs.

YeongAe Heo - Case Western Reserve University

As an assistant professor of Civil Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, YeongAe Heo focuses her research on structural risk mitigation methodologies against multiple extreme loads such as earthquake, explosion, fire, and dropped impact including multi-scale numerical modeling and simulation for nonlinear dynamic structural performance. She has expanded international research collaborations in UK, Norway, Korea, and China. Also she is the recipient of the 2012 ASCE Norman Medal.

Dario Gasparini - Case Western Reserve University

As a professor of civil engineering at Case Western Reserve University, Dario Gasparini focuses his research on structures, wind and earthquake engineering, applied random processes, and the history of structural engineering. He has co-authored a significant amount of publications, including the 2015 “G.W. Whistler and the Howe Bridges on the Nikolaev Railway” in the ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities.

Charng Hsein Juang - Clemson University

Charng Hsein Juang is a professor of civil engineering at Clemson University, where he has served since joining the faculty in 1982. He has received a host of different awards and honors, including Outstanding Research Paper Award by the Chinese Institute of Civil and Hydraulic Engineering in 1976, the Clemson University Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellent in 2002, and being elected to ASCE Fellow in 2007.

Ioannis A. Kougioumtzoglou - Columbia University

Ioannis A. Kougioumtzoglou is an assistant professor within the department of civil engineering and engineering mechanics at Columbia University, where he joined the faculty in 2014. He has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and conference proceedings, and he is the 2014 European Association of Structural Dynamics Junior Research Prize Recipient.

Jorge A. Ramirez - Colorado State University

Jorge A. Ramirez is a professor of hydrologic science and engineering within the department of civil and environmental engineering at Colorado State University, where he has served since 1990. He holds his doctorate degree in hydrometeorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he currently teaches courses on basic hydrology, quantitative eco-hydrology, and ethics in science and engineering.

Maria Q. Feng - Columbia University

Maria Q. Feng is the Renwick Professor within the department of civil engineering at Columbia University, where she has served since 2012. She was named the Top Researcher on Wearable Sensors by MIT Technology Review, and her work has been reported on by the national media, including a special feature “The Bridge Doctor” on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.

Alice A. Alipour - Iowa State University

As an assistant professor within the department of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University, Alice A. Alipour focuses her research on areas including post-disaster functionality of complex networks, reliability assessment of deteriorating infrastructure components, and others. She was the author of a 2014 Editor’s Choice Article in the Journal of Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, and she was the recipient of the Young Engineer Award by the Orange County Engineering Council in 2012.

Charles T. Jahren - Iowa State University

Charles T. Jahren is the W.A. Klinger Teaching Professor in Civil Engineering at Iowa State University, where his specific areas of interest include electronic construction collaboration systems, use of automated machine guidance within the transportation industry, and stabilization procedures to mitigate edge rutting for granular shoulders, among others. Awards and honors he has received include the ISU Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching in 2009, and the Learning Community Outstanding Innovation Award for the Cornerstone Living Community from Iowa State University in 2009, as well.

Asad Esmaeily - Kansas State University

As a professor within the department of civil engineering at Kansas State University, Asad Esmaeily specializes in structural engineering education. He has authored and co-authored a host of different publications, including the 2013 “Experimental Methods in Damage Detection and Wind Engineering” in the ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, and he was the 2012 recipient of the Holli’s Teaching Award from the KSU college of engineering.

Deborah McAvoy - Ohio University

As an associate professor and chair of the department of civil engineering at Ohio University, Deborah McAvoy focuses her research on highway safety, traffic engineering, traffic signal system optimization and progression, and roadway design and human factors engineering. While pursuing her doctorate degree, she worked as the lead research engineering for the Wayne State University Transportation Research Group.

Sarah Billington - Stanford University

Sarah Billington is the Milligan Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education and professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, as well as a senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment. She also retains the title of American Concrete Institute Fellow, which she has held since 2006, and she previously served as a board member for the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California.

Robert Harley - University of California at Berkeley

Robert Harley is the Carl W. Johnson Professor in Civil Engineering within the department of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, as well as the department chair. He is also a faculty research scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and serves as the co-editor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

William W-G. Yeh - University of California at Los Angeles

William W-G. Yeh is the Richard G. Newman AECOM Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of California at Los Angeles, as well as a member of the National Academy of Engineering. His research interests include groundwater modeling, among others, and his honors and awards include the AGU Hydrology Days Award in 2014, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from EWRI/ASCE in 2012.

Khaled El-Rayes - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Since 2000, Khaled El-Rayes has been on the faculty within the department of civil engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he currently serves as a professor and as the William E. O’Neil Faculty Scholar. He has over 70 publications, including 30 journal papers, on the subjects of construction optimization, decision support systems, information technologies, highway construction, and construction productivity.

Robert Traver - Villanova University

Robert Traver is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Villanova University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1988. In addition to his work as a professor, he serves as Director of the Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering, as well as the Urban Stormwater Partnership. Furthermore, he was a committee member of the National Research Council committee that authored “Urban Stormwater Management in the United States” in 2009.

Wenqing (Vicky) Xu - Villanova University

Wenqing (Vicky) Xu is an assistant professor within the department of civil engineering at Villanova University. In addition to acting as a professor, she leads the Environmental Interfacial Chemistry (EIC) group, a team comprised of her students, which engages in research and education with the goal of transforming fundamental environmental interfacial chemistry knowledge into providing solutions for safe drinking water and nutrient recovery, and mitigating climate change.

Methodology

Like with all other fields of study, there is an exceptional amount of highly qualified educators teaching in universities and colleges nationwide. As such, in order to arrive at the list described above, we searched for talented professors utilizing the following methodology:

  • Actively teaching at the institution - To begin, all of the individuals on this list are currently teaching at the institutions mentioned next to their name.
  • Past or ongoing projects - Along with teaching courses, many of these professors have been or are currently engaged in projects related to their research outside of their courses.
  • Awards and honors - In arriving at this list, we searched for professors who had received one or more awards or honors over the course of their careers.
  • Level of education - Finally, the professors on this list have obtained a doctorate degree in their field of study, highlighting their expertise and dedication to their given field.