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Courses Developed and Taught at the University


Mechanics, Principles of statics. Basic concepts, parallelogram law, Newton's laws, equilibrium diagrams and analysis. Treatment of structural systems and systems with friction.

Road Engineering, Theory combined with strong emphasis on field practice. Engineering activities from prereconnaissance through construction staking discussed in context of class project involving location, field survey and design of a road. Engineering design theory covered includes horizontal and vertical curves (including spirals), earthwork, minor drainage structures.

Soil Mechanics, Soil mechanics background necessary for the design of roads and structures. Soil properties and classification, soil hydraulics, soil strength and failure, soil behavior in structural design, soil modification techniques, and slope stability analysis. Application of basic laboratory and field testing procedures.

Hydraulics, Fundamentals of fluid mechanics, open- and closed-conduit flow and hydrologic prediction. Analysis and design of drainage ditches and culverts for roads.

Materials Science, Introduction to the concepts of stress, deformation, and strain in solid materials, including the unique properties of wood. Development of those equations that relate these variables in structures. Laboratory session emphasizes theory.

Plane Surveying, A basic course in surveying stressing the application of surveying techniques to typical engineering problems and employing common survey instruments.

Equipment Mechanics, An examination of the major structural components of heavy equipment and the application of mechanical analysis and design to engineering activities.


Linear Regression , Simple linear regression, multiple and curvilinear regression, correlation, estimation and problems in interpreting regression coefficients. Application to biological problems. Use of computer programs in standard statistical problems.

Calculus, Differentiation; integration, including multiple integrals and partial derivatives. Numerical and computing techniques in analysis. Emphasis on biological problems, particularly in ecology.

Probability and Statistics, Elementary concepts of probability. Sample space set theory, random variables, expectations, variances, covariance; multinomial, normal, hypergeometric, Poisson, negative-binomial, geometric, uniform, chi-square, t and F distributions. Point and interval estimation, basic concepts of hypothesis testing; applications to biological problems.


Management and Economics, Basic concepts of production theory, accounting, investment analysis, supply and demand, and their application.

Construction Management and Administration, Construction engineering as applied under special environmental conditions. Particular attention given to engineering design and construction technology associated with roads and their associated structures.

Management Science, The use of management science methods in data collection, data analysis and decision making is examined within a systems framework. Statistical methods of point and interval estimation and regression analysis are applied to construction time studies and work sampling. Optimization techniques of linear, nonlinear and dynamic programming are applied to engineering problems.

Safety Practices, Examines the role of the engineer in providing a safe working environment. The Workers' Compensation Act and the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act are examined.

Engineering in Society, Engineering as a profession in a social, political and regulatory context; who engineers work for and what they do; professional ethics and leadership responsibilities, psychological issues in engineering work, state and federal regulatory environment affecting engineering practices; relationships to employees, special interest groups and attentive publics.