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Oregon Tech Professor Appointed to National Editorial Board for Civil Engineering Education and Practice

Mar 21, 2019
Dr. Riley’s appointment begins immediately, refereeing three to six papers each year, reviewing up to three per year, and coordinating with the editorial board

2018 CJ RileyCharles “C.J.” Riley, Ph.D., P.E., professor of civil engineering at Oregon Institute of Technology, “Oregon Tech,” was recently appointed to the editorial board of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice (JPI), a national journal for civil engineering education and practice.

Dr. Riley’s appointment begins immediately, refereeing three to six papers each year, reviewing up to three per year, and coordinating with the editorial board to facilitate the journal’s change in title from Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice (JPI) to Journal of Civil Engineering Education in January 2020. He will also be involved in coordinating advertisement of the journal and ensuring that papers accepted for publication meet the high scholarly standards of ASCE and the scope of the journal.

The Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice presents issues of broad professional interest and diverse views of engineering education and professional practice. Papers examine the relationships between civil engineering and other disciplines and professions, with emphasis on the engineer's and constructor's obligations and responsibilities. Topics include engineering education at all levels, professional practice issues, ethics, and history and heritage. The editorial board is made up of faculty from throughout the nation and also includes representatives from Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Ireland. Dr. Riley is one of 25 editors on the board.

“I am excited to be part of the editorial team at JPI,” said Dr. Riley. “It is a valuable continuation of my work as program chair for the Civil Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education, in which I have refereed over 100 manuscripts for publication. Using that experience and continuing my service to the engineering education community is very important to me.”

Dr. Riley has worked at Oregon Tech for 11 years as a member of the civil engineering faculty and is a registered professional engineering in Oregon. He came to Klamath Falls by way of Fort Collins, Colorado, where he completed his Ph.D. at Colorado State University in structural mechanics, studying the nonlinear bulk properties of fibrous materials using the finite element method as well as beneficial use of fly ash based structural materials. He has two years of experience in bridge design, rating, and software development for transportation structures with the Wyoming Department of Transportation, and currently sits on the bridge aesthetics task force at the Oregon Department of Transportation.

His energy in the classroom and laboratory is contagious as he works to engage students in relating physical phenomena to the myriad mathematical models engineers use to describe structural and mechanical behavior. He also brings a passion for sustainability to the civil engineering faculty as a registered Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) and is the faculty adviser to the American Society of Civil Engineers and Associated General Contractors (ASCE-AGC) Student Chapter and a mentor for ASCE’s Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Teaching Workshop.

Dr. Riley obtained his master’s degree from Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, and a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College.

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