Title: Structural Engineering Educator
Company: Rowan University
Location: Mullica Hill, New Jersey, United States
Ralph Alan Dusseau, PhD, Structural Engineering Educator at Rowan University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering and higher education.
Dr. Dusseau is a structural engineer and educator who has been serving Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, since 1995. First hired as a professor of civil and environmental engineering, a role he continues to maintain to the present day, he was also the founding chair of the civil and environmental engineering department at the university in 1995, holding the role for 13 years. Since 2014, he has also served as the associate chair of the civil and environmental engineering department. The first chair of the program at Rowan University, he was responsible for the initial hiring of faculty, development of laboratories and construction of the building. Although challenging, he cites these experiences as career highlights. Prior to his tenure at Rowan University, Dr. Dusseau served Wayne State University as an assistant and associate professor between 1985 and 1995. He commenced his career in academia in 1977 while pursuing his undergraduate degree as a teaching assistant at Michigan State University. He later served the university as a graduate teaching assistant and graduate research assistant until 1985.
The recipient of a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy, all from Michigan State University, Dr. Dusseau has refereed 17 journal articles and 36 conference papers throughout his career. Renowned for his research conducted on earthquake engineering, computers and structures, and engineering education, he was a former consultant with Ghafari & Associates in Livonia, MI, in 1988 and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Michigan. In an effort to remain abreast of changes in the field, he maintains affiliation with the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and the American Society for Engineering Education.
Developing an interest in engineering early on, Dr. Dusseau built dams to direct water flow on his childhood driveway during the rainy seasons. Realizing that he could turn his passion into a lifelong career, he studied civil engineering and structural engineering as a youth. Since that time, he has become an influential and prominent figure in the field. As a testament to his success, he was named Educator of the Year in 2000, and he has also received nine educational awards, six service awards and 13 biographical citations. He was also highlighted in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in America for his contributions.
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