We welcome additional collaborators in the project, including more civil engineering faculty who would like to pilot materials, civil engineering practitioners who would like to help students learn about writing, and people in other branches of engineering to compare to civil engineering.  To inquire about collaborating or for other information, please contact Susan Conrad.

Principal Investigator

Susan Conrad, Ph.D.
Department of Applied Linguistics
Portland State University

Co-Principal Investigators

Kenneth Lamb, Ph.D., P.E., Cal Poly Pomona, Civil Engineering Department
Tori Rhoulac, Ph.D., Howard University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
John Tocco, J.D., Lawrence Technological University, Department of Civil Engineering
William Kitch, Ph.D., P.E., formerly at Cal Poly Pomona, now at Angelo State University

Collaborating Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty at Portland State

Peter Dusicka, Ph.D.
Evan Kristof, P.E.
Christopher Monsere, Ph.D., P.E.
Tom Szymoniak, P.E.
Scott Wells, Ph.D., P.E. 

Collaboration at Iowa State University in Phase 1

Volker Hegelheimer, Ph.D., Applied Linguistics Program, Department of English

Collaborating Professional Engineers, Firms, and Agencies

We are grateful to the following organizations and individuals for sharing their experiences and expertise, as well as many written documents.

  • Don Cushing Associates
  • David Evans and Associates
  • Foundation Engineering, Inc.
  • Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Tim Pfeiffer, P.E., Foundation Engineering, Inc.
  • Jeanne Niemer, P.E., City of Portland
  • Tom Braibish, P.E., Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Jeff Parker, P.E., OBEC Consulting Engineers
  • Karen Tatman, P.E., Quincy Engineering
  • Lisa Buellesbach, P.E., City of Portland
  • Ericka Koss, P.E., City of Portland
  • Bill Nickels, P.E., Foundation Engineering, Inc.

And numerous firms and individuals who remain anonymous. 

We are grateful to the many students and faculty who have helped make this research possible.

  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Portland State University
  • Civil Engineering Department, Cal Poly Pomona
  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Howard University
  • Department of Civil Engineering, Lawrence Technological University
  • Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University