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School of Civil and Construction Engineering
101 Kearney Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331


John A. Gambatese 


Professor, School of Civil and Construction Engineering

Office: 201B Kearney Hall
Office phone: 541-737-8913
Fax: 541-737-3052
E-mail: john.gambatese@oregonstate.edu

Vita: Gambatese CV August 2019


Academic Background

PhD (1996), Department of Civil Engineering, University of Washington Transportation, Surveying, and Construction Engineering Program

MS (1987), Department of Civil Engineering, University of California at Berkeley Structural Engineering, Mechanics, and Materials Program

BS (1986), Department of Civil Engineering, University of California at Berkeley

Expertise and Interests

Dr. Gambatese's academic and industry background and experience are in the fields of construction engineering, construction management, and structural engineering. His technical expertise and interests are in the following areas: construction safety, work zone design, constructability, sustainability, lean design/construction, construction risk and reward, temporary construction structures, construction site operations, and systems engineering. He has conducted research and published on a variety of topics including: construction worker safety and health, work zone design, prevention through design (PtD), construction safety risk, constructability, innovation in the construction industry, construction automation, alternative contracting methods, risk and reliability of temporary structures, and sustainability.


Dr. Gambatese will be teaching the following courses in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at OSU in the 2019-20 academic year:

CE 420/520 – Engineering Planning
The application of systems analysis to structuring, analyzing, and planning for civil engineering projects. Concept of the system and its environment; setting goals, objectives, and standards; evaluation criteria; solution generation and analysis; evaluation and optimization. Project management using precedence node diagramming; resource allocation and leveling; time-cost trade-off; and PERT. 4 credits, Fall 2019.

CE 427/527 – Temporary Construction Structures
Design and construction of temporary structures including formwork, shoring, and earth retaining structures. 4 credits, Winter 2020.

CCE 525 – Construction Site Systems Engineering
Design and planning of construction site field operations and engineered systems. Systems analysis and design as it applies to civil engineering projects. Design of construction systems: blasting; rock crushing and conveying; dewatering; cranes, pile driving, and rigging; and concrete pumping and placement. Construction site design and process design. 3 credits, Spring 2020.

CCE 526 – Design for Safety
Theoretical concepts and industry practices used to model, evaluate, and improve construction worker safety through the design of the project features, construction operations, and site safety program elements. Causes of construction site accidents, hazard recognition and comprehension, safety risk valuation and mitigation, and the true costs of injuries and fatalities. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. 3 credits, Fall 2019.

Honors and Awards

Certificate of Nomination, Oregon State University Family Friendly Faculty Award, March 2018

Jimmie W. Hinze Best Paper Award (Honorable Mention): Tymvios, N. and Gambatese, J. (2014). “Owner Views on Designer Participation in Construction Safety.” International Conference on Achieving Sustainable Construction Health and Safety, W099 – Safety and Health in Construction, International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB), Lund, Sweden, June 2-3, 2014.

Oregon Electric Group Faculty Fellow, School of Civil and Construction Engineering, Oregon State University, 2013-18.

CE Excellence Faculty Fellow, School of Civil and Construction Engineering, Oregon State University, 2010.

2009-10, 2002-03, and 2000-01 Dennis Marker Teacher of the Year Award for faculty teaching in the OSU CEM program. Presented by the Oregon State University AGC Student Chapter.

2003 Loyd Carter Award for outstanding and inspirational teaching. Presented by the Oregon State University College of Engineering.

Professional Registrations

Professional Engineer – Civil, State of California (License No. 44727)

Professional Society Memberships

Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Member, American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP)