Scott A. Ashford was appointed dean of the College of Engineering on February 14, 2014. He will lead a college with a total of 250 faculty and staff and more than 6,700 students.
Ashford brings experience in both higher education and industry to this leadership position. After graduating from Oregon State with a degree in civil engineering, he worked in private industry for seven years — mostly with CH2M HILL — and then earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He started his academic career at the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand and subsequently moved to the University of California, San Diego, earning the rank of Professor. In 2007, he became head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State, where he focused on building a graduate program that enhances undergraduate education. He had previously served as the college’s interim dean.
Ashford’s research focuses on enhancing public safety and reducing potential economic loss worldwide from earthquake and coastal hazards through cross-disciplinary research. His latest efforts are targeted at improving the resilience of the lifeline systems in the Pacific Northwest to better withstand attack from the Cascadia Subduction Zone.
In his role as dean, Ashford oversees the college’s four schools and one department, and will continue to build on the excellent teaching, research and industry collaborations for which the college has long been recognized.
The College of Engineering
The College of Engineering is all about exceptional people working together to generate the bold new ideas that drive the innovation necessary to improve the world.
The College of Engineering at OSU is taking aim at becoming one of the top 25 engineering programs in the United States. That goal is in response to state political, industry, and education leaders, who say a top college would help attract and retain technology-based companies, keep Oregon's best students in-state, and provide the research and training expertise that Oregon's high tech industry needs to remain competitive.
This effort was recently boosted by a $20 million gift to the College of Engineering from Martin Kelley, OSU civil engineering graduate and retired vice president and chief engineer of Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc. This gift is the largest cash donation in the university's history. It is a significant boost in the quest to raise $120 million and build a top-tier engineering school by the year 2010.