Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering


Dr. Shane Brown

Assistant Professor
Engineering Education

Phone: (509) 335-7847
FAX: (509) 335-7632



  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, 2005, Oregon State University
  • M.S., Environmental Engineering, 1998, University of California , Davis
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, 1995, Oregon State University


  • Professional Civil Engineer, State of California, License #60356


  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, WSU, 2008 - Present
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, WSU, 2005 – 2008
  • Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, Civil Engineering, Oregon State University, 2002 - June 2005
  • Instructor, Central Oregon Community College , 2001 - 2002, 2004 - 2005
  • Project Manager, Eco:Logic Engineering, Rocklin , California , 1998 - 2001
  • Staff Engineer, Dames & Moore, Sacramento , California , 1997 - 1998


  • ASCE ExCEEd National New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, 2008
  • National Academy of Engineering Center for Advancement of Scholarship in Engineering Education Apprentice Faculty Award, 2007
  • American Society for Engineering Education Pacific Northwest Section Outstanding Teaching Award, 2007
  • WSU, Civil & Environmental Engineering Outstanding Advisor, 2006-2007
  • Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, WSU, 2006
  • Herbert F. Frolander Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Oregon State University, 2004
  • Best Paper Award, American Society for Engineering Education, Pacific Northwest Section Conference, April 2004 and April 2008
  • Outstanding Service Award, California Water Environment Association, Sacramento Area Section, 2001


  • Social capital and engineering education. The value of social networks and pro-social norms in retention and academic success of students
  • Conceptual understanding of engineering fundamentals, conceptual change, and misconceptions.


  • Engineering teaching and learning
  • Water resources engineering
  • Water quality
  • Surveying
  • Statics
  • Strength of materials


  • Andrews, B., S. Brown, and D. Montfort. and M. Dixon. Student Understanding of Sight Distance in Geometric Design: Beginning Line of Inquiry to Characterize Student Understanding of Transportation Engineering, Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2010.
  • Brown, S. and C. Poor. In-Class Peer Tutoring: A Model for Engineering Instruction, International Journal of Engineering Education. 2010.
  • Montfort, D., S. Brown. An Investigation of Students’ Conceptual Understanding in Related Sophomore to Graduate-Level Engineering and Mechanics Courses, Journal of Engineering Education. April 2009.
  • Brown, S., L. Flick. The Role and Development of Social Capital in an Electrical Engineering Lab, Journal of Engineering Education. January 2009.
  • Kyte, M., M. Dixon, and S. Brown. A Process for Improving the Design of Transportation Curriculum Materials with Examples, Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2010.

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