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Christopher Swan

Associate Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Faculty Liaison, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life
Adjunct Associate Professor, Education, Tufts School of Arts & Sciences

Christopher Swan

Christopher Swan

Associate Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Faculty Liaison, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life
Adjunct Associate Professor, Education, Tufts School of Arts & Sciences

Phone 617-627-3211
Anderson Hall, Room 113
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
Research: 
engineering education, geoenvironmental and geotechnical engineering
Biography: 

Chris Swan received a Sc.D. degree in civil and environmental engineering from MIT in 1994 and both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1984 and 1986, respectively. Prior to obtaining his Sc.D., Swan worked for GZA Geoenvironmental, Inc., a national engineering consulting firm specializing in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering projects. He has presented a number of technical seminars and guest presentations in the areas of site remediation techniques, solid waste management, and various topics in engineering education.

Swan currently teaches undergraduate-level courses that introduce general concepts of civil and environmental engineering (CEE 001) and geotechnical engineering (CEE 042). An initiator of the use of service learning in department courses, Swan continues to champion the development, implementation, and assessment of community engagement efforts in engineering education.

Education: 
Sc.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT, 1994
M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1986
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1984
Professional Experience: 
2000-present:

Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

2016-present:

Jonathan M. Tisch School of Civil Life, Tufts University

  • 2016-present: Faculty Liaison
  • 2016: Associate Dean
1994-2000:

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

1986-1989:

Project Engineer, GZA Geoenvironmental

Research Interests: 

Chris Swan's current research interests lie in the areas of engineering education, waste reuse, and unique soil behaviors. Specific research projects include: impacts of community engagement on the education of engineering students; evaluating the benefits and barriers to faculty who are involved in various community engagement in engineering education efforts; research on the reuse of fly ash from coal burning facilities as a component of a synthetic lightweight aggregate; and behavior of soils undergoing cycles of freezing and thawing.

Professional Memberships: 
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
American Coal Ash Association (ACAA)