Robert Lang, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Civil Engineering
Office: EIB 301M
Phone: 907-786-1859
Email: rjlang@uaa.alaska.edu

Biography

Professional Registration
  • Civil Engineer in Alaska, California, and Oregon
  • Environmental Engineer in Oregon
Recent Training (2014-present)
  • ASCE HEC-RAS Computer Workshop - 1 day
  • MATLAB Fundamentals - 3 days
  • MATLAB Programming Techniques - 2 days
  • MATLAB for Data Processing and Visualization - 1 day
  • Image Processing with MATLAB - 2 days
  • Building Interactive Applications in MATLAB - 1 day
  • Statistical Methods in MATLAB - 2 days
  • MATLAB Machine Learning Toolbox - 1 day

Recent Research
  • Currently working with structural engineer colleague Prof. Scott Hamel and Geomatics Prof. Gennady Gienko to analyze historical snow data in Alaska
  • Developed model of student retention and attrition for cohorts of students in engineering and other programs
  • Modeled effects of earthquakes on water storage tanks

Education

  • Lower division: Mathematics major (1969-1970), New York University (full academic scholarship)
  • BS, MS, PhD: Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California at Davis (1978, 1982, 1989)

Career History

  • 5/14-2/16: Professor and Chair of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska
  • 9/11-5/14: Professor of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska
  • 7/02-8/11: Dean of School of Engineering, Professor of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska
  • 1998-2002: Professor & Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California (currently Professor Emeritus)
  • 1991-1998: Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California
  • 1982-1991: sequence of progressively responsible engineering/management positions (Assistant Engineer, Civil Engineer, Senior Civil Engineer, Assist Manager/Chief Civil Engineer) at Imperial Irrigation District, Imperial, California
  • 1980-1982: Research Assistant, Civil Engineering Department, University of California Davis, California - Performed pilot-plant testing of pulsed-bed sand filters at the campus wastewater treatment plant to assess their feasibility for secondary and tertiary treatment applications
  • 1978-1980: Civil Engineer, Sequoia National Forest, Porterville, California - Planned, designed, and inspected the construction of roads, culverts, bridges, campgrounds, and housing facilities