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Eddy Rojas

Dean of School of Engineering; Professor

School of Engineering: Office of the Dean


Email: Eddy Rojas
Phone: 937-229-2736
Kettering Laboratories Room 565


Dr. Eddy Rojas is motivated by pursuing "Engineering that Matters" — not just doing something because it can be done, but, because it should be done. 

Named dean of the School of Engineering in July 2014 following a national search, he brings to the University of Dayton a background in administration, teaching and research.

Previously, as director of the Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he developed a comprehensive strategic plan, created an industry fellows program, oversaw the re-accreditation of three programs, renovated facilities, and fostered the establishment of service-learning programs.

His research focuses on (1) modeling, simulation and visualization, (2) construction economics and (3) engineering education. Findings from his research projects have been published in more than 80 journals and conference proceedings papers. These projects have been funded by a variety of public and private organizations including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Army and the U.S. Department of Education.

Born and raised in Costa Rica, he was the first in his family to graduate from college. Rojas holds a licentiate in civil engineering (five-year professional degree) from the University of Costa Rica and three degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder:  M.S., civil engineering; M.A., economics; and Ph.D., civil engineering. 

Before joining the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he served as executive director at Pacific Northwest Center for Construction Research and Education and graduate program coordinator at the University of Washington. Prior to these appointments, he served as faculty and graduate program coordinator for construction engineering and management in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY).

Rojas holds a Professional Engineer (PE) license from the state of Michigan. He has also received a number of honors and awards including the 2011 Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers and faculty awards for research, scholarship and service from the University of Washington.