Dedicated, Influential Educator Elevated to Fellow Status

April 13, 2017


Randel L. Dymond, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University who specializes in water resources, land development, and GIS, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Dymond has more than 36 years of experience in academics, consulting, and software development. He has taught at Fairmont State University, Penn State, and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and has been at Virginia Tech since 1998. He has taught more than 25 different courses in his career, covering multitudinous areas of civil and environmental engineering, and has been a leading integrator of computing into the civil engineering curriculum, setting up teaching computer labs at each of his universities. He has developed many new courses covering innovative material and usually integrating the most up-to-date computer techniques.

As a leading proponent of 3D design, for five years Dymond coauthored the Autodesk Civil 3D international curricula at the high school and university levels. His teaching style is personal and applied, and he has been awarded many teaching honors, including the Chi Epsilon National Teaching Excellence Award (James M. Robbins). He has also led many short courses for practitioners in the areas of GIS, CAD, and hydrology.

He founded the ASCE student club at Fairmont State and was its advisor, and also served as advisor at Penn State and at VT. He has been an active research paper reviewer for multiple ASCE journals, a member of the Technical Committee on Computer Practices, and continues to be an associate editor for the ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering.

While on leave from UW-Platteville, Dymond was the first director of R&D for Eagle Point Software, becoming the chief information officer at UW-P on his return to campus. At Virginia Tech he was the founding director of VT’s Center for Geospatial Information Technology and created its Land Development Design Initiative, an innovative and collaborative partnership with industry to improve land development education and research. Five courses are now focused on land development topics in the CEE curriculum; professionals participate in teaching, mentoring, and social programs as practitioner involvement is one of the major goals of the effort.

Dymond has published more than 75 refereed journal articles and proceedings papers, and been the principal or co-principal investigator for more than 110 research proposals from many diverse funding agencies. His research areas include urban stormwater modeling, low-impact development, watershed and floodplain management, real-time environmental monitoring of streams and rivers, STEM education, and sustainable land development. Along with several colleagues, he has been instrumental in aiding the recovery of the water resources group in the CEE Department at VT from the tragic loss in 2007 of many WR grad students and his friend and colleague, Dr. G. V. Loganathan.

Dymond earned a B.S. in chemistry from Bucknell University and a second B.S. in civil engineering from Penn State, followed by a master’s and Ph.D., also from Penn State.

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