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James H. Hanson

Roland E. Hutchins Endowed Chair in Civil Engineering and Professor of Civil Engineering

Dr. James Hanson is the Roland Hutchins Faculty Chair in Civil Engineering. He is a consultant to various industrial clients and has previously been a structural designer and a U.S. Army Engineer Officer. Dr. Hanson is a registered professional engineer and fellow of the American Concrete Institute, has received awards from the American Society for Engineering Education and ACI for excellence and innovation in teaching, and also has earned Rose-Hulman’s Outstanding Teacher Award. He helped establish the graduate degree program in civil engineering.In 2004, Dr. Hanson started a National Science Foundation-sponsored project to interview 35 of America's leading practicing structural engineers—searching to find those traits that made them successful. The interviews will be featured in an upcoming textbook, which Hanson is currently working to complete. 

Teaching Interests

  • Structural analysis and design  
  • Construction management
  • Professional skills 

Research Experiences

  • Using metacognition to teach evaluation of results in structural analysis courses
  • Implementing writing-to-learn methods in technical courses to promote deeper understanding
  • Measuring effects of vibration on concrete at early ages
  • Numerical modeling of cohesive crack behavior
  • Measuring fracture mechanics properties of concrete

Select Publications & Presentations

  • Sutterer, K. G., Aidoo, J. K., Chapman, J. R., Hanson, J. H., Kershaw, K. A., Lovell, M. D., Marincel Payne, M., and Mueller Price, J., “Shared Capstone Project Mentoring for Improved Learning,” Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Conference, New Orleans, 2016
  • Hanson, J. H., Aidoo, J., Kershaw, K., Lovell, M. D., Hagen-Atwell, H., and Ross, M. J., “Structural Engineering Practicum: The First Course in a Master’s Program,” Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Conference, Indianapolis, 2014
  • Aidoo, J., Sipes, S., Hanson, J., and Sutterer, K., “Overcoming Challenges Associated with the Joint Project Model,” Proceedings of the Capstone Design Conference, Columbus, Ohio, 2014 
  • Aidoo, J., Sipes, S., Hanson, J. H., and Lovell, M. D., “Capstone Design Alumni Survey,” Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Conference, Atlanta, 2013
  • Hanson, J. H. and Brophy, P. D., “The Critical Incident Technique: An Effective Tool For Gathering Experience From Practicing Engineers,” Advances in Engineering Education, Vol. 3 (1), 2012 

Awards & Honors

  • Outstanding Service, American Society for Engineering Education’s Illinois-Indiana Section, 2016
  • Dean’s Outstanding Teacher, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2012  
  • Fellow, American Concrete Institute, 2012  
  • Faculty Honorary Alumni Designation, Alumni Association, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2010  
  • Outstanding Paper Award, All Zones Nationwide, American Society for Engineering Education, for "Preliminary Results from Teaching Students How to Evaluate the Reasonableness of Results," 2009.  
  • Excellence in Service, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2009  
  • Outstanding Teaching, American Society for Engineering Education’s Illinois-Indiana Section, 2008
  • Publication Award of Merit, Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, 2008
  • Walter P. Moore, Jr. Faculty Achievement, American Concrete Institute, 2007
  • Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston, Jr., Outstanding New Mechanics Educator, American Society for Engineering Education, 2006
  • Young Member Award for Professional Achievement, American Concrete Institute, 2006  
  • Daniel V. Terrell Award, Outstanding Paper, District Nine, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2005

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Cornell University, 2000
  • M.Eng., Cornell University, 1996
  • BS, Cornell University, 1991