Prof. Paul S. Nowak, Ph.D.

Civil Engineering

Nowak

Professional Interests: Structural Engineering, Road Cycling and Bible Study

Position: 
Associate Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Professor and Chair, Department of Civil Engineering

Phone: 509-313-3551
Office: 
Herak 249
Email: 
nowak@gonzaga.edu

Education: 
BS, Civil Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1980
MS, Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, 1981
PhD, Applies Mechanics, California Institute of Technology, 1989

Biographical Description:  Dr. Paul S. Nowak, P.E. is currently the Associate Dean of Engineering and Applied Science, and a Professor and Chair of Civil Engineering at Gonzaga University. After receiving his MS degree, Dr. Nowak worked as a structural engineer for four years at Cannon Design in Grand Island, New York.  He was an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Colorado State University from 1988 to 1993, after which he went to Gonzaga University.  For the 1999-2000 academic year Dr. Nowak was on a leave of absence from Gonzaga, where he served as the Acting Dean of Mathematics, Science and Engineering at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.  Dr. Nowak is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Washington. He has worked as a structural engineering consultant on over 150 projects over the last 30 years. Dr. Nowak has taught undergraduate engineering classes in Engineering Graphics, Mechanics of Materials, Statics, Fluid Mechanics, Construction Materials Lab, Steel Design, Design in Masonry and Timber, Foundation Design, Dynamics, Structural Analysis I, Structural Analysis II, Finite Element Methods, Structural Analysis, and Reinforced Concrete Design.  He has also taught graduate classes in Fundamentals of Vibrations, Intermediate Structural Analysis, Advanced Structural Analysis, Advanced Steel Design, and Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering.  For over 20 years, Dr. Nowak served as the faculty advisor for the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has been a member of the following technical societies: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW).  In 1993 he was awarded the Chi Epsilon Outstanding Teacher Award at Colorado State University.  Dr. Nowak has 40 publications in the areas of Nondestructive Testing of Concrete and Masonry using Microwaves, Structural Design of Inflatable Structures for a Lunar Habitat, Steel Design, and Seismic Design of Concrete Arch Dams. He has been involved in research projects with funding of over $1,000,000.  He also was awarded a patent for “Strength Related Testing of Concrete Using Microwave Signals.”