School of Engineering

Norman Owen, Ph.D.

Professor of Civil Engineering (Retired)

Discipline: Structural & Earthquake
Norman Owen


  • Ph.D. in Structural Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1974
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, 1962
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, 1960


Dr. Norman Owen brings 20 years of teaching and 12 years of industrial experience to the engineering classroom. He has received several awards recognizing his teaching excellence.

In his passion for engineering education, he combines the theory of engineering analysis and design with his practical experience in the engineering profession. During the 1980s Professor Owen worked for an earthquake engineering consulting firm, enhancing his knowledge of both earthquake engineering and professional engineering practice. Upon his return to engineering education in 1989, he brought this knowledge to the classroom.

Dr. Owen used his professional engineering experience to conduct 9 projects (totaling $311,250) through the Engineering Design Center. These projects provided many students with valuable experience in engineering analysis and design.

Professor Owen's research interests include earthquake engineering, structural vibrations, and project management. His research in education includes the application of Cooperative Learning and Continuous Quality Improvement to classroom teaching.

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