Dr. Brock E. Barry, P.E., F.ASCE

Director, Civil Engineering Division



Dr. Brock E. Barry holds the title of Professor of Engineering Education and Director of the Civil Engineering Division in the Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy, West Point.  As Division Director Dr. Barry is responsible for the oversight and management of the Nation’s first civil engineering department that is annually ranked by multiple organizations as one of the top undergraduate civil engineering programs in the United States.  Dr. Barry has a Bachelor of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, a Master of Science degree from University of Colorado at Boulder, and a PhD from Purdue University. Prior to pursuing a career in academics, Dr. Barry spent 10 years as a senior geotechnical engineer and project manager on projects throughout the United States. He is a licensed professional engineer.  Dr. Barry's areas of research include assessment of professional ethics, teaching and learning in engineering education, nonverbal communication in the classroom, and learning through historical engineering accomplishments.  He has authored and co-authored a significant number of publications on these topics.  Dr. Barry has served on multiple national committees for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) including the ASCE Body of Knowledge 3rd Edition Task Committee and as the Chair of ASCE’s Task Committee on the Code of Ethics.  He also served a seven year term in the leadership ranks of the American Society for Engineering (ASEE) Civil Engineering Division and continues to serve that organization as the Division Historian.

Publications & Presentations

Barry, B. E. and Herkert, J. R., “Resources for Overcoming the Challenges of Teaching Engineering Ethics in an International Context: A US Perspective,” Engineering Ethics for a Globalized World, Springer, 2015.

Barry, B. E. and Herkert, J. R., “Engineering Ethics,” Cambridge Handbook of Engineering Education Research, Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Estes, Allen C., Ressler, Stephen J., Saviz, Camilla M., Barry, Brock E., Considine, Carol L., Dennis, Norman D., Hamilton, Scott R., Hurwitz, David S., Kunberger, Tanya, Lenox, Thomas A., Nilsson, Tonya, O’Brien, James J., O’Neill, Robert J., Saftner, David A., Salyards, Kelly, Welch, Ronald W., Coward, Dion K., and Nolan, Leslie E., “The ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Workshop: Assessing 20 years of Instructional Development,” International Journal of Engineering Education, 35(6), November 2019.

Barry, B. E., Graves, W. C., and Klosky, J. L., “Knowledge Decay in an Engineering Mechanics Sequence,” Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, 143(3), July 2017.

Barry, B. E. and Roberts, M. W., “First Sixty Years of the Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice,” Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, 142(4), October 2016.

Barry, B. E., Ohland, M.W., Mumford, K.J., and Long, R. A., “The Influence of Job Market Conditions on Engineering Cooperative Education Participation,” Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, 142(3), July 2016.

Barry, B. E. and Whitener, J. C., “Impact of Professional Skills on Technical Skills in the Engineering Curriculum and Variations Between Engineering Sub-Disciplines,” Teaching Ethics, 14(2), 105-122, Spring 2014.

Barry, B. E., “Special Section: Curriculum Assessment and Continuous Improvement,” Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Professional Practice, 140(4), October 2014.

Barry, B. E. and Braun Jeffrey T., “Multi-Criteria Decision Making Model for Higher Education,” Transactions on Advances in Engineering Education, 4(9), October 2012.

Barry, B. E. and Ohland, M. W., “ABET Criterion 3f: How Much Curriculum Content is Enough?,” Science & Engineering Ethics, 18(2), 369-392,  June 2012.

Barry, B. E., “Professional Ethics in STEM Education,” invited guest editorial, Journal of STEM Education, 13(1), January-March 2012.

Barry, B. E., Drenvich, V. P., Irfanoglu, A., and Bullock, D., “Summary of Developments in the Civil Engineering Capstone Course at Purdue University,” Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, 138(1), 95-98, January 2012.

Barry, B. E. and Ohland, M. W., “Applied Ethics in the Engineering, Health, Business, and Law Professions: A Comparison,” Journal of Engineering Education, 98(4), 377-388, October 2009.

Yadav, A. and Barry, B. E. “Using Case-Based Instruction to Increase Ethical Understanding in Engineering: What Do We Know?  What Do We Need?,” International Journal of Engineering Education, 25(1), 138-143, January 2009.

Barry, B. E., Brophy, S. P., Banks, M. K., Sharvelle, S. E. and Oakes, W. C., “Developing Professional Competencies through Challenge to Project Experiences,” International Journal of Engineering Education, 24(6), 1148-1162, December 2008

 Honors and Awards 

American Society of Civil Engineers, William H. Wisely Award, 2021

U.S. Military Academy, Dean’s Career Excellence in Teaching Award, 2021

U.S. Army, Meritorious Civilian Service Award, 2021

American Society of Civil Engineers, Professional Practice Ethics and Leadership Award, 2020

American Society for Engineering Education, National Outstanding Teaching Award, 2020

American Society for Engineering Education, Southeast Section, Best Paper Award, 2019

American Society of Civil Engineers, Outstanding Associate Editor, 2017

American Society for Engineering Education, Mid-Atlantic, Distinguished Teaching Award, 2017

U.S. Army, Superior Civilian Service Award, 2016

American Society of Civil Engineers, Fellow, 2016

American Society for Engineering Education, Mid-Atlantic, Outstanding Campus Rep. Award, 2014

Peter S. Michie Outstanding Teaching Award, U.S. Military Academy, 2013

American Society of Civil Engineers, Excellence in Civil Engineering Education, New Faculty Award, 2012

American Society of Civil Engineers, Outstanding Journal Reviewer, 2011 and 2012

American Society for Engineering Education, Civil Engineering Division, Seeley Award, 2009

Purdue University Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship, Highly competitive, full compensation, 2008-2009

Purdue University Andrews Fellowship, Highly competitive, full compensation, 2006-2008

Indiana Engineer of the Year, Indiana Society of Professional Engineers, 2008

Purdue University, School of Civil Engineering, Senior Design, Instructor of the Year, 2007

Meritorious Service Award, Monroe Professional Engineers Society, 2006

New York State Young Engineer of the Year, NYS Society of Professional Engineers, 2005

Haley & Aldrich Pathfinder Award, 2003

Haley & Aldrich Pinnacle Award, 2001

Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society

Phi Kappa Phi, National Academic Honor Society

Tau Alpha Pi, National Engineering Technology Honor Society

Nathaniel Rochester Scholarship, Academic top 1% of RIT students, recipient four years

Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout with Triple Palms