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David Martinelli

David Martinelli




  • BSCE, Carnegie Mellon University
  • MSCE, Carnegie Mellon University
  • CE PhD, University of Maryland

Dr. David Martinelli is a Professor of Civil Engineering at West Virginia University. He is a Pittsburgh native who earned his BS and MS degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and his PhD from the University of Maryland, all in Civil Engineering.

During his tenure at WVU, he conducted research and taught courses in the areas of transportation engineering and transportation economics, earning the honors of WV Young Civil Engineer of the Year and the ASCE Collingwood Prize. He also co-founded the Northern WV and Eastern Panhandle branches of ASCE and served as the WV Section President.

Dr. Martinelli served as Chairman of WVU’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1996 through 2007, presiding over growth in its many academic programs. In this period he emerged as a national leader in transforming Civil Engineering education through his service on board-level committees of ASCE and as Chairman of the National CE Department Heads Council. He is a pioneer of Holistic Engineering, a whole-systems approach to engineering education.

He is married to Dr. Diana Lee Martinelli and has four children: Sarah, Lydia, Deborah, and David.