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Roger Seals

Roger Seals




  • BCE, University of Florida, 1961
  • MSE, University of Florida, 1963
  • PhD, North Carolina State University, 1967

A native of Tampa, Florida, Roger K. Seals received both his BCE with Honors (1961) and MSE (1963) degrees from the University of Florida and his PhD (1967) from North Carolina State University. He joined the Department of Civil Engineering at West Virginia University in 1965.

At WVU, he served as coordinator of the Soils and Materials Group, rising to the rank of associate professor in 1969 and professor in 1976. He received the J. C. Burchinal Outstanding Teacher and WVU Outstanding University Teacher Awards in 1978 and was elected a Chi Epsilon Chapter Honor Member in 1980.

Dr. Seals served as chairman of Civil Engineering at Louisiana State University (1980-1989), director of the Institute for Recyclable Materials, (1990-1997) and coordinator of the Undergraduate Programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering (1998-2003). He was named the Irma-Louise Stewart Endowed Professor of CEE in 2000.

For two years (2003-2005), he served as a program director in the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education and retired as professor emeritus of CEE in August 2005. He continues to assist with grant writing, research and educational development projects.

Dr. Seals has been married to Saralene Brandon for 50 years. She received a B.S. and M.S. from WVU and a Ph.D. from LSU. They have two daughters, Allison McGee and Susanna Seals, and a granddaughter, Jessica Cole.