Skip to main content

Emory L. Kemp

Emory Kemp




During a professional career of more than four decades, Emory Kemp has received numerous awards, including the coveted election as an Honorary Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

This is the highest award given by the Society of 140,000 members.

Kemp is the founder and director of the Institute for the History of Technology and Industrial Archaeology at West Virginia University, where he was also chair and professor of civil engineering at the College of Engineering and a professor of history in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

He has served as president of the Public Works Historical Society. He has presented numerous papers and published many articles on industrial archaeology; engineering; the history of technology, structural mechanics, and public works in journals such as the Journal of the Society for Industrial Archaeology, Public Historian, Essays in Public Works History, Public Works Magazine, and Canal History and Technology Proceedings.

Kemp is married with three adult children and lives in Morgantown.