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Faculty and Staff

  • Brian Dickman, Ph.D., P.E.

    Associate Professor, Civil Engineering Department


    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 300

    Dr. Dickman has over 27 years of private consulting and academic experience in water resources engineering and ecology. Before accepting a position with WVU Tech, he worked for several consulting firms in Kentucky and Georgia performing field surveys for jurisdictional wetlands, protected species and habitat studies. He also performed floodplain analysis using HEC-RAS and hydraulic analyses for wastewater treatment plants in Kentucky and bridge replacement projects in Georgia.

    During his tenure at WVU Tech, Dr. Dickman has taught several classes including Hydraulic Engineering, Engineering Hydrology and sessions for FE review. Dr. Dickman is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in Georgia and West Virginia. He received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008.

  • Guillermo D. Hahn, Ph.D.

    Professor and Interim Chair, Civil Engineering and Construction Management


    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 300T

    Dr. Hahn's engineering interests center on the analysis and design of structural systems against various phenomena including static loads and dynamic actions due to seismic ground motions, moving forces, water waves, and vortex induced excitations.

    Before joining West Virginia University Institute of Technology, he had experience in academia and professional practice, having been a tenured faculty member in civil engineering at Vanderbilt University, and performed various roles in industry including engineering design, consulting and project management for building structures and deep-water offshore platforms and associated pipelines and risers for oil and gas production and transport. 

    Dr. Hahn can teach engineering courses in statics, mechanics of materials, mechanics of fluids, reinforced concrete design, steel design, structural analysis, and structural dynamics. With much interest in education and research, he received a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Rice University in 1986. 

  • James Hoffman

    Academic Lab Manager I


    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 300F


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  • Dr. Steven Leftwich, Ph.D., P.E., P.S.

    Professor, Civil Engineering


    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 300N


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  • Horng-Jyh (Tigra) Yang, Ph.D., P.E.

    Professor, Civil Engineering Department


    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 300R

    Curriculum Vitae

    Dr. Horng-Jyh (Tigra)Yang joined the Department of Civil Engineering at WVU Tech in 2011. Dr. Yang received his undergraduate civil engineering degree from Chung Yung University and his M.S. from National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST) in Independent Taiwan. Before leaving his homeland, Dr. Yang practiced as a manager of the Civil Engineering Service Center at NPUST and served as a lieutenant in the Taiwan Army Corps of Engineers. Dr. Yang later earned his Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) in 2005. After obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. Yang served as a Lecturer and Manager of the Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory at UNR. While there, he taught geotechnical engineering courses both at the undergraduate and graduate levels and participated in soil liquefaction research. Dr. Yang also performed research on large scale soil-structure interaction under simulated earthquake motions.

    Dr. Yang’s other research interests in geotechnical engineering include soil property characterizations, large scale soil-structure interaction, in-situ soil testing and geotechnical earthquake engineering. Dr. Yang is a registered professional engineer in the State of Nevada and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).

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