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Associate Professor Emeritus
Construction Management Technology
College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology
485 Cordell South
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078 USA
Phone: (405) 744-5712
Fax: (405) 744-0365
Professor Rich obtained a BA from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) in 1964. In 1965, he was granted a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida. Just one year later, he earned his MS in Civil Engineering from the same university.
Professor Rich's teaching career began in 1969 at Northeast Louisiana State College (now ULM) in Monroe, Louisiana, where he was an Assistant Professor from 1969 - 1972, and 1976 - 1988. He also taught part-time at Louisiana Business College in 1987. Professor Rich came to OSU in 1988 as an Associate Professor and served as Department Head from 1991 to 2002.
Professor Rich has always kept in close contact with the construction industry. He began his career in 1962 serving as a Draftsman and Assistant to the Maintenance Supervisor at Vulcan Materials Company in Aberdeen, Maryland. In 1965, he was a design engineer for Rummel, Klepper & Kahl in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1966, Professor Rich joined the US Army Corps of Engineers, with tours at Ft. Sill, OK, and the Republic of Vietnam (92nd EN BN, 20th EN BRIG.) Returning to the states, he served in the Office of the District Engineer in Albuquerque, NM, before moving to Monroe, LA, in 1969. In 1972, he became a partner in Smith & Rich, Consulting Engineers in Monroe. Professor Rich has also served as consultant to the RFM Group of Atlanta, GA, and to N&J Constructors in Lufkin, TX. In the summer of 1989, he worked as a Project Engineer for Mercury Marine in Stillwater, OK.
Another aspect of his profession that Professor Rich takes very seriously is his affiliation with professional organizations. He is a member of the following groups: American Society of Civil Engineers, American Institute of Constructors, Registered Professional Civil Engineer in Louisiana, Registered Land Surveyor in Louisiana, American Council for Construction Education
In 1980, Professor Rich published an audio-visual text with John E. Ball, entitled Heavy Construction Techniques, Bobbs-Merrill Educational Publishing Company, Indianapolis, IN