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Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty

Dr. Karl Olsen

Karl Olsen

Associate Professor (Career Track)


Sloan 138


(509) 335-0373


(509) 335-7632


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, 2009, Washington State University
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2005, Washington State University
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2000, Washington state University

Professional Experience

  • Clinical Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, WSU, 2015 – Present
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, WSU, 2009 – 2015
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Civil and Environmental Engineering, WSU, 2006-2009
  • Instructor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, WSU, 2005-2006
  • Research Assistant, Shock Physics, WSU, 2005
  • Research Intern, Sandia National Laboratories, 2001

Research Interests

  • Nondestructive evaluation
  • Sustainable design


  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Statics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Hydraulics Laboratory
  • AutoCAD


  • Wolcott, M, S. Brown, M. King, D. Ascher-Barnstone4, T. Beyreuther, and K. Olsen. 2011. Model for Faculty, Student, and Practitioner Development in Sustainability Engineering through an Integrated Design Experience Professional Issues in Eng. Education and Practice. Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
  • Dupuis, K.J., K.R. Olsen, R.R. Musgrove, E.J. Pearson and D.G. Pollock. 2008. Thermal imaging of concrete to locate ground post-tensioning ducts and identify simulated voids. Proceedings of the NDE/NDT for Highway and Bridges Conference, American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), Oakland, CA
  • Pollock, D.G., K.J. Dupuis, B. Lacour and K.R. Olsen. 2008. Detection of voids in prestressed concrete bridges using thermal imaging and ground-penetrating radar. Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC) Research Report for Project DTJH61-05-C-00008, Task No. 8.