David Pollock

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Dave Pollock attended the Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) and earned both BS and MS degrees in agricultural engineering in the early 1980s. He then moved to Northern Virginia where he worked for four years as a mechanical engineer with the U.S. Army Research & Development Center at Fort Belvoir. Dave subsequently worked as a structural engineer developing national design standards and educational programs regarding timber structures for the National Forest Products Association (now the American Wood Council) in Washington, D.C. 

As he presented educational seminars to engineers and architects throughout the nation, Dave discovered that he loved to teach, so he headed back to school for a PhD in civil engineering from Texas A&M University. He then taught structural engineering courses and conducted research in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Washington State University for more than 16 years, culminating in a two-year appointment as the Coughlin Distinguished Professor of Structural Engineering from 2011 to 2013. 

Dave joined George Fox's Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering in the fall of 2013, and he hopes to inspire young men and women to “live out” their Christian faith within the engineering profession. His teaching responsibilities include Statics & Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Analysis, Reinforced Concrete Design, and Design of Steel Structures.

His research interests include nondestructive evaluation of engineering materials, the structural performance of connections, and the development of engineering design aids. He is a coauthor of a widely used structural engineering textbook, Design of Wood Structures (McGraw-Hill), and he is a licensed professional engineer (PE). In his spare time, Dave enjoys hiking with his family, exploring new places (particularly if it involves traveling on gravel or dirt roads), reading books that might put many to sleep, and playing racquetball. Dave and his wife Lynn have two grown children.