Jeffrey Walters

Jeffrey Walters, PhD

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering


Jeff Walters joined the engineering department in 2018 as an assistant professor of civil engineering. Jeff's passion and calling in research and teaching focus on the application of engineering techniques and systems modeling approaches for sustainable infrastructure in developing world contexts.

In the two years before arriving at George Fox, he served as a technical expert for USAID’s Sustainable Wash Systems Learning Partnership, a consortium dedicated to applying, researching and learning about systems-based approaches to improving the sustainability of water, sanitation and hygiene services around the world. He also worked abroad for three years as an assistant professor at the Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile, where he won his department’s Teacher of the Year award in 2017.

Jeff has worked on projects to promote water, sanitation and hygiene programs in countries that include Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Cambodia, Nicaragua, East Timor and Chile, along with investigating how to integrate systems-thinking within engineering education. In connection to his work in this area, Jeff recently gave a webinar talk for the Research in Global Design Seminar Series for Engineering for Change on his research engaging local Ethiopian, Kenyan and Ugandan water and sanitation stakeholders in systems-thinking and systems-modeling workshops. A recording of the webinar can be found here.

His future research program focuses on the development and application of participatory systems modeling techniques for water, food, and energy infrastructure planning and management from a "Nexus" perspective.

Jeff earned a PhD (2015) and a master’s degree in civil systems engineering, with a concentration in environmental engineering (2012), from the University of Colorado Boulder. He also holds a master’s degree, with a concentration in structural engineering, from the University of Washington (2008).

He lives in Newberg with his wife, Jessie, and two daughters, Rayna and Adela. In his free time Jeff enjoys climbing, mountain biking, cooking, and deep conversations over strong coffee.