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Professor Emerita | Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering




Trish Gallagher, Ph.D. P.E. is an Professor Emerita in Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. She is passionate about geology, teaching geology and engaging students in learning geology. Her research interests include sustainability and resilience of the built environment, geotechnical engineering, and engineering education.

Featured Publications

Using your Campus as a Laboratory: An adaptable field trip on Geomorphology for Engineering Geology (Article)

Author(s): Sample-Lord, K., Smith, V., Gallagher, P., & Welker, A. L.

Civil engineers at Villanova University are required to take a geology course as part of their undergraduate curriculum. However, engaging and interesting civil engineering students in geology has historically been a challenge.

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Developing an Engineering Geology Field Trip to Enhance Student Learning: A Case Study (Article)

Author(s): Patricia Gallagher, Ph.D., P.E.; Walter Yerk, S.M.ASCE; Philip S. Getty, P.G.; Kristin Sample-Lord, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE; Loÿc Vanderkluysen, Ph.D.; and Robert Swan Jr.

Geotechnical engineering faculty at Drexel University and Villanova University collaborated with local geologists to develop a field trip for their engineering geology courses. The intention of the courses is to have students understand how geology relates to their other courses and careers as engineers.

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Strategies for Flipping Geology for Engineers with Limited Time and Resources (Article)

Author(s): Patricia Gallagher, Kristin M. Sample-Lord, Andrea L. Welker

Civil, environmental, and/or architectural engineers are often required to take a geology course as part of their undergraduate curriculum. In the past, engaging and interesting engineering students in geology at Villanova University and Drexel University has been a challenge. Therefore, the authors collaborated to overhaul their respective geology courses with the goals of improving student engagement, learning, and satisfaction.

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