In memoriam - Russell C. Jones

Posted: September 23, 2021
Russel C. Jones
Russell C. Jones

Russell C. Jones,  Ph.D., P.E., who served Ohio State as Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering from 1971 - 1976, died on May 8, 2021, at his home in Falls Church, Virginia. He was 85 years old.

A Pennsylvania native, Professor Jones earned bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees in civil engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, now known as Carnegie Mellon University. 

He began his academic career teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and, in addition to his position at Ohio State, held leadership positions at other academic institutions. He served as Dean of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Academic Vice President at Boston University, and President and University Research Professor at the University of Delaware before retiring from academia.

In retirement, Jones continued to serve the engineering profession through leadership and consulting roles. He served as Executive Director of the National Society of Professional Engineers and later founded World Expertise LLC, an international engineering consulting company.

Dr. Jones also served as a national officer of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and as President of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). He was named a Fellow of ABET, the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce. 

CEGE Professor Emeritus Robert Sykes recalled Jones' support of his faculty colleagues, calling him "one of the best Chairs I had the privilege to serve under."

The Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering offers the family of Dr. Russell C. Jones its deepest sympathy for their loss.

Category: Faculty