John A. Gambatese

Associate Professor 
Oregon State University
Civil and Construction Engineering



Phone: (541) 737-8913

Address: Civil and Construction Engineering 201b Kearney Hall Oregon State University Corvallis, OR 97331



John Gambatese’s educational background includes Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley with emphases in structural engineering, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington in the area of construction engineering and management.  He has worked in industry as a structural engineer for Degenkolb Associates in San Francisco, and as a project engineer for the construction management firm of O’Brien-Kreitzberg & Associates in Seattle.  He started his current position at Oregon State University in 2000 following three years on the faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and one year as an Acting Assistant Professor at the University of Washington.  Dr. Gambatese teaches courses on construction safety, construction contracts and specifications, planning and scheduling, structural analysis and design, temporary construction structures, construction site operations, and systems engineering.  He has performed research and published numerous articles on construction worker safety, sustainability, constructability, innovation, construction contracting, and life cycle properties of civil engineering facilities.  He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).  He is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer in California.

Research Interest 

  • Construction worker safety and health; Prevention through Design
  • Work zone design; work zone safety
  • Construction engineering; temporary construction structures
  • Systems analysis and engineering as applied to civil engineering systems

Current, Recent, and Upcoming HCD Courses

  • CCE 526 – Design for Safety – 3 Credits – Fall Terms

Construction Safety and Health Lab

Location: 201b Kearney Hall
Phone Number: (541) 737 - 8913
Research Equipment and Software: 

  • Extech Datalogging Light Meters
  • Portable Traffic Analyzers
  • GPS data logger
  • Radar speed gun
  • Digital audio and video equipment

Current Projects

  • Highway Worker Safety (National Cooperative Highway Research Program)
  • Using Precursor Analysis to Prevent Low-Frequency/High-Impact Events (CII)
  • Additional Lighting for Traffic Control and Speed Reduction in Work Zones (ODOT)
  • Work Zone Intrusion Alert Technologies: Assessment and Practical Guidance (ODOT)

Selected Publications

  • Pestana, C. and Gambatese, J. (2016). “Lean Practices and Safety Performance.” 2016 Construction Research Congress, ASCE, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 31 – June 2, 2016.
  • Gambatese, J. and AlOmari, K. (2016). “Degrees of connectivity: Systems model for upstream risk assessment and mitigation.” Special Issue on Systems Thinking in Construction, Accident Analysis & Prevention, Elsevier, doi:10.1016/j.aap.2015.12.020.
  • Dharmapalan, V., Gambatese, J.A., Fradella, J., and Vahed, A.M. (2015). “Quantification and Assessment of Safety Risk in the Design of Multistory Buildings.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 141(4), 04014090.
  • Alexander, D., Hallowell, M., and Gambatese, J. (2015). “Energy-based Safety Risk Management: Using Hazard Energy to Predict Injury Severity.” 5th International/11th Construction Specialty Conference, Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE), Vancouver, British Columbia, June 8-10, 2015.
  • Gambatese, J.A. and Tymvios, N. (2012). “LEED Credits: How They Affect Construction Worker Safety.” Professional Safety, Journal of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), 57(10), 42-52.