Floraliza Bornasal, Ph.D.

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Chair, Civil Engineering

Associate Professor, Civil Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Transportation engineering
  • Research methods
  • Engineering education


Ph.D in philosophy of civil engineering, Oregon State University
M.S. in civil engineering, Oregon State University
B.S. in civil engineering, Saint Martin's University


Dr. Bornasal earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in Civil Engineering at Oregon State University.  She is an alumni of Saint Martin's University, graduating with a B.S.C.E. in 2009.  Her doctoral dissertation examined the ways engineers used, represented, and interpreted engineering concepts in the social and material context of "everyday" work.  Dr. Bornasal's areas of interest in research are situated cognition, conceptual understanding and growth, research methods, discourse analysis, and safety in transportation engineering. Her areas of concentration in teaching are transportation engineering, research methods, and engineering education.

Select publications

  • Brown, S.A., F.B. Bornasal, S. Brooks, & J.P. Martin.  (2015).  "Civil engineering faculty incorporation of sustainability in courses and relation to sustainability beliefs."  Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, 141, SPECIAL ISSUE:  Sustainability Education in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
  • Bornasal, F.B. and S.A. Brown.  (2015).  Engineering concepts in engineering performances and social interactions.  Proceedings from 6th Research in Engineering Education Symposium:  Translating Research into Practice.  Dublin, Ireland.
  • Bornasal, F.B., J.N. Lester, & S.A. Brown.  (2014).  Recollecting experience in interviews:  the structure and organization of engineering 'interview talk.'  Proceedings of ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition.  Indianapolis, IN.


  • Graduated Cum Laude at Saint Martin's University in 2009; Gates Millennium Scholar (class of 2005); First-generation college student.

Areas of interest

Photography, sketching, hiking, poetry, reading, playing music, spending time with family.