School of Engineering

Blair McDonald

Blair McDonald, Professor

WIU QC Riverfront 202
(309) 762-9481 Ext. 62781


Ph.D. 1996, Civil Engineering University of Utah

M. S. 1990, Civil Engineering University of Utah

B. S. 1983, Civil Engineering University of Utah

Professional Registration:

  • Professional Engineer, Utah License No. 166915
  • Professional Land Surveyor, Utah License No. 166915
  • OSHA Health and Safety, 40 Hr. Hazardous Waste, 1988

Academic Interests

  • Integration of fundamental science, technology and engineering concepts into a comprehensive engineering curriculum.
  • Development of computer based training in engineering education.
  • Utilization of evolving pedagogical models in engineering education.
  • Teaching: solid mechanics, soil mechanics, geotechnical engineering, surface and ground water hydrology, land surveying, site development, computer aided drafting and design, numerical modeling, and comprehensive project courses.
  • Authoring electronic text books for engineering subjects.

Research Interests

  • Characterization of heavy metal contamination in soil using X-ray fluorescence.
  • Use of X-ray fluorescence analysis during cone penetrometer continuous push.
  • Soil stability and consolidation, insitu testing.
  • Renewable energy; development and application of solar and wind technologies.
  • Application of composite engineering material technologies.
  • Development and application of remotely controlled systems.