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April 19, 2010


Benjamin V. Fell
Assistant Professor, College of Civil Engineering and Computer Science

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Benjamin V. Fell

Waverly, NY

Area of expertise:
Structural Engineering

Educational background:
Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY; masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and a doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Davis.

What’s on your mp3 player?
All kinds of music including hip-hop, rap and some pop songs. I’m a big fan of music from Sublime, Nirvana and Pearl Jam

Favorite book?
Not that I’m a fan of the philosophy, but I admire the genius behind Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. The last book I read (for the second time) was The Alchemist.

Favorite city to visit?
New York

Who most influenced you to become a teacher?
I was never really influenced by anyone to teach; rather, I was very interested in structural engineering as an undergraduate student, and that interest developed into an intellectual curiosity. In a way, teaching has been an extension of that because our job as professors is to develop knowledge and consider better practices to teach others or advance the state-of-the-art.



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