Portrait of Bruce WestermoBruce Westermo

Affiliate Advisor, PLTW California

Emeritus Professor, Civil, Construction and Enviromental Engineering

Phone: (619) 594-6061

Fax: (619) 594-6005

Email: bwestermo@mail.sdsu.edu

M/C: 1326

Office: ED-100D


  • Ph.D. Applied Mechanics (1978) - California Institue of Technology
  • MS Applied Mechanics (1975) - California Institue of Technology
  • BS Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (1974) - Illinois Institue of Technology

Professional Appointments

Research Associate, Civil Egineering Dept, USC 1978-1980
Assistant Professor, CE, SDSU 1980-1982
Associate Professor, CE, SDSU 1982-1986
Professor, CCEE, SDSU 1987-Present
Assistant Dean, College of Engineering, SDSU 2002-2008
Associate Dean, College of Engineering, SDSU 2013-2015
Affiliate Director, Project Lead the Way, CA 2002-Present
Professional Society Membership
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
  • American Academy of Mechanics
  • Chi Epsilon, faculty advisor and alumni district board member Tau Beta Pi, faculty advisor

Honors and Awards

  • 1997 Civil Engineering Research Foundation’s Charles Pankow Award for Innovation. Awarded at the Global Innovation Forum meeting for "A Simplified Monitoring System for Civil Structures.”
  • 1998 NOVA Award. Given by the Construction Innovation Forum, CIF, for development of a unique solution to improve the quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness of construction.
  • 2000 Most Influential Faculty Award, College of Engineering 2005 President’s Top 25 Award, SDSU
  • 2006 Monty Alumni Award, SDSU 

Professional Service

Founded the Project Lead the Way California program and the SDSU Summer Training Institute. Currently managing over 450 California schools with engineering/technology career curriculum. Over the past 11 years we have trained over 1,000 teachers in the PLTW curriculum and have hosted STEM summer camps for students while growing the program to create a network of regional partners throughout the state (including SJSU, Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Eastbay).