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Scott D. Schiff | Teaching Professor

Scott D. Schiff

Wallis-Lage Family - Carl and Mary Ice Cornerstone Teaching Scholar

Ph.D. - 1988, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Civil Engineering
M.S. - 1984, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Civil Engineering
B.S. - 1982, University of Cincinnati
Architectural Engineering

Contact Information

2139 Fiedler Hall

Professional Experience

Professor Scott D. Schiff received his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1988. After graduation, he was appointed as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois where he taught classes and worked on three funded research projects. In August 1989, he joined the civil engineering faculty at Clemson University as an assistant professor of civil engineering and was promoted through the ranks to professor in 2003. In 2013, he co-founded Emagine, a College of Engineering and Science program, to provide STEM outreach to middle and high school students throughout South Carolina. In 2014, he led the development of the Wood Utilization + Design Institute at Clemson University to foster collaborative research and public service across the Clemson campus and with other state institutions, industry organizations, and private industry. In January 2015, he “retired” from Clemson University with the title of emeritus professor of civil engineering to join Applied Technology Council (ATC) as director of projects and managed research related to structural engineering and hazard mitigation. In the summer of 2016, he decided to return to academia and taught part time at Kennesaw State University, before joining the civil engineering faculty at Kansas State University in December 2017 as a teaching professor.


Schiff had two primary research interests at Clemson University. One area of research was related to the structural performance on highway and railway bridges, and included monitoring of structural response in the field and development or improvement of structural systems. The second area of research focused on the performance of building and envelope systems in high winds (hurricanes and tornadoes). While many different systems were investigated, the majority of this research was related to light-frame wood construction.

Academic Highlights

In 1992, Schiff along with his two co-authors were awarded the ASCE Norman Medal for the best paper to be published in any ASCE journal in the prior year. In 1993, the Chi Epsilon Chapter of Clemson University awarded him the Outstanding Teacher Award. He was the faculty host of the 2001 National Student Steel Bridge Competition and also served as the faculty adviser to Clemson’s 2001 National Champion Steel Bridge Team. In 2008, he was a member of a faculty team that was given the Helen Plants Award for the best non-traditional session – Enhancing Student Learning Using SCALE-UP Format at the 2008 Frontiers in Education Conference. He has been a member of the American Wood Council’s National Design Standards Committee and was made an associate member of the ASCE 7 Wind Loads Sub-Committee in 2018. He is also a member of several civil, structural and educational organizations.