Paul Chinowsky
Professor Emeritus
Civil Systems • Mortenson Center in Global Engineering • Undergraduate Education

Office: ENVD 166


  • PhD Civil Engineering, Stanford University
  • MARCH, Architecture, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • BARCH, Architecture, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Honors and Distinctions:

  • Best Paper Award, Transportation Research Board Conference, 2015.
  • Best Paper Award, Humanitarian Technology Conference, 2014.
  • ASCE, Journal of Management in Engineering, Best Peer Reviewed Paper Award, 2012
  • Distinguished Service Award, Engineering Project Organization Society, 2011
  • Best Paper Award, EPOC Conference, 2010
  • Best Paper Award, LEAD Conference 2009.
  • Construction Industry Institute, Distinguished Professor Award, 2009

Professional Affiliations:

  • Engineering Project Organization Society


  • Climate Change 
  • Infrastructure Planning
  • Organization and Strategic Management

Latest Publications:

  1. Walters, J. P., & Chinowsky, P. S. (2016). Planning rural water services in Nicaragua: A systems-based analysis of impact factors using graphical modeling. Environmental Science & Policy57, 93-100.
  2. Melvin, A.M., Larsen, P., Boehlert, B., Neumann, J.E., Chinowsky, P., Espinet, X., Martinich, J., Baumann, M.S., Rennels, L., Bothner, A. and Nicolsky, D.J., (2016). Climate change damages to Alaska public infrastructure and the economics of proactive adaptation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, p.201611056.
  3. Espinet, X., Schweikert, A., van den Heever, N., & Chinowsky, P. (2016). Planning resilient roads for the future environment and climate change: Quantifying the vulnerability of the primary transport infrastructure system in Mexico. Transport Policy50, 78-86.
  4. Espinet, Xavier, Schweikert, Amy, and Chinowsky, Paul (2015). “Robust-Based Prioritization Framework for Resilient and Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Adaptation Investments under Uncertainty of Climate Change,” ASCE Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, 10.1061/AJRUA6.0000852 , E4015001.
  5. Schweikert, Amy, Espinet, Xavier, Goldstein, Sara, and Chinowsky, Paul (2015). “Resilience versus Risk: Assessing Cost of Climate Change Adaptation to California’s Transportation System and the City of Sacramento, California,” Transportation Research record, 2532: 10.3141/2532-02.
  6. Chinowsky, Paul S., Schweikert, Amy, Strzepek, Niko, and Strzepek, Kenneth (2015). “Infrastructure and Climate Change: a study of impacts and adaptations in Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia,” Climatic Change, 130(1): 49-62.
  7. Chinowsky, Paul S., Schweikert, Amy, Strzepek, Niko, and Strzepek, Kenneth (2015). “Road Infrastructure and Climate Change in Vietnam,” Sustainability, 7(4), 5452-5470.
  8. Twerefou, D.K.; Chinowsky, P.; Adjei-Mantey, K.; Strzepek, N.L. (2015) “The Economic Impact of Climate Change on Road Infrastructure in Ghana,” Sustainability, 7(9), 11949-11966.
  9. Chinowsky, Paul S., Schweikert, Amy, Hughes, Gordon, Hayles, Carolyn, Strzepek, Niko, Strzepek, Kenneth, and Westphal, Michael (2015). “The Impact of Climate Change on Road and Building Infrastructure: A Four-Country Study,” International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 6(4):382-396.
  10. Wanberg, John, Javernick-Will, Amy, Chinowsky, Paul and Taylor, John (2015). “The Effects Of Organizational Divisions On Knowledge Sharing Networks In Multi-Lateral Communities Of Practice,” Engineering Project Organization Journal, 5(2-3):118-132.