Ross Corotis received both his undergraduate and graduate education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at MIT, he was an NSF Graduate Fellow. He was on the faculty at Northwestern University for 11 years, and was awarded the Technological Institute Teaching Award in 1977. He was twice named to the Student Government Faculty Honor Roll, and in 1979 was selected Civil Engineering Teacher of the Year. In 1981, Corotis moved to Johns Hopkins to establish the Department of Civil Engineering, which he chaired until becoming associate dean in 1990, where he continued to teach and conduct research. In 1994, Corotis accepted the position of dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. He returned to the Department of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering in 2001. He was awarded the ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize in 1984 for his work on stochastic modeling of structural loads, was named Civil Engineer of the Year by the ASCE Maryland Section in 1986, Engineer of the Year by the Baltimore Engineers' Week Council in 1989, and Outstanding Engineering Educator by the ASCE Maryland Section in 1992. He is past President of the ASCE Maryland Section.