Tom Rockaway

Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering


Thomas D. Rockaway, Ph.D., P.E., is a Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, and Director for the Center for Infrastructure Research at the University of Louisville.

His research work has focused on identifying methods to extend the life and improve the performance of urban infrastructure. Much of his worked has included water and wastewater initiatives and incorporating green concepts into existing systems.

Prior to his work at the University, he has served as a geotechnical engineer for a large power corporation, a regional consultant and the United States Army Corps of Engineers. He has provided foundation and subsurface recommendations for structures ranging from single story dwellings to multi-story buildings. He has doctorate from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Masters and Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePauw University.

Teaching Interests

For the past several years Dr. Rockaway has taught a variety of courses within civil engineering. He routine teaches Statics, Foundation Engineering, Retaining Walls, and Professional Practice. He has previously taught Green Engineering, Earth Quake Engineering, and the capstone design courses.

Research Interests

In Kentucky and throughout the United States the distribution and transportation infrastructure is growing older … but not gracefully. Gradual deterioration of roadways and bridges, water and sewer systems, and gas and electric distribution networks eventually produces critical failures and disruptions. Inspection, maintenance and repair of these massive systems is a challenge with important consequences for the public welfare. New technologies need to be identified, developed and demonstrated to allow cost-effective maintenance and repair of major infrastructure elements. The Center for Infrastructure Research serves as a focal point for research and development on aging infrastructure issues. The Center for Infrastructure Research is a strong partnership between UofL, utilities and industry formed to research, educate and solve urban infrastructure-related issues and problems. The Center is a technical resource, knowledge center and educational provider for utilities, industry and the community.

Service Interests

Dr. Rockaway has been active in a variety of service oriented committees. In addition to his work at the University, he currently serves on the Shelby County 109 (solid waste) board and the Transportation Advisory Board for Congressman Massie.