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Gayle Mitchell

Civil Engineering, Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment
Stocker Center 151
Phone: 740.593.1470

Gayle Mitchell has served as the director of ORITE for more than twenty years. The Institute’s personnel conducts research in the U.S. and abroad, educates the next generation of engineers, delivers technology transfer via workshops and conferences, and provides expertise and facilities in land based transportation. Simultaneous to her directorship position, Mitchell served as chair of Civil Engineering from 1995-2013. As professor and now professor emeritus of civil engineering, she has taught various graduate and undergraduate courses in the civil/environmental area, advised numerous graduate and undergraduate students and has been very active in research. She has also worked on academic projects in Iraq and Israel. Among other positions, she has served in officer positions with the International Erosion Control Association, national ASCE, and commissioner of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. She is a member of several professional and honorary organizations including ASCE, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Chi Epsilon, ASEE, and IECA. Mitchell is a registered professional engineer in the states of Ohio and Mississippi, has authored or coauthored over 75 publications and holds one patent with another pending.

Research Interests: storm water mitigation, bridge storm water runoff, winter road maintenance, snow/ice pre-treatment

All Degrees Earned: Ph.D., Civil (Environmental) Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1978; M.S., Electrical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1972; B.S., Electrical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1971


  • Gayle F. Mitchell, Shad Sargand, and Andrew Russ, Removal of pollutants from simulated highway runoff using a laboratory model of an exfiltration trench, Paper No. 12-1803, Proceedings of Transportation Research Board 91st Annual Meeting, Washington DC, January 2012
  • Gayle F. Mitchell, R Guy Riefler, and Andrew Russ, Removal of Vegetated Biofilter, of Medium and Low Concentrations of Pollutants from Simulated Highway Runoff, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Transportation Research Record, Highway Design, No. 2262, 214-224, 2011
  • Russ, G.F. Mitchell and W. Richardson, Decision Tree for Pretreatments for Winter Maintenance, Transportation Research Record, No. 2055, 106-115.
  • T. Masada, S. Sargand, B. Tarawneh, G.F. Mitchell and D. Gruver, Inspection and Risk Assessment of Concrete Culverts Under Ohio's Highways, Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE, Volume 21, No. 3 (May/June 2007), Reston, VA, pp225-233
  • Yuming Su and Gayle F. Mitchell, Conceptual Storm Water, Runoff Treatment Cost-Benefit Analysis, Proceedings of the 2006 StormCon Conference, CD ROM, Denver, CO, July 24-27, 2006.


  • Gayle F. Mitchell and Shad M. Sargand, Pipeline Security Grid; Filing Date 12/2010.
  • Gayle F. Mitchell and Shad M. Sargand, Exfiltration Apparatus, Application Number 60/869,308; Filing Date 12/08/2006