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Dr. Raymond M. Wright, P.E.

Raymond M. Wright
  • Dean of Engineering
  • Dean's Office
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  • Mailing Address: 102 Bliss Hall
    1 Lippitt Rd
    Kingston, RI 02881


Dr. Raymond M. Wright has served as dean of the University of Rhode Island College of Engineering since 2007. A respected environmental engineer, Dr. Wright oversees a college comprising more than 1,600 students and 65 faculty who together strive to solve some of society’s most vexing challenges.

Dr. Wright joined the University faculty in 1981 as a civil engineering assistant professor. He later chaired the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and has served as interim director of the URI Transportation Center and acting director of the Rhode Island Water Resources Center. From 2006 to 2007, Dean Wright was associate dean of engineering.

In his current role as dean, Dr. Wright has spearheaded the creation of focused research areas, overseen the first Master Plan in more than 50 years and grown enrollment. In 2014, he led the charge for a successful $125 million bond to pay for a new world-class engineering facility to open in 2019. The bond, approved by 64 percent of voters, marked the largest bond in the state’s history for higher education and will replace buildings that opened in the early 1960s.

As a researcher, Dr. Wright is committed to providing clean water to every person. He has extensive experience in water quality monitoring and modeling of surface water systems as well as the investigation of pollution sources. He has received awards from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Rhode Island, among others.

Dr. Wright received his bachelor’s of science in civil engineering from Tufts University in 1973, his master’s of engineering with a specialty in sanitary engineering from Penn State University in 1978 and his doctorate in environmental engineering from Penn State University in 1982.


Areas of specialty include water quality monitoring and modeling of surface water systems; development of waste load allocations and TMDLs; identification of nonpoint source pollutants; investigation of wet weather pollutant sources and their impact on receiving waters; and stormwater monitoring and modeling. Research leadership included Principal Investigator on 40 research projects from federal agencies including U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Smithsonian Institution, U.S. National Park Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University (PSU) 1982

M. Eng. Sanitary Engineering, PSU 1978

B.S. Civil Engineering, Tufts University 1973

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