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Civil Engineering
Chamber Technology Center 217
Jessica Knight
Administrative Assistant
School of Engineering & Computer Science
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Camilla Saviz

Professor and Chair


Phone: 209.946.3077
Website: Academic website

Office Location

Chambers 224


Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Davis

M.B.A., General Management, New York Institute of Technology

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Clarkson University

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Clarkson University

Registered Professional Engineer (Civil), State of California

Curriculum Vitae 

Dr. Camilla Saviz is Professor and Chair of the Civil Engineering Department.  She received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University, an M.B.A. from the New York Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Davis in the area of hydrodynamic and water quality modeling.  She joined the University of the Pacific in 1999 and is a registered Professional Engineer in California.  Her teaching, research, and professional interests include water resources engineering, sustainable engineering, and engineering education.

Dr. Saviz started her teaching career as a Calculus 2 tutor for one of her Calc 2 classmates in junior college.  She couldn't believe that she got paid for doing something that was so much fun, which is also true of her job at Pacific.  Her interest in Fluid Mechanics and Water Resources led her along a wandering path that has included work as a Hydrologic Engineer, a Hydraulics Lab Teaching Assistant, a sea kayaking instructor, and a bar tender, among others.  Dr. Saviz has been active in service to the profession as a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  She has had the privilege of learning from colleagues and serving on various ASCE committees, as a Region 9 Governor, an ABET Program Evaluator, and as a Mentor at the ExCEEd Teaching Workshop.  


Water Resources
Engineering fundamentals


Water resources
Engineering education


Saviz, C., A. Fernandez, and E. Basha, "Formal Service Learning Opportunities:  Engineering Internships in Social Entrepreneurship Organizations, "International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 38-50, Spring 2012.

Saviz, C., A. Fernandez, E. Basha, A. Ellis*, K. Hammarstrom*, F. Leon*, J. Hildebrand, and S. Ton.  "Engineering Internships in Social Entrepreneurship:  Developing Partnerships and Student Perspectives" proceedings of the 2011 ASEE Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada, June 26-29, 2011. (*denotes student author)

C. Saviz and S. Shakerin.  ""How Does It Work?": Using Toys to Inspire Wonder and  Develop Critical Thinking Skills in Fluids Mechanics,"  proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition,  Louisville, KY, June 2010.

Saviz, C., A. Fernandez, K. Hughes, M. Kalend, and C. Mathews.  "Faculty and Student Use of Tablet PCs:  Perspectives on Their Pedagogical Effectiveness", proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2008.

Fernandez, A., C. Saviz, and J. Burmeister. "Homework as an Outcome Assessment: Relationships Between Homework and Test Performance,"  proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Chicago, IL, June 2006.

Saviz, C. M., "Service Learning Opportunity: A University and Community Partnership in Creek Restoration," proceedings of the 34th American Society for Engineering Education / Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers Frontiers in Education Conference, Savannah, GA, October 2004.

Saviz, C. M., and G. T. Orlob. "Water Quality Impacts of Reactive Heavy Metals in Keswick Reservoir, Shasta County, California," Technical Completion Report submitted to and accepted by the University of California Water Resources Center, July 2004.