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Director of Engineering Managment

Professor of Civil Engineering


  • Ph.D., University of Houston (Environmental Engineering)
  • M.S., University of Arkansas (Civil Engineering)
  • B.S., University of Arkansas (Civil Engineering)

Professional Credentials

Registered Professional Engineer in Arkansas

Teaching Specialties

  • Engineering Capstone Design
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Water Resources

Research Interests

  • Engineering Education
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Environmental Risk Assessment


  • Water Environment Federation
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Society for Engineering Education


Dr. Clifft has been a member of the faculty at ASU for 30 years and currently serves as Director of the Master of Engineering Management Program.  He served as Director of Engineering Programs from 2000 to 2003, Interim Dean from 2002 to 2005, and Associate Dean from 2005 to 2009.  Dr. Clifft also has significant experience in private practice as a civil/environmental engineer.  He worked as a design/project engineer from 1974 to 1979 for S&B Engineers, Inc. of Houston, Texas; worked as a private consultant to mid-south municipalities and industry from 1981 to 1991; and served as president and director of engineering from 1992 to 2004 for C&D Environmental Services, Inc. of Paragould, Arkansas.

Ricky Clifft

Contact Information

P: 870-972-2088
F: 870-972-3948


Building: Lab Science West
Room: 245A

Alternative Contact

Jennifer Cortez
P: 870-972-3565