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Maxwell E Agnew
Hydraulic Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, New Orleans, LA

M.S. University of Notre Dame, 2011
B.S. University of California at Davis, 2006

I participated in the USACE long-term training program, earning a masters degree from the University of Notre Dame with a thesis paper on surge and wave hindcasting using ADCIRC+SWAN, with special emphasis on the role of wetlands in surge and wave attenuation and incorporating a nested mesh approach to surge modeling.

At the USACE New Orleans District, I work on storm surge and wave modeling of synthetic design hurricanes using ADCIRC+SWAN 2D models, establishing stage-frequency and wave-frequency curves for design of New Orleans Hurricane Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS) (a $15 billion project), and calculating required 100-year design elevations for HSDRRS levees and floodwalls. Major projects are the Co-located Mississippi River (MRL/HSDRRS) levees, the IHNC surge barrier, the West Closure Complex, the Seabrook Floodgate Complex, and the Lake Pontchartrain Canal Closure structures.

Email: Maxwell.E.Agnew@usace.army.mil

Last Updated: 5/15/2013

Joseph A. “Bud” Ahearn
Retired Senior Executive, CH2M HILL, Denver, CO
Major General (Retired), U.S. Air Force

Member, National Academy of Engineering (elected 2010)

National Security Policy, Advanced Management Program, Harvard University, 1988
Industrial College of the Armed Services, 1979
M.S. Syracuse University, 1967
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1958

I am recently retired senior executive of CH2M HILL, where I was an executive leader in the engineering business lines of transportation, environment, water, industrial design, and related infrastructure. During my 20-year career at CH2M HILL I served as Vice Chairman of the Board with responsibilities for strategic planning, governmental affairs, strategic communications, and leadership development, and also served in several other capacities including Transportation Business Group President, Eastern Region Manager, Federal Programs Director, and Principal-In-Charge for two major transportation corridor projects in California and a multi-billion dollar military base for US and Korean Forces in South Korea.

Prior to joining CH2M HILL, I had a distinguished military career spanning three decades, where I achieved the rank of Major General in the U.S. Air Force. During my 34 years with the Department of Defense, I was responsible for shaping financial strategy, developing budgets, and executing infrastructure programs totaling more than $7 billion annually. As the Senior Civil Engineer for the U.S. Air Force, I directed the readiness programs for military operations and natural disaster response of U.S. Air Force combat engineers as well as the development and operations of all U.S. air bases around the world.

Dedicated to advancing engineering education and providing sustainable systems and services in developing countries, I am a founding sponsor and a governing board director (emeritus) of Engineers Without Borders U.S.A.  Committed to strengthening the engineering profession, I am a member of the National Academy of Engineers (NAE), the President of the National Academy of Construction (NAC), a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a member of ASCE’s Industry Leaders Council (ILC), and the past national president of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).

Being a resident of the Denver region since 1997, I have focused on educating the next generation of Colorado’s leaders and actively engaged as a lecturer, advisor, and Board member of the business, engineering, and humanities colleges of Colorado’s finest universities. In 2011 I joined, as a founding partner, the J3Leadership Group,  a leadership development and performance consulting firm.

In addition to numerous military awards, I received the Air Force Order of the Sword, the highest honor the Noncommissioned Officer Corps of the U.S. Air Force can bestow, the University of Notre Dame College of Engineering Honor Award for professional achievement, the Newman Medal from the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) for outstanding military engineering achievement in Europe. I was named an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects, received the SAME Golden Eagle award for lifetime achievement, the recipient of the 2010 ASCE Opal Award for lifetime achievement and recognized by the Construction Industry Institute with their 2012 Dunn Award for lifetime achievement.

Challenges and Innovation in Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar Series (February 14, 2013), (January 27, 2011)

Email: budahearn1@comcast.net

Last Updated: 7/01/2013

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Daniel Alessi
Assistant Professor, Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2009
M.S. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

B.S. University of Wisconsin-Parkside

After earning my undergraduate degree in geology from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, I briefly worked as a mudlogger on oil and gas rigs in Colorado and Wyoming and as a staff geologist for an environmental remediation firm before enrolling in the geosciences master’s program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I finished my doctorate in Environmental Geochemistry at Notre Dame under the direction of Professor Jeremy Fein in 2009. I then worked as a Scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. In 2013, I moved to the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences of the University of Alberta as an Assistant Professor and the Encana Chair in Water Resources.

I study the products of microbial uranium and chromium reduction that form during bioremediation.

Email: alessi@ualberta.ca
Web link: http://easweb.eas.ualberta.ca/page/directory/?person=dania

Last Updated: 5/31/2013

Michael Allen
Associate, Degenkolb Engineers, San Francisco, CA

M.S. University of Notre Dame, 2001
B.S. Utah State University, 1998

After graduating from Notre Dame in 2001, I moved to California and began working for Degenkolb Engineers. I worked on a variety of projects, including design of new buildings and evaluation of existing buildings. I have worked on the nonlinear pushover evaluation of an existing 15 story hospital in San Francisco. I have also worked on the design of a new 5 story hospital. I am currently working on the design of a new concrete building in Tennessee.

E Mail: ndconcrete@gmail.com
Web Link: http://degenkolb.com/people/associate_principals/mike_allen/

Last Updated: 7/16/2013

David Ams
Transuranic Waste Sciences Manager, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2005
B.S. Kent State University, 1999

Email: dams@alumni.nd.edu

Last Updated: 5/16/2013

John Atkinson
Technical Lead, ARCADIS, Boulder, CO

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2002
M.S. West Virginia University, 1995
B.S. West Virginia University, 1992

I am the Technical Lead for a hydrodynamic modeling group in a global consultancy called ARCADIS. Our projects primarily involve computer simulation for coastal protection and restoration projects in a variety of locations from the Gulf of Mexico to the arctic, developing site specific modeling for projects such as designing flood protection, quantifying the impact of marsh vegetation on flooding risk, predicting impacts of Sea Level Rise and climate change, and evaluating environmental impacts of coastal development. Recently, we have been involved with conducting arctic research along the Chukchi Sea on the west coast of Alaska. We are collecting near shore current and wave data and meso-scale meteorology data for use in developing and validating storm surge models of the Chukchi Sea.

E Mail: john.atkinson@arcadis-us.com

Last Updated: 7/03/2013

Tony Ayala
Design Engineer, McNamara/Salvia, Inc., Boston, MA

M.Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2011

I have been working as a structural engineer at McNamara/Salvia, Inc. since completing my graduate studies in 2012. In addition to assisting with engineering tasks on a multitude of projects, I have been responsible for the structural design, analysis, and construction administration of two high-rise buildings in the Boston area.

E Mail: tonyayala89@gmail.com
Web Link: www.mcsal.com

Last Updated: 11/17/2013

Audrey Bentz
Design Engineer, Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA), Seattle

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2012
B.S. University of Dayton, 2006

At Notre Dame, I worked in the DYNAMO Lab under the guidance of Dr. Tracy Kijewski-Correa, studying the dynamic responses of tall buildings to wind. My research used data collected through the Chicago Full-Scale Monitoring Program on high profile buildings (including the Burj Khalifa in Dubai) to evaluate modeling techniques, assess habitability performance, and develop a predictive model for damping.

I am currently a Design Engineer at Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA) in Seattle, where I am a member of the Wind Technical Specialty Team. My projects at MKA include 2 highrise residential buildings in Chicago and a 60 story office building in San Francisco which will be the city’s new tallest building.

E Mail:abentz@mka.com
Web Link:www.mka.com

Last Updated: 12/2/2013

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Kyle Bibby
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Ph.D. Yale University, 2012
M.Phil. Yale University, 2010
M.S. Yale University, 2009
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2008

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. My interests center around understanding the presence, ecology, and diversity of microorganisms, such as viruses and bacteria, in an environmental engineering context. Microorganisms are by far the most abundant and genetically diverse biological entities on our planet and are at the core of many of society’s environmental challenges, including sustainable energy production, waste treatment, and environmentally transmitted disease. In my Lab, emerging molecular biology techniques such as proteomics, genomics, metagenomics and transcriptomics are integrated with fundamental, quantitative environmental engineering practice to develop new insights and solutions to these problems.

E Mail: bibbykj@pitt.edu
Web Link: bibbylab.blogspot.com

Last Updated: 5/31/2013

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Cheryl Ann Blain
Research Oceanographer, Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center, MS

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 1994
M.S. Princeton University, 1989
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1987

My expertise is in the application of unstructured grid models to a variety of coastal, estuarine, and river processes. Many of my developed software modeling tools, transitioned to support Navy warfighters, are aimed at handling data-deprived environments and non-expert users. Recent research efforts explore the merger of models and remotely sensed data for riverine applications, investigate coupled hydrologic, riverine and coastal ocean processes, design systematic error analyses to improve coastal forecasts, forecast surge and inundation under sea level rise conditions, and derive new coupled assimilation systems for coupled ocean-wave models.

A 2012 winner of NRL's prestigious "Thomas Edison Patent Award", awarded to a patent that is perceived "to have the most potential benefit to the nation", I hold 5 patents and have I have authored more than 30 refereed journal articles, some of which are NRL Berman Award winners. I serve on the SWOT Discharge Algorithm Working Group, as associate editor for the Journal of Waterways, Ports, Coastal and Ocean Engineering and have acted in the capacity as science advisor to DARPA riverine programs and the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. I am founder of the ADCIRC Model Workshop, which has been held annually for the last 17 years, and now rotates among the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Naval Research Laboratory. I enjoy mentoring young scientists from postdocs to summer students, many whom have moved on to their own successful careers in oceanography.

Email: cheryl.ann.blain@nrlssc.navy.mil

Last Updated: 5/17/2013

William Blanford

Assistant Professor, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Queens College, Flushing, New York

Ph.D. Hydrology, 2000, University of Arizona
B.Sc. Geology, 1992, University of Notre Dame

Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University 2002 – 2010; 2011-2012, Baton Rouge, LA 
Hydrologist, United States Geological Survey 2010 - 2011, Lawrence, Kansas

Instructed courses, advised students and performed research in the area of groundwater contaminant transport and remediation. Specifically, performed field and lab characterization studies of hydraulic and solute transport parameters through rock and unconsolidated sediments. Application of these parameters in numerical flow models to simulate extraction of organic, metal and microbial contaminants from aquifers. Field work has consisted of work on five U.S. military installations largely testing innovative remediation techniques at groundwater contamination sites. Internationally, I have worked in Jordan to evaluate the performance of riverbank filtration for partially treating river water for irrigation.

E Mail:  wblanford@qc.cuny.edu
Web Link: http://www.qc.cuny.edu/Academics/Degrees/DMNS/sees/People/Pages/FacultyResearch.aspx?ItemID=45

Last Updated: 02/14/2014

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David Michael Borrok
Professor and Director of the School of Geosciences, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2005
M.S. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1997

B.S. Missouri Science and Technology, 1995

Research Interests:low-temperature geochemistry, geomicrobiology, water quality and sustainability, and stable isotope geochemistry.

Email: dborrok@louisiana.edu
Web link: http://geos.louisiana.edu/

Last Updated: 5/16/2013

James R Breckler
Project Manager, Engineering Resources Inc.

B.S. University of Notre Dame 2009

Project manager at Engineering Resources, Inc. with a focus on municipal infrastructure and site development.

Email: jrbreckler@yahoo.com

Last Updated: 01/02/2013

Carissa Brownotter
Mathematics/Science Teacher, Tohatchi Middle School, Tohatchi, NM

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2011

I am currently a Mathematics/Science teacher at Tohatchi Middle School in Tohatchi, New Mexico. Previously, I taught high school mathematics at Saint Michael Indian School in St. Michael, Arizona. Both of these schools are located on the Navajo Nation, the largest American Indian reservation in the United States. In conjunction with teaching, I collaborate with Dr. Kapil Khandelwal on engineering outreach projects for the students.

E Mail: carissa.brownotter@gmail.com
Web Link: gmcs.k12.nm.us

Last Updated: 07/03/2013

Daniel Buonadonna
Regional Technology Lead at CH2M HILL, Seattle WA

M.S. University of California, Berkeley, 2008
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2003

After graduating, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania working on agroforestry and microfinance projects. At the completion of my service I stayed behind to work as a private contractor for local African construction companies as well as the US Embassy for humanitarian projects such as rural well drilling and school house construction.

Following the Peace Corps a received a Fulbright grant to study natural treatment systems in India, and then completed a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

I currently work with CH2M HILL's pipeline Condition Assessment and Rehabilitation Services team (CARS) and serve as the firm's Regional Technology Lead for trenchless technology in the Western United States. I am still involved in development work and I was the vice-president of the Kansas Professional Chapter of Engineer's Without Borders before moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2012.

E Mail: daniel.buonadonna@ch2m.com
Web Link: www.ch2m.com

Last Updated: 6/30/2013

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Caitlyn Shea Butler
Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2010
B.S. Smith College, 2004

After finishing my Ph.D. at Notre Dame in 2010, I worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering in the College of Innovation and Technology at Arizona State University. There, I helped developed new, project-based curricula for a general engineering program that seeks to broadly educate engineers with adaptive expertise. In 2011, I began a position as an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, where I am able to strike a good balance between my teaching interests and my research in bioelectrochemical systems.

My research focuses on developing energy-efficient treatment strategies for both water and wastewater treatment. I examine bioelectrochemcial systems where biofilms, capable of using either an anode as an electron accpetor or cathode as an electron donor, remediate environmental pollutants and concurrently produce electricity. I am interested in developing scalable process designs that could be easily integrated into existing treatment infrastructure. In May 2012, in a project sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, my research group deployed a latrine in Ghana capable of generating electricity directly from human waste.

Web link: http://cee.umass.edu/node/2592

Last Updated: 5/31/2013

Kyle Butler
Engineer, AIR Worldwide, Boston,MA

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2011
B.S. Georgia Institute of Technology, 2003

As an Engineer at AIR Worldwide, I work with a diverse group of engineers and scientists developing models which help insurance and reinsurance companies evaluate the impacts of natural catastrophes on their portfolios. I primarily work with the wind vulnerability team, creating structural vulnerability models for wind related perils (hurricanes, thunderstorms, tornadoes, etc.).
While at AIR, I helped develop an updated vulnerability model for Tropical Cyclone impacts in Australia. Part of this development involved understanding the impact on the actual exposure, and I was deployed on a post event survey after Tropical Cyclone Yasi in 2011. In my current role, I maintain and enhance the wind vulnerability portion of AIR's US Hurricane model and am now extending this into the development of a model for hurricane impacts in Canada.

You can read more about AIR's research through their AIR-Currents publications: http://www.air-worldwide.com/Publications/AIR-Currents/

Last Updated: 5/23/2013

Zach Cobell
Water Resources Engineer, ARCADIS, Boulder, CO

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2010

I am a water resources engineer specializing in both large scale coastal, riverine and hydrologic applications as well as small scale flow simulations. I have successfully developed and applied models designed to analyze hurricane storm surge, hydraulic scour analysis, sea level rise, coastal restoration impacts, levee design and feasibility studies, flow around buildings within cities, and flow inside water treatment facilities.

I have served on many high profile projects, most notably the 2012 CPRA (Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority) State of Louisiana 2012 Master Plan for Surge and Waves, Simulations of Hurricane Sandy through Lower Manhattan, and West Shore of Lake Pontchartrain Hurricane Protection Project.

E Mail: zachary.cobell@arcadis-us.com
Web Link: http://www.arcadis-us.com

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

Jesse Davenport
Ph.D., Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques - Université de Lorraine, 2016

M.S. Geology, University of Notre Dame, 2013
B.A., College of Wooster, 2011

At Notre Dame, I worked with Professors Clive Neal and Diogo Bolster modeling the geochemistry and evolution of the Lunar Magma Ocean (LMO), a ocean of magma formed from the giant impact between Earth and a Mars-sized object, which cooled to form the outer layers of the Moon. I also converted and updated the long-standing igneous crystallization modeling programs MAGFOX, MAGPOX, BATCH and FXMOTR from FORTRAN to MATLAB. I also worked with Professor Antonio Simonetti deciphering the petrogenesis of the Detroit Seamount, part of the Hawaiian-Emperor Seamount Chain.
Currently, I am a doctoral student at Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques (CRPG) in Nancy, France, where I am a Marie Curie Research Scholar using isotopic methods to quantify silicate and carbonate weathering in the Himalayas.

E Mail:jessed@crpg.cnrs-nancy.fr
Web Link:http://www.jessedavenport.com

Last Updated: 01/15/2014

Emily (Spargo) Dhingra
Coastal Team Lead, URS Corporation, Germantown MD

M.S. University of Notre Dame, 2004
B.S. University of Wisconsin - Platteville, 2001

After graduating with a B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, I earned a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering at Notre Dame. I worked in Joannes Westerink's lab creating a tidal database for the west coast of the United States. After completing my degree, I moved to the Washington, D.C. area to work for NOAA running the ADCIRC model for their VDatum project (vdatum.noaa.gov). I now work for URS Corporation in their Germantown, MD office.

As the Coastal Team Lead at my office, I primarily oversee work that my team does for FEMA coastal flood studies using a variety of storm surge and overland wave analysis models. We create Flood Insurance Rate Maps for FEMA and work on other post-disaster projects such as high water mark collection after hurricane and riverine flood events.

E Mail: emily.dhingra@urs.com

Last Updated: 5/18/2013

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Casey Dietrich
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Construction, & Environmental Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame 2011
M.S. University of Oklahoma, 2005
B.S. University of Oklahoma, 2004
B.A. University of Oklahoma, 2004

I received three degrees from the University of Oklahoma before moving to Notre Dame for my Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, studying with Joannes Westerink. After leaving Notre Dame, I worked as a research associate for three years at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at the University of Texas at Austin. I joined the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University as an assistant professor in 2013.

I have developed and validated high-resolution computational models of hurricane waves and storm surge along the Gulf coast, and these models have been used for levee design by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and for floodplain risk assessment by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. I have also applied these models in an operational framework to forecast storms including Hurricane Isaac (2012) as well as oil transport following the BP spill in 2010.

Email: caseydietrich@gmail.com
Web link: http://www.caseydietrich.com

Last Updated: 5/13/2013

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Lindsay Seders Dietrich
Chemist, PWSM Lab, The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame 2011
B.S. University of Toledo, 2004

As a part of my Ph.D. research, I examined organic matter fate and transport in flow-through columns, proton binding of bacterial exudates, and adhesion of titanium dioxide nanoparticles onto silica and iron oxide-coated silica. After completing my Ph.D., I worked for 3 years as a Post Doctoral Fellow and then as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Southern Methodist University. There, I managed an environmental science and engineering lab and studied the behavior of engineered nanoparticles in aqueous environmental systems.

In September 2013, I started in the PWSM Lab where we analyze a variety of samples for nutrient content, metal concentrations, and other characteristics. The results are used to make recommendations to growers regarding deficiencies, fertilization, etc. I am also responsible for quality control, maintaining laboratory certifications, and method development.

E Mail:Lasdietrich@gmail.com
Web Link:  http://www.ncagr.gov/agronomi/index.htm

Last Updated: 10/23/2013

Patrick H Donohue
Post-doctoral researcher, University of Notre Dame

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2014
B.A. State University of New York at Geneseo, 2008

Post-doctoral researcher with Tony Simonetti at Notre Dame, investigating post-detonation material from nuclear blasts.

Web Link:http://www3.nd.edu/~pdonohu1/

Last Updated: 01/15/2014

Laura Eads
Catastrophe Risk Modeler, RMS, Newark, CA

Ph.D. Stanford University, 2014
M.S. Stanford University, 2010
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2008

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2008, I attended Stanford University, where I earned my MS and PhD in structural engineering. My research focused on assessing the collapse risk of buildings due to earthquakes.

In 2013, I joined RMS as a catastrophe risk modeler. I develop structural vulnerability models that describe how structures respond to natural catastrophes (e.g., earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods) and predict the level of damage. This information is used by business owners, policy makers, and those in the insurance industry to help understand the impact of natural catastrophes on their holdings.

E Mail: leads@alumni.nd.edu

Last Updated: 10/13/2013

Stephen Erwin
Project Engineer, Evergreen EDC/SSOE Group Hillsboro, OR

M.S. University of Notre Dame, 2007
B.S. Gonzaga Universit, 2005

My responsibilities includes Design and Detail Gravity and Lateral Systems of Various Building Additions Including: Concrete, Masonry, and Steel and Significant Cross Discipline Construction Administration, Manage Multiple Portions of Large Scale Project and Converse Between Multiple Trades, Work as Part of a Team and Trouble-shoot Issues, Both in Office and In the Field, Use REVIT/CAD To Present Designs To Clientt, Design and Detail Various Non-building Structural Anchorages Including: Mechanical Equipment, Ducting/Piping, Semiconductor Tools, ETC.

Few of my projects are Bonneville Power Administration Seismic Retrofits, Young Life Washington Family Ranch, Pearl Family Housing, Sage Green, Accent Heights Retaining Walls, Three Rivers Region Wastewater Authority, Tamarack, Yakima Valley Tech. Center, Stratford Everett.

E Mail:  thesteveerwin@gmail.com
Web Link:www.linkedin.com/in/steveerwin

Last Updated: 8/11/2013

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Tony Farina
Project Manager, Hazen and Sawyer, Cincinnati, OH

M.S. Purdue University 2000, B.S.University of Notre Dame, 1999

I have worked primarily on wastewater treatment and conveyance planning and design projects, initially as a project engineer, and now as a project manager. The majority of the projects I've been involved with were design projects for wastewater facilities, ranging from 0.5 MGD to 100+ MGD.

E Mail: tonyfarina@msn.com

Last Updated: 6/02/2013

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Jesse C. Feyen
Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Silver Spring, MA

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2005
B.S. Calvin College, 2000

I am a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Silver Spring, Maryland. As one of NOAA's lead storm surge experts, I manage NOAA's Storm Surge Roadmap, which lays out the agency's comprehensive plan for the development of storm surge products and services, including new models, tools, and products. NOAA has a mission to protect life and property from disastrous coastal flooding and promote resilient communities, and the Roadmap improves National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center forecasts of storm surge. I joined the National Ocean Services' Coast Survey Development Laboratory in 2004 to develop and evaluate high resolution coastal inundation predictions of sea level rise and storm surge studies for the U.S. East and Gulf coasts.

Recently I have lead the implementation of the ADCIRC hydrodynamic model for prediction of storm surge and tide conditions during severe extratropical storms, called the Extratropical Surge and Tide Operational Forecast System (ESTOFS). The National Ocean Service is also testing application of ADCIRC to produce ensembles of high resolution storm surge prediction for tropical cyclones. I have also coordinated a series of social science studies that have guided the development of upcoming storm surge forecast products, including an inundation graphic and storm surge warning.

E Mail: jesse.feyen@noaa.gov
Web Link: stormsurge.noaa.gov

Last Updated: 6/12/2013

Edward B. Fitzpatrick, Jr.
Retired Owner, Fitzpatrick McGoldrick and Associates

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1954

After graduating from Notre Dame, I  was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, in the United States Army, Corps of Engineers. I served on active duty for a period of time and then spent six years in the reserves and resigned as a First Lieutenant.

I always wanted to go into the heavy construction industry but my Dad, who was a Civil Engineering graduate from Cooper Union, advised me to spend several years working in design before I went into the heavy construction field. I took his advice and it helped me tremendously in my heavy construction career. I must admit that he was a much better engineer than I ever was. After leaving the service I took a position in the design department of Texaco. After working there for a year I took a position in the design department of the oldest marine and heavy construction firm in the USA at that time, Merritt Chapman and Scott (MCS). There I got the most rewarding design experiences I ever had, such as the sinking procedures for the caissons for the four main tower piers of the Throgs Neck Bridge; the design of the two,  two hundred forty foot high head towers and the two, two hundred and twenty foot high tail towers for the Glen Canyon Dam which were to used to transport the four million cubic yards of concrete across the canyon to build the dam; and the design of the temporary New York Central Railroad bridges so that MCS could build the Tuscarora power plant near Buffalo. From there I went to Morrison Knudsen and stayed for two years to learn the estimating part of the business.

Sometime during 1965 I started my own heavy construction business and in late 1967 brought in a partner, Joseph M. McGoldrick, a Civil Engineering Graduate from Lehigh University in 1959. We concentrated mostly on marine and special types of heavy construction projects. Some of the projects we built were a bridge for the B & O Railroad, a bridge over the Hackensack River and another bridge over the Passaic River for the New Jersey Turnpike; a bridge over the Hudson River in Troy NY, the two mile long Coney Island Viaduct in Brooklyn, a pier for Moore McCormack lines, a pier for American President lines, three piers for the United States Coast Guard cutters at Governors Island, an oil tanker terminal for Port Albany, an oil tanker terminal for Port Everglades, two 84 inch ocean outfalls that were each over 5 miles long for Nassau and Suffolk counties, a section of the New York City subway in Queens, a section of the Atlanta subway system, over 10 miles of the elevated transit system plus 6 stations for Dade County, construction of the seawall and the landfill for Battery Park City, along with many numerous other  projects.

In 1988, we formed a consulting firm called Fitzpatrick McGoldrick and Associates. We represented owners, other contractors, engineers, and attorneys with their engineering and construction issues. One owner was the Diocese of Rockville Centre which was formed in 1957 and covered Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The Diocese was exploding with Catholics after WW II.  During a six year period we had constructed or expanded over 40 churches, numerous rectories, schools and gyms. All of them were completed on time and within budget.

I have been a licensed Professional Engineer in the states of New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Georgia, am a member of the Moles, and am a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Today I am retired but remain active as a member of the Notre Dame College of Engineering Advisory Council (since 1972) and also come back to lecture about construction innovation, large scale construction, and ethics.

Challenges and Innovation in Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar Series (September 21, 2012), (September 15, 2011), (March 17, 2010)

E Mail: efitzpatrick4@optonline.net

Last Updated: 6/30/2013

William (Bill) H. Fleming Jr.
Associate, Churchill Consulting Engineers, Berlin, NJ 
City Council President, Woodbury, NJ

B.S. (Civil Engineering) University of Notre Dame, 1972
B.S. (Geology) University of Notre Dame, 1971

I have worked for 40+ years in a number of consulting engineering firms (CE Maguire, J.G. Reutter, Speitel Associates, BCM Engineers, Fleming & Blair, CDM and currently Churchill Consulting Engineers), initially as an engineer and scientist and later as an owner, senior officer and board member, providing planning, design, and construction management services for a diverse range of civil and environmental engineering and earth sciences projects to public and private sector clients. The work has involved: water resources management (water supply, distribution, storage and treatment); wastewater management (collection, interception, and treatment); solid and hazardous waste management (soil, groundwater, biota, and surface water monitoring, contaminant modeling, and site remediation); stormwater management; environmental impact evaluations; regulatory negotiations and permits; civil site planning, land survey, and mapping; utilities; major highway and local roadways; public presentations and awareness; and environmental litigation and expert testimony. The projects have involved innovative and sometimes controversial solutions to regional environmental problems, often resulting in positive impacts to many people’s lives and the environment. I believe one of the great rewards from a career in science and engineering is seeing your solutions built.

Since graduation I’ve been active professionally in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), serving as board member and President of both the ASCE South Jersey (SJ) Branch and New NJ Section; I was responsible for starting this ASCE Zone’s Younger Member Forum, served as Chairman of the ASCE National Spring Convention in Atlantic City, and received the ASCE Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement. I served as board member and President of the Consulting Engineers Council of NJ and was elected Fellow, and I am currently a member of the ASCE, Water Environment Federation, American Water Works Association (Life), Geological Society of America, American Institute of Professional Geologists, and board member of South Jersey Land and Water Trust.

Much of my work experience has been in the Delaware Valley, particularly New Jersey (NJ), but also in New England, the Midwest, and the South. Some of the more interesting projects include:
• In the 1980s I worked on the Camden Metropolitan Area Water Supply Feasibility Study that provided for reductions in groundwater withdrawals in the critical area of the coastal plain PRM aquifer and triggered construction of a Delaware River Estuary surface water intake, treatment facility and regional water distribution network.
• In response to federal and state non-point source pollutant regulations, I led county-wide stormwater management planning for 24 municipalities, making extensive use of GIS. The project evaluated existing zoning and build-out land use, comparing impervious cover and pollutant loading (phosphorus, nitrogen, and total suspended solids) for each municipality and their cumulative watershed impacts now and under build-out conditions. The projections will be used to evaluate point and non-point source loadings to these surface waters and for land use decisions. The project also included the design and construction of about $10 million in regional stormwater management facilities to reduce non-point source pollution.
• We’ve recently completed wastewater management planning for a largely un-sewered group of municipalities, and used GIS to map and model land use and zoning and to project nitrate loadings to groundwater from onsite disposal systems. These projections were used to calculate land use densities in the un-sewered areas and will be used to restrict building density and to evaluate future sewer service extensions.
• I led extensive subsurface investigations at major manufacturing facilities for Fortune 500 industries in Indiana, Alabama, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, and directed efforts in groundwater, surface water, and biological sampling and analysis, QA/QC, health and safety, hydrogeological modeling, contaminant fate and transport modeling, risk assessment, and remedial engineering evaluations, designs, and construction.

I am currently a City Councilman in my hometown of Woodbury, NJ, where I have been elected for three, three year terms, serving as Finance Chairman and Redevelopment Chair and now Council President. Additionally, I was elected to four, three year terms to the Woodbury Board of Education, and served as President for four years.

My professional activities and civic involvement are important parts of my career and life’s journey. I’ve used every aspect of my Notre Dame Geology and Civil Engineering education; I only wish I’d paid more attention in those early morning classes! The combination of geology and civil/environmental engineering at ND, separate departments in my day, provided a terrific career path; as the understanding and focus on our environment has progressed from the 1970s to new millennium, the evolved combination now flourishes under one roof, CEEES, clearly providing challenging career paths for the next generation to enjoy.

E Mail: bfleming@alumni.ND.edu
Web Link:  http://www.churchillengineers.com

Tori Forbes
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2008
B.S. Beloit College, 2001

After receiving my B.S. Degree from Beloit College, I worked for two years as a teaching assistant at the Marine Biological Lab in Woods Hole, MA and a research assistant at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. I received my Ph.D. with Peter Burns in 2007 and my doctoral research focused on characterizing Np compound with relevance to nuclear waste disposal. After completing my degree, I was a postdoctoral scholar with Slavi Sevov in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame and Alexandra Navrotsky in the Peter A. Rock Thermochemistry Laboratory at the University of California at Davis

I joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Iowa as an Assistant Professor in 2010. My research focuses on creating novel nanomaterials for use in separations technologies and as geochemical models for developing a better understanding of the transport of nuclear materials in environmental systems. This work is supported by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the National Science Foundation and is associated with the Water Sustainability Initiative at the University of Iowa.

E Mail: tori-forbes@uiowa.edu
Web Link: http://www.chem.uiowa.edu/forbes-research-group

Last Updated: 6/26/2013

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David A. Fowle
Associate Professor, Department of Geology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2000
M
.S. University of Notre Dame 1999

I am a biogeochemist who studies how microorganisms influences the cycling of trace elements and global climate. Key projects included a multiple country initiative to study climate change and geobiology in an Ancient Lake in Indonesia; and helping energy and mining companies better understand the development, environmental cleanup and exploration of their resources using biogeochemical techniques. I also run my own consulting firm which specializes in helping individuals and businesses deal with multidisciplinary problems in these same areas.

Email: fowle@ku.edu
Web link: http://www.geo.ku.edu

Last Updated: 5/15/2013

Drew Gorman-Lewis
Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2006
B.S. University of Oregon, 2001

Research Interests: Natural and anthropogenic processes such as biogeochemical cycles, mineral dissolution, activities related to industry, mining, and nuclear energy introduce a variety chemical species into the environment. Many processes involving microorganisms, mineral surfaces, and aqueous complexation reactions influence the migration of these species through the environment. To have a better understanding how these processes affect water quality, contaminant migration, and remediation efforts I combine interdisciplinary techniques from microbiology, low temperature aqueous geochemistry, physical chemistry, and thermodynamic modeling to get a quantitative understanding of the processes affecting the movement of chemical species through the environment.

Email: dgormanl@uw.edu
Web link: http://faculty.washington.edu/dgormanl/

Last Updated: 5/16/2013

Jaime W. Guamán
Civil & Architecture Regional Leader, SANTOS CMI, Guayaquil, Ecuador

M.S. University of Notre Dame, 2010
B.S. Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil, 1998

After graduating at the Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil (UCSG) in 1998, I worked as Structural Design Engineer for “CONSULTOLA”, and then for the Municipal Potable Water Companies ECAPAG and INTERAGUA in Guayaquil city. I specialized in Structural Engineering, mainly working on concrete and steel buildings, malls, bridges, wharfs, and airports. Along with my professional career development, I taught Prestressed Concrete, Steel Structures Design, and Structural Analysis at the UCSG during 5 years.

In 2005, I served as the President of the Structural Technical Division at the Civil Engineers Professional College in Guayaquil. After, in 2007 I was granted the Fulbright Faculty Development Program to pursue graduate studies in the United States.

After finishing my Master’s degree at the University of Notre Dame in 2010, I started to work at SANTOS CMI (SCMI) as Senior Civil Engineer. SCMI is a multinational Petroleum, Oil & Gas company devoted to provide Engineering, Procurement, and Construction solutions throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Recently, SCMI became part of the POSCO family, the world’s 3rd largest steel conglomerate.

In 2012, I was promoted to Civil & Architecture Regional Leader in Guayaquil. My responsibilities include supervising Civil and Architecture designs; developing international budgets, and providing field support for our projects.

Some of my key projects are: Researcher for the IDNDR RADIUS Project, Ecuador, 1998 (UCSG); Seismic Instrumentation of the Ecuadorian Coast, Ecuador, 1999 (UCSG); International Airport “Jose Joaquin de Olmedo”, Ecuador, 2008 (CONSULTOLA); Esmeraldas Refinery Rehabilitation Project - Phase II, Ecuador, 2010 (SCMI); SKEC Field Engineering Support, Brazil, 2011 (SCMI); CSP Temporary Facilities, Brazil, 2011 (SCMI); ILO Peaky Project, Peru, 2012 (SCMI); TERMOSURIA Project, Colombia, 2013 (SCMI)

E Mail: jguaman@santoscmi.com
Web Link: http://www.santoscmi.com

Last Updated: 7/07/2013

Kurt Gurley
Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame 1997
M.S. University of Notre Dame, 1994
B.S. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1991

My primary areas of research are wind effects on residential structures, and stochastic modeling of extreme winds and structural resistance. I have largely focused on in-field measurement and modeling of ground-level hurricane winds and wind loads on occupied coastal residential structures. This field data is coupled with post-storm residential damage assessments, laboratory evaluations of component capacities, and computational and wind tunnel studies to model the vulnerability of residential structures to hurricane wind damage. The research outputs contribute to a variety of hazard preparation and response efforts including storm intensity ratings, damage assessments, mitigation, building science, and codes and standards.

Challenges and Innovation in Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar Series (March 24, 2011)

E Mail: kgurl@ce.ufl.edu
Web Link: www.essie.ufl.edu/

Last Updated: 6/20/2013

Fred L. Haan, Jr
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, IN

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2000
M.S. University of Notre Dame, 1995
B.S. Calvin College, 1992

Because I had advisors in both departments, my time at Notre Dame was spent in between CE/GEOS and AME departments mixing aerodynamics and civil engineering in the field of wind engineering. After finishing at Notre Dame, I joined the faculty of the Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Dept. at Iowa State University. While there I conducted wind engineering research and collaborated on the development of two innovative wind simulation facilities--the first was a tornado/microburst simulator and the second was an atmospheric boundary layer wind tunnel with gusting capability. The tornado simulator attracted national and international attention and initiated the development of new class of wind simulation facilities in laboratories around the world. After Iowa State I joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Rose-Hulman’s international reputation for engineering education attracted me, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here combining technical expertise with a serious dedication to excellent teaching.

My professional work has two primary concentrations. First, I teach engineering and develop courses and teaching methods that engage students at ever deeper levels. Typically this means seeking ways of getting more hands-on projects and activities in my courses. This also means assessing results of cognitive science and education research for use in improving classroom and lab instruction.

Second, I study wind effects on structures--primarily through experimental aerodynamics studies. This includes studying extreme winds such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and thunderstorm gusts and how they affect residential structures, buildings, bridges and vehicles. My work has been funded through NSF, NOAA and industry partners and has ranged from studying large-scale structures to small components of structures. My major focus in recent years has been investigating how tornado-induced loading differs from that produced by straight-line winds. I have worked through ASCE and with professional colleagues around the world to develop ways of translating this knowledge to wind load standards.

E Mail: haan@rose-hulman.edu
Web Link: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/~haan

Last Updated: 7/15/2013

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Scott C. Hagen
Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental, and Construction Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame 1998
B.S. University of Iowa, 1993

I joined the University of Central Florida in 1998 as an assistant professor and was recently promoted to professor. I have a P.E. with the State of Florida, and am a Diplomate of both Coastal and Water Resources Engineering. I am a member of the Board of Governors for the ASCE/Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute and served as Chair of the Coastal & Estuarine Hydroscience committee. In 2012 I hosted the Tenth International Conference on Hydroscience & Engineering where I was honored with an Outstanding Achievement Award for Advancement of the State-of-the-Art

At the University of Central Florida I have established a research program in coastal hydroscience focusing on massively parallel, high performance computational modeling of ocean, coastal, and inland astronomical and meteorological tides and flows. We are developing geospatial data fusion techniques that use high-resolution satellite imagery to assess and improve coastal and estuarine models. My more recent efforts expand into transport and biological modeling, particularly with respect to the coastal dynamics of sea level rise.

My students and I are conducting scientific research that is applied through engineering to benefit society. For example, I led a team that includes UCF graduate students working in conjunction with industry and government counterparts to develop coastal inundation models in direct support of FEMA flood plain mapping for the Florida panhandle and the Alabama coastal areas. In addition we participate on the FEMA team covering the east Florida / Georgia coasts. Output from the models that our team has and are developing will ultimately determine FEMA digital flood insurance rate maps, which will play a substantial role in defining how Florida coastal regions will be developed. Our interdisciplinary research into the hydrodynamic and ecological effects of sea level rise is helping coastal planners in the northern Gulf of Mexico and throughout the State of Florida.

Web link: http://champs.cecs.ucf.edu

Last Updated: 5/16/2013

Tom Hanley
Professor Emeritus Columbus State University, Columbus, GA

Ph.D. Indiana University, 1975
B.S.(Geology) University of Notre Dame, 1965

Professor of Geology and retired in 2007 as Department Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Geology which contained pre-engineering, physics, and astronomy as well as geology.

E Mail:hanley_tom@yahoo.com

Last Updated: 12/03/2013

Kelly J. Johnson
Geochemist, MWH Global, Steamboat Springs, CO

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame 2006
B.S. University of Idaho, 2001

My specialities include acid rock drainage, drilling oversite, pit lake modeling, mine closure and permitting.

Email: kellyjjohnson@gmail.com

Last Updated: 5/16/2013

Maggie Kakenmaster
Civil Engineer, Department of Defense, Washington, D.C

M.E. University of Maryland, 2015 (Anticipated)
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2013

I graduated from the CEEES Department at the University of Notre Dame in 2013 and began work with the Department of Defense as a Civil Engineer working just outside of Washington, D.C. I have worked on facilities in the local area as well as throughout the United States and abroad, providing structural engineering support on multi-disciplinary teams of engineers and project managers.

I will be entering the University of Maryland's M.Eng. program on a part-time basis in the fall of 2013 to work towards a Masters in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on structures. After passing my FE while at Notre Dame, I have also begun working towards my PE and PMP certifications.

I have worked as a lead civil engineer on two stormwater management initiatives and have provided structural engineering support in design review and analysis on the renovation and construction of several facilities throughout the United States and abroad. I have worked through design calculations and drawings for several civil engineering projects in the area. Currently I am managing the design and execution of and evaluating the contracts for several multi-million dollar projects located in the Washington, D.C. area.

E Mail:mkakenma@alumni.nd.edu

Last Updated: 7/24/2013

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Janice Kenney
Research Engineer, Umeå Univeristy, Sweden

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame 2010
B.S. University of Windsor

I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Windsor with a minor in Chemistry. I then completed my Ph.D. in biogeochemistry with Professor Jeremy Fein in August 2010 as an Environmental Molecular Science Institute (EMSI) Graduate Fellow at the University of Notre Dame. I am currently working as a Research Engineer at Umeå University, in Sweden, having moved up from the position of Postdoc in September 2012.

At the University of Windsor, I examined the magnetic susceptibility of beach and oil shale samples, extracted CO2 gas from carbonaceous rocks, studied the ecology of microbial mats from nickel mine run-off environments, examined the effects of bacteria on Fe and As-rich minerals, and studied the mineralogy of a sulphide and platinum group element deposit in Northern Canada. During my Ph.D. I specialized in the surface complexation modelling (SCM), of metal adsorption to bacteria and their exudates, based on thermodynamic theory. The projects I worked on involved investigating the binding of gold or cadmium onto common soil bacteria, and their exudates, and developing a thermodynamic model to describe the phenomena. The work from these studies was published in high quality geochemical journals. Overall, our work has answered important questions regarding how bacterial adsorption affects metal speciation and distribution in environmental systems. Currently, my post-doctoral researcher position at Umeå University has been focused on examining the mobility of organophosphates in the environment. Phosphates are essential nutrients with the seemingly paradoxical behaviour of limiting production and growth in some systems but leading to eutrophication in others. It is important to understand the mobility of these molecules in the presence of minerals and bacteria (and their exudates).

Email: janicekenney@gmail.com

Last Updated: 5/13/2013

Tracy Kijewski-Correa
Linbeck Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, University of Notre Dame, IN

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2003
M.S. University of Notre Dame, 2000
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1997

I am Linbeck Associate Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame and fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. I lead the Structural DYNamics And MOnitoring (DYNAMO) Laboratory, which is dedicated to addressing 21st Century Civil Infrastructure Challenges posed by increased urbanization and hazard vulnerability, using inter-disciplinary collaborations and context-driven technologies ranging from advanced sensing, simulation and cyber-infrastructure to innovative sustainable systems suitable for developed and developing countries. These efforts include an NSF-funded, full-scale monitoring program for signature buildings in three countries around the globe, including the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. Other activities include research in cyber-physical systems and embedded sensing, in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary, college-wide research team focused on wireless sensor networks for detection of damage in civil infrastructure and terrorist activities in major cities. Of most relevance is my two recent NSF-funded cyber-infrastructure projects. VORTEX-Winds: A Virtual Organization for Reducing the Toll of EXtreme Winds was one of the first Engineering Virtual Organizations (EVOs) funded by NSF. Later I received funding through the NSF Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI Type II) program to develop OSD-CI: Open Sourcing the Design of Civil Infrastructure, a project that creates new paradigms for cyber-collaboration and crowd-sourcing of engineering tasks. Recently, these efforts have been extended by Notre Dame’s Strategic Research Initiatives Program to include the seeding of CYBER-EYE: A Cyber-Collaboratory for National Risk Modeling and Assessment to Mitigate the Impacts of Hurricanes in a Changing Climate. New crowdsourcing and cyberinfrastructure projects for wider classes of natural hazards and sustainable construction practices are now growing from these efforts.

My scholarship has focused increasingly on Natural Hazards Mitigation and is now being extended to the developing world. This began with my founding of an NSF-funded REU site to allow undergraduates to work on sustainable and culturally appropriate housing designs in the wake of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, including conducting three years of field reconnaissance and recovery evaluation in Thailand and Indonesia. My most prominent work now focuses on the master planning and rebuilding of Leogane, Haiti, the effective epicenter of the 2010 Earthquake. To this end, me and my collaborators have conducted numerous reconnaissance trips following the earthquake and are currently engaged in development of a sustainable model for low-income housing, funded by the National Collegiate Inventors Association and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies under the banner of Engineering2Empower (E2E). E2E will open its incubator in Leogane, Haiti in the Fall of 2013 to launch its depot to serve families still displaced by the earthquake. These efforts are now being leveraged to develop community-based Disaster Risk Reduction strategies enabled by mobile devices with target applications in Latin America and The Caribbean (LAC) as part of the E2E Go Global Campaign launched in the Summer of 2013. This project and another effort I advise, ND SEED: Notre Dame Students Empowering Engineering Development, allows students to engage in service-based research and scholarship to help deliver critical infrastructure to developing countries in LAC.

In addition to the ND SEED service course and the opportunities for undergraduate research as part of E2E and my other projects and my fellowship at the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, I have offered 4 courses in Structural Engineering at the junior, senior and graduate levels. I also developed the first module for the College’s first year engineering course that emphasizes experiential learning and interdisciplinary team environments to demonstrate universal engineering principles related to modeling, reliability and optimization using K’Nex towers that are experimentally validated and modeled in commercial finite element packages. I have also designed a number of experiential learning modules for K-12 outreach to groups underrepresented in engineering.

E Mail: tkijewsk@nd.edu
Web Link: dynamo.nd.edu

Last Updated: 7/12/2013

Adam Knaack
Schaefer Inc., Cincinnati, OH

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2013
M.S.C.E University of Notre Dame, 2009
B.S. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2007

I had the opportunity to complete the M.S.C.E and Ph.D. degrees at Notre Dame working with Dr. Kurama. My Master's research focused on the stress-strain behavior of concrete exposed to elevated temperatures and my Ph.D. work focused on the mechanical and structural behavior of concrete building structures made with recycled concrete aggregate.

After completing my Ph.D. work at Notre Dame, I began my professional career with the structural consulting firm Schaefer Inc. in Cincinnati, OH. At Schaefer, I've worked on the design/analysis of new and existing building structures. I am also a part of the Entertainment Structures Group at Schaefer which provides structural engineering services to the entertainment industry.

E Mail: adam.m.knaack@gmail.com

Last Updated: 10/27/2013

Randall Lee Kolar
Austin Presidential Professor and Department Chair, School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 1992
B.S. University of Idaho, 1983

I received a B.S. in Civil Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Idaho in 1983, after which I practiced as a consulting engineer in Idaho and Washington until 1987, working on small infrastructure and industrial projects. In the fall of 1987, after many campus visits, I chose the University of Notre Dame for my Ph.D. studies, primarily because of the quality of their computational water resources faculty, my chosen area of expertise. Professors William Gray (my Ph.D. advisor) and David Kirkner were instrumental in recruiting me to Notre Dame. The small size and quality of the department allows for more personal interactions and connections, which are so important toward building lasting and productive professional relationships. And for me, these personal and professional relationships have continued to this day, including strong research collaborations with my Notre Dame post-doc advisor, Joannes Westerink.

After receiving my Ph.D. from ND in 1992, I took a visiting faculty position, which turned into a tenure-track position, at the University of New Haven, while my wife, Maria (Rhomberg) Kolar (ND grad, 1991) attended Yale Law School. While Maria was in law school, a chance meeting between my Professor Gray and the Chair of Civil Engineering at the University of Oklahoma, who happened to be one of my favorite professors at the University of Idaho, alerted me to a faculty opening at OU. I subsequently applied, interviewed, and accepted the position, starting in 1995. In 2007, I was promoted to full professor, and in 2008, I received the Austin Presidential Professorship.

My research interests center around computational hydrology and hydraulics, as applied primarily to flood-related studies. My research work over the years has been supported by NSF, DoD, DHS, NOAA, and DoEd, with projects ranging from coupled hydrology/hydraulic modeling of the "total water level" (tides + surge + waves + rainfall-runoff) in a psuedo-operational setting to 3D baroclinic simulations of near-coastal areas. I am also co-founder and Associate Director of the OU WaTER (Water Technologies for Emerging Regions) Center, aimed at comprehensive water and sanitation solutions for small, poor, rural communities. Finally, I have pursued a number of engineering educational initiatives, ranging from alternative instructional methods to curriculum reform that threads a common design theme (civil infrastructure) across multiple courses.

E Mail: kolar@ou.edu
Web link: www.cees.ou.edu

Last Updated: 6/21/2013

McKena Kovar
Project Engineer, Deepwater Technical Solutions Division, Oceaneering International, Inc. Houston, TX

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2011

I am currently a Project Engineer for Oceaneering International, Inc. - Deepwater Technical Solutions Division. Oceaneering is a global oilfield service provider specializing in deepwater offshore oil applications. The Deepwater Technical Solutions division focuses primarily on subsea ROV tooling and support systems. I joined Oceaneering as a Design Engineer upon graduating from Notre Dame. I was primarily responsible for the design and project management of small to medium scale ROV tools. I engineered multiple ROV tools and oversaw the design through assembly and testing stages to completion. Currently, as a Project Engineer I am responsible for project management of several concurrent projects, with a focus on larger scale, high volume projects. These include projects such as Subsea Hydraulic Power Unit Systems, Flowline Remediation Systems, and BOP Intervention Panel Sets.

I have recently been invited to present at the 2013 American Petroleum Institute Conference in Beijing, China. I will present on the development and significance of the Subsea Hydraulic Power Unit System.

E Mail: mckovar@gmail.com
Web Link: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=53546644&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

Last Updated: 8/21/2013

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Jeff Kroon
Bridge Product Engineer, Bentley Systems Inc.

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2010

I am Bridge Product Engineer at Bentley Systems, a company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. I train engineering professionals in the use of long span bridge design and engineering software and help them to streamline their workflows from project conceptualization to design, construction, and maintenance and operations through the use of Bentley technology. Most recently I have been working with the lead design consultant on the nation's largest bridge project, the new Tappan Zee bridge in New York.

E Mail: jkroon2@gmail.com

Last Updated: 2/25/2013

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Ethan J Kubatko
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2006
B.S. Pennsylvania State University,1997

At the University of Notre Dame I studied under the direction of Joannes Westerink. Following my time at Notre Dame, I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at the University of Texas at Austin, working with Clint Dawson, before I joined the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at The Ohio State University as an assistant professor in 2008.

My primary research interests are in the development, implementation, analysis, and application of computational models for fluid flow and transport processes. More specifically, my main research goal is the development and application of "next generation" high performance computing tools, which utilize state–of–the–art
methods and algorithms, that can be used to guide improvements in coastal management practices and hazard mitigation strategies. The research is highly interdisciplinary in nature, involving aspects of not only engineering but also applied mathematics, physical oceanography and computer science.

E Mail: kubatko.3@osu.edu
Web Link:http://ceg.osu.edu/people/kubatko.3

Last Updated: 5/17/2013

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Lisa Vidergar Lucas
Research Engineer, United States Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA

Ph.D. Stanford University, 1997,
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1989

I am a Research Engineer with the United States Geological Survey in their Water discipline. We are an earth science agency charged with doing high quality, objective, and relevant science that can help inform management of our planet's resources and ecosystems.

I love my job at the U.S.G.S. Inhabiting the interface between physics and biology in aquatic ecosystems, I study how hydrodynamics, mixing, and turbulence interact with other physical and biological processes to influence the base of the aquatic food web (namely, phytoplankton). I primarily work in tidal systems like San Francisco Bay, employing numerical modeling and field measurements (ideally, together) to help improve our understanding of how these ecosystems work. My research is highly interdisciplinary, so I get to constantly learn and incorporate knowledge from scientific disciplines other than my native field of study (civil engineering). I also get to work with a variety of scientists from a broad range of fields including climatology, fish biology, and ecotoxicology, to name a few.

One project in which I'm heavily implicated is "CASCaDE" (Computational Assessments of Scenarios of Change for the Delta Ecosystem). This is a hyper-disciplinary modeling project involving more than 30 scientists at multiple institutions. We are developing and linking several numerical models of the San Francisco Bay-Delta-Watershed-Atmosphere system to assess plausible scenarios of future change for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the tidal freshwater system at the head of San Francisco Bay. The hub of California's water delivery system and a large ecosystem in severe decline, our "Delta" is expected to be subject to several forces of intended and unintended change over the coming century: climate, earthquake, ecosystem restoration, and large-scale changes in water diversion infrastructure. Multi-billion dollar plans are being developed to co-equally manage the Delta for ecosystem health and water supply into the next several decades, and scientific guidance is needed. CASCaDE strives to illuminate how the Delta ecosystem might respond to these various forces of change and to help provide some scientific basis for decision making. Check out our project website: http://cascade.wr.usgs.gov/.

Challenges and Innovation in Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar Series (March 1, 2012)

Web Link: http://sfbay.wr.usgs.gov/access/wqdata/overview/people/lisacv.html

Last Updated: 5/24/2013

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Kelly J. Martin
Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2013
B.S. Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, 2006

In 2013, I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame under the direction of Dr. Robert Nerenberg. My current position is post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan.

Broadly, my research interests are in biological drinking water and wastewater treatment for advancement of sustainable water infrastructure. More specifically, I am interested in biofilm treatment technologies, computational biofilm models, and microbial ecology. Currently, my post-doc work involves the antibiotic resistance of microorganisms and the treatment of pharmaceuticals.

E Mail: martinkj@umich.edu

Last Updated: 7/02/2013

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Rosanne C Martyr
Post-Doctoral Fellow, San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California, San Diego, USGS Western Division Office in Menlo Park, CA

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2013
B.S. Geneva College, 2006

At Notre Dame, I worked with Joannes Westerink and the Computational Hydraulics Lab studying riverine, tidal and hurricane flows in the Gulf of Mexico, and utilizing high-performacne computing environments for numerical modeling.

Currently, I am a post-doctoral fellow at the San Diego Supercomputer Center of UC San Diego, and stationed at the USGS Western Division Office in Menlo Park, CA. My work with the USGS focuses on the use of unstructured-grid numerical models for long-term hydrodynamic flows and sediment transport in the San Francisco Estuary.
Professional Projects (Please summarize your professional expertise and highlight key projects/experiences)

My work at Notre Dame involved the validation and application of high-reolsuton, unstructured grid models of the Gulf of Mexico that were used extensively by the US Army Corps of Engineers for levee design along the Gulf Coast. My current work at the USGS is part of the USGS-led Cascade II Project which aims to understand the impact of climate change and large changes in the physical environment on hydrology, hydrodynamics, geomorphology, and key biological species in the San Francisco estuary. This multi-displinary project spans US government agencies, universities, and countries.

E Mail: rmartyr@usgs.gov

Last Updated: 6/13/2013

Patrick James McHugh
Barr Engineering, Minneapolis, MN

M.S. Engineering Management, Duke University, 2012
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2010

International Field Engineer (was stationed in Talara, Peru) implementing WireLine tools and techniques in order to evaluate oilfield boreholes and reservoirs for production.

Barr Engineering (Current) working in the Assessment and Remediation Business Unit helping clients determine extent and scope of contamination onsite as well as development of remediation plans.

E Mail: pmchugh1@alumni.nd.edu

Last Updated: 9/18/2013

Michael F. McNally
President and CEO, Skanska USA Inc., New York, NY

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1977
M.B.A. University of Rhode Island, 1981

I hold a BSCE degree from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island. Beginning my career as an offshore field engineer in Cairo, Egypt, I have been working in the construction industry for over 35 years, 15 of which have been with Skanska. Before coming to Skanska, I served as Vice President in charge of construction for Fluor Daniel’s Industrial Group.

I am one of nine members of Skanska AB’s Senior Executive Team responsible for Skanska’s global operations and directly responsible for Skanska’s business units in the U.S. and Latin America. As President and CEO of Skanska USA Inc., I oversee Skanska USA Building, which specializes in building construction; Skanska USA Civil, which is focused on civil infrastructure; and Skanska USA Commercial Development, which pursues commercial development initiatives in select U.S. markets.

Skanska is a large international construction and development company with annual revenues of approximately $20 billion. Skanska continues to grow and strengthen its presence in the U.S. Our revenue in the US is approximately $7 billion, making the US operation the largest in Skanska. We specialize in large complicated construction projects such as the renovation of the United Nations’ New York headquarters; the University Medical Center in New Orleans; eBay’s new data center; the New Meadowlands NFL Stadium; the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle; renovation of the Brooklyn Bridge; two major projects at the World Trade Center; and two NYC subway tunnels. We have 38 offices in the US any many of them have been recognized as “Best Places to Work.”

I currently sit on the national board of directors for the ACE Mentoring Program and on the Leadership Council of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Let’s Rebuild America initiative. I also serve as Vice Chairman of New York Building Congress.

We have done several projects on the ND campus. Most recently the Stayer Center, and the renovation of the Morris Inn.

Challenges and Innovation in Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar Series (February 11, 2009)

E Mail : Mike.McNally@skanska.com
Web Link:http://www.usa.skanska.com

Last Updated: 6/28/2013

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Holly Michael
Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1998

I developed an interest in water resources as an undergraduate at Notre Dame. After finishing my BS in Civil Engineering in 1998, I pursued a PhD in Hydrology at MIT. I did research at the USGS and Stanford before joining the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Delaware as an Assistant Professor in 2008.

As a hydrogeologist, I study groundwater flow and solute transport as they relate to water resources, coastal zone management, and human and ecosystem health. My students and I work to understand how physical processes link to biogeochemical, ecological, and human environments. Some of our recent projects include potential effects of climate change on salinization of coastal groundwater resources, the sustainability of water supply in arsenic-contaminated regions of India and Bangladesh, and excess nutrient transport to estuarine ecosystems.

Web Link:http://www.geosci.udel.edu/geosci/hydrogeology

Last Updated: 5/22/2013

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Elizabeth Mink
Environmental, Health, and Safety Leader, GE Aviation, Long Island, NY

B.S. University of Notre Dame 2010

After graduating in 2010 with a civil engineering degree focusing on environmental engineering, I began GE Aviation's Operations Management Leadership Program (OMLP). OMLP is a two-year program consisting of six-month rotations at four different aircraft engine and aircraft systems component facilities. I held roles in environmental compliance, industrial hygiene, and workplace safety, as well as a shop floor supervisor role, while moving to Florida, New Hampshire, Maryland, and New York. In my current role, I manage environmental, industrial hygiene, and safety compliance of a GE Aviation Systems shop in Long Island, New York.

E Mail: eamink8@gmail.com

Last Updated: 5/30/2013

Ann Mukai Miyasato
Senior Engineer, R.M. Towill Corporation, Honolulu, HI

M.S. University of Notre Dame, 2001
B.S. University of Hawaii- Manoa, 1997

I have completed planning and design of roadways; sewer, water, and drainage systems; telecommunication ductlines; building site and subdivision developments for county, state, federal and private sector clients.  The past four years has been focused in the wastewater industry, and keeping abreast with the leading technologies relating to wastewater treatment, collections systems and odor control.  The most recent notable project is the Sand Island Sewer Basin Facility Plan for the City and County of Honolulu, which is a planning and engineering study for improvements to the Sand Island Sewer Basin (SISB) wastewater conveyance facilities. The improvements will be required to meet sewer service demands to the year 2030 and beyond.  The SISB is the largest sewer basin in the Islands, that currently serve essential public facilities and combined resident and visitor population of approximately 403,000 urban residents with one major wastewater treatment plant, 16 wastewater pump stations, and related conveyance infrastructure comprised of gravity and force mains.

Last Updated: 5/15/2013

Brian Gerald Morgen
Associate, Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA), Seattle, WA

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2007
M.S. University of Notre Dame, 2004
B.S. Washington State University, 1999

I am currently an Associate at Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA) in Seattle, WA, an international award-winning structural and civil engineering firm. I began my career at MKA in 2004 while concurrently finishing my Ph.D. at Notre Dame. I currently leads the MKA internal Performance-Based Design Technical Specialty Team and in past leader of the Earthquake Engineering Technical Specialty Team.

In my 9 years at MKA, I have led structural design of projects in the United States (Alaska, California, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, and Washington) as well as international projects in India, Qatar, and the Philippines.

List of significant projects include:
The Infinity Towers, San Francisco, CA: The Infinity project was the first Performance-Based Seismic Design tall building to be permitted and constructed in San Francisco, CA. The project won the following awards: (1) Winner, Structural: 2008, from the ACI Northern California and Western Nevada Chapter and (2) Winner, Residential, Best of 2008, from the California Construction Magazine.
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL: at 24-stories, the tallest and one of the largest Children's Hospitals in the world.
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett Cymbaluk Medical Tower, Everett, WA: 12-story acute care facility that utilized a performance-based seismic design approach for the lateral system.
Providence Alaska Medical Center Generations Project, Anchorage, AK: 4-story addition to the existing PAMC development including a new 4-story standalone women's and children's center as well as miscellaneous revisions to the existing structure.
Museum Plaza (not built), Louisville, KY: Unique mixed-use building, 63 stories at its tallest, bisected by a multiple-level public "island" hovering 23 stories in the air. The structure has four legs below the island and three towers above, with all seven elements intersecting on the island.

E Mail: bmorgen@alumni.nd.edu
Web Link: www.mka.com

Last Updated: 7/11/2013

Jessica Morrison
Freelance Science Reporter, Washington, DC

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2013
B.S. Middle Tennessee State University, 2008

I worked as a health reporter in 2012 under the guidance of Watchdog Editor Kaarin Tisue and Health Reporter Deborah Shelton for ten weeks at the Chicago Tribune. During this time, I reported and wrote about health and science topics including changes to CDC recommendations for Hepatitis C screening, the elective use of sedation for routine dental procedures and a citizen science ant collection project.

After graduating from Notre Dame I spend my summer at the Charlotte Observer in North Carolina. Currently I am Freelance science reporter based in Washington, DC.

E Mail: jessicamariemorrison@gmail.com
Web Link: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=117055545

Last Updated: 7/08/2013

Dennis F. Murphy
Retired President, Kiewit Engineering Company, Omaha, NE

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1971

I graduated from Notre Dame with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1971. Within the CE curriculum in use at that time, I concentrated on Structures and Environmental Engineering. During summers at home on Long Island, New York, I interned with a local road/bridge contractor, first as a surveyor and then as a junior estimator. After graduation I went to work for Peter Kiewit Sons' on the 63rd St Tube and Tunnel in NYC as a Marine Field engineer.

My career with the Kiewit group of Companies spanned 34 plus years. Along the way I had a variety of titles including field engineer, project engineer, superintendent, quality control manager, project manager, estimate sponsor, area manager,senior engineer/estimator, estimate manager, and for the last 10 years of active employment with Kiewit served as President of Kiewit Engineering Co. KECO as it was called then, was an in house consulting engineering firm providing estimating, engineering and qualityrelated services to all divisions of Kiewit. I continued to consult for Kiewit for 6 years after official retirement, so 40 years would best delineate my total time with Kiewit

Significant projects I was associated with include: Hibernia and White Rose offshore platforms in Newfoundland, Second Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington, Benicia and Skyway Bridges in the Bay Area, Great Belt Tunnel and bridge crossing in Denmark, Deer Island Tunnel and many of the "Big Dig" projects in Boston, Hutchinson Island Nuclear plant in Florida, numerous port structures, bridges, roads, dams, tunnels, powerhouses, and related infrastructure work.

Challenges and Innovation in Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar Series (February 10, 2010), (March 25, 2009)

Email: damurf53@aol.com

Last Updated: 5/04/2013

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Patrick Murren
Structures, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP, San Francisco, CA

M.S. University of Notre Dame, 2012
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2007

After graduating from Notre Dame in 2007, I worked as a middle school teacher in the Recovery School District of New Orleans, LA, as part of the Teach For America program. I returned to ND for my Master's in 2009 and defended my research on steel frame design optimization in Fall 2011. I have been with SOM since 2011, where I have worked on the design, analysis, and detailing of various components of several high-rise building projects.

E Mail: pmurren@gmail.com

Last Updated: 6/02/2013

Shelley Ostrowski

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2010
LLM in International Human Rights and Criminal Justice Candidate, Utrecht University, 2014
JD Candidate, University of Pittsburgh, 2015

After college I spent two years with Skanska USA building in Atlanta, GA. During that time, I helped launch Skanska's new hire rotation program, which allowed me to work on various construction projects throughout the Southeast. I finished up my last year with the company working as an Assistant Superintendent on a large hospital expansion and renovation project in Columbus, GA.

I am currently working towards my JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. During my 2L year, I am studying abroad at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, working towards an LLM in International Human Rights and Criminal Justice.

E Mail: shelleyostrowski@gmail.com

Last Updated: 6/27/2013

Andrew M. Pozolo
Structural Associate, Nuclear Power Division, Sargent & Lundy, Chicago, IL

M.S. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2008

After earning my bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2008, I enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for graduate studies. While at UIUC, I completed a two-year research project studying prestressed self-consolidating concrete girders. After graduating with my master's degree in 2010, I joined Sargent & Lundy in Chicago, IL as a Structural Associate in the company's nuclear power division.

Sargent & Lundy provides consulting, engineering, and design services for the power industry. At S&L, I have primarily focused on new generation design projects and, on a secondary basis, evaluated structural modifications to existing power facilities. I have designed structural components for a research facility at a U.S. National Laboratory, a medical isotope production facility, and a new generation nuclear reactor.

E Mail: apozolo@alumni.nd.edu

Last Updated: 9/24/2013

Jonathan Rager
Structural Engineer, Heerema Marine Contractors, Houston, TX

M.S. University of Notre Dame, 2009
B.S. Texas A&M University, 2006

After graduating from Notre Dame in 2009, I moved to Ottawa, Canada and began working for Baird and Associates as Coastal Engineer.  In 2012 I moved to Texas and start working at Heerema Marine Contractors.

Last Updated: 7/22/2013

Brenda Read-Daily
Assistant Professor of Engineering & Physics, Elizabethtown College

Ph.D.University of Notre Dame, 2011
M.S.University of Notre Dame, 2008
B.S. Bradley University, 2005

I earned my Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, studying under the direction of Robert Nerenberg. Throughout my graduate studies, I researched biological nutrient removal in the context of agricultural drainage and wastewater treatment. As a part of my Ph.D. work, I examined the production and consumption of the potent greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide, during wastewater treatment.

I joined the Department of Engineering and Physics at Elizabethtown College in 2012. I am currently working with undergraduate students on developing an engineered drainage system designed to mitigate the impacts of nitrogen pollution due to agricultural runoff.

E Mail:readb@etown.edu

Last Updated: 9/01/2013

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Daniel E Reimer Jr.
Project Engineer, Aker Solutions

M.Ed University of Notre Dame, 2011
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2009

I joined the Alliance for Catholic Education (A.C.E.) program after undergraduate, and taught Chemistry and Physics at the high school level. My civil engineering degree provided excellent training, especially when I was asked to teach AP Chemistry and Physics my second year.

After completing the A.C.E. program, I worked as a Structural Design Engineer with Thompson Engineering. I used RISA-3D to model structures and was involved in construction management and producing structural analyses/reports in addition to design. In May 2013 I started as a Project Engineer with Aker Solutions. I am now involved with the design, procurement, testing, and installation of umbilical cables for Oil and Gas clients such as Exxon, Chevron, B.P, and Shell.

Email: danielreimerjr@gmail.com

Last Updated: 5/15/2013

Matthew Ries
Chief Technical Officer, Water Environment Federation (WEF), Alexandria, Virginia

M.S. University of Notre Dame, 1997
B.S. Valparaiso University, 1995

I am the Chief Technical Officer at the Water Environment Federation (WEF) in Alexandria, Virginia. WEF is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF members, Member Associations, and staff proudly work to achieve our mission to provide bold leadership, champion innovation, connect water professionals, and leverage knowledge to support clean and safe water worldwide. In my role I oversee WEF’s education and training programs including conferences, seminars, webcasts, e-Learning, and the technical program for WEFTEC, the world’s largest water conference. I also manage staff working with WEF’s technical committees and oversee strategic initiatives on innovation, energy, nutrients, stormwater, and others.

Before WEF I worked as a consultant in the planning, design, construction, and startup of municipal and industrial water, wastewater, and stormwater facilities, working at Hazen and Sawyer, P.C.; Ecology & Environment, Inc.; and Earth Tech, Inc. (now AECOM).

Additionally, I serve on the Board of Directors for Alexandria Renew Enterprises, the local sanitation authority and am on the Board of the Alliance for Water Stewardship, an organization developing and promoting a global water standard for water stewardship.

I am also a part-time PhD student in Civil Engineering at the University of South Florida where I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Patel College of Global Sustainability. My research focus is on urban water infrastructure and utilities’ transition to a more sustainable state.

E Mail:mries@wef.org
Web Link:www.wef.org

Last Updated: 10/05/2013

Hugh J. Roberts
Water Resources Engineer and Project Manager, ARCADIS, Boulder, CO

M.S. University of Notre Dame, 2005
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2002

I am a water resources engineer and project manager specializing in numerical modeling applications for coastal, riverine and hydrologic applications. I have managed research and design projects ranging from storm surge protection systems, sea level rise vulnerability assessments, environmental impact studies, coastal restoration analyses, and design and optimization of hydraulic controls.

My core technical experience includes hydrodynamic, nearshore wave, hydrologic, , morphological and transport numerical modeling. I have gained extensive knowledge of the Gulf Coast, particularly Louisiana, Texas and Florida, as part of the hydrodynamic and wave model team providing support to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). My experience includes filling the role as the storm surge assessment team leader for the 2012 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan, coordinating the team’s analysis of hundreds of coastal restoration and protection projects, as well as coordination with multiple ecosystem work groups. I have also managed ARCADIS’ role in five FEMA DFIRM projects along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts, including managing an interdisciplinary team of over sixty engineers and scientists from the USACE, academia, and other consultancies for the coastal DFIRM study in Texas.

Additionally, I have been involved in risk assessment and flood control design studies in the northeast, including the development of the hurricane storm surge and wave model for FEMA DFIRM mapping from Virginia through New Jersey, as the lead modeler for regional coastal protection planning for the 2013 New York City Strategic Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, and multiple vulnerability assessments and flood proofing designs for facilities such as wastewater treatment plants and critical buildings in Lower Manhattan and Long Island.

I have played a prominent or lead role in sea level rise related resiliency studies in every Gulf Coast state, Northern California, and New York.

E Mail: hugh.roberts@arcadis-us.com

Last Updated: 6/26/2013

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Brittani Russell
Engineer in Residence, Building Tomorrow, Uganda

M.S. University of Notre Dame, 2013
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2011

I like to think of myself as an atypical engineering student (although perhaps not as unusual coming from the ranks of ND grads) who will apply her technical knowledge towards projects in the developing world. I think I can blame ND Seed, a program for undergraduate students at Notre Dame where the students design, raise all funds for, and construct a footbridge for a community in need, for this aspiration. During my senior year I, along with six of my classmates, constructed a 125 meter footbridge in Nicaragua. For my masters project under Dr. Ashley Thrall I worked with the U.S. Army to re-conceptualize and optimize a floating causeway and bridging system which will be used for military and disaster relief purposes.

After surviving six consecutive South Bend winters I will be moving to warmer climates as I work for Building Tomorrow in Uganda. I am serving as the Engineer in Residence to help streamline and improve the process of design and constructing schools in the rural parts of the country.

Email: brussel2@alumni.nd.edu

Last Updated: 5/15/2013

Karen Saavedra
Project Engineer, American Structurepoint, Inc.

M.S. University of Notre Dame, 2011
B.S. University of Miami, 2009

Project Engineer, Utility Infrastructure Group, American Structurepoint, Inc.
Indianapolis, Indiana

Email: Kcsaavedra@gmail.com

Last Updated: 5/07/2013

Paul J Schramm
Health Scientist, Climate and Health Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta.

M.P.H. Emory University, 2009
M.S. University of Notre Dame, 2007
B.A. Kalamazoo College, 2004

After completing an M.S. in Geological Sciences with Dr. Patricia Maurice at Notre Dame, I attended Emory University and earned a Masters of Public Health in Global Environmental Health. I currently work as a health scientist in the Climate and Health Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

My research interests lie in the intersection of geological sciences and public health, incorporating elements of atmospheric chemistry, geochemistry, epidemiology, global health, and environmental health. My work at CDC focuses on the human health effects of climate change, including the impacts of heat waves, extreme weather events, and vector-borne disease. I work with state and local health departments on climate change adaptation projects, and also work closely with other federal agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). I serve as an author on the National Climate Assessment and received a GreenGov Presidential Award for my work on the inter-agency federal government report “A Human Health Perspective on Climate Change.”

E Mail: PJSchramm@gmail.com
Web Link: http://www.cdc.gov/climateandhealth/

Last Updated: 9/26/2013

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Michael Schubert
HDR Engineering, Des Moines, IA

M.S. University of Iowa, 2009
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2008

I studied Civil and Environmental engineering and competed as a member of the varsity track and field team at Notre Dame from August 2004- May 2008. While at Notre Dame, I worked as an undergraduate research assistant for Joannes Westerink and held an internship at Christopher Burke Engineering in South Bend. In my classes, research, and internship, I developed a keen interest in hydraulics and fluid mechanics. After graduating from Notre Dame, I went onto study environmental hydraulics at the University of Iowa's IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering laboratory, from which I received my Master's degree in December 2009.

In January 2010, I joined HDR Engineering in Des Moines, IA. At HDR, I specialize in performing computational hydraulic analyses (multi-dimensional, steady and unsteady, hydrodynamic and sediment transport) as part of project teams completing flood mitigation, ecosystem restoration, transportation, fish passage, and other riverine projects nationwide. Additionally, I serve as a high school track and field coach at Dowling Catholic High School in Des Moines.

E Mail: michael.schubert@hdrinc.com

Last Updated: 5/16/2013

Andrew Seelaus
Country Manager, Bridges to Prosperity, Kigali, Rwanda

B.S. University of Notre Dame 2010

After graduation from Notre Dame, I was hired as a Project Engineer for Skanska USA Building where I worked on school projects throughout southwest Michigan.

In 2011, Bridges to Prosperity asked me to lead the formation of their new program in Timor-Leste, building cable supported pedestrian bridges in poor regions to provide safe access to schools, markets, and healthcare. In Timor, I navigated political, logistical, and technical challenges that are characteristic of working in post-conflict nations, en route to completion of several bridges.

In 2013, I moved to Rwanda as Country Manager for Bridges to Prosperity's newest program in East Africa. Here, I am developing the organization's relationships with key government stakeholders and cultivating ties with local universities with the goal of growing a sustainable bridge building program that trains and inspires future generations of Rwandan engineers.

E Mail: andrewseelaus@gmail.com, rewseelaus@bridgestoprosperity.org
Web Link: www.bridgestoprosperity.org

Last Updated: 11/02/2013

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Brian J Smith
Assistant Teaching Professor,  Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, University of Notre Dame
Concurrent Assistant Teaching Professor, School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2013
M.S. Georgia Institute of Technology, 2002
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2001

After finishing my undergraduate degree at Notre Dame and my Master's degree at Georgia Tech, I worked in the San Francisco, CA area at both Madsen, Kneppers & Associates as well as Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. I specialized in structural and forensic engineering projects, primarily focusing on damage assessments, failure investigations, and the repair or rehabilitation of existing structures. After five years of professional experience, I returned to Notre Dame to pursue my Ph.D. and a career in academics.

I am currently an assistant teaching professor at Notre Dame. My responsibilities include working with the first-year engineering course, teaching upper-division undergraduate civil engineering classes, as well as teaching upper-division structural design courses to undergraduate and graduate architecture students.

E Mail: bsmith24@nd.edu

Last Updated: 6/26/2013

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Patricia Drummey Stiegel
Project Manager, Hazen and Sawyer, Raleigh, NC

M.S. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2003

I knew during my undergraduate days that I wanted a career that would impact the world in a positive way. I worked in Joannes Westerink's lab and spent a semester in Mexico studying engineering and working on my Spanish skills. After graduation, I served as a Water and Sanitation Volunteer with the US Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, where I designed and led the community construction of a gravity-flow water system as well as VIP latrines. I realized that I needed a Master’s Degree in order to pursue the kind of career that I wanted, and I went to UNC Chapel Hill where I did research on microbial transport in stormwater BMPs.

For the past 6 years, I have worked in Raleigh, NC for Hazen and Sawyer, an environmental engineering consulting firm with a strong focus on clean water. I focus mainly on wastewater treatment plant design, water recycling, and ultraviolet disinfection. I am currently serving as Hazen and Sawyer’s Project Manager for the upgrade and expansion of the T.Z. Osborne WRF to 56 mgd.

Last Updated: 5/15/2013

Kenneth E. Stinson
Chairman Emeritus, Peter Kiewit Sons’, Inc.

Member, National Academy of Engineering (Elected 2007)

M.S. Stanford University, 1970
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1964

After graduating with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1964, I worked in the Public Works Department in Santa Clara County, California until I entered the U.S. Navy in early 1966.  I was commissioned as an Ensign in the spring of 1966 and subsequently was assigned to a Navy SEABEE (Construction) Battalion.  I served first as Engineering Officer and then Company Commander over the next three years, including 2½ tours in Vietnam.

Upon completing my service in the Navy, I attended Stanford University where I received an MS in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on Construction Management. It was during my time at Stanford that I began my career at Kiewit, working as a summer intern on a BART subway station project in San Francisco.

After receiving my graduate degree at Stanford, I went to work for Kiewit on a more permanent basis. The first phase of my career included assignments from Coast to Coast on large, complex, and risky projects.  They included an assignment as marine engineer and then marine superintendent on the 63rd Street Tube and Tunnel Project under the East River in New York City; casting yard superintendent on the Pasco Kennewick Cable Stayed Bridge project over the Columbia River in Eastern Washington State; and manager of engineering and planning and then general superintendent on the $425 million Ft. McHenry Submersed Tube Tunnel beneath Baltimore Harbor.

In 1982 I was promoted to Vice President of marketing and business development and moved to Kiewit’s headquarters in Omaha, NE. In the mid 1980’s I was assigned responsibility for Kiewit’s heavy construction operations east of the Mississippi and power and process construction throughout North America. Responsibility for Kiewit’s mining business was added in 1989.

In 1992, I was named CEO and subsequently Chairman of Kiewit’s construction and mining business and in 1998 was named CEO and Chairman of the parent company Peter Kiewit Sons’, Inc.  In 2005 I handed the reins of CEO off to my successor and remained Chairman until the end of 2012.

I have been very active in many civic and charitable endeavors for many years, primarily in Omaha, Nebraska. I continue to serve on 4 corporate boards. I served on the Notre Dame Engineering Advisory Council from 1996 to 2008.   In 2006, I was honored to be elected to the Notre Dame Board of Trustees where I am currently a Trustee Emeritus.

Awards:
1996 – University of Notre Dame College of Engineering Honor Award
2002 - The Beavers - Golden Beavers' Management Award
2003 - American Society of Civil Engineers – OPAL Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Construction
2005 – The Moles – Moles Member Award for Outstanding Achievement in Construction
2013 – University of Notre Dame – Honorary Doctorate Degree

Professional Associations:
Construction Industry Round Table – Past Chairman
American Society of Engineers
Tau Beta Pi – Honorary Member
National Academy of Engineering
National Academy of Construction

E Mail: Ken.Stinson@kiewit.com
Web Link: www.kiewit.com

Last Updated: 8/19/2013

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Belinda McSwain Sturm
Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KA

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame 2005
B.S.PH. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2000

I am an Associate Professor at the University of Kansas. I performed research at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and the University of California, Davis before joining the faculty at KU in 2006. My research centers in biological processes of wastewater treatment and the application of molecular methods in water quality analysis. My basic research is the formation of biofilms and aerobic granular sludge. I also participate in multi-disciplinary initiatives. In the Feedstock to Tailpipe Initiative, I have developed a process to remove nutrients from wastewater while growing algal biomass, which is processed into biocrude oil. In 2012, the American Academy of Environmental Engineers awarded me an Excellence in Environmental Engineering honor award for this work. I also perform multidisciplinary research with anthropologists and film studies in an indigenous community in Guatemala, which is a site for our Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter. Our goal is to improve the success of EWB engineering projects by establishing a cultural understanding and community engagement.

Email: bmcswain@ku.edu
Web Link: http://www.people.ku.edu/~bmcswain/

Last Updated: 6/11/2013

Arthur K. Umble
Americas Wastewater Practice Leader, MWH Global, Broomfield, CO

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 1997
B.S. Kansas State University, 1982

I am leading the Wastewater Practice for MWH for North and South America, focusing on municipal wastewater treatment, with an emphasis on converting waste streams to value streams. I provides technical analysis and review support to design teams for new and rehabilitated wastewater treatment plants, with a focus on nutrient removal facilities, process optimization for treatment capacity, wet weather treatment, solids processing and disposal facilities, energy management, disinfection systems, and emerging contaminant removal technology. I have been a leader in community initiatives involving the promotion of environmental stewardship, from watershed planning to pollution prevention. I serves in numerous state and national forums and stakeholder work groups related to environmental rules, regulations and environmental legislation, and emerging treatment technologies. I am active on numerous committees with the Water Environment Federation, and serves as a technical advisor/reviewer for Water Environment Research Foundation and the Water Reuse Foundation collaborative research projects.
Example Key Projects:
Biological Nutrient Removal plant upgrade (45 MGD)- Richmond WWTP, Richmond, VA
Treatment Capacity Rating Analyses - 91st Ave. WWTP (230 MGD) - Phoenix, AZ
Biological nutrient removal plant (greenfield) (12 MGD) - Fremont, OH
Wastewater Treatment Plant (greenfield) (40 MGD) - Arequipa, Peru
Wet Weather Treatment Upgrades - Easterly WWTP (450 MGD) - Cleveland, OH

I served as Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences at Notre Dame from 1998-2005.

Challenges and Innovation in Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar Series (January 24, 2013)

E Mail: art.umble@us.mwhglobal.com
Web Link:www.mwhglobal.com/

Last Updated: 6/23/2013

Kevin Quinn Walsh
Strategic Planning Intern for Seismic Study, Auckland Council

Ph.D. University of Auckland, 2015
M.S. University of Notre Dame 2009
B.S. University of Dayton, 2007

Strategic Planning Intern for Seismic Study, Auckland Council, 2012-Present
Structural Project Engineer, Frost Engineering and Consulting, 2009-2012
Adjunct Professor and Researcher, University of Notre Dame, 2010-2012
Structural Engineer Co-op, Woolpert, 2005-2007

E Mail: kq.walsh@alumni.nd.edu
Web Link: http://nz.linkedin.com/pub/kevin-walsh-ms-pe/1b/7a5/10b

Last Updated: 11/02/2013

Patricia Wilbur
Environmental Health Volunteer, Peace Corps, Panama

M.S. University of South Florida, In Progress (2014)
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2010

During my years at Notre Dame, I knew that I wanted to use my engineering skills abroad to make a positive impact on public health. During my senior year, I discovered the Master’s International Peace Corps Program, a graduate program at select universities that combines studies and Peace Corps service. In the Fall of 2010 I began coursework at the University of South Florida, where I studied Environmental Engineering with special emphasis in the developing world setting.

In August 2011, I entered the Peace Corps and began serving as an Environmental Health Volunteer in Panama. I live and work in a community of approximately 300 Ngabes, an indigenous group found in the province of Bocas del Toro. Mainly, I have focused on constructing composting latrines and building capacity of the water committees in the region. But, as a Peace Corps Volunteer, one must be flexible and versatile, so I have also taught English classes, trained local artisans in business management, developed leadership skills among the youth, improved project management skills among the community leaders, and worked to improve agricultural techniques with local farmers.

As part of my graduate program, I will be researching the nexus of user perceptions and sanitation technology in the province of Bocas del Toro. When I return to the States, I will defend my thesis and I plan to continue working in international development related to improving water and sanitation.

E Mail:patricia.a.wilbur@gmail.com

Last Updated: 07/05/2013

Patrick F Wilbur

M.S.University of Illinois, 1974
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1971

Following the tradition of my father (and following in his footsteps), I studied Civil Engineering at Notre Dame. In my Civil Engineering Class of 1971, I was lucky to have developed lifelong friendships and been inspired by dedicated professors.

I graduated just in time to be one of the last drafted into the US Army. I served as an enlisted man in Alaska in the Corps of Engineers for the Cold Region Research and Engineering Lab. After serving, GI Bill funding provided an opportunity to study at the University of Illinois where I obtained a Masters in Structural Engineering.

For the first three years after graduate school I worked in the Corporate Engineering and Design Group at Ralston Purina Company as a structural engineer. This exposure to a broad view of engineering projects drove my interest in Project Management. Over the next twelve years, I managed the construction of mushroom farms, feed mills, cereal plants, pet food plants and office buildings. My willingness to learn foreign languages allowed me to work and live in Italy and Spain for four of these years.

In 1989 I accepted a position with Anheuser-Busch’s Theme Parks subsidiary to develop the site work for a new theme park (Port Aventura) in Spain south of Barcelona. During my twenty year career at Anheuser-Busch, I managed projects including: the Hospitality House, Clydesdales Stables, Pacific Point Preserve Seal Exhibit, Wild Arctic Polar Bear Exhibit and Manta Roller Coaster at SeaWorld Orlando; the Rhino Rally Ride and Shiekra Roller Coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa; the Wild Arctic Polar Bear Exhibit at SeaWorld San Diego; and the Vapor Trails Roller Coaster at Sesame Place in Philadelphia. My largest and most challenging project was the construction of the Discovery Cove (swim with the dolphins) theme park in Orlando. During this time I had the opportunity to work with many amazing and creative people in the fields of architecture, landscape design, theming and set design, audio engineers, lighting engineers, animal care, animal trainers, operations, maintenance and building contractors.

In 2009, I retired and now spend my time volunteering with the St. Vincent De Paul Society food kitchen. On Wednesdays I work at Habitat for Humanity St Louis as a hands on carpenter building affordable housing. I have also made two trips to Bocas del Toro, Panama (2012-2013) with volunteer groups to assist my daughter Patricia Wilbur (Class of 2010) in the construction of compost latrines as part of the Peace Corps Environmental Health program to bring sanitation and clean water to indigenous communities.

A solid base in engineering, as well as a willingness to learn and try new things, has given me a rich and rewarding career.

I am a Licensed Professional Engineer in Missouri and Florida.

Last Updated: 10/25/2013

Richard P. Wolsfeld, Jr.
President, AECOM Transportation, Chicago, IL

Masters in City Planning, Yale University, 1966
B.S. Uinversity of Notre Dame, 1964

I am a senior manager in AECOM’s North America Transportation Business Line; including transit, rail, highway/bridge, airports, planning, and marine. Throughout the last 40 years I have managed more than 300 projects of varying size and scope. My project experience includes multi-modal corridor studies, fixed guideway and roadway preliminary design/EIS, transportation planning, and traffic engineering. I have been project principal or a member of a joint venture board on numerous transportation projects, including the cities of Atlanta, Minneapolis, Seattle, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, Chicago, Columbus, Portland, Denver, San Diego, and Los Angeles.

Major transportation multi-modal corridor studies managed or directed by me include:
• I-66 MIS in Washington, DC analyzed extensions of the METRO Orange Line, VRE Commuter Rail, circumferential LRT service, HOV lanes, and roadway improvements (1996-1999)
• Tampa Mobility MIS analyzed alternative multi-modal strategies in eight corridors with an extensive community/agency participation program (1997-1998)
• SeaTac MIS in Seattle analyzed alternative transit systems to improve the access to SeaTac International Airport (1995-1996)
• I-494 Corridor Study in the Twin Cities evaluated alternative multi-modal strategies for this circumferential urban freeway (1992-1993)
• I-71 Corridor Study (Cincinnati)/MIS is a 36-mile corridor between the airport in Northern Kentucky, through downtown Cincinnati, and out to the northeast (1998-1999)
• Northstar Corridor between downtown Minneapolis and St. Cloud, MN. Study selected commuter rail as the preferred alternative for this 80-mile corridor (1998-2000)
• Minneapolis/St. Paul Central Corridor Project Related Studies evaluated seven key issues in the corridor (2004-2006).

The preliminary design/EIS phase of the following fixed guideway and roadway projects have been directed or managed by me:
• Newark-Elizabeth Rail Link PE/EIS Project is a nine-mile LRT line connecting Newark Penn Station and Broad Street Commuter Rail Station, with the Newark International Airport and Elizabeth (1996-1998)
• Hiawatha Avenue is a 12-mile corridor that connects downtown Minneapolis with the Twin Cities Airport. The EIS evaluated roadway and transit alternatives and included both 4(f) and 6(f) statements. The roadway portion of the project is under construction, the LRT portion is being implemented as a design/build project (1979-1985)
• Norfolk-Virginia Beach PE/EIS Project is an 18-mile, $400 million LRT system (1996-2001)
• Monorail-Northeast Corridor Extension Project at Newark International Airport assessed the impacts of a $250 million, one-mile extension of the existing on-airport automated people mover system to a new station on the Northeast Commuter Rail Corridor (1994-1996).

Challenges and Innovation in Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar Series (February 04, 2009)

E Mail: richard.wolsfeld@aecom.com
Web Link: www.aecom.com

Last Updated: 07/07/2013

Richard D. Woods
Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Member, National Academy of Engineering (elected 2003)

Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1967
M.S. University of Notre Dame, 1962
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1957

After graduating with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Notre Dame, I served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 3 years. I then came back to Notre Dame, and received my M.S. in Civil Engineering. From 1962 to 1963 I worked at the Air Force  Weapons Lab at the Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I subsequently became an Instructor at Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan from 1963-1964. I attended the University of Michigan to work on my Ph.D. specializing in Geotechnical Engineering which I completed in 1967. From 1967 to 2002 I was a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan, specializing in Geotechnical Engineering. I served as department chair from 1984 through 2002.  From 2002 through 2010, I came back to Notre Dame as a Visiting Professor.

My areas of specialization are in soil dynamics and geotechnical earthquake engineering with applications in the areas of geophysics and geotechnical engineering.

I have been a consultant to Tibbets, Abbott, McArthy Stratton,(TAMS) on the Tarbela Dam project looking at vibrations from tunnels and earthquake magnification. I have been a consultant for Bechtel and Nuclean (Brazil) on foundations for Nuclear Power Plants.  I have also been a consultant to automobile companies on foundations for sensitive operations as well as foundations for automobile shakers and automobile shredders.

E Mail:rdw@umich.edu

Last Updated: 06/28/2013

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Nathan Yee
Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2001
B.Sc. McGill University, 1997

My expertise is in the field of environmental geomicrobiology. In my research, I seek to understand the impact of subsurface microorganisms on the geochemistry of inorganic elements. The principal area of my current work is focused on elucidating the basic mechanisms of microbial-mediated redox transformations. On-going research projects in my laboratory aim to bridge the fields of molecular microbiology and geochemistry to elucidate microbial processes in natural and contaminated environments.

Email: nyee@envsci.rutgers.edu
Web Link: http://envsci.rutgers.edu/~nyee/

Last Updated: 5/31/2013

Francisco Zarama
Ph.D. Student, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

M.S. Stanford University, 2012
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2011

I'm currently a Ph.D. student at Stanford working with Professor Jeffrey Koseff. My research focuses on turbulence in seagrass canopies.

E Mail:fzarama@alumni.nd.edu

Last Updated: 07/03/2013

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