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2012-2013










Challenges and Innovation in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Spring 2013 Seminar Series
Thursdays 3:30pm – 4:45pm, 129 DeBartolo

Art Umble, PhD, PE, BCEE

Americas Wastewater Practice Leader, MWH Global

Waste Streams to Value Streams: Resource Recovery Factories – The New Paradigm for Wastewater Treatment January 24, 2013

Tim Reinhold

Senior Vice President of Research and Chief Engineer, IBHS

Full-scale Laboratory Studies of Wind Effects on Buildings – A Pathway to more Realistic Test Standards

January 31, 2013

Jorge Gardea-Torresdey

Dudley Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science and Engineering, The University of Texas at El Paso

Use of synchrotron techniques to study the Environmental implications of nanoparticles in the environment: The case of terrestrial Plants

February 7, 2013

Bud Ahearn, NAE

Retired Senior Executive of CH2MHill and retired Senior Civil Engineer for the U.S. Air Force

Engineering in Sustainable Human Development

February 14, 2013

Sudhir Murthy

Manager, Research and Laboratory, DC Water and Sewer Authority

Advancing Sustainability at the World’s Largest Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant February 21, 2013

David Billington, NAE

Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of Engineering, Emeritus, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Emeritus Princeton University

Structural Art from Robert Maillart to Fazlur Kahn April 4, 2013

Alain Manceau

Director of Research CNRS (DRCE)
Insitut des Sciences de la Terre, Maison des Geosciences, Universite J. Fourier

Phytotechnology in the Present and Future: Remedies for Contaminated Soil and Water April 18, 2013

Fall 2012 Seminar Series

Dr. Joseph Golden

Senior Research Scientist, NOAA/CIRES-University of Colorado, retired

Approaching the Unapproachable: Scientific Tornado Chasing (or the truth behind the movie TWISTER)

August 30, 2012

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Gary A. Gilot, P.E.

Retired Public Works Director and Current President of the Board of Public Works, City of South Bend, IN

Innovations and Creative Solutions to Challenges Right Here in South Bend

September 13, 2012

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Kathie Donohue 

Regional Contracts Manager, Granite Construction Northeast, Inc. 

Edward B. Fitzpatrick, Jr. 

Retired, President of Fitzpatrick Construction

East Side Access Tunnel NYC, 100 Years of Engineering in One Family

September 21, 2012

(Special Seminar  Friday at Noon in DeBartolo 140)



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Paul Giroux 

District Quality Manager, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.

Building Golden Gate Bridge

October 4, 2012

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Sergio Pellegrino 

Joyce and Kent Kresa Professor of Aeronautics and Professor Civil Engineering.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory Senior Research Scientist, Caltech

The NASA Superpressure Balloon Project: Unique Challenges of Lightweight Structures

October 25, 2012



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Juan Sobrino 

Founder and President, PEDELTA

Application of Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastics (GFRP) and Stainless-Steel in Bridges

November 1, 2012

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Edward M. DePaola, PE, SECB, F.SEI 

President & CEO, Severud Associates, NYC

The Bank of America at One Bryant Park

November 8, 2012

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Mike O’Sullivan 

Senior Vice President of Development, NextEra Energy Resources

Wind Power in the US: Where it stands in 2012 and its future going forward

November 15, 2012

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Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

Spring 2013 Seminar Series
Thursdays 10:00a.m.-11:00 a.m., 320 DeBartolo

Julian Fairey

Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
University of Arkansas
Curbing disinfection byproducts: Improved surrogates and precursor removal January 17, 2013

Tianbo Liu

University of Akron

Hydrophilic Macroionic Solutions - Where Simple Ions, Colloids and Polyelectrolytes/biomacromolecules Meet

March 5, 2013

Cristian Picioreanu

Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Modeling fouling of RO/NF membrane devices April 3, 2013 (4-5)p.m., 210 DeBartolo

Fall 2012 Seminar Series

Brian A. Powell

Assistant Professor, Clemson University

Examining the influence of redox speciation on plutonium subsurface transport: Laboratory and field lysimeter experiments

August 31, 2012 

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Youngwoo (Young) Seo

Dept. of Civil Engineering & Dept. of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

University of Toledo, Toledo, OH  43606

The Role of Extracellular Polymeric Substances on Biofilm Disinfection

October 26, 2012

Environmental Fluid Dynamics

Spring 2013 Seminar Series
Tuesday 11:00-12:00 p.m. Dean’s Boardroom, 258 Fitzpatrick Hall

Dr. Chris Fairall

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Air-Sea Fluxes in Hurricanes: A Very Nasty Measurement Problem January 22, 2013

Andrey Grachev

University of Colorado

Relationship between Obukhov and Ozmidov length scales in the stable atmospheric boundary layer

January 29, 2013

Dr. Edward Bensman

Director of Engineering Computing University of Notre Dame

Realtime Meteorological Decision Support for University Safety

February 5, 2013

Professor Tissa Illangasekera

Colorado School of Mines Editor, Water Resources Research

Interfaces in hydrologic systems: Challenges and opportunities February 12, 2013

Professor Ken Christensen

University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

Turbulent Flow Overlying Complex Surfaces: From Multi-Scale Roughness to Barchan Dunes February 19, 2013

Professor Ana Barros

Duke University

Pre-Monsoon Aerosol-Cloud-Rainfall Interactions in the Central Himalayas due to Regional-Scale Pollution in the Indo-Gangetic Plains – Implications for Freshwater Resources

February 26, 2013

Professor Melany Hunt

Vice Provost and William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Mechanical Engineering California Institute of Technology

Understanding an hourglass, and other granular flows, in under an hour

March 5, 2013

Dr. Allison Penko Naval

Research Laboratory Stennis Space Center

Multiscale Modeling of Geophysical Flows: From the Ocean Seafloor to Surface

March 19, 2013

Professor Frank Jacobitz

University of San Diego

On Helical Properties of Homogeneous Turbulence March 26, 2013

David Randall

Colorado State University

Counting the Clouds April 2, 2013

Dr. Margaret LeMone

NAE Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Comparison of the Observed and Simulated Diurnal Cycle in the Fair-Weather PBI April 9, 2013

Professor Joseff Ackermann

Physical Ecology & Aquatic Science Editor, L&O: Fluids & Environments, University of Guelph, Canada

A Seminar Co-Sponsored by ECI April 16, 2013

Dr. Jessica Meixner

Post-Doctoral Fellow from the University of Texas at Austin

Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for Spectral Wave/Circulation Modeling

April 23, 2013

Prof. Phanikumar Mantha

Michigan State University

Nearshore Hydrodynamics and the Fate and Transport of Escherichia coli at Beaches in Southern Lake Michigan

April 30, 2013

Fall 2012 Seminar Series

Greg Holland

Director of NCAR Earth System Lab

Extremes and Climate Variability/Change

August 28, 2012 GREG.J

Prof. Alfred Wuest

Surface Waters Eawag

Double diffusion and methane in Lake Kivu –“Interfacing” environmental science and engineering

September 4, 2012 Alfred Wueest

Ms. Emma Marris

Journalist (Nature)

Communicating controversial environmental science: reporting on the paradigm shift in conservation biology

September 11, 2012

Ashish Sharma

Post Doctoral Fellow, Notre Dame

Climate Modeling & Downscaling and interactions with Ecosystems

September 18, 2012

Dr. Reneta Dimitrova

Geophysical Institute, Bulgaria, and Notre Dame

Intercomparison between PBL schemes in WRF model: Application to GMAST

September 25, 2012

David W. Hyndman

Professor and Chair, Michigan State University

Predicting the Impacts of Changes in Climate and Land Use on Water Sustainability and Crop Yields

October 2, 2012

Prof. Manuel Figueroa

CICESE, Ensenada, B.C., México  Mexico

The Gulf of California, their physics and the Salsipuedes Channel

October 9, 2012

Prof. Jessica Hellman Biological Sciences, Notre Dame

Climate Change Adaptation for Nature

October 23, 2012

Prof. Aaron Packman

Northwestern University

River‐groundwater interactions: Problems, processes, and predictions

October 30, 2012

Prof. Chiang Mei

Donald and Martha Harleman Professor and Acting Head of Department, MIT

Edison Lecture: Homogenization Method for Multiscale Problems in Fluids Engineering

November 6, 2012

Dr. Jeff Weil, NCAR, Senior Research Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Dispersion in the Atmospheric Boundary Layer: Simulations, Observations, and Models

November 13, 2012

Prof. Cheng-Gang Wang,  Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology

Dr. MinJuan Mao,  Senior Engineer, Zhejiang Institute of Meteorological Science

Research in China: Remote Sensing and Modeling of Atmospheric Environments

November 27, 2012

Jonathan Fink

VP for research and strategic partnerships

Life after Geology:  Simulating Lava Flows, Cities and Academic Organizations

December 4, 2012

Structural Engineering Seminar Series

Spring 2013 Seminar Series

Dr. Sez Atamturktur

Clemson University

Experiment Based Validation and Uncertainty Quantification of Complex Numerical Models of Engineering Systems January 21, 2013
208 DeBartolo Hall @ 3:00-4:00

George P. Mavroeidis

The Catholic University of America
Washington,

Strong Ground Motions in the Near-Fault Region: From Earthquake Source Description, to Ground Motion Modeling, and to Dynamic Structural Response

January 23, 2013
258 Fitzpatrick Hall
@1:00-2:00

Mohammad Jahanshahi

California Institute of Technology

Vision –Based Studies for Health Monitoring and Condition Assessment of Civil Infrastructure Systems

January 28, 2013
356 Fitzpatrick Hall

@2–3:00 p.m.

Fall 2012 Seminar Series

Bill Davids, PhD, PE

John C. Bridge, Professor and Chair/Dept. Civil and Environmental Eng.
University of Maine

Testing and Analysis of Inflatable Fabric Beams and Arches

December 3, 2012