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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.

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)

Last Updated: 7/01/2013


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.

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.

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

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 nearshore current and wave data and mesoscale meteorology data for use in developing and validating storm surge models of the Chukchi Sea.

Last Updated: 7/03/2013

Tony Ayala
Project Engineer, GTG Consultants, Chicago, IL

MBA, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, 2020          M.Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2011


As a civil engineering student at Notre Dame, I performed undergraduate research under the guidance of Dr. Tracy Kijewski-Correa and was a member of the NDSEED 2010-2011 team. During the summer of 2011, our group of seven students spent a month building a 400-foot long footbridge that spanned over a deep gorge and connected two rural villages in Nicaragua.

After graduating from Notre Dame in 2011 and receiving a Master of Engineering degree in 2012, I worked for five years as a structural engineer at McNamara Salvia Structural Engineers in Boston, MA. I was the project manager of over ten building projects, ranging from additions to the New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium to a new 350-foot tall residential tower in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. In 2016, I obtained structural engineering licenses in Massachusetts and Illinois.

I currently work for GTG Consultants, an A/E consulting firm in Chicago that provides due diligence work for lending and investing clients across the country. We handle property condition assessments, pre-construction document reviews, and construction monitoring. I am also an MBA student at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, with an emphasis on Finance and Real Estate.

Company Link: http://gtgconsultants.com
Web Link: www.linkedin.com/in/tonyayala

Last Updated: 10/18/2017

Barbara Hammontree Bennett, PE, PS
Professional Engineer in 6 states Professional Surveyor in 1 state, LEED-AP, CPSWQ, CPESC, Director of Administrative Services with the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District- New Philadelphia, Ohio (Current) Board of Manager, Partner and Manager of the Civil Site Department with Hammontree & Associates, Limited - North Canton, Ohio

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1987

Manager of multi-discipline design and construction teams for industrial parks and complexes, rail projects, residential, commercial and recreational developments. Managed site development and environmental permitting for private and government clients. Authored competitive grant applications and secured funding from federal and state agencies.

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.

Web Link: www.mka.com

Last Updated: 12/2/2013


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.

Web Link: bibbylab.blogspot.com

Last Updated: 5/31/2013


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 the 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.

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. Fieldwork 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.

Web Link: http://www.qc.cuny.edu/Academics/Degrees/DMNS/sees/

Last Updated: 02/14/2014


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.

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.

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.

Web Link: gmcs.k12.nm.us

Last Updated: 07/03/2013


Thomas A. Broz
Retired Vice-President of Program & Construction Management Services, VA Consulting (Stantec)

M.S. University of Illinois, 1973
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1972

I retired in October 2016 after a 44-year career of diversified engineering and construction management experience progressing from direct design to management of design, procurement, and construction of major projects. This experience included management of project, business development, and functional department activities at the following firms: 

VA Consulting (now Stantec) 2015 – 2016 
Vice President of Program & Construction Management Services 

Willdan Engineering 2008 – 2014 
Senior Vice President and Director, Program and Construction Management Services 

Willdan Engineers and Constructors 2008 – 2014 
CEO and President 

ABS Consulting (formerly EQE International) 1999 – 2008 
Vice President and Director, Program and Construction Management Services 

DMJM (now AECOM) 1994 – 1999 
Vice President and Division Manager, Design/Build Services 

Moffatt & Nichol Engineers 1992 – 1994 
Director of Operations 

Bechtel Corporation 1973 – 1992 
Project Manager, Business Development Manager, Chief Civil/Structural Engineer, Project Engineer, Engineering Group Supervisor, Engineering Group Leader, Design Engineer

My career was focused on taking projects from “cradle-to-grave” through the use of multiple project delivery methods including design/bid/build, design/build, design/CM, PM/CM as agent, and PM/CM multiple prime. Starting my career, my first twenty-five years of experience was associated 100% with design/build projects. Most recently my efforts were associated with projects where I provided either PM/CM services or just stand alone CM services. Many of these projects that I worked on were recognized by various professional engineering and construction organizations as being noteworthy projects and received awards for such achievement. My projects ranged the gamut of size and type and included multi-billion dollar nuclear power generating facilities to local public agency projects with construction costs less than a million dollars. I worked on power generation and distribution facilities, water storage, and transmission facilities, industrial process facilities, alternate energy facilities, high tech research facilities supporting manned space flight, commercial and public buildings, and infrastructure projects including roads, bridges, and underground wet and dry utilities. Throughout my career, despite advancing through the management ranks, I never left my roots and I continue to this day to be a hands-on project manager who is the consummate doer/seller. I also have never left my technical roots as a structural engineer focused on design for seismic resistance and for that I thank my former mentor and friend Nathan M. Newmark.

Now that I am retired I have dedicated myself to try and give back to the generations that are following mine. I am participating in two formal mentoring programs, one run by our local Orange County Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the other by the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS - a professional women’s engineering organization). I am also acting as a mentor to the Board of Directors of the ASCE Orange County Branch.

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 schoolhouse construction.

Following the Peace Corps, I 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.

Web Link: www.ch2m.com

Last Updated: 6/30/2013

Caitlin Burke
Environmental Consultant and Certified Wetland Specialist, Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc.
M.S. Environmental Chemistry, Indiana University 2013 
B.S. Environmental Science, Notre Dame, 2011

My position for the past 4.5 years has been with Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc. (GHA), a civil engineering firm located in Vernon Hills, IL. At GHA I am an environmental consultant and certified wetland specialist working primarily on wetland delineation and local/federal permitting for site design projects. I have experience with federal permitting through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. 

In addition to wetland work, I manage stormwater permitting and compliance for dozens of local municipal clients under the IEPA's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. Projects I have assisted with or managed include streambank restoration design, small dredging projects, green infrastructure and stormwater best management projects, commercial building sites, parks, schools, and GIS mapping/data collection projects. 


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 bioelectrochemical systems where biofilms, capable of using either an anode as an electron acceptor 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

Greg Cafouros
Partner, Kroger Gardis & Regas, LLP

J.D. Indiana University Law School 1978 
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1972

Concentrating practice in construction law, environmental law, architect/engineer malpractice defense. 

Last Updated: 02/08/2018

Brittani (Russell) Cahill PE
Project Engineer, Keystone Structural Solutions, Pittsburgh, PA

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

During my senior year at ND I was a part of the ND Seed program, designing and constructing a 125-meter footbridge in Nicaragua. I stayed on at ND for my master’s under Dr. Ashley Thrall where I worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on a floating causeway and bridging system to be used for military and disaster relief purposes.

After finally leaving South Bend I moved to Uganda and worked with Building Tomorrow to construct primary schools in areas of the country that previously had no access to primary education. 

Since then, I have been working as a structural engineer in the States. I worked for two years in South Bend with Frost Engineering and then moved back home to Pittsburgh where I am now working with Keystone Structural Solutions.


Albert Cerrone
Mechanical Engineer, GE Global Research, Niskayuna, NY

Ph.D. Cornell University, 2014
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2009

I graduated from Notre Dame in 2009 with my BSCE and minor in theology. I began my graduate studies at Cornell one month later. There, I was a proud member of the Cornell Fracture Group under the supervision of Professor Anthony Ingraffea (who is also a Domer). I successfully defended my Ph.D. thesis in May 2014. Now, I work happily as a mechanical engineer at GE Global Research (Niskayuna, NY) in the Lifing Lab.
At Cornell, I researched microcrack initiation in nickel-based superalloys using the crystal-plastic finite-element method. I also worked extensively with cohesive zone models (on both the development and application fronts), participated in the 2012 Sandia Fracture Challenge, and wrote software available to the micro-modeling community that streamlined the process of volume meshing microstructural models.

Web Link: http://www.cfg.cornell.edu/~arc247

Last Updated: 09/14/2014

Rebecca Cink
Cost Engineer, Turner Construction

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2012

I interned with Turner Construction during my junior and senior years at Notre Dame, during which time I worked on the Salvation Army Kroc Center project in South Bend. After graduation, I moved to Chicago where I have been working full-time for Turner. During my first three years, I worked as a field engineer on a hospital project in the Lakeview neighborhood. The hospital is a 164,000 SF building that includes cancer care, digestive health, exam, and procedure rooms. I collaborated with the designers, project team, and subcontractors to make sure materials were installed per the plans and specs, and facilitated the correction of issues which came up in the field. The hospital project is pursuing LEED certification so I worked with the architect and subcontractors to gather required documentation and submit it for certification. Notre Dame emphasizes sustainability and it has been rewarding to work for a company that places an equal importance on 'going green'. Following the completion of the hospital project, I started work in my current position as a cost engineer. As a cost engineer, I am involved with about 20 different projects. My main responsibilities are to identify financial risks and to help job teams navigate those risks during construction to maximize profits.

Last Updated: 09/21/2015

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.

Web Link: http://www.arcadis-us.com

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

Olivia Colangelo
Project Engineer, BL Companies, Inc., Norwood, MA

M.S. (Transportation Engineering) University of Pittsburgh, 2015
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2012 

After graduating from Notre Dame in 2012, I returned to Pittsburgh and began working for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. I spent my first year as a Civil Engineer Trainee - a program designed to provide a broad understanding of the roles and functions of a PennDOT Civil Engineer. As a CET, I assisted with roadway alignment layouts, environmental site inspections, bridge inspection and ratings, and construction inspection, among other activities. Following my rotation, I was placed in the Local Projects Unit, where I assisted municipalities with delivering quality bridge and roadway projects on time and under budget.
I currently work for BL Companies in the Boston area as a project engineer. BL is a growing regional consulting firm who is a leader in delivering high quality, integrated architecture and engineering services to public and private clients. I work in the transportation group primarily as a roadway designer. 

Web Link: http://www.blcompanies.com/

Last Updated: 7/18/2014

Kevin Corbley
President of Corbley Communications Inc.

B.S. Earth Sciences, University of Notre Dame, 1985

Kevin Corbley is the president of Corbley Communications Inc., a marketing communications and business development firm providing services to the international geospatial industry since 1993. Kevin Corbley has written more than 750 magazine articles on topics related to geospatial, energy, aerospace, big data, and other high tech sectors.

Last Updated: 4/4/2018

David Culcasi
Project Manager, Capital Project Delivery, University of Chicago

B.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Notre Dame

1998 1998-2005: Officer, Civil Engineer Corps, United States Navy
2006-2010: Project Engineer, Pepper Construction
2010-2014: Project Manager, Capital Project Delivery, University of Chicago
While in the United States Navy, I was initially assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion FOUR and made deployments to Puerto Rico and Japan. My second tour was as an instructor at the Civil Engineer Corps Officer School. Subsequent assignments included US Central Command deployed to Qatar and Great Lakes Naval Station as the Deputy Resident Officer in Charge of Construction. After the Navy, I have managed several new construction and renovation projects from the general construction side with Pepper Construction and as an owner's representative with the University of Chicago. Projects have ranged in size and complexity from $400,000 to $105 Million.

Web Link: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/dave-culcasi/3/aa4/b42

Last Updated: 7/30/2014

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), an 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.

Web Link: http://www.jessedavenport.com

Last Updated: 01/15/2014

Edward DePaola
President and CEO, Severud Associates

J.D. Seton Hall University
M.S. University of Notre Dame
B.S. University of Notre Dame

Ed DePaola, PE is President and CEO of Severud Associates Consulting Engineers PC, New York. He is licensed in 21 states, and a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). He is a past President and Founding Member of the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) and is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), and the Board of Directors of the Structural Engineering Certification Board (SECB).

Over the past 35 years, he has designed numerous projects including high-rise buildings, long-span facilities and special structures requiring innovative structural solutions. His structural designs include the Jeppesen Terminal Roof and Glass Enclosure Structures of the Denver International Airport, the American Airlines Terminal at JFK International Airport and the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park.

He received a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall School of Law. He was the Principal-in-Charge of the “Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park”, the second tallest building in NYC and the first high-rise office structure in the world to receive a LEED Platinum rating. In March of 2012, he was made a Fellow of The Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE.

Web Link: severud.com

Last Updated: 10/30/2017


Joseph DePinto
Retired Senior Scientist at LimnoTech

M.S. and Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, University of Notre Dame
B.A. Physics, Miami University

Dr. DePinto recently retired from his position as Senior Scientist at LimnoTech, a water science and engineering consulting firm in Ann Arbor MI. He was at LimnoTech for 15 years. Before joining LimnoTech, Dr. DePinto spent 27 years in academia as a Professor of Environmental Engineering at Clarkson University and the University at Buffalo, where he was the Director of the University’s Great Lakes Program.

During his career, Dr. DePinto directed both applied research and resource management and restoration projects on a wide range of aquatic system topics, including nutrient cycling-eutrophication, hydrophobic organic chemical and heavy metal (including mercury) exposure and bioaccumulation, contaminated sediment assessment and remediation, aquatic ecosystem structure and functioning and water sustainability and stewardship. Much of Dr. DePinto’s career has been focused on research and management of the Great Lakes, with important contributions to the development and application of mathematical models aimed at providing a quantitative understanding and predictive capability for the full range of issues within the basin. 

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 an 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.

Last Updated: 5/18/2013


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.

Web link: http://www.caseydietrich.com

Last Updated: 5/13/2013


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.

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

James Roane Draths
Project Manager, F.H. Paschen

B.S. University of Notre Dame. 2009

I am currently a Project Manager in F.H. Paschen's Estimating II division where we focus on unique projects throughout the United States. In this division, we build estimates, schedules and constructability reviews for a diverse subset of industries ranging from billion dollar school renovation programs to Airport Terminal renovations to urban renewal programs in municipalities such as Arlington, VA and Miami Beach, FL.

I am also a co-founder of Site Specs, the construction, and facilities management documentation company. At Site Specs, we are developing and implementing innovative solutions that streamline the documentation process for the construction and maintenance of the built environment.

Past Experience:
$350M RDU Terminal 2 Expansion & Renovation
$1.5B LAX Bradley International Terminal Modernization
$3.5B LGA Central Terminal Building Redevelopment - PPP Pursuit

Last Updated: 09/09/2016

Vincent P. Drnevich
Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering, Purdue University

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1962
M.S. University of Notre Dame, 1964
Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1967

Professor Drnevich was on the faculty at the University of Kentucky for 24 years where he progressed through the academic ranks, did a four-year term as Department Chairman, and served as acting Dean of Engineering for a year. In 1991, he was recruited to Purdue University as the Head of the School of Civil Engineering, a position that he held until June 2000.

His research focuses on the engineering properties of soils and concrete, especially as measured by stress wave propagation and electromagnetic wave propagation. His earlier research focused on the development and use of the resonant column test and quasi-static torsional shear test to accurately measure soil properties. His work is the basis of an ASTM Standard D 4015-07 and he holds a patent on this technology. He is the president since 1974 of Soil Dynamics Instruments, Inc., a firm which manufactures resonant column and torsional simple shear testing equipment. His recent research developed the Purdue TDR Method for water content and density determination of soil, for which there is an ASTM Standard (D 6780-12) and Purdue holds five patents. Durham Geo/Slope Indicator Company licensed the technology and made it commercially available. It is now licensed to InstroTek, Inc. He also has developed a vibratory hammer device for compaction of granular soils which allows for getting maximum densities and water contents for effective compaction from a single test, for which there also is now an ASTM Standard (D 7382-07). Over fifty students have received graduate degrees with him as their advisor or co-advisor.

Vince Drnevich has been recognized for both his teaching (especially the senior design course at Purdue) and research by a number of national awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers (Huber Award and Norman Medal), the American Society for Testing and Materials (1979 and 2014 Hogentogler Awards and Woodland G. Shockley Award), the American Society for Engineering Education (George Wadlin Award), and Chi Epsilon (Harold T. Larson Award and the James M. Robbins Award). He is active in many professional and technical organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers (Fellow, Life Member, and Distinguished Member), the American Society for Engineering Education (he held officer positions in the Civil Engineering Division ending with Chair of the Division in 2004), the American Society for Testing and Materials (Fellow), the National Society of Professional Engineers (Fellow, 2010 P.E. Mentor of the Year, Board of Ethical Review 2014-17), and the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers (Fellow) where he is a past President and in 2013, received the inaugural Thomas A. Morris Award. In 2009, he was awarded the Diplomate of Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE) by the Academy of Geo-Professionals. He is a licensed professional engineer in Indiana. In 2008, he was appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels to the Indiana Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and was elected chair for 2013. He is the faculty advisor to the Purdue Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE) Chapter and its Rube Goldberg Team, and the founding advisor of Geo-Institute Graduate Student Organization. He has been involved in the Indiana MathCOUNTS program for over 20 years. He has provided many short courses and presentations on professional and technical issues, especially on the topics of ethics, professionalism, and continuing education.

Vince and his wife, Roxanne, celebrate 48 years of marriage; have four grown children and six grandchildren. They both are active in their church and are avid golfers, ballroom dancers, and college sports fans.

Web Link: https://engineering.purdue.edu/CE/People/view_person?group_id=1920&resource_id=2021

Last Updated: 10/29/2014

Max Ducey
Engineer, Thornton Tomasetti

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2016

CTP Trainee, CB&I Training Program
Intern, JHKelly, LLC 

Professional Projects:
Al Thumama Stadium, Qatar (Thornton Tomasetti)
Cameron LNG; Hackberry, LA (CB&I)

Las Pencas Pedestrian Bridge, Nicaragua (NDSEED/Bridges to Prosperity)
Calpine York II Energy Center; Delta PA (CB&I)
Terrero Sur Pedestrian Bridge, Nicaragua (NDSEED/Bridges to Prosperity)

Keli Ann (Engvall) Dudek
Owner/Principal KeliAnn Engineering LLC

M.S. Purdue University, 2002 
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2000

Licensed Structural Engineer in the state of Illinois and Wisconsin with experience analyzing and designing both new construction and renovation work in steel, concrete, wood, and masonry. Enjoys working with architects and owners to design truly original structures and finding solutions to challenging problems. An entrepreneur with excellent communication skills who will work with you to find the best structural solutions while working within financial constraints. Notre Dame and Purdue Graduate.

Selected Project Experience:
Ranch Manor Shopping Center Redesign of exterior second-floor walkway/stairs

Orange 13 Installation of signage on the canopy over the restaurant entrance.

Joy Yee Renovation of a 2500 sg. ft. restaurant in downtown Chicago (Chinatown).

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Wheeling, IL Installation of a patient support track for physical therapy.

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Northbrook, IL Installation of a patient support track for physical therapy.

Lake Michigan home on Sheridan Rd. in Evanston, IL Structural review of property, addressed items flagged by inspector.

Structural reviews of several homes in the La Grange, Western Springs, Hinsdale, and other areas.

Perspectives Charter School, Chicago, IL New 30,000 sq. ft. school - steel structure.

Durty Nellie's, Palatine, IL New two-story restaurant/bar - steel structure with structural vibration concerns.

CCIL Campus, Chicago, IL New 125,000 sq. ft. four story multi-use facility.

Shure Auditorium, Niles, IL Renovation of an existing concrete structure.

Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago, IL Renovation of existing concrete structure to add elevators and reconfigure the floor space.

BP Brightlights, Chicago, IL Renovation including the addition of an interior steel bridge spanning a three-story interior space.

Park of the Laments and Stratum Pier at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. These projects involved working with artists to make the structure become part of the artwork itself.

Last Updated: 03/08/2016

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 Ph.D. 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.

Last Updated: 10/13/2013

William J. Ehmann
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management, Marymount University

Ph.D. Biology-Ecology, Utah St. University 
Sc.M. Geological Sciences (Planetary Geology), Brown University

B.S. University of Notre Dame 1981

Dr. Ehmann has worked at several public and private universities, both as a tenured professor of biology and an administrator. He has served as interim associate provost at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York, since July after having served as associate provost there from 2009-2012.

He earned his doctorate in biology from Utah State University, a master’s degree in geological sciences from Brown University and a bachelor of science degree in earth sciences from the University of Notre Dame. He also holds an executive certificate in transformational non-profit leadership from Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. From 2012 to 2016 he was associate provost for Research and Graduate Education and a professor of biology at Seattle University, where he received a $2.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help recruit and retain women faculty in STEM.

He is an expert in community ecology and has published on topics that range from natural sciences to education and virtue ethics. In January, he will complete the 18-month Ignatian Colleagues Program, designed to educate and form administrators and faculty more deeply in the Jesuit and Catholic tradition of higher education.

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

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

My responsibilities include 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 Client, 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.

Web Link: www.linkedin.com/in/steveerwin

Last Updated: 8/11/2013


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 design projects for wastewater facilities, ranging from 0.5 MGD to 100+ MGD.

Last Updated: 6/02/2013

Kenny T. Farrow
Associate, Stress Engineering Services, Canada 

M.S. and Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2000, 2001
B.S. Gonzaga University, 1996

Specialized Professional Competence: Static and dynamic finite element analysis of structures considering material and geometric nonlinearities; experience in design and analysis of marine riser systems, including strength and fatigue life assessment of top tensioned risers and steel catenary risers using time domain and frequency domain methods; seismic design and analysis of structures.

Research Activity: Dr. Farrow has performed conceptual engineering on a wellhead platform, which included the installation and structural/foundation performance under ice and seismic loads. During his doctoral studies, he was involved in nonlinear dynamic analyses of general structures subjected to a variety of earthquake ground motions. The primary objective of the research work was to develop capacity-demand index relationships for use in performance-based seismic design procedures based on various structural configurations and site conditions.
During his masters, he worked on a research project based on the poor performance of precast concrete parking structures during the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. The primary objective of the project was to develop guidelines for the seismic design of flexible floor diaphragm structures.

Web Link: http://www.linkedin.com/in/kennyfarrow

Last Updated: 6/25/2014


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 the 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.

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)

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 nonpoint 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.

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.

Web Link: http://www.chem.uiowa.edu/forbes-research-group

Last Updated: 6/26/2013


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

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2000
.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.

Web link: http://www.geo.ku.edu

Last Updated: 5/15/2013

Daniel Freiburger
MnDot Graduate Engineer

B.S. University of Notre Dame 2017

I have been working for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) since 2015. In the summers of 2015 and 2016, I was a Student Worker in the District 6 Materials Lab in my hometown of Rochester. I performed a variety of quality control tests on concrete, asphalt, and aggregate samples from area road construction projects. 

After graduation, I began working full time for MnDOT as a member of the Graduate Engineer Program. In this program, recent college graduates rotate to different positions for 2 years before returning full time to a home base office. My home base is Central Office Bridge Design in Oakdale, just east of St. Paul. So far, I have performed rotations in Construction Inspection, Final Bridge Design, and Foundations Engineering.


Last Updated: 7/31/2018

Stewart Garcia
Senior Project Manager

B.S. University of Notre Dame

Have worked on large scale engineering and construction projects in Ecuador, Colombia, Jamaica and the US capital region.


Pedro Gochicoa
Senior Applications Engineer, Xylem, Charlotte, NC

M.S. Environmental Management, Duke University, 2017
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2008

I started my professional career working in construction management, putting into practice the fundamentals that I learned in engineering school. I was always interested in the sustainability aspects of our built world, so I moved to the consulting world. As an environmental consultant, I traveled throughout Latin America evaluating environmental and social international best practices for diverse projects and industries. I decided to pursue a masters degree in environmental management, with a specialization in water resources management.

Currently, I am working for Xylem as a Senior Applications Engineer and my passion and job is to help cities and municipalities find efficient solutions to treat and reuse their water.


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.

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 from 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 providing 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)

Web Link: http://www.santoscmi.com

Last Updated: 7/07/2013

Andres Gutierrez
Engineer, Thornton Tomasetti, San Diego, CA

M.S. Structural Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, 2017 
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2016

Professional Biography:

Engineer - Thornton Tomasetti - San Diego, CA - 2017 to current 
Transportation Engineer Intern - TY Lin - San Diego, CA - summer 2015 
NDSEED - Mata de Tule, Nicaragua - 2014 Team

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)

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 by 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.

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

Last Updated: 7/15/2013


Scott C. Hagen, Ph.D., PE, D. CE, F. ASCE
Director, LSU Center for Coastal Resieliency
Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering/Center for
     Computation & Technology
John P. Laborde Endowed Chair for Sea Grant Research and
     Technology Transfer
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA  70803

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

Scott C. Hagen is a professor at the Louisiana State University in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering with a joint appointment in the Center for Computation & Technology.  He holds the Laborde Endowed Chair for Sea Grant Research and Technology Transfer and serves as the director of the LSU Center for Coastal Resiliency. He is a past member of the Board of Governors for the ASCE/Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute and contributed to the predictive modeling technical advisory group for the 2017 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan.  In 2014, he was elected a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.  On May 14, 2016, he was inducted into the University of Iowa, College of Engineering Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy.

He has authored more than 90 peer-reviewed journal articles with focus on massively parallel, high performance computational modeling of ocean, coastal, and inland astronomical and meteorological tides and flows. He, his students, and colleagues work with stakeholders to conduct transdisciplinary research that helps government agencies issue more accurate emergency advisories during storms and understand complicated coastal hydrodynamics and related biological behaviors from historical, present-day, and future perspectives.  His research has led to a shift in the paradigm of ‎how climate change in general and sea level rise in particular are assessed at the coastal land margin.

Web link: lsu.edu/ccr

Last Updated: 9/17/2019

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.

Last Updated: 12/03/2013

Joe Hauser
Professor Emeritus Columbus State University, Columbus, GA

EMBA University of Washington, 2018
B.S.(Civil Engineering) University of Notre Dame, 1999

Groundwater and Soil Remediation Engineer with 13+ years experience working with contaminated materials throughout the United States. My expertise is in innovative sustainable remediation technology, including passive wind-drive bioventing and oliophyllicbiobarriers. I also have experience managing remediation projects from the Aleutian Islands of Puerto Rico. 

Last Updated: 2/19/2018

James Herrick

Staff Engineer, Langan

B.S, University of Notre Dame, 2016

I have been supporting the Site/Civil team as a Staff Engineer at Langan's office in New York City.


Last Updated: 11/14/2016

Christopher M. Hocut
Lead, US Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Adjunct Associate Professor, New Mexico State University (NMSU)

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2013
M.S. University of Idaho, 2010
B.S. University of Idaho, 1998

I serve as the Lead of the Boundary Layer Characterization and Analysis Team of the Battlefield Environment Division of the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Associate Lead of ARL’s Atmospheric Science Center, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at New Mexico State University (NMSU). At ARL I provided scientific direction to and manage a team of scientists, engineers, technicians, computer scientists, and students with a Department of Army Research mission of leading Army-centric collaborations on atmospheric boundary layer research in complex terrain (mountainous and urban), air-sea interactions, and the atmospheric impacts on renewable energy generation. In addition to my duties at ARL I also teach Fluid Mechanics at NMSU.

My team is currently involved with the implementation of the ARL Meteorological Sensor Array (MSA) in New Mexico which is an atmospheric science community asset for basic research on the dynamics of boundary layer processes in mountainous complex terrain. The MSA consists of more than 100 meteorological towers and spans a continuous domain of 40 km x 15 km, that encompasses a valley at an elevation of 1300 m and the San Andres Mountains which peak at an elevation of 2500 m. In addition to the MSA, my team has participated in several multi-agency atmospheric boundary layer field projects in the last few years including Perdigão, MATERHORN: Mountain Terrain Atmospheric Modeling and Observations program, CASPER: Coupled Air-Sea Processes and EM-Ducting Research program, NAScar: Northern Arabian Sea Circulation Autonomously Researched program, WFIP-2: Wind Forecasting Improvement Project in Complex Terrain, and MASTODON: Mountainous Slope Transport and Diffusion program.

Web Link:https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopher-hocut-71993a43/

Last Updated: 04/13/2017

Emily Horton
Design Engineer at Fluor Corporation

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2016

I am a design engineer at Fluor Corporation in the Civil/Structural/Architectural department, though my job description has broadened as I travel and gain experience on different projects to field engineering and project engineering.


Marathon Petroleum Company: Designed steel and concrete structures for the Galveston Bay Refinery in Texas.                

Plant Vogtle: Transferred into field engineering, responsible for support of ironworkers on the Unit 3 Turbine Building at the Plant Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant, the first new nuclear site to be built in the United States in over 30 years. 

Texas High-Speed Rail: Project engineer on the first high-speed rail in the United States, involved in estimating, utilities, Right-of-Way acquisition, and design management for a new 240-mile high-speed rail system from Dallas to Houston.

Web Link: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emilyehorton/

Last Updated: 10/27/17

Trenton Jackson
Junior Design Engineer, Dynamic Engineering Consultants, PLLC

B.S.  University of Notre Dame, 2013

After graduating Notre Dame, I spent a year as an Engineering Technician with Grotto Engineering Associates, LLC, in Cranford, NJ. I currently work as a Junior Design Engineer at Dynamic Engineering Consultants, PC, a land development firm.

Web Link: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/trenton-jackson/26/827/71a

Last Updated: 08/30/2014

Joe Jeray
Geosyntec Consultants, Boston

M.S. Northeastern University, 2013
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2009

I graduated from Notre Dame in 2009 with a BS in Civil Engineering and began working for the Boston office of Geosyntec Consultants right after graduation. While working at Geosyntec, I completed my Master's degree in Geotechnical/Geoenvironmental Engineering at Northeastern University in 2013. I am a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts, and I work on projects involving source characterization and remediation of contaminated sites.

My current work at Geosyntec focuses the treatment of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other contaminants in soil, groundwater, soil gas, and indoor air. My remediation experience includes design and operation of in-situ chemical oxidation (ISCO), and soil vapor extraction (SVE) systems. I have managed projects involving the development and execution of field programs, including remedy implementation, environmental monitoring, and vapor intrusion assessment and mitigation. I have worked on projects regulated under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP), EPA Superfund, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

WebLink: http://geosyntec.com/UI/Default.aspx

Last Updated: 12/13/2014

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

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

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

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.

Last Updated: 7/24/2013


Janice Kenney
Research Engineer, Umeå University, 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 modeling (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 behavior 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).

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, my collaborators and I have conducted numerous reconnaissance trips following the earthquake and are currently engaged in the 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.

Web Link: dynamo.nd.edu

Last Updated: 7/12/2013

William Kinman
Research Scientist on the Radioanalytical Chemistry Team

B.S. New Mexico State University, 2000
Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2007

I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Chemical and Isotope Mass Spectrometry at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Nuclear and Radiochemistry Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). I have worked in the LANL Nuclear and Radiochemistry Group since 2007, where I am currently a research scientist on the Radioanalytical Chemistry Team.

My team works on development and application of advanced radiochemical separation and measurement techniques to determine short-lived fission products and actinide elements in materials related to nuclear forensics and nuclear tests. I have worked on a wide range on R&D projects related to nuclear forensics, environmental nuclear safeguards and national security. I have served as a technical subject matter expert on environmental actinide analysis, mass spectrometry, trace element analysis of U materials and actinide bioassay analysis.

Andy Kioko 
Associate at Dewberry, Fairfax, Virginia

M.S. St. John's University, 2015 
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2004

Kioko previously served as a project manager at Dewberry and civil engineer working with commercial, residential, military, and rail and transit clients. With 13 years of experience, Kioko's design background includes water distribution, wastewater collection systems, site layout and road design, site grading, hydrologic and hydraulic floodplain modeling, and site permitting. He also has experience in construction managment including construction quality control, design and contractor oversight, client representation, change order management, schedule review, and contractor progress payment processing. 

Kioko recently served as civil designer on a nearly 600 townhome community with associated infrastructure and road improvements in Loudoun County, Virginia. He was also a staff member on the Dulles Corrdior Metrorail Project-Silver Line Phase 2. 

Last Updated: 11/17/2017

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.

Last Updated: 10/27/2013

Mark Koegel
Project Manager/Civil Engineer, Kleinfelder

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2009

After graduating from Notre Dame in 2009, I spent 4 years working in the Energy group for Burns and McDonnell as a Staff Civil Engineer. I worked on a variety of projects including environmental upgrades to coal-fired power plants, new gas power plants, coal combustion byproducts landfills, and electrical transmission and distribution lines. 

After leaving Burns and McDonnell, I worked for Black and Veatch for 3 years as a Senior Civil Engineer doing EPC projects ranging from new gas-fired power plants to utility-scale solar projects. 

I am currently a Project Manager/Civil Engineer for Kleinfelder with a focus on pipelines and PV solar sites. In this current role, I manage a variety of projects throughout the southeast while leading and mentoring junior staff. In addition, I also maintain client contacts while trying to help grow the business.

Last Updated: 06/12/2018

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 pseudo-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.

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.

Web Link: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=53546644&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

Last Updated: 8/21/2013


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.

Last Updated: 2/25/2013


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.

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

Last Updated: 5/17/2013

Joseph Kulowiec
Principal in own LLC

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1969
M.E. Environmental Engineering, Manhattan College, 1970

Spent most of my career with Malcolm Pirnie, Inc doing industrial wastewater work. Currently semi-retired doing the same with my own LLC.

 Rachel Lee

Sales Manager with Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, Inc.

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2002

I am a Sales Manager with Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, Inc. We capture phosphorus and nitrogen in wastewater treatment plant sidestreams and turn it into a sustainable fertilizer called Crystal Green. Our technology is a fit for facilities that have biological phosphorus removal and anaerobic digestion, and we help solve struvite challenges and improve plant performance.

Prior to joining Ostara, I worked as a consulting engineer for Strand Associates, Inc. in Madison, Wisconsin, and Jordan, Jones, and Goulding, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. I worked as a project manager and project engineer in the areas of planning, design, and construction for wastewater facilities large and small. Projects included nutrient removal, permit negotiations, biosolids treatment and handling, dewatering, disinfection, and watershed solutions. Bringing together diverse stakeholder groups and seeing solutions in challenging situations have always been some of the most fulfilling aspects of my professional career.

I am a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin. I am a past executive board member of the Central States WEA (WEF member association), and I continue to serve the association as past Chair of the Education Seminar Committee. I am also involved as a member of the Fitchburg, Wisconsin, Plan Commission and the Edgewood Campus School Board of Trustees.

I currently reside in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, with my husband, a fellow Notre Dame graduate, and our three young boys.

Lauren Lopez
Project Manager, Hunter Roberts Construction Group, NYC

M.S. Northwestern University, 2012
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2009

After graduating from Notre Dame in 2009, I worked as a project engineer for F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen General Contractors in Chicago. I worked on multiple capital improvement projects for the Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, and the U.S. General Services Administration. Currently, I work as a project manager for Hunter Roberts Construction Group. I manage projects throughout NYC for the New York Economic Development Corporation.

Last Updated: 02/08/2014


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

David Lykins
Senior Project Structural Engineer, IBI Group

BS University of Notre Dame, 1996

1996 - Present: IBI Group (formerly Giffels, Arcadis, and Ingenium), Southfield, MI 
Associate, Structural Engineering Department Manager 
Mr. Lykins is responsible for managing a group of structural engineers and Revit/CAD designers. He is involved in planning, conducting, and supervising a variety of engineering assignments requiring the application of detailed technical principles and practices to solve problems of significant complexity. He is responsible for the technical accuracy, administrative aspects, and overall quality control of assigned projects and is aided by a group of engineers, designers, and drafters under this direct supervision. In addition, Mr. Lykins is directly involved in project estimating, staffing, and other management related efforts within the organization.

General Motors Corporation – Bowling Green, KY – Designed the new Corvette Paint Shop
Subaru – West Lafayette, IN - new Paint Shop and Conveyor Bridge
BMW Motor Company – Spartanburg, SC – new Paint Shop, Body Shops, Waste Treatment, Stacker and Conveyor Bridges
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama – Montgomery, AL – Planning and design of new Greenfield site which includes 810,000 sq.ft. Assembly building, 320,000 sq.ft. Engine building, 415,000 sq.ft. Body and Stamping building, an Energy Center, Administration Office, and various site structures.
Ford Motor Company – Rouge Complex – Dearborn, MI – Assisting Ford for facility programming, planning, and design for the new 1,000,000 sq.ft. final assembly plant with green roof, 750,000 sq.ft. body shop and various other site improvements structures.
Beaufort Marine Corp Air Station – Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Facility – Beaufort, SC – Structural concrete mat foundation supported on timber piles along with masonry wall design for pre-engineered building in high wind and poor soils region.

Last Updated: 9/23/2016

Benjamin James Mall
Structural Engineer, McNamara/Salvia, Inc., Boston

M.S. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2013
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2012

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2012, I pursued my Master's Degree specializing in structural engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While studying at Illinois, I served as a teaching assistant for the Mathematics and Engineering Departments teaching Calculus II to undergraduate engineering students.
Since earning my master of science degree, I have been working in Boston, MA for the structural engineering firm, McNamara/Salvia, Inc. I have been involved in the design and analysis of various projects at McNamara/Salvia including upgrades to Fenway Park, a new residential building project consisting of four mid-rise buildings, and two significant entrance canopies. I am a professionally licensed civil engineer in the State of California.

Web Link: www.mcsal.com

Last Updated: 10/14/2014

Brenna Mannion  
Director of Regulatory Affairs and Outreach, NACWA Professional

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2006

I graduated from Notre Dame in 2006 with a BS in Civil Engineering and began working for the Chicago office of MWH. While working at MWH I worked primarily in hydraulic modeling and design, project management, QA/QC, and treatment. I received my professional engineer license in Illinois and then transitioned to work for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies in Washington, DC. NACWA advocates on behalf of publicly owned clean water agencies nationwide. I lead our regulatory efforts in areas such as resilience, stormwater management, water reuse and climate change.

Last Updated: 6/25/2015


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 the 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.

Last Updated: 7/02/2013

Mike Martin PE
Vice President, Infrastructure Engineering, Merrick & Company

B.S. University of Notre Dame '99
MBA University of Denver '07

Mike currently serves as a director on the Merrick & Company Board, where he also leads the firm’s Infrastructure Business Unit. Mike is a long-time Denver resident and actively volunteers within his community. Mike has 19 years of experience with Merrick with increasing responsibilities, focusing in design of arterial and local roadways, intersections, storm drainage systems, water systems, and sanitary sewer systems, as well as the construction management and observation of those projects along the Colorado Front Range. Mike currently services as a director on the Colorado Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) and chairs the Aurora Chamber of Commerce's Transportation Committee.

Updated 1/31/19


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-performance 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-resolution, 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-disciplinary project spans US government agencies, universities, and countries.

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 the development of remediation plans.

Last Updated: 9/18/2013

Kaleigh A. McLaughlin
Graduate Student, University of Texas, Austin 

M.S. The University of Texas at Austin, 2017 (Anticipated)
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2015

I graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2015 where my area of focus was in structural engineering. As an undergraduate, I interned with ARCADIS in Philadelphia and participated in a summer research program with the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation at Oregon State University. I enrolled in the geotechnical engineering program at The University of Texas at Austin in the fall of 2015 and will be graduating with a Master of Science degree in May 2017.
While at Notre Dame, I was heavily involved with Engineering2Empower (E2E) and was a part of the construction team that brought the E2E Expo to life. My graduate research at The University of Texas at Austin is focused on using in-situ data collected in Christchurch, New Zealand to evaluate liquefaction triggering in highly interbedded soil deposits.

WebLink: www.linkedin.com/in/kaleighmclaughlin

Last Updated: 9/12/2016

Michael McLean
Associate Environmental and Safety Engineer, Moog Inc

B.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2016

After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering, I started working as an Environmental, Health, & Safety Jr. Engineer at Moog Components Group (a segment of Moog, Inc.) for their manufacturing plant of 350 employees in Murphy, North Carolina. My role is to help manage and maintain the plant’s wastewater treatment, hazardous/nonhazardous waste streams, and air and stormwater compliance, as well as safety policies, inspections, audits, and training. During summer internships throughout college, I also garnered experience in sustainability, air emissions, and soil testing.
Through research with Dr. Robert Nerenberg, I maintained a biofilm reactor that our team assembled and obtained samples to study the efficacy of sulfite as an electron donor for wastewater denitrification. During sophomore and junior year at Notre Dame, I volunteered as the Sustainability Commissioner of my residence hall, which involved reducing the environmental impact of the University through programming and education initiatives, as well as planning and leading a two-day outdoor landscaping and beautification project. For a Senior Design capstone, I served as the Outreach Coordinator for a Low Impact Development Project that aimed to minimize stormwater runoff on the Notre Dame campus. The project involved implementing pervious concrete and rain gardens to facilitate more natural drainage, and a few of my responsibilities included interviewing professionals in stormwater management, handling how information was distributed, and promoting effective communication to ensure project success.

WebLink:https: //www.linkedin.com/pub/michael-mclean/39/496/aa5

Last Updated: 08/24/2016

Kelly McMahon
Services Manager, Starbucks, Chicago, IL

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1998

2013 – Present: Facilities Services Manager @ Starbucks Chicago, IL
2011 – 2013: Senior Construction Project Manager @ CDO - Corporate Development Outsourcing, Chicago, IL
2009 – 2011: Senior Project Manager @ Rosati's and Papa Saverio's
2005 – 2009: Senior Construction Project Manager @ Brand Growth
2003 – 2005: Construction Project Manager @ CDO - Corporate Development Outsourcing
1998 – 2002: Consultant @ Accenture

Web Link: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kellymcmahon

Last Updated: 08/25/2014

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 and 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)

Web Link: http://www.usa.skanska.com

Last Updated: 6/28/2013

Sean McNichols
MBA student, Sloan School of Management, MIT, 2015 (expected)

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2009

I have broad supply chain transformation and enterprise software implementation experience in the healthcare provider industry. I have delivered results across the systems development life cycle including requirements definition, fit/gap analysis, business process and application design, technical configuration and build, content management, data conversion, testing, training, and deployment support.

Web Link: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sean-mcnichols/1b/a89/807

Last Updated: 12/18/2013


William McTigue

Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1965

I spent two years in the Army from 1965 to 1967 building bridges in Korea. We rebuilt two bridges that had been destroyed during the Korean War and dug up three 500 lb un-detonated bombs during the process. 

My first construction project after my Army service was the World Trade Center foundation (1000’ X 500’ & 70’ deep). After that, I built 26 bridges in the NYC area (17 were my own company starting in 1977). 

Web Link: ndsa.undgroup.org

Last Updated: 11/13/2017


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 Ph.D. 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


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.

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 lead 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.

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 and 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.

Web Link: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=117055545

Last Updated: 7/08/2013

Thomas E. Mulinazzi
Emeritus Faculty, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Ph.D. Purdue University 1973, M.S. CE Purdue University 1966, B.S. CE University of Notre Dame 1964

University of Maryland Assistant Professor and Associate Professor 1973-1979
University of Kansas 1979-2014 Associate Dean of Engineering 1987-1990, 1992-2001

Transportation Engineering. Taught courses in surveying, traffic operations, design of highways, railroad engineering, airport planning and design and urban transportation planning.

Last Updated: 6/02/2014

Andrew Mullen
PhD student, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2011
M.S. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego 2015

I am currently a Ph.D. student at the University of California San Diego studying Electrical Engineering and Oceanography. As an undergraduate, I worked with Dr. Stephen Silliman studying groundwater hydrology and saltwater intrusion along the coast of Benin, Africa. I also conduct research through NOAA examining ocean circulation near potential future offshore drilling sites in the Arctic Ocean. Through these projects, I developed interests in field-based environmental research and instrument development. 

This lead to my current position as a Ph.D. student in the Jaffe Lab for Underwater Imaging at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Here I am developing novel instruments to take microscopic images of marine organisms in the ocean. My career interests applying engineering tools and approaches to increase our scientific knowledge of how environmental systems work.

Last Updated: 7/19/2016

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 quality related 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)

Last Updated: 5/04/2013


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.

Last Updated: 6/02/2013

Daniel Norman
Assistant Construction Director, Elizabeth River Crossings, OpCo LLC, Portsmouth, VA

Master of Business Administration Keller Graduate School of Management 2007
B.S. University of Notre Dame 2000

Elizabeth River Crossings, OpCo LLC, Portsmouth, VA • Aug 2012-Present
Assistant Construction Director
This Project was recognized as the #1 Road Project in North America in 2014 by Roads and Bridges Magazine. In my role, I was responsible for providing Construction Management services for the concessionaire on the Elizabeth River Tunnels Project ($1.5 Billion Construction). Managed a team of 10 Project Managers and Engineers to ensure contract compliance, monitor critical phases of construction, and monitor cash flow. The project was a fast track Design Build funded through a PPP. The Elizabeth River Tunnels Project included: Construction of a new two-lane immersed tube tunnel under the Elizabeth River adjacent to the existing Midtown Tunnel; Construction of the MLK interstate extension Rehabilitation of the existing Downtown and Midtown Tunnels

Panama Canal Authority • Panama City, Panama •Aug 2009-August 2012
Site Coordinator / Project Engineer Claims Manager
Site Coordinator/Engineer for the Third set of Locks Project ($3.28 Billion Construction) as part of the Panama Canal Expansion. Performed daily duties in a multicultural environment requiring fluency in both English and Spanish. Monitored excavation and concrete works to verify compliance with the design. Coordinated with the Contractor’s production, quality and safety staff to ensure schedule, quality and safety requirements were being met. of all activities on site. Reviewed and validated contractor applications for payment on various contract items such as excavation, concrete, workers camp construction and electromechanical equipment delivery and installation. Monitored concrete production rates, crew efficiencies, equipment utilization, schedule compliance, and concrete quality.

Draper Aden Associates •Charlottesville, VA •Sep 2007-Aug 2009
Project Manager
Performed design and construction services for municipal clients throughout Virginia. Responsible for developing new business leads and identify strategic opportunities with existing clients. Developed scope and budgets for projects of varying complexity and provided design consulting and construction services for water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

Greeley and Hansen Engineers•Tampa, FL•Jul 2000-Sep 2007
Project Manager
Performed design and construction services for municipal clients throughout Florida. Duties included Client management and market development, invoicing, budgeting and scheduling of work. Project-specific experience includes water and wastewater treatment facilities, water distribution systems, and wastewater collection systems. 

I was born and raised in the Panama Canal Zone and grew up speaking both English and Spanish as my dad was employed by the Panama Canal. Early on I knew I wanted to become a civil engineer after growing up around the canal. Following my graduation from Notre Dame, I entered the workforce as a Design Consultant in Florida working on a project up and down the Gulf Coast. In 2006 the Panama Canal Expansion was approved by the citizens of Panama and I immediately began looking foropportunities to return to Panama to work on this world class project. Myopportunity came in 2009 when I was contacted by the team recruiting for the Project and was asked to relocate to Panama. I was hired onto the team responsible for overseeing the design and construction of the new Atlantic Locks. I worked on that Project for 3 years and was again presented with a new opportunity to assume the role of Assistant Construction Director on the Elizabeth Rover Tunnels Project. As an engineer, I find myself continually seeking new challenges and have been fortunate to have worked on two mega projects very early in my career.

Web Link: www.linkedin.com/pub/daniel-norman-p-e/4b/a4/671/en

Last Updated: 3/27/2015

William J. Nugent
President and CEO, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

M.S. University of Illinois, 1977
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1973

I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1973 and a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1977.

Between my studies I was employed as a structural design engineer at Sargent & Lundy Engineers in Chicago, and as a land surveyor at George Reiter Associates in Joliet, Illinois. Following graduate school, I joined Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE) in Northbrook, Illinois as a junior structural engineer. I eventually became a senior principal level structural engineer with WJE, and in 1998, I was elected the firm's president and chief executive officer. 

WebLink: wje.com

Last Updated: 10/30/2017

Jon Olson
Department Chairman, Frank W. Jessen Professor, Lois K. and Richard D. Foger Leadership Chair, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, UT-Austin

Ph.D. Stanford University, 1991
B.S.  University of Notre Dame, 1984

 My research specialty is geomechanics, focusing on the optimization of and environmental impact of unconventional oil and gas development, particularly in regard to hydraulic fracturing. I teach courses in geomechanics, hydraulic fracturing, petroleum geology and introductory petroleum engineering. I recently completed a Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Distinguished Lecture tour talking on hydraulic fracturing.

WebLink: www.pge.utexas.edu/facultystaff/profiles/olson

Last Updated: 9/04/2015

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.

Last Updated: 6/27/2013

Emily Palmer
Current graduate student, the University of Texas, Austin

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2014

I worked in Professor Joshua Shrout's laboratory for several years looking at bacterial motility and biofilms within flow cell reactors. In my time working in the Shrout lab I became a co-author on two submitted papers (Discovery of a Bacterium with Antimicrobial Capabilities inside Dry Mung Bean Seeds and Spatiotemporal Optical Imaging of Bioluminescent Salmonella Growth on Cantaloupe Melon), the former appeared on NPR's Science Friday. Over the summer of 2013 I volunteered in Peru to make ceramic water filters for rural communities. Over the summer of 2014 I worked at the Olympia branch of the environmental engineering consulting firm, Brown and Caldwell, as an Engineering Aide. I am now working towards my Ph.D. degree with Professor Mary Jo Kirisits in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. I am working through the EPA WINSSS center on nitrogen biotransformation within small drinking water systems.

Last Updated: 8/20/2014

Nick Petruzzi
Senior Engineer, Cox-Colvin & Associates, Inc.

M.S. Environmental Engineering, Notre Dame, 2004
B.S. Geology and Environmental Science, Ashland University, 2002

Management and technical engineering associated with all aspects of large/complex industrial sites undergoing RCRA Corrective Action.
Management and technical engineering associated with all aspects of routine and unique sites undergoing RCRA Closure (permitted and interim status).
Air emissions calculations, air pollution control evaluations, air permit application preparation, and air permit management for industrial and commercial sites.
NPDES permitting, wastewater treatment system design and evaluation, and wastewater treatment system permitting.
RCRA hazardous waste installation and operation permitting, including initial/renewal, modifications, and audits.
Underground injection control permitting, management, and reporting for waste disposal operations and remedial projects.
SPCC plan development and evaluation.
Stormwater pollution prevention plan development and evaluation.
Hazardous waste and EPCRA reporting for industrial facilities.
Design and oversight of construction/operation of in-situ and ex-situ remedial technologies for soil and groundwater.
Remedial progress evaluation and process optimization.

WebLink: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-petruzzi-pe-cpg-00074a12

Last Updated: 9/20/2016

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.

Last Updated: 9/24/2013

Suzanne Provanzana
Senior Associate, Thornton Tomasetti

M. Eng. Cornell University, 1999
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1998

I graduated with my BSCE from the University of Notre Dame in 1998 and continued on to earn my Master of Engineering (Civil) at Cornell University. My focus in both undergraduate and graduate study was structures, and I have been working as a structural engineer for Thornton Tomasetti since I started as an intern in 1998. Currently, I am a Senior Associate with TT, an international structural engineering firm that services the full life cycle of a structure. There are currently six practice sectors within TT: Building Structure, Building Performance, Building Skin, Building Sustainability, Property Loss Consulting, and Construction Support Services. My work has mostly been in the Building Structure group with some experience in Building Performance (forensics and litigation support). I hold licenses both as a Professional Engineer and as a Structural Engineer in the state of Illinois and am LEED Accredited Professional.
Regional work:
Block 37, Chicago - Designed 4-story deep basement and foundations for a retail podium with capacity for a future residential tower. Am currently managing design of the 35 story tower addition that will begin construction in fall, 2014. Deep Space Auditorium for Epic Systems, Verona, WI - Project team manager for foundations and construction administration for the 1.2 million square foot presentation venue that houses an 11,400 seat auditorium. The structure was built into a hillside with a publicly accessible green roof. Chicago Spire - Designed an 8-story deep basement and the foundations for the planned 1000 ft tall tower. Foundations were completed, but the project stopped in 2006.
International work:
UK Stadium - Served as the assistant to the defense's structural engineering expert in the UK's largest construction claim, a multi-million dollar delay claim on a 90,000 seat stadium.
Attended all structural engineering expert sessions and worked closely with the barristers and solicitors. The project was successfully mediated in favor of the defense. Masdar HQ in Abu Dhabi - Served as project manager for the original AS+GG design of a 1.25 million sqft commercial building for a zero carbon emission, green community.

Web Link: http://thorntontomasetti.com/

Last Updated: 7/29/2014

Chad Quaglia
Bridge Design Engineer, HNTB Corporation, NYC

M.S. University of Notre Dame, 2014
B.S. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2012

At Notre Dame, I worked in the Kinetic Structures Laboratory under the guidance of Dr. Ashley Thrall. My research was focused on the design and optimization of an Origami Inspired, lightweight, hard-walled, foldable, deployable shelter for the military.

I am currently a Bridge Engineer at HNTB Corporation in New York. At HNTB, I have worked on a variety of different bridge projects including new designs, retrofit designs, as well as bridge ratings and inspection.

Web Link: http://www.hntb.com/

Last Updated: 9/23/2015

George W. Quiter,III
President, Baja Power Development, LLC

MBA 1976 Pepperdine University, MSCE, 1966 University of Notre Dame, major in Sanitary Engineering, BSCE, 1964 University of Notre Dame

Professional Biography
President, Baja Power Development, LLC 2001 to present
Sole Administrator, GenerMex, SA de CV 2002 to present
President, Quiter and Associates, 1990 to present
Senior Vice President, Guy F. Atkinson, 1993 to 1998
President, Watsonville Cogeneration Inc, 1985 to 1990
Sales Manager, Lurgi Corporation, 1980 to 1985
Vice President, BSP Corp, 1978 to 1980
General Manager, Environmental Operating Systems (EOS), 1975 to 1978
Various sales and marketing positions with Envirotech Corp 1970 to 1975
Regional Sales Manager, Dow Chemical Co., 1967 to 1970
1st LT, US Army, 1965 to 1967

My professional career had two themes. The first was focused on the environmental field, specializing in water, wastewater and air pollution control.Included in this period were many projects in waste to energy projects. The second and most recent has been focused on worldwide marketing of engineering and construction services, project development and the independent power industry. Presently I am developing a 145 MWh gas-fired power generation facility in Monterrey, Mexico. I have participated in the development of other power generation facilities in countries such as Indonesia, Canada, and Israel/Gaza Strip.

Last Updated: 6/04/2014

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.

Last Updated: 9/01/2013

Michael J Reilly
Project Manager, F.H. Paschen; Founder, Obvious Ridge Route LLC,  

BS University of Notre Dame, 2009

F.H. Paschen - Managed several bridge reconstruction projects in the Chicago area. Worked in estimating and business development. Lead several internal technology and recruiting initiatives.

Obvious Ridge Route LLC - Developed Site Specs, a cloud-based software used for construction and property management. Developed Site Specs and Site Checs mobile apps for iOS and Android available on the app stores for field reporting and data aggregation.

Last Updated: 06/16/2017


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.

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 Ph.D. 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.

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 workgroups. 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.

Last Updated: 6/26/2013

Timothy Roy 
Geotechnical Engineer at Geolabs, Honolulu

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2008
M.S. University of Hawaii, 2010 
M.B.A. University of Hawaii, 2017

Based in Honolulu, I am a geotechnical engineer working at Geolabs, which is a Hawaii-based full-service geotechnical engineering and exploration firm with a main office in Honolulu and branch offices in Oakland, California and on the Islands of Maui and Kauai. We provide services to architects, engineers, developers, contractors, and governmental agencies such as the City and County of Honolulu, State of Hawaii, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and various other counties and municipalities.

My extensive project experience spans not only throughout the State of Hawaii but includes Micronesia, Guam, Saipan, Republic of Palau, American Samoa, Diego Garcia, among others. I am knowledgeable in local construction practice and experienced with local geologic and engineering character of the soils in these regions.


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 master's 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.

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

Last Updated: 5/07/2013

Phillip Sayers
Project Manager, Barton Malow Construction

M.S. Cornell University, 2005
B.A. University of Notre Dame, 2004

Previous roles:
Engineering Director, Thomas Sign and Awning Company- 2011-2012
Project Engineer, Walter P. Moore and Associates 2005-2011

Project manager for construction of St. Joseph's Hospital South, Riverview, FL; Daytona International Speedway Frontstretch Renovations, Daytona Beach, FL; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Student Union, Daytona Beach, FL.

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.”

Web Link: http://www.cdc.gov/climateandhealth/

Last Updated: 9/26/2013


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 on to 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.

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.

Web Link: www.bridgestoprosperity.org

Last Updated: 11/02/2013

 John Shanahan 

Pro-bono educator with Environmentalists for Nuclear-USA

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1962
M.C University of Notre Dame, 1964
Ph.D. Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, 1969

From 1970 through 1995 worked for commercial nuclear power projects in the United Statess and Switzerland and Department of Energy facilities for environmental clean up. Employers were Bechtel Corporation, Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation, Professional Analysis Incorporated and independent consultant. 

From 1996 through 2012 worked in investment management for Morgan Stanley, Dean Witter and others. 

From 1990 to the present worked pro-Bono for public education about nuclear energy, nuclear medicine and other nuclear technologies. This resulted in my leading Environmentalists for Nuclear - USA. The website, efn-usa.org contains approximately 1,300 articles, PowerPoint Presentations, whole books, and videos by more than 700 authors dedicated to public education. Our newsletter is sent to students from high school up through graduate school, teachers, professors, professionals in many fields, and leaders in business and government in 120 countries.



 Anthony Sikorski 

Executive Associate, MGM Resorts

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2013
M.B.A. Dean's Scholar/Henry Ford II Scholar, Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business 

After graduating from Notre Dame in 2013, I joined the Anning-Johnson Company, a commercial construction firm headquartered in Chicago, as a project manager in their Las Vegas office. I spent almost three years managing hospitality projects on the Las Vegas Strip before leaving to attend business school as a full-time student at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.

After my completing my first year as the student with the top GPA, I interned in management consulting with A.T. Kearney in Chicago. Due to my knowledge for the industry, I was assigned to a project with one of the leading hospitality/gaming operators on the Las Vegas Strip. Although I received an offer to join the firm full-time post-graduation, my passion for the gaming/hospitality industry has led me to accept a full-time offer to join MGM Resorts in their Executive Associate program, where I will be working with senior executives in the Global Development group on some of the most exciting entertainment/gaming/hospitality projects in the world.

Last Updated: 12/21/2017

Henry John Sikorski
Project Manager and Estimator, Anning Johnson Company

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2013

After graduating from Notre Dame, I accepted a Project manager/estimator position at the Anning Johnson Company in San Diego, California. We are a commercial construction subcontractor, and our services include metal framing, drywall, structural metal decking, fireproofing, and exterior plaster. I prepare estimates for projects ranging in size from single floor buildouts to high rise towers. Once awarded the job, I then manage the job to its completion. I monitor our progress and performance, price and process change orders, coordinate with the general contractor and other subs and ensure the job finishes on schedule and on budget.

Last Updated: 9/03/2015

Smith Brian

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.

Last Updated: 6/26/2013

Stewart Garcia

Senior Project Manager at SYSTRA

M.S. Georgia Tech, 1991
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1989

Previous employment includes serving as a LEED Commissioning Agent for Wash DC Metro Rail Yard, Maintenance Facility

Fred Stepanich
Retired Consulting Engineering Professional

M.S. Colorado State University, 1963
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1959

Previously worked on several water resource development projects, water supply, flood control, irrigation, and wastewater disposal for USAID, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and several professional consulting engineering firms. 

Robert Stackowiak
Architect & Technology Business Strategist, Microsoft Technology Center (Chicago) 

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1978

1996 - 2016: Oracle Corporation, Executive Director of Big Data, Vice President of Business Intelligence, Senior Director, Director, and Sales Consulting roles.
1989 - 1996: IBM, RISC System/6000 Decision Support Segment Manager, Sales, and Sales Engineering roles.
1986 - 1989: Harris Corporation, Computer Systems Division Sales and Field Engineering roles.
1978 - 1986: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Head of Programming, Engineering Software Developer, and Hydraulic Engineering roles.

Today, I help clients from a variety of industries define business initiatives and map those to technology footprints. I transitioned from being a hydraulic (civil) engineer to computer technology during my time at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in St. Paul in the 1980s. In addition to working at a number of technology-focused companies, I also co-authored eight books regarding data management solutions, business intelligence, and the Internet of Things. I have been a guest instructor at a number of universities and spoken at conferences around the world.


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.

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

Web Link: www.kiewit.com

Last Updated: 8/19/2013


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.

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

Last Updated: 6/11/2013

Brian Tracy

Group Manager, Learning & Development, Cotter Consulting, Chicago, IL / Monterey, CA

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2005 

From 2005-2010 I worked for Kiewit on heavy civil, transportation, power, and utility projects throughout the Southwestern US. I spent time in field engineering, project engineering, estimating, and business development. I was then promoted to Engineering Training Manager, where I was responsible for designing, facilitating, and delivering large-scale training programs for approximately 100 younger engineers.

From 2010-2012 I worked for McDonough Bolyard Peck (MBP) in Raleigh, NC. I worked on commercial building, K-12 and higher education, local/state/federal government, athletics, and transportation projects, performing constructability reviews, cost estimates, CPM schedule analyses, change orders, on-site owner representation and coordination, progress documentation, contract administration, project closeout, and litigation support.

In 2012 I joined Cotter Consulting in Chicago, IL, as a Project Manager. I worked on higher education, municipal, public, healthcare, and transportation projects. My typical duties included constructability reviews, cost estimates, CPM schedule analyses, change orders, value engineering, LEED reviews, contractor coordination and management, project controls, commissioning management, closeout, safety and quality oversight, and existing facility condition assessments.

In 2018, I was promoted to Group Manager of Learning and Development. In addition to continuing to provide project management and project controls services, I oversee The Cotter Way, an integrated system of training, development, mentoring, quality, and technology initiatives. 

I am currently a licensed engineer in 3 states and active with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA). I became involved with ASCE while at ND and was part of a small group that renewed the club's participation in the concrete canoe competition. I have continued with ASCE at each stop of my career and have served in various roles to lead committees and younger member groups. 

Finally, I served as an adjunct assistant professor for Notre Dame from 2015-2017 and taught courses in Construction Management and Transportation Engineering.

James Tynan
NYSDOT, design and construction

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1970

45 years with the NYSDOT, design and construction. 
Final 17 years as Deputy Chief Engineer, Construction.
Responsible for 17 years of NYSDOT construction, totaling 30+ billion dollars of contracts/projects. 

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 provide 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 serve in numerous state and national forums and stakeholder workgroups 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)

Web Link: www.mwhglobal.com/

Last Updated: 6/23/2013

Aaron Vorwerk

B.S. Ohio Northern University, 1999 
M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2004
M.A. Architecture, Texas A&M University, 2005

I'm a Registered Architect, Civil/Structural EIT, LEED® AP BD+C, and AEC industry technology evangelist; influence customer BIM workflow adoption and strategy as a trusted advisor; serve as lecturer, panelist, and author on BIM-related topics.

Recent Experience: 
Sr. Technical Sales Specialist, AEC, Autodesk, Inc. (2013-present) 
Consult with AEC customers across North America to evaluate business issues and propose workflows leveraging the Autodesk portfolio to support the AEC project lifecycle. 

Building Solutions Specialist, D|C|CADD (2008-2013) 
Consulted with a broad range of customers in the AEC industry, assessing workflow needs and implementing solutions leveraging the Autodesk portfolio of BIM tools. 

Project Coordinator, Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford (2007-2008) 
Led Autodesk Revit transition efforts and served as BIM director for a highly-awarded design firm. 


Last Updated: 04/3/2018

Kevin Quinn Walsh
Senior Structural Engineer, Frost Engineering & Consulting, Mishawaka, IN / Cincinnati-Dayton, OH

Ph.D. University of Auckland, 2016
M.S. University of Notre Dame 2009
B.S. University of Dayton, 2007

FROST ENGINEERING & CONSULTING – Mishawaka, IN / Cincinnati-Dayton, OH 
Senior Structural Engineer, Dec 2015 – Present 
Project Structural Engineer, Jun 2009 – Jul 2012 
Strategic Asset Planner – Seismic Engineering, Sep 2012 – Sep 2015 
Adjunct Professor and Researcher, Sep 2010 – Jul 2012 
WOOLPERT, INC. – Dayton, OH 
Structural Engineer Intern, Jan 2005 – May 2007

Web Link: linkedin.com/in/kqwalsh

Last Updated: 11/01/2016

Anna Wanzek

M.S. University of Texas at Austin, 2015
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2013 

WebLink: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-wanzek-9ab84256

Last Updated: 11/08/2016

Shannon Warchol

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2013
M.S. Engineering Candidate, North Carolina State University

Shannon Warchol is a research associate at the Institute for Transportation Research and Education at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. She specializes in alternative intersections and interchanges, microsimulation development and analysis, signal timing, and geometric design. Ms. Warchol is a former recipient of ASCE’s Leisch Memorial Graduate Fellowship and a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina. Warchol is a leading researcher on the study of Diverging Diamond Interchanges with publications related to the geometry, signal timing, and safety of the design. 

Last Updated: 10/13/2017

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.

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. University 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).

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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.

Last Updated: 06/28/2013

Teng Wu
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2013
B.Sc. Tongji University, 2007

Dr. Wu’s research addresses the effects of service and extreme winds on the built environment, with an emphasis on bridges. His interests include buffeting and flutter analyses, vortex-induced vibration, rain-wind induced vibration, nonlinear aerodynamics, Volterra theory, hurricane hazard modeling, reduced-order modeling, and computational fluid dynamics.

Web Link: http://engineering.buffalo.edu/civil-structural-environmental/people/faculty_directory/teng-wu.html 

Last Updated: 9/15/2016


Nathan Yee
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.

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

Last Updated: 6/21/2016

Kelsey Young
NASA Research Space Scientist

B.S. University of Notre Dame
Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Arizona State University

Dr. Kelsey Young is a planetary field geologist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, specializing in the many uses of terrestrial analogs, or sites that resemble other planetary surfaces, with extensive field science experience in impact and volcanic terrain analogs. She has also spent several years developing the uses and deployment strategies for incorporating handheld technology in planetary surface exploration, and she pioneered the use of handheld x-ray fluorescence (hXRF) spectrometers in the field for in situ applications.

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.

Last Updated: 07/03/2013

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