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

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

B.S. University of Wisconsin-Parkside

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

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

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

Last Updated: 5/31/2013


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

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

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

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

Last Updated: 5/31/2013


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

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

B.S. Missouri Science and Technology, 1995

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

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

Last Updated: 5/16/2013

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

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2011

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

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

Last Updated: 07/03/2013


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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated: 5/31/2013


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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated: 5/13/2013

Tori Forbes
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242

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

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

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

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

Last Updated: 6/26/2013


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.

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

Last Updated: 5/15/2013

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

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

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

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

Last Updated: 5/16/2013

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated: 6/20/2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated: 7/15/2013


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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated: 5/16/2013

Tom Hanley
Professor Emeritus Columbus State University, Columbus, GA

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

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

E Mail:hanley_tom@yahoo.com

Last Updated: 12/03/2013


Janice Kenney
Research Engineer, Umeå Univeristy, Sweden

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

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

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

Email: janicekenney@gmail.com

Last Updated: 5/13/2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated: 7/12/2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated: 6/21/2013


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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated: 5/17/2013


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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated: 5/22/2013

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

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

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

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

E Mail:readb@etown.edu

Last Updated: 9/01/2013

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.

E Mail: bsmith24@nd.edu

Last Updated: 6/26/2013


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.

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

Last Updated: 6/11/2013

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

Member, National Academy of Engineering (elected 2003)

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

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

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

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

E Mail: rdw@umich.edu


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

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

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

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

Last Updated: 5/31/2013

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