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Challenges & Innovation in Civil & Environmental Engineering

Spring 2012

Mark Sarkisian, P.E., M.ASCE
Director of Structural Engineering, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP, San Francisco

Nature's Influence on Tall Building Design

January 26, 2012


Horia Hangan, Ph.D., P. Eng.
Project Leader, The Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment (WindEEE), DomeProfessor and Director, The Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory, The University of Western Ontario

Reframing Wind Engineering: New Climate and New Tools

February 2, 2012


Robert L. Peskin, Ph.D

Senior Consulting Manager, Transportation, AECOM

Projecting Infrastructure Renewal Needs and Future asset Conditions in the Context of Fiscal Constraints While Optimizing Strategic Goals

February 9, 2012


Michael A. Szomjassy

President, Environmental Services, CH2M Hill

"Extreme Engineering" and Sustainability Issues at the London 2012 Olympics
London 2012: Extreme Engineering

February 23, 2012


Lisa V. Lucas
Research Engineer, Ecohydrodynamics, US Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA

From Super-Simple to Complex 3D: Building Meaningful Models of Coupled Physics and Biology in Tidal Aquatic Systems

March 1, 2012


Jennifer M. Wozencraft
Research Physical Scientist, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, USACE Engineer Research and Development Center, Director, Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise, Stennis Space Center

Airborne Lasers for Coastal Subsea Mapping, Regional Shoreline Characterization and Assessment

March 22, 2012


Michael G. Vitale, P.E.
Senior Vice President, Midwest Tunnel Practice Leader, Hatch Mott Mac Donald

Burying out Problems - Innovative Underground Solutions to Vexing Societal Problems

March 29, 2012


David Rosowsky
Professor, Dean of Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Engineering Wood-Frame Buildings for Wind and Seismic Loading

April 12, 2012


Fall 2011

David Reckhow
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachussetts Amherst

Carcinogens in Drinking Water: From Natural Precursors to Disinfection Byproducts in the Home

September 8, 2011

David Reckhow

Edward Fitzpatrick
Retired, President of Fitzpatrick Construction

The Story of Land Reclamation for Battery Park City, Manhattan

September 15, 2011

Edward Fitzpatrick

Hendrik L. Tolman
Physical Scientist, NCEP/EMC/Marine Modeling and Analysis Branch, NOAA

Quo Vadis Wavewatch III: A career in living on the beach

September 29, 2011

Hendrik L. Tolman

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

Unraveling the mysteries of Tornadoes: The Quest for Safer Communities

October 6, 2011

Fred L. Haan

Ronald T. Eguchi
President and CEO, ImageCat Inc., Long Beach, CA

Earthquakes, Hurricanes and other Disasters: A View from Space

November 10, 2011

Ronald T. Eguchi

Paul Grioux
District Quality Manager, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.

Building Hoover Dam

November 17, 2011

Paul Grioux

Mitchell T. Farmer
Section Manager, Engineering Development Laboratories, Nuclear Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory

Light Water Reactor Severe Accident R&D at Argonne Related to the Nuclear Accident in Japan

December 01, 2011 Mitchell T. Farmer


Environmental Fluid Dynamics Lecture Series

Professor Julian Hunt

UK House of Lords

Fluid Mechanics and Public Policy; from  Natural Disasters to Climate Change

January 24, 2012


Professor Jose Fuentes
Penn State University
Editor, EOS

Turbulent Transport and Chemistry of Floral Volatiles

January 31, 2012

Jose D. Fuentes

Professor Albert J. Valocchi
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Impact of Mixing-Controlled Reactions on Subsurface Fate and Transport: Pore-Scale Simulation and Experiments

February 07, 2012

Albert J. Valocchi

Dr. Nick Ovenden
University College, London

Assessing the noise impact of freeways in complex environments

February 14, 2012

Nick Ovenden

Valey Babin
Tel-Aviv University

Heat Transfer Characteristics in a Slug Unit

February 21, 2012

Prof. Tomas Bodnar
Department of Technical Mathematics, Czech Technical University of Prague

Numerical Simulation of Flow and Pollution Dispersion in the Area of Opencast Coal Mine

February 28, 2012

Amilcare M. Porporato
Duke University

Stochastic soil moisture dynamics and its impacts in ecohydrology and hydrometeorology

March 2, 2012

Darren L. Ficklin
Postdoc/Research Assoc.
Environmental Studies Institute
Santa Clara University Santa Clara,CA

Too much for fish: Is climate change likely to change water quality in streams?

March 4, 2012


Dr. Iossif Lozovatsky & Dr. Charles Retallack
University of Notre Dame

Two Signature Environmental Fluid Dynamics Projects at Notre Dame: MATERHORN and ASIRI-EBOB

March 06, 2012

Kritina Katsaros, NAE, University of Washington
Retired Director, NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratories

Observing Tropical Cyclones from Space

March 20, 2012

Professor Rafael Bras
Provost, Georgia Institute of Technology
NAE Edison Lecture

Complexity and Organization in Earth Systems

March 27, 2012

Dragan Zajic
US Army Dugway Proving Ground


April 03, 2012

Dr. Laura Leo
University of Notre Dame

The impact of urbanization at meso- and microscales: advancements and prospects

April 10, 2012

Alan F. Hamlet
University of Washington

Effects of Climate Change on the Hydrology and Water Resources of the Pacific Northwest

April 16, 2012

Professor G.S. Bhat
Chair, Atmospheric Sciences, and Director, Center for Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences,
Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore


April 17, 2012

Professor Steven Burian
The University of Utah

Toward Sustainable Water Systems

April 24, 2012

Dr. Amir Paster
University of Notre Dame


May 01, 2012


Structures Seminar Series

Michael H. Scott
Oregon State University
Force-Based Frame Finite Elements: Beyond Deterministic, Small Deformation Response February 3, 2012

Dr. Mettupalayam Sivaselvan
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder

Structural failure simulation under extreme loading – Computational and theoretical aspects

March 19, 2012


Ting Lin
Ph.D. Candidate
The John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center
Stanford University

From Ground Motion Selection Methodology to Multi-Hazard Sustainability

March 27, 2012



Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences Seminar Series

Pedro Alvarez
Rice University

Environmental Implications and Applications of Nanotechnology:Lessons Learned from Bacterial-Nanoparticle Interactions

February 24, 2012

Greg Druschel

Redox Geochemistry, Nanoparticles, and Microbes-Fundamental S and FE cycling examples of these work things work together

March 20, 2012

Kyle Bibby
Yale University

Metagenomic Pathogen Detection in Environmental Samples

March 21, 2012