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Challenges and Innovation in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

Spring 2014
Mondays 3:30pm – 4:30pm, 131 DeBartolo

Dennis Murphy

Retired, President Kiewit Engineering

Concrete Segmental Bridges February 17, 2014

Dr. Paul F. Mlakar, P.E.

Senior Research Scientist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Forensic Engineering Lessons from Two Malevolent Disasters March 17, 2014

Theodore P. Zoli, PE

National Bridge Chief Engineer, HNTB

A Critical Look at Bridge Design Practice: Beyond Material Efficiency March 24, 2014

Erin Young

Project Manager, LEED AP
Ellen Quigley

Project Engineer, ND Class of 2011
Clark Construction

Solving Problems the Design-Build Way: A Look into the Governor George Deukmejian Court Building and the Los Angeles Federal Courthouse March 31, 2014

Dr. Fahim H. Sadek, Ph.D., P.E.

Leader, Structures Group
Engineering Laboratory
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Structural Design for Disaster Resilience April 7, 2014

Rodney C. Ewing

Frank Stanton Chair of International Security
Professor of Earth Sciences, Stanford University

Lessons from Yucca Mountain: Standards, Regulations & Performance Assessments April 14, 2014

Fall 2013 Seminar Series
Mondays 3:30pm – 4:45pm, 102 DeBartolo Hall

Bruce E. Rittmann

Director, Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University

Microbial Photobioenergy – Making CO2 a Resource, Not a Liability September 9, 2013

Ian R. Chin, SE, PE, RA, FASTM

Vice President and Senior Principal, Wiss, Janey, Elstner, Associates, Inc.

Lessons Learned from Bridge Collapses

September 16, 2013

Raymond “Paul” Giroux, M.ASCE

District Quality Manager, Kiewit Corporation

Building Panama Canal: Men, Machines, Methods

Thursday, September 26
5pm-6pm, 131 DeBartolo

Fuat Sezer

District Manager and President, Kiewit Offshore Services, Ltd.

Design and Construction of Offshore Platforms for the Gulf of Mexico

September 30, 2013

Andy Uniacke

SKW (Skanska, Kiewit, Weeks) Site/Civil Design Coordinator for the 2nd Midtown Tunnel

Immersed Tube Tunnel Construction: How do they do that?

October 28, 2013

Rik Kunnath

Executive Chairman of the Board, Pankow Management, Inc.

Making a Case for Research

November 4, 2013

Bernard Amadei , NAE

Professor of Civil Engineering and Mortenson Chair in Global Engineering,
University of Colorado at Boulder
Founding President of Engineers Without Borders -USA

Engineering in Sustainable Human Development: Challenges and Opportunities

November 11, 2013

Environmental Fluid Dynamics

Spring 2014 Seminar Series
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. @ Dean’s Boardroom, Fitzpatrick 258

Professor Gary Parker

W.H. Johnson Professor  of Engineering and also Geology
University of Illinois
Champaign Urbana

Emplacement of Massive Turbidities Linked to Extinction of Turbulence in Turbidity Currents

January 21, 2014

Dr. Byron Blomquist

Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii, and NOAA

Mass and Energy Transfer at the Air-Sea Interface: A description of the recent High Wind Gas Exchange field program

January 28, 2014 (Cancelled, university closed)

Professor Karan Venayagamoorthy

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Borland Professor
Colorado State University

A Unifying Framework for Parameterizing Stably Stratified Shear-flow Turulence

February 4th, 2014

Lord Julian Hunt, FRS

Emeritus Professor of Climate Modeling, Department of Earth Sciences University College London, Trinity College, TU Delft

Turbulence Near Wake and Boundary Layer Interfaces –Modeling and Simulations 

February 11th, 2014

Professor Philip Liu

Cornell University

Mathematical Modeling of Generated Waves in a Fjord

February 18th, 2014

Professor Danny Reible,

Donovan Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering,

Texas Tech University

Assessing contaminant availability and fate in water and sediments

February 25th, 2014

Dr. Rao Kotamarthi

Head, Climate Research Section, Environmental Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory

Does Improving Model Resolution Lead to Higher Fidelity Climate Simulations?

March 4th, 2014

Dr. Reed Maxwell

Associate Professor
Director, Integrated Ground Water Modeling Center, Dept. of Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Connections in the hydrologic cycle: how anthropogenic stresses impact feedbacks, sensitivity and sustainability

March 18th, 2014

James Kirby

Edward C. Davis ProfessorDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware 

Modeling Ocean Waves at a Variety of Scales and Settings

March 25th, 2014

Professor Cristian Piciorean 

Biofilms Institute, Dept. of Biotechnology Delft University, The Netherlands

Micro-scale numerical models for biofilm formation in porous media

April 8th, 2014

Professor Oliver B. Fringer

Associate Professor & Director Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University

On the development of a nonhydrostatic isopycnal-coordinate  ocean model

April 15th, 2014

Professor Jae Hak Lee

Ocean Circulation and Climate Research Division, Korea Institute of Ocean Science And Technology

Turbulence and Mixing: A controller of Traces Distributions- In the East China Sea

April 22nd, 2014

Fabrice Veron, Ph.D.

Associate Director and Professor of Physical Ocean Science and Engineering, College of Earth, Ocean & Environment, University of Delaware

Large sea spray droplets and their influence on the air-sea fluxes in high winds

April 29th, 2014

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

Dr. F. Martin (Marty) Ralph, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes
University of California San Diego
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla

Atmospheric Rivers: A brief review and emerging directions

September 3, 2013 

Dr. Vanda Grubisic

Director of Earth Observing Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

Wave-induced Boundary-layer Separation in the Lee of the Medicine Bow Mountains

September 5, 2013

Tim Ginn

Professor, University of California, Davis

Conservation of Material in Space, Time, and Exposure Time

September 10, 2013

(154, Fitzpatrick @ 11.00 a.m)

Dr. Silvana DiSabatino

Dept. of Physics, University of Salento, Visiting Professor, University of Notre Dame

The Materhorn-X Field Experiments: Initial Results

September 17, 2013

Dr. Eliezer Kit

Professor Emeritus Tel Aviv University, and current Senior Research Associate at Notre Dame

A Combo Setup for Atmospheric Turbulence Measurements

October 1, 2013

Dr. Dev Niyogi

Assoc. Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue University

Urbanization Impacts on Regional Climate

October 8, 2013

Dr. Tarang Khangaonkar

Marine Sciences Laboratory
Sequim, Washington

Sensitivity of Circulation and Biogeochemical Response in Puget Sound –Sea Level Rise, Future Climate Loads and Human Impacts

October 29, 2013

Prof. Katepalli Sreenivasan

President, Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Dean of Engineering
Professor of Physics, (Arts and Sciences)
Professor of Mathematics (Courant Institute)

Convection at Rayleigh Numbers of the Order 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

November 5, 2013

Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences Seminar Series

Spring Seminar Series


Geosciences Department, Environmental Studies Program, Western Michigan University

Urban Dead Seas: natural and anthropogenic influences on redox-stratified lakes and wetlands

March 28th, 2014 (4:00 – 5:00 pm, 356 Fitzpatrick Hall)

Paul Giesting
Adjunct Professor, Geology
Illinois State University

Carbon Sequestration and New Frontiers for Clay Science

April 4th, 2014

Jenifer Braley
Assistant Professor, Colorado School Mines

Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Separations

April 11th, 2014

Prof. Charles Shearer

Dept. of Earth & Planetary Sciences, The University of New Mexico

Formation and Evolution of Early Planetary Crusts - An integrated petrology, geochemistry, chronology, and remote sensing perspective for deciphering the origin of the lunar highlands

April 25th, 2014 (356 Fitzpatrick Hall @ 4:00-5:00 p.m.)

Prof. Advian V. Rocha

Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame

Why Ecologists Need Engineers and Vice Versa

May 2nd, 2014 (116 Debartolo Hall @ 3:00-4:00 p.m.)

Fall Seminar Series

Bruce Rittmann

Dep. of Civil and Env. Engineering
Arizona State Univ.

Understanding the Biofilm Anode in Microbial Electrochemical Cells (MXCs)

September 10, 2013 (11:00a.m. in 258 Fitzpatrick (Engineering Boardroom))

Fatih Karadagli, Ph.D.

Swette Center for Environmental Biotech

Biodesign Inst. of Arizona State Univ.

Hydrogen Thresholds in Microbial Environments

September 25, 2013 (258 Fitzpatrick Hall, 4:00 p.m-5:00 p.m.)

William Kinman

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Enhanced Environmental Nuclear Safeguards through Advanced Mass Spectrometry

October 8, 2013 (canceled)

Manish Kumar

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

Biomimetic membranes for energy and the environment October 9, 2013 (212/213 Stinson-Remic Hall, 11:30a.m.-1:00p.m.)

Chong Na

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, University of Notre Dame

Carve (Carb) Out A Sustainable Future: Rational Design of Carbon Nano-Materials for Water Purification and Energy Production

October 11, 2013

(356 Fitzpatrick Hall @ 4:00-5:00p.m.)

Diogo Bolster

Assistant professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, University of Notre Dame

Incomplete Mixing and Reactions– from Batch Experiments to  Natural Environments

October 18, 2013

(356 Fitzpatrick Hall @ 4:00-5:00p.m.)

Chad Jafvert

Professor, School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University

Legacy and Emerging Environmental Pollutants

October 30, 2013

(315 Stinson-Remick Hall @ 11:30-1:00p.m.)

Prof. George Wells

Dept. Civil & Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University

The Nitrogen Challenge: New Processes and Players in the Quest for Sustainable Nutrient Pollution Prevention

November 8, 2013

(356 Fitzpatrick Hall @ 4:00-5:00p.m.)

Benito J. Mariñas

Ivan Racheff Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Science and Technology Advances for Safe Global Water

November 11, 2013 (McKenna Hall @ 9:15 a.m.)

Timothy J. Strathmann

Associate Professor Vernon L. Snoeyink Faculty Scholar,
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Hydrothermal Biomass Conversion Strategies for Renewable Hydrocarbon Fuels

November 13, 2013 (315 Stinson-Remick @ 11:00 am - 12:00 Noon)

Structural Engineering Seminar Series

Ronald D. Ziemian

Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA

Structural Stability and the Curse of the Differential Equation

October 9, 2013 (116 DeBartolo @ 11:00 am)

Arif Masud

Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Stabilized Finite Element Methods and Turbulence

November 6, 2013 ( 310 DeBartolo Hall @ 3:30 pm)

Ann Jeffers

Assistant Professor,
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan

Multiphysics Simulation of Structures in Fire

November 12, 2013 (311 DeBartolo @ 3:30 pm)

Dr. Earl Dowell 

William Holland Hall Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering, Duke University

Nonlinear Dynamics of Fluid and Structural Systems

April 28th, 2014 (258 Fitzpatick hall @ 11:00 a.n.)

Professor Joel P.Conte

Department of Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego

System and Damage Identification Studies of a Full-Scale Seven-Story R/C Building Specimen Subjected to Shake Table Tests

May 1st, 2014 (117Debartolo Hall)

Dr. Simon Guest

Reader in Structural Mechanics, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Zero-Stiffness Structures

June 18th, 2014

(4:00-5:00 p.m.) @117 DeBartolo