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Challenges and Innovation in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

Spring 2017
3:30pm – 4:30pm, 131 Debartolo

Dominick M. Servedio

P.E. Executive Chairman, STV Group, Inc.

Creating an Icon – Challenges in the Design and Construction of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey World Trade Center Transportation Hub

February 2, 2017

Fred Haan

Professor, Engineering at Calvin College

How Different are Tornado Winds from Straight-Line Winds?

February 9, 2017

William Nugent, SE, PE

President and CEO, Wiss, Janey, Elstner Associates Inc.

An Engineer Looking for Trouble – Forty Years Solving Problems in the Built World

February 23, 2017

James R. Mihelcic

L. and Julia M. Flom Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the International Development Engineering Program, University of South Florida

Doing the Right Thing: Engineering Health Improvements for Developing World Communities

March 2, 2017

Erleen Hatfield, PE, AIA, LEED AP

Partner at Burro Haphold

Creating Transformational Space

March 23, 2017

Peter Yanev

Founder, EQE Consulting

The Practice of Natural Hazards, Structural and Risk Engineering, and Risk Management

April 6, 2017

Paul Spudis

Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas

The Value of the Moon: Creating a Permanent Cislunar transportation Infrastructure

April 20, 2017

Fall 2016 
4:00pm – 5:00pm, 129 DeBartolo

Robert J. Connor

Professor, Lyles School of Civil Engineering, Director of S-BRITE Center, Purdue University

Evaluation of Member Level Redundancy in Built-up Steel Members

September 1, 2016

Luis Montestruque, Ph.D.

President and CTO, EmNet, LLC

Cyber Physical Systems for Storm Water Management

September 8, 2016

Holly Michael

Associate Professor, Departments of Geological Sciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Unidel Fraser Russell Chair for the Environment, University of Delaware

Linking Hydrology, Geology, and Engineering toward Sustainable Solutions to Widespread Arsenic Contamination in the Bengal Delta

September 15, 2016

Paul Giroux, Dist.M.ASCE

Senior Estimating Manager, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., Civil Engineering historian and writer

Building Grand Coulee Dam

September 22, 2016

Kimberly A. Gray

Professor & Chair, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University

Reinventing the City: Nature as Muse

October 6, 2016

Jerome F. Hajjar, Ph.D., P.E.

CDM Smith Professor and Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University

Urban Engineering Strategies in Civil and Environmental Engineering

October 27, 2016

Scott Reeve

President, Composite Advantage

Materials of the Future: Fiber Reinforced Polymer for Long Lasting Infrastructure

November 17, 2016

Environmental Fluid Dynamics

Spring 2017 
11:00 – 12:00 @ 129 Hayes/Healey

Rondadh Cox

Professor & Chair of Geociences, Williams College, Williamstown, MA

Megagravel on the Move: Storm Waves, Boulder Transport, and the Erosion of Rocky Coasts

January 24, 2017

Tony Dalrymple, NAE

Willard & Lillian Hackerman Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Numerically Modeling Waves and Currents in the Surf Zone with Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics

January 31, 2017

Eric Skyllingstad

Professor, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Large-eddy Simulation of Tropical Convection over the Indian Ocean: Scale Variability and SST

February 7, 2017

Eli Bou-Zeid

Associate Professor, Princeton University

New insights into turbulence dynamics under stabilizing stratification from direct and large-eddy simulation

February 21, 2017

Jesse C. Feyen, Ph.D.

Deputy Director Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory,  Road Ann Arbor, MI 

Development and Transition of Operational Storm Surge Models

February 28, 2017

Diane Foster

Professor, Director of the Ocean Engineering Program, University of New Hampshire

Ablation due to Oscillatory Boundary Layer: Incipient Motion of Nearshore Sediments

March 7, 2017

Heidi Nepf

Donald and Martha Harleman Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA

How vegetation alters water motion, and the feedbacks to environmental system structure and function

March 21, 2017

Dr. Raghavendra Krishnamurthy

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Notre Dame

Aircraft Wake Vortices: Transport and Decay study using Remote Sensing Devices

March 28, 2017

Dr .Steven Fiorino

Associate Professor, Air Force Institute of Technology

Characterizing multispectral vertical profiles of aerosol extinction with surface-based measurements

April 4, 2017

Dr. Indrajith Nissanka

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Notre Dame Notre Dame

Calculation of Oil Droplet Size Distribution in Ocean Spills and its Importance in Oil Spill Models

April 11, 2017

Suresh Rao

Professor of Civil Engineering & Agonomy, Purdue University

From Complexity to Simplicity: Landscape Hydrologic Dynamics

April 18, 2017

Raymond A. Shaw

Professor, Penn State University

Turbulence-induced broadening of cloud-droplet size distribution: Implications for aerosol effects on climate

April 25, 2017

Fall 2016
11:00 a.m. -12:15 p.m. @ 216 DeBartolo Hall

Dr. Lorenzo Polvani

Professor of Applied Mathematics and Earth & Environmental Sciences, Columbia University

Stratospheric Ozone and Climate Change

August 30, 2016

Dr. Abe Clark

Postdoctoral Associate, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Yale University

The Role of Grain Dynamic in the Onset of Sediment Transfer

September 6, 2016

Dr. Robert Hetland

Professor, Dept of Oceanography, Texas A&M University

Shelf Circulation and Associated Ecosystem Impacts in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

September 13, 2016

Dr. Nikola Vasiljevic

Postdocotral Associate, Dept. Wind Energy, Denmark Technical University, Lyngby, Denmark

Learning from Mistakes: Designing Large Scale Atmospheric Experiments

September 20, 2016

Dr. Ning Lin

Assistant Prof. Civil & Environmental Enginering, Princeton University

Risk Analysis of Hurricane Storm Surge in a Changing Climate

September 27, 2016

Dr. Joachim Moortgat

Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, The Ohio State University

Numerical Modeling of Complex Transport Processes Related to CO2 Injection in Enhanced Oil Recovery and Carbon Sequestration

October 4, 2016

Dr. Vijay Tallapragada

Chief of Global Climate & Modeling Branch, NOAA Environmental Modeling Center, College Park, MD

Development of NCEP’s Unified Coupled Modeling for Operational Weather and Climate Predictions: Challenges and Opportunities

October 11, 2016

Dr. Philip Chu

NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

NOAA’s Next Generation Great Lakes Operational Forecasting System (GLOFS) and Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory Modeling and Forecasting Capabilities

October 25, 2016

Dr. Lian Shen

Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota

Simulation Based Study of Effects of Water Waves on Turbulence

November 1, 2016

Prof. Nicholas Zabaras

Viola D. Hank Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statitistics University of Notre Dame

Solution of Direct and Inverse Problems with Limited Forward Solver Evaluations: A Bayesian Perspective

November 8, 2016

Dr. Peter Sullivan

Senior Research Scientitst, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Dense Filaments, Turbulence, and Frontogenesis in the Ocean Surface Boundary Layer

November 15, 2016

William Pringle

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Notre Dame

Two-Way Multiscale Coupling for Tsunami Modeling: Application to the Kamaishi Offshore Breakwater

November 22, 2016

Dr. Abbas Fakhari

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Notre Dame

Numerical Simulation of Immiscible Multiphase Flows Using Lattice Boltzmann Methods

December 6, 2016 

Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences 

Spring 2017

Bill Phillip

University of Notre Dame

Manufacturing Functional Membranes from Nanostructured Polymers

January 23, 2017

Graham Peaslee

University of Notre Dame

Applied Nuclear Physics: Creative things to study with Societal Impact

January 30, 2017

Helen Nguyen

University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign

Drinking Water Biofilm: Structure, Mechanical Properties, and Pathogen Release

March 20, 2017

Timothy M. LaPara

Professor Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota

The Microbiome of Biofilms Growing on Water Distribution Mains

March 27, 2017 (216 DeBartolo Hall - 4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.)

Luther McDonald

University of Utah

Signatures of Uranium Oxides for Nuclear Forensics

April 11, 2017

Nathan Yee


Mercury Redox Transformations in Groundwater

April 18, 2017

Paul Stoodley

Professor, The Ohio State University

The biophysics of bacterial biofilms facilitate surface survival in moving fluids

April 24, 2017

Fall 2016 

Jeff Terry

Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology

Surface Science in the Wild: Using Synchrotron Radiation and Lab Grown Thin Films to Understand the Behavior of Barrier Layers in Accident Tolerant Nuclear Fuels

September 12, 2016 (@ 213 DeBartolo Hall 4:00-5:00 p.m.)

David Medvigy

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame

Regional climate changes due to three decades of Amazonian deforestation

October 3, 2016 (@213 Debartalo Hall 4:00-5:00 p.m.)

Jonathon Brame

Research Environmental Engineer, Environmental Lab, US ERDC Vicksburg, MS

Innovative solutions for a safer, better world

October 24, 2016 (@4:00 – 5:00 PM 213 Debartolo Hall)

Dr. Simon Brassell

Indiana University

Biogeochemical evidence for climatic and environmental change from the sedimentary record of Paleolake Olduvai (~1.80 - 1.88 Ma)

November 14, 2016

Structural Engineering Seminar Series

Fall 2016

Matias A. Hube

Associate Professor, Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC)

Observations and Lessons Learned from 2010, Chile Earthquake

October 28, 2016

Center for Environmental Science and Technology (CEST) Seminar Series

Gary Lamberti

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Using CEST resources to answer intriguing ecological questions in Alaska and the Great Lakes

February 1, 2017 (4:00 pm @209 DeBartolo Hall)