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CEE Distinguished Seminar Series

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering hosts a departmental seminar series in which top researchers and practitioners from around the country and around the world are invited to speak. The seminars are free and open to the public.

 

Spring 2014 Semester

Unless otherwise noted, all seminars are in 105 Shillman Hall from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Date

Speaker

Title

January 30, 2014 Prof. Taha Marhaba
New Jersey Institute of Technology
TBD
February 24, 2014 Prof.Paul Westerhoff
Arizona State University
TBD
February 27, 2014 Prof.Reginald DesRoches
Georgia Institute of Technology
TBD

 

Fall 2013 Semester

Date

Speaker

Title

October 3, 2013 Prof. Dennis Lettenmaier
University of Washington
Understanding the Implications of Climate Change and Seasonal Climate Variations On Regional Hydrology
October 7, 2013 Prof. Chris Letchford
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Wind Loads in Tornadoes
November 4, 2013 Prof. Andrew Whittaker
University of Buffalo
In-plane Response of Low Aspect Ratio, Steel-concrete Composite Shear Walls
November 14, 2013 Prof. Jacobo Bielak
Carnegie Mellon University
COE Distinguished Seminar: End-to-End Earthquake Simulation: From the Source to Propagation Path, Site Effects, and Seismic Response of Building Clusters
December 5, 2013 Prof. April Gu
Northeastern University
Toxicogenomics-enabled Technology Platform For Water Toxicity Assessment and Monitoring

 

Spring 2013 Semester

Date

Speaker

Title

January 17, 2013 Prof. Paul O’Gorman
MIT
Intensification of Precipitation Extremes With Warming: Theory, Simulations, and Observations
February 4, 2013 Prof. Amit Kanvinde
U. California Davis
Forensic Analysis of Eccentrically Braced Frame Fracture in the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake: Multi-scale Simulations, Tests, and Findings
February 11, 2013 Prof. Claire Welty
U. Maryland B.C.
Regional Climate Variability and Patterns of Urban Development - Impacts on the Urban Water Cycle and Nutrient Export
April 4, 2013 Prof. Bruce Ellingwood
Georgia Institute of Technology
COE Distinguished Seminar: Performance-Based Engineering for Multiple Hazards: The Role of Structural Reliability and Risk Assessment

 

Fall 2012 Semester

Date

Speaker

Title

September 13, 2012 Prof. Horia Hangan
The University of Western Ontario
Wind Resiliance and Sustainability
September 20, 2012
Location: 444 CSC
Lawrence Novak
Portland Cement Association
The Philosophy of Engineering the Burj Khalifa: The World’s Tallest Building
October 18, 2012 Prof. Helen Poynton
UMass - Boston
Talking to Genes: Understanding Pollutant Exposures through Gene Expression Analysis in Aquatic and Marine Invertebrates
October 25, 2012 Prof. Peter Furth
Northeastern University
Low-Stress Biking and Bike Network Connectivity
December 3, 2012 Prof. Jamie Guest
Johns Hopkins Univeristy
Design with Topology Optimization - From Material Architectures to Structural Systems

 

Spring 2012 Semester

Date

Speaker

Title

January 26, 2012 Prof. Charles Shackelford
Colorado State University
Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Research in Geoenvironmental Engineering at Colorado State University
January 30, 2012 Prof. Robert Oglesby
University of Nebraska
Modeling Future Climate Change: Global and Regional Issues
February 9, 2012 Prof. Ming Wang
Northeastern University
Sensor-Enriched Sustainable and Secured Infrastructure Systems
April 11, 2012 Surendra P. Shah
Northwestern University
COE Distinguished Seminar: Nanoscale Modification of Cementitious Materials

 

Fall 2011 Semester

Date

Speaker

Title

September 21, 2011
3:00 pm in 322 CSC
Prof. Magued Iskander Polytechnic Institute of New York University Modeling of Soil Structure Interaction and Flow Using Transparent Soils
September 27, 2011
12:00 pm in 335 SH
Prof. Cliff Schexnayder
Arizona State University
Engineering the Great Inka Road
October 11, 2011
1:45 pm in 322 CSC
Prof. Zhen Chen University of Missouri-Columbia Simulation-Based Engineering Science (SBES) to Promote Interdisciplinary Research Education
October 18, 2011
1:45 pm in 103 CH
Prof. Robert Tremblay
Ecole Polytechnic, Canada
Innovative Steel Braced Frame Structure for Resistance to Earthquakes
November 8, 2011
1:45 pm in 103 CH
Prof. Soon-Duck Kwon
Chonbuk National University, Korea
Bad Wind and Good Wind: From Frightful Structural Threat to Valuable Energy Source
December 6, 2011
103 Churchill Hall
Prof. Michael Shuler
Cornell University
Do We Know Enough To Reconstruct Life In Vitro?

 

Spring 2011 Semester

Date

Speaker

Title

January 18, 2011 Prof. Greg Kopp
University of Western Ontario, Canada
Huffing and Puffing and Blowing It Down: Can we mitigate damage to houses in severe storms?
January 25, 2011 Dr. Laurent Mevel
INRIA, France
The Local Approach to Change Detection, Diagnosis, and Model Validation: Application to Vibration Mechanics
February 22, 2011 Prof. Francis de los Reyes
North Carolina State University
From Function to Phylogeny: Determining Who's Doing What in an Environmental System
March 22, 2011 Prof. Edward Bouwer
Johns Hopkins University
The Illusion of Certainty: Health Benefits and Risks

 

Fall 2010 Semester

Date

Speaker

Title

September 17, 2010
10 BK, 1:45-2:45 pm
Prof. Chris Hendrickson
Carnegie Mellon University
Four Examples of Green Engineering Design
September 30, 2010 Prof. Cliff Davidson
Syracuse University
The Emerging Discipline of Sustainable Engineering
October 14, 2010 Prof. Kitty Hancock
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Geospatially Enabling Civil Engineering
October 21, 2010 Ramon Gilsanz
Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP
The February 10, 2010 Maule Earthquake in Chile: Damage Reconnaissance and Implications on Seismic Design
November 4, 2010 Prof. Lynn Katz
University of Texas at Austin
Processes for the Removal of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products from Water: Preparing for Indirect and Direct Water Reuse
December 2, 2010 Dr. Nancy Love
University of Michigan
At the Confluence of Nutrients, Pharmaceuticals and Sustainability:  Emerging Issues in Managing Wastewater