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2019 Asphalt Conference

December 3-4 | Havener Center

asphalt.mst.edu

Presentations include: impact of rainfall and flooding on paving practices; recycled asphalt shingles: best practices; Rolla Airport full-depth reclamation project; plant burner operation and maintenance; Columbia Airport emergency case history; paving machine maintenance; quality control best practices; low gyration mixes; fingerprinting binders, additives, and modifiers; cost-effective friction surface treatments; asphalt advantages; city-owned asphalt plants pros & cons; transitioning from nuclear density gages; MAPA update; Flexibility Index test methods; compaction assessment using density profiling; new FAA construction specifications; electronic ticketing; intelligent compaction projects; microsurfacing, RAP specific gravity; gyratory compactor calibration; and more.

If you are interested in being a sponsor or an exhibitor, please email Michelle Wiginton.

Personal Development Hours (PDH) will be awarded.

 

2019 Academy NetwOrking Event

4-6 p.m. | Wednesday, Nov. 13 | Room 314 Butler-Carlton Hall

All Missouri S&T students are invited to visit with civil engineering academy members and alumni to learn about their experiences and successes in the industry and talk about what to expect in the working world.

Please send topics or questions, you would like covered and your RSVP by Monday, Nov. 11 to Jody Seely.

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2019 FALL Networking and Social Event

6-8 p.m. | Monday, Sept. 23 | Butler-Carlton Atrium

Join us for an evening of networking and engagement on Monday night before the Missouri S&T Spring Career Fair. This will be a great opportunity for students and alumni/employers to connect outside normal fair hours in a more relaxed setting. Gather in the atrium, share dinner and refreshments, and discuss career aspirations. Get to know people in our field. There is no set program — come and go as you please. We do ask that you R.S.V.P. in advance to plan for food and beverages needed.

Please RSVP before Sept. 19 to Jody Seely by email at seelyj@mst.edu

President-elect of civil engineering society to speak at S&T

Dr. K.N. Gunalan (Guna) will present a talk, “Engineering the Future” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in Room 125 of Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering Hall. Guna is vice president of alternative delivery at AECOM, based in Salt Lake City, and president-elect of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

His talk will touch on the grand challenges we face as a society now and into  the future — particularly in investing and maintaining infrastructure to  improve the quality of life in the United States and globally.

The American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries. Founded in 1852, ASCE is the nation’s oldest engineering society.

2019 MAPA Distinguished Lecture

Dr. Rebecca McDaniel, technical director of the North Central Superpave Center at Purdue University and longtime active member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), will present the inaugural lecture in the Missouri Asphalt Pavement Association (MAPA) Distinguished Lecture Series.

The lecture, titled “Paving the way to a career in civil and asphalt engineering,” will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in Room 125 Butler-Carlton Hall.

In this presentation, Dr. Rebecca McDaniel will draw on her personal experiences to share ways to build a satisfying, rewarding career in civil engineering. While McDaniel’s career has focused mainly on asphalt materials and pavements, the lessons she has learned are applicable to engineering in general. McDaniel will offer examples to show how sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone can lead to life-long relationships and opportunities to advance.

2018

Sneed appointed associate editor of ASCE Journal

Dr. Lesley Sneed, associate professor and Stirrat Faculty Scholar of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, was recently appointed an associate editor of the ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction, which is a leading journal in composite materials for both new construction and for repair and rehabilitation of existing structures. In addition, she was co-editor of the ACI 549, ACI 562, RILEM TC 250 CSM Symposium Volume “Textile Reinforced Mortar (TRM)/Fabric Reinforced Cementitious Matrix (FRCM) as external bonded reinforcement Steel Reinforced Grout (SRG) — A New Tool in the Repair Toolbox,” published in 2018.

Dr. Sneed is actively involved in several technical societies and committees that develop building codes, standards and technical guidelines. Currently, she is a voting member of ACI 318 Subcommittee E (Section and Member Strength), ACI/ASCE Joint Committee 445 (Shear and Torsion), ACI Committee 549 (Thin Reinforced Cementitious Products and Ferrocement), and the CRSI Standards Development Committee. In addition, she serves as a member of ACI/ASCE 445-B (Seismic Shear), ACI 445-D (Database), ACI 445-E (Torsion), ACI 549-0L Liaison with RILEM TC250 (Composites for Sustainable Strengthening of Masonry), and ACI 440-F (FRP Repair and Strengthening Subcommittee, Anchorage Task Group).

2018 Women’s Networking Event

Join civil engineering female academy members and alumni for a social networking event from 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Room 314 Butler-Carlton Hall.

All Missouri S&T students are invited to visit with civil engineering female alumni and learn about their experiences and successes in the industry and talk about what to expect in the working world.

Topics of interest include:

  • Building professional relationships
  • The importance of continuing education
  • Working full-time or part-time and having a family  
  • Technical/professional organizations  

Send topics or questions, you would like covered to Jody Seely.

 

Murray to discuss concrete research

Join us for a Visiting Scholars Seminar at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in Room 120 Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering Hall.

Dr. Cameron D. Murray, assistant professor of civil engineering at the University of Arkansas, will give a talk titled “Rapid Setting Cement and Other Concrete Research.”

This talk will cover Dr. Murray’s current and past research into the structural performance of CSA cement concrete in prestressed concrete and reinforced concrete. In addition to Dr. Murray’s research on CSA cement, the talk will briefly cover his other research interests and the current research projects in the concrete laboratory at the University of Arkansas.

For more information about the seminar, contact Dr. Lesley Sneed by email at sneedlh@mst.edu.

Construction engineering and management expert joins Missouri S&T

Dr. Islam El-adaway, an associate professor and coordinator of the University of Tennessee’s construction engineering and management program, has been named the Hurst/McCarthy Professor in Construction Engineering Management at Missouri S&T. His appointment begins Aug. 1.

The professorship was established through a combined $1 million gift from alumnus Michael Hurst and his wife, Barbara, along with McCarthy Building Companies, where Hurst worked for more than three decades before his retirement. Hurst earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from S&T in 1974.

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