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Dr. Ahsan Kareem, University of Notre Dame
Robert M. Moran Professor of Engineering and Director of the NatHaz Modeling Laboratory
President, International Association for Wind Engineering
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.
Dr. Cliff Schexnayder, Arizona State University
National Academy of Construction
Friday, March 8 | Butler-Carlton Hall
Clifford J. Schexnayder is an eminent scholar emeritus at the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Purdue University, and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. A construction engineer with over 50 years of practical experience, Schexnayder has worked with major heavy/highway construction contractors as a field engineer, estimator, and corporate chief engineer. Additionally, he served with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on active duty and in the reserves, retiring as a colonel. His last assignment was as executive director, directorate of military programs, Office of the Chief of Engineers, Washington, D.C.
The Hurst/McCarthy Professorship was established through a combined $1 million gift from alumnus Michael Hurst, CE’74, and his wife, Barbara, along with McCarthy Building Companies, where Hurst worked for more than three decades before his retirement as president and chief operating officer in 2007. Founded as a family business in 1864, McCarthy is one of the oldest privately held construction firms in the nation.
Vernon and Maralee Jones endowed the chair in 1997 as part of the university’s Full Circle Campaign. Vernon Jones, who earned a degree in civil engineering from the university in 1953, is the former president of The Williams Company, an energy and communications company in Tulsa.
Rebecca McDaniel, Purdue University
Technical Director, North Central Superpave Center
Longtime active member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB)
2 p.m. | Thursday, Jan. 31 | Room 125 Butler-Carlton Hall
Dr. Rebecca McDaniel is technical director of the North Central Superpave Center at Purdue University, a position she has held since 1995. In her position, she works with agencies and industry in and beyond the region. She is responsible for research and technology transfer related to various aspects of asphalt materials, mixtures and pavements. McDaniel holds bachelors, masters and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University. She is a registered professional engineer in Indiana. McDaniel holds or has held various leadership roles with the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists, ASTM, the Transportation Research Board’s Asphalt Section, the Long Term Infrastructure Performance Program and others.
The Missouri Asphalt Pavement Association (MAPA) was incorporated in March of 1990 by Missouri asphalt contractors. The contractors had a desire to create an association that would represent those contractors with a desire to uphold the highest standards of quality and ethics. The association was formed to represent the Missouri asphalt industry to the Missouri Department of Transportation, counties, cities, and the private sector, to promote the use of asphalt, to offer technical assistance and to provide the members current information about the industry.
Glen T. Daigger, University of Michigan
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
3:30 p.m. | Friday, Oct. 19 | Room 120 Butler-Carlton Hall
Dr. Glen T. Daigger will present, “Closing the Knowing/Doing Gap.” In his lecture, he will discuss available and developing approaches to plan and implement evolutionary and adaptable urban water management infrastructure. Daigger is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He also founded One Water Solutions LLC, a water engineering and innovation firm. Daigger previously served as senior vice president and chief technology officer for CH2M HILL where he was employed for 35 years, and as professor and chair of environmental systems engineering at Clemson University in South Carolina.
The Mathes Distinguished Lecture is made possible through the generous gifts of John Mathes, CE’67, MS CE’68. Mathes and his wife, Susan, established the university’s first endowed faculty position under a program that matched state funding with private gifts. In 2006, they made an additional gift to elevate that professorship to the Mathes Chair in Environmental Engineering. John has remained an active and dedicated alumnus to his alma mater. He was instrumental in forming Project 2000 to unite the department and its alumni in their efforts to enhance the quality of the program and served on the Vision 2020 planning committee to expand Butler-Carlton Hall. He was appointed a member of the University of Missouri System Board of Curators, a Missouri S&T trustee, and is an elected member of the Academy of Civil Engineers. In 2011, he was named one of Missouri S&T’s inaugural class of Alumni of Influence.
Dr. Ahmed Elgamal will present a lecture at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in Room 125 Butler-Carlton Hall as part of the Shamsher and Sally Prakash Distinguished Lecture Series in Geotechnical Engineering. Dr. W.D. Liam Finn, the speaker originally scheduled to deliver the address, will not be able to do so due to health-related issues that prevent him from traveling.
Elgamal’s lecture is titled “Bridge-Ground Systems: Recorded Seismic Response, Shake Table Experiments, and Computational Simulation.”
Elgamal is a professor of geotechnical engineering at the University of California, San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering and served as chair of the structural engineering department 2003-2007. Before joining UCSD, Elgamal was a faculty member at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Columbia University, and technical director for the Rensselaer Geotechnical Centrifuge Research Center. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Cairo University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Princeton University. He served as a research fellow at the California Institute of Technology.
Elgamal is a recipient of the Shamsher Prakash Award and the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Young Investigator Award. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
This series is made possible through a generous gift from Shamsher and Sally Prakash. Dr. Shamsher Prakash joined the department of civil engineering in 1978 as an associate professor in geotechnical engineering and has since influenced a generation of graduates and peers. Retiring in 2000, he is now a professor emeritus. Shamsher has made several contributions to the field of geotechnical earthquake engineering, in which he is recognized for advancing soil dynamics and earthquake engineering. He is a pioneer in the liquefaction of silts and clays and soil-pile-structure interactions.
Paul F. Boulos, Digital Water Works
2:30 p.m. | Friday, April 26 | Room 120 Butler-Carlton Hall
Paul Boulos will present, “Lessons on Leadership — Building and Sustaining Great Companies: Why do some companies fail and other succeed?” During his lecture, he will discuss why many companies achieve success. A few achieve great success. But none of them seem to be able to sustain success for a long period of time. And many fail. The numbers reveal a dismal story: 75 percent of venture-backed startups fail, and the failure rate of all U.S. companies after 5 years is over 50 percent, and over 70 percent after 10 years. In this presentation, we will examine the factors that cause this decline; specifically, the critical role of leadership and culture.
Dr. Paul F. Boulos is a highly dynamic engineering and technology business leader and philanthropist. He is currently serving as chief executive officer of Digital Water Works, a new type of engineering services provider dedicated to innovating exclusively for the global water and wastewater industry by strategically bringing the power of digital twin solutions for smarter, more sustainable and resilient wet infrastructure.
The Neil and Maurita Stueck Distinguished Lecture Series for Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering is made possible by a fund established by Maurita Stueck to honor her late husband, Neil Stueck, a 1943 civil engineering graduate of the university. One of the objectives of the Series is to bring our engineering students additional outside perspectives on issues, problems, or concerns facing our country.
Previous Stueck Lecturers have included: