Distinguished Lecture Series

Coming Spring 2019

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

Alumnus to discuss solving complex problems you can't see

Brett Massey, CEI Engineering Associates Inc.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

7 p.m. | Wednesday, Feb. 10 | via Zoom

Brent Massey will present an American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) lecture titled “Invisible Engineering – Solving Complex Problems You Can’t See: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, via Zoom.

Massey, a member of S&T’s Academy of Civil Engineers, earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from S&T in 1995. He will discuss some of the challenges he encountered as the Engineer of Record for the Walton family’s Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. The building is a 210,000-square-foot museum on steep, rocky terrain at the bottom of a ravine in a floodway in the middle of a natural forest.

Massey is principal and vice president of operations for CEI Engineering Associates Inc., a 100-person firm. He joined CEI after graduation and has worked on engineering designs for development projects throughout the county. He is licensed in 23 states and has worked on projects in 49 states. His projects include public streets, watermains, trails and commercial developments for corporations such as McDonald’s, Auto Zone, Walmart and Kohl’s. He is the Engineer of Record for the Walton family’s Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.

Using artificial intelligence in the construction industry

Dr. Aminah Robinson Fayek, University of Alberta, Canada
National Academy of Construction

4 p.m. | Tuesday, March 16 | Zoom Meeting ID: 957 3925 7340

Dr. Fayek will share her background and inspiration for using artificial intelligence (AI) to improve construction industry performance, competitiveness and innovation. Fayek will illustrate the unique challenges presented by construction problems and how AI can be used to overcome those challenges. She will also share her vision for future research and discuss the importance and relevance of working closely with industry to advance both research and practice in construction. Fayek believes her most significant impact has been on training future leaders in construction, and she welcomes discussion on how students can advance their careers in both academia and industry.

Hurst/McCarthy Professorship

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.

Coming Spring 2021

Speaker: TBD

Vernon and Maralee Jones Chair of Civil Engineering

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.

asphalt leader to deliver lecture

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.

Missouri Asphalt Pavement Association (MAPA)

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.

expert in wastewater treatment technologies gives talk

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.

mathes distinguished lecture series

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.

Geomo keynote presentation

New speaker announced for Prakash lecture

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.

shamsher and sally prakash lecture series

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.

expert on water resourcees and navigation engineering to give lessons on leadership

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.

stueck distinguished lecture series

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:

  • Dr. Gene Corley, who led the federal investigation into the 9/11-collapse of the World Trade Center’s twin towers, as well as the principal investigator of the 1995 bombing and collapse of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Dr. Corley’s lecture was titled: “An Engineering Analysis of the 9/11 Attacks.”
  • Dr. Marc Edwards, the Lunsford Professor of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech and a McArthur Fellow. Dr. Edwards’ lecture was titled: “The Science of Things That Aren’t.”
  • Dr. Henry Petroski, the Alexandar Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering at Duke University and prolific author on topics of design, success and failure and the history of engineering and technology. Dr. Petroski’s lecture was titled: “Success and Failure in Engineering: A Paradoxical Relationship.”
  • Dr. Bruce Rittman, Director of the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology, Arizona State University. Dr. Rittman’s lecture was titled: “Making Research Meet Practice in Environmental Biotechnology.”
  • Dr. Ken Hover, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University and Past President of ACI. Dr. Hover’s lecture was titled: “The Exciting First Day in the Life of Concrete.”
  • Dr. Wayne Clough, President Emeritus of Georgia Institute of Technology and Past Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Clough’s lecture was titled:  “Climate Change – An Engineering Grand Challenge for our Age.”
  • Dr. Man-Chung Tang, world authority on cable-stayed bridges and member, National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Tang’s lecture was titled: “Innovation.” @font-face { font-family: Wingdings; }@font-face { font-family: "Cambria Math"; }@font-face { font-family: Calibri; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Calibri", sans-serif; }.MsoChpDefault { font-family: "Calibri", sans-serif; }div.WordSection1 { }ol { margin-bottom: 0cm; }ul { margin-bottom: 0cm; }