Dear CEE Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students,
Please join us for the following CEE 500 Department Seminar:
- Thursday, October 26, 2017
- 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
- PACCAR HALL (PCAR) 192
“The Critical Role of Trees in Critical Zone Science: An Exploration of Water Fluxes in the Earth’s Permeable Skin”
by Professor Kamini Singha, Colorado School of Mines
Earth’s “critical zone” — the zone of the planet from treetops to base of groundwater — is critical because it is a sensitive region, open to impacts from human activities, while providing water necessary for human consumption and food production. Quantifying water movement in the subsurface is critical to predicting how water-driven critical zone processes respond to changes in climate and human perturbation of the natural system. While shallow soils and aboveground parts of the critical zone can be easy to instrument and explore, the deeper parts of the critical zone — through the soils and into rock — are harder to access, leaving many open questions about the role of water in this environment. Continue reading
CEE women students:
Kiewit invites interested women students to participate in 12 First Fridays. This is part of Kiewit’s Women in Construction Leadership Seminar (WCLS), which offers an online monthly video call program called “12 First Fridays” (12FF).
It is a monthly video call, open to anyone wanting to hear successful women in the construction industry discuss professional development topics ranging from Confidence to Work-Life Balance. To participate in 12FF, please click this link.
Seminar Info: “Infrastructure System-of-Systems: An Interdisciplinary Paradigm for Sustainable and Resilient Civil Systems”
Who: Professor Ali Mostafavi, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University
When: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: Wilcox 264
Summary: In this talk, the significance and elements of a system-of-systems research paradigm is explained. Then, this approach is applied in a resilience assessment of infrastructure systems under climate change impacts study.
Resilience and sustainability of civil infrastructure systems is one of the grand challenges facing engineers and decision makers in the 21st century. The complexity of this challenge is due to the existence of multiple, heterogeneous, distributed, and interdependent systems composed of actors and physical components embedded in networks at multiple levels. To unlock the full potential of a sustainable and resilient infrastructure development, holistic paradigms need to be created to facilitate an integrated assessment of extant complex adaptive behaviors, decision-making processes, and dynamic interdependencies. To this end, recent studies have proposed the use of a system-of-systems paradigm for integrated modeling and holistic analysis in civil and project systems.
This is the first of two, inter-related seminars on grant writing that will be offered in Winter 2017 and Spring 2017. Enrollment in both sections of the seminar is encouraged but not required. The goal of the first seminar is to provide doctoral students with basic fund acquisition, grant proposal writing and review skills such that by the conclusion of the course they will produce the foundation sections of a quality application, participate in a mock review of their colleagues’ applications. The seminar will also prepare students for the Spring seminar, which will cover the remaining grant application sections. Continue reading