Monday, June 12, 2017

News9 Features Building of Wind Turbine for OU Boeing Engineering Days

OU Civil Engineering and Environmental Science was featured on News9 for their efforts as part of the OU Boeing Engineering Days - a day where high school students learn more about engineering disciplines. Friday afternoon's focus, presented by Dr. Keith Strevett, focused on building a wind turbine.

View News9 video.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Vogel Selected as Director of the OWS and Joins CEES Faculty

The University of Oklahoma
Norman Campus

Dr. Jason Vogel
Jason R. Vogel, Ph.D., P.E., has been selected as the second Director of the Oklahoma Water Survey at the University of Oklahoma. Located in Five Partners Place on the University Research Campus, the Oklahoma Water Survey was founded in 2011 and serves as an important focal point and catalyst for the University’s wide and deep expertise in research, outreach, and education in water topics. Its mission is to study the state’s water resources and to collect, analyze, interpret and disseminate research-based information about water to industry professionals, researchers, students, teachers, citizens, governments, businesses and organizations. The Oklahoma Water Survey is affiliated with four other natural-resource state surveys (Archeological, Biological, Climatological and Geological) as part of the planned Plains Institute at the University. With its statewide responsibility, the Oklahoma Water Survey works with federal, state and tribal governments, organizations, universities, industry, communities, businesses and citizens who have interests in Oklahoma’s water resources. This is the first of three positions to be announced as part of an Environmental Leadership cluster hire, which will catalyze, synergize and expand links among the University’s strong assets and capabilities in environmental research and education.

Prior to joining the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Vogel held faculty and research positions at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Dr. Vogel received his Ph.D. from OSU in 2001 and also has degrees from Texas A&M University and the University of Nebraska. In addition to his administrative appointment at the Oklahoma Water Survey, Dr. Vogel will have an appointment as an Associate Professor in the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at OU.

For over 20 years, Dr. Vogel has worked to facilitate and develop solutions to water issues throughout the Great Plains. While at OSU, he has developed an award-winning research and outreach program on stormwater and stream management and is recognized as one of the leading experts in low impact development (LID) stormwater management systems in the region. In his role at OSU, Dr. Vogel has presented and/or organized water-related educational programming to more than 10,000 individuals, including water-industry professionals, government officials, regulators, youth and the general public at more than 230 events. These activities include founding and organizing the Biennial Great Plains LID Research and Innovation Symposium and an associated multi-disciplinary LID Design Competition for local professionals. Prior to joining the faculty at OSU, Dr. Vogel conducted research on a wide variety of complex water issues as a Research Hydrologist with the USGS and as an adjunct faculty member in Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska.

Dr. Vogel has served the water sector in leadership positions and on committees at the national, state, and local levels for a variety of groups including the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), the American Ecological Engineering Society (AEES), the Oklahoma Clean Lakes and Watersheds Association (OCLWA), the Disaster Resilience Network (DRN) of Tulsa, the Green Country Sustainability Forum and the Stillwater Drainage Appeals Board. 

Dr. Vogel will soon be moving to Norman with his wife, Stephanie, and their twin daughters. When not working on solutions to Oklahoma’s water issues, he enjoys watching college football, listening to red dirt music, and fishing. We are pleased to announce the beginning of Dr. Vogel’s tenure as Director of the Oklahoma Water Survey.

Kelvin K. Droegemeier
Vice President for Research
The University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
15 May 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hatami Receives Alumni Award

CEES associate professor Kianoosh Hatami, Ph.D., PEng, has been selected by his alma mater, McMaster University, for his achievements in geotechnical and earthquake engineering.  The faculty of engineering are celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary by recognizing the achievements of their top 150 engineering alumni in Canada and throughout the globe.

Hatami is a world-renowned scholar in the field of geosynthetics and soil reinforcement, with four U.S. and international patents, and more than 110 peer-reviewed technical publications.  His research and educational contributions have been recognized internationally and at OU through several prestigious awards including the Sir Casimir Gzowski Medal from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, the Middlebrooks Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the OU College of Engineering and Michael F. Price College of Business Alumni Teaching Awards.  Hatami will be featured in the McMaster Engineering distinguished 60th anniversary gallery in 2018.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Amy Cerato Highlighted in Deep Foundations Jan/Feb Issue

When Professor Amy Cerato, P.E., was growing up, she didn't hear the word "engineer" until she was in junior high school.  Today, she is a widely admired engineer and a gifted researcher and educator according to many of her peers.  Looking back to when the profession first attracted her interest, she recalls an eye-opening high school internship in the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park in Kentucky.  Seeing how much needed to be done sparked her later recognition of the connection between geotechnical engineering and the environment.  Read more....

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

CEES Hosts Inaugural PDH Workshop and Alumni Reception

CEES hosted our inaugural PDH workshop and alumni reception on Friday, October 14.  The event is the brainchild of our CEES Visiting Council and is meant to provide a venue for CEES alumni and friends to connect in both a professional and social setting.  The 90 minute workshop entitled “Important Aspects of Chemical Stabilization for Fine Grained Soils” was conducted by CEES professors Amy Cerato and Jerry Miller.  The complimentary reception was held on the 5th floor terrace of Devon Energy Hall and was sponsored by Cabbiness Engineering, Garver, Olsson Associates and Poe & Associates.

We hope to make the workshop and reception an annual event so please keep an eye out for details about next fall’s schedule.  We will send announcements to professional society list serves, our alumni e-mail data base and through LinkedIn, so please keep us up-to-date on your e-mail address should it change.  We invite you to recruit, engage and support our students, so please stay connected.  If you are not already a member of the CEES LinkedIn Group, here is the link for the University of Oklahoma CEES Alumni and Friends so join today!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Ron Conlon Retires

Many of you will fondly remember CEES staff member Ron Conlon as a long standing member of the CEES family.

Ron's career at OU began in the department of geology in 1998 before joining CEES in 2000.  He has been responsible for upkeep, repairing, purchasing and decommissioning assets of the school and has played a major role in the re-allocation and fitment of offices and laboratories as well as all safety related issues in the school.  Of his time here, Ron observes that “I have been very fortunate and proud to be able to be a part of the education of hundreds of university students. It takes special skills to have a career as a support staff member in the multi-facetted and challenging environment of academia where few tasks are repeated and no week is quite like the last.”  Ron is looking forward to new adventures in his homeland of Canada when he retires this month. 

Said director Randy Kolar, “We are fortunate to have staff members of the caliber of Ron as members of the CEES family.  The depth of experience and expertise will be sorely missed going forward.  We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

CEES Launches Student Excellence Fund

This fund will provide a means for the CEES director to offer discretionary support to CEES students or student organizations that are striving for excellence and enriched academic experiences.  Funds may be allocated on a discretionary basis for student enrichment or experiential learning opportunities.  Examples include, but are not limited to, support for:

·         student travel/participation in technical, academic or professional conferences;
·         student expenses to present research;
·         students and/or teams participating in design/build competitions;
·         students in teaching, research, exchanges, or international experiences;
·         student awards and recognition events.

Please consider making a gift this season to help support this exciting initiative!