Wednesday, August 9, 2017

ODOT Now Implementing ShakeCast Software

Scott Harvey
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation  reported in a press release dated Monday, August 7 that it is now implementing ShakeCast, a program originally created by the U.S. Geological Survey. CEES assistant professor Scott Harvey and professor K.K. Muraleetharan implemented ShakeCast for ODOT in collaboration with ODOT bridge engineers and Infrastructure Engineers, Inc. of Edmond..  The program is designed to assist ODOT employees to quickly prioritize which bridges need to be inspected immediately after an earthquake. 

“This technology is one of the biggest advances in ensuring public safety that I’ve seen in my 30-year career at the department,” said Casey Shell, ODOT chief engineer.  “By comparing state bridge data with the severity of an earthquake’s ground motions, ShakeCast will allow us to inspect fewer bridges but with a much greater degree of confidence that we could quickly find any potential damage.”

K.K. Muraleetharan
“This has been an incredible opportunity for the University of Oklahoma to play a central role in addressing a problem of state significance and national interest,” said Harvey.  “My colleagues and I are very excited that we have been able to save ODOT time and money, as well as easing some of the concern surrounding Oklahoma’s earthquake activity.”  Read more......

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....