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Past Steve and Sylvia Burges Endowed Lectures


Professor Dorothy Reed
UW Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Reducing risk: Enhancing energy infrastructure resiliency
Thursday, February 27, 3:30pm
Alder Hall Auditorium


Civil infrastructure systems play an important role in community resilience. Often referred to as lifelines, these systems are comprised of about a dozen interdependent networks including electric power delivery, telecommunications, transportation, utilities and building support services. Modern society depends on these lifelines in order to function properly. In this talk, professor Dorothy Reed presents an overview of the resiliency of civil infrastructure with a particular emphasis on electric power delivery systems, based on research conducted individually and with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center of Excellence at Colorado State University. One of the major results of this research is a set of geo-based numerical models that allow for uncertainty analysis. Reed will show how these models can be employed in a human-centric bottom-up approach to improve the risk modeling of electric power delivery.


Professor David Stahl 
UW Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

The microbiology of the nitrogen economy 
Thursday, February 28, 3:30pm
Alder Hall Auditorium

Lecture Synopsis and Biography | Video


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Professor emeritus Mark Benjamin
UW Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

In Search of the (Membrane) Holy Grail: A 20-Year Journey
Thursday, February 8, 3:30pm
Alder Hall Auditorium

Lecture Synopsis and Biography | Video

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Professor Timothy Larson
UW Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Fine Particles in Seattleā€™s Air:
What, When, Where, Why and So What?
Thursday, February 16, 4-5pm
Mary Gates Hall, Room 389 


John Stanton

Professor John Stanton
UW Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Bridges- A Tale of Scale
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 4pm
Mary Gates Hall, Room 389

Biography and Lecture Synopsis | Video

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At the virtual fall forum of the Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington in November 2020, professor John Stanton shared his vast knowledge of bridges and "revealed engineering mysteries to bring them to life for the technical observer."

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Dennis Lettenmaier

Professor Dennis Lettenmaier
Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles

Some Reflections on the Evolution of Hydrology over the Last 40 Years
Friday, February 27, 2015, 4:30pm
Kane Hall, Room 210

Biography | Lecture Synopsis | Video