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Burges Endowed Visiting Professorship

UW CEE hosts visiting professors from around the world, thanks to the Burges Endowed Visiting Professorship program. The program provides financial support that enables faculty from other universities to share their expertise and collaborate on research with faculty and students from UW CEE.

Faculty from other universities are invited to participate if they have a unique skillset and have “demonstrated leadership in addressing issues of civil and environmental engineering within the context of the overall ecosystem, as influenced by human endeavors and interactions.”

For more information, please contact department chair Laura Lowes at or a faculty collaborator at UW CEE.

Watch the 2020 Burges Endowed Visiting Professor Lecture

Visiting faculty

Name/title Institution Research conducted Year

Dr. Khalid Kadir
Presidio Graduate School and UC Berkeley Khalid is the Provost and a Professor at Presidio Graduate School as well as a Continuing Lecturer at UC Berkeley. At UC Berkeley, he teaches courses in the Global Poverty & Practice program, Political Economy, and Civil and Environmental Engineering. After completing his PhD in Environmental Engineering at Berkeley, Khalid focused his research on the complex role that engineering expertise plays in the politics of international development and poverty alleviation, and his current work focuses on the intersection of poverty, expertise, and politics. He is a recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award, UC Berkeley’s most prestigious honor for teaching. 2020

Stephen Monismith
Stanford University Professor Monismith’s research spans a wide range of topics from small-scale physical-biological interactions in phytoplankton and benthic systems to coral reefs, stratified turbulence and estuarine hydrodynamics and mixing processes. During his visit to UW, Monismith presented two talks: a CEE Departmental lecture on "Salinity Intrusion in San Francisco Bay" and a Physical Oceanography seminar in the School of Oceanography on "Drag over Living Roughness." He also met with faculty and students from CEE, Oceanography and Mechanical Engineering. 2019

Matthew Sturm
University of Alaska Fairbanks One of the leading Arctic snow scientists in the world, Professor Sturm has led more than 15 Arctic winter expeditions, authored numerous books and has served on numerous high-profile national councils to guide Arctic research and development. During his visit to UW CEE, he presented two public lectures and met with students to provide feedback on research projects. 2019
Jorge Huete-Perez
University of Central America, Nicaragua 2016

Jeffrey Dozier
University of California, Santa Barbara Professor Dozier’s research interests are in the fields of snow hydrology, Earth system science, remote sensing, and information systems. While at UW, Dozier led a short-course for graduate students on snow and remote sensing, gave several public lectures (attended by students and professors in CEE, ESS, CSE and SEFS), and worked on research collaboration with faculty, leading to a publication that appeared in Remote Sensing of the Environment in 2019. 2016

Massimiliano Fabbricino
University of Naples Federico II, Italy Professor Fabbricino’s research interests include anaerobic treatment of solid waste, resource recovery, remediation of contaminated soils, formation of disinfection by-products, environmental chemistry of heavy metals and others. During his time at UW, Fabbricino participated in research on the effects of desalinated water on the stability of drinking water distribution systems. He also contributed to research concerned with the characterization of the reactivity of natural organic matter formed in major fluvial systems, such as the Rio Negro basin in South America. 2012-2013

Assistant professor
Christian Ledezma
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile Professor Ledezma’s research focuses on the areas of geotechnical earthquake engineering, soil-structure interaction, effects of liquefaction on the built environment, and applications of performance-based design to geotechnical engineering. Through a Fulbright NEXUS fellowship, together with an assistant professor appointment at UW, he collaborated with faculty on research activities related to effects of lateral spreading on bridge foundations. 2011-2012

Associate professor
Jacek Makinia
Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland Currently the head of the Sanitary Engineering Department at Gdańsk University of Technology, professor Makinia’s research interests are nutrient removal and recovery, mathematical modeling and simulations of wastewater treatment processes, and energy optimization of wastewater treatment processes. While at UW, he worked with faculty and graduate students to model both the fate and removal of important endocrine disruptor chemicals and the fate and conversion of nitrogen in wastewater treatment. Three publications resulted from the collaboration. 2010