Graduate Blog

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April 20, 2017

Newmark Distinguished Lecture

Earthquake Analysis and Response of Concrete Dams

Anil K. Chopra, University of California, Berkeley

Monday, May 1


NCSA Auditorium


April 20, 2017

Purdue University is hosting the 13th Annual Inter-University Symposium on Infrastructure Management on June 23. More details are available on the website:

April 19, 2017

ENG 440 HWP (formerly an ENG 398 special topics course) will be offered in 2017-2018 to teach students who are interested in international development about how to provide sustainable infrastructure solutions by focusing on community needs, culture, and political structure. This course has been immensely popular during its first four years, and many students continue to engage with the course partnership even after graduating.

This year-long course is open to undergraduate and graduate students (via LAST 550) in all disciplines. Working with a community in rural Honduras, the students develop an understanding of community needs for a safe drinking water supply, investigate conditions that affect the operation and sustainability of the system, visit the community over Winter Break 2018 to perform field investigations, and develop a holistic design to improve the community’s health through drinking-water improvements and education. Water systems already have been constructed in past partner communities of Las Queseras and Fatima, Honduras, last year’s course design is entering construction in the village of Cerro Verde, and students in this year’s course are finishing design for El Tablon, which will be constructed in 2018.

In addition to engineering students, we welcome all disciplines and particularly encourage students in Community Health, Political Science, Spanish language, Global Studies, Dietetics, and Education to participate. Feel free to use and share the attached flyer.



April 18, 2017

PhD Final Defense - Pouyan Assem

Axial behavior of drilled shafts in soft rock

Advisor: Professor Emeritus James H. Long

Co-Advisor: Professor Paolo Gardoni

Date: Wednesday, May 24, 10:00 am

Location: Newmark-Quade Conference Room



April 18, 2017

The St. Louis Chapter of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) is pleased to again offer the SEI – St. Louis Structural Engineering Scholarship.  This structural specific scholarship has been offered since 2013 by the local chapter of SEI to a student pursuing a Master’s degree with a structural emphasis enrolled during the Fall semester at a Midwest University.

We are requesting your assistance to share this with your students and encourage applicants.  Attached you will find the scholarship intent, application with eligibility requirements and procedures.  The deadline for this scholarship is June 1, 2017 (earlier than previous years).  Any questions or concerns should be addressed to:

Stephanie Spann, PE

Structural Project Manager


800 South Vandeventer Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63110

O: 314.534.1030

D: 314.678.3168

Stephanie Spann