Warren Distinguished Lecture Series

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The Warren Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible by a generous, renewing gift by Alice Warren Gaarden in 1961. Since 1989, we have been bringing in accomplished researchers and speakers from around the world to share their work with students, faculty, and friends of CEGE. 

NOTE: The series will resume after a summer break. Please review our recordings of past sessions linked below!

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The series will resume after a summer break. Please review our recordings of past sessions linked below!

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Past Warren Lectures

Advancing the Seismic Design of Steel Moment Resisting Frames

Alternative dissipative mechanisms are explored to minimize earthquake-induced damage in connections and other members. A principal goal is to retain simplicity in the seismic design of steel moment resisting frames.

Safety Assessment for Autonomous Vehicles

Henry Liu is the Director of MCity, which believes the Mcity Safety Assessment Program could serve as the blueprint for a publicly inspectable behavioral safety framework, helping industry bring automated vehicle technology to market in a manner that truly benefits society. Liu also highlights Mcity 2.0, a facility funded by the National Science Foundation, that aims to build a digital infrastructure providing researchers remote access to the Mcity mixed reality testing environment for highly automated vehicles. 

Innovative Technology for Destruction PFAS “Forever Chemicals”

Timothy Strathmann describes the recent invention and development of a new technology for destruction of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) “forever chemicals” at the Colorado School of Mines.

Enhancing Thermal Mineralization of PFAS Using Additives

Doudrick investigated the use of alkali and alkaline-earth metal additives to enhance the mineralization of PFAS in GAC and Portland cement pavement (PCP). His findings advocate for the use of catalytic additives in the thermal treatment of solid wastes contaminated with PFAS to reduce operating costs and mitigate the environmental impact associated with incineration.

Explaining Variations in the Onset of Sediment Motion

Using a combination of laboratory experiments, field measurements, and numerical modeling, Yager quantifies some of the key controls on particle motion. She specifically highlights the influence of flow turbulence and bed structure in controlling particle transport and incorporates aspects of these controls into a mechanistic theory. 

Subsurface Imaging and the Future of Geotechnical Site Investigation

Vantassel's on-going efforts continue to show that non-invasive seismic imaging methods can be used as a cost-effective means of improving geotechnical site investigation. Vantassel presents recent work to improve seismic imaging techniques for the problem of near-surface geotechnical site investigation.

Shales as barriers for fluid flow in underground storage

Makhnenko discusses the results of a comprehensive laboratory characterization of a few shale-like materials with different porosity, permeability, and dominant grain and pore sizes. Makhnenko presents the implications of using these shales as barriers for advective and channeled fluid flow, including CO2 injection, for representative in-situ conditions. 

Charting Technology Development Pathways for a Circular Bioeconomy

Guest introduces a standardized process—Quantitative Sustainable Design (QSD)—to identify, prioritize, and pursue opportunities for innovation to advance novel technologies and infrastructure systems. Leveraging examples from non-sewered sanitation and resource recovery, he walks through the QSD process.

Understanding Distributions of Traffic and Mobility Data

Models enable us to simulate and thus better comprehend the dynamics of the real world. Seongjin Choi explores two principal methodologies: Deep Probabilistic Forecasting and Deep Generative Model. Overall, Choi showcases the capabilities of both methodologies in capturing patterns and behaviors in transportation and mobility data.

Public Health Engineering at the Indian Health Service

A Warren Distinguished Lecture with Michael Termont, P.E., US Public Health Service 

The Indian Health Service Sanitation Facilities Construction program is responsible for delivering engineering services for drinking water, wastewater, and solid waste facilities to American Indian and Alaska Natives. Providing these services comes with a unique set of challenges including adverse environmental conditions, limited suppliers, balancing high treatment demands with limited operation and maintenance personnel and budget to provide dependable solutions in order to raise the health of the disadvantaged Native American communities. Michael Termont will discuss some of the projects he has been involved in to highlight these challenges and the on-the-ground solutions he encountered working at the Indian Health Service.

Michael Termont is a professional engineer in the US Public Health Service. He has worked for the Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction at Indian Health Service for over 20 years.  Termont has worked with tribes in South Dakota, Nebraska, Washington, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. He has held the positions of Field Engineer, Tribal Utility Consultant, and, most recently, the Deputy Director of Project Support for the Bemidji Area DSFC.  He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineer from Iowa State University, and a Masters in Engineering Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Washington and Minnesota.