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The Special Seminar Series in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University invites leaders from government and academia to address different engineering perspectives, and to discuss potential changes to our growing field. These events are open to students, faculty, and the public. Seating is limited.

Achenbach Lecture Series

John Hutchinson
Harvard University
May 24, 2017

Mary C. Boyce
Columbia University
Mechanics of Soft Composites: The Interplay Between Geometrical Structuring and Large Deformation to Achieve Novel Behavior
April 19, 2016

C.D. Mote, Jr.
National Academy of Engineering
What's Coming, Whether We Like It or Not
April 30, 2015

James R. Rice
Harvard University
Mechanics on the Great Ice Sheets
May 16, 2014

L. Ben Freund
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Illustrations of Entropic Force as Induced Through Random Fluctuations of Elastic Bio-Membranes
May 14, 2013

Belytschko Lecture Series

Charbel Farhat
Stanford University
Parametric Nonlinear Model Order Reduction in Computational Mechanics
November 1, 2016

Subra Suresh
Carnegie Mellon University
Cell Mechanics in Medicine
September 24, 2015

John Tinsley Oden
University of Texas at Austin, ICES
Predictability of Coarse-Grain Models of Atomistic Systems in the Presence of Uncertainty
October 14, 2014

Thomas J.R. Hughes
University of Texas at Austin
Isogeometric Analysis, Phase-Field Modeling and Fracture
November 25, 2013

Distinguished Lecture Series

Jean-Lou Chameau
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Boundless Opportunities for Engineering Talent in a Global World
April 10, 2015

Linda Abriola
Tufts University
In Search of the Silver Bullet: Progress and Perspectives on Contaminated Subsurface Restoration
May 8, 2014

G. Wayne Clough
Smithsonian Instutution
Sustainability - Taking the Long View
May 3, 2013

Henry Petroski
Duke University
Success and Failure in Engineering: A Paradoxical Relationship
April 26, 2012

William Baker
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Theory is Practical: The Philosophy of Design
April 29, 2011

Osterberg Lecture Series

Ian Moore
Queens University 
Those Days the Earth Doesn't Stand Still: Pipeline Response to Imposed Ground Motion
March 29, 2017

Cino Viggiani
Laboratoire 3SR, Univesite Grenoble Alpes, France
X-Ray Tomography for Granular Materials - Current Trends and Perspectives
April 14, 2016

Kenichi Soga
University of Cambridge
New Insights into Engineering Performance of Underground Structures from Innovative Sensor Systems
April 27, 2015

Yannis Dafalias
University of California at Davis
Critical State Soil Mechanics: Is it a Complete Theory?
February 14, 2014

Ronaldo Borja
Stanford University
May 12, 2012

J. Carlos Santamarina
Georgia Institute of Technology
Soil Phenomena at the Particle Pore Scale
March 1, 2012