Department Head John. M. Niedzwecki has been appointed holder of the Wofford Cain Senior Chair in Offshore Technology. He came to Texas A&M more than 30 years ago as an assistant professor. In 1998 he was named head of the civil engineering department, a position he held until 2003. During his tenure, Niedzwecki was instrumental in leading the department to rank among the nation's Top 10 programs. He then was executive associate dean for the Dwight Look College of Engineering and associate agency director for the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) until returning to the civil engineering department in June 2010.
Niedzwecki specializes in offshore civil engineering and was instrumental in securing the National Science Foundation (NSF) Offshore Technology Research Center (OTRC) for TEES and The Texas A&M University System. He later led the center's transition to becoming fully funded by the energy industry. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas, is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He holds two bachelor's degrees and a master's degree from Boston University, and earned his Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America.
Assistant Professor Ivan Damnjanovic has been appointed the Beavers Charitable Trust/William F. Urban '41 Faculty Fellow in Consturction Engineering and Management I. Damnjanovic received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006 and joined the Texas A&M University faculty in August 2006. Damnjanovic's research area is in project systems modeling with an emphasis on uncertainty, risk and emerging sustainability goals. The system approach to life-cycle project management integrates temporal, organizational, and functional project elements to provide a streamlined process for decision-making.
Associate Professor David N. Ford has been appointed the Beavers Charitable Trust/William F. Urban '41 Development Professor in Construction Engineering and Management. Ford earned bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Tulane University and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before joining the Texas A&M civil engineering faculty in 2000, Ford taught at the University of Bergen in Norway, Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden, and the Mikkeli Polytechnic Institute of Technology in Mikkeli, Finland. His expertise is in construction as a product development process, project management process design, concurrence, project resource allocation policies and system dynamics.
Associate Professor H. Gene Hawkins Jr. has been appointed the Williams Brothers Construction Company Development Professor I. Hawkins heads the Transportation and Materials Division in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering. He holds a joint appointment as a research engineer with the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) and serves as an associate director of the Southwest Region University Transportation Center with responsibility for the Transportation Scholars Program at Texas A&M. He received three degrees in civil engineering from Texas A&M and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas. Hawkins' primary fields of interest are traffic control devices/systems, traffic control standards, human factors, retroreflectivity and visibility. Hawkins is a nationally recognized expert in the area of traffic control devices and the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).
Associate Professor Dominique Lord has been appointed the Zachry Development Professor I. Lord received his Ph.D in transportation engineering at the University of Toronto in 2000 and joined the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering in 2004. Lord's primary interests are conducting fundamental research on accident analysis methodology, new and innovative statistical methods for modeling motor vehicle collisions (including Bayesian statistics), and before/after evaluation techniques. His other research interests include problems associated with the crash data collection process, safety audits, human factors related to older drivers and pedestrians, and traffic flow theory. He has had more than 70 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences. Lord's work has led to the identification of important issues in highway safety research and the development of new and innovative methodologies for analyzing crash data. The results of his research have been used by researchers across the world.
Associate Professor Scott Socolofsky has been appointed the Zachry Development Professor II. Socolofsky heads the department's Coastal and Ocean Engineering Division. His research is in the area of environmental fluid mechanics with emphasis on laboratory experiments and data analysis to elucidate mixing mechanisms by turbulence and coherent structures. Current research projects study turbulent mixing processes in multiphase plumes, shallow tidal inlets and coastal wetlands. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in civil and environmental engineering in 2001 and joined the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering in 2003.
Assistant Professor John Walewski has been appointed the Beavers Charitable Trust/William F. Urban '41 Faculty Fellow in Consturction Engineering and Management II. His research interestes are in risk management, international construction risk assessment, public private partnerships, alternative project delivery methods, sustainable design and construction techniques, building information modeling for sustainability, and ecological ramifications of resource use.