2013 Engineering Lecture Series

The 2013 Engineering Lecture Series examines our national and regional infrastructure up close. From road and rail networks to water and sewer conduits to national power and natural gas grids, life is dependent on systems.

Join us for this engrossing three-part series as we discuss the future of the transportation system in our region, examine the role of bridges in our state and explore the engineering of the two-mile-long Highway 99 tunnel project under downtown Seattle

Paula HammondGreg Miller, Ph.D.

From Failing Grades to Future Systems

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m.
Kane Hall, room 120

Paula Hammond, Senior Vice President and National Transportation Market Leader, Parsons Brinkerhoff

Greg Miller, Professor and Department Chair, Civil & Environmental Engineering.

In Washington state, 366 of our bridges have been identified as structurally deficient and 10% of our roads are rated "poor" with many others in decline. Restoring and improving our infrastructure will take more than just money. Hear how the infrastructure of today was conceived and built, and examine the needed policy, funding and innovation to move us into the future. Join us to learn more about this grand challenge.


John Stanton Ph.D.

Spanning the Gap: Lessons
in Engineering Bridges

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.
Kane Hall, room 120

John Stanton, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Perhaps more than any other area in the country, Washington state has a history of collapsing bridges. From the infamous Galloping Gertie to the old I-90 bridge to the most recent Skagit bridge collapse, these "unintended field tests" have provided useful lessons for designers, contractors and engineers. As we look to the bridges of the future, what are the major technological breakthroughs that will shape the bridges of tomorrow?


Matthew Preedy, P.E.

Tunneling Toward a New
State Route 99 Corridor

Thursday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m.
Kane Hall, room 130

Matthew Preedy, P.E. (B.S. CEE ’92) Deputy Program Administrator, Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program, Washington State Department of Transportation

In the summer of 2013, Bertha, the world's largest-diameter tunneling machine began a historic journey beneath downtown Seattle. Its purpose: dig a tunnel to replace the SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct, a double-deck highway that has spanned the downtown waterfront for more than half a century. Learn about the decade-long process of planning and debate that went into the tunnel, and get an update on how this massive project is unfolding.

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