2020 Virtual Convention Speakers

Keynote

Joseph Kopser is a lifelong problem solver committed to building the teams needed to take on our toughest challenges and find purpose in what they do. In addition, he is a technology entrepreneur and expert in transportation, smart cities, urban mobility, energy, national security issues as well as an Army combat veteran. Currently he serves as an Executive-in-Residence at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. He is President of Grayline where he works with people and companies to bring together experts, data, and solutions to help companies and public institutions manage disruptive change.


3D Printing

Diana “Anna” Hun is the subprogram Manager for Building Envelopes at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Her research includes integrating the latest developments in materials and manufacturing techniques into building envelope technologies, such as novel insulation materials, self-healing sealants, and concrete mixes with lower embodied energy for lighter and thinner precast insulated panels. She is also a member of teams that are investigating active envelope systems and non-intrusive building envelope diagnostic tools. Hun received a PhD in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin with a grant from the National Science Foundation.


TyBot - Rebar Tying Robot

Stephen M. Muck is the Chairman and CEO of Brayman Construction Corporation along with companies that encompass venture capitalism, robotics, real estate and aviation. In 2016, he co-founded Advanced Construction Robotics, Inc. With the formation of ACR, he established a unique and unparalleled partnership between Advanced Construction Robotics, Inc., Brayman Construction Corporation, and Grouse Ridge Capital, LLC to realize his vision of commercializing artificial intelligent solutions for the transformation of the construction industry. ACR’s first commercial robot, TyBot, earned him national recognition as one of the most innovative persons in the construction industry.


Shape Memory Alloys

 
Bassem Andrawes is a Professor, Excellence Faculty Fellow, and the Director of Newmark Structural Engineering Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Ph.D. degree in Structural Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the University of Illinois in 2006, Professor Andrawes worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California, Irvine and a Design Engineer at Englekirk Partners Consulting Structural Engineers in Santa Ana, California. Professor Andrawes research interests are in the areas of Structural Applications of Smart and Advanced Materials, Bridge Engineering, Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete Structures, and Earthquake Engineering. Professor Andrawes is a recipient of the 2011 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award. He has over 130 journal papers, conference papers, and technical reports. Professor Andrawes is also an active member in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Transportation Research Board (TRB), and the American Concrete Institute (ACI). His professional service includes serving as the founding chair of the ASCE subcommittee on the “Retrofit of Structures under Dynamic Loads”, serving on the editorial board of the ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, and organizing and chairing the Illinois Structural Engineering Conference.


Automated Equipment

Julie Evans is leading operations for the Emerging Technology group at RS&H, helping state and local DOTs apply, interpret, and supplement federal guidance for new infrastructure, operations, and policy to support CAVs. She previously led and supported various federal R&D efforts to create the initial architectures, prototypes, and interfaces for the foundational Connected Vehicle program. Combining her educational background in civil engineering and public policy, Julie’s helps her clients interpret market changes and technical offerings to create cohesive, sustainable roadmaps for new technology adoption as associated programmatic and policy improvements. 


University of Texas Pickle Research Center Campus Virtual Tour

Oguzhan “Ozzie” Bayrak is a Professor of Structural Engineering a the University of Texas at Austin. A former director of the Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory (FSEL), Dr. Bayrak is currently leading efforts to establish the Concrete Bridge Engineering Institute (CBEI) at the University of Texas.  Dr. Bayrak’s research group focuses on the behavior of the design of concrete bridges.  From the simplest to the most complex, concrete bridge designs by AASHTO Specifications, have benefited from Dr. Bayrak’s research findings over the past two decades in a variety of different ways.

Zach Webb is a staff structural engineer and researcher at the Phil M. Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory (FSEL) and is involved in establishing the Concrete Bridge Engineering Institute (CBEI). Zach is an FSEL alumnus and holds BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from UT Austin. He is a licensed Professional Engineer with industry experience in a variety of engineering disciplines and practice areas, including precast/prestressed concrete design and construction, structural evaluation, repair and rehabilitation design, structural monitoring, and project management.

 

Preparing for the Future Built Environment

Gerald “Jerry” Buckwalter is the ASCE Chief Operating and Strategy Officer responsible for helping to shape the strategic direction and operational effectiveness of the society, and a long-time member of the ASCE Industry Leaders Council. He also directs an innovative strategic project called Future World Vision where ASCE is creating a computer model to assess potential built environments 50 years into the future and the resulting impact on the engineering profession.

Jerry came to ASCE from Northrop Grumman, where he served as Director of Corporate Strategy, but also directed the company’s business in Homeland Security and Resilience. Jerry has decades of experience working in infrastructure, including membership in the National Infrastructure Advisory Council for four years reporting to the White House under both Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

Jerry earned a degree in physics from Monmouth University, completed advanced coursework at George Washington University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has been an executive in residence at the University of Chicago teaching market strategy. He was the 2018 recipient of the ASCE William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer award. Jerry also serves on many boards, including the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure and the Center for Public Policy Innovation.


Virgin Hyperloop

Grahme Williams is a Senior Structural Engineer at Hyperloop One. He is an experienced bridge engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the civil engineering industry, skilled in Transportation Engineering, Highways, Earthworks, Steel Structures, and Bridge. Grahme joined the Virgin Hyperloop One Hyperstructures team, with current work involving design and management of the tube and other components of the hyperloop system.