CEE Advisory Council
The CEE Advisory Council is a committee of professional engineers, business leaders, academic and higher education leaders, and government and policy officials who contribute to a robust, dynamic civil and environmental engineering profession, understand the important role of engineering education and research for addressing societal problems, and support the mission of the University of California, Berkeley. The CEE Advisory Council members are strongly committed to enhancing the strengths of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley so that it continues to be one of the best research and educational programs in the world.
CEE Advisory Council with Chair Robert Harley, 10/7/16
Current Council Members
Jim Becker, CE PhD '73
Corporate Senior Vice President, Skanska USA Building
Dr. Becker is the Corporate Senior Vice President of Skanska USA Building where he provides leadership in virtual design and construction operations as well as in the company's innovation grant program. Dr. Becker's projects have been awarded the national AGC Build America Award, one of the highest honors bestowed by the construction industry.
Nancy T. Bice, CE MS '81
Vice President, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
Ms. Bice is a Vice President at Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., an engineering and consulting firm with offices throughout the United States and abroad. She manages Geosyntec’s San Francisco Bay Area operations, has served on the firm’s Board of Directors, and is the firm’s Diversity Leader. She is a practicing Engineering Geologist, with 35 years of experience in the environmental remediation field.
Kevin Cheng, CE BS '05, MS '06
Sr. Project Manager, Level 10 Construction
Mr. Cheng is part of Level 10 Construction, an organization that is at the forefront of constructing in every major market in the Bay Area: Advanced Technology, Biotechnology & Life Sciences, Corporate/Commercial, Education, Entertainment, Healthcare and Housing/Mixed Use. He also serves as the Practitioner Adviser for UC Berkeley’s CEE Honor Society, Chi Epsilon Student Chapter. He is passionate about emerging technologies and cutting edge tools and is in the charge to improve the way we build and manage construction projects.
Rick Disney, CE BS '81, MS '83
President & CEO, Disney Construction, Inc.
Mr. Disney is the founder and CEO of Disney Construction Inc., a firm focused on complex heavy civil construction projects that require a higher level of creativity, engineering and insight. Our construction strategy is to team up early with each project's owner, creating a collaborative environment that fosters creative and efficient solutions to every aspect of the construction process. Disney Construction's recent numerous awards include APWA’s Contractor of the Year 2014, AGC Build Award 2015, and Caltrans Excellence in Partnering 2016.
Uri Eliahu, CE BS ‘81
President, ENGEO, Inc.
Since 1992, Mr. Eliahu has led ENGEO to become a preeminent provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering in California and New Zealand. He provides expertise for complex projects and has won multiple awards, including the ASCE SF Chapter’s Engineer of the Year Award in the Private Sector in 2009. He is a Founding Director and current President of the California Association of Geologic Hazard Abatement Districts (GHAD).
Susan Hubbard, CE PhD '98
Associate Director, LBNL Earth & Env. Sciences
Dr. Hubbard has made seminal contributions to the understanding of terrestrial system functioning, with a focus on the use of geophysical methods for shallow subsurface characterization and monitoring and the use of integrated datasets to investigate environmental problems. She is the Associate Director of Berkeley Lab, where she leads the subsurface, watershed, and climate research, and was involved in creating the Berkeley Water Center.
Susan Leal, Economics BA '71, JD Law '75
Ms. Leal focuses on the delivery of potable water and treatment of wastewater as challenged by climate change and the increasing population. She has served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, served as Treasurer of the City and County of San Francisco, and was the General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. She is co-author of Running out of Water: The Looming Crisis and Solutions to Conserve Our Most Precious Resource.
Senior Associate, Forell/Elsesser Engineers
Chief Mitigation Officer, California Earthquake Authority
Senior Principal, Degenkolb Engineers
Mr. Malley has over 30 years of experience in the seismic design, evaluation and rehabilitation of building structures, and is involved in the peer review of numerous tall building projects. He was responsible for the analytical and testing investigations performed as part of the SAC Steel Project in response to the Northridge earthquake damage.
Stephen Monismith, CE BS '77, MS '79, PhD '83
Professor and Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering. Stanford University
Professor Monismith is chair of Stanford University's Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory. He is a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and Obayashi Professor in the School of Engineering. His current research includes studies of estuarine hydrodynamics and mixing processes, flows over coral reefs and on the inner shelf, turbulence in density stratified fluids, and physical-biological interactions in phytoplankton and benthic systems.
Vice President, TY Lin International
Dr. Nader is a Vice President at TY Lin International and is their Bridge Technical Director. With over 25 years of experience in long span bridge design, he the Project Manager for the SF Oakland Bay Bridge Self Anchored Suspension Bridge. He serves as chair of the Cable Supported Bridges ASCE Committee and is a member of the TRB Steel Bridge Committee. Dr. Nader is the 2004 recipient of the Arthur M. Wellington ASCE award.
Howard Schirmer, Jr., CE BS '64, MS '65
President, Transnational Associates, Inc.
Mr. Schirmer is the President of Transnational Associates, Inc. He has had an extensive international civil engineering career having worked in over 65 countries on major infrastructure, industrial, building and environmental projects. He is a Director of MKC Global Protection, Inc., which specializes in risk analysis, and a Director of Toward Zero.org, a non-profit focused on creating net zero energy communities in the US and oversees. He is a Past International Director, Fellow and Life Member of ASCE.
R. Rhodes Trussell, CE BS '66, MS '67, PhD '72
Founder, Trussell Technologies, Inc.
Dr. Trussell is the founder of Trussell Technologies, Inc. He is an authority in methods and Criteria for Water Quality and in the development of advanced processes for treating water or wastewater to achieve the highest standards. Dr. Trussell served on the EPA's Science Advisory Board, and serves on the Membership Committee for the National Academy of Engineering, and as Chair of the Water Science and Technology Board for the National Academies. In 2010, he was awarded the A.P. Black Award from the American Water Works Association.
Emeritus Council Members
Franklin Agardy, CE MS '58, PhD '63
President, Forensic Management Associates, Inc.
Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger
Mr. Bell is the CEO of Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, a national consulting firm based in Waltham, Mass. He served on the SGH team that investigated the WTC collapse for NIST, worked with Stephen Holl on MIT's Simmons Hall, and helped establish the ASCE's Technical Council on Forensic Engineering.
Joan Berkowitz, PhD, U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaigne, '55
Co-founder, Farkas, Berkowitz & Company
Dr. Berkowitz is a chemist who has consulted on the space program as well as on environmental matters, specifically hazardous waste. She was the first female president of The Electrochemical Society, and is the former CEO of Risk Science International.
Rudolph Bonaparte (Chair Emeritus), CE MS '78, PhD '81
President, Geosyntec, Inc.
Dr. Bonaparte is the President and CEO of Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., an engineering and consulting firm with offices throughout the United States and abroad. He has been named the Engineer of the Year by the Georgia Alliance of Professional Engineering Societies. Dr. Bonaparte was elected into the National Academy of Engineering in 2007.
David Friedman (Chair Emeritus), CE BS '75
Board Chair, Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc.
Mr. Friedman is the immediate past President and CEO of Forell/Elsesser Engineers, and current Board chair. He has served as Project Principal on a variety of new design and retrofit projects including community and civic facilities, university complexes, research laboratories, and transportation facilities. Currently, he serves as the lead engineer on the seismic retrofit of California Memorial Stadium. He also serves as a trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation.
Paul H. Gilbert, CE BS '59, MS '60
Partner and Director Emeritus, Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc.
Eugene Herson (Chair Emeritus), CE BS '65, MS '66
President & CEO (retired), EMCON Associates
Mr. Herson was CEO and President of EMCON Associates, a NASDAQ-listed environmental engineering and construction company. In 2003, he received the UC Berkeley's College of Engineering's Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award for life-time engineering achievements and public service.
Michael Kavanaugh (Vice Chair Emeritus), Chem Eng MS '64, CE PhD '74
Principal, Geosyntec Inc.
Professor and Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan
Dr. Love is the Chair of CEE at the University of Michigan. Her research is in the area of environmental biotechnology, where she studies biological processes in environmental engineering and science with a focus on engineering wastewater treatment systems and environmental health applications. In 2006, she received the Virginia Tech Dept. of CEE Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. She was a NSF CAREER Award recipient in 1995.
Richard Luthy, Chemistry BS '67, CE MS '74, PhD '76
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
Founder of Applied Science and Technology, Poway CA
Co-Founder & CEO, NextDrop, Inc.
Ms. Sridharan co-founded NextDrop, Inc., an organization that sends text message alerts to notify people in India with the date and time fresh water will be piped to their area—a critical service in an area where water supply is erratic. She also served as the Education and Health director for a water/sanitation project in the slums of Mumbai, India called "Haath Mein Sehat". In 2012, she was selected to the Forbes "30 Social Entrepreneurs Under 30" list for her work with NextDrop.
James van Hoften, CE BS '66
Consultant, Bechtel Corporation
In 1978, Dr. van Hoften was selected to be part of the first dedicated Space Shuttle astronaut group. He flew on Space Shuttle flights in 1984 and 1985. He joined Bechtel Corporation in 1986 and currently serves as a consultant for the company. Dr. van Hoften was awarded the ASCE's President's Medal, and was recognized as an outstanding alumnus of UC Berkeley. He serves as a trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation.
Robert Wadell (Chair Emeritus), CE BS '67, MS '68
President & CEO, Wadell Engineering Corporation
Mr. Wadell founded Wadell Engineering Corporation in 1973. Wadell Engineering Corporation's practice is limited to full service airport consulting including site selection, master planning, environmental, design, and construction management. WEC has projects in India, and across the Pacific and the United States. Mr. Wadell is a Fellow and Life Member of ASCE and recipient of the ASCE Edmund Friedman Award.
Sharon Wood, PhD University of Illinois, '86
Professor and Chair CAEE, UT Austin
Dr. Wood is the Chair of the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research areas are the design and behavior of reinforced concrete structures, the evaluation of existing structures, and earthquake engineering.