Terence Foster

Terence Foster

Terence Foster
Contact Information:
PKI 102D
Omaha
(402) 554-3273
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Associate Director and Professor
  • Ph.D., Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, California, 1967.
  • S.M., Nuclear Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1964.
  • S.B., Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1963.

Areas of Research and Professional Interest
  • Structural engineering
  • Materials science
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Engineering mechanics
  • Computer applications
  • Simulation and modeling of engineered and economic systems
  • Aerospace
Inventions/Patents
  • Precast Post-tensioned Segmental Pole System, U.S. Patent Number 6,851,231, February 8, 2005 (co-inventors: M. K. Tadros, S. A. Yehia, A. L. Hansen).
  • One-sided Bolted Reusable Moment-resisting Fastener System, disclosed to Nebraska University Regents November 5, 2001, released, November 22, 2004.

About Terence Foster

Dr. Foster is Professor of Construction Engineering on the graduate faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering. Dr. Foster draws upon over 20 years of experience as a senior corporate executive in the construction, logistics, and computer services industries. He has served as CEO of two design/construction firms. Currently, he is Associate Director of The Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction.

Courses he has taught include Statics, Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials, Structural Materials and Design, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Introduction to Construction, Construction Business Methods, Construction Economy, Construction Methods and Equipment, Introductory and Advanced CAD, and Computational Analysis. At the Aviation Institute, he has taught Introduction to Aviation and Aerodynamics.

His research interests have covered structural mechanics and information systems in construction, aerospace, and biosystems. Major projects and publications deal with high technology structures, aircraft performance, cold regions engineering, random vibrations, finite element analysis, business and technological systems analysis and optimization, computer assisted design, building information modeling, component identification and monitoring, and learning systems.

Early in his career, Dr. Foster received a Fulbright-Hays visiting professorship in earthquake engineering. He has since served as Chair of the Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects and National Vice President for Practice Divisions of the National Society of Professional Engineers. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Constructors.

Dr. Foster received a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, with prior degrees in Nuclear and Civil Engineering from MIT. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Nebraska and 10 other states, with national and international practice certification. He is also certified by the Structural Engineering Certification Board and the American Institute of Constructors.



Experience

  • Professor, College of Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Associate Director, The Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction, UNL College of Engineering
  • Courtesy Professor, Aviation Institute, University of Nebraska at Omaha, (Present)
  • Principal, Technology Plus, Omaha, Nebraska, (1990 - Present)
  • Assistant Vice President, Advanced Technologies Department, Union Pacific Corp., St. Louis, Missouri, (1988 - 1990) 
  • President, MultiTec, Inc.; President, Rentex, Inc.; and Board Chairman, CMax, Inc., MultiTec, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska, (1984 - 1987) 
  • Senior Vice President, Foster Western, Inc.; and President, Nicholas Construction, Inc., MultiTec, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska, (1976 - 1984)
  • Vice President/General Manager, HDR Systems, Inc., Henningson, Durham & Richardson, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska, (1972 - 1975)
  • Department Manager, Systems, Henningson, Durham & Richardson, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska, (1970 - 1971).
  • Captain/Operations Research Analyst; Army Chief of Staff Force Planning Analysis Directorate, U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps, Washington, D.C., (1969)
  • First Lieutenant/Senior Research Engineer, NASA Unmanned Spacecraft Program, U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps, Pasadena, California, (1968)

Honors and Awards

  • Who's Who in America (2010)
  • W. A. Klinger Construction Education Award from American Institute of Constructors (2009)
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers (2005)
  • Outstanding Service Award, National Society of Professional Engineers Practice Division for Professional 
    Engineers in Construction (2004) 
  • Service Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering and Technology, Professor Level (2003) 
  • Who's Who in America (2001) 
  • Tau Alpha Pi Engineering Technology Honorary (1999)
  • Sigma Lambda Chi Construction Honorary (1998) 
  • Who's Who in the Midwest (1989) 
  • Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award, National Society of Professional Engineers, Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers, Eastern Chapter (1984)
  • Who's Who in Finance and Industry (1983) 
  • Who's Who in Engineering (1980)
  • Outstanding Young Engineer Award, National Society of Professional Engineers, Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers (1973)
  • Fulbright-Hays Visiting Professorship (Courses taught: Finite Element Method, Random Vibrations), Institute of Seismology, Skopje, Macedonia (formerly Yugoslavia); Guest Lecturer in Yugoslavia, Italy, and Portugal (1971). 
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Honorary (1967) 
  • Graduate Fellowship, American Institute of Steel Construction (1966 - 1967) 
  • Graduate Fellowship, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (formerly U.S. Atomic Energy Commission) (1964) 
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honorary (1963) 
  • Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honorary - Chapter Vice President (1962)

Selected Publications

([R] denotes refereeed.)
  • "Automated Tool Tracking on the Construction Site," International Journal of Construction Education and Research, Vol. 5, No. 1 pp. 12-23, March 2009 (co-authors: J. D. Goedert, J. Jewell, J. Bartek) [R].
  • "Construction Engineering, The Newest Engineering Program Offered at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute," Part Two of the Peter Kiewit Institute Series, The Nebraska Engineer, Vol. 35, No. 1, October 2008, pp. 11, 12. 
  • "Cutting Edge Research for the Design/Build Construction Industry," presented DBIA-MAR February 28, 2008 (co-authors: J. D. Goedert, A. D. Schwer, Y. K. Cho, G. Morcous, T. R. Norton, K. E. Pedersen).
  • "Research in University of Nebraska Construction Systems," presented to Local AGC, Mechanical Contractors of Omaha, Local National Electrical Contractors Association, December 14, 2007 (co-authors: J. D. Goedert, A. D. Schwer, Y. K. Cho, G. Morcous, T. R. Norton, K. E. Pedersen).
  • "Natural Frequencies of a Vibrating Uniform Cantilever with a Concentrated End Mass," presented to Nebraska Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, April 21, 2006, abstracted in conference proceedings (co-authors: B. N. Skourup, W. J. Waters). 
  • "Trends in Construction Professionalism," webinar for National Society of Professional Engineers series, ResPECt for Construction, April 19, 2006. 
  • "Construction Engineering: an Integrative Branch of Engineering," presented and included in conference proceedings of the 2005 ASEE Annual Conference, June 13, 2005 (co-author: J. D. Goedert) [R]. 
  • "A Template for the Exploration of Chaotic Locomotive Patterns," Chaos, Solitons, and Fractals, Elsevier, Vol. 23, pp. 485-493, 2005 (co-authors: M. J. Kurz, N. Stergiou, J. Heidel) [R]. 
  • "Three-Dimensional Barrier Impact Response Modeling (BIRM3D)," presented at the Second International Structural Engineering, Mechanics, and Computation Conference, July 5- 7, 2004, Cape Town, South Africa, published in conference proceedings (co-authors: R. D. Sarmah, C. Y. Tuan) [R]. 
  • "Component Identification System in the Construction Project," presented to Nebraska Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, April 16, 2004, abstract and poster (co-author: F. F. Samura). 
  • "National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), the Professional Engineer's Working Partner," presented to the North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers Annual Meeting, Grand Forks, North Dakota, March 26, 2004. 
  • "Precast Concrete Residential Building Envelope," presented to Ninth Arab Structural Engineering Conference, November 30, 2003, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, published in conference proceedings (co-authors: M. K. Tadros, D. Kusolthamarat, W. W. Holmes) [R]. 
  • "Controlling Bifurcations and Chaotic Gait with Hip Joint Actuation in a Simple Walking Model," presented at the American Society of Biomechanics Annual Meeting, September 25, 2003 (co-authors: M. J. Kurz, N. Stergiou) [R]. 
  • "Application of Radio Frequency Identification in the Aerospace Environment," presented to Nebraska Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, April 25, 2003, abstracted in conference proceedings (co-author: F. F. Samura). 
  • "A Precast Post-tensioned Segmental Pole System," presented to ASCE-SEI Conference, September 10, 2002, published in conference proceedings, Electrical Transmission in a New Age, 2002, pp.318-324 (co-authors: S. A. Yehia, M. K. Tadros) [R]. 
  • "Radial Symmetry Effects in Area Moments of Inertia," presented to ASCE-SEI Conference, September 10, 2002, published in conference proceedings, Electrical Transmission in a New Age, 2002, pp.325-330 [R]. 
  • "Utilization of Coal Ash in Concrete Products Used by OPPD," report submitted to Omaha Public Power District February 1, 2002.

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