Shannon Bartelt-Hunt installed as chair of civil engineering

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Shannon Bartelt-Hunt is the new chair of civil engineering.
Shannon Bartelt-Hunt is the new chair of civil engineering.

Shannon Bartelt-Hunt, an associate dean in the Office of Graduate Studies and professor in the College of Engineering, has been appointed as the new Donald R. Voelte and Nancy A. Keegan Chair in civil engineering.

Bartelt-Hunt began serving as acting department chair on July 1 and will officially become chair on Aug. 19. Aemal Khattak, professor of civil engineering, served as interim chair of civil engineering since October 2018.

Being a long-time faculty member in civil engineering, Bartelt-Hunt said, gives her an early advantage in adjusting to the new position.

“I’ve just been able to jump right into this,” Bartelt-Hunt said. “Having been a faculty member in the department for over 10 years allows me to get a jump-start on some things.”

Bartelt-Hunt has been associate dean for professional development in the University’s Office of Graduate Studies since February 2018. Before that she had been graduate chair in civil engineering. In both of those positions, she had been working to support graduate education. As chair of civil engineering, Bartelt-Hunt is looking to expand her focus to undergraduate education, the department’s research portfolio and faculty and staff development.

“One of the things that attracted me to this position was the potential to develop mentoring programs” Bartelt-Hunt said. “We can all benefit from having more formalized plans for professional development and mentoring of our faculty.”

Bartelt-Hunt comes to the role with a strong background in environmental engineering research and teaching, with a research focus on water quality in agricultural production systems. She has been on research teams for more than $8 million dollars in externally funded research and has published over 115 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters. She has received national awards for research and teaching including a 2012 National Science Foundation CAREER award and she was a member of a team receiving the 2015 Grand Prize for University Research Award from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.

Leading the civil engineering department comes with great responsibility, Bartelt-Hunt said. Especially with the recent flooding that has hit Nebraska and surrounding states, civil infrastructure “is on everyone’s mind because it affects each of us every day.”

“It’s bridges, buildings, water and wastewater management, roadways, and dams” Bartelt-Hunt said. “Civil Engineers touch so many different areas of our daily lives”.

“I’m looking forward to working with alumni, industry, and our state agencies. Many of the leaders of civil engineering industries in our state are alumni and they employ many of our students. It’s one of our most valuable relationships.”

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