Nowak named civil engineering department chair at Auburn University

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Andrzej “Andy” Nowak, distinguished professor of civil engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been named department chair of Auburn University’s Department of Civil Engineering. He succeeds Michael Stallings, who is returning to the civil engineering faculty after 11 years of service as department head.

“I am honored to be appointed department chair,” said Nowak. “Auburn University’s Department of Civil Engineering has a solid program that includes a dedicated faculty, bright students and modern facilities, all of which constitute an environment that fosters academic excellence and exciting research opportunities. I look forward to working with these talented faculty members to enhance the outstanding reputation the department already maintains.”

Nowak has served as the Robert W. Brightfelt Professor of Engineering in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Department of Civil Engineering since 2005. From 2009-2011, he led the department as interim chair. From 1990-2004 Nowak served as a professor in the University of Michigan’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, where he also directed the Bridges and Structures Research Center of Excellence, sponsored by the Michigan Department of Transportation. His research interests include materials, analysis and design of structures, evaluation of existing structures, and risk and reliability analysis of structures.

“Andy’s teaching experience and leadership capabilities, as well as his extensive involvement in research, position him to lead the department and build upon the record of excellence that Mike Stallings established during his tenure as department head,” said Christopher B. Roberts, dean of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

Nowak earned a master’s degree in structural engineering in 1970 and a doctorate in technical sciences in 1975, both from the Politechnika Warszawska in Poland.

(Written by Morgan Stashick.)

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