The Master of Science in Civil Engineering: Energy Infrastructure program features expert UW faculty and leading practitioners in the field.
Tim Larson – Co-Director
Tim Larson is a professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, where he teaches courses on air pollution control and air quality modeling. He is also the co-director of the Master of Science in Civil Engineering: Energy Infrastructure. Larson has over 35 years of experience in air quality research, specifically in characterization of urban air pollution and its sources. His major focus in recent years has been on assessment of human exposure to outdoor air pollutants, and he has collaborated with other UW researchers on many projects related to the health consequences of exposure to air pollution. He holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Washington.
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Joe Mahoney – Co-Director
Joe Mahoney is a professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the co-director of the Master of Science in Civil Engineering: Energy Infrastructure. He also serves as the co-director of the online Master of Science in Civil Engineering: Construction Engineering, a degree jointly offered by the departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction Management. He is a co-founder of Pavia Systems, a company that specializes in online learning and cloud-based applications for the construction industry.
Mahoney’s research interests include energy and energy infrastructure; using the internet as a delivery system for collaboration including training; self-directed learning tools; and the development and use of online databases for pavement applications. He previously served as director of the Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC). Mahoney holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Texas A&M University.
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Kamal Ahmed has over two decades of experience in academia and private industry in several countries. He has taught courses on construction engineering and geo-information systems in North America, Africa and Asia, and has held leadership positions in contracting and consulting firms. He is currently a board member and associate of an international consulting firm that designs and supervises the construction of medium- and large-sized projects. Ahmed earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Washington.
Matt Cramer was an early entrant in the wind turbine analysis field. He has played an important role in the standardization of turbine analysis and the progression of mechanical, bureaucratic and technological improvements that have made wind utilities competitive with more conventional utilities. He helped found Turbine Test Services, a company that is now part of SimuTech Group. Cramer holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Davis.
John Glassmire has more than a decade of experience in technical and economic modeling and design of distributed and traditional energy supply systems. He currently serves as the director of energy engineering at HOMER Energy. Glassmire has worked and advised on electrical grid modeling for systems ranging from small isolated systems to interconnected grid systems in the United States and Australia. His areas of expertise include hybrid renewable energy systems, energy access, smart grid technologies, resilient generation and microgrid/minigrids. He holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University.
Jessica Kaminsky is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. A scholar of engineering projects and organizations, she conducts research on infrastructure for developing communities, with a particular interest in social sustainability topics. Prior to her academic career, she spent six years working internationally for one of the world’s largest engineering firms. Kaminsky holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
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Si Katara has more than 15 years of technical, managerial and software industry experience, most recently as co-founder and president of Pavia Systems, which specializes in software development for the transportation infrastructure industry. He led the development of the HeadLight platform, a project intelligence tool used by many local and state transportation agencies and engineering firms. Katara’s previous enterprise software experience includes roles with Andiamo Systems, Cisco Systems and Real Networks. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Washington.
Amy Kim is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Prior to her career in academia, she worked as a project engineer and architect on large public infrastructures — transit systems, educational facilities, public works facilities and water infrastructure — in the areas of planning, design and construction management. Her research focuses on effective change management and team decision-making practices for delivering sustainable infrastructure projects, especially green buildings. Kim holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Texas A&M University.
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Mark Kirshenbaum is the assistant director of campus utilities for the University of Washington. He is directly responsible for the operation of the UW power plant and the West Campus Utility Plant, which supplies heating, air conditioning and emergency power to the UW Seattle Campus and the UW Medical Center. Kirschenbaum has over 30 years of power plant experience and is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
Thorvaldur Konradsson is a project manager with Skanska USA Civil, a leading contractor for civil engineering and construction infrastructure projects. He has nearly three decades of experience in the construction industry, including 15 years building hydro power projects in Iceland and 5 years on other heavy civil infrastructure projects. His work includes leading the effort to build a Floating Surface Collector — a complex fish enhancement project — at Lower Baker Lake and at Lake Cushman, both in Washington state. Konradsson holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Washington.
Tom Le is a transportation engineer at DKS Associates and an instructor with the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. His areas of expertise include intelligent transportation systems and traffic signal design, travel demand modeling, traffic and transit operational analysis, computer-aided drafting and design, and GIS applications. Le holds a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Washington.
Mohammad Malakoutian is an affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, where he teaches courses in structural dynamics, steel-structure design, mechanics of materials, statics, temporary structures and accounting and finance for construction. He has more than 15 years of professional experience in civil engineering and has worked as a structural, civil and project engineer in Iran, Qatar and the United States. Malakoutian holds a Ph.D. in structural engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Washington.
Fady Masoud is an affiliate lecturer of computer-aided construction in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. His work as a consultant for small and large contractors includes developing processes and methods in computer-aided construction and forecasting future needs in the field. He is a partner at Tapestry Partners, a company that provides computer-aided engineering resources. Masoud holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Washington.
Christopher May is an affiliate instructor in the Department of Civil Engineering and a professional environmental engineer and freshwater ecologist. He serves as the director of surface and stormwater management in the public works department of Kitsap County. A leader in the field of stormwater management, he has conducted research on the effectiveness of traditional stormwater treatment technologies and has pioneered the use of alternative, low-impact development techniques for controlling stormwater runoff and treating non-point source pollution. His research is focused on the cumulative impacts of watershed development on the aquatic ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. .He holds a Ph.D. in environmental engineering and science from the University of Washington.
Stephen Muench is an associate professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. His research focuses on the transportation infrastructure realm, with special emphasis on roadway sustainability, construction, pavements, materials and online training. Prior to his academic career, he worked for the consulting company Perteet as a transportation design engineer. He also served as a nuclear submarine officer in the Navy. Muench is chairman of the board of the Greenroads Foundation, a nonprofit that aids communities and the environment by recognizing sustainable transportation projects and promoting sustainability education for transportation infrastructure. He holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Washington.
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William Muench is an electrical engineer with more than 50 years of experience in the public and private electric utility field. He spent 14 years with Seattle City Light, working in the substation, hydro generation and underground distribution engineering departments. He also served as a division head at the Hawaiian Electric Company in Honolulu. Muench headed his own firm, WFM Engineering Services, providing technical assistance to legal firms with a specialization in electrical accidents and fire forensics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington and has a professional license in electrical engineering in Washington and Hawaii.
Andrea Nesbitt works as the environmental education coordinator at Puget Sound Energy’s Wild Horse Wind Facility in Ellensburg, Washington. She manages the tourism and educational aspects of Wild Horse at the Renewable Energy Center and assists with plant operations, such as turbine and site inspections. Nesbitt holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from Central Washington University.
Bart Nijssen is an associate professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, where he heads the UW Hydro | Computational Hydrology group. This research group builds tools to simulate and investigate the terrestrial hydrological cycle, and uses these tools for a wide range of hydrologic research projects relating to climate change, drought and streamflow, climate systems and other issues. His private sector experience includes five years as a senior executive at 3TIER, a company that provides assessment and forecast services for the weather-driven renewable energy industry. Nijssen holds a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Washington.
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Daniel Olsen is a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering at the University of Washington. Prior to his studies, he served as a research associate with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research interests cover the fields of distributed resources, power system emissions, multi-carrier energy systems coordination and related policy. Olsen holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and electric power engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Ann Rendahl serves as a commissioner for the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC), the state agency responsible for ensuring that investor-owned utility and transportation services are safe, available, reliable and fairly priced. She has over 20 years of experience in the utility regulatory field as a lawyer and policy analyst, working with electric, natural gas, water utilities and telecommunications companies to respond to changes in the regulatory and business environment. She previously worked as the director of the UTC’s Administrative Law Division and of the Policy and Legislative Affairs Division, representing the agency before the state legislature, and as an assistant attorney general for the Utilities and Transportation Division. Rendahl earned a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from Hastings College of the Law.
George White’s career has focused on working with stakeholders in the infrastructure and construction industries to bring technology to the forefront of their operations. While serving as CEO of Pavia Systems, he has managed diverse teams and overseen numerous technology projects for customers ranging from Fortune 500 organizations to the federal government. White led the launch of the company’s flagship HeadLight platform into multiple state and local transportation agencies, as well as making it a key project intelligence tool at many large consulting engineering firms. He was also responsible for the development of the Hot Mix Database, an award-winning, web-based tool used to track and monitor asphalt road construction projects; and Pavement Interactive, the world’s largest online resource for all things pavement. White holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington.
Julian Yamaura is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. He teaches courses related to pavements and construction materials and also works as an engineering consultant at Pavia Systems. His main research interests focus on mobile technology systems in construction and their impacts on project management. Yamaura previously worked in construction on public transportation infrastructure projects and provided consultation services on construction scheduling. He holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Washington.