Pinch Hitters Extraordinaire
Due to a shortage of faculty members for this academic year, we needed to seek out instructors for a few courses in the environmental/water resources areas that we simply could not cover with our seven current faculty members. In response to that need, we have received blessings from multiple directions. First, Professor Emeritus Dr. Martin Thomas volunteered to teach aquatic environmental chemistry (CE564) this winter quarter. The course is core to our environmental engineering course work, and both Drs. Robinson and Mueller Price were already fully loaded with other course demands. Dr. Thomas' work in this area dates back to his Ph.D. studies. So, he has provided a wonderful opportunity for our students to take this course from one of the masters of the field.
Shortly after Dr. Thomas stepped in for us, Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert Houghtalen notified us he would be in the Terre Haute area during December and would be willing to teach applied hydrologic modeling (CE567) in a hybrid-learning format. For this course, Dr. Houghtalen will lead the class through about six weeks of meetings in the 3 1/2 weeks before Christmas break. After break, he will regularly meet with the students to complete the class via internet teleconference as he returns to his work overseas. Dr. Houghtalen is also a master of this topic area, having taught many ASCE short courses in hydrologic modeling and having taught this course many times while here as a faculty member.
Our last great need for course coverage this year was two sections of sophomore-level fluid mechanics. After some searching, we were delighted to learn that Dr. Lee Waite, former Head of Department of Applied Biology and Biomedical Engineering, will be able to teach that class to our sophomores this spring quarter. Dr. Waite is a recognized expert in fluid mechanics, having co-authored a book on applied biofluid mechanics some years ago. We were truly blessed when Dr. Waite agreed to help us.
A summary of our course loads this year would not be complete without acknowledging our full-time faculty members who also accepted loads that added time to their days. Everyone in the department has stepped up to take a larger share of course work or to take on different courses to manage the additional demand. The tradition of a team solution to challenges continues in the department and is deeply appreciated!