Brian J. Swenty, Ph.D. P.E.

Professor and Chair

Mechanical and Civil Engineering Department

University of Evansville

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Fall 2013 Schedule ¨ Office e-mail: bs3@evansville.edu

Office Phone 812.488.2661 ¨ Office Location: KC 268A

Civil Engineering Program Objectives and Outcomes


Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology

M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Florida

B.S. Civil Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology


Registered Professional Engineer: California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri


Specialty Areas in Civil Engineering

Dam Safety - Hydraulic Engineering - Hydrologic Modeling

Geotechnical Engineering (Slope Stability)

Dam Failures such as AmerenUE’s Taum Sauk Reservoir pump storage project are a tragic reminder of the need for dam safety laws and regulations in the United States as well as regular inspections of dams.  Approximately 1.5 billion gallons of water were released from the reservoir during a 12 minute period beginning at 5:12 a.m. on the morning of December 14, 2005.  A wall of water was released down forested slopes to the East Fork of the Black River and eventually through Johnson Shut-ins state park where extensive damage occurred.  The flood wave left a path of exposed bedrock where forest previously existed.  I have spent most of my professional career designing, inspecting, and analyzing earth, rockfill and mine tailings dams.  It is incumbent upon the civil engineering profession to insure that civil engineers who design and supervise the construction of dams have extensive experience and possess knowledge in the fields of geotechnical engineering, hydraulic and hydrologic engineering, and local site geology.

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          AmerenUE’s Taum Sauk Reservoir in southeast Missouri (left-old rockfill dam, center-breached dam, right-new RCC dam)


Fall 2013 Courses

ENGR 366

CE 469

CE 495


Links to Other Sites: ASCE; ASDSO; Code of Federal Regulations; Corps of Engineers HEC Center;

Statutes; Institute for Creation Research


"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5,6

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