Professional Service

Society of Underwater Technology SUT
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National

  • American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE, 2002 - Present
    • Geo-Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2002-Present
      • Member of the Technical Committee of Risk Assessment and Management RAM
    • Engineering Mechanics Institute, 2010 – Present
      • Member of the Technical Committee of Computational Mechanics
    • Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute
      • Member of the Marine Renewable Energy Committee and the Risk and Reliability Working Group, 2011 – Present
    • Speaker, “To Bayes or Not to Bayes? A Scenario-Based Approach for Using (or Not) Bayesian Methods,” Live Webinar, September 26, 2013
  • American Statistical Association ASA, 2003-Present
  • Society for Underwater Technology SUT, 2009 - Present
    • Member (Elected), Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics OSIG Committee (USA Chapter), January 2009 - Present
    • Chair (Elected), Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics OSIG Committee (USA Chapter), January 2012 – April 2013
    • Chair (Re-elected), Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics OSIG Committee (USA Chapter), April 2012 - Present
    • Member, Executive Board (USA Chapter), 2012 - Present
    • Fellow (Elected), Annual General Meeting, London UK, December 6 2012
    • Founding Faculty Advisor, Student Chapter at Texas A&M University, 2013 – Present
    • Chair and Speaker (John Allen, IntecSea, Co-Chair), “Academic Challenges for Underwater Technology,” Technical Session ‘Bridging Academia and Industry’, International Conference of the Society for Underwater Technology: New Frontiers and Emerging Technologies, Houston TX, September 18-19, 2013
    • Advisor and Speaker (Roger Osborne, Ocean-Flow International), “Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechniques,” One-Day Course – Subsea Awareness, Texas A&M University, March 21, 2014
    • Chair and Organizer, “Strategic Retreat of the Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics OSIG Committee,” Texas A&M University, College Station TX, November 13-14, 2014
    • Advisor and Speaker (Roger Osborne, Ocean-Flow International), “Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechniques,” One-Day Course – Subsea Awareness, Texas A&M University, April 10, 2015
    • Chair (Elected), Society for Underwater Technology (SUT-USA), January 2016 – Present
  • Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists AEG
    • Invited Lecture, “Stochastic Geomechanics for Optimal Risk-Based Decision-Making,” Technical Session 'Working with Uncertainty and Complexity in Modern Engineering Geology', 56th Annual Meeting, Seattle WA, September 8-15, 2013
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists
    • Chair and Speaker, “Imaging of a Two Dimensional Heterogeneous Elastic Half Space: A Bayesian Full Waveform Inversion,” Offshore Technology Conference, Technical Session ‘Developments in Geotechnical Engineering, Houston TX, May 5-9, 2014
    • Chair, Technical Session “Quantitative Geohazard and Georisk Assessment,” Houston TX, May 4-7, 2015

International

  • Fulbright Association, 2001 – Present
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, 2003-Present
  • International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 2007-Present
    • Corresponding Member of the TC304 Committee on Engineering Practice of Risk Assessment and Management
  • Universidad Anahuac-Mayab (Mexico)
    • Member, Advisory Board, 2011 - Present
  • MAE Center at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)
    • Invited Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee, “International Conference on Multi-Hazard Approaches to Civil Infrastructure Engineering”, Chicago IL, Jun 26-27, 2014
  • Norwegian Geotechnical Institute NGI
    • Invited Member of the International Advisory Council, “3rd International Symposium on Frontiers in Offshore Geotechnics ISFOG”, Oslo Norway, Jun 10-12, 2015

University and Community Service

geosat_Dan McConnel FrugoService Out of TAMU

South Knoll Elementary School, 1st Grade Dual Language Program, College Station ISD, Lecture: 'Que Hace un Ingeniero Geotécnico?'. College Station TX, February 21st, 2014.

Hearne high School, Senior Class, Hearne ISD, Lecture: ‘Engineering and Programing under Uncertainty, Hearne TX, October 23, 2013.

Service at TAMU

  • Geospatial Sciences, Applications & Technology (GEOSAT), Coordinator
  • Graduate Committees
    • GEOSAT _design early warning systemDepartment of Biomedical Engineering, Member of Elvis de Jesus Duran Sierra’s PhD Committee
    • Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Chair of Dung Nguyen’s MSc Committee
    • Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Chair of Similoluwa Ogundipe’s ME Committee
    • Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Chair of Bulent Derin’s MECommittee
    • Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, Member of Uriel Salazar Verbitzky’s MSc Committee
    • Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, Member of Antu Xie’s MSc Committee
    • Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Member of Nahum Villanueva Luna’s MSc Committee
    • Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Member of Jorge Herrera Camara’s MSc Committee
    • Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, Member of Clotilde R. Chen Valdes’ PhD Committee
    • Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, Member of Pattanapong Plukmonton’s MSc Committee
    • Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Chair of Patricia Varela Gonzalez, PhDCommittee
    • Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, Member of Eduardo Martinez Rodriguez’s MSc Committee
    • Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, Member of Jaeyoung Park’s MSc Committee
    • Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Chair of Roneet Das’ MSc Committee
    • Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Chair of Sayak Sinha’s MSc Committee
    • Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Chair of Yasser Soltanpour’s PHD Committee
    • Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Chair of Kristina M. Farris’ ME Committee
    • Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Chair of Noe H. Morales MSc Committee
    • Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Chair of Joseph D. Muhirwa’s ME Committee
    • Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Member of Shi Chen’s PhD Committee
    • Department of Geology and Geophysics, Member of Patrick Glass’s MS Committee
    • Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Chair of Adebusuyi O. Famurewa’s M.E Committee
    • Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Chair of Tam Duong’s M.Sc Committee
    • Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, Member of Raul A. Gonzalez Jimenez’s PhD Committee
    • Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, Member of Hyun C. Yoon’s PhD Committee
    • Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, Member of Clotilde R. Chen Valdes’ PHD Committee
    • Department of Geology and Geophysics, Member of Ryan Payne’s PhD Committee
    • Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Member of Thomas Hull’s ME Committee
    • Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Member of Karl P. Mertens’ MSc Committee
    • Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Member of Yuze Zhang’s PhD Committee
    • Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, Member of Gorgonio Fuentes-Cruz’s PhD Committee
    • Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, Co-Chair of Nefeli Moridis’ MSc Committee
    • Department of Aerospace Engineering, Member of Mishra Aashwin PhD Committee
    • Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Chair of Saba Seyedpouresmailzadeh’s PhD Committee
    • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Member of Adrian Colli’s PhD Committee
  • Departmental Service
    • Graduate Student Advisor, Geotechnical Division, 2013 – Present
    • Geotech Faculty Representative for the Civil Engineering Graduate Invitational, 2013 - Present
    • Course Coordinator for CVEN-365 Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering, 2011 – Present
    • Course Coordinator for CVEN-651 Geomechanics, 2011 – Present
    • Course Coordinator for CVEN-655 Structural Reliability, 2014 – Present
    • Volunteer for the “Geotech Lecture to Civil Engineering Freshmen,” 2013 and 2014
    • Geotech Faculty Search Committee, 2015
  • Chair, Seminar Series of the Stochastic Geomechanics Laboratory SGL
    • Lu Cong, “Experiment and Model Development of Elasto-Visco-Plastic Constitutive Models of Dam Rock Slope”, China University of Geosciences, 2015
    • Roy Santons, “Gardline Site Investigation Technologies”, 2015
    • Tamas Huszak, “Probabilistic Modeling of Thixotropic Soils: Understanding the 2010 Dam Failure Mechanism at Kolontár, Hungary”, Budapest University of Technology and Engineering (BME)”, 2014
    • Lizhong Wang, “Advancing the Reliability of Pile Design Methods”, Zhejiang University, 2014
    • Greg Fyffe, Offshore Deepwater Geotechnical Site Investigation, Benthic, 2013
    • Andrew Hill, Marine Geohazards Technical Authority BP Exploration – Houston, 2013
  • Students’ Service
    • Society for Underwater Technology SUT -TAMU
      • Faculty Advisor, Student Chapter at Texas A&M University, 2013 – Present
        • Speaker and Judge Coordinator, Short Course and Poser Competition “Frontiers in Underwater Technology”, April 14th, 2016
        • Judge Coordinator, Paper Competition “Society for Underwater Underwater Technologies – Paper Competition”, May 15th, 2015
        • Speaker Coordinator, One-Day Course on “Subsea Awareness for Aggies,” April 10th, 2015
        • Speaker Coordinator, One-Day Course on “Subsea Awareness for Aggies,” March 21st, 2014
        • Speaker Coordinator, Seminar by Craig Ship (Shell International) “Offshore Geohazards Assessment: the Geology of Shallow Industry Drilling,” February 6th, 2014
        • Speaker Coordinator, Seminar by John Allen (GE Energy) “Subsea Processing,” January 10, 2013
        • Speaker Coordinator, Seminar by Christopher Curran (BP Reliability) “Subsea Tieback“, May 3rd, 2013
      • Support and Referee Letters
        • Negin Yousefpour, Reference letter for LANGAN, 2015
        • Francisco Hernandez-Martinez, Faculty application to MIT, 2015
        • Shafeeq Irfan Riyaj, Support Letter for admission to the Graduate Geotechnical Engineering Program at UC-Davis, 2015
        • Shafeeq Irfan Riyaj, Support Letter for admission to the Graduate Geotechnical Engineering Program at Colorado School of Mines, 2015
        • Shafeeq Irfan Riyaj, Support Letter for admission to the Graduate Geotechnical Engineering Program at UT-Austin, 2015
        • Shafeeq Irfan Riyaj, Support Letter for admission to the Graduate Geotechnical Engineering Program at TAMU, 2015
        • Tam Duong, Support Letter for admission to the Graduate Geotechnical Engineering Program at TAMU, 2015
        • Blake Haney, Support Letter for admission to the Graduate Structural Engineering Program at TAMU, 2015
        • Fernando Fernandez, Support Letter for admission to the Graduate Geotechnical Engineering Program at TAMU, 2015
        • Olmo Moreno Franco, Support Letter for admission to the Graduate Geotechnical Engineering Program at TAMU, 2015
        • Yasser Soltanpour, Support Letter for the Energy Institute Graduate Fellowship Committee at TAMU, 2015
        • Yichuan Zhu, Support Letter for the Energy Institute Graduate Fellowship Committee at TAMU, 2015
        • Alexander C. Eleiott, Support Letter for admission to the Graduate Petroleum Engineering Program at TAMU, 2015
        • Alexander C. Eleiott, Support Letter for admission to the Graduate Petroleum Engineering Program at UT-Austin, 2015
        • Noe Morales, Support Letter for admission to the Graduate Geotechnical Engineering Program at TAMU, 2015
        • Rebekah Ryder, Support Letter for admission to various graduate programs, 2015.
        • Alexander C. Eleiott, Support Letter for admission to the Undergraduate Summer Research Grant Program, 2014.
        • Dustan C. Shwalm, Support Letter for admission to the Undergraduate Summer Research Grant Program, 2014.
        • Lucille Hatherill, Support Letter for admission to the Undergraduate Summer Research Grant Program, 2014
        • Tin-Kai Chow, Reference letter for admission to the Graduate Geotechnical Program at TAMU, 2014.
        • Harsh Patel, Reference letter for admission to the Research Opportunities for Engineering Scholars Program at TAMU, 2013.
        • Tin-Kai Chow, Reference letter for admission to the Research Opportunities for Engineering Scholars Program at TAMU, 2013.
        • Alberto Mena, Reference letter for admission to the Graduate Geotechnical Program at TAMU, 2014.
        • Ryan Ostrander, Support Letter for the Mother’s Club Scholarship, 2013
        • Tin-Kai Chow, Support Letter for admission to the Undergraduate Summer Research Program at TAMU, 2013.
        • Ryan Ostrander, Support Letter for admission to the Undergraduate Summer Research Program at TAMU, 2013.
        • Negin Yousefpour, Support Letter, Assistant Professor Faculty Position Candidate, The State University of New York Institute of Technology, 2013
        • Negin Yousefpour, Support Letter, Assistant Professor Faculty Position Candidate, The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2013

Review of Journal Papers and/or Research Proposals

Editorial Boards

  • Member of the Editorial Board of GeoRisk: Assessment and Management of Risk for Engineered Systems and Geohazards, 2010 – Present.

Journal Reviews

  • Reviewer for the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering ASCE, 2006 - Present.
  • Reviewer for Acta Geotechnica, 2009 - Present
  • Reviewer for GeoRisk: Assessment and Management of Risk for Engineered Systems and Geohazards, 2011 – Present
  • Reviewer for the Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering, 2013 – Present
  • Reviewer for the Journal of the Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE, 2013 – Present
  • Reviewer for Near Surface Geophysics, 2013 – Present
  • Reviewer for Geo-Congress 2014
  • Reviewer for Cold-Regions Science and Technology, 2013- Present
  • Reviewer for The Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2013- Present
  • Reviewer for The Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geology, 2013- Present
  • Reviewer for the ASCE Special Publication Honoring Fred H. Kulhawy – “Foundation Engineering in the Face of Uncertainty,”, Eds: James L. Withiam, Ph.D., P.E; Kok-Kwang Phoon, Ph.D., P.E.; and Mohamad H. Hussein, P.E., 2013.
  • Reviewer for Geotechnique, 2014- Present
  • Reviewer for Engineering Geology, 2014- Present

Research Proposals

  • Member, NSF Panel Review. Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, Geotechnical Engineering and Materials Program, June 2015
  • Reviewer, TAMU-PUC Research Program (Chile), December 2015
  • Reviewer, TAMU-CONACYT Research Program (Mexico), May 2015
  • Reviewer for the Research Partnership for Securing Energy for America RPSEA - DoE, 2013- Present.