Professor Emeritus, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Au received his BS degree from St. Johns University (China) in 1943; and his MS (1948) and PhD (1951) degrees from the University of Illinois, all in Civil Engineering. After working for several years as a structural engineer in consulting firms in Detroit, Michigan, he joined CEE as a faculty member in 1957. Dr. Au served as the Acting Head of Civil Engineering in 1970-1971 and again in 1985-1986.
He has authored or co-authored of seven books, including Elementary Structural Mechanics (1963), Introduction to Systems Engineering: Deterministic Models (with Thomas Stelson, 1969), Fundamentals of Systems Engineering: Probabilistic Models (with Richard Shane and Lester Hoel, 1972), Engineering Economics for Capital Investment Analysis (with Thomas Au, 1983, 1991), Structural Analysis (with Paul Christiano, 1987), Project Management for Construction (with Chris Hendrickson, 1989), and Fundamentals of Structural Analysis (with Paul Christiano, 1992).
Dr. Au retired in 1992 and currently resides in California.
Steven J. Fenves
University Professor Emeritus, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Fenves' research and teaching has been devoted to computer-aided engineering, an emerging discipline that seeks to understand, model and improve the processes civil and environmental engineers use in the planning, design, construction and operation of engineered facilities. He was the co-developer of one of the earliest structural analysis systems (STRESS, 1962). His research has dealt with design standards, engineering databases, knowledge-based systems, machine learning, and comprehensive design environments.
Dr. Fenves is the author or co-author of six books, over 100 journal articles and book chapters, and over 120 articles and conference papers. His 38th PhD student graduated in May 1998. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and an Honorary Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Among his awards are the Huber Prize and the Moisseif and Winter Awards from ASCE, the Alumni Honor Award and Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Illinois, and the Teare Award and Doherty Prize from Carnegie Mellon University.
He received his BS (1957), MS (1958) and Ph.D. (1961) degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, and served on the faculty there (1958-71). He joined Carnegie Mellon University in 1972, serving as Head of the Civil Engineering Department (1972-75) and Director of the Design Research Center (1980-84), attaining the position of University Professor in 1984. He retired from active teaching in 1998.
Upon retirement, Dr. Fenves moved to the Washington D.C. area to be close to family and to work with colleagues at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Francis C. McMichael
Professor Emeritus, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy
Throughout his career Dr. McMichael worked extensively on applying material and energy-balance approaches to the study of environmental problems. He was very involved in the startup of the Green Design Institute in the 1990s. His green design research involved application of concurrent engineering concepts to the design of products and processes to mitigate environmental impacts over their life cycle. Dr. McMichael and his collaborators developed methodologies and design advisors for process engineering, such as size reduction and materials separation for products such as automobiles, computers, consumer durables, and electronics.
Dr. McMichael earned his BS in 1958 from Lehigh University and his MS (1959) and PhD (1963) degrees from the California Institute of Technology. He continues to live in Pittsburgh and remains active in the Department.