March 16, 2006

Association honors SIUC's Bruce DeVantier

by K.C. Jaehnig

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Bruce A. DeVantier, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, received a professional service award from the Illinois section of the American Water Works Association during the group's annual meeting Tuesday, March 14, in Springfield. The award honors the contributions his teaching, service and research have made to the profession.

DeVantier teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in such areas as hydrology, hydraulics, numerical methods and finite elements method.

"As a registered professional engineer, Dr. DeVantier plays an important role in our educational mission as an Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology accredited program," wrote Lizette R. Chevalier in an e-mail about her colleague.

"He has served as the interim chair of our department, the Faculty Senate president, the president of the local chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers and an associate editor for the American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Environmental Engineering.

"He has published 12 journal papers and an impressive number of conference proceedings papers in regional, national and international venues. He has generated over $400,000 in funding from a wide range of funding agencies, including NASA and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers."

DeVantier, a two-degree graduate of SIUC, has worked for the University since earning his doctorate from the University of California, Davis in 1983. He and his wife, Karen, live in Murphysboro.

Celebrating faculty excellence is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.