Inhabiting Earth
David Corr

Dr. David Corr monitors bridges to understand how they fail

Episode 3, Posted 2/09/17

Dr. Corr is a clinical associate professor in Civil Engineering.  He’s interested in the structural integrity of buildings and evaluating their stability with sensors. Earlier in his career, he worked as a forensic engineer, investigating what caused buildings or other infrastructure projects to fail. In this episode, we talk about how monitoring can catch a failure in part of a bridge before it becomes a problem and about how forensic structural engineers investigate collapsed buildings and bridges.

Learn more about his work: NU Civil and Environmental Engineering, Infrastructure Technology Institute


Dr. James Hambleton explores the complexity beneath our feet

Episode 2, Posted 12/22/16

Dr. James Hambleton is an assistant professor in Civil Engineering at Northwestern University. He studies what happens in the ground below us when we move earth to plow for farms, mine for metals, or dig a foundation. Listen in as we talk about how soil can shift causing the structures embedded in them to fail and how he uses computer models to predict and understand these events.

Learn more: Dr. Hambleton's website, NU Civil and Environmental Engineering


Dr. Erica Hartmann studies what's in our dust

Episode 1, Posted 12/15/16

Dr. Hartmann is an assistant professor in Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University. She studies microbial communities, the assortment of bacteria and other microorganisms, that live around us and with us, in our dust. Listen in as we talk about sampling for microorganisms, antimicrobial chemicals, and what happens when we overuse antimicrobial compounds in soap and other products.

Learn more about her work: NU Civil and Environmental Engineering