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Puckett Appointed Associate Dean for Facility Development

May 23, 2011

The Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science recently announced the appointment of Professor Jay Puckett as the college's Associate Dean for Facility Development.

In addition to his duties as the Vincent O. Smith Professorship in Engineering in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Puckett is a registered (structural) professional engineer in Wyoming. He obtained his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Missouri in 1978, and continued his education at Colorado State University where he obtained his M.S. in 1980 and his Ph.D. in 1983.

In addition to providing leadership for the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at the University of Wyoming, Professor Puckett is known nationally for his scholarship and teaching in structural engineering, specifically as applied to highway bridges. His textbook, Design of Highway Bridges - An LRFD Approach, is widely accepted as one of the most authoritative in the field. He serves the bridge engineering community nationally as an advisor, committee member and consultant to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). Puckett has also served on several committees of the National Academies of Science and Engineering and as a research contractor to the Cooperative Highway Research Program. He was instrumental in starting the ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering and served on the original team of editors. In 2000 he was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni at the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Puckett's appointment is for a 3-year term, starting June 1, 2011. The position's main charges are to work closely with the dean, department heads, and collaborative partners in providing the leadership and analytical underpinning needed to complete the comprehensive upgrade and expansion project upon which the college is now embarked. The project, as presently conceived involves 1) replacement of the so-called "Sawtooth" which is in the center area of the Engineering Building; and, 2) develop a laboratory research building (or buildings). Puckett will also be instrumental in assembling metrics to support the college facility planning effort.


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