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Professor of Practice, Dr. William D. Bellamy

September 24, 2013

Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

Dr. William D. Bellamy has been appointed to serve as Professor of Practice for the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering.  This non-tenured faculty position is held by eminently qualified academic, business, or government leaders who have made major impacts on fields and disciplines important to the college’s programs.  In this capacity, Dr. Bellamy will additionally serve as a liaison between industry and the college, identifying teaching and research opportunities that support the public interest and societal needs.

The Bellamy family carries with it a legacy in Wyoming that is intertwined with achievements in engineering and five generations of University of Wyoming graduates.   It can be stated that Bill comes from Wyoming’s “First Family of Engineering”.   His great-grandfather Charles Bellamy, of Wyoming, became the first licensed professional engineer in the U.S. in 1907.  In 1913, Charles founded Bellamy & Sons, Engineers, and his sons, Benjamin and Fulton, also became PEs.  Benjamin (Bill’s grandfather) worked as a city engineer in Laramie, WY.  After Charles passed in 1934, the Wyoming Bellamy Chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers was named in his honor. 

Bill’s father John was also a P.E. and a professor in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at the University of Wyoming.  He earned a UW civil engineering degree, later earning doctoral degrees in nuclear physics and meteorology.   He went on to become partner in Bellamy & Sons.  John was named a University of Wyoming Distinguished Alumnus in 1968, and after his retirement was selected in 1991 as the Wyoming Eminent Engineer by the Wyoming Alpha chapter of Tau Beta Pi.  John was inducted into the College of Engineering and Applied Science Hall of Fame in 2000 followed by his sons John and Bill in 2005.  

Dr. Bill D. Bellamy is currently a Fellow and Senior Vice President of Water Technologies at CH2M HILL, one of the largest water and wastewater engineering companies in the United States.  He provides leadership and direction for the water business and application of technologies worldwide.  As a technology leader for CH2M HILL, he has assisted in delivering over $4 billion in engineering services including studies, designs, construction, and operations.  Approximately $15 million of this work has been in studies and research for associations and agencies such as the American Water Works Association (AWWA), Water Research Foundation (WRF), U.S. EPA, and public and private utilities.  He has worked on many international water supply problems and assisted the Environmental Protection Agency on numerous projects.  In 2001, Tau Beta Pi named him Alumnus Eminent Engineer. 

Dr. Bellamy’s commitment to the profession of engineering, the college, and the State will very much be embraced as he begins his service as Professor of Practice for the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering.  Dr. Bellamy will be introducing new courses related to sustainability in the built environment and case studies of major water and wastewater treatment projects.  He also plans to participate as a mentor to graduate students as they pursue their research in environmental engineering.


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