Three new faculty members join civil and environmental engineering

From left: Brian Naberezny, Kostas Papakonstantinou and Nathaniel Warner Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering added three new faculty members this semester.

Brian Naberezny has joined the department as an instructor of land surveying. He received a bachelor’s degree in surveying from Penn State and a master’s degree in spatial information science and engineering from the University of Maine.

Prior to coming to Penn State, University Park, Naberezny worked as an instructor in surveying engineering at Penn State, Wilkes-Barre for six years, as a consultant to surveying and mapping professionals, and as a geospatial analyst and operations manager for a National Energy Technology Laboratory funded study.

In 2014, Naberezny won both the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors (PSLS) President Award and the PSLS Distinguished Service Award.

As an instructor at Penn State, Naberezny will be teaching CE 209 Fundamentals of Surveying and CE 310 Surveying and will be developing a course in geospatial information engineering.

Kostas Papakonstantinou has joined the department as an assistant professor in civil engineering. He received a diploma and master’s degree in civil engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and another master’s degree and doctorate in civil engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

Prior to joining Penn State, Papakonstantinou worked as an associate research scientist at Columbia University, a postdoctoral scholar and graduate research assistant at the University of California, Irvine, and a structural engineer for a small firm in Athens.

In 2014, Papakonstantinou won the Outstanding Reviewer award from the ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part A: Civil Engineering.

His research interests include stochastic mechanics, risk assessment and management, inverse methods and optimization, structural health monitoring, and earthquake engineering and structural dynamics.

As an assistant professor at Penn State, Papakonstantinou will be teaching CE 597 Stochastic Structural Mechanics and CE541 Structural Analysis.

Nathaniel Warner has joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an assistant professor in environmental engineering. He received his bachelor’s degree in geology from Hamilton College, his master’s degree in hydrogeology from Miami University, and his doctorate in earth and ocean sciences from Duke University.

Prior to joining Penn State, Warner worked as an environmental consultant with Environmental Resources Management in Annapolis, Md., for six years and as a postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth College for two years.

In 2013, Warner won Best Article in Science, Environmental Science and Technology Editorial Board.

Warner’s research interests include environmental quality associated with oil and gas development, salinization of fresh water resources, water quality, and processes controlling radium movement through the environment. 

As an assistant professor at Penn State, he will be teaching CE 370 Introduction to Environmental Engineering and possibly a new course called Into the Water Energy Nexus.

Warner will also be working with the Penn State Institute for Natural Gas Research (INGaR).

Last Updated August 21, 2015