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Major David Arellano, a former project engineer for Operation Iraqi Freedom, will give a presentation on “Lightweight Fill Applications in Road Embankments” noon today in Acopian Engineering Center room 327.

The talk is sponsored by the civil and environmental engineering department. Lunch is provided.

Arellano’s professional experience includes serving as a project engineer for Operation Iraqi Freedom from August 2003-October 2004 with the U.S. Army Facility Engineer Group in Kuwait. He also has been geotechnical engineer at Testing Service Corp., staff engineer for geotechnical/construction materials engineering at Law Engineering, and civil engineer at Bevins Consultants Inc.

He earned his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. in civil engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Among other projects, Arellano developed guidelines for the use of geofoam as lightweight fill in roadway embankments and bridge approaches over soft ground while serving as a graduate research assistant from January 1999-July 2003.

Since 1982, he has served as an instructor of various civil engineering topics with the U.S. Army Reserve, Corps of Engineers, Darien, Ill., including construction management techniques, design and construction of steel-arched buildings, and hasty bridge repair. His Army Reserve career includes positions as company commander, construction officer, facility engineer, civil engineering, and project engineer.

Arellano has experience with various construction projects in Kuwait, Somoa, Panama, Jordan, Kenya, and Germany. A recipient of several grants, awards, and fellowships, he has published research papers in journals and made several conference presentations.

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