Dr. Noel Bormann

Professional Experience


2000 to 2001 at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, as Professor.

Responsible for teaching courses in the civil engineering curriculum with an emphasis in water resources and environmental engineering. Continued as Director of the Center for Engineering Design at Gonzaga University.

1993 to 2000 at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, as Associate Professor.

Responsible for teaching a wide variety of courses in the civil engineering curriculum with an emphasis in water resources and environmental engineering.

Beginning in 1997, act as Director of the Center for Engineering Design at Gonzaga University. As Director of the CED, organize and coordinate the senior design project class sequence within all 3 departments of the School of Engineering. Each years activities in the CED require the solicitation of 15-18 project sponsors and administration of a separate budget within the School of Engineering. Approximately $30,000.00 of support for the CED is generated annually. Established the Environmental Engineering Option in the Civil Engineering Department. Classes taught in this period include: Fluid Mechanics, Digital Computer Programming, Hydrology, Hydraulic Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Groundwater Utilization and Contamination, Open Channel Hydraulics, Environmental Analysis, Senior Design Project I and II, and Hydrometry Laboratory. Provide consulting services to engineering firms and expert testimony in water resources and environmental issues.

1988 to 1993 at Gonzaga University, Spokane WA, as Assistant Professor.

Responsible for teaching all courses in both Water Resources and Environmental Engineering. Courses taught each year: Fluid Mechanics, Hydrology, Hydraulic Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Open Channel Hydraulics, Groundwater Utilization and Contamination, Hazardous Waste Management and Hydrometry Laboratory. Developed 4 of these courses for a new curriculum. Provided several months of consulting for Engineering Consulting Services, Inc., located in Spokane WA on water resources projects located in western U.S. and in Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

1986 to 1988 with Lidstone and Anderson, Inc., Environmental Consultants, Fort Collins CO, as consultant.

Provided consulting services involving complex hydraulic analysis and computer modeling for two large projects. The first was analysis and modeling in support of a channel rehabilitation plan for the Little Medicine Bow River flowing through an abandoned open pit uranium mine in central Wyoming. This analysis involved hydraulic modeling, sediment transport computations, equilibrium slope computations and channel stability. The second project required hydraulic modeling of a 106-mile long reach of the Apalachicola River in Florida to appraise the effectiveness of dikes in increasing sediment transport capacity and resulting channel scour.

1986 to 1988 at Department of Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, as Graduate Research Assistant.

Assisted several faculty members in the Civil Engineering Department in the preparation of the Federal Highway Administration training manual titled Highways in the River Environment. This manual is currently used by FHA to train hydraulic engineers throughout the United States.

1983 to 1986 at Simons, Li and Associates, Inc., Fort Collins, CO, as Hydraulic Engineer.

Professional Engineer responsible for the analysis, design and construction review for several major hydraulic engineering projects. Duties included supervising efforts of 3 engineers and several technicians, prepared detailed project reports, developed project budgets and preparation of numerous proposals to private and governmental clients. In several cases the projects completed fell outside the realm of routine consulting and involved the application of unique solutions to difficult problems.

Examples of projects include: evaluation of embankment damage caused by roadway overtopping, channel bank stabilization during high runoff periods for Green River, Utah, and design of hydraulic facilities associated with channelizing the Augua Fria River, Arizona.

1982 to 1983 at Robillard and Associates, Inc., Dillon CO, as Project Engineer.

Responsible for the civil site engineering required on several multi-million dollar developments in Summit County CO. Projects included: irrigation systems; well designs; infrastructure design and construction review; and a design for the rehabilitation of the Blue River channel near Breckenridge, CO.

1980 to 1982 at Northern Technical Services, Anchorage, AK, as Hydraulic Engineer.

Acted as engineer in the analysis of over 1200 stream crossings of the Northwest Alaskan Natural Gas Pipeline route through Alaska. The analysis dealt with the channel stability in the crossing reach and with the complex interaction of the chilled gas pipe and the near-surface groundwater in regions of permafrost. In addition, studies also addressed the availability of adequate water resources (from surface or sub-surface sources) for temporary and permanent pipeline facilities across Alaska. During this period, I acted as a lead hydrologist in a 5-man crew collecting hydrologic and hydraulic data in remote areas of Alaska, and performed computer analysis of stream crossings.