Yunus
Salami, Ph.D.

Phone: 903.233.3964
Email: YunusSalami@letu.edu

  • Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering


Education

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

B.Eng., Civil Engineering, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria

Licensed Professional Engineer, P.E. - (WI: 44667 - 6)

Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, LeTourneau University;
  • Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, Bradley University;
  • Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Platteville;
  • Contract Researcher, Hydraulic/Hydrologic Systems Design and Modeling,;
  • Graduate Teaching Associate (Hydraulics, Fluid Mechanics, Environmental Eng.), University of Central Florida;
  • Graduate Research Assistant (Surface water hydrology, reservoir operation, flood risk management), University of Central Florida;
  • Graduate Research Assistant (Municipal and industrial wastewater treatment, anaerobic biotechnology), Marquette University;
  • Project Engineer (Construction supervision, drainage systems, foundations), Civil Works Department, CITCC;
  • Project Engineer (RC structures, foundations, retaining walls, stormwater conveyance), NiComTech;
  • Civil Engineer (Highway dualization), Reynolds Construction Company/Solel Boneh;
  • Civil Engineer Intern (Water-retaining structures, dam maintenance, water quality and distribution), NIOMCO Eng. Dept./Dumez Construction Company;

Teaching Interests

  • Hydraulic Engineering and Fluid Mechanics
  • Hydrology of Surface and Groundwater
  • Modeling of Water Resources Engineering Systems
  • Sustainability and Engineering Ethics
  • Advanced Treatment Methods for Water and Wastewater
  • Air Pollution Control and Solid Waste Management
  • Applied Research Methods

Research Interests

My research interests are in hazard mitigation in water infrastructure, modeling of water resources engineering systems, sustainable design and operation of water/wastewater systems, and application of remotely-sensed data for water resources management in developing countries lacking in situ measurement technology. Some of my recent research projects have ranged from a NASA space grant that involved applying satellite-measured surface water data for efficient management of dual-reservoir systems along a water-stressed transboundary river, to mathematical modeling of the aeration process in wastewater treatment plants to help reduce energy consumption, and a teaching grant to improve pedagogical effectiveness in a civil engineering course.

Service Interests

I have a passion for engineering service efforts whose core motivation is humanitarianism. I have been privileged - through Engineers Without Borders (EWB) – to do simple things like help design rainwater collection systems for disaster relief in Haiti and assist with a water treatment and distribution project for a rural village in Central America. The opportunity to work at LeTourneau University whose spirit intrinsically aligns with and encourages participation in such endeavors means I feel very much at home here.

Background

Outside of work, my family and I love playing tennis, picnicking, trying out new restaurants, and traveling. My favorite trip so far was in England where I watched Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic play on center court at Wimbledon. I also enjoy speed chess, listening to NPR, Yoruba gospel music, competing at scrabble with my wife Erica, giving piggyback rides to my daughters Mavoni and Onoiza, and bicycling with my “only begotten son” Simpa.

Affiliations

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Engineers Without Borders (EWB)