Bio

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UIC Civil and Materials Engineering, Engineering Research Facility, 842 W. Taylor Street (M/C 246), Chicago, Illinois 60607-7023

Ph.D. Civil Engineering Purdue University, 1983

MS Civil Engineering Purdue University, 1979

BS Civil Engineering Purdue University, 1977

Dr. Burke is a practicing Civil Engineer who specializes in water resources, and municipal engineering focusing on the Midwest. His firm Christopher B. Burke Engineering includes a staff of about 250 located in 12 offices in Illinois and Indiana.

National Academy of Construction, 2015

Distinguished Member of American Society of Civil Engineers, 2013

National Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year Award, American Public Works Association, 2013

Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award, National ASCE, 2010

Honorary Doctorate of Engineering, Purdue University, 2010

Illinois Section – ASCE Civil Engineer of the year, 2009

IAFSM (Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management) Lifetime Achievement Award, 2006

President’s Lifetime Award, Purdue University Engineering Alumni Association, 2001

Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award, Purdue University, 1998

Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Award, Purdue University, 1995

Chi Epsilon (National Civil Engineering Honor Society) Trustee, 1994

Chicago Metro Chapter Meritorious Award Recipient, APWA 1993

Chi Epsilon (National Civil Engineering Honor Society) Member, 1990

Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award, National ASCE, 1986

Charles Ellet Award, Western Society of Engineers, 1986

Young Civil Engineer of the Year Award, ASCE Illinois Section, 1985

The Conservation Foundation – Chair

Morton Arboretum – Trustee

Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation – Trustee

American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-IL)- Past President, Vice President and Director

American Public Works Association (APWA)- Member

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)- Past ASCE President, Treasurer and Director

Past Chairman Student Affairs Committee (Illinois Section)

Past Chairman of Urban Planning and Development Group

Past ASCE Infrastructure Committee (Indiana Section)

Past Chairman of National ASCE Surface Water Committee, Irrigation and Drainage Division

ASCE Task Committee on Urban Subsurface Drainage

Reviewer for ASCE Journals of Hydraulics Irrigation and Drainage, and the Water Resources Bulletin

Control Member of the National ASCE Hydrology Manual, Urban Hydrology Chapter

Civil Engineering Advisory Council, Purdue University (CEPAC)- Member and Past Chair

Civil Engineering Advisory Council, University of Illinois at Chicago- Member

Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals- Treasurer

Illinois Association of State Floodplain Managers (IASFM)- Member

Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association (IRTBA)- Past Director, Planning and Design Division

Indiana Water Resources Association- Member

Natural Area Association- Member

Irish Engineers and Contractors- Member

Western Society of Engineers (WSE)- Past President and Director

Chairman 2003-2017 Engineers Week- Director

The Wetlands Initiative (TWI)- Director

Chicago Wilderness Corporate Council- Member

Metropolitan Planning Council Board of Governors

  1. Urban Drainage, Chapter 31 in The Civil Engineering Handbook, pages 1034-1049, published in 1995 and 2002 (2nd Edition) by CRC Press (AR Rao, CB Burke and TT Burke).
  2. Simulation in Hydraulics and Hydrology, Chapter in the Civil Engineering Handbook, pages 1139-1183, published in 1995 and 2002 (2nd Edition) by CRC Press (AR Rao, CB Burke and TT Burke).

  3. Urban Hydrology, Chapter 9 in the Hydrology Handbook, published by the American Society of Civil Engineers, 1996 (Contributing Author - Member of Control Group). Developing a Stormwater Master Plan, published in the proceedings of the 1987 Water Resources Symposium, sponsored by the ASCE Illinois Section, October 21-22, 1987 (RE Molzahn, CB Burke, WC Porter).

  4. Planning a Wetlands for Flood Control in Indiana, published in the proceedings of Flood Plains '87, held in Seattle, Washington, June 8-13, 1987 (DB Pott, CB Burke and RK Suttle). An Evaluation of a Sanitary Sewer System Using a Computer Model, published in Tunneling and Underground Space Technology, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 153-161, 1986 (CB Burke, RE Molzahn, PA Pherson, PJ Couts).

  5. Flood Control Feasibility Study for the Maumee River in Allen County, Indiana, published in the Proceedings on Water Forum '86, Long Beach, California, August 4-6, 1986, pp.1476-1483 (CB Burke, SCL Yin, JC Bradley and ML Strong).

  6. Feasibility Study and Environmental Assessment of a Flood Control Project for the Maumee River in Allen County, Indiana, published in the Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Indiana Water Resources Symposium, Angola, Indiana, June 4-6, 1986, pp.69-81 (CB Burke, DB Pott and JC Bradley).
  7. Contaminant Transport Modeling for a Proposed Hazardous Waste Site, published in the Proceedings of the Sixth National Symposium and Exposition on Aquifer Restoration and Ground Water Modeling, Ohio State University, May 19-22, 1986, pp. 686-703 (CB Burke, DI Leib, JR Ghia and AJ Frano).
  8. Dynamic Modeling of an Urban Watershed, presented at the ASCE Spring Convention, Seattle, Washington, April 8-10, 1986.
  9. An Evaluation of a Sanitary Sewer System Using a Computer Model, published in the Proceedings of the Twelfth International Symposium on Urban Hydrology, Hydraulic Infrastructure and Water Quality, University of Kentucky, July 22-25, 1985 (CB Burke, RE Molzahn, PA Pherson and PJ Couts).
  10. Assessment of Drainage Infrastructure for Urban Areas, published in the Proceedings of the ASCE Conference on Infrastructure for Urban Growth, San Diego, California, June 5-7, 1985 (CB Burke and RE Molzahn, co-authors).
  11. Couple Runoff Process: A Finite Element Method, published in the Proceedings of the ASCE Engineering Mechanics Division, University of Wyoming, August 1-3, 1984 (CB Burke and DD Gray).
  12. Winfield Creek Watershed Management Case Study, published in the Proceedings of the Eleventh International Symposium on Urban Hydrology, Hydraulics and Sediment Control, University of Kentucky, July 23-26, 1984 (CB Burke, DL Hey, JT Huiting and RE Molzahn).
  13. Toward a Climatology of Antecedent Moisture Condition in Indiana and Kentucky, published in the Proceedings of the Eleventh International Symposium on Urban Hydrology, Hydraulics and Sediment Control, University of Kentucky, July 23-26, 1984 (CB Burke, DD Gray and P Katz).
  14. Hydrologic and Erosion Control Study for Happy Hollow Ravines, published in the Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Indiana Water Resources Association, Bloomington, Indiana, June 20-22, 1984 (CB Burke and PJ Couts).
  15. Mathematical Modeling of the Hillslope Hydrological Process, presented at the Spring Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 14-17, 1984, (CB Burke and DD Gray).
  16. Finite Element Simulation of the Hillslope Runoff Processes, Proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium on Finite Element Methods in Flow Problems, Austin, Texas, January 23-26, 1984 (CB Burke and DD Gray).
  17. Sensitivity of the Urban Drainage Design Model ILLUDAS to Inputs, Journal of Civil Engineering for Practicing and Design Engineers, September 1983 (CB Burke, DD Gray and AR Rao).
  18. Hillslope Runoff Processes: A Finitie Element Model, with DD Gray Report No. CE HSE-83-11, Hydraulics and Systems Engineering, Purdue University, June 1983. Occurrence Probabilities of Antecedent Moisture Condition Classes in Indiana, Technical Report No. 159, Water Resources Center, Purdue University, June 1983 (CB Burke and DD Gray).
  19. Numerical Simulation of the Hillslope Runoff Processes, PhD Dissertation submitted to the Faculty of Purdue University, May 1983. Antecedent Moisture Condition Probabilities for Selected Indiana Stations, Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science, October 1982 (CB Burke and DD Gray).
  20. Combined Sewer Separation Project for West Lafayette, Indiana, Proceedings of the Third Annual Indiana Water Resources Association Symposium, June, 1982 (CB Burke and PJ Couts). Discussion of Surface Hydrology: IV-Flow in Sloping, Layered Soil, ASCE Journal of the Hydraulics Division, January 1982.
  21. Some Techniques for the Design of Subdivision Storm Drainage Systems, published in the Proceedings of the First Annual Indiana Water Resources Association Symposium, June 1980 (CB Burke and DD Gray).
  22. County Storm Drainage Manual, Highway Extension and Research Project for Indiana Counties, Purdue University, May 1981, 341 pp.
  23. Duration and Temporal Distribution of Storms in Urban Drainage Design, Proceedings of the Seventh International Symposium on Urban Storm Runoff, University of Kentucky, July 1980 (CB Burke, DD Gray and AR Rao).
  24. Combined Sewer Separation Case Study, presented at the Indiana Academy of Science held in Rensselear, Indiana, November 7, 1980.
  25. A Comparative Application of the Rational Method and the Illinois Urban Drainage Area Simulator to an Indiana Subdivision, published in the Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science, October 1979 (CB Burke and DD Gray).
  26. A Comparative Application of Several Methods for the Design of Storm Sewers, Technical Report No. 118, Water Resources Research Center, Purdue University, August 1979 (CB Burke and DD Gray).