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Christopher B. Burke, PhD

Professor of Practice

Civil, Materials, and Environmental Engineering


Building & Room:

2075 ERF


842 West Taylor Street, MC 246, Chicago, IL 60607

Office Phone:

(312) 996-5515


Research Areas

Dr. Burke is a practicing Civil Engineer who specializes in water resources, and municipal engineering focusing on the Midwest. He has taught water resources related courses at UIC since 2001. His firm Christopher B. Burke Engineering includes a staff of about 250 located  in Illinois and Indiana.  The Burke Group of Companies was recently cited by the Engineering News Record as 167 in the Top 500 design firms in the United States.

Selected Publications

  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).

Notable Honors

2021, Member, National Academy of Engineering (NAE)

2019, Ray K. Linsley Award, American Institute of Hydrology (AIH)

2010, Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award, National ASCE

2010, Honorary Doctorate of Engineering, Purdue University

2009, ASCE Civil Engineer of the year, Illinois Section


Ph.D. Civil Engineering Purdue University, 1983

MS Civil Engineering Purdue University, 1979

BS Civil Engineering Purdue University, 1977

Professional Memberships

Dr. Burke has chaired the Board of the Illinois Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers and American Council of Engineering Companies ; the Western Society of Engineers and is currently Chair of the Boards of The Conservation Foundation and Morton Arboretum; the Vice Chair of Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation and member of the Metropolitan Planning Council Board of Governor's, along with other Societies and  University of Boards.