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In Memoriam: Scott E. Maxwell (1970-2019)

CEE mourns the loss of alumnus and lecturer Scott E. Maxwell.

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Scott E. Maxwell

Scott E. Maxwell (BSE ‘92, MSE ’93) passed away on April 2, 2019, at the age of 49.

Maxwell’s graduate studies focused on structural engineering, and he conducted research in concrete structures under the direction of Professor James Wight before going on to work in industry as a structural engineer. His engineering career focused on providing structural design and analysis services for a variety of projects with architectural/engineering firms in the Detroit metropolitan area, as well as the American Concrete Institute (ACI) in Farmington Hills.

Maxwell also served as a Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He taught a wide range of courses, including CEE 508 Design of Masonry Structures (W07), CEE 211 Statics and Dynamics (F11, W13, F13, F14), and CEE 212 Solid and Structural Mechanics (F10, W12, F12). In Winter 2007, Maxwell was the driving force behind the department securing funding from the Masonry Institute of Michigan to support the teaching of CEE 508.

Maxwell was an inspiring teacher who had a deep passion for enriching his students’ learning experience by incorporating real-world examples derived from his professional practice into his course content. He further contributed his time as the industry advisor to the department’s student chapter of ASCE.

Maxwell also served on several technical subcommittees for the 2003 edition of National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Recommended Provisions for Seismic Regulations for New Buildings and Other Structures, including committees for Design Criteria and Analysis, Concrete Structures and Masonry Structures.

Maxwell is survived by his parents, Robert and Betsy Maxwell, and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.


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