Faculty

Daniel W. Burleson, Ph.D.
Daniel W. Burleson, Ph.D.
Instructional Assistant Professor
ENGI 1331 Course Coordinator
Office Location: E313D, Engineering Building 2
Phone: 713-743-0461
Email: dwburleson [at] uh.edu

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Dr. Dan Burleson is an Instructional Assistant Professor in the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston. He has been at the University of Houston since 2010 when he joined as a Graduate Research Assistant, completing his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering in August of 2015.  Before coming to Houston, Texas, Dr. Burleson completed B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida. In his current position, he focuses on instruction and curriculum development for a new First-Year Experience at the University of Houston and is the outreach director the Program for Mastery in Engineering Studies (PROMES).

Education:

  • PhD. in Environmental Engineering, University of Houston, Houston, TX
  • Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Instruction:

University of Houston Courses:

  • ENGI 1100: Introduction to Engineering — Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016
  • ENGI 1331: Computing & Problem Solving — Spring 2014, Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016
  • MECE 3336: Mechanics II (Dynamics) — Spring 2015, Spring 2016

National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowship GK-12 Experience:

  • 8th Grade Technology Class, Fonville Middle School, Houston, Texas  (August 2011 – June 2012)
  • 9th – 10th Grade Physics Class, The Village School, Houston, Texas (August 2012 – June 2013)

Research Interests:

Dr. Burleson’s research interests include developing instructional strategies and programs that will engage students in their subject and improve retention rates in large courses where the subject is difficult. Beyond the classroom, his interest are to identify key factor attributed to student success in the engineering and working with currently engineering programs to develop a framework that will help to identify students who may need additional support and provide the resources that are necessary for success in college and their professional careers.

Publications:

  • Burleson, D.W. and H.S. Rifai., 2012 Vulnerability to Storm Surge of the Houston Ship Channel in Texas. IC EST 2012 Conference Proceedings, Houston, TX, Volume 2, 2012. 498-503. ISBN: 9780976885344.
  • Burleson, D., H. Rifai, J. Proft, C. Dawson and P. Bedient (2015). Vulnerability of an industrial corridor in Texas to storm surge. Natural Hazards: 1-21. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-015-1652-7
  • Burleson, D. W., H. S. Rifai and P. Bedient (2015). A GIS Framework and Toolbox for Modeling Industrial Facility Damage and Economic Losses due to Storm Surge. Journal of Environmental Informatics: (Accepted: 04/03/2015. Awaiting publication).

Presentations:

  • Burleson, D. W., (2015). Vulnerability of the Houston Ship Channel to Severe Storms and Hurricanes. AHMP Buffalo Bayou Chapter Meeting, Houston Texas, August 20, 2015.
  • Burleson, D. W., and H.S. Rifai (2015). Modeling facility impact from storm surge: Facility Economic Damage and Environmental Release Assessment Planning (FEDERAP). Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) Congress 2015, Austin, Texas, May 20, 2015.
  • Burleson, D. W. and H.S. Rifai, (2013). Vulnerability to Storm Surge of the Houston Ship Channel. 2013 Texas Section Fall Conference and Centennial Celebration (ASCE), Dallas, Texas, September 14, 2013.
  • Burleson, D. W., (2013).Weather and Hurricanes: how it impacts hydrology and current research. CIVE 4332: Presentation, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, September 11, 2013.
  • Burleson, D. W and H.S. Rifai, (2012). Vulnerability to Storm Surge of the Houston Ship Channel. International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, Houston, Texas, June 28, 2012.
  • Burleson, D. W. and H. S. Rifai, (2012). Vulnerability to Storm Surge of the Houston Ship Channel. World Environmental & Water Resources Congress: Presentation, Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 21, 2012.
  • Burleson, D. W., (2012). Vulnerability to Storm Surge of the Houston Ship Channel. Graduate Seminar: Presentation, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, April 25, 2012.
  • Rifai, H.S., and D. W. Burleson. (2012). Damage Modeling and Cost Estimates in the Houston Ship Channel. Gulf Coast Hurricanes: Mitigation and Response: Session I, Houston, Texas, April 10, 2012.

Posters:

  • Burleson, D. W. and H. S. Rifai, (2012). Vulnerability of the Houston Ship Channel to Hurricane Storm Surge. Gulf Coast Hurricanes: Mitigation and Response: Poster, Houston, Texas, April 10, 2012
  • Burleson, D. W. and H.S. Rifai, (2010). Assessing Vulnerability of Critical Infrastructure Along the Houston Ship Channel Outside the 100-Yr Floodplain. National Flood Workshop: Poster Session, Houston, Texas, October 25, 2010.
  • Burleson, D. W. and H. S. Rifai, (2010). Assessment of Surge Zones Versus 100-Yr and 500-Yr Floodplains Along the Houston Ship Channel. Hurricane Ike: What Have We Learned and Steps for the Future: Student Poster Session, Houston, Texas, September 13, 2010.