Charles D. Hubbard, PE, PG, is an adjunct instructor in the Civil Engineering Technology program. Chuck has a B.S. in geology from the University of Minnesota. He is a professional engineer in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and California. He is also a professional geologist in Minnesota, Wisconsin and California as well as an engineering geologist in California and Oregon.
Chuck has expertise in complex engineering and geologic problems, specifically involving slopes, embankments, levees, dams and retaining structures. He started teaching at DCTC in 2012, bringing nearly 30 years of experience working at Braun Intertec, an environmental engineering company that provides testing and consulting services for government and business. Chuck is a principal engineer and geologist at Braun. He spent five years working in greater Los Angeles, Calif., before coming to Braun.
He is the publisher of "The Pocket Consultant," a technical newsletter for Braun that won a 2010 ZweigWhite Marketing Excellence Award. His published works include:
- Finite Element Analyses-Benefits and Pitfalls
2012 Biennial Geotechnical Seminar, South Dakota State University
- Geotechnical Evaluation and Construction of Flood Control Structures
Minnesota Association of Floodplain Managers 2012 Conference
- Role of Finite Element Analysis in Excavation and Embankment Design and Construction
36th NW Geotechnical Workshop (Best Technical Presentation Award)
- Analytical Modeling of Embankment Failures
58th Annual Geotechnical Engineering Conference, University of Minnesota, 2010
"I challenge students to develop the ability not just to use the tools they receive from instruction, but also to apply those tools to new problems," Chuck said, regarding his teaching philosophy. "I show how their work needs to be accomplished while stressing why their work is important—especially the way that work will be perceived by others in the industry."
As for the best part of his job as a DCTC instructor, Chuck enjoys seeing how the information and experience he shares with his students helps them advance in their chosen field. "I like connecting with students who go on to gain experience and find full-time work in the industry," he said.