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The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at CSU is internationally recognized for our research, education, and outreach focused on providing sustainable and resilient solutions to improve the quality of life for all society. The Department values and appreciates diversity, and believes that diversity in our Department and on our campus strengthens our entire engineering and scientific community. Accordingly, we welcome to our community as equal contributors all who share our goal to improve society regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical ability, age, socioeconomic status or nationality. (Last revised 12/06/2016)
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Jose Chavez is Appointed Editor-in-Chief
Dr. Jose Chavez has been appointed Editor in Chief for Springer's "Irrigation Science" journal effective May 15, 2018. Dr. Chavez previously served as Associated Editor for this journal. Chavez has about eighteen years of experience in irrigated agriculture research and nine and a half years of experience in teaching and extension activities. His expertise is in irrigation water management, crop water consumptive use modeling, remote sensing, and irrigation and drainage systems design.
Joseph Scalia has been nominated as an ASTM International Emerging Professional
Dr. Joseph Scalia has been nominated as an ASTM International Emerging Professional (EP) and has been approved to attend the ASTM International technical committee meetings taking place in San Diego, California on June 25-26 2018! He was singled out by ASTM as having demonstrated the potential to be an industry leader in his field. As an ASTM EP, he will receive funding for a roundtrip economy class airfare to the meetings and a two night stay at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, California.
UKZN Appoints Karan Venayagamoorthy as an Honorary Professor
Karan Venayagamoorthy has been appointed as an Honorary Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in South Africa. Karan received his BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from UKZN. The honorary professor is given to a distinguished teacher and/or researcher who is not a member of the faculty of UKZN.
The purpose of the honorary appointment is to enable the University of KwaZulu-Natal to engage the services of distinguished teachers and researchers, on an honorary basis, and to accord them titles befitting their academic status. The conferment of an appropriate honorary title will bring honor both to the teachers and/or researchers and to the University (UKZN).
Neil Grigg Joins Public Health Research Task Force
Neil Grigg has become a member of a new task force to assess CSU's current research assets in the public health arena. The Public Health Task Force will be charged by the VPR to conduct this assessment and to provide relevant data, observations, and recommendations for a fruitful path forward. These findings will be shared with the OVPR Executive Committee, the Dean of the Colorado School of Public Health, and key senior leadership of the University. It is the plan to use this information in coordination with the strategic planning efforts of the other system partners of the Colorado School of Public Health in Denver and Greeley.
Hussam Mahmoud Nominated to the U.S. National Academies of Sciences Conference Organizing Committee
Hussam Mahmoud has been nominated by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to the Organizing Committee for the 2018 Symposium Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering and Medicine symposium in Kuwait. He will be co-chairing a session titled: Next Generation Buildings & Infrastructure. The organizing committee members are selected based not only on their excellent credentials but also on their leadership skills and ability to work as a team across disciplines to identify the best speakers (and communicators) in the field.
Dr. Ryan Bailey and Graduate Student Saman Tavakoli Kivi receive IAHS Tison Award
The International Association of Hydrological Sciences awarded Dr. Bailey and Saman Tavakoli Kivi the 2018 IAHS Tison award for young hydrologists for their paper "Method for estimating available groundwater volume of small coral islands," Hydrological Sciences Journal, 62:14, 2381-2392, DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2017.1382703”
This award, established in 1982, aims to promote excellence in research by young hydrologists, and is granted for an outstanding paper published by IAHS in a period of two years previous to the deadline for nominations. The award consists of a citation in the name of L.J. Tison, a total monetary award of $1,000 and a free subscription to HSJ for one year. This award was presented in Genova this May. Pictured are (left to right) Christophe Cudennec (Secretary General IAHS), Ryan T. Bailey, and Gunter Bloschi (President IAHS). Photo courtesy of WMO.
Ashwin Dhanasekar Joins the Water Research Foundation
Ashwin Dhanasekar, Research Scientist in the Environmental Engineering program with Dr. Ken Carlson, has joined the Water Research Foundation in Denver, Colorado as a Research Project Manager. The Water Research Foundation is a not-for-profit research cooperative whose mission is to advance the science of water to protect public health and the environment. The Foundation is governed by utilities who provides sound research solutions and knowledge in all areas of water, wastewater, stormwater, and reuse.
Joseph Scalia Invited to Deliver Young Lecture
Dr. Joseph Scalia has been invited to deliver an invited Young Lecture on the topic of his choice for the 8th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics (8ICEG). The conference will be held on October 28-November 1, 2018 in Hangzhou, China. The nomination of Young Lecturers was finalized by the Organizing Committee of 8ICEG after consulting with the chair of the Technical Committee. Dr. Scalia has also been selected as a recipient of a fellowship for the 2nd United States Universities Council on Geotechnical Education and Research (USUCGER) Workshop for Early Career Geotechnical Faculty. The workshop is targeted to help promising young geotechnical scholars launch their academic career, and will be held. May 20-22, 2018 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Bruce Ellingwood Receives 2018 Geerhard Haaijer Award
Suren Chen Elected to ASCE Fellow
Faculty Published Papers Recognized
Three Faculty Join Editorial Boards
Karan Venayagamoorthy receives the Meroney Family Chi Epsilon Faculty Teaching Award
The purpose of the Fund is to reward current mid-career faculty (between 5 to 20 years’ service period) whose accomplishments and contributions to the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department through outstanding advising, teaching and innovation. Preference is given to those faculty members who exhibit the greatest potential for continuing and long-term impact and who will make significant contributions to the continued success of the programs and reputations therein.
The candidates are nominated and selected by a committee comprised of the Chi Epsilon honor society student executives and their advisor in consultation with the Department Head and Dean of the college.
Neil Grigg appointed Adjunct Professor for the Colorado School of Public Health
Congratulations to Neil Grigg for his appointment to the rank of Adjunct Professor for the Colorado School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health as approved by the Provost of the University of Colorado, Denver. The appointment was effective December 1, 2017.
Beyond wind speed: A new measure for predicting hurricane impacts
Mahmoud and Pilkington's impact model uses artificial neural networks and machine learning to "teach" a computer program how to predict a pending storm's damage, by dollar figure.
CIVE 525 students Create Hydraulic Ram Pump
Each year, students in CIVE 525 Water Engineering for International Development compete to design the most efficient hydraulic ram pump. The pump needs to convey water from the basement to the roof of the three-story Engineering Building without any external source of power. This winning team this year was: Wesley Back, Kristen Cognac, Taylor Hogan, and Daniel McFarland. Their pump had an efficiency of 72.5%, which set a new record for the competition. Congratulations!
(Pictured left to right: Wesley Back, Taylor Hogan, Daniel McFarland and Kristen Cognac)
Yufen Zhou Invited to MIT's CEE Rising Star Workshop
Navid Attary receives ASCE 2017 Best Journal Paper