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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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Navid Attary receives ASCE 2017 Best Journal Paper
In spring 2017 the Board of the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering (JSE) decided to initiate a new set of awards to recognize best journal papers in three categories: Analysis & computation, recognizes papers in the SHM/structural system identification, optimization, computing and reliability areas; Structural Hazards: recognizes papers in the seismic, wind, dynamic effects, and shock and vibration areas; and Materials and Structural Response: Recognizes papers in the metal, concrete, masonry, wood and composites areas. Selection of the award-winning papers was conducted by a committee of Associate Editors. The 2017 Best Journal Paper in Structural Hazards was awarded to Navid Attary,(Research Scientist) John W. van de Lindt, Vipin U. Unnikrishnan, Andre R. Barbosa and Daniel T. Cox for the paper entitled “Methodology for Development of Physics-Based Tsunami Fragilities.”
2017 Alfredo Ang Award Given to Bruce Ellingwood
Dr. Bruce Ellingwood was awarded the prestigious ASCE 2017 Alfredo Ang Award on Risk Analysis and Management of Civil Infrastructure "for significant advancement of and outstanding contributions in the field of probabilistic risk analysis and management of civil infrastructure, notably in performance-based design structural safety, reliability, and resilience in relation to abnormal loads and progressive collapse. An interesting note, Alfredo Ang was Dr. Ellingwood's Ph.D. advisor.
New Faculty this Fall 2017
Dr. Tiezheng Tong joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an assistant professor in August 2017. He received his Ph.D. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University in 2015. Before joining CSU, he worked as a postdoc research associate in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University. He graduated from Beijing Normal University (with the highest honor) and Tsinghua University with B.S. and M.S. degrees, respectively, both of which are in environmental engineering.
Summer Outreach Program funded by Dr. Peter Nelson CAREER Grant
Earlier this month, 10 high school students waded through Spring Creek sampling fish and insects as part of a summer outreach program in the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering.
The program is funded through a five-year National Science Foundation CAREER grant awarded to Peter Nelson. CAREER awards are given "in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization."
CSU Water Center announces 7 Grant Recipients
"The CSU Water Center has selected four multi-disciplinary teams and three individual faculty members as recipients of competitive grants totaling $129,553 for 2017-18. The seven projects involve 25 faculty members and eight students from across campus. True to the mission of the Water Center, these projects involve water research, teaching, and engagement through interdisciplinary collaboration and creative scholarship among faculty and students."
In Memory of Cody Oser
CSU alum, Cody Oser, of Broomfield, Colorado passed away on April 8, 2017, while working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama. Cody graduated with a BS degree in Civil Engineering in the fall of 2015. Cody was known as a caring and giving individual, and had participated as a student member of CSU's student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) during his undergraduate studies. As a student member of EWB, Cody worked closely with a broad range of students from across the university as well as with the faculty advisors of EWB, Dr. Christopher Bareither (Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering) and Dr. Andrea Purdy (Dept. of Languages, Literatures and Cultures), in assisting the village of La Criba, El Salvador in enhancing their water supply and distribution system.
Dr. Bareither remembers Cody's participation in EWB well: "Cody was an invaluable member of EWB during his time at CSU; he was an excellent engineer and an outstanding person. Cody was willing to sacrifice everything to improve the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves. He will be missed dearly by the EWB family at CSU and by family and friends throughout the world;" "Cody will be remembered for his caring and selfless contributions towards the betterment of humanity", Charles Shackelford; "Assistant Professor Andrea Purdy states "He wanted to build and work with communities in a manner that was sustainable and respectful of their cultures and way of life."
E-Days was a huge success for the entire College this year with a total of 93 senior design projects presented by teams ranging from 3 members to 10 members. For the department's projects see the slide show below.
E-Days is also a time for the College and Departments to recognize outstanding graduating seniors.
Two students in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering have been nominated for the prestigious Colorado Engineering Council (CEC) Medal of Award in Silver (Silver Medal Award). The Silver Medal Award is presented annually to graduating senior engineering students in the several schools designated by the CEC. The recipient is selected from among three top students nominated by each school for consideration and interviewed by the Engineering Council Student Awards Committee. All students nominated receive a Certificate of Merit; and, in addition, the student judged to be the most outstanding is also presented the Silver Medal Award. Emilie Abbott (Environmental Engineering) and Cayla Cappelo (Civil Engineering) were selected as two of the three recipients being nominated to the CEC from the Walter Scott Jr. College of Engineering (WSCOE) at CSU. Congratulations Emilie and Cayla!
In addition, the department recognized Kole Van Treese with the Outstanding Civil Engineering Student Award, Lana Millard with the Civil Engineering Achievement Award, Abel Fuhrmann with the Civil Engineering Student Leadership Award, Emilie Abbot with the Outstanding Environmental Engineering Student Award, Daniel Stringer with the Environmental Engineering Achievement Award, Aaron Kolb with Environmental Engineering Student Leadership Award and Taylor Hogan with the Ralph Parshall Award. Congratulations to all!!!!
ASCE Student Organization Places High at Regionals
This year our student organization shined at the ASCE regional competitions in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Our steel bridge team placed second overall out of 14 teams earning themselves a spot at the national competition in Corvallis May 26-27, 2017. They won first place for economy and display, second for construction speed, and third for stiffness and efficiency.
The concrete canoe time placed third overall out of 11 teams. They won third for their design paper and final product, and second for oral presentation. Our team placed third in the co-ed sprint. Our team braced very chilly, rainy weather for the races.
We on third place with a technical paper by Jenna Howard and third place for the non-technical paper by Micah Gibbons.
CSU finished third overall for the entire conference. The department is extremely proud of our ASCE teams and look forward to continued success in the future. Our thanks go out to Dr. Hussam Mahmoud for his service as Faculty Advisor and Rebecca Atadero for serving as our faculty representative at regionals.
Rob Ettema featured in Engineering Insight
Rob Ettema, Harold Short Endowed Professor, was featured in Engineering Insight, the professional magazine of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand.
Read the full story (see p. 15 and 24)