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Dr. Hussam Mahmoud receives AISC's Early Career Faculty Award

The American Institute of Steel Construction selected Hussam Mahmoud for the Early Career Faculty Award which will be bestowed next March at the annual Steel Conference.

This highly competitive award provides recognition to individuals who demonstrate promise in the areas of structural steel research, teaching and/or other contributions to the structural steel industry. This award honors full time faculty in civil engineering, architectural engineering, architecture, construction or construction management at U.S. universities who are on the tenure track or have received tenure within the last three years.

Dr. Venayagamoorthy and students invited to speak at 69th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics

Dr. Venayagamoorthy and two of his PhD students have been invited this weekend to Portland Oregon for the 69th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics where they will all be giving talks at this prestigious event.

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Project Team developing Cleanup Method for Stubborn Contaminants

Jens Blotevogel, research assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and co-director of the Center for Contaminant Hydrology, has received a three-year, $578,000 grant to test a promising new way to clean up PFCs, supported by the Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program.

Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), a broad class of manufactured chemicals, touch every corner of the industrialized world. They're impervious to traditional remediation strategies, and when they’re ingested in large quantities, like in contaminated drinking water, they may be dangerous to human health.

The project team includes Tom Sale, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering who co-pioneered the electrolysis method, and UCLA researcher Shaily Mahendra.

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CSU Team Wins Award for Irrigation Scheduling Tool

The American Society of Agronomy has awarded a 2016 ASA Educational Materials Award to a team of CSU faculty and staff for their irrigation scheduling tool, WISE (Water Irrigation Scheduler for Efficient Application). WISE is a cloud-based application hosted on the eRAMS platform. The goal of this tool is to make irrigation scheduling both convenient and as cost-effective as possible, maximizing crop yield while minimizing excess irrigation.

Members of the WISE development team are:

  • Allan Andales, Associate Professor of Soil and Crop Sciences
  • Mazdak Arabi, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Troy Bauder, Water Quality Specialist
  • Erik Wardle, Assistant Water Quality Specialist
  • Kyle Traff, Software Engineer
  • Andy Bartlett, Associate Professor of Soils/Agronomy (Northeastern Junior College)

Congratulations to the team on their award! Explore the WISE tool here.

Dr. Arabi Receives the COE George T. Abell Mid-Career Faculty Award

Dr. Mazdak Arabi, Borland Professor of Water Resources in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is the recipient of the 2016 College of Engineering's George T. Abell Outstanding Mid-Career Faculty Award.

Mazdak was recognized for his exceptional ability and propensity to procure large, multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional center-based research funding, such as the Water Sustainability and Climate Center sponsored jointly by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (2012-2017; $1.5M), the Center for Comprehensive, Optimal, and Effective Abatement of Nutrients (CLEAN) sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency (2013-17; $2.99M), and the Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN): Transitioning Toward Sustainable Urban Water Systems, sponsored by the NSF (2015-20; $12M).

Mazdak also was recognized as the co-creator of the environmental Risk Assessment and Management System (eRAMS), which is a computer platform for development and use of online data and modeling systems for sustainable management of land, water, and energy resources. eRAMS is currently host to more than 200 data and modeling web services that are used by U.S. federal government agencies, state and local governments, and nearly 70,000 committed annual users throughout the world. Congratulations, Mazdak, on this outstanding recognition of your career achievements!

Dr. Mahmoud leading team that's devising innovative repairs for steel structures in canals and rivers

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud is leading a team that’s devising innovative repairs for steel structures in canals and rivers – some dating back to the 1920s – that are showing their age due to corrosion, fatiguing and cracking. The team is heads-down on an experiment in CSU’s Structural Laboratory, located at the Foothills Campus.

In the lab, Mahmoud and team are testing the structural integrity of a steel plate submerged in a churning water bath. The plate represents a hydraulic structure called a miter gate, which opens and closes in a river lock many times a day. A long, irregular crack is visible on the experimental plate's surface.

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Dr. Ellingwood appointed CoE Eminent Scholar

Dr. Bruce Ellingwood has been appointed as a College of Engineering Eminent Scholar. This appointment, the first of its kind, is in recognition of his many accomplishments and honors throughout his career, and for his significant leadership contributions advancing the reputation of the College of Engineering here at CSU.

Congratulations Bruce!


Dr. Aditi Bhaskar specializes in changes to hydrologic systems from urban development, with a focus on interactions between groundwater, surface water, and engineered stormwater and water distribution systems. Dr. Bhaskar received a Sc.B. in Geology-Physics/Math from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She was a graduate trainee of the National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) in "Water in the Urban Environment" at UMBC. Dr. Bhaskar was then awarded a National Science Foundation Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship, which took her to the Eastern Geographic Science Center at the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia, before joining CSU.
Dr. Gaofeng Jia specializes in natural hazard risk assessment/mitigation, robust analysis/design of complex engineering systems and high performance structures, risk-informed decision making, modeling of aging and deterioration of infrastructure, as well as automated condition assessment of civil infrastructure with the ultimate goal of enhancing infrastructure resilience. His research brings together the versatility of generalized simulation-based approaches and the efficiency of soft computing and high performance computing to address the challenges associated with solving complex engineering problems. Dr. Jia earned his Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering (2007) and Master's degree in Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (2009) from Beijing Jiaotong University, China. He obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame (2014).

Prior to joining CSU, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Notre Dame (2014-2015) and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015-2016). He is recipient of the Young Researcher Best Paper Award in the International Conference on Soft Computing Technology in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (2013), and of the Best Student Paper Award in the ASCE EMI/PMC conference (2012).

Dr. Ryan Morrison's research focuses on environmental flows and riverscape modifications. Specifically, his research has been centered on sustainably integrating ecological and human needs into water resource management, both from engineering and social science perspectives, and his work emphasizes the impacts of river management on aquatic ecosystems while exploring new methods for mitigating management effects. Dr. Morrison earned his B.S. (2005) and M.S. (2006) degrees in civil engineering from Washington State University, and his Ph.D. (2014) degree in civil engineering from the University of New Mexico.

Prior to joining CSU he was a research engineer at the U.S. Geological Survey and also worked as a water resources engineer in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Morrison is currently an associate editor for the Journal of the American Water Resources Association and a licensed professional engineer. He is looking forward to contributing to CSU's tradition of excellent research in water resource engineering.

Dr. Mahmoud invited to fourth Arab-American Frontiers symposium

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud has been invited to participant in the fourth Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine symposium, hosted by the Masdar Institute of Science Technology on its campus in Abu Dhabi on 5-7 November 2016. The upcoming symposium is held in partnership with Masdar Institute, New York University Abu Dhabi, Khalifa University and Petroleum Institute. It is also made possible thanks to the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). They have received hundreds of outstanding applications from the Arab region and the United States but only a small fraction of the applicants have been invited to participate.

The Arab-American Frontiers symposium intends to bring together researchers from many different disciplines. Thus, while the sessions of the meeting are designed to explore the frontiers of research in the fields of nanotechnology, water and solar energy, space technologies, neuroscience and oil and gas exploration, we will also have participants whose research falls within broader applications of these disciplines. Past experiences have shown that this leads to very interesting cross-disciplinary discussions and research collaborations.

Congratulations Hussam!

Dr. Siller awarded the Leo Jensen Prize for the Most Outstanding Paper

Dr. Tom Siller was awarded the Leo Jensen Prize for the Most Outstanding Paper at the Eighth International Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development for his paper titled, "Is there a role for Interprofessional Education (IPE) in the future of Engineering Education for Sustainable Engineering?"

The prize consists of recognition from the Conference and in future publications and free conference registration for each author at the Ninth International Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development in June 2018 as well as presenting the invited keynote plenary paper at that conference.

Congratulations Tom!

Dr. Ellingwood wins ASCE's OPAL 2017 Award for Education

Dr. Bruce Ellingwood has been awarded the ASCE's Lifetime Achievement Award in Education at the Outstanding Projects Ands Leaders (OPAL) Gala scheduled for Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, Arlington, VA.

The OPAL Gala traditionally draws hundreds of civil engineers - practitioners, educators, military engineers and researchers. On this night the Society presents, in addition to the five OPAL Leadership awards in the categories of Construction, Design, Education, Government and Management, five Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) finalists from which one will be named the winner; the Charles Pankow Award for Innovation; the Henry L. Michel Award for Innovation in Research; and the Excellence in Journalism Award.

Congratulations Bruce!

Dr. Salas receives Norman Medal from CE Society

Jose Salas, emeritus professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has received the Norman Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The medal was jointly awarded to Jayantha Obeysekera, chief modeler at the South Florida Water Management District, who received a Ph.D. in civil engineering from CSU in 1982.

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Graduate Applications Being Accepted

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