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CEE Dept Welcomes Two New Faculty this Fall 2015

Dr. Rob Ettema joins our faculty as the Harold Short Endowed Chair to further augment the outstanding water and infrastructure program at Colorado State University. Dr. Ettema received his undergraduate and graduate education at Auckland University, New Zealand. He has held faculty and administrative positions at The University of Iowa and the University of Wyoming prior to joining Colorado State University. His main research and expertise interests involve a range of aspects regarding water engineering, including: hydraulic structures, river mechanics, and cold-regions considerations. He has served as Editor of the American Society of Civil Engineer’s Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, Associate Editor of ASCE’s Cold Regions Engineering Journal, and has consulted and written extensively on numerous hydraulics and cold-regions problems. Additionally he is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand and ASCE. Dr. Ettema recently was awarded the Hans Albert Einstein Award for his international recognition in advancing insight and engineering methods regarding sediment transport processes at bridge waterways and other hydraulic structures, sediment transport under ice cover and river morphology, and for promoting river mechanics education and history.

Dr. Joseph Scalia also be joins our faculty this fall. Dr. Scalia specializes in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, with a focus on environmental containment systems and the development of innovative barrier systems to protect human health and the environment. These barriers include systems intended to minimize risk resulting from municipal, mining, energy-production, and hazardous wastes. Dr. Scalia has performed research on the use of bentonite clay in hydraulic barriers, development of novel bentonite-polymer barrier materials for containment of extreme wastes, performance of final cover systems, and the hydraulic and unsaturated properties of soils. Dr. Scalia earned his B.S. in civil and environmental engineering from Bucknell University in 2007, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geological engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009 and 2012. Prior to joining CSU, he was a Senior Associate at Exponent in the Environmental and Earth Sciences Practice in Bellevue, Washington, and Natick, Massachusetts. At Exponent, Dr. Scalia specialized in the evaluation of the extent, transport, and fate of contamination in saturated and unsaturated soils.

Dr. Atadero to attend the NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Dr. Becki Atadero has been selected to attend the NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium to be held October 25-28, 2015, at the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, CA.

Congratulations, Becki!

Dr. Arabi appointed as the Borland Endowment Professor of Water Resources

Dr. Mazdak Arabi has been appointed as the Borland Endowment Professor of Water Resources. This recognition is a new appointment that is sanctioned by the Borland Endowment, which supports the Department's activities in the areas of hydrology, hydraulics, and water resources. Mazdak has excelled in research and scholarly activity in water resources, and is well deserving of this recognition.

This appointment is in addition to the other existing Borland appointments, and is made based on nomination by the Department Head to the Borland Committee, whose approval is required. The duration of the appointment is for 3 years with the possibility of renewal by the DH.

Congratulations Mazdak!

CSU receives $12 million for urban water sustainability research

Dr. Mazdak Arabi, serves as the director of UWIN, a consortium of 14 academic institutions and key partners across the nation is addressing the challenges that threaten urban water systems in the United States and around the world. Other CSU faculty involved with UWIN include professors Sybil Sharvelle, Brian Bledsoe, Neil Grigg, Jorge Ramirez, Dan Baker, and Scott Denning from the CSU College of Engineering, and LeRoy Poff with the Department of Biology.

Congratulations to Mazdak, Sybil, Brian, Neil, Jorge, Dan and Scott!

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Dr. Ellingwood receives 2015 CERRA Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Bruce Ellingwood was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Civil Engineering Risk and Reliability Association on Tuesday, July 14th in Vancouver. This award was given at the 12th International Conference on Application of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering.

According to the CERRA award committees, some experts show a once-in-a-lifetime brilliant idea, others are able to organize and run a large group of graduate students, open a new field of application or produce a lifelong permanent flow of high level output. The present 2015 CERRA award committee decided that it had very good reasons to honor Dr. Bruce Ellingwood in this way and stated: "We are talking of someone with a really impressive publication and citation record, based on work that can be qualified as being of a high scientific standard as well as important engineering relevance. We also refer to a number of practically oriented contributions to several code and standard committees and, last but not least, we are talking about the driving force behind one of the most appreciated journals: Dr. Bruce Ellingwood."

This has only been given several times in the last 15 to 20 years! Congratulations Bruce!

Graduate Applications Being Accepted

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