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The UMass Amherst steel bridge team, led by CEE seniors John Hodgen and Kyle Morose, competed in the Regional Competition sponsored by AISC and hosted at Merrimack College on April 11, 2015. They placed 4th out of 16 regional teams, having the 2nd overall lightest structure and 3rd “most efficient” structure. Peter Quigley, Principal of Weidlinger Associates provided technical mentoring and Gary Visconti owner of Republic Ironworks, Inc. provided steel procurement and fabrication services. Bomco Steel generously donated all materials used. Dr. Scott Civjan served as the team’s faculty...

Dr. Scott Civjan served as the Chair of the Local Organizing Committee for the 2015 EERI Annual Meeting at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, March 31-April 3. Dr. Sergio Breña was also on the Organizing Committee (full membership listed below). The professional meeting was attended by 240 registrants and 279 students took part in the design competition and student activities. UMass was well represented as a sponsor of the meeting, with Civjan and Breña chairing several sessions, a student team competing in the seismic design competition, student posters in the meeting and an alumni and a...

On April 14, 2015, Dr. Ni attended the Research Meeting on Sense and Avoid (SAA) for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) held at NASA Ames Conference Center in Moffett Field, CA. The meeting was held in response to open research gaps related to beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) small UAS (sUAS) operations. The goal of the two-day meeting is to collect and focus SAA-relevant research and supporting operational information in the sUAS gap areas. Dr. Ni presented his field theory-based approach to: What is “Well Clear” for sUAS, one of the research gaps. In this approach, other flying...

Civil and Environmental (CEE) Department graduate student Kristie Stauch-White has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship from the NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources Division of Graduate Education. Stauch-White works in the lab of her CEE advisor Professor Caitlyn Butler, who is pursuing pioneering research on special “Algal-Sludge Granules,” which can produce their own oxygen during wastewater treatment, thus cutting electricity consumption in half, while also cleansing wastewater.

The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP...

On Saturday, April 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., the EWB-USA UMass Amherst student chapter held its eighth annual fund-raising social and auction at the “Duda Barn” on the property of Gillian Haven and Jim Duda, 18 Harkness Road in Pelham.

The gala evening featured appetizers, a cash bar, presentations, and silent and live auctions offering more than 100 great items, including a one-week Nantucket vacation rental and two other Cape Cod three-day-two-night rentals. All proceeds will directly benefit the EWB-USA UMass Amherst student chapter.

The money raised will...