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Professor Don DeGroot traveled to Poznan, Poland to give an invited presentation at The 5th International Workshop on CPTU and DMT testing in soft clays and organic soil. The Workshop was held at the Conference Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Poznan. Dr. DeGroot’s  presentation  was entitled "Evaluation of soft clay properties from interpretation of CPTU data within a SHANSEP framework".  The paper presented research findings on the behavior of soft clays from two completed U.S. National...

Dr. John Tobiason attended the Water Environment Federation Annual Conference (WEFTEC) in New Orleans, LA Sept 29-30, 2014 in his role as 2014-2015 President of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP). Dr. Tobiason introduced a featured AEESP Lecture and presided over an awards ceremony and annual meeting of AEESP, a 900 member organization of university faculty,...

Dr. John Tobiason presented a paper at the annual conference of the New England Water Works Association in Rockport, Maine, September 21-23. Results for the successful full-scale implementation of research-based new treatment process for the Aquarion Water Company were shared. Graduate students Arianne Bazilio, Joseph Goodwill and Joseph Gikonyo also worked on the project.

(September 2014)

Dr. Caitlyn Butler attended the Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibit and Conference, held in New Orleans, LA. She presented a conference paper titled “Determining Kinetic Parameters of a Nitrite-Accumulating, Denitrifying, Cathode-Oxidizing Biofilm”. The paper is based on work completed with the help of a master's student, Jacob Weinrich (completed: May 2013).

(September 2014)

Senior civil engineering student Ryan Howell already knows what it’s like to venture into the world at large and solve real-world engineering problems. In January of 2014, Ryan put his engineering education to work in a big way as part of a seven-student team that traveled to Africa and created clean water, free from heavy metal contamination, for a rural community of several thousand people. Ryan and the other students all belong to the UMass Amherst chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), which sent them to Namawanga, Kenya, with their faculty advisor John Tobiason of the Civil and...