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Professor David Ahlfeld presented a paper at the Groundwater Summit of the National Groundwater Association held in Denver Colorado April 11-14. He reported on recent research at UMass which demonstrated that substantial reductions in the energy used for pumping groundwater can be obtained by careful design of groundwater pumping and injection strategies. 

Dr. Michael Knodler gave an invited presentation on the topic of integrating engineering principles into the speed management process at the Lifesavers Annual Meeting, a national conference on highway safety priorities.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Student Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers took home the top prize at the 2010 Northeastern District 1 Traffic Bowl. The 'Jeopardy' style competition was held on April 7 at the sixth annual Transportation Student Research Symposium on the University of Connecticut campus. UMass Amherst was represented by transportation engineering graduate students Steven Tupper, Deanna Peabody, and Samuel Gregorio, as well as alternates Katrina Hecimovic and Radha Gomez.

Associate Professor Sergio Breña is travelling in April with an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) team as part of an effort to document and evaluate the performance of existing reinforced concrete buildings during the recent 8.8 magnitude Chilean earthquake. The ASCE team is made up of approximately 20 individuals participating in different aspects of the post-earthquake reconnaissance effort.

Three College of Engineering juniors – Daniel Bercht in Computer Systems Engineering, Brian Goss in Mechanical Engineering, and Saranthip Rattanaserikiat in Civil Engineering – have each received $750 scholarships from the UMass Amherst Alumni Association. The William F. Field Alumni Scholars Program was established in 1976 to recognize and honor 60 third-year students for their academic achievements at UMass Amherst. 

On March 25th, Dr. Richard Palmer, a professor and the head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, and Dr. Raymond Bradley, a distinguished professor in the Department of Geosciences and director of the Climate System Research Center, hosted a workshop at UMass Amherst on the “Effects of Climate Change on New England, a Call for Action.” The workshop was attended by more than 45 people, representing faculty from a variety of academic departments at UMass Amherst, UMass Dartmouth, UMass Lowell, UMass Boston, and Smith College. 

John Tobiason attended the American Water Works Association Inorganic Contaminants Workshop in Denver, Colorado from February 28th to March 2nd, 2010. He gave a presentation titled "Removal of Trace Contaminants from Waste Ion Exchange Brine" based on research funded by the Solano County (CA) Water Agency via MWH Engineers.

Associate Professor Sergio Breña will be travelling in April with an ASCE (SEI/ATC) team as part of an effort to document and evaluate the performance of existing reinforced concrete buildings during the recent 8.8 magnitude Chilean earthquake.

Dr. Richard Palmer recently presented an invited paper at the Northwest Hydroelectric Association’s annual meeting (February 16-18) in Portland Oregon. Dr. Palmer presented the results of a two year study sponsored by the Snohomish Public Utility District.

Meghan Krupka, CEE student, was recently honored as a finalist for the prestigious SOM Structural Engineering Travel Fellowship. The fellowship is a '$10,000 award that aims to foster an appreciation of the aesthetic potential in the structural design of buildings and bridges by enabling a gifted graduate to experience works of architecture and engineering first hand.'