Unsafe drinking water is responsible for at least 500,000 deaths every year in low- and middle-income countries, where households might use many different sources of water, and family members might therefore contact pathogens from various water supplies. That critical problem was the issue being tackled by Dr. Emily Kumpel of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department when she was selected as a UMass Center for Research on Families (CRF) Research Fellow for 2020-2021.
The 2021 U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate School” engineering rankings are out, and UMass Amherst Engineering rose two slots to #56 overall and remains the #31 public in the nation and #1 public in New England.
According to the UMass News Office, Michael Smith, a program director and technical training specialist within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department’s UMass Transportation Center and Baystate Roads, has been working with Physical Plant Landscape and Construction Services staff to introduce the use of salt brine as a roadways anti-icing agent.
During a recent beta test of the NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition, hosted by the School of Public Policy, Ph.D. student Alyssa Ryan of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department was on the four-person winning team tackling the crucial question of how to create sustainable cities. At the end of the day, a panel of expert judges selected the winning team, composed of Ryan (third from left in photo) and fellow UMass students James Hokonya, Allyson Brauns, and Justin Taylor. The team’s policies focused on reducing dependency on carbon-dioxide-emitting vehicles by investing in electric buses and creating alternatives such as more rail service, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways, among other strategies.
Recently retired Emeritus Professor Dr. Alan J. Lutenegger, P.E.F. ASCE of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department has established himself as a highly accomplished academic in the field of geotechnical engineering during his long and productive career. To begin with, he is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a distinction awarded to just three percent of the 150,000 members. Among many other achievements, he has generated upwards of $11,300,000 in funding as a principal and co-principal investigator on approximately 44 grants, he holds 10 U.S. patents, and he has published an impressive 180 papers in academic journals.
Civil engineering doctoral student Alyssa Ryan has been named a 2020 Traffic Safety Scholar and awarded a scholarship to attend the 38th annual Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities to be held on March 15 through 17 in Tampa, Florida. She is one of an elite group of 50 U.S. and international students selected through a competitive application process to attend the nation’s largest and oldest gathering of highway safety professionals.
In a paper dealing generally with crash reductions and safety published in the September 2019 edition of the Accident Analysis and Prevention, Dr. Nicholas Fournier, Dr. Eleni Christofa, and Dr. Michael Knodler Jr. of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department used a combination of methods that looked at both bicycle traffic volume and automobile traffic volume to assess bicycle crash rates.
On November 19 and 20, UMassSafe, a division of the UMass Transportation Center, hosted the 2019 Commercial Vehicle Safety Summit with a theme of “Best Practices for Industry and Law Enforcement Partnerships.” The event brought together safety stakeholders from across the Northeast, including those from state trucking and bus associations, law enforcement, state drivers licensing agencies, universities, and government.
The UMass News Office reports that Kara Peterman of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is one of a diverse group of faculty each to receive a 2019-2020 Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship, an interdisciplinary program that includes a $1,000 professional development grant and monthly brainstorming sessions to learn about best practices. The News Office says that Peterman will attend a green building expo or visit an international green building center for inspiration and perspective as she aims to make sustainability a fundamental design constraint in a new course to be offered in the spring, Unified Structural Design. The fellowship is designed to help UMass faculty cultivate teaching excellence in sustainability. See News Office story: 12 Faculty Receive Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship