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The UMass Amherst Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development, or TEFD, has informed Assistant Professor Caitlyn Butler of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department that its Selection Committee has chosen her as one of eight campus recipients of the 2017-18 Lilly Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. Among several other benefits, the fellowship involves $14,000 in funding split between Butler and the CEE department. “This is a significant achievement given the high volume and quality of nominations this year, which the committee members described as ‘truly astounding,’” said Brian Baldi of TEFD.

Richard Palmer, the head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and the university director of the Northeast Climate Science Center, has been elected to the grade of Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). As the ASCE letter to announce the honor said in part, “You will also be interested to know that, prior to this year's election of nine new Distinguished Members, only 688 civil engineers in the 165-year history of ASCE have been similarly honored, and there are only 228 Distinguished Members among the Society’s current membership of over 150,000 people.”

The Department Head for Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dr. Richard Palmer, was elected to the grade of Distinguished Member of ASCE. Prior to this year's election, only 688 civil engineers in the 165-year history of ASCE have been similarly honored, and there are only 288 Distinguished Members among the Society's current membership of over 150,00 people. This is the highest honor ASCE can bestow.

We congratulate Dr. Palmer on this well-deserved honor.

Five of the 10 finalists in the final round of the Graduate School’s inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT) contest are from the College of Engineering. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on March 24 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. See event flyer. 3MT finalists will highlight their research in engaging three-minute presentations, with $1,000 going to the winner, $500 to the runner-up, and $500 to the People’s Choice as voted on by the audience. Light refreshments will be provided for the audience so, for catering purposes, pre-registration is requested: pre-register here »

Two of the seven teams competing in April for the finals of the University of Massachusetts Innovation Challenge are from the College of Engineering. This year-long series of entrepreneurial competitions will climax on April 6 at 5:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Amherst Room, when the seven teams of finalists will be competing for $65,000 in funding to support their ventures. Thus far, during the 12th year of the annual Innovation Challenge, 61 pitches have been heard, and a total of $17,000 has been awarded to promising and enterprising ventures. The two engineering teams will be pitching an economical water-treatment device for community water systems and an inexpensive blood-analysis tool for dialysis patients.

Assistant Professor Colin J Gleason attended two meetings in his capacity as a Science Team member for the forthcoming NASA Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission. He first attended the International Workshop to Reconcile Northern Permafrost Region Methane Budgets, held in Seattle from March 7-9.

Prof Casey Brown led a training workshop entitled Addressing Climate Uncertainties in Water Projects at the Africa 2017 Hydropower Conference in Marrakech, Morocco. The training was sponsored by the World Bank and the Nordic Development Fund. The two day training included over 30 water professionals from throughout Africa. The event is the latest training workshop that Prof Brown and the Hydrosystems Research Group to help prepare water engineers for the challenges of climate change, following training events held in Washington DC, Nepal, Mexico, Kenya and Amherst.

Ph. D Candidate Julie Bliss Mullen is a finalist at the UMass Innovation Challenge and at the National Academy of Inventors conference. Julie was selected as one of the top 7 among 25 competitive applications for the semi-final and will be competing in the final on April 6th. The 7 teams will be competing for up to $65,000 worth of funding for their ventures. Julie was also selected as a finalist for the National Academy of Inventors which will be held April 7th in Boston at the Marriott Long Wharf. 

Dr. Christofa will visit Portland State University to present recently published research on bicycle crash rate and demand estimation. The title of her presentation is: “Addressing Data Challenges for Bicycle Crash Analysis.” This talk will present a bicycle crash analysis framework for estimating bicycle crash rates accounting for both bicycle and motorized vehicle exposure as well as overcoming the lack of bicycle count data.

 

 

Dr. Eric J. Gonzales will give an invited talk at the University of Washington in Seattle on March 17, 2017. The topic is the talk is on “Accounting for Vehicular Emissions in Network Models of Traffic and Transit.” Dr. Gonzales will present recent efforts to link traffic models, transit operations models, and vehicular emissions model in order to estimate the network-wide greenhouse gas emissions from urban traffic systems. 

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