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According to Professor Brett Towler of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, CEE graduate alumnus Kevin Mulligan recently completed his Pathways Internship Program with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and has accepted a professional position with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Towler is Mulligan’s adviser, an adjunct professor in CEE, a USFWS hydraulic engineer, and, along with Dr. Alex Haro (USGS) and CEE Professor David Ahlfeld, one of the creators of the Fish Passage community at UMass Amherst.

On Monday, December 7th, Prof. Arwade lectured at the Yale School of Architecture.  His talk "The Creative Art of Structural Engineering: Lessons from the past (and present) for the designers of (today and) tomorrow", touched on the works of the structural engineers Robert Maillart, Fazlur Khan, Bill Baker, Eladio Dieste and Jorg Schlaich and provides a snapshot of his teaching in "Perspectives on the Evolution of Structures."

Bolstered by a $5-million grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in December of 2014, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is launching a major Aviation Research and Training Center at the Westover Air Force Reserve Base in Chicopee, Mass. The center is a partnership between UMass Amherst and M2C Aerospace, Inc., a woman-owned business based in Milford, Mass. The aviation center is scheduled to open at the Westover location during the spring semester of 2017.

The American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was founded in 1950, making this year its 65th anniversary. Throughout the chapter’s history there have been tremendous strides in expanding our influence, knowledge and participation in design competitions. This includes the student chapter’s competition focuses; from solely competing in the Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe, to including competitions such as the Big Beam Competition and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s (EERI) National Seismic Design Competition.

GEI Consultants, Inc., one of the nation’s leading geotechnical, environmental, water resources, and ecological science and engineering firms, announced recently that three University of Massachusetts Amherst alumnae from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department received new appointments and promotions in 2015.  Gillian M. Gregory (M.S. ’82, Ph.D. ’86) is the new Chairwoman of the GEI Board of Directors. Ileen S. Gladstone (M.S. ’83) was elected to a Senior Vice President position.

Daiheng Ni has just published a textbook Traffic Flow Theory at Elsevier:

At the annual meeting of the New England Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the 2015 Thomas E. Desjardins Memorial Scholarship was awarded to UMass students Francis Tainter, who received the Undergraduate Student Scholarship, and Jing Ding-Mastera, who received the Graduate Student Scholarship. 

Scholarship Background

The UMass Transportation Center (UMTC) has received a $100,000 grant from the New England Transportation Consortium (NETC) to measure the effectiveness of competency models for job-specific professional development of engineers and engineering technicians. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Christopher Ahmadjian,  Ph.D., P.E., M.B.A., Associate Director, UMTC. The Senior Research Advisor is Ronald J. Karren, Ph.D., Professor of Management, Isenberg School of Management.