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According to the Construction Equipment Guide, Aikaterini Deliali, a Ph.D. student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, received the 2019 Future Industry Spotlight Award from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Foundation at its national convention in September. This award recognizes students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies at a U.S. college or university who have achieved an outstanding academic record and demonstrated extraordinary leadership skills within and outside of the academic environment.

Professor Sergio Breña (CEE) was presented with the Distinguished Educator Award by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) at its annual Committee Days and Technical Conference. The PCI gives the award to educators who have made significant long-term contributions to the educational mission of PCI, including teaching and research.

The U.S. Department of the Interior has renewed its support for the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC) at UMass Amherst with a five-year, $4.5 million commitment, says center co-director Dr. Richard N. Palmer, P.E. of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Scientists affiliated with the center provide federal, state, and other agencies with region-specific results of targeted research on the effects of climate change on ecosystems, wildlife, water, and other resources. The new agreement continues Interior’s original seven-year, $11 million grant to the NE CASC that began in 2011. See UMass News Office release: U.S. Department of Interior Awards $4.5 Million to Renew Support for Climate Science Center .

An interdepartmental team from the College of Engineering will work together to push the oxygenic photogranule (OPG) process, a UMass lab-born and patented technology, toward commercialization to address the world’s needs for effective and sustainable wastewater treatment. A new $550,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, titled “PFI-RP: Developing Light-Controlled Mixing to Advance Energy Efficient Wastewater Treatment by Oxygenic Photogranules,” will support the team’s research, outreach activities, and student researchers’ entrepreneurship development.

Civil engineering major Jihan Eljadidi was featured liberally in a posted article by the U.S. Army after she participated in the 13th Annual Future Workforce Poster Presentation at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center on Aug. 15 in Natick. Eljadidi was a Pathways intern in the Expeditionary Maneuver Support Directorate, where she worked on products designed to protect soldiers in the field. Among other comments, she said that "I've had the opportunity to work with knowledgeable and helpful people who really took the time to explain things."

According to an article in Forbes, Aclarity, a company birthed from the Ph.D. research of Julie Bliss Mullen from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, has surpassed $1 million from an initial venture capital pre-seed round. The funds will be invested into further research and development for Aclarity's water-purifying device, which went on sale commercially earlier this year, made in the town of Springfield. Forbes had previously named Mullen in the magazine’s all-star listing of “30 Under 30 for Science” for 2018.

In August New England Public Radio (NEPR) posted a long article on the often misunderstood “zipper merge” in traffic. NEPR interviewed a number of experts, including two College of Engineering faculty members: Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Professor Michael Knodler, director of MassSafe; and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department Associate Professor Ana Muriel, who is also the associate department head.

The Civil and Environmental (CEE) Department is quite fortunate to welcome Dr. John E. Tobiason, P.E., as its new department head. Tobiason has over 30 years of research and professional experience in water treatment with emphasis on particles in water, coagulation, and water filtration. He has been with the UMass CEE department since 1987 and is a faculty member in the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program.

Two highly accomplished young academics will begin teaching and researching as assistant professors in the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department this September in the persons of Dr. Jimi B. Oke and Dr. Christian D. Guzman.

Doctoral student Alyssa Ryan of the UMass Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has been awarded second place in the 2019 Excellence in Highway Safety Information Systems (HSIS) Data competition for her paper: “Evaluating Crash Type Likelihood at Various Traffic Control Devices: A Multinomial Logistic Regression Approach Using HSIS Data.

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