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Jacobs Associates announced on May 9 that alumnus Daniel N. Adams, P.E., C.P. Eng., who is now the executive vice president, has been elected president and CEO. William W. Edgerton, P.E., currently president and CEO, will assume the position of chairman of the board. These changes accompany a shift toward a style of management that will allow the company to accommodate expansion while providing quality service to local clients.

Civil and Environmental Department employees, Jodi Ozdarski, Academic Assistant and David Reckhow, Professor, received recognition at the Length of Service Awards Celebration Breakfast on April 29, 2011 for 25 years of service. Both have worked for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst since 1985., the free public information website at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Regional Traveler Information Center (RTIC), is featuring a brand new application that will allow drivers to see all the travel and construction advisories in the state at a glance. It went live on May 6. The site, provided by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and called MassDOT Travel Advisories, gives viewers a zoom-in or zoom-out map, on which every advisory in the state is marked with an orange traffic cone icon. Click on any cone, and you get the lowdown on the potential delay expected in that location.

Three engineering majors were among the 13 outstanding students being honored at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Undergraduate Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 13. Caitlin C. Bogdan of Neptune, New Jersey, a mechanical engineering and classics major, and Saranthip Rattanaserikiat (pictured) of Northampton, a civil and environmental engineering major, have been chosen as two of the 11 21st Century Leaders.

The annual CEE Picnic was held on Wednesday, May 4 in the Student Union Ballroom. It was a time for the whole department to celebrate the end of another great year in the CEE Department and for Dr. Richard Palmer present awards to faculty and students. Dr. Palmer first acknowledged the CEE Student Chapters for all the hard work they do. Dr. Palmer also congratulated the May 2011 graduates and wished them luck in their future.

The fourth annual Auction & Social run by the campus chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) netted more than $13,000 in 2011, approximately $2,225 more than the 2010 event. The generous amounts contributed by six sponsoring individuals, groups, and companies added greatly to the total: $2,500 from Vanasse Hangen Brustlin; $1,500 from Dr. Dennis Bushe (with a matching gift to come); $1,000 each from Bob Brack of Barker Steel Company, the Hudson Design Group, and Tighe & Bond; and $500 from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. The auction itself cleared $4,459.

On March 24th, 2011, the ITE Student Chapter hosted the NEITE Student Symposium & District Traffic Bowl in conjunction with its 12th Annual Technical Day Meeting on the campus of UMass Amherst. Throughout the day over 100 students and professionals participated in the meeting’s events.