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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.

Dr. Casey Brown served on the special plenary session panel for the American Water Resources Association 2011 Spring Specialty Conference "Managing Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources". The conference was held in Baltimore, MD. He presented the talk "Decision-Scaling and Robust Adaptation in Water Resources Planning."

Students from the College of Engineering have won four William F. Field Alumni Field Scholarships and two Senior Leadership Awards from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni Association. The awardees represent all four departments at the college. Our Field Scholars are: Daniel Abrams, civil engineering; Zachary Brentzel, chemical engineering; To Chong, computer engineering; and Carlo Domaoan, mechanical engineering. Caitlin Bogdan, mechanical engineering and classics, and Xiaoliang Yao, industrial engineering and operations management, won Senior Leadership Awards

A webcam system installed by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Regional Traveler Information Center (RTIC) at the new Look Park roundabout in Florence will allow motorists to check out the traffic there before they ever leave home. The webcam setup, which goes live on the RTIC MassTraveler website ( on April 6, will also make it possible for highway officials to monitor how well the roundabout is controlling traffic. Before the roundabout was installed at the corner of Route 9 and Bridge Road, traffic was often backed up in all directions.

Prabhjeet Raj Singh – who earned his M.S. from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in 2001 and is the vice president of Infinity Engineering Group, Ltd. of North Vancouver, British Columbia, in Canada – was on campus in late March to accept his Outstanding Junior Alumni Award from Dean Ted Djaferis. “Recipients of this award are worthy ambassadors for the UMass Amherst College of Engineering and have shown extraordinary effort and notable success in their early careers,” as the citation reads.