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Registration is open for the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s newest online wind energy course, "Engineering Wind Power Systems," developed by professors James Manwell and Jon McGowan, authors of the canonical engineering textbook Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design and Application. The graduate level wind course draws on their experiences as wind energy pioneers to provide students with a unique perspective on both proven and state of the art technologies, as well as fundamental principles.

Professor Dario Gasparini will be giving the History and Heritage lecture on April 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm in the ELab II auditorium. His presentation is titled “Charles C. Sunderland, John A. Roebling’s Sons Company, and the Development of Bridge Technology in the U.S. – 1928-1952“.

"A New Paradigm Demand forecasting and the art of resource management"

Richard Palmer, CEE Department Head and Austin Polebitski, a CEE research assistant professor contributed to the Water Efficiency Journal article “A New Paradigm”.  They discussed their water demand model and its applications.

Dr. Carl Ho attended the Geo-Frontiers 2011, Advances in Geotechnical Engineering Conference, in Dallas Texas. During the three day conference Dr. Ho presented two papers and attended committee meetings.


One environmental engineer refers to the 407-mile-long Connecticut River, interrupted by some 4,000 small and large dams, as “probably the most highly dammed river in America.” That, indeed, is both the strength and weakness of the river. The dams provide flood control, hydroelectric power, and water supplies for much of New England, but they also drastically alter this vast ecosystem with a drainage basin extending over 11,250 square miles.

Dr. Song Gao received an invitation to speak at UC Berkeley at the Institute of Transportation Studies.  Dr. Gao’s talk was titled “Strategic Route Choice Behavior”. Dr. Gao present three studies on this topic where human subjects are recruited and their route choices solicited in hypothetical networks with risky travel times and real-time information. The presentation was attended by graduate students and professors in civil engineering.

Dr.Casey Brown receives a prestigious National Science Foundation Career Grant to Conduct Research on the Connecticut River Watershed. Dr. Brown will begin his research on this five-year, $419,097 NSF Career grant on July 1, 2011.

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department held its biannual Career Fair on Thursday, February 24, and 17 companies, state agencies, and federal recruiters showed up to interview scores of students from the department. In addition to three government entities – the Navy Northeast Recruiting District, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, and the Connecticut Department of Transportation – the private companies that sent recruiters included Alstom Power, Baltazar Contractors, Inc., Camp Dresser & McKee, Inc., Daniel O’Connell’s Sons, Inc., Environmental Compliance Services, Inc., Environmental Resources Management, Fuss & O’Neill, Inc., GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., O’Reilly, Talbot & Okun Associates, Inc., STV Inc., Tata & Howard, Inc., The Lane Construction Corperation, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., and Wright-Pierce.