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Aimee O'Brien, a senior in the department, is leading a team of undergraduates to compete in the annual seismic design competition hosted by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.  The competition is held this year in San Diego. The team is hoping for a strong showing having gained experience in their first year of competition in 2010.

Dr. Song Gao was invited to attend a workshop organized by the Center for Economic Analysis of Risk (CERA) at Georgia University. She presented a paper entitled “A Rank-Dependent Expected Utility Model for Strategic Route Choice with State Preference Data”. The paper is co-authored with Michael Razo, a former MS student.

As reported by the Westford (Massachusetts) Eagle on February 2, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department alumna and New England Patriots cheerleader Patricia Fox returned late last month from a two-week tour overseas to visit deployed U.S. troops. “With the Patriots cheerleaders, I was given the opportunity to go oversees to visit the troops, which is an experience I will never forget,” said Fox. Six Patriots cheerleaders and their coach, Tracy Sormanti, began their tour on December 20 in Kyrgyzstan and then arrived in Northern Afghanistan on Christmas Day.

Please plan on attending the Civil & Environmental Engineering Career Fair on Thursday, February 24th, 2011. It will be held at the Gunness Engineering Student Center, Marcus Hall from 10:00am – 3:00pm. It is the perfect opportunity to meet potential employers. Ms. Jodi Ozdarski, Academic Assistant, stated that 17 companies will be attending.

Please use this link to access more information on the companies that are attending the Career Fair this spring.

Dr. David Reckhow has been invited to give lectures at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. He will give a series of lectures for the Winter Enrichment Program at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Reckhow will be presenting some of the latest research on drinking water treatment, natural aquatic organic matter and disinfection byproducts. KAUST represents a bold move on the part of the Saudis to improve the country's opportunities for graduate education in science and engineering.

Dr. Arwade attended the 2011 NSF-CCLI grantees conference. He presented a poster describing the NSF project “Adaptive use of historic truss bridges for civil engineering instruction,". Professor Lutenegger is the co-PI on this project.  They are integrating the rehabilitation and reuse of historic trusses into the structural analysis course and the construction methods courses taught in the department. The goal is to give students a more hands on experience with working with full scale structures.

In the brave new world of unsettled climate, one key danger for professionals who operate the infrastructure of major water resources such as the Connecticut River is that traditional water-management rules are becoming more obsolete than the old rules for regulating greenhouse emissions. That uncertainty makes water sources, including the Connecticut, much more at risk from floods and droughts. One answer to this dramatic problem is the research of environmental engineer Casey Brown...

Dr. Casey Brown of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department has been notified that he will receive a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award with an intended total amount of $419,097. His NSF project is entitled "Robust Management of Climate Uncertainty for Ecohydrological Sustainability.” As Dr. Brown’s NSF proposal notes, his research plan will produce “a robust management strategy for climate change by developing water management methods that incorporate predictive climate information and dynamic operations.”

Dr. Sanjay Arwade attended the 2011 NSF CMMI Grantees Conference on January 5 & 6th, 2011. He presented two papers to colleagues and program officers. Both papers are relative to NSF grants.

The first paper, entitled “Steel from materials processing properties and potential structural applications”, is done in collaborative with Professor Jerome Hajjar, Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University.