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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.

Dr. Chul Park will attend the Water Environment Federation/International Water Association WEF/IWA Nutrient Recovery and Management Conference 2011 in Miami, Florida. Dr. Park's current research topics on sludge reduction and nutrient removal/recovery are closely related to the theme of this international conference. This is Dr. Park’s first time attending the nutrient conference and he anticipates presenting his research work at this conference in near future.

Dr. Don DeGroot will be traveling to Oslo, Norway to conduct research on characterization of offshore seabed sediments. This research will be conducted at International Centre for Geohazards (ICG), Norwegian Geotechnical Institute  as part of the UMass Amherst US National Science Foundation Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) project.


Daiheng Ni will attend the 90th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). He will travel to Washington DC to attend the meeting on January 23 – 27, 2011. He will present a paper and attend meetings of the TRB Committees that he is affiliated with.

Casey Brown gave a presentation at the American Geophysical Union's Fall Meeting 2010 in San Francisco entitled "Decision Scaling to Aid the development of a dynamic regulation plan for the Upper Great Lakes" reporting on ongoing research related to the development of operating rules for the outflow of Lake Superior with implicationsfor the downstream Great Lakes.


The College of Engineering is currently preparing the site for a $600,000, state-of-the-art Structural Testing Facility, which will allow researchers to test full-size structural elements such as beams and girders. The testing facility will also lift the profile of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (CEE) in terms of attracting top-flight students and sponsored research. With the help of many alumni, led by 1960 CEE alumnus Robert Brack (pictured), the college has raised more than 75 percent of the total cost for the facility, which will be built in the Tillson Farm area of the UMass Amherst campus, near the new police station now under construction.