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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.

Dr. Song Gao will attend the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), in January 2011, to present research work and meet fellow researchers. She will be presenting 5 papers at this meeting.

• Dr. Gao and He Huang, PhD candidate will present a paper entitled “Optimal Paths in Dynamic Networks with Dependent Link Travel Times”.

Dr. Palmer is serving on an NSF Review Panel. He will be reviewing and providing input into the evaluation of research proposals for the National Science Foundation program on Infrastructure Management.

Dr. Palmer traveled to San Francisco to take part in the Piloting Utility Modeling Applications (PUMA) Workshop held from December 1-3, 2010.

The purposes of this workshop are to are:

1) Identify state-of-the-art climate modeling tools and techniques for use by a select group of Water Utility Climate Alliance memberscommitted to conducting and technically prepared to conduct climate impacts assessments for their systems,

Dr. Alan Lutenegger was an invited lecturer for the National Drillers Association. He provided lectures at Short Course on "Subsurface Investigations" at the November 29th, meeting.