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On Monday, April 4th, Professor Carlton Ho accompanied Civil Engineering undergraduate students to the nearby Skinner State Park. The field trip was organized as part of the course CE-ENGIN 423, focused on Engineering Geology.

The UMass Transportation Center (UMTC) has received an Interdepartmental Service Agreement (ISA) of $6,141,551 from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to operate the Commonwealth’s Local Technical Assistance Program, the Transportation Training Institute, and the Cooperative Research Program as one cooperative unit.

According to UMTC Director Michael Knodler, “The most important aspect of the new ISA is that for the first time research and outreach efforts will be combined to foster innovation and speed implementation.”

Dr. A. Lutenegger, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, has been appointed as a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering.

During the spring semester of 2016, seven students from the Chemical, Mechanical and Industrial, and Civil and Environmental Engineering Departments are participating in the college’s study abroad program by spending five months at Heriot Watt University, located in Edinburgh, Scotland. We say “thanks” and give the tip of a hat to Professor Sarah Perry for nominating two of the students and asking one of them, Meaghan O’Brien, to write her impressions of her experiences overseas.

North American Windpower reports that a team of researchers that includes Sanjay Arwade and Don DeGroot from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at UMass Amherst is developing a new mooring system for floating offshore wind turbines which uses an integrated network of anchors and lines to hold dozens or even hundreds of turbines in place for ocean-based, industrial-scale, offshore, wind farms. See News Office release.

Melissa Trombley, a graduate of our Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department in 2013, is a member of the team that is currently renovating the Old Chapel, the historic symbol of the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. Trombley is a project engineer with contractor Barr & Barr, the company charged with refurbishing the historic landmark and reincarnating it into a new life as the iconic center of the campus.     

Talk about a grand slam! Five College of Engineering Undergraduates from all four engineering departments have won key awards and scholarships from the UMass Amherst Alumni Association. See complete list

What happens when unmanned drone aircraft accidently wander into the airspace around airports and create hazards for commercial and other manned airplanes? One answer is a so-called “geofence,” or virtual boundary around airports. At Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, a group of students and faculty from the UMass College of Engineering is working on developing just such a geofence. 

Dr. Lutenegger recently attended the ASCE Joint Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Congress held Feb. 11-17, 2016 in Phoenix, Az. He presented a paper at the Congress “Foundation Alternative for Ground-Mount Solar Panel Installations”.

More information about the Congress is available here.

Dr. Lutenegger will also give an invited lecture at the 40th Annual Iowa ASCE Geotechnical Conference in Ames, Iowa on March 8, 2016, entitled “Geotechnical Considerations for Design of Helical Piers”.

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