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Casey Brown, Assistant Professor of CEE specializing in climate risk management, recently gave two presentations on the management of climate uncertainty.

Brown spoke at a multi-federal agency workshop titled Nonstationarity, Hydrologic Frequency Analysis, and Water Management (January 13-15) in Boulder, Colorado. The goal of the workshop was to present and discuss proposed operational alternatives to the assumption of stationarity in hydrologic frequency analysis.  

The University of Massachusetts Amherst student chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) hosted its 11th annual Tech Day on March 11. The keynote address was presented this year by UMass Amherst alumnus Jeffrey B. Mullan, the Secretary and CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), who talked about "Facing Transportation Challenges in the Commonwealth."

On Wednesday, February 24, Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor David Reckhow was one of four speakers invited to participate in a forum on Cape Cod wastewater treatment and contaminants. Professor Reckhow is one of the country’s leading researchers in this field. The forum was attended by 70 people at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in East Falmouth and was entitled “Wastewater and Emerging Toxic Contaminants of Concern,” sponsored by Cape Cod & the Islands Group – Sierra Club, the Silent Spring Institute, and the Green Sanctuary Committee.

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Career Fair can alter the whole trajectory of one's life. Just ask CEE senior Patricia Fox and UMass Amherst alumna Kate Biedron. That’s what happened to them. The CEE Career Fair took place on Thursday, February 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Gunness Student Center in Marcus Hall. All CEE students were encouraged to attend. Companies participating in the fair are filling positions for summer internships, co-op opportunities, and full-time permanent positions.

Last spring, undergraduate junior Aimee O’Brien of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department was the co-captain of the UMass Amherst Steel Bridge Team that managed a strong fourth-place finish out of 12 teams at the regional Student Steel Bridge Competition, run by the American Institute of Steel Construction. With O’Brien doing much of the day-to-day management and organization of the team, while also putting in many hours of hands-on cutting, welding, and grinding, the double-girder bridge took first place in the key stiffness category, boasting an aggregate deflection of only five-eighths of an inch.

The university’s first-ever Seismic Design Team, led by undergraduate Meghan Krupka of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, will be traveling to San Francisco for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute's annual Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition on February 3 to 6. Students Marco Adorno, David Fortin, and Aimee O'Brien make up the rest of the UMass Amherst team.

David Reckhow, a professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, was featured prominently December 8 on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network talking about trace elements of pharmaceuticals such as estrogen, which is increasingly found in fresh water ponds near developed areas. The compounds are believed to be the cause of gender changes found in some of New England’s amphibians and frogs.

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