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August 2012


A Note from CEE Department Head,
Dr. Richard Palmer

Civil Engineering is the discipline that consists of the design, construction, and maintenance of constructed and natural infrastructure. Civil engineers apply their knowledge of mathematics and physical sciences to develop ways to efficiently utilize natural resources and the forces of nature to improve the well-being of humanity and to protect the environment.  Read more...


A warm welcome to our new faculty

Dr. Eleni Christofa


CEE News

Congratulations 2012 CEE Graduates!!

On Friday May 31, Prof. Sanjay Arwade gave a Civil Engineering department seminar at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne - EPFL).

A news update from the Desk of the ASCE President Zach Bemis.

Dr. Casey Brown chaired the Symposium on Water Systems Planning under Climate Change at the 2012 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress of the American Society of Civil Engineers in Albuquerque, NM.

Senior civil engineering major Joe Popielarczyk of the UMass baseball team has been named one of the two UMass Spring Scholar-Athletes for 2012, it was announced recently.

Professor Richard Palmer attended the joint Tufts University-UMass University Symposium entitled "The Glass Half Full: Valuing Water in the 21st Century."

Professor David Reckhow has been invited to give a seminar at the University of Houston. His seminar title is: "Engineering Approaches for Reducing Exposure to Harmful DBPs".

Dr. Casey Brown will moderate the panel on Water Management at the first American Geophysical Union Science.

On Saturday March 31st the UMass Amherst Civil Engineering Department hosted 13 schools for the 2012 Northeast Regional AISC Steel Bridge Competition.

Dr. Dave Reckhow has been invited to participate as one of nine speakers in a Workshop on Brominated and Chlorinated HAAs and THMs that will take place in Raleigh NC.

Dr. Behrouz Shafei has been selected as one of the “ASCE New Faces of Civil Engineering for 2012”.

Professor DeGroot is travelling to Oakland to attend the ASCE Geolnstitute 2012 GeoCongress: State of the Art and Practice in Geotechnical Engineering.

Dr. Chul Park and his PhD student, Meng Wang, will travel to Raleigh, NC, from March 26th to March 28th to present their research papers at the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Residuals and Biosolids Conference.

Dr. Butler was selected as a 2012 ASCE ExCEEd Fellow. The ASCE’s Committee on Faculty Development selected Dr. Butler because her application showed a commitment to excellence in education and a willingness to serve as a future role model for effective teaching at Civil and Environmental Engineering, UMass Amherst.

Five highly accomplished engineering students were honored on April 1 by the UMass Amherst Alumni Association

This year UMass Amherst will host the regional steel bridge competition on March 31 in the Student Union Ballroom here on campus.

Dr. Song Gao will be co-teaching a one-week professional course in Azores, Portugal in June 2012.

Radhameris (Radha) Gómez, a Ph.D. student in the Transportation group was selected as an Eno Fellow for participation in the 19th annual Eno Leadership Development Conference.

Dr. Alice Alipour received the 2012 Young Engineer Award from the Orange County Engineering Council

Radhameris Gomez, a doctoral transportation engineering student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, has been named Outstanding Student of the Year by the New England University Transportation Center.

Dr. Palmer will be presenting a paper at the Indo-US Bilateral Workshop on GLOBAL CHALLENGES: CLIMATE CHANGE, WATER, ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY, New Delhi, India.

Assistant Professor My-Hyun Park of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Assistant Professor Jenna Marquard of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department have both received Team-based Learning Fellowships (IFORS).

Richard Palmer, head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, along with UMass faculty members Raymond Bradley and Curtice Griffin, will be heading up the project.

Dr. Arwade traveled to Golden, Colorado to attend a workshop on the wind energy simulation model tool FAST.

Environmental Engineering Professor Caitlyn Butler from the University of Massachusetts Amherst has designed and developed a green pit latrine that can purify domestic waste for a small village of subsistence farmers in Africa...

Dr. Sergio Brena of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department was selected to become a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Society.

Dr. Casey Brown of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has been making waves in the water management field.

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