Michael Knodler Jr., a professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department and director of the University of Massachusetts Transportation Center, is the winner of a UMass 2021 ADVANCE Faculty Peer Mentor Award. This annual award recognizes the critically important work faculty members perform in mentoring and supporting the professional development and success of their colleagues.
Assistant Professor Christian D. Guzman and graduate student Cielo Sharkus of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department are spearheading a project that was awarded a $12,000 grant from the Institute of Diversity Sciences (IDS) to study the vulnerability of communities to flooding based on their various demographic characteristics. The goal of the IDS grants is to advance equity through multidisciplinary and socially impactful STEM research and to provide mentored research experience for students.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection recently awarded a grant for $1,072,791 to a group led by Research Professor Dr. David A. Reckhow of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department to sample for a key form of contaminant – per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances or PFAS – from approximately 1,600 public water systems and 3,500 private water wells in 84 selected communities across the state.
The Natick Service Council (NSC) honored UMass Amherst alumnus, businessman, and philanthropist Robert Brack on May 19 with its Founders Award at the council’s annual meeting. Brack graduated from the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department in 1960.
A team of six UMass Amherst students from the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department recently placed among the top nine teams in the design-only supplemental phase of the American Institute of Steel Construction’s (AISC) annual Student Steel Bridge Competition. The team won its regional competition, which qualified it to move on to the national finals.
The UMass ADVANCE Faculty Peer Mentor Award in the College of Engineering was awarded to Michael Knodler, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the University of Massachusetts Transportation Center. This annual award recognizes the critically important work faculty members perform in mentoring and supporting their colleagues’ professional development and success.
College of Engineering Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Paula Rees has announced the 2020–2021 recipients of the college’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Award. “From a pool of truly inspiring nominations,” said Rees, “the two recipients this year are Shelly Peyton and Cielo Sharkus.” Peyton is a professor in the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department, while Sharkus is a doctoral candidate in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department studying environmental and water resources engineering.
Mark Gauthier, a technician in the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department is the 2021 recipient of the College of Engineering Dean's Outstanding Service Award. As the committee that made this decision said about Gauthier, his breadth of knowledge, along with his attention to safety issues and effective training of students on equipment use, “has transformed what the faculty can do in the teaching and research laboratories.”
Jessica Boakye, a lecturer in the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, is one of Ten UMass Amherst Faculty Selected as 2021-22 TIDE Ambassadors by the UMass Center for Teaching and Learning. As she says, “I haven’t selected a project yet, but I want to design something that can be integrated into [a course in] Structural Analysis, which I will be teaching.”
Assistant Professor Dr. Kara D. Peterman of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department has received a $1,500 TIDE Accelerator Award from the College of Engineering for a project titled “Addressing inequity in access to safe and reliable housing into CEE 240 Statics.”