Dr. Shawn P. Kelley, Ph.D., P.E., has been named as Vermont’s 2017 Engineer of the Year. A civil engineer specializing in geotechnical engineering, Dr. Kelley is a member of the board of directors of GeoDesign, Inc., based in Windsor, VT. He received his bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he was inducted into Chi Epsilon, the civil engineering honor society and has received the College of Engineering Outstanding Junior Alumni Award. He is the author of over twenty-five technical publications, reports, and presentations. Dr. Kelley is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Vermont.
Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Professor David Reckhow, who is the director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems (WINSSS), will present the next University of Massachusetts Amherst Distinguished Faculty Lecture on Wednesday, February 8, at 4:00 p.m. The title of his lecture is “Drinking Water in Crisis: Lead, Lignin, and Legionella.” Reckhow’s lecture will take place in the Bernie Dallas Room of the Goodell Building, is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception.
The College of Engineering At UMass Amherst is pleased to welcome four new faculty members, beginning in the spring semester of 2017. All four have impeccable credentials and a track record of eye-catching accomplishments. The new arrivals are Emily Kumpel of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, Amir Arbabi of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, Lauren Woodruff of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department, and Jay Taneja of the ECE Department.
Dr. Colin Gleason, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is already making a significant impact on his research discipline. The young but very accomplished faculty member, whose research group focuses on the study of rivers, currently serves as a member of the prestigious NASA Surface Water and Ocean Topography Science Team (SWOT), has completed many adventurous field projects in wilderness locations ranging from Greenland to the Mojave Desert, and discovered a revolutionary set of geomorphic relationships known as “at-many-stations hydraulic geometry” (AMHG).
Recent UMass Amherst graduate Mahyar Amirgholy was awarded the Milton Pikarsky Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Science and Technology for his dissertation entitled “Modeling Choice Problems with Heterogeneous User Preferences in the Transportation Network.” The Pikarsky Award is given annually for the best Ph.D. dissertation in the field of science and technology in transportation studies, and the pool of nominees represents graduates from leading institutions across the United States.
UMass Amherst student Nick Fournier was recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) as the Safety through Simulation (SaferSIM) University Transportation Center (UTC) Outstanding Student of the Year during the 96th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. Through this award the U.S. DOT “honors the most outstanding student from each participating University Transportation Center (UTC) for his/her achievements and promise for future contributions to the transportation field.
Professor Symeon Gerasimidis from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been selected by The Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and collaborate with Professor Anastasios Sextos of that university’s Civil Engineering Department on a variety of challenging projects.
The metabolic capabilities of microbes might very well offer a sustainable solution for transforming renewable electrical energy into green fuels and other biocommodities, according to an article co-authored by Assistant Professor Caitlyn Butler of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Professor Derek Lovley of the Microbiology Department.
Mahyar Amirgholy, who graduated earlier this year, has been selected for the CUTC Milton Pikarsky Memorial Award for his PhD dissertation entitled “Modeling Choice Problems with Heterogeneous User Preferences in the Transportation Network.” The award will be presented at the annual Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) banquet at the TRB Annual Meeting in January. This award gets national recognition among state and federal officials, transportation faculty, and UTC directors.
Assistant Professor Simos Gerasimidis of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is a highly accomplished professional engineer who has worked on such larger-than-life structures as the new Yankee Stadium, the Olympic Stadium and Velodrome for the Athens Olympics of 2004, and major interventions associated with the largest Byzantine monuments in Thessaloniki, Greece – the Rotunda and the Eptapyrgion. This is the kind of rich experience that Gerasimidis brings to UMass.