Professor Boyce’s Gift Promotes Transportation Planning
David Boyce, PhD, has dedicated his career to confronting urban transportation challenges through his research. And now he is dedicating funds through an annual gift to support UIC doctoral students who also conduct research in the transportation engineering and planning field. Boyce is emeritus professor of transportation and regional science in UIC’s Department of Civil & Materials Engineering. As a result of his gift to UIC, eight graduate students in transportation planning have received support over the last two years. Recipient Ramin Shabanpour Anbarani, who studies the role of autonomous vehicles in transportation planning models, says “being recognized with this award boosts my confidence and trust in my ability to achieve my goals—and my ultimate goal is to run my…
Notice: Course Change
Please note course change: CME 497, Capstone Design, does not count toward the graduate level degree course requirements. This class was originally CME 397, Senior Design II. The change has appeared in the University catalog.
Professors McNallan and Mahamid Receive COE Seed Funding Awards
Two faculty members in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering (CME) have received “2016 COE Seed Funding Awards.” Only 14 proposals were chosen from among 36 submitted proposals after a review by UIC’s College of Engineering (COE) Executive Board members and the COE Administrative Council members. Professors Michael McNallan and Mustafa Mahamid were awarded for the proposal “Effectiveness of Damaged Fire Proofing and Corrosion Issues of Steel Beams Due to Such Damage.” The review criteria is based on leveraging, significance, approach, and feasibility. Funds are for the support of exploratory research to be accomplished by the investigator(s) in one year.
CME Department Rises in U.S. News and World Report Rankings
The Department of Civil and Materials Engineering at UIC has moved up in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings of graduate Civil Engineering programs. CME moved up substantially in the rankings to 62nd overall, which is the 39th percentile. The new ranking shows CME racing 29 spots higher than its 2014 ranking. “The hard work and dedication of the faculty is what helped us progressively move up in the USNWR Civil Engineering rankings as our raw score improved from 2.1 to 2.5,” said Karl Rockne, Interim Department Head and Professor. “With two NSF CAREER award winners in the department this year and continued great productivity from our faculty, I am confident our reputation will continue to grow.” The…
Farhad Ansari Awarded Federal Highway Administration Grant
Distinguished Professor Farhad Ansari has been awarded a grant for $312,995 from the Federal Highway Administration for the project entitled “Implementation of Existing BWIM Technology.” Ansari is the sole PI for the grant that is slated to last 18 months. This project pertains to the implementation of the existing Bridge Weigh-in-Motion (BWIM) technology developed at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The BWIM technology is based on monitoring the shear response of the bridge girders near the abutments of the bridge. The system was developed based on the use of fiber optic rosettes sensors. Previous research on the shear based fiber optic sensor based system revealed encouraging results on limited number of bridges. In contrast to the existing flexural-based BWIM…


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