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Ph.D. Student Wins Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Competition
CME student Ramin Shabanpour is having a great year. The Ph.D. candidate in Transportation Engineering is one of only four student to win the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Competition presented by UIC’s Institute for Environmental Science and Policy (IESP).Shabanpour, who is advised by Professor Abolfazl Mohammadian, won the fellowship in August for his research project “Assessing Environmental Impacts of Connected Autonomous Vehicle Technologies.” The research seeks to better understand the potential impacts of emerging Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) technology on people travel behavior, traffic conditions, and subsequently its environmental implications and energy consumption.His research grew out of participation in the project “Developing a Baseline National Platform to Analyze CAV Scenarios,” which was funded by Argonne National Laboratory.The mission of the IESP pre-doctoral fellowship program is to span…
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Student Spotlight: Joshua Deans has Big Dreams as an Engineer
UIC provides a variety of opportunities for its students to succeed, and Joshua Deans knows it. The CME junior is an Honors College fellow, he completed a summer internship, he participates in several student organizations, and he is working in one of the department’s laboratories.While he was in high school and researching colleges to attend, Deans learned about two scholarships offered by UIC’s Honors College. He applied for them and received the top award.“I received the President’s Award Program Honor Scholarship, which is a four-year scholarship.” said Deans, of Matteson, Ill. “My full tuition and boarding is paid, and all I have to cover is the fees.”A stipulation in the scholarship requires the student to be involved with campus activities.…
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Students Launch UIC Chapter
Students Launch UIC Chapter of Institute of Transportation Engineers
CME has a new student organization up and running! A packed house attended the first general body meeting of the UIC chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) in October.“The objective of the ITE-UIC student chapter is to bring together students related to transportation engineering at CME and beyond,” said Nabin Kafle, president of ITE-UIC. “We want to make students more interested in the Transportation Engineering program by conducting regular talks, seminars, and employment opportunities, while connected them to ITE district and scholarship opportunities.”The student chapter also offers free membership to ITE-UIC chapter, career guidance, networking events, field trips, conferences, and much more.“The transportation and logistics sector is facing huge challenges and opportunities at the same time,” said faculty…
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Professor Reddy Helps Host Geo-Chicago Conference
In mid-August, approximately 600 engineers, scientists, academicians and students from 32 countries gathered in Chicago for the ASCE specialty conference Geo-Chicago 2016: Sustainability, Energy, and the Geoenvironment. The conference, which was chaired by CME Professor Krishna Reddy, provided a unique forum to explore recent advancements, new directions, and opportunities for sustainable and resilient approaches to design and protect infrastructure and the environment. The conference featured the presentation of technical papers, panel discussions, short courses, workshops, keynote lectures, posters, mini-symposiums honouring geo-legends, exhibits, a technical tour, and much more. “The conference was a great success,” said Reddy. “It gave attendees the opportunity to learn new and emerging technical challenges of sustainability, geo-energy, and the geo-environment. Moreover, it gave the unique opportunity…
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Professor Vitousek Researching the Impact of Climate Change
Professor Sean Vitousek joined the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering in the spring and he is already making waves.The assistant research professor recently received a $300,000 grant entitled “Coastal Impacts Associated with Climate Change" from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) for his pioneering research on the impacts of climate change and sea-level rise on coastal zones. He is the sole principal investigator for the award.“Climate change and sea-level rise are already impacting communities along highly vulnerable coastlines,” said Vitousek. “Along Arctic coastlines, accelerated shoreline erosion and habitat loss are resulting from thawing permafrost and extended periods of sea-ice free conditions causing greater susceptibility to storm surge and wave energy. Government agencies and land-use planners are considering plans to…
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4/12/16
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CME Student Nabs Top Spot at UIC Research Forum
The competition at UIC’s 2016 Student Research Forum was fierce as nearly 300 students from all disciplines contend for the judges’ attention. At the end of the day, it was CME’s Minoo Kabir who stood out among the hundreds of competitors and attendees to walk away a winner.Kabir, a Ph.D. student working under the direction of Professor Didem Ozevin in the Non-Destructive Structures laboratory, captured first place in the field of “Business/Computer Science/Mathematics + Engineering/Physical Sciences” among graduate students during the event at the UIC Forum on April 12, 2016.Kabir won for her poster entitled “Integration of Acoustic Metamaterial and Highly Narrowband MEMS Sensor to Enhance Crack Detection Ability in Large Infrastructures.”The main purpose of the research is developing a reliable…
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