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UIC Senior Design Expo 2019 CME students
CME seniors display innovation at Design Expo
Seniors in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering (CME) wrapped up two semesters of hard work as they showcased their research, creativity, and skills on April 26 during the 30th annual UIC Engineering Design Expo at the Isadore and Sadie Dorin Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago. The expo featured 21 CME student teams who brought pressing issues to the forefront of the expo with projects that wowed the attendees and judges. The projects addressed plastic pollution, the need for sustainability in the development of vacant land in Chicago, testing the mechanical properties of nanostructures, incorporating sustainability goals into the development of urban landscapes, and transportation issues at the controversial Lincoln Yards development in Chicago. The CME students joined…
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UIC Nabs Third Place at ASCE Great Lakes Student Conference
Students from the UIC chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) proved they are a team to be taken seriously. The students made an impressive showing as they captured third place overall at the recent ASCE Great Lakes Student Conference (GLSC) at Valparaiso University in Indiana. The ASCE student chapters are divided into 18 regions, and GLSC encompasses schools from southern Wisconsin, northern and central Illinois, and Indiana. Every April, approximately 19 schools from the GLSC region come together to compete in a set of civil engineering-based competitions. The Concrete Canoe and Student Steel Bridge competitions are always hosted, and serve as a qualifier for the national competition. The UIC students captured third place in the Wooden Bridge, Materials…
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Air pollution App funded for CME professor
Professor Lin Awarded Seed Funding for Mobile Air-Pollution Monitor
In the U.S., 166 million people live in areas with unhealthy air, and the World Health Organization identified air pollution as the world’s largest single environmental health risk. While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s AirNow program provides air quality information and associated health risk indicator - Air Quality Index (AQI) - to the public, more than 42 million people reside in places that are farther than 40 km from the nearest PM2.5 monitor. PM2.5 refers to atmospheric particulate matter (PM) that have a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers, which is about 3 percent the diameter of a human hair. Furthermore, AQI does not reflect an individual’s true exposure level to air pollution. To address this issue, Associate Professor Jane…
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Rai CME Grad Student
Graduate Student Wins Best Student Paper Award at International Conference
Raksha Rai, a graduate research assistant in the Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Laboratory at UIC, received the Best Paper Award for the paper “Methanotrophic Methane Oxidation in New Biochemical Landfill Cover Systems” during the Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management’s 34th International Conference in Annapolis, Maryland.   Unfortunately, Rai couldn’t attend the conference as she was diligently working in the lab and preparing for her thesis defense. CME Professor Krishna Reddy, who she is working under, accepted the award on her behalf. “Her work is quite interesting. She is working on developing an ambitious ‘zero emissions cover’ for landfills, which is a cover system that will not allow any emissions from landfills emitted into atmosphere,” said Reddy. “She’s converting…
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Ozevin CBS 2 News Joliet bridge
CBS News Talks to Professor Ozevin about Hazardous Bridge
Didem Ozevin, associate professor of Civil and Materials Engineering in the UIC College of Engineering, recently appeared in a CBS 2 News segment about a bridge in Joliet. CBS said the I-80 Des Plaines River Bridge in Joliet has “one of the worst structural ratings in the state.” CBS 2 sent a report and photos to Ozevin for her expert objective perspective. “There’s some permanent deformation,” she said. She also said that she’d think twice about driving over the bridges. “When I see so many members with aerial loss and deformation that makes me very concerned passing through those bridges,” Ozevin said. Throughout the last month, Ozevin has been called by the media several times to provide an expert analysis…
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UIC, CME Didem Ozevin, CBS 2 News Lake Shore Drive, Chicago Bridge
CBS News Calls on Professor Ozevin to Review Bridge Repairs
Didem Ozevin, associate professor of Civil and Materials Engineering in the UIC College of Engineering, appeared in a CBS 2 News segment about the damaged Lake Shore Drive bridge that led to closures last month and emergency repairs in Chicago. “Right now the load is carried by those towers, so once they remove the towers, the load will transfer from the girder to the expansion joint. And they can make sure that all the stresses are below the limit. And so we can safely use that new retrofitted connection,” Ozevin said. Watch the segment at https://cbsloc.al/2XBNwBG
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