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PhD Student Awarded Prestigious EREF Scholarship
Only a handful of students are awarded scholarships by the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF). This year, UIC’s Girish Kumar, a PhD student in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering was named a recipient. This highly competitive and prestigious scholarship recognizes several doctoral students each year working at the forefront of the waste management and engineering field. The winners are selected from an international pool of applicants. Kumar was one of only eight students nationwide selected by the EREF to receive the scholarship in the amount of $14,400 for his research. “My research is focused on understanding the fundamental processes that occur within the waste when it is dumped in a landfill and mathematically interpret those processes to…
UIC CME Student Huzefa Dewaswala
CME Student Helps Team Win at ‘Student Days Competition’
2018 Student Days Winning Team's Presentation from Construction Institute of ASCE on Vimeo. Huzefa Dewaswala, a master’s student in Department of Civil and Materials Engineering’s (CME) Construction Engineering program, was a key member on the winning team during the recent Student Days Conference, which was part of the 2018 National ASCE Construction Institute's Heavy Civil Competitions in San Diego.   The Construction Institute brought only 35 students to the conference and team competition. Five teams created written and oral proposals to build the Voigt Street Pedestrian Bridge, a component of the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project in San Diego. Dewaswala’s team, Pontem Inc., was awarded the winning bid, and consisted of teammates from Stony Brook University, Princeton University, University of South Florida,…
CME Professor Farhad Ansari
Professor Ansari Featured on Chicago Tonight
Professor Farhad Ansari, of Civil and Material Engineering, appeared on WTTW's Chicago Tonight last night to discuss bridge safety and Illinois’ aging infrastructure after a tragic bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy earlier in the week. Watch the segment below:
Graduate Students Win Top Spots at ASCE-EWRI Competition
Two Graduate Students Win Top Spots at ASCE-EWRI Competition
CME students Mahsa Izadmehr and Morvarid Khazraee captured first and second place in the Graduate Division of the 2018 EWRI Student Technical Paper Competition hosted by the Environmental & Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE-EWRI). The students made presentations during the 2018 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress in June in Minneapolis, which is the largest gathering of Environmental/Water Researchers for ASCE. At the event, they faced tough competition and demanding judges. “Both are doing great work on very different projects, and I had hoped that perhaps one would be a finalist,” said CME Professor Karl Rockne, who is the directing the students in his laboratory at UIC. “But to have both finalists and to…
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Professor Ansari Honored with Life-Time Achievement Award
Dr. Farhad Ansari, a Christopher B. and Susan S. Burke Professor of Civil Engineering, was named a winner of the Aftab Mufti Life-Time Achievement Award by the International Society of Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (ISHMII) and its Executive Committee.Ansari was named a winner for his contributions to Civil Structural Health Monitoring, and will officially receive the award at SHMII-9 in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2019.He is a pioneer in the field and his work introduced the subject of fiber optic sensors in Civil Structural Applications, and still doing it to date. Since then, many began working on the subject around the world.“Farhad’s work in the use of fiber optic sensors for structural health monitoring applications is exemplary,” said…


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