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Didem Ozevin on CBS News Chicago
CBS News Taps Professor Ozevin to Discuss Chicago Bridge Corrosion and Cracks
Didem Ozevin, associate professor of Civil and Materials Engineering at UIC, was featured in a CBS 2 Chicago news segment as an engineering expert to talk about the Lake Shore Drive bridge crack that led to closures on the bridge last week. Ozevin joined reporter Lauren Victory under the bridge to discuss other issues it may have. Watch the segment at https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/02/21/lake-shore-drive-bridge-corrosion-cracks/. Her research interests focus on sensor development to combine a variety of sensing elements and to develop new structural evaluation methods for understanding the damage states using variety of structural health monitoring techniques. She uses multi-physic models to understand the wave propagation phenomena on various structures to develop simple damage characterization methodologies that can be used as embedded algorithms…
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CME Professor Ozevin on ABC News
Professor Ozevin Talks about Chicago Bridge Crack

CME Associate Professor Didem Ozevin talked about the northbound Lake Shore Drive bridge crack for an ABC7 News segment that ran last night in Chicago. A portion of the Lake Shore Drive was closed due to cracks in the bridge's support beam. The bridge is one of nearly 3,000 in Chicago.

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CME student Amir Bahador Parsa won the IL-ITE Student Paper Award
CME Student Wins IL-ITE Student Paper Award
Every year, many outstanding students compete to win the prestigious IL-ITE student paper award, but only one student can take home the honor. This year, Amir Bahador Parsa, a PhD student in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering (CME), won the Best Paper Award with his paper “Real-time Accident Detection: Coping with Imbalanced Data.” He received a $1000 award during the ITE Illinois Section Annual Banquet at The Union League Club of Chicago on January 25. The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) is an international professional society of more than 13,000 transportation engineers.  “I am extremely honored to be receiving such an important award. Being awarded with the best paper award only one year after starting my PhD program…
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CME Student Jacob with 3D Chicago project
Engineering Students Build 3D Model of Chicago’s Loop
Civil and Materials Engineering (CME) students rebuilt Chicago’s iconic skyline. Under the direction of Professor Sybil Derrible, CME junior Jacob Miguest spent the summer laying the ground work for a 3D metropolis in the College of Engineering’s Makerspace. Now, the mini metropolis is on display in the CME department’s atrium in the Engineering Research Facility, 842 W. Taylor St. “The miniature replica was created to provide a model of the Chicago Loop to analyze how cities are built,” said Miguest, who printed more than 100 buildings. “The purpose is to look at the density, spacing, and logic of how buildings are placed in Chicago.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbr1HoanJic Setting up engineering students for success Miguest isn’t the only student learning from the project.…
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Making City Infrastructure More Resilient
The systems that help us heat and cool our homes, provide drinking water, take away our garbage, let us communicate instantly with one another and enable travel — collectively known as infrastructure — will need to be designed differently in the future to become more sustainable and resilient. In a paper published in MRS Energy & Sustainability, University of Illinois at Chicago civil engineer Sybil Derrible lays out two key sustainability principles that can be applied to infrastructure systems that would make cities both more sustainable and more resilient: reducing the demand for resources — whether it’s water, electricity or additional transportation infrastructure like roads — and increasing the supply of those resources, within reason. Read the full story at UIC Today.
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CME's Nancy Holmes
College of Engineering’s First Female Graduate
Today, about 25 percent of workers in STEM careers — those involving science, technology, engineering and math — are women. But back in 1968, when Nancy Holmes was the first woman to earn a degree in engineering from the UIC College of Engineering, the percentage of women in science or engineering careers was diminishingly small. For Holmes, who grew up in Oak Park, the probability that she would go into the sciences was high from the start — several uncles and her grandfather were civil engineers, her brother is an architectural engineer, her father was an engineer at Zenith Radio and two aunts had advanced math degrees. Her mother had a job in hospital nutrition and was well-versed in chemistry.…
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