2017

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College of Engineering’s First Professorship Empowers Talented Faculty
Donor, volunteer, mentor, advisor, instructor, and friend Christopher Burke has for more than a decade shared his time, resources, and business acumen with UIC’s College of Engineering. Recently, the College celebrated the investiture of Farhad Ansari, PhD, as the inaugural recipient of The Christopher B. and Susan S. Burke Professorship, the first endowed professorship in the UIC Department of Civil and Materials Engineering.Dr. Ansari (PhD ’83), UIC Distinguished Professor, currently serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and as a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering. Acknowledged as the pioneer in applying optical fiber sensors for structural health monitoring, he has consulted on and designed structural monitoring systems for bridges around the world, including New York’s…
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CME Students Awarded Scholarships from UIC
CME students have been winning scholarships throughout the school year and the accolades continue to flood the department.Lisha Wu was awarded the Chancellor’s Graduate Research Award for her research on the Removal of Chromium from water using Sustainable Manganese Oxide Based Sorbents and received a $5,000 prize. She is working under the direction of Associate Professor Amid Khodadoust in the Environmental Separations Lab.Since its inception in 2009, the Chancellor’s Graduate Research Award has supported multidisciplinary scholarship in an attempt to expose graduate students to varied research and creative fields. The award mechanism has naturally evolved into a way for students early in their studies to develop new research directions for their PhD dissertations or terminal degree thesis/capstone project and has…
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CME Students Win Globe Award, Second Place Overall at Engineering Senior Design Expo
A team of CME students won second place overall at the 28th Annual UIC Engineering Senior Design Expo on April 21, 2017 at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago.The team of Mike Anzalone, Mary Cunningham, Yousef Dana, Garret Golden and Stephen Lashock won the Silver Award, which had a prize of $2,000, with their project Grant Park Reef Trail, which used virtual reality during their presentation.The group also won a Globe Award in the Infrastructure Improvement category. The expo was made up of 130 projects, which were presented by more than 500 students competing in five categories.The goal of the Grant Park Reef Trail project is to renovate Monroe Harbor to become a positive addition to the existing…
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UIC Nabs Two Wins and Fourth Place Overall at Annual Conference
UIC’s student chapter of ASCE bounced back to the top of the rankings at the recent the Great Lakes Student Conference in Wisconsin. After a rough 2016 performance, UIC placed fourth overall – out of 19 school – during the conference on March 30 to April 1 at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) members competed against 18 universities during the annual conference, which is made up of schools from northern and central Illinois, southern Wisconsin, and Indiana, and it is one of the largest regions based on number of schools.The schools competed in a set of eight Civil Engineering-based competitions. The UIC team won two the eight competitions and made significant advances in the…
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Sean Vitousek’s Research is Making Waves
Sean Vitousek, a research assistant professor in CME, led a recent study showing the potential decimation of Southern California’s beaches by the year 2100 that has been making waves in the press.Vitousek and a team of scientists developed computer model called “CoSMoS-COAST” (Coastal Storm Modeling System – Coastal One-line Assimilated Simulation Tool) to predict that with limited human intervention, 31 percent to 67 percent of beaches may become completely eroded (up to existing coastal infrastructure or sea-cliffs) under scenarios of sea-level rise of one to two meters.“Beaches are perhaps the most iconic feature of California, and the potential for losing this identity is real,” said Vitousek, who is the director of the Environmental Fluid Mechanics group at UIC. “The effect of California losing…
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Fulbright Scholar Joins Professor Reddy’s team
  CME Professor Krishna Reddy is passionate about his research on environmental remediation engineering. And it is this passion and expertise that piqued the interest of Dr. Claudio Cameselle and led him to UIC.Cameselle, who is an associate professor at the University of Vigo in Spain, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and reached out to Reddy to work with him in his lab at UIC.The Fulbright Scholarship is an extremely competitive, merit based scholarship that provides international education grants for students and faculty members. Receiving the scholarship is an honor, and hosting a scholar is a tremendous compliment.“Fulbright is a very prestigious scholarship. Somebody with that scholarship must be really talented and vetted through the scholarship review process,” said Reddy, who…
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CME Students Sweep Institute of Transportation Engineers Scholarships
The ITE UIC Chapter is in its first year as a student organization and the members are quickly making a name for themselves as they swept all three awards at the Institute of Transportation Engineers-Illinois Section Scholarship at Carlucci Rosemont in January. The annual banquet also marked the organization’s 50th Anniversary of Illinois Section.Nabin Kafle took home the “Graduate Scholarship Award 2016,” Nima Golshani received the “Best Student Paper Award 2016,” and Yousef Dana nabbed the “Undergraduate Scholarship Award 2016.” The UIC students beat out students from universities throughout Illinois. “It was a great honor to receive the 2016 Graduate Scholarship Award,” said Nabin Kafle, president of the UIC ITE Chapter. “More than winning the award for myself I am…
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Professor Mohammadian Appointed CME Department Head
Professor Abolfozl “Kouros” Mohammadian has been appointed the new Head of UIC’s Department of Civil and Materials Engineering. His appointment started on Jan. 1, 2017. As the department head, Mohammadian will lead a department of 25 faculty members, eight full-time staff members, and continuously growing student body.Mohammadian started his career in CME in 2002 as an assistant professor. He was named an associate professor in 2008, and was promoted to a professor in 2013. As a faculty member, he served as the department’s Director of Graduate Studies, and the associate director of the Center for Supply Chain Management and Logistics.During his tenure at UIC, the prolific professor has won numerous teaching, research, and advising awards from the university and professional organizations.…
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NSBE Hosting Kimley-Horn for Recruitment Event
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is hosting representatives from Kimley-Horn during its general body meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 5 pm in SEO 1000 at UIC. The company is recruiting interns and entry-level positions.
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Civil and Materials Engineering, Computer Science Faculty Researching Real-Time Weld Quality
Welding often occurs late in the manufacturing process, but it is still a crucial part of the procedure. A defective weld can have significant negative impacts, but consistent and accurate fabrication in industries like aerospace, automotive, energy, shipbuilding, and many more is important to keep project costs low and ensure they are completed on time.“Real time process control is critical for avoiding these defects, which include lack of penetration, undercutting, slag entrapment, crater cracks, and burn through,” said Associate Professor Didem Ozevin, of the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering (CME).Ozevin is leading a team of UIC researchers and industrial partners whose research will address the “business problem” of weld quality assurance by developing a combined real-time diagnosis, decision, and control system…
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2016

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Two Students Awarded Chicago Consular Corps Scholarships
Two students from the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering were awarded Chicago Consular Corps Scholarship for the academic year 2016-2017 from UIC’s Office of International Affairs (OIA).Civil Engineering students Negar Kamali Zonouzi and Herbert Nuwaba were honored at OIA’s award ceremony on Nov. 17 at UIC. The ceremony marked the Chicago Consular Corps Scholarship’s 10th anniversary at UIC.The students are two of only 15 successful applicants university-wide who were “favorably reviewed” and awarded the $1,000 scholarship. They also are among the thirteen UIC international degree seeking students who were awarded the scholarships. Two scholarships were awarded to full-time, degree seeking American students. Eligibility for the scholarship is limited to students who have a minimum cumulative UIC GPA of 3.5 (on…
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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 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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Professor Ozevin Awarded Department of Defense Grant
Assistant Professor Didem Ozevin and a team of faculty members from three departments in the College of Engineering received a new $304,997 grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) entitled “C-Mode Scanning Acoustic Microscope for Understanding Fundamentals of Failure in Military Relevant Materials.” Principal Investigator Ozevin is joined by co-PI CME and UIC Distinguished Professor Emeritus Alexander Chudnovsky. Senior partners from CME are Assistant Professor Sheng Wei Chi, Associate Professor Eduard Karpov, and Interim Department Head Karl Rockne. Contributing faculty members from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering are Assistant Professor Sushant Anand, Professor David He, Associate Professor Reza Shahbazian-Yassar, UIC Distinguished Professor Alexander Yarin and Assistant Professor Jie Xu. Assistant Professor Igor Paprotny from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering rounds out…
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Professor Karpov Awarded New NSF Grant
Associate Professor Eduard Karpov has been awarded a new $243,185 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) entitled: “Structural Metamaterials with Saint-Venant Edge Effect Reversal for Static Load Pattern Modification and Recognition.” He is the sole principle investigator of the three-year grant that started on Sept. 15, 2016.The grant supports fundamental research leading to a new class of mechanical metamaterials that, unlike the traditional materials, respond stronger to finer spatial fluctuations in static surface loads than to smooth loads.Metamaterials refers to an exciting class of man-made material systems with engineered internal structure. Specially designed interactions among individual elements of the internal structure lead to a reversal of certain basic properties of natural materials. These new properties unveil practical opportunities that…
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Scholarship Sends Sophomore to London for the Fall
Jigar Gohel, a sophomore in Civil and Mechanical Engineering, is studying in London this fall. The Lakemoor, Ill., resident is one of four UIC students awarded a U.S. State Department Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship to study abroad.Gohel and his peers are among more than 850 American undergraduate students from more than 320 colleges and universities across the United States selected for the honor.The UIC recipients represent the colleges of engineering, education, and liberal arts and sciences.Sponsored by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Gilman International Scholarship Program aims to diversify the group of students who study abroad and their destinations. To be eligible for the award, students must demonstrate financial need by receiving a federal Pell…
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Graduate Student Wins Thesis Competition at The Railway Academic Conference
Summer is a time for many students to take a break from their studies. For Ahmed El-Ghandour, it was time to excel.El-Ghandour, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CME), won the Three-Minute Thesis Competition during The Railway Academic Conference (TRAC) in Urbana, Ill., on July 13. The competition, among graduate students participating in the NURail consortium, allowed students three minutes and a single PowerPoint slide to present their dissertation research. El-Ghandour's research, under the direction of CME Associate Professor Craig Foster, focuses on forces and settlement in rail ballast and the substructure of the rail track system.“I am not surprised that he won,” said Foster. “He put a lot of effort into preparing his presentation,…
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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 own…
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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.
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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.
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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…
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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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Congratulations to CME Professor Craig Foster for being named a 2015-16 US Fulbright Scholar
Congratulations to CME Professor Craig Foster for being named a 2015-16 US Fulbright Scholar! Professor Foster's work is to study Earthen Buildings in India. Earthen buildings are an old technology experiencing renewed interest, both in developing and developed countries, for economic and environmental reasons. Dr. Foster's winning proposal focuses on creating material models that can be used to examine mechanical behavior, predict safe use, and improve performance. This research will examine the interaction of the constituent particles and the addition of natural fibers for ductility, and then the mathematical models will be validated and improved by experiments at the host institution, building a collaboration between experimentalists and modelers.
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Winners of David Boyce Graduate Awards
CME is proud to recognize our department’s four winners of the David Boyce Graduate Awards
CME is proud to recognize our department's four winners of the David Boyce Graduate Awards: Mehran Fasihozaman, Ramin Shabanpour, Mohamadhossein Noruzoliaee and Mahmoud Javanmardi (not pictured). The annual David Boyce Awards competition was established to honor the accomplishments of CME Professor Emeritus of Transportation and Regional Science, Dr. David Boyce—a legend in transportation planning and engineering research. The competition is open to all Ph.D. or Master’s students who are studying transportation at UIC, and the award represents a distinct honor for the recipients who have demonstrated significant achievements in their studies and great potential in transportation research. Congratulations, once again, to these talented graduate students!
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Congratulations to the 2015 winners of the Christopher B. and Susan S. Burke poster competition
Erin Yargicoglu (top left) took first place with, "Evaluation of biochar-amended landfill covers for methane mitigation: Biotic and Physical Factors Affecting Long-Term Performance." Saeed Karim Baba Najad Mamaghani (top right) won second place with, "Reference Free Dynamic Distributed Monitoring of Damage in Bridges" and Ahmadreza Talebian won third place with "Integrated Modeling of High Performance Passenger and Freight Train Operation Planning on Shared Use Corridors."
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Professor Burke inducted into the National Academy of Construction
CME’s Professor of Practice Christopher Burke, PhD, PE, D.WRE. Dist.M.ASCE has been inducted into the National Academy of Construction. Chris is a leading expert in stormwater management, and an excellent instructor and innovative educator for his teaching hydraulics, hydrology and our senior capstone design class. This is the one of many awards Burke has received in recent years. Additional awards include the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award — where he is one of only five Distinguished Fellows in the Chicago area — the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the Purdue Engineering Alumni Association, the Charles Ellet Award from the Western Society of Engineers, the Corporate Philanthropic Award from the West Suburban Philanthropic Network, and…
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Langelier Scholarship
Information, Application for Langelier Scholarship
The Wilfred F. & Ruth Davison Langelier Scholarships in Sanitary/Environmental Engineering will be made available to undergraduate students majoring in Civil Engineering and/or whose main field of study is Sanitary/Environmental Engineering, principally concerned with the area of water and waste water treatment and environmental water quality management and control.Apply at Langelier Scholarship.
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Professor Ozevin Receives $500,000 NSF CAREER Award
Assistant Professor Didem Ozevin received the $500,000 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for her project entitled “CAREER: Engineered Spatially Periodic Structure Design Integrated with Damage Detection Philosophy.” This project is from June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2021. Read more
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Professor Sheng-Wei Chi Awarded New $149,302 Grant
CME Assistant Professor Sheng-Wei Chi has been awarded a new $149,302 grant entitled "Meshfree Modeling of Munitions Penetration in Soils" from the Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP). Associate Professor Craig Foster is co-PI on the grant, which runs from Feb. 26, 2016 to Feb. 26, 2017.The objective of this proposal is to develop physically based models to predict the penetration depth of common military munitions in various soil conditions. Ultimately, the models will be used to determine probable depths of munitions in the soil of formerly used defense sites in support of planning for remediation. These results will be used to aid sensor detection and removal of these munitions.To model munitions penetration, a meshfree framework…
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Professor Krishna Reddy Awarded $77,150 Supplement Grant
Professor Krishna Reddy received a $77,150 supplement grant to his National Science Foundation (NSF) project entitled "Modeling Coupled Dynamic Processes in Landfills: Holistic Long-Tern Performance Management to Improve Sustainability." In September, Reddy was been awarded a three-year $280,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a model to transform dry-tomb landfills into efficient waste treatment systems. The award amount with this amendment totals $356,431 and ends August 31, 2018.“This project will develop a new coupled mathematical tool to enable the design and operation of stable, effective and sustainable engineered landfills, thereby minimizing long-term risks to the surrounding environment and public,” said Reddy. “The tool will enable practitioners and regulators to predict the highly complex landfill stabilization period, and allow…
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Sean Vitousek
Q&A with CME’s New Faculty Member Sean Vitousek
How did you become interested in engineering? I became interested in engineering in College. I had a fantastic Civil Engineering professor (David Billington) who taught how works of engineering can transcend simple infrastructure and become art. Not art only in the sense that works of civil engineering are visually impressive, but art in the sense that they are a thoughtful convergence of form and function.What experiences led you to this position? My experience growing up in Hawaii has led to my current research. I have always loved waves and the ocean. The ocean is a very dynamic and unpredictable environment. While working on my master’s degree and Ph.D., I became very interested in numerical simulation, using computers to solve physics…
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Q&A with CME’s New Faculty Member Joseph Schulenberg
How did you become interested in engineering? I’ve always been able to do math and science work, so a profession in engineering seemed to make sense. I would have to say that it may have begun playing in the sand as a child building sand castles. You learn that your structure will be stable until it dries, walls can only be built so high. Later this makes sense based on your understanding of surface tension and capillary pressure, but as a kid you just observe.What experiences led you to this position? The short answer is that I worked with a highway department and then a small consulting firm over summers while in engineering school. I worked in consulting for a…
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CME Student Snapshot: John Mulrow is a Man on a Mission
John Mulrow is going to change the world for the better! He is about to complete his Master’s Degree in Civil and Materials Engineering with a focus on Environmental Engineering. With two additional years of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, you would think the 29-year-old would be eager to start working on his Ph.D. Instead, the new CME alumnus is getting ready to report for basic training with the U.S. Army.“I’m taking a little hiatus from the studies to be certified as a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear response specialist for the Illinois National Guard,” said Mulrow. “I’m taking a break to do that, and then I’ll come back to my studies.”Before coming to UIC, the Wheaton, Ill. native was a…
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Students Restart Organization to Help Those in Need
The UIC community is encouraged to be leaders and facilitate positive social change through service. Now, all engineering students have a new opportunity to help others through the re-established Engineers Without Borders USA at UIC (EWB-USA at UIC).EWB-USA at UIC is a community of driven students and professionals who build a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.The founding members recently received official approval from both UIC Campus Programs and EWB-USA to start a UIC chapter. The chapter is off to a strong start with approximately 20 people attending general meetings. However, there is still a lot of room for more students to…
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ASCE Members Compete at Great Lakes Student Conference
UIC placed in the top half of the highly competitive Great Lakes Student Conference on April 14-16 at IIT in Chicago.The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) members competed against 18 universities during the annual conference, which is made up of schools from southern Wisconsin, northern and central Illinois, and Indiana, and it is one of the largest regions based on number of schools.The schools competed in a set of Civil Engineering-based competitions. At a regional level, eight competitions are typically hosted.Two of the most anticipated competitions were the Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge competitions.Building a canoe with concrete doesn’t make much sense – unless you are a civil engineer.“The canoe competition is one of many competitions in which students…
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2015

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Dr. Farhad Ansari Named Distinguised Professor
Congratulations to Dr. Farhad Ansari, of the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering, on being named a UIC Distinguished Professor. Dr. Ansari was recommended by a review panel of UIC Distinguished Professors, and the prestigious designation was bestowed upon him by the University Board of Trustees for his outstanding contributions to research and leadership
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Professor Reddy Awarded Three Year Grant
Congratulations to Professor Krishna Reddy for his new three year grant from the National Science Foundation entitled “Modeling Coupled Dynamic Processes in Landfills: Holistic Long-Term Performance Management to Improve Sustainability.” The grant is for $279,281, and this is Professor Reddy’s second active NSF grant in this area.Abstract This project will develop a new coupled mathematical tool to enable the design and operation of stable, effective and sustainable engineered landfills, thereby minimizing long-term risks to the surrounding environment and public. The tool will enable practitioners and regulators to predict the highly complex landfill stabilization period, and allow for the planning of beneficial reuse of landfill space, such as recreational facilities, by accurately accounting for a differential settlement and stabilization period. With…
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Congratulations to Associate Professor Jane Lin on receiving new NSF grant
Congratulations to Associate Professor Jane Lin on receiving a new three-year collaborative NSF grant entitled “Smart CROwdsourced Urban Delivery (CROUD) System.” The project will build on collaboration between a CROUD-based technology firm, Zipments, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northwestern University. The total funding for the project is $1,000,000, with $320,000 coming to UIC over three years. Abstract The thesis of the CROUD is the ability, enabled by recent advances in communication and ubiquitous mobile computing, to match highly fragmented transport capacities with vastly diverse demand for urban deliveries, temporally, spatially and in real-time. The project will build on collaboration between a CROUD-based technology firm, Zipments, and two research universities, Northwestern University (NU) and University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC),…
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UIC Engineering Students Presenting Award-Winning Project at WEFTEC 2015
In April, a group of UIC students won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Campus RainWorks Challenge, which is a national competition the EPA holds for university student groups to design green storm water infrastructure on their campus.Now, the UIC team is bringing the project to McCormick Place in Chicago for one of the largest water quality conferences in the world.The team was invited by the Water and Environment Federation, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to present their project at WEFTEC 2015, which is the Water Environment Federation's annual conference that brings together thousands of professionals involved with water quality science and engineering. The conference is Sept. 26 to 30, and the UIC team is slated to present their award-winning…
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CEPAC Scholarship Reception and Awards Dinner
CEPAC Scholarship Reception and Awards DinnerLives were changed on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, as UIC’s Civil Engineering Professional Advisory Council met with CME’s undergraduate students for the Scholarship Reception and Awards Dinner at UIC. Through the generosity of donors and partners, CME awarded scholarships to 39 students. The support helps UIC in our mission to continue to provide access to excellence and success for our students. Board members added warmth to the introductions as they detailed the scholarship requirements and the interests and accomplishments of the donors. At the event, students received a certificate, and, in many cases, they were able to meet the donor of their scholarship or a corporate representative as they networked during dinner and after the…
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2014

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UIC ASCE Students Win Big at Great Lakes Regional Conference; Head to Nationals
In the 2014 ASCE Regional Student Conference, UIC’s ASCE group placed third in the overall competition— securing their spot in the National Competition. The ASCE student engineering organization competes annually in eight different events during this regional conference—against 17 major universities in the Midwestern Great Lakes Region."We are very proud of our group's accomplishments this year and look forward to continuing our successful traditions in the coming years," says Matt Boladz, ASCE UIC Chapter Vice President, and participant in the Steel Bridge competition.The Environmental Team Members: Brian Kubilius, Alejandro Trujillo, Joe Guido and Neal Anderson took home first place in this category, boosting UIC's overall score in the regional contest.The complete listing of scores for UIC in the Great Lakes…
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Congratulations to CME’s Ph.D. candidate Sk Nasir Ahmad on winning the 2014-15 IESP Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
Congratulations to CME's Ph.D. candiate Sk Nasir Ahmad on winning the 2014-15 Institute for Environmental Science and Policy Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. Ahmad's main goal is to better understand how energy and environmental resources are being consumed in the world, using concepts from the novel science of complexity. Ahmad, advised by Professor Sybil Derrible, began work on his research project“Water Consumption Networks in the United States” in 2013 and is now formalizing and applying the network methodology to multiple datasets in the world—including the World Bank’s 1,300 indicators. The paper for this project, "Evolution of Water Consumption in the USA: A Network Approach," is pending publication. In addition to his IESP fellowship, Ahmad also won a fellowship in February 2014 to attend…
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Soheil Hosseini
Congratulations to Soheil Hosseini on winning the 2014-15 Institute for Environmental Policy Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
Congratulations to Soheil Hosseini on winning the 2014-15 Institute for Environmental Policy Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. Hosseini, a third year Environmental Engineering Ph.D. student advised by Interim Department Head, Professor Karl Rockne, initially worked on the Great Lakes Sediment Surveillance Program (GLSSP) funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), doing in-depth field research, while mentoring and training undergraduate interns in the lab to perform multi-stage analysis on tight deadlines. With his award-winning research project, "Controls on the Accumulation and Transformation of Semi-Volatile Halogenated Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxic Compounds in the Great Lakes," Hosseini seeks to better understand processes affecting both the sources and fate of persistent bioaccumulative toxic compounds (PBTs) in the Great Lakes sediment, so that he can contribute to the…
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Bo Zou
ABC7 Chicago interviewed CME Assistant Professor Bo Zou
Local news ABC7 Chicago interviewed CME Assistant Professor Bo Zou after the incident on Friday at O'Hare Airport where vital operations equipment was damaged—grounding more than 400 flights to the international airport. Zou, who is already working with the Federal Aviation Administration on a grant-funded project, spoke to ABC7 Chicago the same day, explaining some of the issues involved in the getting air traffic back to normal. Watch the video and read the interview now. Read More »
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Krishna Reddy
Congratulations to CME’s Professor Krishna Reddy, Ph.D., named 2014 Distinguished Researcher of the Year
This award, presented by the UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, recognizes Dr. Reddy's excellence in using research as a tool to improve society and promote environmental stewardship. His research focuses on solving a number of emerging environmental challenges in waste management using innovative approaches, like phytoremediation—a green technology that utilizes plants to mitigate environmental problems without having to excavate contaminant material and dispose of it elsewhere. In contrast to traditional remediation, Dr. Reddy's research takes a holistic approach that strives to maximize the environmental, social, and economic benefits of a project. He developed a new Social Sustainability Evaluation Matrix to assess socio-economic considerations in selecting remedial technologies based on site-specific conditions. This uniquely addresses the challenging issue…
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Elevating Excellence at CME’s 2014 CEPAC Awards
Less financial stress. More time to study, pursue internships and participate in professional student organizations. For some undergraduate students in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering, having these small luxuries can either be the key or a hurdle to their academic success. Recognizing that financial demands could impact student performance, CME’s Civil Engineering Professional Advisory Council (CEPAC) reached out to their network—establishing scholarships to assist students who demonstrated both financial need and academic excellence.In his opening remarks for the 2014 CEPAC Awards, the Council’s Chairman Kenneth E. Nelson, P.E., delved into the history of CME and CEPAC's partnership, talking about how the Department and Council have worked together diligently over the years to identify and resolve some of the…
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2013

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SURF – the Sustainable Remediation Forum
Are you interested in emerging technologies in environmental remediation? Are you looking for a place where you can discuss sustainable remediation practices with your peers, network with professionals in the environmental industry, and contribute your own ideas to the growing field of green and sustainable remediation?Consider joining UIC’s student chapter of SURF – the Sustainable Remediation Forum!Click here for complete info.
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CME student Suriya Vallamsundar receives the Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship Award.
Suriya VallamsundarSuriya is a final year PhD student in the department of Civil and Materials Engineering at UIC. Her research advisor is Dr. Jane Lin. Her research interests include sustainable transportation planning, vehicular emission, air quality estimation, and health impact assessment. Her PhD research focuses on developing an integrated framework to evaluate the environmental and human exposure to vehicular traffic. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a career in academia by developing models that help policy makers evaluate transportation investments based not just on profitability, but also on sustainability and socio-economic value.She received the ASCE Transportation Group Scholarship Award for the Illinois section and Leadership Legacy Scholarship from Women in Transportation Science. Suriya is originally from India, holds a Bachelors in…
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ASME 2013 congress in San Diego California
There will be a special symposium honoring professor Alexander Chudnovsky during the ASME 2013 congress. To submit your abstract go to the ASME Congress 2013 web site http://www.asmeconferences.org/Congress2013/, then to the Track Mechanics of Solids, Structures and Fluids and open #10-24 Symposium on Fracture and Lifetime of Materials. If the website is asking you for a member ID number that means you have participated in an ASME event before. If you do not have this number handy please contact Customer Care at customercare@asme.org to obtain your member ID. Deadline extended to February 14.
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Zahra Heidary
CME student Zahra Heidary receives the Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship Award.
Zahra HeidaryZahra Heidary is a PhD student in the Civil Engineering Department. Zahra worked as a full time trainee in an engineering company which does structural design and computer modeling. Since January 2010, she has been working with Dr. Ozevin in the field of nondestructive testing of civil structures. Her PhD research focuses on developing numerical methods to enhance traditional acoustic emission techniques and transform the practice of damage detection by providing efficient real-time continuous monitoring of the safety of civil structures. In addition to her PhD research, she completed an independent study on the crack detection in orthotropic bridge decks using acoustic emission.Zahra received a Graduate Student Fellowship award for the 2012 NSF CMMI engineering research conference and selected…
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2012

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Consider joining UIC’s student chapter of SURF – the Sustainable Remediation Forum
Are you interested in emerging technologies in environmental remediation? Are you looking for a place where you can discuss sustainable remediation practices with your peers, network with professionals in the environmental industry, and contribute your own ideas to the growing field of green and sustainable remediation?Consider joining UIC’s student chapter of SURF – the Sustainable Remediation Forum!Click here for complete info.
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Qin Chen and Andrea Hicks
Two CME students receive the Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship Award.
Qin ChenQin Chen received the B.S degree in transportation engineering from Tongji University, Shanghai, China in 2008. She is currently pursuing the PhD degree in civil and material engineering and serves as Research Assistant in Urban Transportation Center, UIC.Qin works with Dr. Jane Lin on freight transportation and city logistics. Her research is particularly focus on urban cooperative delivery----a last mile solution for sustainable and efficiency logistics system. By establishing cooperation among the supplier, carrier and customer, the urban cooperative delivery can better utilize the resource and significantly alleviate the urban congestion and environmental problem with the co-benefit of reducing the logistics costs. The social benefits include the reduction of number of trucks and vehicle mile travel (VMT), less emission…
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Professor Mohammadian and CME student Joshua Auld win the Ryuichi Kitamura Paper Award
The Kitamura Paper AwardThe travel behavior and modeling community lost a great thinker and researcher with the passing of Professor Ryuichi Kitamura on February 19, 2009. In honor of his commitment to student success and co-authorship of papers, the Travel Analysis Methods Section (ADB00) of the Transportation Research Board has instituted the Ryuichi Kitamura Award for the Best Paper by a Student co-authored with a Mentor.We are pleased to announce that the winner of the TRB Travel Analysis Methods Section Kitamura Paper Award is:"Planning Constrained Destination Choice in the ADAPTS Activity Based Model"by Joshua Auld and Kouros Mohammadian, University of Illinois, ChicagoAbstractThis paper describes a destination choice model estimated for Chicago using a recent survey and a previously developed model…
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2011

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ASCE Student Chapter for UIC received 1st place overall at the ASCE Great Lakes Student Conference
This three day event consisted of 18 different colleges in the Great Lakes Region with a total of 7 individual competitions including Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe. UIC excelled in each individual competition and was crowned the ASCE Great Lakes Champion, beating other top contending schools such as University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, University of Evansville, and University of Wisconsin-Madison.ASCE UIC Student ChapterOVERALL FINAL RESULTSSurveying1 – UIC2 – Trine3 – Bradley4 – UWM5 – Rose-Hulman6 – Marquette7 – Evansville8 – MSOE9 – USI10 – IPFW11 – IIT12 – Valpo13 – UW-MadisonEnvironmental1 – Trine 12 – UIC 13 – Marquette4 – USI5 – Bradley 56 – Bradley 27 – IIT8 – Bradley 79 – Bradley 610 – Evansville 111 – Bradley 412…
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CME Head & Professor named president of ISHMII
Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce that Professor Farhad Ansari has been elected President of the International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (ISHMII). This honor is not surprising as Farhad is known worldwide for his work on structural monitoring, which includes current projects such as his work on the celebrated Brooklyn Bridge. Please join me in congratulating Farhad Ansari. Sincerely, Peter Nelson, Dean College of Engineering
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CME Library Dedication to Dr. Robert Bryant
On November 11, 2009, the CME department dedicated its library to Dr. Robert H. Bryant. Dr. Bryant, a great teacher, an honorable and respected professor in the discipline of structural engineering, and a great attribute to the CME department, joined the Department in 1963 and retired in 1999.After his retirement, Dr. Bryant continued to contribute to the Department in many ways by teaching key structural related courses, established linkage with the industry through the formation of the Civil Engineering Professional Advisory Council (CEPAC), and shared his academic and professional experiences with the student and faculty. The library was dedicated to honor Professor Bryant’s devotion to the CME Department and the students. Those in attendance included Professor Bryant and his spouse,…
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In Memoriam Robert Bryant, CME professor
CME PROFESSORROBERT H. BRYANTThe Memorial Service is Sunday 01/17/2010 at 2:00 PM at Robert's church,North Shore United Methodist Church213 Hazel Ave. (corner of Greenleaf and Hazel Avenues)Glencoe, Illinois 600221/07/2010Robert Bryant "was a cornerstone of the department."From UIC News, Paul FrancuchRobert Bryant, 72, a leading structural engineering consultant and emeritus faculty member in civil and materials engineering, died Jan. 6.“He was a cornerstone of the department,” said Farhad Ansari, professor and department head who first met Bryant as a UIC graduate student.Chien Wu, professor of civil and materials engineering, remembers Bryant as “such a special, yet ordinary man, who was most dedicated to his work and family.”Longtime colleague Donald Lemke, associate professor of civil and materials engineering, said Bryant believed a…
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CME students form partnerships for international research, education and gain cultural experiences
National Science Foundation Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE) Grant Recipient: Farhad Ansari, Department Head & Professor UIC Civil & Materials Engineering The NSF-PIRE-ISHM grant in Civil and Materials Engineering seeks to establish a collaborative US-Asia network of centers to pursue basic research and education in the area of Intelligent Structural Health Management (ISHM) of Safety-Critical Structures. The partner organizations are: U.S.A . University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Northwestern University (NU) ASIA Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) in China Pusan National University (PNU) in South Korea Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IITM) National Aerospace Labs (NAL) GE India Technology Center (GEIT), in Bangalore, India. These groups from the four countries bring a complementary set of science and technology…
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Dr. Karpov New NSF Grant
NSF CBET-1033290 ($217,167) "Catalothermionic Solid State Electric Generator with Nonadiabatic Functionality" The project explores the possibility of a novel type of higher efficiency, chemically driven solid state electric generators. This perspective technology will utilize nanostructured materials to incorporate the nonadiabatic energy conversion processes similar to those in solar cells, but utilize catalytic oxidation of hydrogen to water as the energy source. The project is opening the area of chemovoltaics, analogous to photovoltaics.Additional information: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1033290
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Computer Modeling to Build Better Mud Bricks
Computer Modeling to Build Better Mud Bricks
Computer Modeling to Build Better Mud BricksRammed earth and stabilized mud block or brick are cheap, easy to make, usually durable materials widely used for building homes and low-level structures, especially in developing countries. Despite their widespread use and long history, the structural properties of these materials are not well understood, so how they could be manufactured to better withstand destructive natural forces, such as earthquakes and weathering, remains a goal. Craig Foster, assistant professor of civil and materials engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, hopes a specially tailored set of computer models he is developing may provide the necessary answers. He has just won a three-year, $243,000 National Science Foundation grant to conduct the work. Foster will…
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CME Alumnus, Professor Dov Leshchinsky, wins the 2010 ASCE Martin S. Kapp Award
The 2010 Martin S. Kapp Foundation Engineering Award is presented to Dov Leshchinsky, Ph.D., M.ASCE for his innovative contribution to the unified method of design and analysis of earth retaining structures and slopes as well as the implementation of such technology through computer software and continuing education. Professor Leshchinsky is a highly recognized professor and researcher in geotechnical engineering, with a focus in the fields of earth retaining structures and slope engineering. His computer codes for the design of mechanically stabilized earth walls and steep soil slopes is world renown. Professor Leshchinsky is also very actively involved in continuing education efforts in the field of geotechnical engineering and has taught countless short courses and seminars for both national and international…
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CME’s Professor of Practice, Chris Burke, wins the 2010 ASCE Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award
The 2010 Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award is presented to Christopher B. Burke, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE for outstanding service to the profession of engineering demonstrated by technical merits, leadership efforts in his company and in classrooms and laboratories at several universities, and his commitment to improving the civil engineering profession through the guidance of young engineers. Dr. Burke has advanced the profession through the employment and development of many civil engineers. In 1986, he started a consulting engineering and surveying firm. It has since grown to 420 employees and brings in fifty interns during the summer. Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. (CBBEL) is headquartered in Rosemont, Illinois with nine branch offices in Illinois and Indiana. Dr. Burke has actively…
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Reception Honoring Alfred Benesch & Company and Mr. Harold Sandberg, Chairman Emeritus
Reception Honoring Alfred Benesch & Company and Mr. Harold Sandberg, Chairman EmeritusThe Alfred Benesch & Company engineering firm is a mainstay of the CEPAC board and the College of Engineering Advisory Board. For decades, Benesch has funded scholarships for civil engineering students, provided internships, and hired graduates while guiding them through their engineering career. No wonder that UIC alumni make solid careers with the firm!The Department of Civil and Materials Engineering proudly presented a plaque of appreciation to David Morrill as a Benesch representative to CEPAC to commemorate this long relationship.Current Benesch Chairman of the Board Muthiah Kasi follows in that tradition as a member of the College and departmental advisory boards. Kasi funds annual scholarships for civil engineering undergraduates…
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