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Two Undergrads Awarded 2017 Lloyd Scholarships

Joseph Millick and Wesley Skelley, both undergraduates in the University of Arizona Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, are 2017 recipients of the Bill Lloyd Scholarship from the Arizona Builders Alliance.  The scholarship – named after Bill Lloyd Sr., founder of Lloyd Construction and 1970 graduate of the UA College of Engineering – recognizes outstanding UA engineering students pursuing careers in construction. ABA members have raised more than $101,000 for students...



UA Conference Investigates Role of Scientists in International Diplomacy

At the Feb. 22-24 University of Arizona summit on science diplomacy and policy, numerous speakers – including a Nobel laureate and former ambassador – reiterated the need to serve as advocates of science, even in times of political turmoil.  Just how best to advocate was a hot topic of discussion at the three-day Science Diplomacy and Policy with Focus on the Americas conference. The event, which was co-chaired by CEEM Department Head Kevin Lansey and research professor Hassan Vafai, emphasized...



From Intern to CEO: CEEM Alum Crawford Receives Legacy Award

CEEM alumnus Dave Crawford is the 2017 recipient of Engineering News-Record, Southwest's Legacy Award. Crawford, who retired as CEO from Sundt Construction earlier this year, got his start at the Arizona-based firm while still a freshman at the University of Arizona. He graduated in 1972 with a bachelor's degree from the department of civil engineering, and continued his tenure at Sundt – gradually working his way through the ranks from intern to CEO. Among the projects Crawford oversaw during...



Undergrads Earn 3rd in Traffic Device Challenge

UA Department of Civil Engineering students Garrett Anderson, Vincent Morello and Lindsey Willman earned third place in the national Traffic Control Device Challenge for their project "The Pima County Split-Face Marker." The 2017 competition, sponsored by the American Traffic Safety Services Association and the Transportation Research Board, invited students across the country to develop traffic control device designs, ideas, enhancements and standards to support advanced vehicle technology,...



WCLS Builds CEEM Students' Confidence

In late September, undergraduate Lissette Flores and recent alumna Rosa Juvera joined 48 other collegiate women interested in construction and engineering at the Kiewit Women’s Construction Leadership Seminar in Omaha, Nebraska. There, they learned more about the construction industry, leadership skills and the diverse opportunities open to women in the field. Flores and Juvera have reported back to the department on their experiences, which Juvera called "inspiring and reassuring.



Chiu Takes Part in $15M Federal Transportation Grant

Associate professor Yi-Chang Chiu will lead a team investigating the efficacy of subsidies, carpooling and vehicle-sharing business models in helping transit operators improve users' mobility, as part of $15 million multicampus grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Portland State University's Transportation Research and Education Center will administer the grant and use it to expand its National Institute for Transportation and Communities program, of which the UA is now an...



CEEM Celebrates Stellar Homecoming 2016

Halloween weekend was also a full Homecoming weekend for the UA department of civil engineering and engineering mechanics. The festivities on Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, included the College's 53rd annual Engineers Breakfast, the department's biannual Centennial Lecture, the dedication of the Nowatzki Lecture Hall and the 11th annual CEEM Homecoming BBQ. On Friday, alumna and clean-water advocate Marla Smith-Nilson delivered the 2016 Centennial Lecture. In it, Smith-Nilson, founder...



UA Design-Build Team Selected as Regional Finalists

In an impressive first showing, the new University of Arizona design-build team were among nine regional finalists in the 2016 National Design-Build Student Competition held by the Design-Build Institute of America. The DB Wildcats team – composed of civil engineering undergraduates Luis Flores, Robert Melvin and Nicholas Tritz and architecture students Tasanee Durrett and Kevin Yingst – contended against 30 other teams to demonstrate design-build best practices by planning the construction of...



Need Homecoming Parking? CEEM-Developed App Can Help

Thanks to associate professor Yi-Chang Chiu, finding a parking spot for the department's 2016 Homecoming celebration is as simple as pressing a button. His company, Metropia, has partnered with UA Parking and Transportation Services to track parking lot capacity for all UA home football games, including Saturday's Homecoming game against Stanford. Users of the Metropia mobile app can simply choose the lot they want and the time they plan to leave for the game, and the app will guide them to the...



Aifantis Predicts Materials Failure from the Tiniest of Grains

Associate professor Katerina Aifantis has received a three-year, $840,000 Department of Energy award to study mechanical processes at the nanoscale. Her team is using the grant to study plasticity, one of the most vexing problems in mechanical engineering, in which elements or mechanical stresses introduced to solid materials cause deformations that affect the materials’ strength and electrical and thermal conductivity – softening or strengthening steel, for example. They are developing...

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