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Hunter Brown Receives 2017 DBIA Distinguished Student Leadership Award

The Design-Build Institute of America awarded Hunter Brown, a senior in CEEM with an emphasis in construction, its 2017 Distinguished Student Leadership Award in November. Brown helped establish the DBIA-UA chapter in fall 2016, and has served as president in the chapter’s first two years. With his help, the DBIA-UA chapter has competed in multiple design-build competitions, including the 2016 and 2017 DBIA Nationals and the UA Student Union Rooftop Garden. With Brown as liaison to UA ASCE...



UA Design-Build Team Selected as DBIA Western Pacific Region Finalist

For the second year in a row, a University of Arizona design-build team was among the nine regional finalists in the 2017 National Design-Build Student Competition sponsored by the Design-Build Institute of America, or DBIA. The team, Wildcat Architecture & Engineering, included civil engineering and engineering mechanics majors Max Simon, Gabe Mitchell, Blair Kessler and Alayna Roberts, and architecture major Lydia Roberts. The team received a grant from DBIA to attend the National DBIA...



Construction Student Ana Rapalo-Padilla Invited to ASCE's Construction Institute Student Days

Ana Rapalo-Padilla, a senior in civil engineering construction and Sundt intern, represented the UA at the American Society of Civil Engineers 2017 Construction Institute Student Days, where she and her teammates became the 2017 CI Student Days National Champions.



Civil Engineering Professor, UA Engineering Students Test Science Diplomacy Skills

In September, Hassan Vafai, research professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, organized a trip to Washington to give three students a chance to put their negotiation skills to the test at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Engineering students Leah Kaplan, Andisheh Ranjbari and Stephanie Zawada were among 32 participants -- including students, postdoctoral researchers and professionals from more than 16 countries -- selected by the AAAS...



Construction Engineering Management Students Win Scholarships

Five students from the UA civil engineering department’s construction engineering management emphasis gained real-world knowledge of the construction industry over the summer. Tina Johnsen and Kevin Burruel won the $3,500 Mike Kolling Memorial Scholarship, an award designed to further students’ interest in construction and heavy civil engineering. Kyle DerHaag received the $2,000 Simpson Strong-Tie Scholarship, which was established to support education and promote the design and building of...



Professor Jennifer Duan on Hand to Consolidate New Civil Engineering Bachelor's at AUPP

Jennifer G. Duan, associate professor of civil engineering, visited the American University of Phnom Penh Aug. 8, and held a speaker session to consolidate AUPP's new civil engineering program in collaboration with the UA. The civil engineering program will enable students to learn from UA faculty members, and earn a bachelor's degree from a curriculum that mirrors UA’s ABET-accredited civil engineering program.



Students Explore Water Conservation Balance at Aqualibrium Competition

Students from St. Cyril of Alexandria Middle School participated in the Aqualibrium Arizona water network design challenge April 19-20 at the UA. Under the direction of civil engineering graduate student Chris Horstman, 80 students from the school experienced this hands-on engineering activity, which explored where the students’ water comes from, what civil engineers do, and the importance of conserving this valuable resource in an arid climate. Though international collaboration with the...



UA Civil Engineering Alumna Receives 2017 DBIA Scholarship

Congratulations to recent civil engineering graduate Lissette Flores on receiving the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Western Pacific Region College Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes construction students with academic ability and demonstrated interest in the design-build process. In addition to the $4,000 scholarship, Flores and nine other scholarship recipients traveled to Newport Beach, California, for the May 18 DBIA Awards Ceremony. “The DBIA event was amazing," Flores said...



UA Offers Civil Engineering Learning on a Global Scale at Microcampuses

International students now have opportunities to obtain degrees in civil engineering and other disciplines thanks a unique UA venture called “microcampuses.” A microcampus is created when a partner university allows use of its physical campus and classrooms, and provides a designated space for the UA. This is much more cost-effective than building a new infrastructure abroad. “We are going to gain financially,” said department head Kevin Lansey in an interview with insidehighered.com. “But we...



CEEM Students Design Student Union's New Rooftop Garden

The University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center will be a lot greener come fall 2017, thanks to the efforts of civil engineering undergraduates Nic Tritz, Robert Melvin and Raul Moraga.  The three students, along with teammates Daniel Gillespie and Brian Caplan, took first place – and $1,000 each in food court vouchers – in the UA Rooftop Garden Competition to design desert-friendly rooftop and mall-side gardens. The gardens will provide food for the Student Union's food pantry and...

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