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Kevin Lansey and Cac Dao Discuss Microcampus Program in Phnom Penh

On Jan. 13-15, civil engineering and engineering mechanics department head Kevin Lansey traveled with professor of practice Cac Dao to visit the American University of Phnom Penh, or AUPP, to discuss the microcampus program. Lansey and Dao met with AUPP officials Kenneth Dunn, president of AUPP; Nial Farrell, vice president of academic affairs; and Hillary Vance, director of the UA Southeast Asia Program. The group discussed the curriculum for a complete program beginning in Spring of 2018,...



ASCE 2018 Steel Bridge Team Works with Real-World Operations to Refine Design

Thanks to supporters Tucson Electric Power, CAID Industries, J.B. Steel and QuakeWrap, the ASCE 2018 Steel Bridge team has been hard at work over the past year. After developing a design in the fall, the team has been working to turn their concept into a reality and meeting with engineers at Quakewrap to review the design. Quakewrap engineers offered a few insights into the bridge's behavior for the team to consider. The steel bridge team also visited J.B. Steel to tour its fabrication shop...



Amanda Wittenborn Selected for Kiewit's Women's Construction Leadership Seminar

On Jan. 23-24, 2018, at Kiewit's training center in Denver, Colorado, CEEM undergraduate Amanda Wittenborn joined collegiate women from around the country to learn more about leadership and the construction industry at the Women's Construction Leadership Seminar. A Well-Organized Event Led by Remarkable Women I felt extremely honored to participate in Kiewit's Women's Construction Leadership Seminar. After a summer internship in the construction industry, I already had questions about...



Architectural Engineering Program Launches at UA, Gives Students Real-World Insights

The Architectural Engineering Program at the University of Arizona launched in fall 2017 with an inaugural cohort of 14 sophomore students. In this major, students were exposed to principles of architecture such as building design and lighting, and engineering principles such as structures, foundations, construction, mechanical and electrical. Architectural engineering at UA is designed to be more than just theoretical, giving students a taste of what will be expected of them and how their...



Contributions to Nondestructive Evaluation Earn Kundu ASME Accolade

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, or ASME, has recognized UA professor Tribikram Kundu for his work in nondestructive evaluation with the 2017 Founders Award, the most prestigious honor of the Nondestructive Evaluation, Diagnostics and Prognostics Division of ASME. The award highlights Kundu’s contributions to the field, from having published 326 technical papers -- 166 of which have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals -- to his five research monographs and two...



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...

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