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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...



Recent Alumna Reports Back After CI Student Days Conference

Abby Davidson, who received her bachelor's degree in May, was one of 36 attendees of the ASCE Construction Institute's 2016 Student Days conference. The annual event features a variety of professional and technical presentations, a site tour, team-building and speed networking. At its heart is the Heavy Civil Engineering Team Challenge, in which students compete to create a bid package for a real-world construction job and present their proposal to construction professionals. Davidson's team...



CEEM Is Getting Set for Homecoming 2016

The UA department of civil engineering and engineering mechanics is getting ready, getting set and taking reservations for our 11th annual Homecoming celebration, which will take place on Oct. 28-29. The festivities begin on Friday, Oct. 28, with the College's annual Engineers' Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Please register online if you are interested in attending. Then, at noon on Friday, alumna and clean-water advocate Marla Smith-Nelson will deliver the 2016 Centennial Lecture in Room 211 of...



Clean-Water Advocate to Deliver 2016 Centennial Lecture

Marla Smith-Nilson, who received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Arizona in 1991 and the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the UA department of civil engineering and engineering mechanics in 2007, will offer the department's 2016 Centennial Lecture. Her presentation will be held on Friday, Oct. 28, at noon in Room 211 of the Education Building, as part of CEEM's Homecoming celebration. Smith-Nilson, an advocate for clean water in impoverished areas, has...

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