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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...



CEEM Students Take 1st in PSWC Design-Build/Construction Competition

On April 7, members of the new UA chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America joined forces with the UA chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers to dominate the 2017 PSWC Design-Build/Construction competition at the ASCE Pacific Southwest Conference in Irvine, California. This was the first time the event was offered at PSWC, ASCE's regional conference for 18 student groups in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada. The competition (PDF) required a 24-page report with project...



Researcher's Traffic Startup Smooths Traffic Snarls

Most people are aggravated by waiting in line at the amusement park, but associate professor Yi-Chang Chiu was inspired. The park's policy of granting visitors ride passes for later entry – reducing line wait times – intrigued the transportation engineer. Could similar technology give commuters incentives to help improve traffic flow? Chiu developed the Metropia mobile app, which gives commuters advanced traffic-prediction and vehicle-routing technology so that they can make choices to help...



Design Day 2017: The Next Big Thing, 100 Times Over

Engineering affects virtually every aspect of our lives, and at the University of Arizona's Engineering Design Day on May 1, more than 500 students – including six seniors from the UA Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics displaying their concrete canoe – inte​nd to prove it. The public is invited to see the displays in the Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom and on the UA Mall from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., and to attend the awards ceremony in the ballroom from 4 to 5:...



CEEM Graduate Students Win 2017 GPSC Awards

Doctoral students Andisheh Ranjbari and Amin Ariannezhad were both honored by the University of Arizona Graduate and Professional Student Council at the 2017 GPSC Achievement Awards ceremony on April 5. Ranjbari received the University's Outstanding Teaching Assistant award in recognition of her excellent teaching practice and high level of dedication to students. Students praised her ability to explain technical concepts and her willingness, as one wrote, to be "always available to me when I...



Papajohn Shows Students the Business of Engineering

Last year, professor of practice Dean Papajohn and the American Society of Professional Estimators partnered to provide a unique test of engineering students' knowledge of the business side of the industry.  Papajohn, who leads the CEEM construction engineering management emphasis and established the new University of Arizona design-build team, invited ASPE to the UA campus to hold an 11th Hour Bid Simulation – a nearly day-long, hands-on simulation that mimics the engineering project bid...



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,...

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