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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,...



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...

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