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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...



'Snapshot' of Alumnus Benny Young

Benny J. Young, who earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Arizona in 1974, has spent more than 40 years working in the public sector. Currently serving as interim director of public works and facilities in Monterey County, California, he says his favorite part of the job is "completing projects that benefit our communities."Photo courtesy of the Salinas Californian



Accidental Discovery by CEEM Alumnus Could Save Billions of Dollars

A team including Rudra Pratap, chair of the Centre for Nano Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, has found a way to etch nanocircuits on silicon chips at room temperature. The technique could lower production costs, accelerate research at the fundamental chip level and revolutionize the semiconductor industry. Pratap received a master's degree in engineering mechanics from the UA in 1987. 



Honoring Ed Nowatzki

The University of Arizona department of civil engineering and engineering mechanics honored alumnus Edward A. Nowatzki at our 2016 Homecoming celebration – and you're invited to continue supporting his memory. Ed Nowatzki, who received his PhD from CEEM in 1966, passed away on May 4, 2015. He was an engineer, educator, consultant and mentor who touched the lives of thousands of students and colleagues over a career that spanned more than 50 years. During his life, Ed was recognized with...



CEEM Student Takes Water Conservation Principles to Kids

Middle and high school students around Arizona will have hands-on opportunities to learn about water conservation, engineering and their local water supplies, thanks to civil engineering doctoral student Chris Horstman and Aqualibrium Arizona. Based on an international educational competition, the program began in Oro Valley three years ago. This year, teachers from the ENGR 102 High School course will take it to classrooms across the state.

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