Metropia Makes GovTech 100

Metropia, the free traffic solution app created by associate professor Yi-Chang Chiu and commercialized through Tech Launch Arizona, has earned a spot in the inaugural GovTech 100. Developed by Government Technology magazine and e.Republic Labs, the list celebrates the "next wave of civic innovation" – those companies that have developed an innovative offering to improve or transform government. Metropia is recognized in the Smart Infrastructure category.The app made its first appearance at the...

Collaboration Key to Pankow Award-Winning Project

On March 17, professor Robert B. Fleischman joined an impressive team of university and industry collaborators onstage at the American Society of Civil Engineers Opal Awards Gala to accept the 2016 Charles Pankow Award for Seismic Design Methodology for Precast Concrete Diaphragms. Appropriately so, according to ASCE, as their research was "a marvel of teamwork." A video celebrating the project debuted at the ceremony and is now available on YouTube.

Lozier Named Water Quality Person of the Year

CEEM alumnus Jim Lozier, who received his master's degree in civil engineering in 1981, was named the 2016 Water Quality Person of the Year by the American Membrane Technology Association and the American Water Works Association. The award, which honors outstanding contributions to water supply improvement, recognizes Lozier's work on water and wastewater treatment, desalination, and water reuse, as well as his leadership on the use of membrane processes in both municipal and industrial markets...

Grad Student Selected for National Award, Leadership Conference

Doctoral student Andisheh Ranjbari has been chosen by the Eno Center for Transportation as the recipient of the 2016 Rodney E. Slater Award and one of 20 participants in the 24th annual Eno Future Leaders Development Conference, which will be held June 5-8 in Washington, D.C. Named after the former secretary of transportation, the Slater Award is given each year to a student in a transportation-related discipline who demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities, a thirst for knowledge and a...

Alum Helps Build the Biggest Lab Experiment in Earth Sciences

According to CEEM alumnus Allan Ortega-Gutiérrez, the Landscape Evolution Observatory at UA's Biosphere 2 "breaks some of the rules" of traditional structural engineering. "LEO is one of those things that becomes a marriage between science and engineering." Researchers use the three huge slopes – consisting of approximately 500 metric tons of crushed basalt – to observe the interactions between air, water, soil, plants and microbes. Ortega-Gutiérrez, who received his master's degree in civil...

In Memoriam: Kenneth G. Renard

The UA department of civil engineering and engineering mechanics is sad to learn of the passing of alumnus Kenneth G. Renard on Feb. 8, 2016. He received his doctorate from CEEM in 1972 and was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009.Renard was an outstanding engineer, a valued leader and an active supporter of the UA College of Engineering. His friends and colleagues in the department will miss him greatly.

Fleischman Receives 2016 Pankow Award

The American Society of Civil Engineers has given the 2016 Charles H. Pankow Award for Innovation to professor Robert B. Fleischman and his co-investigators for a 10-year project that provides new ways for concrete flooring to withstand seismic forces.“We attacked a complicated problem and conducted computer simulation and experimentation to develop a design procedure – then proved it worked in large-scale structural testing, and changed the building codes,” Fleischman said. “I think that’s why...

'A' Mountain, Product of UA Civil Engineers, Celebrates Centennial

One of the University of Arizona's oldest symbols celebrated its 100th year in March 2016. Did you know that the iconic block "A" on Sentinel Peak was masterminded by a civil engineering student? Albert Condron, who also played football for the Wildcats, suggested that the site survey and construction be folded into a class assignment. Photo by Jesus Barrera/The Daily Wildcat 

Duan Helms HEC-RAS 5.0 Workshops

On Jan. 11-12, 2016, associate professor Jennifer Duan led nearly 50 engineers, hydrologists and others working in flood control in a two-day training workshop on HEC-RAS 5.0, the forthcoming upgrade of the Army Corps of Engineers' flow-simulation software. Duan is also developing another 2-D hydraulic modeling software called CHRE2D, or Computational Hydraulics and River Engineering 2-D. She has worked with Tech Launch Arizona to make the program commercially available.  Photo by Paul Tumarkin...

Metropia App to Ease Congestion at Book Festival

Metropia, the free mobile app developed by associate professor Yi-Chang Chiu, will help ease parking frustration for the 130,000 expected attendees of the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books on March 12-13. Thanks to a partnership with UA Parking and Transportation Services, the app will tell drivers which parking areas still have space in nearly real time, allowing them to spend less time searching for a spot and more time enjoying the festivities. Metropia will also be offering raffle prizes to its...



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