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ASCE: Woodson is New President-Elect; 22 Other National Officers Elected

Congratulations to CEEM Alum Mark Woodson for his new office position!---Article from ASCE website, and may be found here.Mark W. Woodson, P.E., L.S., D.WRE, F.ASCE, president and owner of  Woodson Engineering & Surveying, Inc., of Flagstaff, Arizona, which he founded in 1994, has been elected ASCE’s new president-elect by its members. Woodson, whose 43-year involvement with the Society began as a student at the University of Arizona, has served as ASCE’s treasurer (2007-2009), director for...



Emeritus Regents Professor Awarded Honorary Professorship

Dr. Chandrakant Desai, CEEM Emeritus Regents Professor, was awarded an Honorary Professorship at the University of Nottingham, U.K. The title Honorary Professor is appropriate only for someone worthy of a Chair position at the University or the equivalent, i.e. someone very eminent in their field.  Nominations for serving academics from other world leading universities (whether in the UK or abroad) may be considered only if they hold professorial positions within those institutions....



UA-Developed Mobile App to Help Drivers Steer Clear of Traffic Headaches

Article from College of Engineering website, and may be found here.The Smartrek app, developed by the UA's Yi-Chang Chiu, is set to launch this month in the Los Angeles and Phoenix metro areas. The Smartrek app uses advanced traffic prediction and vehicle routing technology, combined with user rewards, to give drivers the best suggestions for avoiding traffic while helping reduce traffic congestion.When we suddenly realize we're stuck in highway traffic, we usually ask ourselves why didn't we...



UA Civil Engineers Blast-Proof New UN Headquarters in Beirut

Article from College of Engineering website, and may be found here.Rabih Hajjar stands in the U.N. building in Beirut as contractors apply blast-resistant fiber-reinforced polymer to the interior wall. (Quakewrap photo) When UA Civil Engineering Professor Emeritus Mo Ehsani’s company, QuakeWrap, was awarded a contract in fall 2013 to blast-proof the United Nations headquarters in Beirut, a travel ban threatened to stymie the project.QuakeWrap was contracted to retrofit the newly constructed U.N...



Engineering researchers help Tucson plan for drier days ahead

Article from National Science Foundation website, and may be found here. New designs for water supply improve quality, use less energyWith water resources dwindling as the population continues to rise, many communities in the desert southwest are proactively seeking to make the tough choices now, so they can avoid more drastic measures in the future. The communities are seeking help from scientists and engineers, such as University of Arizona civil engineer Kevin Lansey.With support from the...



UA Tunnels Get Carbon Fiber Makeover

Article from College of Engineering website, and may be found here.Workers apply carbon fiber mats soaked in epoxy resin to stabilize the utility tunnels that crisscross underneath the UA campus. (Photo: Carina Johnson/UANews) Ten feet beneath the pavement where students walk and bike on their way to class, workers clad in yellow protection suits, goggles and disposable gloves crowd inside a tunnel, attaching what appears to be wallpaper to the inside.But the sheets they're tacking up are not...



Massive AZ Environmental Project Improves Air Quality

One of the largest projects in AZ during the recession has finally reached completion. Many UofA engineering grads were involved such as –Mike Hummel EE, Greg Adams, EE and Gary Barras, CE. Retired SRP employees Dave Areghini, CE and Bill Rihs, ME were also involved. Sundt Construction was a key contractor, CAID fabricated piping and Schuff Steel fabricated steel for this job. The following is the recent press release for completion of this project.Click here to read the press released article....



In Memoriam: Margaret Petersen, P.E., F.ASCE, Hon.D.WRE

Article from AAWRE website and may be found here.Margaret Petersen1920 - 2013 Margaret S. Petersen, P.E., F.ASCE, Hon.D.WRE, a significant pioneer in hydraulics and water resources engineering passed away on January 18 at the age of 92. Ms. Petersen was elected as an inaugural Honorary Diplomate of AAWRE in 2005 and has maintained a long and distinguished history of committee leadership within ASCE and EWRI. Ms. Petersen worked for 35 years on various projects for the U.S. Army Corps of...



Retirement of Three CEEM Faculty Members

Last Monday, January 29th, the CEEM department honored three remarkable faculty members for all they have done while at the department: Mohammed Ehsani, Muniram Budhu, and Mark Hickman.Below are pictures taken at the commemoration.



UA Engineering to Help Tucson Become Smarter City

Article from College of Engineering website, and may be found here.Smarter than the average city: IBM has selected Tucson, Ariz., to receive a Smarter Cities Challenge Grant. "As water provider to a desert community, Tucson Water has long been at the forefront of managing water resources," said Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. IBM recently awarded a Smarter Cities Challenge Grant to the city of Tucson and Tucson Water, who will work with UA Engineering on technology to improve water...

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