Faculty Awards

Dr. Chandrakant Desai was named Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) - a rare and distinguished award in which less than 700 have been named in the history of the ASCE, an organization with approximately 94,000 members since its existence.


April, 2011.  Dr. Achintya Haldar was honored by the Arizona Society of Civil Engineers, Arizona Society of Professional Engineers, Southern Arizona Institute of Transportation Engineers and several other organizations as the Southern Arizona Engineering Educator of the Year. The award was conferred at the Engineer's Week banquet.

Congratulations to Dr. Achintya Haldar, who received the Hind Ratan ("Jewel of India") Award on January 25, 2007, in New Delhi, India. 

The Hind Ratan is given yearly to about 30 members of the worldwide Indian diaspora (compromising the categories of both Non-resident Indian and Person of Indian Origin) by the NRI Welfare Society of India, at a ceremony in connection with the yearly "International Congress of Non-Resident Indians" (held since 1982) on and around the Indian Republic Day (January 26).

The Hind Ratan is a very prestigious award, and to quote Dr. Haldar, "this type of recognition may be very rare for a civil engineering professor."


Dr. Mark Hickman, associate professor in transportation engineering within the CEEM Department at the University of Arizona, has been awarded Southern Arizona Educator of the Year by the Arizona Society of Professional Engineers. This award recognizes educators with a commitment to education, meaningful research that has produced a public benefit, and unusual contributions to public welfare. Candidates must exhibit professional integrity and ethics that are beyond question and possess a professional reputation that is well known in the engineering community. Dr. Hickman earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before arriving at the University of Arizona in 2000 he worked as a research engineer at UC-Berkeley and served as an assistant professor at Texas A&M University. Dr. Hickman was the recipient of the Delbert R. Lewis ’51 Distinguished Professorship in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics in 2005-2008. He has taught courses and performed research in public transit planning and operations, travel demand modeling, and traffic engineering. His areas of research interest and expertise include public transit planning and operations, urban transportation planning, and the application of remote sensing technology for traffic flow management. In these areas, Dr. Hickman has been involved in numerous research activities at the University of Arizona, and in previous academic and consulting positions. He is internationally recognized for research, teaching, and service activities in these areas.


Dr. Lianyang Zhang recently joined the Editorial Board of the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (JGGE) in October 2010. The journal is one of the premier geotechnical journals worldwide and it is an honor to serve as a member of the Editorial Board. Editorial board members handle the reviews of manuscripts submitted to the JGGE under the auspices of the editors. Reviews are essential for maintaining the caliber and high standards of the JGGE. Congratulations to Dr. Zhang.

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