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Department News

lunar  sidewalk in Hilo

CEE Assistant Professor Lin Shen and his graduate students Yanping Li and Hamed Bahrami Jovein poured a sidewalk in downtown Hilo made of "lunar concrete." The Moon and Mars may have the necessary chemicals to make geopolymer concrete. In this application, geopolymer concrete is made from local waste material coal ash instead of cement. Using such waste material can greatly reduce the state's and the nation's economic and environmental costs associated with cement production.

The project is organized by Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) in collaboration with the Hawaii County Department of Research and Development, NASA, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Kodiak FRP Rebar. See KHON news story. [March 2015]

Zhang Fan


Announcement: Dr. Fan Zhang, professor at the Tibetan Plateau Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Science will share her latest research on hydrological modeling on the Tibetan Plateau. The lecture will be on Friday, 20 February, in Holmes Hall 287, 3:00 - 4:30 pm. [February 2015]


Paul Giroux


Announcement: On Thursday, 19 February, Paul Giroux, veteran builder and award winning civil engineering historian, will share his in-depth research of the Panama Canal's construction in a remarkable story as never before told. The lecture will be in Bilger Hall 335, 1:30 - 2:45 pm. See flyer [February 2015]


Lelemia Irvine

Lelemia Irvine's doctoral research is focused on rainwater harvesting as an adaptive technology to climate change and is directed by Dr. Oceana Francis. We are pleased that Lelemia was awarded the East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship for Spring and Fall 2015 valued at $24,000. Congratulations! [January 2015]

Teruo Nakai

Dr. Teruo Nakai
is the department's 2015 Bob Wong Visiting Professor. He is Emeritus Professor of Nagoya Institute of Technology (NIT) in geotechnical engineering. His recently published book Constitutive Modeling of Geomaterials: Principles and Applications forms the basis of a graduate class he is teaching at the UH on Soil Behavior and Modeling. He is currently a technical advisor of the Geo-Research Institute (GRI) and an affiliate of Chubu University in Japan. Professor Nakai will be offering six geotechnical engineering workshops this semester. For the titles and dates of workshops click here [January 2015]

Erica Wong


Our sophomore student Erica Wong was crowned 2015 Narcissus Queen. Congratulations! [January 2015]

Yoshihiro Okumura

Prof. Yoshihiro Okumura, an assistant professor at Kyoto University with the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES), is visiting the department for one year under KU-GSGES's program "Future Earth". The program is supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science's "Strategic Young Researcher Overseas Visits Program for Acceleration Brain Circulation". He works in the area of "Infrastructure Development for a Resilient Society against a Catastrophic Tsunami Disaster", and is collaborating with Prof. Ron Riggs. [January 2015]

Panos Prevedouros

Dr. Panos D. Prevedouros became the Department Chairman on January 1, 2015. Dr. Prevedouros is professor of transportation engineering and has been with the CEE Department since 1990. [January 2015]


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