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Department News

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. [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]


Dr. Constantinos Papacostas retired from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa's Civil and Environmental Engineering program at the end of the Fall semester, 2014.  He has been with the university and has taught many of Hawaii's engineers since 1974.  He has been a long time member of the ITE Hawaii Section and has served as President and Executive Director. [December 2014]

Christos Georgakis

Christos T. Georgakis, Professor of Structural Dynamics and Monitoring, Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark will give a seminar on Bridging with cables: Vibrations, fatigue and aerodynamic control on January 13, 2015 from 1:30 to 2:30 in Holmes 244. See flyer


The UH Mānoa Civil Engineering team excelled among intercollegiate rivals at the 2014 Student Steel Bridge Competition jointly organized by the American Steel Bridge Construction (AISC) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). For details, see[August 2014]

The prestigious "Applied Physics Letters" published a breakthrough in sensor network technology by Prof. David T. Ma and graduate student Hui Zhang. See [June 2014]

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