Making the world a better place!

Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) focuses on the activities of people and their interaction with the environment. The civil engineer conceives, plans, designs, constructs, operates, and maintains buildings, bridges, highways, airports, railways, tunnels, waterways ports and harbors, dams, water supply and wastewater treatment systems, and earthworks. Important considerations of the civil engineer in providing infrastructure and buildings is improved health and safety for people, minimized impact to the environment, sensitivity to costs and resources, and overall sustainability. Civil engineering continuously improves its methods and each new or upgraded component improves the standard of living for large populations. The cities we live in and most of their vital infrastructure are the creation of civil engineers.
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Department News

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's reputation as a nationally recognized and world-class university has been affirmed, after three major university rankings were recently released by the College Scorecard, U.S. News and World Report and the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Said Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman, "These rankings demonstrate that we are truly among the great universities of the world."


Department Seminar
Seminar title: Metrics of El Nino nonlinearity as constraints for tropical Pacific climate change.
Speaker: Christina Karamperidou, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Time: Wednesday, February 10, 1:30 - 2:20 pm
Location: Bilger Hall 335 See abstract

Reza Rahimnejad

Department Seminar
Seminar title: Erodibility of Cohesive Soils in Hawaii
Speaker: Reza Rahimnejad, PhD candidate in the Department of Civil and Environnemental Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Time: Wednesday, February 3, 1:30 - 2:20 pm
Location: Bilger Hall 335 See abstract

Brennon Morioka

Congratulations to CEE alum Dr. Brennon Morioka for his distinction as 2016 Hawaii Engineer of the Year. Dr. Morioka is currently the Deputy Executive Director for HART. He has previously served as the Director of the Hawaii DOT, and as Vice President with CH2M HILL. Dr. Morioka received his BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and his PhD from our department in 1999.


The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Western District Technical Committee has approved the University of Hawaii at Manoa ITE Student Chapter's proposal to conduct the 2016 Data Collection project. The ITE Student Chapter at UH-Manoa competed against 12 other schools and was one of five proposals selected. Congratulations!

ITE Students

Magazine cover



Our May 2015 BSCE graduate Isaiah Sato is the cover feature of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society "Winds of Change" magazine. Congratulations!




Second Pacific District Chi Epsilon (XE) Cup for the University of Hawaii at Manoa Student Chapter: 8 XE (a national civil engineering honor society) students brought the Pacific District Chi Epsilon Cup home to Hawaii for the second time from the 28th Annual Pacific District Conference held at San Jose State University from November 6 through 8, 2015. Students competed against thirteen other California universities in the Pacific District in a build-off competition, presentations, etc.

Chi Epsilon winners

Standing L to R: Tyler Tsuchida, Emma Finley-Jacob, Jeff Aguinaldo, Kelsie Sasabe, Aren Bumanglag, Briant Pham, and Brandon Cezar. Kneeling: Alec Toshi.



Big thanks to CCPI Hawaii for their generous gift for civil engineering student scholarships. Thanks to extensive industry support, the department awards more than $150,000 in scholarships every year.


Institute of Transportation Engineers Section Meeting
Sustainability Facts and Figures
Panos Prevedouros, PhD, Professor of Civil Engineering University of Hawaii at Manoa
Wednesday, October 28, 11:45am - 1:00pm
Fasi Municipal Building, 9th Floor Conference Room

East-West Center Wednesday Evening Seminar
Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation
Dr. Oceana P. Francis, P.E.
Assistant Professor of Coastal Engineering, College of Engineering and Sea Grant College Program,
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Wednesday, October 28, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Keoni Room, Imin International Conference Center  See Abstract

Dr. David Ma received promotion to Professor. [September 2015]

Dr. Roger Babcock received the 2015 Hi Chang Chai Excellence in Teaching Award. [September 2015]

Lead technician Mitchell Pinkerton received the 2015 College of Engineering Service Award. [September 2015]

Reza Hashemi


Mohammadreza Hashemi is the new Graduate Student Organization (GSO) representative for CEE. Graduate students can consult with him regarding any problems they may be experiencing and funding requests. [September 2015]


Science Daily has published an article based on Associate Professor Tao Yan's research with colleagues regarding the reasons fecal bacteria in beach sand occurs at levels 10 to 100 times higher than in nearby sea water. See journal article. [July 2015]

Dedication, blessing and opening of a six-foot-wide and 40-foot-long walkway designed, surveyed, built and installed this semester between the POST and HIG buildings by the 60 CEE students in CEE 375 Construction Materials, the teaching assistant Alvin Magallanes, and professor Amarjit Singh. The installation included the design and planting of a nearby rain garden. [May 2015]


Double honors for our Student Chapter from national ASCE: Honorable mention for outstanding activities and Recognition for Community Service!

The University of Hawaii at Manoa ASCE Student Chapter has been awarded a 2015 Letter of Recognition for Community Service for its exemplary community service benefiting others outside of your ASCE Student Chapter.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa ASCE Student Chapter has been selected by the Committee on Student Members to receive a Letter of Honorable Mention for its outstanding activities as recorded in the 2014 Chapter annual report. This is recognition received by only the top third of all Student Organizations. [May 2015]

ASCE Students
The UH Manoa ASCE Student Chapter took 50 students and their faculty advisor, Dr. Babcock, to participate in 19 different events at the Pacific Southwest Conference hosted by the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ on April 9-11, 2015. [Read More][April 2015]

Roger Babcock


CEE Associate Professor Roger Babcock is the 2015 recipient of the College of Engineering Hi Chang Chai Excellence in Teaching Award. [April 2015]


Prof. Manuel Pastor


Announcement: Manuel Pastor, Professor, Civil Engineering School & Head, Department of Applied Mathematics Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, will present a seminar on "Modeling of Propogation of Fast Landslides" on Thursday, April 9 in Holmes Hall 244 at 10:00AM. See flyer [April 2015]


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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