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."

2016 PhDs


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It's official, NSF awards $20M EPRSoR grant to UH for groundbreaking study of water sustainability issues. The Civil Engineering department is a partner in this effort. [May 2016]

Congratulations to Melia Iwamoto (PhD, geotechnical) for her 2016 ARCS award. Also pictured, EE PhD student Robert Nakata. Both make the College of Engineering proud. [May 2016]

CEE PhD student Hamed Bahrami Jovein and Assistant Professor Lin Shen published Correlating Aggregate Properties and Concrete Rheology to Dynamic Segregation of Self-Consolidating Concrete in the Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. Their article was selected to be featured in Advances in Engineering in May 2016 as a "key scientific article" contributing to excellence in engineering, scientific, and industrial research. Advances in Engineering is highly selective; the invited articles are the 0.1% of the published literature. [May 2016]


Congratulations to Dr. Ian Robertson for winning this year's Hi Chang Chai Teaching Award! [April 2016]



CEE PhD candidate Liang Shi took second at UHM inaugural Three Minute Thesis competition with over 50 competing graduate students. See news story [April 2016]



The ASCE Student Chapter at the University of Hawaii at Manoa has been selected by the Committee on Student Members to receive a Certificate of Commendation for its outstanding activities as recorded in the 2015 Chapter Annual Report. This is a distinction earned by only the top 5% of the ASCE student chapters. Congratulations! [April 2016]

The UH Manoa ASCE Student Chapter took 55 students and their faculty advisor, Dr. Babcock, to participate in 18 different events at the Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) in Long Beach, CA on March 31 - April 2, 2016. The team placed 9th overall in the conference of 18 schools (over 1,300 students total). The Concrete Canoe team placed fourth overall and dominated the race events, placing first in Men's sprints, first in Coed sprints, first in Men's slalom, second in Women's sprints, and second in Women's slalom. In other events, Kiana Yamat placed 4th in the Technical Paper competition, the Transportation event team placed 6th, the Concrete Bowling team placed 6th, the Environmental event team placed 7th, and the team placed 4th in both Tug-O-war and Scavenger Hunt. The entire team worked very hard preparing for this event and all were great competitors in Long Beach. The PSWC is the largest ASCE conference in the USA and the most competitive. The UHM Conference co-Chairs were Reyn Sugihara and Jessica Shon who worked tirelessly to ensure everything worked out well and everyone had a good time. The chapter was led in this past year by the following officers: President – Kiana Yamat; Vice-President – Colin Nguyen; Treasurer – Preston Matsuo; Recording Secretary – Arshia Taeb; and Corresponding Secretary – Keith Migita.

The Student Chapter is very grateful to the 30 companies, the College of Engineering, ASCE Hawaii Section, and UH Manoa SAPFB who together made donations/grants totaling over $40,000 to help enable the team to prepare for and participate in PSWC in Long Beach this year. The students also individually had to pay $600 to participate. [April 2016]

Kamal Gautam

Kamal Gautam


The investigative work of our PhD graduate Kamal Gautam made headlines in Uganda concerning the covering up of shoddy work at Karuma, Isimba. Dr. Gautam, a member of an Austrian engineering consulting firm, identified several lapses that have impaired the delivery of large hydro-power plants. See news story. [April 2016]



According to a Ka Leo O Hawai'i article on UH Mānoa's demographics Civil Engineering is the fifth most popular major. [March 2016]

UH Manoa Majors

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. [January 2016]


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! [January 2016]

ITE Students

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




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. [November 2015]

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. [October 2015]


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