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Department News

CEE is hiring! Two positions are now open at the Assistant Professor level for geotechnical and transportation engineering with a focus on sustainability analysis. Details and application instructions are at Candidates should feel free to contact the Department Chairman. [May 2015]

Dr Chen

Department Seminar
Variable Speed Limit Control to Improve Freeway Operations – A Theory-grounded Control System
Dr. Danjue Chen, Research Associate, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Thursday, August 27, 2015, Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Holmes Hall 244  See flyer

Dr Aya

Department Seminar
New Measure, Evaluation Method, and Consensus Building for Livable Streets
Dr. Aya Kojima, Assistant Professor, Saitama University, Japan
Thursday, September 3, 2015, Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Holmes Hall 244 See abstract


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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