Hawaiʻi construction company NAN, Inc. has donated $160,000 to fund the Nan, Inc. Scholarship in Engineering at the College of Engineering to support Civil and Environmental Engineering students. Nan Inc. founder Nan Shin, President Fooney Freestone, Vice President Ryan Nakaima, Vice President Frank Okimoto and most of the Company’s engineers are all proud alumni of College of Engineering. Mahalo!

CEE students at Dr. Robertson’s  Reinforced Concrete Design class

Dr. Oceana Francis has recently developed a Training Program on Stormwater Issues and Best Practices in Management Design featured on the METRANS newsletter. Congratulations!

Congratulations to three of our graduate students who recently completed their MS degree under outgoing chair Panos Prevedouros. Tribikram Rajure studied the Perceptions of Hawaii Residents on Rural Road Travel. He will continue for the PhD degree under prof. Roger Chen. Abdulrahman Alghamdi examined the Feasibility of CAV Delivery Service in Rural Areas (CAV stands for connected autonomous vehicles.) He will continue for the PhD degree under prof. Guohui Zhang. Flavia Medeiros completed her MS a few weeks ago on the Analysis of Transportation Safety Equity in Hawaii. She found a position in the construction sector.

Flavia, Dr. Prevedouros, Tribikram and Abdulrahman

Students engineer COVID-19 forecast model featured on UH News. Congrats to our BSCE,  NHSEMP (Native Hawaiian Science and Mentorship Program) students Seth Colburn, Mia Fong, and Brenton Sasaoka,  and their advisor CEE professor Dr. Albert Kim!

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CEE alumnus Dr. David Mukai was named interim associate dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Wyoming. David obtained his BS in 1983 and MS in 1985 from our department. He also returned as a sabbatical visitor and lecturer in Fall 2016.

Four (4) graduates Corey Imose-Lee, Brian Lam, Cody Oshiro & Kamuela Thain received BS in construction engineering in the Spring 2020 virtual convocation on May 15, 2020. “This new BS in CNST with dedicated emphasis in the construction field of civil engineering was established in the Spring 2019, 8 students have enrolled and 4 students graduated in Spring 2020″ Dr. Panos Prevedouros. Congratulations to the first 4 BS CNST graduates!

Dr. Albert Kim’s discovery “Complete analytic solutions for convection-diffusion-reaction-source equations without using an inverse Laplace transform.” is featured in a Nature Scientific Reports article. Please click here for UH news.

Congratulations to Rika Okino who won the Spring 2020 Outstanding Graduating Seniors awards and Dr. Ian Robertson who won the Hi Chang Chai Excellence in Teaching Awards. Please see coverages on CoE website.

Congratulations to Dr. Sayed Bateni who has received the prestigious 2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award for water and climate research studies!

We are proud of our PhD candidate Sabrina Diemert for receiving UH’s top award for teaching assistants.  Dr. Krystyna S. Aune, Dean of the UH’s Graduate Division wrote: “I am so pleased to inform you that the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Graduate Council has selected you to receive the Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for Graduate Teaching Assistants. We received a large number of nominations and, among this stellar group, you were the selectee. This is quite an accomplishment and honor. The Council wishes to express their sincere appreciation and I wish to add my own, as well, for the truly outstanding work you have done with our undergraduate students.” Congratulations! The award is featured on both College of Engineering News and UH news.

Congratulations to Dr. Roger Babcock for being a 2020 recipient of a Board of Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa out of nearly 300 campus-wide nominations . This award recognizes faculty members who have made significant contributions in teaching and student learning. The award honors an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity, and personal character. “Well deserved for over two decades of many and important teaching contributions,” said CEE Dept. Chair Panos Prevedouros. This is a prestigious and highly selective award. CEE Department has had four BOR Excellence in Teaching awardees, including Dr. Babcock’s, in the last 30 years. Please see award announcements on UH News.

The Civil Engineering Graduate Program is on the top 5th in Graduate Majors with the most international students  in Spring 2020 per UHM International Student Services (ISS) statics release. This is the consecutive 7th semester which the CE grad program has made the top five (5) in international student enrollment systemwide since Fall 2017. Congrats and Mahalo to all and Graduate Chair Dr. Roger Babcock!

We appreciate the generous support of Bowers and Kubota Consulting for our pavements engineering lab.  Mahalo!

L-R: Dr. Archilla;Bowers + Kubota VP & principal Dexter Kubota; Dean Brennon Morioka,Bowers + Kubota president Brian Bowers; and Dr. Chen. Photo courtesy: UHF

“We are pleased to be the featured research news in the spring 2020 CSET Newsletter” commented Dr. Panos Prevedouros , Dept. Chair and PI of Driving Behavior and Traffic Safety Perceptions project, “In addition to Diana Moana Nomura (current BSCE), I’d like to acknowledge the rest of the hard working field crew: Rafaela De Melo Barros (graduated MS), Flavia Nunes Duque de Medeiros (current MS), Arianna Kirschenbaum (current BSCE), Abdulrahman Alghamdi (current MS), and Tribikram Rajaure (current MS). Visiting professor Dr. Xi Zhuo also contributed to this effort”. Congratulations!

We are proud of our PhD graduate Kamal Gautam for his inclusion in the 70 most influential international experts in hydropower and dams by the International Water Power and Dam Construction Magazine. His contributions were summarized as follows:”Dr Kamal Guatam is included on the list for his work on hydropower projects in Uganda. Dr. Gautam was inexecution of Karuma (600 MW) and Isimba (183 MW) projects at the early stage of construction (2015) by thoroughly auditing these two projects and recommending various fundamental corrective actions to steer the projects into right direction. Dr. Gautam was also instrumental during the planning and improving the engineering of Muzizi (48 MW)”

Rainbow Wahine libero receives prestigious engineering award. UH Mānoa women’s volleyball player Rika Okino was named the 2020 Hawaii Council of Engineering Societies Student Engineer of the Year. Rika is majored in Civil Engineering. Congratulations to Rika!

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has announced Maxx Taga as one of ten 2020 New Faces of Civil Engineering in the College category! Maxx attended the UHM College of Engineering and received BS in Civil Engineering in Fall 2019.

Maxx has explored a wide variety of fields, working as visual effects artist on films including Fantastic Four and The Revenant; analyzing football statistics on Pro Football Focus; and interning at NASA, Disneyland, Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, and the Department of Defense. Although civil engineering was not his initial subject of interest, his work through engineering internships that encompassed responsibilities such as anchorage design and environmental water documentation of rides opened his eyes to the numerous possibilities within the field. Now, Taga sees the skills he’s acquired pursuing civil engineering as an opportunity to combat the challenges posed by climate change.  See UH news coverage. Congratulations to Maxx!

Dr. Harold S. Hamada, past professor and chairman, and currently professor emeritus and member of the department’s Industry Advisory Committee was awarded the inaugural CEE at Illinois Distinguished Alumni Advocate Award by the University of Illinois civil engineering alumni association. Please click here for more coverage. Congratulations to Dr. Hamada! ( Photo curtsy: CEE Dept UIUC Fall 2019 )

The Standing Committee on Geosynthetics of the Transportation Research Board presented Dr. Phillip Ooi (center of picture) and his co-authors with the Section Best Paper Award. Adams (second from left) is with FHWA at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, VA where Dr. Ooi spent his Fall 2011 sabbatical working on Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil research. Lawrence is a former B.S. and M.S. CE student who works at the Pearl Harbor shipyard. Congrats to all! Their paper is as follows.

Ooi, P.S.K., Adams, M.T. and Lawrence, J.B.  (2019).  Long-term Behavior of a Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Integrated Bridge System in Hawaii.  Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board.  Sage Journals. 

Strong presence of civil engineers from the University of Hawaii at the 99th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board. Two more department faculty members and a couple students couldn’t make it for the group photo.

The department is very proud of its undergrads Josh Burroughs and Moana Nomura for being 2020 TRB Fellows. They presented posters and were prominently featured in the conference program. Drs. Zhang and Prevedouros were their advisors. TRB attendance was about 15,000.

CEE Associate Professor Sayed Bateni is the PI of a new $900,000 USDA grant on forecasting daily reference evapotranspiration and rainfall for water resources conservation and sustainable agriculture. Project objectives include 1) the use a robust hybrid wavelet-artificial neural network to accurately forecast daily reference evapotranspiration and rainfall across different agricultural irrigation areas, 2) incorporation of the forecasted reference evapotranspiration and rainfall values into the existing irrigation tool to improve water use efficiency for farmlands in the designated areas, and 3) validation of the irrigation tool in improving water use efficiency at the farm level with field trials. Co-PIs include Dr. Jonathan Deenik and Jensen Uyeda, CTAHR, and Dr. Aly El-kadi, WRRC.

Maxx Taga was awarded the Fall 2019 Outstanding Graduating Senior in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the College of Engineering Convocation held on December 20, 2019. An Honor student with a GPA of 3.75, Maxx has served as a Student Ambassador and Engineering Council student member, and has participated in student organizations such as ASCE, SWE, ECUH and etc. Maxx held various leadership roles as an Eagle Scout and conducted the project of construction of parking bollards and signage for the Kahala Elementary School parking lot. Maxx has also performed internships with Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, NASA Glenn Research Center, Disneyland Resort, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), etc. Congratulations and best wishes for continued success to Maxx and all the graduates!  

Dr. Roger Babcock and Maxx Taga


Six Chi Epsilon (XE) undergraduate students: Renz Aspacio, Theodore Uekawa, Eric Bisch, Chandelle Takahashi, Mallory Hataishi, Nathan Mashiyama and Faculty Advisor Lin Shen attended the 32nd Annual Pacific District Conference held at the California State University in Los Angeles from November 8-10, 2019. Students competed against 13 other California universities from the Pacific District in chapter projects/presentations, committee reports, quiz (on various civil engineering disciplines and XE history), Simpson Strong Tie competition, soccer tournament, and other events. UH Chapter has won the Pacific District Chi Epsilon Cup five times in the last seven years, and got third place this year. Congratulations Chi Epsilon UHM
Chapter and hope we get the trophy back next time!

The ITE Hawaii Section organized various STEM activities in Holmes Hall on November 9, 2019. The event introduced transportation concepts to high school students interested in studying engineering. About 30 high school students from Iolani, Moanalua, Roosevelt, Waipahu, Maryknoll, and Pearl City attended the event and competition. Waipahu HS took first place. These high school student are active in their school’s engineering club.  The ITE Student Chapter at UH Manoa along with Chi Epsilon and ASCE student chapter clubs also participated. The ITE student chapter took first place among the student chapters. Congrats to all for a fun and interesting event!

Interesting article about the symbiotic relationship of CEE with the Structural Engineering Association of Hawaii (SEAOH) featuring senior structures professor Ian Robertson.

Graduate students Zhenning Li and Runze Yuan (pictured), recent PhD graduate (Pasha) Mohammadreza Hashemi and professors Guohui Zhang and Panos Prevedouros attended and presented at PacTrans 2019 at the University of Washington on October 11, 2019.

From left: Zhenning Li (PhD candidate) , Runze Yuan ( MS student)

Three native UH Manoa Civil Engineering undergraduate students Hi’iaka Jardine, Kayson Smith-Bejgrowicz and Micah Tang were invited to attend the Water Environment Federation’s 2019 WEFTEC conference in Chicago, IL, on September 19 to 24. The students participated in an all-expense-paid program sponsored by WEF and several national/international companies called InFLOW (Introducing Future Leaders to Opportunities in Water). The InFLOW program is designed to introduce underrepresented students to work in the water sector and to develop for them a network for mentorship and future career growth. The students met other students from several US universities, including Howard Univ., Univ. of South Florida, Univ. of Alaska Anchorage, Florida International Univ., and Florida A&M Univ.  The students attended both technical and social events and a networking panel with minority leaders in the field.  The students also volunteered at a community service project at a Chicago school and took a tour of the largest wastewater treatment plant in the world. WEFTEC is the largest annual conference in the Americas with annual attendance of 25,000 people and over 1,000 companies/manufacturers in the exhibit halls. The students attended with Professor Roger Babcock who has attended WEFTEC for over 25 years and gave two technical presentations at the conference. Additional coverage can be found at the UH and College of Engineering websites.