November 2017

 

Pacific District Chi Epsilon Cup goes to the University of Hawaii at Manoa Chapter for the third year in a row! This is the fourth win in five years. Congratulations!

Twelve Chi Epsilon students participated at the 30th Annual Pacific District Conference held at San Diego State University from November 9 through 11, 2017. Students competed against thirteen other California universities in chapter presentations, quiz (on civil engineering and Chi Epsilon), Jenga construction competition, banner stand design and construction, Simpson Strong Tie competition, and other events.  The UH winning team members include from left to right: Keenan Nakagawa, Jesse Yamada, James Cowper, Kimberly Chun, Aaron Trang, Yasmeen Mansour (President – holding the Pacific District Chi Epsilon Cup), Taylor Onizuka, Joon Hyung Yim, Megan Chang, Lidek Boryszewskiand, Torri Yoshizawa and John Sword.


Invited by Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, renown Civil Engineering historian and author, Dr. Henry Petroski of Duke University is the Fall 2017 speaker in UH’s series For a Better Tomorrow. Thank you to Hawaii News Now for covering our guest, Duke University civil engineering professor and infrastructure historian Dr. Henry Petroski.

October 2017

Congratulations to CEE Environmental Engineering PhD student Sabrina Diemert for winning the 2017 COE Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award! Sabrina not only worked diligently and excellently on normal TA responsibilities but also went beyond the call of duty by adopting new instructional techniques to help students learn the course materials.


Congratulations to CEE Assistant Professor Sayed Bateni for winning the 2017 COE Award for Excellence in Research!


Dr. Wai-Fah Chen, CEE emeritus professor and former Dean of the College of Engineering at UH Manoa, has recently co-authored the book “Structural Concrete: Strut-and-Tie Models for Unified Design” published by CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group. Congratulations!

September 2017

Professor David J. Lovell joined CEE for two semesters starting in Fall 2017 as part of his sabbatical leave. In addition to getting time to focus into his research endeavors and have some fun in Hawaii, Dr. Lovell contributes substantially to CEE by covering CEE 305 on statistics and collaborating with transportation faculty on various research topics. Dr. Lovell’s accomplishments can be found at his University of Maryland Faculty profile.


Professor Mark Davidson, Head of the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury has joined CEE for two months in Fall 2017 in a collaboration with Dr. Sayed Bateni to convert a portion of CEE 320 course on fluid mechanics into a flipped-classroom course. Dr. Davidson’s accomplishments can be found at his University of Canterbury faculty profile.

Summer 2017

Congratulations to Prof. Ian Robertson who has been selected as the inaugural Arthur N.L. Chiu Distinguished Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering.


Drs. Archilla and Prevedouros were interviewed and quoted in a long article about the quality of roads on Oahu in the Honolulu Civil Beat.


Congratulations to Dr. Tao Yan for his promotion to Professor and to Dr. Lin Shen for his promotion to Associate Professor with tenure.


Congratulations to our CEE student design team for winning the ASCE award for “Excellence in Civil Engineering” in the  “Make the Ala Wai Awesome” Student Design Challenge 2017. The team members were Alexander Gomes, Minhthuch Le, Hideichi Mori, and Tatiana Oje; CEE Professor Roger Babcock was the faculty adviser.


Department Chair Prevedouros attended the 2017 Conference of Civil Engineering Department Chairs organized by ASCE and hosted by BYU in Provo, Utah. During the three days of the conference, a wealth of information on curriculum, innovation, sustainability, conflict management, accreditation and related issues were presented and exchanged. 2017 ASCE President-elect Kristina Swallow also attended in the opening day and addressed the 80+ department chairs.

May 2017

The University of Hawaii at Manoa ASCE Student Chapter was awarded the 2017 Richard J. Scranton Outstanding Community Service Award. This award was named in recognition of Richard J. Scranton who promoted community service as an integral part of student chapter activities. The UH-Manoa Chapter exemplifies the tradition of public service. Congratulations to our ASCE Student Chapter and its advisor Dr. Roger Babcock!


Congratulations to Mohammadreza Hashemi (Pasha), PhD student in transportation for having been selected the winner of the ITE Western District Student Paper Award. He will be presented with a plaque at the annual meeting in San Diego and receive a check for $500. Pasha is the president of the ITE Student Chapter at UH. His advisor is Dr. Ricardo Archilla.


Congratulations to UH men’s volleyball team for reaching the national semifinals! Major contributor to the victories has been No. 21 player, CEE senior Kupono Fey.

Best wishes for the finals. Go Bows!


The 6th Workshop in A‘o in Engineering series- Alaka‘ina a me wahi noho like o ka poʻe: Leadership and community will be held on May 5, 2017 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in Holmes 244.  The distinguished guests will be Dr. Michael Chun and Dr. Kā‘eo Duarte. Both are of Hawaiian ancestry and earned their PhDs in engineering. Join us as they share their experiences earning their engineering degrees, their path in industry, and how they connect their Hawaiian identity with giving back to the community. The workshop is open to all NHSEMP students and teacher education candidates in mathematics, science, and technology.

Left to right: Oceana Francis (PI on NSF BPE grant), Ron Riggs, Michael Chun (Honorary Speaker), Kā‘eo Duarte (Honorary Speaker), David Ma, Song Choi, Thanh Trúc T. Nguyễn (College of Education, Co-PI on NSF BPE grant)

April 2017

The UH Manoa ASCE Student Chapter took 50 students and their faculty advisor, Dr. Babcock, to participate in 17 technical and non-technical events at the ASCE Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) at UC Irvine on April 6 – April 8, 2017. The team placed 4th overall in the conference of 18 schools (1,400 students total). The Concrete Canoe team placed 6th overall, with 3rd for final product (overall canoe quality) and 3rd in race event points with 2nd in men’s sprints, 2nd in coed sprints, 2nd in men’s slalom, and 5th in women’s slalom. The steel bridge team won 1st place for stiffness and 10th place overall. Lee Schultz placed 3rd in the Technical Paper competition, the Transportation Design event team placed 4th, the Design Build Construction team placed 4th, and the Environmental event team placed 7th.  In the non-technical events, the team placed 1st in Beach Volleyball, 1st in the Mystery event, 1st in the Impromptu event, and 5th in the Scavenger Hunt.  The PSWC is the largest ASCE conference in the USA and the most competitive.

The entire team worked very hard preparing for this event and all were great competitors in Irvine CA. The UHM Conference co-Chairs were Jessica Shon and Skyler Tengan 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 – Lauren Ho; Vice-President – Briant Pham; Treasurer – Stanley Taguchi; Recording Secretary – Danielle Terukina; and Corresponding Secretary – Taylor Onizuka.

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 Irvine CA this year. The students also individually paid $600 to participate. Congratulations to all!


The department lost a dear friend and supporter, a valuable advisor and a remarkable structural engineer and pioneer in the area of precast concrete. Dr. Alfred Yee passed away peacefully on Friday afternoon, April 21, 2017.  A celebration of his life is being planned and details will be forthcoming. Dr. Yee’s legacy will be honored in perpetuity in CEE through his generous endowment for vising professors.


Congratulations to Dr. Michelle Teng who is 2017 Hi Chang Chai Teaching Award winner!

 

March 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Albert Kim for winning 2017 Univ. of Hawaii Board of Regents Teaching Award.


CEE PhD candidate Qiong (Linda) Wu and PhD student Zhenning Li along with their advisor Dr. Guohui Zhang attended the 2017 Pacific Risk Management Ohana (PRiMO) Conference-Navigation Towards Security and Sustainability on Mar. 20-24, 2017 at the Hawaii Convention Center, in Honolulu. Their research titled Critical Path Identification for Traffic Infrastructure Resilience Enhancement Impacted by Natural Hazards was selected for poster presentation.

 

 


A blast from the past thanks to alumna June Nakamura: A list with the first women graduates of our engineering program; 7 out of 8 were civil engineers!

 


On March 16, Dr. Panos D. Prevedouros was certified by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure as an ENVISION sustainability professional (ENV SP) making him the 19th ENV SP in Hawaii.


Pi Day turns to Pie a Professor at UH College of Engineering on March 14, 2017. Chairman Prevedouros, Interim Asc. Dean Ma and Professor Ooi were … pied.

 


The College of Engineering and the CEE Department were pleased to host a delegation from Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture including BUCEA’s President Dr. Ailin Zhang. We discussed research and education collaboration and we are working on an agreement for student and faculty training and exchanges.

February 2017

CEE Hydraulics Lab participated at the University Wide Manoa Experience on Feb 25, 2017, an open house to thousands of prospective students and their families.  Led by MS student Yaprak Onat under advisor Dr. Oceana Francis, the visiting students observed the generation of different types of waves and how wave period and amplitude changed the shape of the waves in the wave flume at the Hydraulics Lab.


Dr. Tiziana Rossetto, Director of the Epicenter Disaster Research Center at University College of London, presented her latest research on tsunami effects on structures “New Approaches for Tsunami Impact Assessment” at a standing room seminar on date arranged by Dr. Ian Robertson


Associate Professor Ricardo Archilla became member of the Surface Requirements of Asphalt Mixtures committee and the Pavement Management Systems committee of the Transportation Research Board. TRB is a unit of the National Research Council.


 

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Hawaii Section will host a special event to premiere the movie “Dream Big: Engineering Our World” at Consolidated Theaters 16 on February 23, 2017 at 6 PM. The event celebrates the essential contribution of Civil Engineering to the society and aims to inspire the young generation into career in civil engineering.


A Training Seminar on “New Building Code Provisions for Tsunami Loads and Effects ” will be held on Feb. 24th, in Holmes Hall 244, from 8:00 – 11:30AM. The seminar will be presented by Dr. Yong Wei, University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean and Dr. Ian N. Robertson, UH Manoa Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

 

January 2017

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 96th Annual Meeting was held in Washington DC on January 8 -12, 2017. Four CEE professors participated as follows.

Ricardo Archilla

  • Attended as a member the meeting of “Surface Requirements of Asphalt Mixtures” Committee.
  • Presented, Resilient Modulus for Design in Mechanistic-Empirical Analysis: What Value Should Be Used?
  • Presided in session 573 – Tack Coat Bond Strength and Open-Graded Asphalt Mixes

Panos Prevedouros and past PhD student Liang Shi

  • Presided, Freeway Simulation Subcommittee
  • Presented, Lambros Mitropoulos, Panos Prevedouros and Xin (Alyx) Yu, Fuzzy and Monte Carlo Simulation Approach to Assess Transportation Vehicles
  • Liang Shi and Panos Prevedouros, Operational Analysis of Roundabouts with a Mix of Driverless Vehicles

Phillip Ooi

  • Attended as a member the meeting of “ Engineering Behavior of Unsaturated Geomaterials” committee
  • Presented, Reza Rahimnejad and Phillip Ooi, Model for Erodibility of Cohesive Soils

Guohui Zhang and PhD student Qiong Wu, postdoctoral researcher Dr. Cong Chen

  • Presided, “Sensing Technology Innovations in Multimodal Transportation” committee
  • Natalia Sanabria, Vanessa Valentin, Susan Bogus, Guohui Zhang, Elmira Kalhor, Comparing Neural Networks and Ordered Probit Models for Forecasting Pavement Condition in New Mexico
  • Shuguan Yang, Zhen Qian, Guohui Zhang, Turning Meter Transactions Data into Occupancy and Payment Behavioral Information for On-street Parking
  • Yiming Gu, Zhen Qian, Guohui Zhang, Traffic State Estimation for Urban Road Networks Using A Link Queue Model
  • See January News post for more presentations of Dr. Zhang

CEE Professor Ian Robertson has been selected as one of Engineering News-Record’s top 25 newsmakers of 2016 for his “crucial contributions to the campaign that resulted in the 2016 adoption of the world’s first standards for tsunami-resistant design“. Congratulations to Dr. Robertson!


CEE postdoctoral researcher Dr. Cong Chen, Ph.D. student Qiong (Linda) Wu and Ph.D. student Zhenning Li  along with their advisor Dr. Guohui Zhang attended the 96th Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting on Jan 8-12, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The team had four posters presented during this conference, including “Analyzing Driver Injury Severity Outcomes in Rollover Crashes Based on a Support Vector Machine Model”, “Identifying Significant Factors for Driver Injury Severities in Rural Non-interstate Crashes: Hierarchical Ordered-Logit Analysis”, “Urban Expressway Traffic Status Assessment Based on Floating Car Data Analysis”, and “Influence of Temperature on Bus Driver’s Mood State, Reaction Ability, and At-fault Accident Risk”.


Dr. Clay Naito, an expert in structures and Associate Professor at Lehigh University, is the Alfred Yee Scholar for Spring 2017. He’s offering the graduate course CEE696 Selected Topics in Civil Engr and several seminars. Information on Dr. Naito’s research can be found at his Lehigh University faculty profile.


Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) professor Oceana Francis receives $409,402 in oceanographic and meteorological equipment from the National Data Buoy Center. The equipment will be tested and used to collect wave, current, and wind observations. “I would especially like to thank Richard Bouchard and Robert Gavigne for their tremendous help and giving me the opportunity” says Dr. Oceana Francis.

CEE professor Oceana Francis with some of the equipment. National Data Buoy Center, December 20, 2016, Photo by Robert Gavigne.


Mahalo to SSFM International for funding four full undergraduate scholarships in CEE for four years.

December 2016


UH-Manoa in collaboration with the universities of Alaska, Idaho and Washington was successful in receiving a 5-year Tier-1 University Transportation Center (UTC) from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Only 36 out of more than 400 proposals were successful. UH’s research budget share is $1.6M over five years. The focus of the research is on Transportation Safety Equity for Rural, Isolated, Tribal and Indigenous Communities. The PIs are Dr. Guohui Zhang and Dr. Panos Prevedouros.

The purpose of the UTCs is to conduct research that directly supports the priorities of the U.S. DOT to promote the safe, efficient and environmentally sound movement people and goods.  UTCs work with regional, state, local and tribal transportation agencies to help find solutions to challenges that directly impact their communities and affect the efficiency of the nation’s transportation system.


Hailing Li, a CS undergrad and mentee of CEE Asst. Prof. Gaur Johnson was awarded a $5000 grant from Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program for her project “Reliability of Punching Shear Strength Prediction for Existing Buildings.” She won 1st place in the Engineering and Computer Science category. The project was started when Hailing was a dual major in CEE and CS. Congratulations!


CEE Ph.D student Qiong (Linda) Wu and postdoctoral researcher Dr. Cong Chen, both under the guidance Dr. Guohui Zhang, attended the 10th University Transportation Center Spotlight Conference: Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety on Dec 1-2, 2016 at the National Academy of Sciences Keck Center in Washington D. C. They presented “Bayesian Network-based Pedestrian/Bicyclist Behavioral Analysis Impacted by Age, Gender, Sobriety Heterogeneity in Non-Motorist-Involved Intersection-Related Crashes.”

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