National Science Foundation awarded a new research grant “RAPID: Molecular and Metagenomic Understanding of Coastal Water Quality and Health Risks After Hurricane Lane” to the CEE Department. By studying the impact of Hurricane Lane, PI Dr. Tao Yan and his research team aim to investigate how coastal water quality is impacted by the different pollutant sources associated with major storms like Lane and to develop a comprehensive understanding of microbial health risks in such storm-impacted water with emerging molecular and metagenomic tools.
Many thanks and congratulations to Asc. Prof. Guohui Zhang for the successful planning of the ISETT conference in Waikiki (International Symposium on Emerging Trends in Transportation.) Organized and sponsored by the Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA), the CEE Department of the University of Hawaii, and the Transportation Research Board (TRB), this inaugural conference was held at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach, Hawaii on October 4-6, 2018.
Prof. Panos Prevedouros along with CEE graduate students Rafaela Barros and Flavia Medeiros, and CEE undergraduate student Arianna Kirschenbaum are working with the North Shore community on options to alleviate the chronic traffic congestion problem and the pedestrian jaywalking risks at the very popular Laniakea beach, also known as turtle beach. Community forums were held in August and September. On October 3, Prevedouros and Barros visited the 4th grade class of Ms. Emily Fox at Sunset Beach Elementary; one of their classroom projects looks into traffic solutions for Kamehameha Highway along Laniakea beach. Quite smartly, the students call their project, Slow as a Turtle.
Congratulations to the CEE faculty members who won awards for their distinguished service and contributions to the College of Engineering, as announced at the 2018 award ceremony. CEE recipients include professor Tao Yan, recipient of the 10 year Service Award; Associate Professor Guohui Zhang, recipient of Research Award; and professor Roger Babcock Jr., recipient of the 2018 Hi Chang Chai Excellence in Teaching Award, 2018 ASCE Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award and Faculty Service Award.