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September 2019

Dr. Guohui Zhang and the Hawaii Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE Hawaii) recently had a very well attended resume workshop in Holmes Hall.

CEE senior Rika Okino played her part in UH’s victory over UCLA in volleyball on Sept 14.  Congratulations!


Dr. Sung Woo Shin is a Professor of the Department of Safety Engineering at Pukyong National University, Busan, South Korea. Dr. Shin is joining CEE department for 1 year starting in September 2019 as a visiting scholar. His research interests are related to nondestructive testing of concrete, structural health monitoring, and computer vision based construction site safety monitoring. During his visit in Hawaii, Dr. Shin will collaborate with Prof. DoSoo Moon on various research topics in structural engineering especially for nondestructive testing and structural resiliency. Dr. Shin’s official profile can found here .

Dr. Lina Wu has been a visiting scholar with the cooperative supervisor, Associate Professor Guohui Zhang, since August 2019. She is an Assistant Professor in the School of Automobile and Traffic Engineering at Heilongjiang Institute of Technology in Harbin, China. Her research mainly focuses on traffic safety, sustainable transportation and intelligent transportation systems (ITS). The goal of her visit is to conduct collaborative research and exchange culture.

Dr. Linqiang Yang has been working with Dr. Oceana Francis as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since October 01, 2017. Dr. Yang has  participated in the project of the Statewide Highway Shoreline Protection Program Study Update. Dr. Yang also has published a paper titled ‘Sea-Level Rise and Vertical Land Motion on the Islands of Oahu and Hawaii, Hawaii funded by this project. In Fall 2019, Dr. Yang is working as a co-instructor in the course CEE 696. In this course, he will teach students the knowledge and tools of the Surface-water Modelling System (SMS) software and instruct them to solve realistic coastal or riverine problems by using the software.

Dr. Xi Zhuo has been a visiting scholar under the mentorship of Professor Panos D. Prevedouros, since December 2018. He is an associate professor in the College of Civil Engineering at Fuzhou University in Fuzhou, China. His research mainly focuses on traffic safety and intelligent transportation systems (ITS). The goal of his visit is to conduct collaborative research and offer lectures. He lectured on “ITS Policies and Applications in China” in the course CEE 661 on ITS  throughout the Spring 2019 semester. He is working on the paper “Comprehensive Driveway Design for Urban Superblocks” with Dr. Prevedouros for submission this fall.

Professor Mark Davidson, Head of the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand has joined CEE for two months in Fall 2019 with support from the Erskine Fellowship. He will co-teach CEE 320 with Dr. Sayed Bateni. Chairman Prevedouros remarked that “we are very pleased to have Dr. Davidson visit and instruct students at our department again after his successful visit in the fall of 2017. Dr. Davisdson’s improvements to the hydraulics course and feedback on student preparation have been invaluable.” Dr. Davidson’s accomplishments can be found at his University of Canterbury faculty profile.

CEE welcomes two new Assistant Professors Roger Chen and  Hyoungsu Park  who have joined the department in the Fall

Dr. Roger Chen obtained his Ph.D. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Transportation Engineering) from the University of Maryland, College Park. His dissertation title was “Learning and Risk Perception Mechanisms in Route Choice and Activity Scheduling”. Dr. Chen’s research interests include: Transportation Systems Analysis, Smart and Connected Communities, and Travel Behavior Analysis and Modeling. In Fall 2019, he’s offering a class on Transportation Modeling CEE664 and in Fall 2020 he will design and offer a new graduate course on Smart Cities.

Dr. Hyoungsu Park’s (PhD Oregon State, ’16) research interests include Coastal Inundation Process, Resilience of a Coastal Community, and Coastal Debris Advection. Dr. Park is teaching CEE 622 Fluid Mechanics in Fall 2019.

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