CENE News

November 2014. Dr. Jun Ho was awarded the 2014 Pavements/Materials Community Service Award at the Arizona Pavements/Materials Conference in Tempe on 11/9/14. Dr. Ho is recognized for his significant contributions to the advancement of the pavement and materials technology. Three awards were given – one each in public sector, private sector and academia. Dr. Ho was the award winner in the academic division.

November 2014. A group of 9 NAU students (6 CE, 2 ME, and 1 CM) under the guidance of Dr. Jun Ho, Assistant Professor, CECMEE, participated in the Student Poster Competition at the 2014 Arizona Pavements/Materials Conference at ASU. Awards received:

First overall place (tie in an ASU PhD student): Fawaz Almutairi and Fahad Aloqaili (CE seniors). Research topic: “Evaluating Freeze-Thaw Durability of Fiber Reinforced Pervious Concrete Mixtures”
2nd place (undergraduate student category): Tassio Magassy, Tamyres Da Silva, and Joao Lima (CE seniors): Research topic: “Asphalt Mixture Beams in the Bending Beam Rheometer for Quality Control: Material Preparation, Testing Process, and Field Application”
3rd place (undergraduate student category): Kaiqi Zhang (CM sophomore): Research topic: “Quantifying Effect of Solar Radiation and Wheel Pressure on Performance of Asphalt Pavements”

The winners’ posters were displayed at the conference and NAU President Dr. Rita Chen), Provost Dr. Laura Huenneke, and VP for Finance and Administration Mr. Jennus Burton were at the venue while attending the Arizona Board of Regents Meeting. They had the opportunity to share in the students’ success.

2014 AZ Paving and Materials Competition
From left to right: Fahad Aloqaili, Junyi Shan, Kaiqu Zhang, Fawaz Almutairi, Dr. Rita Cheng, Jun Ho, Tamyres Da Silva, Tassio Magassy, and Joao Lima

October 2014.  On October 10th, the newly renovated CECMEE Field Station (aka “Trotta’s Farm”) was formally “dedicated” to the students via a ribbon-cutting ceremony.  New NAU President Rita Cheng, Provost Laura Huenneke and Dean Paul Jagodzinski were present, along with members of the CENE Industrial Advisory Board, faculty and students.  IAB member and alumnus Jason Ramsey spoke in recognition of Dr. Paul Trotta, who assisted Dr. Cheng with the ribbon cutting.  Renovations included a new access road, ADA compliance, and a renovated building with a large roll-up garage door, heated project space, an office, wireless internet, restrooms and storage. In addition to being a peaceful, scenic place amid the bustle of campus life, the Field Station will serve as a working lab for CENE and CM undergraduate and graduate student capstone and research projects.

CECMEE Field Station Dedication
NAU President Dr. Rita Cheng speaking at the dedication for CECMEE Field Station

October 2014. A group of nearly 75 CENE 450/550 and CM 360 students visited the ADOT Cameron Bridge project on 10/10/14. ADOT’s Rick Schilke (NAU grad) hosted our student group and gave an excellent overview of the project, with an emphasis on the drilled shaft foundations for the bridge piers. Professors Jun Ho and Charlie Schlinger accompanied the group, as did several CM students from ASU.

CENE 450/CM360 Field Trip
CENE 450 and CM 360 classes with their PPE

September 2014. On September 10th, 2014, the NAU Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) hosted its annual Kickoff BBQ and added a Professor Dunk Tank and Student Obstacle Course Challenge.  Over 100 students participated in the various activities and had a great time attempting to dunk their favorite professors.  Prizes were awarded to top male and female finishers through the inflatable obstacle course.  This event was made possible in part by the Shared Fees Program, and raised over $650 for the ASCE Student Chapter.

2014 ASCE BBQ Dunk Tank
Department Chair Bridget Bero in the dunk tank.

September 2014. NAU students took the top three spots in the student research and design poster session at the ASCE Arizona Sections Annual Conference in Phoenix.

  • 1st place: “Low Cost Water Filtration Device for Arsenic and uranium Removal” by Tristan Weir, Cheryl Dilks, Daniel Cummings, and Yujie Sun. Poster was presented by Tristan Weir
  • 2nd place: “Evaluation Freeze Thaw Durability of Fiber Reinforced Pervious Concrete Mixtures” by Fawaz Almutairi and Fahad Aloquali
  • 3rd place (tie): “Isolating and Evaluating Native Freshwater Algae for Salt Tolerance and Dissolved Solids Removal During Growth in Salty Waters” by Emily Day and “Thin Beams in Bending Beam Rheometer for Quality Control in Asphalt Pavement Construction from Laboratory to Field Practice” by Joao Lima, Tamyres da Silva, and Tassio Magassy

2014 ASCE Fall Conf
From L to R: Fahad Aloquali, Fawaz Almutairi, Dr. Jun Ho, Kaiqi Zhang, Prof. Mark Lamer, Emily Day, Anas Almonnieay, graduate student Junyi Shan, Tassio Magassy, Joao Lima, Tamyres Da Silva, Tristan Weir

August 2014. CE and EnE programs have received a full six-year accreditation from ABET!

August 2014.  Congratulations are due to our PCI Capstone Team.  Results from the 2014 PCI Big Beam Contest are in, and NAU's team took 3rd place in the Region again, for a $500 prize, beating out some big-name western schools.  NAU students on the team were Chad Dietrich, Mengxi Du, and Wael Alqattan (all Spring 2014 CE graduates).  Special thanks to TPac of Phoenix for their generous financial sponsorship of the team!