December 2013: Faculty member Craig Roberts (Associate Professor, transportation) said his "goodbyes" to teaching Fall 2012 semester. He'll officially be retiring as of Spring 2014 and has taken on Emeritus status in the department. We hear that his new career will involve furniture making. CENE students and faculty wish him good luck in his new endeavors!
November 2013: Three NAU CE seniors (Mengxi Du, Junyi Shan, and Darius
Ishaku) participated in the 2013 Arizona Pavements/Materials Conference in Tempe, winning 2nd place in the Student
Poster Competition. This event was sponsored by ADOT, ASU, local industry, and
governments. All student participants were graduate students (MSs and PhDs)
from ASU except for our three NAU seniors. They were received a $200 prize.
Their award project was entitled “Experimental Study of Snow Melting System in
Concrete Pavements in Northern Arizona”.
November 2013: Agate Inc. CEO Jim Uhl will be hosting 10 CECMEE students (6 CENE and 4 CM) at their facility in Phoenix AZ on November 1. The visit will include a facility tour, lunch and question/answer time with Agate engineers, construction managers and executives. CENE students Paul Bennett Jr, Diego Frank-Arriaga, Shuai Jiang, Sierra Shultz, Hannah Williams and Shuo Zhang are attending.
October 2013: Bob Stanley, VP of Arizona's Professional Engineering board, presented the NCEES 2013 Engineering Award in the CENE 486C class. See June 2013 news item for details! Winning team mate Dan Hamill was present to receive the award for the team.
October 2013: CE seniors Junyi Shan and Darius Ishaku and
their faculty advisor, Dr. Chun-Hsing Ho, participated in the 2013 Student
Pervious Concrete Cylinder Competition sponsored by the American Concrete
Institute (ACI) in Phoenix, winning 2nd place in the Load-to-Cost Ratio category. Teams were asked to submit their mix design
formula to the ACI for review, then produced pervious concrete specimens, and brought their specimens to the competition event. There were 34
teams (25 universities) from the US and South America in the competition. Junyi and
Darius were recognized at the ACI Student Lunch and will receive a $500 award. Darius and Junyi are also schedule to present their work in November at the AZ pavements/Materials Conference in Phoenix.
October 2013: History buff? Industrial Advisory Board Member Chuck Dryden donated the Charlie Dryden Collection to the Cline Library. These documents constitute a unique historical record of land ownership and public and private development in Northern AZ from 1945-2008. Almost all are unrecorded original work. Check out the guide to the collection to see what materials are available.
October 2013: CENE Alumnus Recognized! Maj. Josh Aldred, '03 BSE CE, received the 2013 Excellence in Achievement by a Recent Graduate Award by the Alumni Association. Josh has been a practicing CE for the Air Force for 10 years, with 62 project worth $103M, is on the faculty as the US Air Force Academy and is currently pursuing a PhD in CE at UT-Austin, focusing on building energy and pollution control / lifecycle costs. Check out his full story online.
September 2013: Assoc. Prof. Paul Gremillion visited the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna Austria to participate in the signing of an agreement between Egypt, Chad, Libya and Sudan regarding shared use of the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer. Dr. Gremillion was responsible for the drafting and negotiation of this agreement while on leave from NAU 2009-2011. Visit the website for more information.
September 2013: NAU-CENE alumnus & supporter Shannon Clark attended
the photovoltaic system celebration at the North Leupp Family Farm to
accept a certificate of appreciation on behalf of EWB-NAU for our efforts with
helping to make this project a success. About 50 people attended and
several speakers mentioned their appreciation of our chapter's help
and enthusiasm and to working together on the next 2 sites.
September 2013: NAU civil engineering students visited Flagstaff's Killup Elementary School to work on engineering projects with a 1st grade class. Students built paper bridges under the guidance of students in our ASCE Student Chapter. Check out the full story at StemCity Flagstaff.
August 2013: EnE's graduate Marilla Lamb is featured in a Flagstaff Daily Sun's news article about the Eco-Pedaler she designed that charges a cell phone using a bicycle. The Eco-Pedaler is located on the 3rd floor of the EGR building.
June 2013: Congratulations
to two CE student teams for placing 3rd and 4th in the
region* in PCI’s 2013 Big Beam Contest!
student team collaborated with TPac Precast (Phoenix) to build a 20-ft. long
precast-prestressed concrete beam. Students designed the beam to carry 20,000
lbs. without cracking and to fail at a load less than 39,000 lbs. Prior to
testing, students predicted the cracking load, ultimate load, and ultimate
deflection. Teams are judged based on
the efficiency of their design, accuracy of predictions, maximum deflection, and
thoroughness of their approach. 3rd Place Team: Junfeng Qian, Qi
Wang, Shiyu Wang. 4th Place Team: Jessica Kettelkamp, Eric Rocha,
Daniel Washburn). The 3rd place award earned $500 to support CENE Student
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June 2013: The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) awarded
$7,500 to NAU’s Department of Civil Engineering, Construction Management
and Environmental Engineering, in recognition of the project “Paper
Pulp Sludge Characteristics and Applications.” The award recognizes
engineering programs that encourage collaboration between students and
professional engineers. Students Amy Anderson, John Jowers, Daniel Hamill, Gabe Murray, Nathaniel Lail and Annalise O’Toole worked with faculty mentor Wilbert Odem
to determine whether it is feasible for Cinder Lakes Landfill in
Flagstaff to generate cost savings by using paper pulp sludge in new
ways instead of burying it with incoming waste. The team’s research,
testing and analysis projected the landfill could save more than $8
million on material costs alone.
June 2013: NAU is a designated university by the FHWA to operate a Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program on the Mountain campus. The Fellowship Program provides funding for NAU Native American students and Hispanic students in the pursuit of a degree (BS, MS/MEng, PhD) in transportation-related fields at NAU. NAU students who receive a fellowship will conduct a research project under the supervision of their adviser. For more information and detail regarding the NAU Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship, please contact the Campus Program Manager, Dr. Chun-Hsing (Jun) Ho, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 928-523-5307. Two NAU students have received these prestigious $10,000 awards: Leondo Benally (CM) and Alejandra Quesada (CE).
- Leondo is going to evaluate the recent geologic landsliding that occurred on Highway 89 near Page and propose a rerouting construction plan. The result of his research will be served as an example for future excavation on highways within or near the Navajo Reservation that need improvements or rehabilitation. Dr. Ho is his faculty advisor.
- Alejandra will be conducting research related to the service-life of concrete bridges. Usually built to last 50 years, the average bridge in our country is 43 years old. Given projected funding shortfalls, “business as usual” is economically unsustainable and demands an infrastructure constructed for – not only safety – but longevity. In response to this need, Alejandra’s research project includes the experimental testing of reinforced concrete beams with the goal of improving upon current design provisions and construction details related to their serviceability behavior. Dr. Tuchscherer is her faculty advisor.