CENE News

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. The CENE 450 and CM 360 classes took a field trip to Cameron, AZ.

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!