2013 Spring Newsletter
“Creating leaders and solutions for the built and natural environments.”
A note from the Chair
on and activity in CECMEE continues to grow.
Numbers of students (and grads) in CE and EnE are at an all-time high
with CM enrollment hitting a low from the recession – but with the recovery on
its way, 85% of our CM grads are already spoken for. We’re seeing an increase in donations to the
programs along with more summer internship opportunities for our majors. Highlights of the past year include:
and EnE enrollments are up 41% to 411 from 292 in 2008; CE was up 21% to 265
and EnE was up 100% to 146. In the same
time period, the number of graduating students in CE and EnE programs is up
61%, indicating better retention to graduation – a primary goal for NAU.
numbers from Spring &Fall 2012 were 40 CM and 66 CENE.
CM program did indeed receive the maximum 6 years of accreditation from the
ACCE, the CM accrediting board. CE and
EnE programs are right behind in renewing their 6 year accreditation – this year we are preparing for a Fall 2013
visit from ABET.
new C4P (Construct4Practice program, the CM equivalent to the Design4Practice
program in engineering) started this past fall; read more about this novel CM
program in the following pages.
welcome Dr. Chun-Hsing (Jun) Ho to the CM faculty. Jun is a tenure-track Assistant Professor and
a Civil Engineer. We also welcome new
Internship Coordinator Elizabeth Glass and Scholarship Coordinator Kelley Ann
Horn, plus Jen Johnson, a third advisor who is dedicated to our ever increasing
foreign student population.
Visit our website
at: http://nau.edu/CEFNS/Engineering/ and our LinkedIn groups.
Bridget N. Bero, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor and Chair
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Welcome new CECMEE faculty and staff
Chun-Hsing (Jun) Ho, PhD, Assistant Professor, is a civil
engineer specializing in transportation engineering (pavement systems) and
heavy civil construction. He replaces
Greg Ohrn, who retired in Spring of 2011.
Jun got his PHD from the University of Utah in 2010 where he was an
Eisenhower Transportation Fellow. Before
coming to NAU, he led the civil engineering technology program at the Lake
Washington Institute of Technology. Jun
is originally from Taiwan and is a registered PE in civil, geotechnical and
structural engineering there. Jun has
worked on massive airfield pavement construction projects for the Kaohsiung
International Airport and structural and geotechnical analysis and design
projects for the Taiwan Railway Administration; he also performed project
management and contract administration for these jobs. He has experience in surveying, estimating,
scheduling, building construction, and safety inspection. He is active in ASCE (Airfield Pavement
Committee) and TRB (Rail Transit Infrastructure Committee). He is doing a great job of bridging between
the CM and CENE cultures in the department.
His goal is to build a research program in asphalt pavement construction
and technology here at NAU to recruit more deserving students to the pavement engineering
areas. Jun resides in Flagstaff with his wife and his two children. Beyond
academic activities, he enjoys playing guitar and going out hiking with his
Elizabeth (Lil) Glass is tasked with creating a CEFNS Career Development Center. She
will be managing the CEFNS career fairs; keeping the career development
information up to date on the CEFNS web pages; facilitating connections between
employers and students for careers and internships; arranging speakers to
present on career related topics; as well as facilitating interdisciplinary
entrepreneurial connections between engineering students and business students
across the quad. For engineering students, she will also be providing
one-on-one career advice and resume/cover letter/application material editing.
She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and
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Industrial Advisory Board members
- Dr. Andrew
Scanlon, P.E., is a civil engineer specializing in the performance of concrete
bridge and building structures.
Currently a Professor of CE at Penn State, Dr. Scanlon will be spending
2013-2014 with CECMEE on his sabbatical.
- James Matteson,
P.E., is a retired civil engineer with a long career in transportation
engineering in both public and private sectors.
He currently resides in Arizona’s White Mountains and also serves on the
Board of Northland Pioneer College.
- Thomas Nelson has
a master’s degree in structural engineering and currently works for Hubbard
Merrell Engineering in Flagstaff, AZ.
Thomas also is active in our ASCE student chapter, serving as a Capstone
project advisor; he is also a part-time instructor in our program.
Supporting CECMEE: the following have been very generous with supporting our programs!
- The Beavers Foundation has created a $50,000 endowed scholarship for CM and CE students interested in careers in the heavy civil industry.
- Kinney Construction Services has created a $25,000 endowed scholarship to pay program fees, supporting CM, CE and EnE students who are independent/working students.
- CM’s “Generation Next” fundraising campaign has raised over $50,000 so far this year. This program supports all facets of CM programs, from student project support to faculty development.
- CEMEX has donated $2000 to the concrete canoe team for materials and student travel to compete at the ASCE Pacific Southwest Regional Conference.
- The Arizona Society of Civil Engineers added $2500 to the American Concrete Institute/ASCE scholarship fund to support CE majors.
- Granite Construction donated a 2008 Ford F250 pickup truck to replace our decaying workhorse.
- The CM Industrial Advisory Board sponsored a Sporting Clay Tournament as a fundraising event in February at the Ben Avery Range in north Phoenix for CM programs. This event adds to our existing fall golf fundraising tournaments – one for CM and one for CENE (sponsored by the Northern Arizona Branch of the ASCE). Save the date, the next ASCE Northern Arizona Branch Golf Tournament is Monday, October 7, 2013 at Forest Highlands Meadows Course!
- CM Assistant Professor John Tingerthal successfully defended his doctoral thesis “Applying the Decoding the Disciplines Process to Teaching Structural Mechanics: An Autoethnographic Case Study” earlier this month; congratulations to Dr. T! John and CM Professor Tom Rogers are delivering a paper at the ASC Annual Meeting in April titled “Blended Learning and Fully “Flipping” the Construction Management Classroom for Improved Teaching and Learning.” John is also going to receive the national Excellence in Teaching Award from the Associated Schools of Construction.
- The department started recognizing exemplary faculty, to be done annually as part of the faculty review process. Faculty recognized this past year are:
- Terry Baxter, EnE, outstanding award for Service
- Robin Tuchscherer, CE, outstanding award for Research
- John Tingerthal, CM, outstanding award for Teaching
- In 2012, CE Assistant Professor Josh Hewes received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor and CECMEE Chair and Associate Professor (EnE) Bridget Bero was promoted to Professor. In 2013, CE Assistant Professor Ed Smaglik received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor, and EnE Assistant Research Professor Pat Ellsworth was promoted to Associate Research Professor. Dr. Ellsworth is assigned to NAU’s Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals.
- CM Lecturer Kathleen Viskocil resigned to continue her CM work with NAU’s Facilities department. We’re of course still in touch and a search is currently underway for an Assistant Professor of Practice to fill Kathleen’s shoes.
- CM Assistant Professor of Practice Susan Thomas announced that she will be retiring at the end of Fall 2013 semester.
- CE Adjunct
Faculty member Jonathan Upchurch , P.E., received a Lifetime Achievement Award
by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). Dr. Upchurch has been in the transportation
engineering profession for more than 40 years, with a specialty in traffic
engineering and operations, transportation policy and planning, and highway
safety. He has served on the national
Transportation Research Board and has been very active in ASCE and the
ITE. Congratulations, Jon!
- The ASCE Concrete Canoe team finished 6th
at the Pacific Southwest Regional competition in mid-April. Out of 16 schools, NAU’s finish is great for
one of the smallest (and smallest funded) programs! This year’s team consisted of Elise Cheever,
Jonathan Brusnahan, Sara Watts, Kelli Rider, and Naser Aljaberi.
- The EnE program sent two of our senior Capstone project teams to the International Environmental Design Contest sponsored by the Institute for Energy & the Environment – WERC (Consortium for Environmental Education and Technology Development), held at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM on April 7-11, 2013. 22 teams from universities around the country and Canada competed in several design task divisions. Our two projects were the design of a solar-powered water distillation unit and a composite landfill cap design using paper sludge waste material. The landfill team won the Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Award for Innovation in Sustainability for their design. This team also won a $7500 Engineering Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education from NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying).
2013 CENE Senior Capstone Projects
CENE Senior Capstone Projects 2013 are underway. This year, we are starting a CENE 476 section this spring to conclude in Fall 2013 to support December graduates. For full project details, check out:http://www.cefns.nau.edu/Research/D4P/ProjectList.php
Fall 2012 / Spring 2013 Projects
- Design of NAU Challenge Course Obstacle Wall (2 teams)
- ASCE Pacific Southwest Regional Conference – Concrete Canoe
- ASCE Pacific Southwest Regional Conference – Steel Bridge (2 teams)
- WERC Environmental Competition – Design of Solar Distillation System Design
- Cinder Lakes Landfill – Evaluation and Design of Waste Paper Pulp Sludge as Landfill Composite Cap
- Flow Restoration for Native Fish Downstream of the Diamond S Irrigation Diversion, Verde River
- Site Plan and Design for a Proposed Hualapai Museum
- Evaluation of BNSF Bridge for Use on the FUTS Trail, Picture Canyon
- Hazard Evaluation of the Ashfork-Bainbridge Steel Dam. The dam was built in 1898 – 14 years before Arizona became a state! It is one of only three existing steel dams in the U.S. and is recognized as a historic landmark by ASCE. The dam is 46’ high and about 300’ long. Located within the Kaibab National Forest, it currently operates under the supervision of the National Forest Service. Students are responsible for assessing its current condition including a structural analysis of the steel members and a stability analysis of the supports.
- PCI Big Beam Contest (2 teams). Sponsored by TPac Precast Phoenix, the Precast / Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI), and Sika Corporation, NAU’s teams are the first from Arizona. Teams collaborate with a PCI Producer Member (TPac Precast Phoenix) to build a 20’ long precast-prestressed concrete beam capable of carrying 20,000# without cracking and failing at a load < 39,000#. Prior to testing, students must predict the cracking load, ultimate load, and ultimate deflection. Beams are slated to be tested in April.
Spring 2013 / Fall 2013 Projects
- Schultz Creek Restoration
- Cave Springs Restoration
- NAU On-Site Wastewater Demonstration Site Lift Station Evaluation
- Camp Verde Community Parks and Recreation Fields Site Department
- Flagstaff Watershed Modeling
- Pervious Concrete Testing
- Nitrate-Contaminated Groundwater Treatment
Year 1 Report on the New C4P
Our first year of
(Construct4Practice) has received
excellent reviews by both students and professors. The lab is a highly
collaborative environment between senior, junior and sophomore students who
take on the respective roles of construction project managers /
superintendents, designers, and subcontractors. The three teams work
together using online project management software and in-person communication
to design and build a complicated system of interrelated construction materials. The class culminates in a full size 8’x8’
commercial building mockup containing aspects of concrete, masonry, metal stud
framing, exterior sheathing, waterproofing, plumbing, electrical, drywall, and
acoustical ceilings. The real world conversations and constructability
challenges that the students experience during the semester have proven to be a
learning opportunity that effectively ties all of their classroom studies
together in one project.
MS candidate Tanner Wytroval studying the
confining properties of steel fiber-reinforced concrete (SFRC). Tanner’s
investigation is the first of its kind and, contrary to common belief, he
discovered that steel fibers can provide a structural benefit or increase in
compressive strength. Concrete reinforced with as little as 0.5% fibers by
volume was able to achieve as much as a 22% increase in strength.
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Andes - Civil Engineering is a great start for a career in Ocean Engineering
A 2005 CE grad, Lisa was convinced she’d love structural
engineering – until she did a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates at
Montana State with the Western Transportation Institute. The project got her hooked on water, and
after graduating from NAU, she went to Columbia where she got a master’s in CE
where she focused on modeling tidal currents and their interaction at estuary
boundaries. After 3 years as an Ocean
Engineer at Sea Engineering in Santa Cruz, she’s now working for the Army Corps
in San Francisco as a Coastal Engineer where she performs analyses of coastal
flood risks, shoreline and erosion protection projects, and keeps navigation
channels open. NAU CE was a “great
education that propelled me forward” – her advice to new grads is to follow
your interests. Off the water, Lisa
enjoys running, cooking and travel.
Crissup - From football and environmental engineering to the oil & gas
fields of OK
A Magna Cum Laude EnE grad (2000), Jake recently returned to NAU
to be inducted into the NAU Hall of Fame.
His football career at NAU is legendary; he credits NAU for his
successful engineering career. He was
the first recipient of the David Couture-Maltbie Memorial Scholarship (endowed)
that supports the ideals of student/athlete/volunteer, and is a champion of
fundraising for his friend and former teammate and roommate’s memorial. Since graduation, he has worked for
environmental consulting giant URS doing all-around enviro sampling, monitoring
and remediation work, got his MS in engineering management (UT-Austin), worked
for a small consultant where he got to know the oil and gas industry, and currently works for QEP Energy in Tulsa OK as the Operations Manager for the company’s Haynesville Division. Jake will be returning to NAU this month as a
Capstone project judge and will be doing an Info Session on the oil/gas
industry for engineering and geology majors.
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Giving to CECMEE
Directing a donation to the CECMEE Department is a great way to make sure your dollars help the programs you care about. You can specify which program (CM, CENE) or activity (student projects, faculty development) you want to support. Contact Bridget Bero (email@example.com) or online for information on funds and how-to do an online donation.
A matching donation from your company is a great way to double the impact of your donation! NAU’s tax ID # is 86-0193726. Be sure to identify a fund for CENE or CM.
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Stay in touch!
It’s easy - don’t forget to sign up for
either our NAU-CM or NAU-CENE LinkedIn pages – or both! This is a great way to stay connected with
former classmates, post job openings and connect with other industry leaders
and professionals. Contact Bridget.Bero@nau.edu or John.Tingerthal@nau.edu
for more information.
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