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2009 News Stories:
Second Annual Alumni Golf Outing Exceeds Expectations
Although rain forced the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department's second annual alumni golf outing to be delayed by two weeks, 76 golfers arrived at the Deerfield Golf and Tennis Club on the day before Halloween for some friendly competition and to lend their support to the Alumni Undergraduate Scholarship Awards Program.
CEE faculty lead effort to develop monitoring system on the new Indian River Inlet Bridge
Lead by Professors Tripp Shenton and Michael Chajes, researchers at the University of Delaware have received a $1.1 million grant from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) to design and install a structural monitoring system on the new Indian River Inlet Bridge (IRIB) in Sussex County, Del.
CEE faculty land GAANN grant for Transportation Infrastructure Engineering
Tripp Shenton and Sue McNeil, professors in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, have received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support Ph.D. students working in the area of transportation infrastructure engineering.
Chiu article featured in early release of Env. Sci. and Technology
A paper by CEE faculty member Pei Chiu and Seok-Young Oh, a former Ph.D. student and postdoctoral researcher in the department, was recently highlighted on the web site of Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T), which publishes papers in advance of their appearance in the print version of the journal.
UD-CEE Alum named Engineer of the Year
Stephan Lehm, who earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering at the University of Delaware in 1972, has been named 2009 Engineer of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Delaware Section. Lehm is president of VanDemark & Lynch, Inc., a consulting civil engineering, land planning, and surveying firm serving the Mid-Atlantic region.
McNeil servces on NRC Critical Infrastructure Committee
Sue McNeil, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware, recently served on an ad hoc committee of experts appointed by the National Research Council (NRC) to identify and frame fundamental challenges in moving toward critical infrastructure systems that are physically, economically, and environmentally sustainable.
Allen and DiToro receive $1.84 million DOD grant
CEE professors Herb Allen and Dominic DiToro have received a four-year $1.84 million grant from the Department of Defense's Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) to develop mathematical models that will enable accurate prediction of the fate and transport of munitions constituents in soil.
Puleo wins prestigious NSF Career Award for 'swash zone' research
Jack Puleo, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware, has received a prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award to study swash zone sediment transport. The swash zone is the area near the shoreline where waves wash up and down the beach face.
CEE Bids Farewell to Class of 2009
At the University of Delaware’s graduation and convocation ceremonies on May 31st, 79 students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering received bachelor's degrees. The CEE class of 2009 included 71 graduates of the civil engineering program and eight in the environmental engineering program.
UD engineers visit universities in Colombia
A team of faculty members from the University of Delaware College of Engineering recently spent several days in Bogota, Colombia, where they met with presidents, deans, and department heads to forge new collaborations with their institutions.
UD's Engineers Without Borders wins Clinton Global Initiative award
The University of Delaware chapter of Engineers Without Borders (UD-EWB) has been awarded a prestigious Outstanding Commitment Award from the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). The award carries with it a $10,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation to assist with UD-EWB's solar water pumping project in a rural village in Cameroon.
1944 Alumna Joins Dedication Ceremony for UD Airship
More than 75 members of the University of Delaware community cheered as alumna Rachel Jewett Ledbetter broke a bottle of faux champagne over the gondola of UD's new non-rigid airship at a dedication ceremony May 12. CEE assistant professor Jack Puleo is one of the lead faculty on the airship project, which will be used to conduct environmental and coastal research.
Civil Engineering Alum Inducted Into UD's Wall of Fame
Francis "Skip" Gardner, a civil engineering alum, was one of four alum recently inducted into UD's Wall of Fame. Gardner was cited for his work in construction and commercial develop in the Baltimore region. He also serves on the Department's External Advisory Committee.
Kerr Lecture addresses protection of infrastructure from terrorist attacks
Jeremy Isenberg, senior principal with AECOM and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, delivered the fourth annual Arnold D. Kerr Lecture in Engineering Mechanics to a crowd of about 250 in the University of Delaware's Mitchell Hall on Tuesday.
UD professor provides geotech education across the globe
Over the past eight years, Dov Leshchinsky, professor in the University of Delaware's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has traveled the world teaching educators and practitioners about the design and use of geosynthetic reinforced soil, a construction material composed of sheets or grids of polymeric materials.
Delaware, Taiwan join forces for doctoral programs in engineering
The University of Delaware and National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan have signed an agreement to offer dual doctoral degree programs in civil and environmental engineering. The two universities plan to cooperate in the areas of teaching, research, consultation, and faculty and student exchanges.
UD to host regional steel bridge competition
Over the weekend of April 18-19, the Delaware Field House at the University of Delaware will be filled with engineers rather than athletes as UD's student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) hosts the Mid-Atlantic Regional Student Steel Bridge Competition.
Expert on structures, seismic resistance to present Kerr Lecture May 5
Jeremy Isenberg, senior principal with AECOM and member of the National Academy of Engineering, will deliver the fourth annual Arnold D. Kerr Lecture in Engineering Mechanics on Tuesday, May 5, at 4 p.m., in the University of Delaware's Mitchell Hall. The lecture, "Protective Design -- 30 Years of Evolution," will be preceded by a reception in the DuPont Hall lobby at 3:30.
Meehan receives prestigious NSF Career award
Christopher Meehan, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware, has received a prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award to study the seismic behavior of slickensided surfaces.
UD professor investigates new construction technology
With funding from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and significant in-kind contributions from a number of companies, Christopher Meehan, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware, is investigating a new construction technology known as intelligent compaction.
Transportation engineers honored
A civil engineering alumna and a current University of Delaware graduate student have been selected to receive awards from WTS, an international organization dedicated to the advancement of women in transportation.



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