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Civil Engineering

Congratulations to this year's Vanderhoof BS/MS Fellowship winners: Drew Applebaum, Eric Gobuty, Joe Hogan, and Alexandra Litofsky. The fellowship was established through a generous gift from our distinguished alumni Mr. Richard Vanderhoof (Class of 1939). The awards were presented to the winners in a ceremony held in Miller's Library.

 

It was a bridge project that went on without tying up traffic—and, in fact, without many people knowing: Yesterday, contractors moved two 13,000-pound wooden bridge trusses out of the structures lab at Case Western Reserve University and onto pilings outside the building, to kick off a yearlong research project. The trusses, made of wood, are 11 feet high by 48 feet long and are of the same design Cleveland industrialist Amasa Stone used to build railroads across the U.S.
 
The trusses were part of a New Hampshire bridge built 86 years ago but recently burned by arson. Using timbers from Oregon, it was rebuilt in New Hampshire, disassembled and shipped to Civil Engineering Professor Dario Gasparini.
 

This year's departmental award winners are: Kenneth M. Haber Award: Andrew Appelbaum and Mark Richardson; Craig J. Miller Memorial Award: Michelle Hummel and Junliang Tao; Allison C. Neff Prize: James Hale and Greg Willenkin; Roy Harley Prize: Anna Kennedy and Kane Riggenbach; Richard and Opal Vanderhoof Award: Michael Scancarello and Alexandra Litofsky; Saada Family Fellowship for Graduate Student: Yuru Li and Quan Gao; ASCE Junior Award: Jamie Hora; ASCE Outstanding Senior Award: Joe Hogen; ASCE GB Brook Award: Michael Scanarello. Congratulations to all the outstanding award winners!

We would like to offer our warmest congratulations to the Class of 2012! Eightteen students received B.S. degrees: Premasai Achanti, Ata Adeel, Andrew Appelbaum, Erik Bogen, John Carey, Sarah Counihan, Douglas Dickson, Noah Garfinkle, William Holman, Anna Kennedy, Alexandra Litofsky, Mark Richardson, Michael Saylor, Michael Scancarello, Brian Schlesinger, Dana Schultz, Cady Walter, and Steven Wellstead. Three students received M.S. degrees: Yen-chi Chen, Daniel Hill, and Jin Qin. One student received Ph.D. degree: Bin Zhang. We all are proud of them and wish all of them the very best in their future career!

This year marks Dr. Saada’s 50th year of service to Case Western Reserve University and the Department of Civil Engineering. In his time with the department, Dr. Saada has worked tirelessly to cultivate an atmosphere of learning, always looking out for the best interests of the students. In addition to his service as the Chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering, a position which he held for over 20 years, Dr. Saada developed a reputation as one of the leaders in geotechnical engineering, earning many awards from the Civil Engineering community, and publishing several influential papers in the field. Dr. Saada has also created the Saada Family Fellowship, which has provided funds for graduate students within the department. It is with great thanks that the department would like to thank Dr. Saada for his service. Read more about Dr. Saada here.