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Departmental News:

At the university commencement on May 21, we celebrated the graduation of the largest class in recent history of the department. Twenty one students received their BS degree in Civil Engineering: Javier Alverez, Elizabeth Caceci, Matthew Chin, Tessa Cooperrider, Samuel D'Alessio, Zachary Dallman, Spencer Ehl, Campbell Fitzhugh, Kate Goldman, Yang Jiang, Rachel Lanyi, Jacob Lunn, Zachary Lyon, Colin MacGregor, Jessica McCoy, Meghann McMahon, Williams Nelson, Jai Ponce, Erin Smith, Lauren Van Meter, and Jennifer Zajic. Two students received MS degree in Civil Engineering: Benjamin Allen and Nicholas Heim. Five students received Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering: Zijian Li, Kamil Nizamiev, Saman Sabzehzar, Xuefei Wang, and Yuru Li Zimmerman. Congratulations to all of them and we wish them the very best in their future carrer!

Congratulations to this year's Civil Engineering Awards winners: The Kennth M. Haber Award - Elizabeth Caceci and Jiale Li; The Craig J. Miller Memeorial Award - William Worsham and Mark Loria; The Allison C. Neff Prize - Samuel Shiau and Annastasia Wong; The Roy Harley Prize - Zachary Lyon, Yang Xu, and Shaoyang Dong; The Richard and Opal Vanderhoof Award - Campbell Fitzhugh and Jennifer DoVale; ASCE Junior Award - Katlin Newcombe; and GB Brook Award - Spencer Ehl. These students achieved outstanding academic performance and performed superb service to the department.

Congratulations to the 2017 Vanderhoof BS/MS Fellowship recipients: Ben Allan, Nicolas Heim, Jacob Lunn, and Laura Rendos. The fellowship was estabilished through a generous endowment by Mr. and Mrs. Vanderhoof to support BS/MS students in civil engineering department. The awards were presented to the students at a departmental ceremony on April 20.

We would like to offer our warmest congratulations to the Class of 2016 in our department. The BS degree recipients are: Benjamin Allen, Erin Dreger, Samuel Glaubitz, Nicholas Heim, Robert Kitson, Hana Litwin, Ferin Neff, John Pease III, Malcolm Perkins, Anna Pimentel, Laura Rendos, Sarah Ronan, Michael Streicher, Louis Stuerke, Jielun Gu, and Andrew Bollinger; MS degree recipients: Andrew Bollinger, Gwen Evans, Alexander Abbott, and Derek Slovenec; Ph.D. degree recipients: Quan Gao, Jianying Hu, and Jin Qin. We are very proud of their achievements and wish them the very best in their careers.

We would like to offer our warmest congratulations to this year's recipients of Vanderhoof BS/MS Fellowship: Andrew Bollinger and Gwen Evans. This fellowship was established by a generous donation from Mr. and Mrs. Vanderhoof and has been supporting our BS/MS students since 2011.

Two undergraduate students from Brazil, Rodrigo Teixeira Schossler and Igor dos Santos Rodrigues de Lima, conducted research with Dr. Xiong (Bill)  Yu’s group during Summer 2015.   Rodrigo is a senior in the Department of Civil Engineering, Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil.   Igor is a junior in the Department of Civil Engineering, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil.   Both Rodrigo and Igor were supported by the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, which aims to provide opportunities for Brazilian students to receive international research and educational experience.

We would like to express our warmest congratulations to the graduates of 2015! At the commencement on May 17, following Civil Egnineering students received their degrees:

BS Degree: Alexander Abbott, Kimberly Baker, David Bass, Maria Corsi, Emily Duewiger, Jessica Eiermann, Victoria Eldridge, Gwennyth Evans, Remy Hidaka, Lensa Jotte, Mohammad Khan, Ashley Parello, Tadbir Singh, Jakub Skodowski, Fatima Hussain Suhail, and Keri Walter

MS Degree: Holly Adams, Kimberly Baker, Alison Brooks, Lianwei Chen, and Stacy Hursen

Ph.D. Degree: Hao Yu

We wish them the very best in their future careers!

Our department will host the first Higley Endowed Lecture on Friday April 10 at 5 PM in Nord 356. Professor Craig H. Benson, the Wisconsin Distinguished Professor and director of sustainability research and education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will deliver the lecture. The title of his lecture is: Are We Designing for Sustainability? Using Life Cycle Analysis to Assess Sustainability Accomplishment.

Congratulations to this year's winners for the Vanderhoof BS/MS Scholarship: Alexander Abbott, Holly Adam, Kimberly Baker, Alison Brooks, and Stacey Hursen. The scholarship was established through a generous donation by the Vanderhoof Family to support civil engineering students who are pursuing BS/MS degrees in our department.

More than 200 area high school students participated in the 2015 Annual High School Model Balsa Wood Bridge Competition during E-week. The model bridges were judged by their design and stiffness under specific loading conditions.