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Civil and Environmental Engineering


Civil Engineers design, construct, and manage the physical and naturally built environment.   The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (previously as the Department of Civil Engineering) at CWRU is proud of being one of the four founding departments by the Case Institute of Technology (since 1880) and continues to deliver significant impacts on the Civil Engineering profession in the Nation and worldwide with its rigorous and pioneering academic programs.


                        Dr. Christian Carloni and Professor Katie Wheaton, along with 6 undergraduate students from the Department, visited the Duke Energy Convention Center on October 18-21,2 019 for this year’s American Concrete Institute (ACI) Convention in Cincinnati, OH.   Dr. Carloni is currently Chair of the joint ACI-ASCE 446 Committee and attended ACI convention regularly, but this was Professor Wheaton and the students’ first appearance at a ACI Convention.

Prof. Xiong (Bill) Yu, Interim Chair, was recently informed by the journal editor's office that a paper by his research group has received the 10th Anniversary Excellent Paper Award by the journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.   Three of Dr. Yu's former Ph.D. students were co-authors on this paper.  Quan Gao  is currently an engineer at Pile Dynamics Inc, a company founded by Case Alumni and is a world leading company in QA/QC for pile foundation.  Junliang Tao becomes an associate professor at Arizona State University, who received the prestigious CAREER award from  the National Science Foundation in 2018, one of the most prestigious recognition for junior faculty. Jianying Hu becomes an associate professor at Southeast University, Nanjing, China.

The Case chapter of Woman Builder's Council (WBC) had a very successful inaugural seminar series on Tuesday Oct 29, 2019.   23 people attended the seminar series, which included a live video conference with three woman leaders presented in NYC to Bingham 240, CWRU. 

Students were actively engaged with questions and answers with the presenters.  The Chapter is founded by two female students Sarah Carlson & Maria Tompkins, together with faculty advisor Katie P. Wheaton, P.E., S.E..  A brochure for the Case Chapter of WBC was distributed to attendees to formally launch the chapter.

Prof. Adel (Tony) Saada receied the Meritorious Service Award from the Case Alumni Association.  The award is in cognize Prof. Saada's leadership and service to the Case communities.  The award presentation was conducted during the upcoming homecoming weekend during 134th Annual All-Classes Celebration: Innovation ShowCASE and Awards Presentation,  Friday Oct 11, 2019 at Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box].   Department faculty, staff, students and alumni joined the event to celebrate Prof. Saada's achievements. 

A motion to change the Department name to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has been approved by the Case School of Engineering faculty, CSE Executive Committee and CSE Dean during its deliberation in September 2019.    The motion is moving for further discussion and approval by the University Faculty Senate and for final approval by the University President.  The Department currently houses a few areas of concentrations under Civil Engineering:  Structural Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Construction Management, Engineering Mechanics, pre-architecture program.  

The Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)’s Multihazard Mitigation (MHM) Committee, which Dr. YeongAe Heo, Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering has served as the Vice Chair, of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) wins the 2020 SEI Future Fund. For the past few years, the SEI MHM Committee has made great contributions to disaster resilience studies of structures subjected to multiple natural and man-made hazards. With this support, the SEI MHM Committee will initiate a special project to bridge the gap between research and practice for structural engineers to implement the state-of-the-art research in multi-hazard structural design into their structural design, retrofit, and maintenance projects.

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) has appointed Dr. Christian Carloni as Chair of joint ACI-ASCE 446 Committee. The mission of the Committee is to develop and report information on the application of fracture mechanics to concrete structures.  Dr. Carloni has served as Chair of ACI 446 for 3 years (2016-2019) and has been reappointed for another three-year term.

ACI 446 Committee has organized numerous symposia during the ACI Conventions. Currently, members of the Committee are working on a report that provides guidance on fracture testing of concrete. The Committee is working in collaboration with ASTM to translate the report into a standard.

Case Civil Engineering Graduate Student Association (CEGSA) held barbeque at Aurora and Edgewater park.   Students were involved in delicious food, talking, playing games, and photo-taking.  This is part of the efforts of the CEGSA to enrich member life and facilitate communications among its members.

In 2018 two students from CWRU’s Civil Engineering department reached out to the Women Builders Council (WBC) because their mission resonated strongly. WBC empowers women and promotes diversity throughout the construction industry. It was founded by women business owners who recognized the challenges of doing business in a traditionally male-dominated industry.  Students Sarah Carlson & Maria Tompkins intrigued the director of WBC with their passion and dedication to introduce the professional group to their campus. Working together, and with faculty advisor Katie P. Wheaton, P.E., S.E., a special workshop series for students will be offered in the 2019/2020 academic year.