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Civil Engineering


Civil Engineers design, construct, and manage the physical and naturally built environment.   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.


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.

Funded by the National Park Service, two 13,000-pound trusses, resurrected from the charred ruins of a wooden bridge, are heading home to New Hampshire after spending more than two years in our department.

Dario Gasparini, a civil engineering professor nationally known for his work on historic bridges, has been studying the strengths and weaknesses of what's known as a Howe truss bridge. For more information...

The department welcomes the new faculty member Dr. YeongAe Heo as an assistant professor in structural engineering. Dr. Heo obtained her Ph.D. degree from University of California, Davis. Before joining Case, she worked for a few years at Samsung Heavy Industries and Seoul National University. Her expertise is multi-hazard and multi-scale structure dynamics and risk analysis and modeling.

 

 

 

 

A breakfast reception was held at the Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference (OTEC) in Columbus Ohio with about 20 alumni attending. Prof. Zeng, chair of the department, gave an update about the department and answered questions. The event was organized by the Case Alumni Association and will be held annually at the conference in the future.

 

The department recently celebrated the 80th birthday of Prof. Saada, who has been teaching for 52 years in the department and made significant contributions to the education, research, and leadership of the department. He served as department chair from 1978-1998. Over the years, through the generous support of Saada Family Fellowship, ten Ph.D. students in our department received full scholarship to pursue their degrees. Recently, he spearheaded the effort for renovating the geotechnical laboratory in our department with a personal donation of $150,000.

 

 

We would like to offer our warmest congratulations to the Class of 2014 and wish them the very best in their future careers. The following students received their degrees at commencement on May 18, 2014:

BS - Alison Brooks, Peter Cooke, Kayla DeVault, Ryan Haines, Holly Holmes, Richard Hulick Jr., Michelle Hummel, Stacey Hursen, Alec Jokubaitis, Denn Manglona, Ryan Stroud, Abraar Suhail, Harry Weintraub, and Bryan Yokote.

MS - Ata Adeel, Shaohua Gao, Maeve Goede, Joe Hogan, Jennifer Huang, Ryan Koepka, Henry Spradley, and Gregory Willenkin

Ph.D. - Junliang Tao

 

Congratulations to this year's CE award winners:

The Kenneth M. Haber Award - Alex Abbott

The Craig J. Miller Memorial Award - Abraar Suhail, Kamil Nizamiev, and Quan Gao

The Allison C. Neff Prize - Hana Litwin

The Roy Harley Prize - Ryan Haines, Holly Holmes, Jianying Hu, and Jin Qin

The Richard and Opal Vanderhoof Award - Michelle Hummel, and Alison Brooks

ASCE-  Student Chapter Service Award - David Bass

ASCE Outstanding -Senior - Michelle Hummel

GB Brook - Stacey Hursen

The Richard and Opal Vanderhoof Scholarship for BS/MS Students -

Maeve Goede, Ryan Koepka, Henry Spradley and Gregory Willenkin

 

Michael Pollino, assistant professor of civil engineering has been named the American Institute of Steel Construction Milek Fellow.

The organization presents the award-formerly known as the AISC Faculty Fellowship-each year to a promising young university faculty member with expertise in the design and construction of steel structures. The award will help support Pollino's work to develop a design and retrofit strategy for steel buildings to withstand demands from hazardous events like earthquakes, blasts, and tornados while respecting architectural and economic constraints.