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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.


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.

At the 2013 Commencement, the largest class in recent history of the department received their degrees. There are twenty students received BS degrees: Michael Berger, Corin Bowen, Peter Cooke, Maeve Goede, James Hale, Jamie Hora, Jennifer Huang, John Kane, Ryan Koepka, Tianxin Luo, Emily Mueller, Katherine Murakami, Grace Sauline, Sifat Shahjahan, Henry Spradley, Gregory Willenkin, John Work, Eric Gobuty, Jacqueline Guttman, and Joseph Hogan; thirteen students received MS degrees: Nuha Abobkr, Andrew Applebaum, Eric Gobuty, Daniel Lavarnway, Jiale Li, Alexandra Litofsky, Xu Guo, Kane Riggenbach, Lin Wan, Yuan Gao, William Holman, Zijian Li, and Xuefei Wang; and one student received Ph.D. degree: Zhen Liu.

We would like to offer our warmest congratulations to all of the students and wish them the very best in their future careers!

Congratulations to the 2013 winners of Dept. of Civil Engineering Awards:
Kenneth M. Harber Award - Corin Bowen
Craig J. Miller Memorial Award - Drew Applebaun, Alex Litofsky, and Hao Yu
Allison C. Neff Prize - Michelle Hummel and Holly Homes
Roy Harley Prize - Joe Hogan, Junliang Tao and Yuru Li
Richard and Opal Vanderhoof Award - James Hale and Michael Berger
ASCE Outstanding Junior - Alison Brooks
ASCE Outstadning Senior - Jamie Hora
ASCE GB Brook Award - Gregory Willenkin

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.