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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.

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.

Rachel Zable, a senior civil engineering student with a concentration in structural engineering, received a $5000 AISC Education Foundation Scholarship for 2019-2020.  More information about the awards can be found here.  Rachel is also past President of the CWRU Student Steel Bridge Competition Team.  Congratulations Rachel!

Prof. Huichun (Judy) Zhang has recently received a research contract from the Lubrizol Corporation. The goal of this research is to investigate the biodegradability of their consumer products so that the products can be more environmentally friendly.  Congratulations! Judy

Ram Krishna Mazumder, a PhD candidate, received the a scholarship from Utility Engineering & Surveying Institute (UESI) of ASCE. The scholarship is given to the outstanding students in utility engineering to support them for attending ASCE-UESI pipelines conference.  Ram's dissertation research is supported with a $2.5 million NSF funded research project entitled ‘CRISP Type 2: Collaborative Research: Multi-Agent Sustainable Water Decision Theory: Nexus of Water, Road, and Hierarchic Social Contractual Systems’.    Prof. Xiong (Bill) Yu is the PI and Prof.

Esmaeel Asadi, a PhD Candidate at the Department of Civil Engineering, has been awarded a travel grant to attend Lloyd’s Day at Rice University: “The Smart and Resilient City”. The conference was held at Anderson Clarke Center of Rice University in Houston, TX on October 4, 2018.   Esmaeel presents on his recent research activities on “Multi-Criteria Decision Model for Risk-Based Life-Cycle Assessment of Building Structures”. Esmaeel presented a part of Professor Li’s collaborative project with Dr Hongyu Zhou from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Dr. Abdullahi Salman from The University of Alabama in Huntsville, which is aimed to integrate resilience- and energy-based building designs.   A copy of the poster can be found at:

Patricia Cheng, a senior student of the Department, has been selected to receive a $5,000 scholarship from the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association ( IBTTA) .  According to Patrick D. Jones, Executive Director and CEO, IBTTA, " Patricia and the other scholarship winners represent the best and brightest, who will no doubt be transportation change-agents as innovation and new technologies revolutionize how people move about the country and the world".  The 2019 scholarship winners will be recognized for their achievement during the Opening Ceremonies of IBTTA’s 87th Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on September 16, 2019.   More information can be found here.  Congratulations!  Patricia

Prof. Saada has announced the upgraded version of Case Geotechnical database.  It includes the past research conducted at Case Western Reserve University on the mechanical behavior of soils under Dynamic and Static loading, a joint efforts funded by the National Science Foundation in cooperation with the University of Grenoble, France.  It contains over 234 tests conducted on three different sands, in dense and loose conditions, with a wide variety of stress paths.  The Data Base including user manual can be downloaded by browsing the Department website or at the following Link: (available since August 2019)


The CWRU Civil Engineering Steel Bridge Team competed at the national competition in Carbondale, Ill., June 1, 2019. The team dropped six minutes in construction speed with a time of 19 minutes, and the bridge stiffened up with only 2.07 inches of deflection.

Huichun (Judy) Zhang, associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, has received the 2019 Nanova/CAPEES Frontier Research Award from the Chinese-American Professors in Environmental Engineering and Science organization.

This award is given annually to recognize outstanding professors in environmental science and engineering, who have achieved recognized research leadership and pioneered an innovative research area.  Congratulations!  Judy

Michael Pollino, associate professor of civil engineering, has been named a recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Moisseiff Award for 2019. 

The award was established by the society in 1947 in recognition of the accomplishments of Leon S. Moisseiff, a notable contributor to the science and art of structural design. The prize is given to an important paper published in an ASCE journal dealing with the field of structural design, including applied mechanics as well as the theoretical analysis, or constructive improvement, of engineering structures such as bridges and frames, of any structural material.  Congratulations! Mike