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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.

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.

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