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Soroosh Sorooshian Dec 13, 2013
Professor Sorooshian Honored by his Alma Mater

UC Irvine Distinguished Professor Soroosh Sorooshian has been selected as an inaugural recipient of UCLA’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award.

An internationally recognized expert in water resources engineering, Sorooshian is the director of the Samueli School of Engineering’s Center for Hydrometeorology & Remote Sensing and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

The UCLA citation states: “Sorooshian has made a significant and major impact on the research areas of watershed modeling, parameter estimation, hydro-climatic modeling, and application of remote sensing to hydrology.  He developed optimization methods for parameter estimation for physically-based watershed models in general and the Sacramento model in particular. Sorooshian’s pioneering and ground-breaking work on combining global optimization with maximum likelihood estimation to overcome the inherent difficulties in parameter estimation is well recognized. The methodology that he developed has been adopted by the U.S. Weather Service into its river-forecast system. Clearly, Professor Sorooshian has established himself as a nationally and internationally renowned scholar/research and leader in the field of hydrology. His accomplishments and contributions to research and the profession have been well recognized.”

ASCE student chapter plaque Nov 13, 2013
CEE Affiliates Meeting Addresses Innovations in Water Infrastructure

Nearly 60 people turned out for breakfast and to hear about innovations in water infrastructure at the fall quarterly meeting of the UC Irvine Samueli School’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Affiliates.

William Cooper Oct 23, 2013
Bill Cooper to Direct NSF Environmental Engineering Program

Professor Bill Cooper has been appointed director of the environmental engineering program in the NSF’s Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems Division. As a professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the UC Irvine Urban Water Research Center, Cooper is used to seeking out funding from government agencies. This new position places him on the other side of the table. As an NSF program director, he will be involved in determining which project proposals to support with agency funding.

The NSF environmental engineering program funds projects looking at the environmental engineering implications of energy and resource consumption; availability of high quality water supplies; and fate and transport of contaminants of emerging concern in air, water, and soils. As director, Cooper will also seek joint funding opportunities with other government agencies and engineering programs.

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CEE Career Fair Oct 18, 2013
Focused Career Fair Attracts 200 CEE Students

They came out dressed to impress, resumes in hand. More than 200 civil and environmental engineering students stood in line to meet with representatives from 12 companies at the Civil and Environmental Career Fair held at the Student Center in October.

Farghalli Mohamed with UCI Chancellor Michael Drake Oct 7, 2013
Well-Loved Professor Retires, Goes out with a Rhyme

Beloved engineering professor Farghalli A. Mohamed celebrated his retirement and 70th birthday in late September surrounded by colleagues, faculty, staff and friends.

Soroosh Sorooshian Sep 5, 2013
Soroosh Sorooshian Honored with Horton Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Hydrology

The American Geophysical Union has awarded UC Irvine Distinguished Professor Soroosh Sorooshian the 2013 Horton Medal for his outstanding contributions to hydrology.

Jose Ramos Aug 13, 2013
Civil engineering senior selected for Semester at Sea

Jose Ramos, a senior in civil engineering, has received a Semester at Sea Presidential Scholarship. The award covers full tuition, room and board for the shipboard program. Ramos is one of only three students selected from a pool of 120 applicants.

building a fuel cell Jul 22, 2013
Having Fun, FABcamp Style

The Samueli School’s FABcamp got off to a boisterous beginning with a full roster of middle school children. The first group of 9 girls and 20 boys could be seen touring labs and walking around the school in bright yellow t-shirts. 

Water-PIRE undergrads Jul 12, 2013
Undergrads Spend Two Weeks Down Under Studying Water Sustainability

Twelve undergraduate students – nine from UCI, one from UCSD and two from UCLA – completed a week of orientation in early July before heading Down Under to participate in a six-week research experience, including two weeks in Australia.

“The ultimate goal is to be better able to predict seasonal water supply and provide policymakers with the information they need to make smart decisions,” says Scott Sellars, a doctoral candidate in civil & environmental engineering. Jun 18, 2013
More than a Weatherman

Public Impact Fellow Scott Sellars is developing a better way to predict precipitation

Andrea Thorstensen Jun 12, 2013
Civil Engineering Doctoral Student Awarded Department of Defense Fellowship

Civil and environmental engineering doctoral student Andrea Thorstensen has been awarded a 2013 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. Sponsored by the Department of Defense, the competitive fellowship covers Thorstensen’s tuition and provides an annual stipend for three years.

Jun 6, 2013
Abraham Baca Named Scholar of the Week by Great Minds in STEM

Abraham Baca, a civil engineering senior, at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) is a 2012 HENAAC-Southern California Edison scholarship recipient. The first in his family to attend college, Abraham’s goal is to graduate from UCI and receive his Professional Engineering License.

Abraham is best described as a student that seeks out any academic, leadership or career development opportunity that comes his way. As a freshman, he sought out and joined the Latino Business Student Association (LBSA). The only STEM student in the organization, he continued his active involvement through his senior year when he was elected president. As president, he reengaged community service opportunities for the organization, which was very important to him. He also instilled a mentorship program, which paired upper classmen with lower classmen. Abraham believes the best way to create drive is to have someone guide you along your academic path.

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NSF logo Jun 4, 2013
Five Engineering Grad Students Earn NSF Research Fellowships

The National Science Foundation has granted five UC Irvine engineering graduate students a research fellowship, and another three honorable mentions. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. 

As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend, opportunities for international research and professional development. Here are the Samueli School’s 2013 NSF fellowship program awardees:

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NASA logo May 29, 2013
NASA fellowships awarded to three UCI hydrology graduate students

Three UC Irvine graduate students have received prestigious NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships for their research projects involving water and climate.

Shinozuka retirement party May 16, 2013
Celebrating an Extraordinary Career

Masanobu Shinozuka retires

Apr 5, 2013
Water Education Festival Draws Thousands of Elementary School Children to UCI

Professor Bill Cooper, known around campus as the water boy, spoke to more than 500 elementary school children about the importance of wetlands in treating water at the 2013 Children’s Water Education Festival. Held over two days in UCI’s Aldrich Park, the annual festival educates Orange County’s third, fourth and fifth graders about local water issues and how they can protect water supplies and their environment.

Presented by the Orange County Water District (OCWD) and offered as a free field trip for local schools, the event draws more than 7,000 children each year. Cooper’s presentation was one of 65 booths sprawled around the park.

“The OCWD, as one of the most progressive water agencies in the world, has sought to educate the public for years on the importance of water to Orange County, Southern California and California,” says Cooper, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Urban Water Research Center.

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Nov 13, 2012
Amir AghaKouchak Participates in 2012 Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Symposium features innovative faculty

Assistant Professor Amir AghaKouchak, department of civil and environmental engineering, was one of 72 innovative educators who participated in the National Academy of Engineering's fourth Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium. The attendees were nominated by fellow engineers or deans and chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants. The symposium was held Oct. 14-17 at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering in Irvine.

The FOEE program brings together some of the nation’s most engaged and innovative engineering educators to recognize, reward and promote effective, substantive and inspirational engineering education.

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Aug 14, 2012
Wastewater Key to Quenching Global Thirst, UCI-led Review Finds

Conservation also vital to supply both humans, ecosystems

Parched cities and regions across the globe are using sewage effluent and other wastewater in creative ways to augment drinking water, but 4 billion people still do not have adequate supplies, and that number will rise in coming decades. Wildlife, rivers and ecosystems are also being decimated by the ceaseless quest for new water and disposal of waste. Changing human behavior and redoubling use of alternatives are critical to breaking that cycle.

“This is the only path forward to provide water for humans as well as for ecosystems,” said lead author Stanley Grant, a UC Irvine civil & environmental engineering professor who specializes in water quality. “We need to focus on improving the productivity and value of existing supplies, which basically means getting more out of a glass of water.”

Aug 10, 2012
CEE Graduate Student Awarded NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Award

Hamed Ashouri one of 54 honored in Earth Science Research

Jun 8, 2012
Student Group Participates in 2012 ASCE Pacific Southwest Conference

UC Irvine finishes third in the environmental design competition

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