CEE News

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

May 30, 2012
Jay Famiglietti Elected Fellow of American Geophysical Union

He is one of 61 honored as Fellows in 2012


Professor James S. (Jay) Famiglietti, Ph.D., Department of Earth System Science in the School of Physical Sciences, and a joint appointment in in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for his exceptional scientific contributions. The designation is conferred upon not more than 0.1 percent of all AGU members in any given year.

Famiglietti’s research group focuses on how the water cycle and freshwater resources are being impacted by climate change.

May 8, 2012
Pair Win ASCE Orange County Branch 2012 Awards

Professor Brett F. Sanders and alum Tricia Maruki honored

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Orange County Branch honored Brett F. Sanders, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, and Samueli School alum Tricia Maruki, P.E., in February at the branch’s annual awards dinner banquet in Costa Mesa.

Sanders' work is in the area of environmental hydrodynamics and his specialty is numerical modeling of free surface flow and transport in rivers and the coastal zone (estuaries, harbors, and bays). Maruki graduated cum laude with a B.S. degree from the Samueli School in 2005, and received her professional engineer’s license in 2008.

Apr 30, 2012
Troubled Waters
UCI’s Jay Famiglietti warns of global crisis in new documentary

UC Irvine professor Jay Famiglietti sits with his arms politely crossed, watching an irate Central Valley farmer wrest a microphone out of a conservationist’s hand. The two are dueling over the urgency of irrigation for 25 percent of America’s food supply versus cancelling crop production to save water.

A few minutes later, Famiglietti patiently tries to explain the scientific reality behind groundwater depletion and why proper resource management could help all sides. Suddenly, he abandons his professorial lingo and sighs: “We’re screwed.”

It’s just one of his memorable observations in the new documentary “Last Call at the Oasis,” which will open May 11 at the Edwards University Town Center cinema in Irvine.

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