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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.

Mar 22, 2012
Assistant Professor Receives Editors’ Choice Award from Water Resources Research Journal

Jasper Vrugt’s paper is one of five honored nationally

Assistant Professor Jasper A. Vrugt, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with a joint appointment in Earth System Science, co-authored a paper entitled “Optimization and uncertainty assessment of strongly nonlinear groundwater models with high parameter dimensionality, ” that has been awarded an Editors’ Choice Award from the journal Water Resources Research.

The article discusses a proposed methodology for parameter estimation and uncertainty analysis algorithms to understand and predict flow and transport through aquifers.

Feb 8, 2012
CEE Department Producing Quality Research Across the Board

Data shows CEE has high ranking programs

Brett F. Sanders, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, analyzed last fall the scholarly achievements of the four program areas of the department: Environmental Engineering, Hydrology and Water Resources, Structural Engineering and Transportation Systems Engineering.

Sanders was motivated by the inadequacy of existing rankings, which he found either too subjective or too broad for meaningful assessment at the program level of detail. His attention turned to an index that he calls “quality productivity.” 

Feb 3, 2012
Samueli School Student Project Receives Award from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Professor Sunny Jiang leads student team to EPA award

Jan 31, 2012
Jay Famiglietti Selected as 2012 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer

Professor to give lectures internationally on global water cycle change and freshwater availability

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 selected as the 2012 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer.

The lectureship is made to one person annually by the Geological Society of America(GSA) Hydrogeology Division. Famiglietti is the 34th GSA Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer and plans to give 50 lectures during his tour.

Jan 27, 2012
Undergraduate Student Wins Women's Transportation Seminar Scholarship

Cunxiang (Nicole) Mi wins WTS Orange County Scholarship

Jan 17, 2012
CEE Professor Has Article Published in Environmental Science & Technology

Stanley B. Grant article featured on cover

Professor Stanley B. Grant, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, had his article entitled “Crossing Turbulent Boundaries: Interfacial Flux in Environmental Flows” featured on the cover of the September 1, 2011 issue of Environmental Science & Technology.

In the article, Grant looks at the current understanding of turbulent boundary layer flows, with particular focus on coherent turbulence and its impact on mass transport across the sediment-water interface in marine and freshwater systems.

Dec 2, 2011
Professor William “Bill” Cooper Elected AAAS Fellow

CEE professor honored for interdisciplinary contributions

Professor William “Bill” J. Cooper, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, has been elected a 2011 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The world’s largest general scientific society, AAAS is dedicated to advancing science around the world through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education and more. The prestigious honor is awarded yearly to members whose “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished.”  New Fellows are chosen by their association peers.

Nov 22, 2011
Postdoctoral Fellow Selected to Research Japanese Earthquake

Carmine Galasso to research Japanese earthquake

Carmine Galasso, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Civil and Enviromental Engineering (CEE) at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, was selected as one of three Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows in the U.S. to spend a month in Japan researching the massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated the country in March 2011.

Galasso, who is concentrating his research on performance-based earthquake engineering at the Samueli School, began work in November with Associate Professor Hitoshi Shiohara, Ph.D., University of Tokyo.

Nov 8, 2011
CEE Graduate Student Receives Multiple Recognitions

Timu Gallien researching urban coastal flood models

Sep 30, 2011
Transportation Systems Engineering Student Receives Overly Memorial Scholarship

Mahdieh Allahviranloo received scholarship from Women’s Transportation Seminar

Mahdieh Allahviranloo, a third-year Ph.D. student in transportation systems engineering at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, was awarded the Helene H. Overly Graduate Memorial Scholarship at the May 2011 Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Annual Conference in San Francisco. Allahviranloo earned both her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and master’s degree in transportation engineering from Sharif University of Technology in her native Iran.  Her research interests are network modeling and optimization.

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