CEE News

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.

Sep 2, 2011
CEE Graduate Student Awarded International Desalination Association Scholarship

Errol Glenn one of two recipients internationally

 

Aug 12, 2011
Professor Ayman Mosallam Book Published by ASCE

Design Guide for FRP Composite Connections published as a Manual of Practice
 

Jul 25, 2011
Student Group Participates in 2011 WEF Wastewater Challenge and ASCE Pacific Southwest Conference

Group finishes second in both environmental events

Jul 11, 2011
Jasper Vrugt Awarded Donath Medal

Vrugt receives Young Scientist Award from Geological Society of America

Jun 27, 2011
Farzin Zareian Honored with “Celebration of Teaching” Award

Honored for excellence in undergraduate teaching

Jun 23, 2011
Maria Feng Receives Best Paper Award from European Conference on Antennas and Propagation

Feng co-authored award winning paper with visiting graduate student
 

Jun 13, 2011
CEE Graduate Student Selected for Summer Policy Colloquium

Nasrin Nasrollahi to participate in 2011 American Meteorological Society Colloquium

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