2017 Civil Engineering Kudos

April 2017

  • Robbie Barnes received William F. Walker Teaching Award.

  • Lauren Beckingham and Meredith Ayers received Mark A. Spencer Creative Mentorship Award.

  • Molly Hughes received Outstanding Faculty Award.

  • Jesse Burroughs received Outstanding Student Award.

  • Meredith Ayers received 100+ Women Strong Graduate Leadership Award.

  • Jim Cooper received Outstanding Alumni Award.

  • Rod Turochy received 2017 National James M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Council of Chi Epsilon.

  • Rod Turochy received 2017 Chi Epsilon – Excellence in Teaching Award for the Southern District from the National Council of Chi Epsilon.

  • Meredith Ayers and Anna Quinn were selected for the Stone Leadership Awards. Recipients are to have a record of 1) leadership in student organizations or service activities, 2) activities outside the department of civil engineering, 3) high scholastic achievement, and 4) positive impacts on others. 

  • Prabhakar Clement has been elected as the Fellow of ASCE’s Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI). The 2017 EWRI Fellows will be recognized during the Awards Ceremony at the 2017 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress in Sacramento, CA on, May 22, 2017.

  • Lauren Beckingham was selected as a 2017 ASCE ExCEEd Fellow to participate in the 2017 ASCE ExcEEd Teaching Workshop at the United States Military Academy on July 23-28, 2017.

  • Jack Montgomery was selected as a 2017 ASCE ExCEEd Fellow to participate in the 2017 ASCE ExcEEd Teaching Workshop. He will be attending the workshop at Florida Gulf Coast University on June 18-23, 2017.

  • Sarah Gustitus, CE graduate student won the top prize at Auburn Engineering’s first Finish in 5 competition sponsored by the Council of Engineering Graduate Students, and the competition consists of five-minute, rapid-fire research presentations. A panel of faculty judges score each presenter on clarity, organization and speaking ability.  Gustitus’ presentation was titled “Effects of crude oil weathering on oil-mineral interactions, and implications for the mitigation of oil spills in nearshore environments.”

  • Jin Wang won the Best Young Member Technical Paper Award by the Southern District, Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). She was invited to present the paper at the Southern District ITE Annual Meeting in Columbia, South Carolina on March 26-29, 2017. Jin is a Ph.D. student in Transportation Engineering. Her Advisor is Dr. Hugo Zhou.

  • Md Atiquzzaman and Jin Wang, Ph.D. students in Transportation Engineering,  won the Lifesavers Conference Traffic Safety Scholarship Award, 2017, which was presented at the 35th  annual Lifesavers Conference on Highway Safety Priorities, March 26-28, in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Zhou serves as their major advisor.

  • Xing Fang serves as guest editors in Water (impact factor 1.687) journal for two special issues: (1) "Water Quality Monitoring and Modeling in Lakes" and (2) "Climate Change Effects on Freshwater Organisms and Ecosystems."

  • Gang Chen, Dr. Fang’s PhD graduate and post-doctoral fellow, has obtained a faculty position in the College of Hydrology and Water Resources at Hohai University (one of the top universities in China). 

  • Prabhakar Clement has been selected by the American Geophysical Union to visit the Capitol Hill to be a part 2017 AGU Congressional Visits Day on May 3rd 2017.   AGU sponsors this event, providing an opportunity for their members to meet with their legislators in Washington, DC. During the visits, participants discuss the importance of federally funded science research as well as their own research with elected legislators.

March 2017

  • Jamieson Matthews won a National Chi Epsilon Fellowship and he will receive a scholarship check for $3500 from the Chi Epsilon National Office. Three fellowships were awarded nationwide this year.

  • Sarah Anne Gustitus, Dr. Clement's master student, received an award of Auburn University’s outstanding master’s students for 2016-2017.

  • Jackson Ross Ellis has been selected as the Outstanding ASCE Student at Auburn University by the ASCE Alabama Section. 

  • The ITE student chapter won the state of Alabama Traffic Bowl competition at the Alabama Section ITE spring meeting in Birmingham, AL. Traffic Bowl is a Transportation Jeopardy-styled student competition. The Auburn team competed against South Alabama, UAB, and Alabama.  The team (Nick Jehn, Jyothirmayi Rani and Veronica Ramirez) advanced to the Southern District level competition which will be held in Columbia, South Carolina on March 26-29.  AU-ITE advisor is Dr. Rod Turochy.

  • Jesse Burroughs has been selected as the Civil Engineering Outstanding Student and will be recognized at the Faculty/Student Awards and Alumni Recognition Spring Reception on April 7

  • Hugo Zhou and his research team (5 Ph.D. students, 3 MS students and 1 undergraduate student) recently published a booklet for the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), entitled "ATSSA Member Business Opportunities Related to Connected and Automated Vehicles.” The Auburn University research team was acknowledged at the general opening session of the Annual Convention of ATSSA on February 11, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The booklet has been distributed to more than 12,000 ATSSA members worldwide. This is the third booklet completed by Dr. Zhou and his team in the last three years

  • Rod Turochy has been promoted to Full Professor effective Fall Semester 2017.

  • Anton Schindler has been selected to receive the 2017 American Concrete Institute Cedric Wilson Lightweight Aggregate Concrete Award “for fundamental contributions to understanding early- and later-age cracking in lightweight aggregate bridge deck concrete, the effects and benefits of internal curing, and for the subsequent engineering and construction applications.”  The award will be presented during ACI’s Convention in Detroit on March 26, 2017. 

  • Jorge Rueda was selected to work on TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Project 8-112 titled “A Guidebook for Implementing Alternative Technical Concepts into Project Delivery Methods”.  The project award is for $450,000 over duration of 21 months.  The principal investigator for this project is Dr. Douglas Gransberg (Gransberg and Associates, Inc.). 

  • Justin Marshall will be on Professional Improvement Leave at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand in Spring 2018.

  • Jose Vasconcelos will be on Professional Improvement Leave in Fall 2017

  • David Timm’s paper was awarded the 2016 Jack H. Dillard Best Paper Award.  The paper is coauthored with Miguel Diaz, his PhD student, and two colleagues at the Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC), This award is given annually to the best paper published by the VTRC during that calendar year.  The paper features work from the NCAT Test Track and was titled, "Structural Study of Cold Central Plant Recycling Sections at the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) Test Track"

  • Jorge Rueda made a presentation to SOCY2000 Social Issues class that was very well received by the students.

  • AU American Concrete Institute (ACI) Student Chapter was selected to be named an ACI Excellent University for 2016.  The ACI Award for University Student Activities was initiated to recognize universities that have participated in ACI-related activities. Our student chapter will be recognized during the ACI Spring 2017 Concrete Convention and Exposition in Detroit, MI during the Opening Session and Keynote Presentation on Sunday, March 26.  Our chapter will be sending 11 students to attend this convention, and we will have two undergraduate student teams completing in ACI’s student competition during this convention. Faculty advisor is Dr. Anton Schindler. 

  • Jose Vasconcelos was invited to participate in the committee “Collaborative Hydraulics: Advancing to the Next Generation of Engineering (CHANGE)” on behalf of FHWA and ALDOT to study the implementation of next-generation hydraulic tools to understand interactions between river/coastal regions and transportation infrastructure.

January 2017

  • Larry Crowley retired from active service at the university on Jan. 1, 2017.

  • Dale York was inducted into the Alabama Construction Hall of Fame on Jan. 13, 2017.

  • Jim Cooper was selected by the civil engineering faculty as the Outstanding Alumnus for 2017, the award ceremony is on April 7.

  • Jeff LaMondia was invited by the National Academies to serve on the oversight committee for the 10th University Transportation Center Spotlight Conference on bicycles and pedestrians.

  • Aravind Tankasala (civil engineering doctoral student) received the 2017 Best Student Paper award from the Transportation Research Board Committee on Basic Research and Emerging Technologies Related to Concrete.  Aravind received this award for a paper titled “Thermal Cracking Risk of Using Lightweight Aggregate in Mass Concrete," authored by Aravind Tankasala, Anton K. Schindler and Kyle A. Riding.

  • Travis Gajkowski (master's student) received the 2017 Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship, which is highly competitive and prestigious in the transportation field.  The fellowship includes a stipend as well as travel funds for an award ceremony at the TRB conference. His advisor is Jeff LaMondia.

  • Jeff LaMondia’s paper "A GIS-based Bicycle Demand-Suitability Prioritization Tool," presented at the International Conference on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium Sized Communities and received a Best Paper award at the conference. It was presented at TRB in January at the Best Paper session.

  • Prabhakar Clement received a travel grant from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health/ National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for a Study of Epidemiological, Hydrological, and Social Factors Contributing to Chronic Kidney Disease in Sri Lanka.  He will travel to Sri Lanka at the end of March.

  • Prabhakar Clement was invited to serve on the awards committee of the National Ground Water Association.


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