2021 Civil & Environmental Engineering Kudos

March 2021

  • Dr. Ben Bowers was chosen as the 2021 Outstanding Faculty in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
  • AU student chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) has been selected to be named an ACI Excellent University for 2020 for the outstanding work during 2020.   This is ACI’s highest honor for student chapters and is to recognize universities for their excellent participation in ACI-related activities. Our student chapter will be recognized during the upcoming ACI Virtual Concrete Convention March 28 – April 1, 2021. Considering that ACI currently has more than 15,000 student members and over 250 student chapters around the world and that our chapter is one of only seven US universities to receive this distinction, this is a great accomplishment.  This award was earned by our chapter under the excellent leadership provided by faculty advisor Dr. Anton Schindler and the following students: Kelly Turner (President), Megan Foshee (Vice President), Melanie Monaghan (Secretary), Hadiah Rawajfih (Treasurer), and Zack Coleman (Outreach / Safety Coordinator).  Our ACI student chapter also collaborated with the local concrete industry to complete a service project in the fall 2020 semester where they constructed a driveway and parking area for a homeowner impacted by the 2019 tornadoes in Beauregard, Alabama. 
  • Coleman Barrie (CEE PhD Student) was selected to join the Auburn University NSF Research Traineeship Program on Climate Resilience. Her advisor is Dr. Frances O’Donnell.
  • Dr. Lauren Beckingham received the 2021 ASEE- Southeastern Section New Faculty Researcher 2nd Place Award.  The award will be presented during Awards Ceremony on March 10th
  • AU ITE student team won the state level Traffic Bowl competition. Three team members, Yukun Song, Mitchell Fisher, and Anthony Aspito will represent Alabama to attend SDITE level competition on April 15, 2021.
  • Dan Xu, a Ph.D. student in Transportation, won the 2nd place of SDITE general member technical paper competition.
  • Yukun Song, a Ph.D. student in Transportation, won the 1st place of SDITE young member technical paper competition.
  • Dan Xu, Chennan Xue and Dr. Hugo Zhou’s paper, “Analysis of Headway and Speed based on Driver Characteristics and Work Zone Configurations Using Naturalistic Driving Study Data,” has been selected for the 2020 Best Paper Award by the TRB’s Standing Committee on Human Factors of Infrastructure Design (ACH40). 

February 2021

  • Allison Licavoli has been chosen as the 2021 Outstanding Student in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
  • Laurence Rilett - Director of Auburn University Transportation Research Institute and Professor of CEE. His major research area is Transportation Engineering
  • Anton Schindler has been selected to receive the 2021 ACI Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award.  ACI stated that the award is for outstanding leadership of ACI Technical Committee 237 that covers Self-Consolidating Concrete.  The award will be presented at the ACI President’s Reception on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 during the virtual ACI Spring 2021 Concrete Convention and Exposition.
  • Natalie Capiro has been appointed to the 2021 RemTEC Summit Scientific Advisory Board. This highly motivated, volunteer group is made up of industry leaders and stakeholders within the academic, government, regulatory, and consulting in the environmental engineering, science, and remediation fields. 
  • Lauren Beckingham was selected as the first recipient of the International Association of Geochemistry and the Journal of Applied Geochemistry’s Emerging Investigator Series featuring her paper with PhD student Fanqi Qin titled “The impact of mineral reactive surface area variation on simulated mineral reactions and reaction rates.”
  • PhD students Parisa Asadi and Chidera Iloejsi were selected as two of twenty participants in the nationally competitive RECS program, an interdisciplinary Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration for students and young professionals from across the U.S. Their advisor is Dr. Lauren Beckingham.
  • PhD student Chidera Ilojesi was selected as one of two graduate students to receive the 2020 scholarship of the Southern Section of the Air and Waste Management Association (advisor is Dr. Lauren Beckingham).
  • Jeff LaMondia was elected as the Treasurer to the International Steering Committee on Travel Survey Methods

January 2021

  • Shiqiang (Nick) Zou – new Assistant Professor in Environmental Engineering
  • Justin Marshall – Lab Director of ASEL (Advanced Structural Engineering Lab)
  • Rob Crosby – Lab Manager of ASEL
  • Jacek Chmielewski – Visiting Scholar from UTP University in Poland
  • Harry Schultz – instructor for ENGR 2050 Statics
  • Roger Robertson  - instructor for CIVL 2010 Surveying
  • PhD students Parisa Asadi and Chidera Iloejsi were selected as two of twenty participants in the nationally competitive RECS program, an interdisciplinary Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration for students and young professionals from across the U.S. Their advisor is Dr. Lauren Beckingham.
  • PhD student Chidera Ilojesi was selected as one of two graduate students to receive the 2020 scholarship of the Southern Section of the Air and Waste Management Association (advisor is Dr. Lauren Beckingham).


Last Updated: 3/22/21 3:29 PM