2019 Civil Engineering Kudos

May 2019

  • David Timm is the recipient of the Chi Epsilon National Civil Engineering Honor Society’s 2019 National James M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award. Of the six recipients of this award (127 active XE chapters nationwide) since 2014, four have been AU Civil Engineering faculty members (at the time): 2014—Jose Vasconcelos, 2016—Wes Zech, 2017—Rod Turochy, 2019—David Timm.
  • Jeff LaMondia received Auburn's Spirit of Sustainability Award on April 23 in the Agricultural Heritage Park.
  • Natalie Capiro has a new appointment - Adjunct Faculty in the Biosystems Engineering Department.
  • Jack Montgomery was a member of the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) that went to Indonesia last November following the 28 September 2018 earthquake and tsunami.   
  • Michael Kiernan received one of the 2019 student scholarship awards from the United States Society on Dams. The scholarship award is given annually to students whose research has the potential to develop practical solutions to design and construction challenges related to dams and levees. He is a current PhD student in Civil Engineering and is advised by Dr. Jack Montgomery. 
  • Marta Miletic was selected to attend the 2019 ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Workshop at West Point (July 2019)
  • Ed Ramey, former head of our department, passed away on April 11.
  • Xiaoning Li, a PhD student, was recognized as one of the top international students in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering during the annual International Student Recognition Banquet on April 17. His advisor is Dr. Xing Fang.
  • Sagar Tamang got the Master’s Thesis award at Auburn University for 2018-2019. Sagar’s MS advisor was Dr. Xing Fang and currently he is a PhD student at the University of Minnesota.
  • Xing Fang has been selected as the Student Government Association’s 2018-2019 Faculty Member of the Year for the Graduate School, the award was presented at the SGA Honors Ceremony on April 8. He was nominated by the Graduate School because of his outstanding contribution as the Graduate Program Officer and Graduate Faculty member.
  • Hugo Zhou and Rod Turochy were awarded TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Project 03-13 titled “Wrong-Way Driving Solutions, Policy, and Guidance”. Dr. Zhou will serve as Principle Investigator for this $600,000, 30-month project, and he will lead a team of researchers from Auburn University, University of South Florida, Rowan University, and Arora and Associates.
  • Max Mobley (1972 CE graduate) will receive the 2019 Civil Engineering Outstanding Alumnus Award, April 12.

March 2019

  • Jeff LaMondia was selected to receive Auburn University's 2019 Spirit of Sustainability Award.  Recipients are selected by a campus judging panel and must exemplify the Auburn spirit by making significant contributions toward sustainability on campus or in a community.  The ceremony is on April 23.
  • Max Mobley (1972 CE graduate) will receive the 2019 Civil Engineering Outstanding Alumnus Award on April 12.
  • Natalie Palmquist–CE senior has been named as one of the 2019 New Faces of Civil Engineering in the college category by the American Society of Civil Engineers. She is one of 10 collegiate students selected as part of ASCE’s program to highlight up-and-coming civil engineering leaders from around the country and celebrate their academic achievements, as well as their commitment to serving others. All New Face honorees were recognized during ASCE’s annual Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Gala on March 14 in Arlington, Virginia.
  • Natalie Palmquist has been selected as the Civil Engineering Outstanding Student. She will be recognized at the Faculty/Student Awards and Alumni Recognition Spring Dinner scheduled on April 12, in the Grand National Ballroom at the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel and Conference Center at Grand National.
  • Molly Hughes has been selected as the Civil Engineering Outstanding Faculty. She will be recognized at the Faculty/Student Awards and Alumni Recognition Spring Dinner scheduled on April 12, in the Grand National Ballroom at the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel and Conference Center at Grand National.
  • Jeff Stone ’79 civil engineering and executive vice president of Brasfield & Gorrie, was presented the Auburn Alumni Association’s highest honor–the Lifetime Achievement Award, its highest honor on March 2 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. 
  • Beijia Zhang–CE graduate student, was selected for a 100+ Women Strong Graduate Fellowship for 2019-2020.  Her advisor is Dr. Hugo Zhou.
  • AU American Concrete Institute Student Chapter again received ACI’s highest university honor.
  • AU ITE team won the Alabama Section ITE Traffic Bowl.  The team will be representing the state against the winning teams from the other states in ITE’s Southern District at the SDITE annual meeting in Arlington VA on April 1. 
  • Hugo Zhou received Provost’s approval for a faculty development leave in Spring 2020
  • Ben Bowers has been accepted to participate in the 2019 Faculty Sustainability Workshop and Awards program (May 7–8). He will join a diverse group of 23 faculty members from 16 departments spread across 11 colleges at Auburn University.

January 2019

  • Natalie Capiro is a new Assistant Professor starting January 1, she joined the Environmental Engineering group
  • Marta Miletic has been awarded with the 2019 Daniel F. Breeden Endowed Grant entitled Virtual Immersion: Bridging the Gap between Civil Engineering and Construction Management Students' Learning and Performance in Structural Analysis.
  • Wes Zech left AU and accepted a faculty position at UAB as of January 1, 2019


Last Updated: 4/24/19 9:16 AM