Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the department of civil and environmental engineering! Whether you are a first time visitor, a prospective student or a long-time member of the community, I encourage you to explore the CEE website for an in-depth look at our programs and highlights, some of which are touched upon in this message.

As the department adapts to changing societal needs with new course content and innovative learning tools, such as virtual reality, one thing is constant – every year we send off a talented group of graduates who join an incredibly loyal and successful alumni base.

An ample illustration of this point is given in our CEE spotlight section (link) in which we highlight the career paths of CEE graduates who share compelling stories of what a U-M degree has meant to them.

Just as our alumni base grows, so do our faculty. Dr. Glen Daigger joined CEE in July 2015 as a Professor of Engineering Practice. Glen came to us from CH2M Hill following a distinguished career that included his induction in the National Academy of Engineering.

This past year brought many honors, awards and distinctions to faculty, students, alumni and staff, as highlighted on our website. Faculty awards include the ASCE James R. Croes Medal for Assistant Professor Seymour Spence, the ASCE Casagrande and Middlebrooks Awards for Associate Professor Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos, and the ASCE Huber Prize for Professor Vineet Kamat. Professor Nancy Love was selected for the AEESP Lectureship, and Professor Jim Wight received the ACI Charles S. Whitney Medal. Our students and staff members also received well-deserved recognitions for excellence.

In its third year, the Victors for Michigan Campaign continues to bring in much needed support. I am deeply grateful for the incredible generosity of our alumni and friends. Of particular note, the Malloure Family established the Donald Malloure Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering this year with a generous $2M gift. I am honored to be the inaugural recipient of this Chair Endowment.

I would also like to acknowledge those who give their time to CEE by participating in the CEEFA Board. This year the board by-laws were modified to increase the number of board directors from ten to twelve, and four new members were elected, including board vacancies. John Hiltz stepped down as President in June, I thank him for his many years of service. With Jim Jacobi stepping in to fill the Presidency and Jim Fausone as the new Vice President, the leadership of CEEFA is in good hands.

I invite you to visit the CEE website for up to date news, highlights and videos, and to learn about the many ways to stay connected. If you wish to reconnect or volunteer your services in support of CEE, please contact me or other members of our CEEFA Board. I wish you a peaceful and successful year! If your travels bring you to Ann Arbor, please stop by and say hello.

Sincerely, Kim F. Hayes
Professor and Donald Malloure Department Chair
ford@umich.edu
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