Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)! Whether you are a first time visitor, a prospective student or a long-time member of the community, I encourage you to explore our website for an in-depth look at our highly regarded undergraduate and graduate programs, research activities and department news. 

Those of you returning from a summer hiatus will notice the CEE wing of G.G. Brown Building received a make-over while you were away. Student, staff and faculty offices, corridors, bathrooms and selected laboratories were updated including new lighting, carpeting, windows, walls, and ceiling tiles.  Refurbishment of classrooms and additional research laboratories will follow this coming academic year and summer, reflecting the College’s and Department’s commitment to enhance the facilities supporting the CEE community.

This past year resulted in four new faculty hires, three in transportation engineering, Drs. Yafeng Yin, Neda Masoud and Tierra Bills, and one in the area of resilient and sustainable infrastructure systems, Dr. Filipov Evgueni.  

Assistant Professor Neda Masoud brings expertise in mathematical modeling of transportation network systems, with a specialty in developing models for peer-to-peer ride sharing systems, while Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Scholar Dr. Tierra Bills’ background is in transportation policy and planning, with a specialty in incorporating equity analysis in decision making models for transportation systems.  Professor Yafeng Yin is an expert in analysis, modeling and design for achieving sustainability and economic efficiency in transportation systems.  With these three faculty joining Professor Henry Liu, we now have an exceptional cohort for re-establishing transportation systems engineering as a core program within CEE.

Using origami-inspired ideas, Mr. Filipov’s research focuses on exploring deployable structures and adaptable materials with the objective of making these systems sustainable, resilient, efficient and feasible for practical applications.  Adding breadth and depth to our structures and materials engineering group, he will join the faculty in January 2017 upon completing his dissertation.

As we enter the last year of the Victors for CEE Campaign, I thank the many of you who have supported the department through generous gifts of time and your financial gifts.  A special thanks to Gretchen Hoenecke, whose gift from the Estate of Stanton Cook this past year established the need-based Henry Earle Riggs Fellowship Fund.

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.

Kim F. Hayes
Professor and Donald Malloure Department Chair

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