Four CAREER awards within past year

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Assistant Professors Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos, Ann Jeffers, Carol Menassa and Krista Wigginton have each earned National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Awards within the past twelve months.

This award is given to those who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research. It is NSF's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty.

Victor C. Li Appointed Distinguished University Professor

Victor Li
Victor Li
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Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Victor C. Li was appointed the James R. Rice Distinguished University Professor of Engineering, effective September 1. The Board of Regents approved this appointment on Thursday, June 21.

A Distinguished University Professorship is one of the University of Michigan’s top honors. Established by the Regents in 1947, it recognizes senior faculty with exceptional scholarly or creative achievements, national and international reputations for academic excellence and superior records of teaching, mentoring and service.

Eugene A. Glysson Receives Posthumous Award of Excellence

Eugene Glysson
Eugene Glysson
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Professor Emeritus Eugene A. Glysson was posthumously awarded the Abel Wolman Award of Excellence from the American Water Works Association (AWWA) during the 2018 AWWA Annual Conference & Exposition, June 11–14, 2018.

This award recognizes those whose careers in the water works industry exemplify vision, creativity and excellence, and who have had recognizable impact on the professionalism of the industry.

Steven J. Wright Receives Telford Premium

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Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Steven J. Wright and his two former PhD students (Dr. Jose G. Vasconcelos and Dr. James W. Lewis) were awarded the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) Telford Premium for their paper "Air–water interactions in urban drainage systems," published in Engineering and Computational Mechanics (September 2017).

Lutgarde Raskin Selected as AEESP Distinguished Lecturer

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Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Lutgarde Raskin has been selected as the 2018-2019 Distinguished Lecturer by the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP), in recognition of her excellence as both a researcher and educator and ability to give engaging oral presentations to members of the environmental engineering community and the general public.

Raskin will visit at least 12 institutions in her 2018-2019 lecture tour, giving at least one talk from two lecture topics at each institution. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Impressive Finish for Steel Bridge Team in National Competition

Steel Bridge May 2018
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The University of Michigan’s Steel Bridge Team finished an exceptional year by placing 13th overall at the ASCE/AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, May 25-26, 2018.

The team competed against 41 other teams in the national competition, consisting of the top two teams from each regional competition. The University of Michigan team placed first overall at the regional competition on April 6-8, 2018.

CEE Mourns the Loss of Dr. Maria Szerszen

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Dr. Maria Szerszen, a CEE faculty member from 1996 to 2007, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at the age of 63 after a short battle with cancer.

Born Aug. 5, 1954, Szerszen earned her master’s degree in civil engineering from Cracow University of Technology in Kraków, Poland in 1978. She served as a teaching assistant before earning her PhD and a position as an assistant professor with the Department of Civil Engineering at Cracow University of Technology in 1993.

Prof. Victor Li Authors Bendable Concrete Article in The Conversation

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Bendable concrete, with a design inspired by seashells, can make US infrastructure safer and more durable

Spring construction season is underway, and many tons of concrete will be used in the coming months. Unfortunately, concrete is a brittle material: Placed under stress, it cannot bend very far before it fractures. Some pavements that are being poured now will crack within a few years and require expensive repairs. New concrete will be mixed, and the cycle will start again...

Staff member Steve Donajkowski receives CEE Staff Excellence Award

Steve Donajkowski Award
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Mechanical Technician Steve Donajkowski received the annual Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Staff Excellence Award in recognition of his excellence in fulfilling the responsibilities of his job.

The CEE Staff Excellence Award is presented based upon feedback from faculty and staff in areas of professionalism and reliability, communication, teamwork, job knowledge and work quality, initiative, problem-solving and decision-making, planning and organizing, and leadership.

Junxing Zheng and Roman Hryciw Receive ASTM International Hogentogler Award

Professor Roman Hryciw
Professor Junxing Zheng
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Recent CEE PhD alumnus Professor Junxing Zheng and CEE Professor Roman Hryciw recently received the ASTM International Hogentogler Award, the highest honor bestowed annually by ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock. ASTM International develops consensus technical standards for a variety of industries.


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