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Professor Boyce's Gift Promotes Transportation Planning
David Boyce, PhD, has dedicated his career to confronting urban transportation challenges through his research. And now he is dedicating funds through an annual gift to support UIC doctoral students who also conduct research in the transportation engineering and planning field.
Boyce is emeritus professor of transportation and regional science in UIC’s Department of Civil & Materials Engineering. As a result of his gift to UIC, eight graduate students in transportation planning have received support over the last two years. Recipient Ramin Shabanpour Anbarani, who studies the role of autonomous vehicles in transportation planning models, says “being recognized with this award boosts my confidence and trust in my ability to achieve my goals—and my ultimate goal is to run my own consultancy.” Read more.
Notice: Course Change
Please note course change: CME 497, Capstone Design, does not count toward the graduate level degree course requirements. This class was originally CME 397, Senior Design II. The change has appeared in the University catalog.
Professors McNallan and Mahamid Receive COE Seed Funding Awards
Two faculty members in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering (CME) have received “2016 COE Seed Funding Awards.” Only 14 proposals were chosen from among 36 submitted proposals after a review by UIC’s College of Engineering (COE) Executive Board members and the COE Administrative Council members.
Professors Michael McNallan and Mustafa Mahamid were awarded for the proposal “Effectiveness of Damaged Fire Proofing and Corrosion Issues of Steel Beams Due to Such Damage.”
The review criteria is based on leveraging, significance, approach, and feasibility. Funds are for the support of exploratory research to be accomplished by the investigator(s) in one year.
CME Department Rises in U.S. News and World Report Rankings
The Department of Civil and Materials Engineering at UIC has moved up in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings of graduate Civil Engineering programs. CME moved up substantially in the rankings to 62nd overall, which is the 39th percentile. The new ranking shows CME racing nine spots higher than its 2014 ranking.
“The hard work and dedication of the faculty is what helped us progressively move up in the USNWR Civil Engineering rankings as our raw score improved from 2.1 to 2.5,” said Karl Rockne, Interim Department Head and Professor. “With two NSF CAREER award winners in the department this year and continued great productivity from our faculty, I am confident our reputation will continue to grow.”
The latest ranking has UIC tied with Civil Engineering programs at Auburn, Michigan Tech, Louisiana State, University of Nebraska, Oklahoma and the University of Tennessee. Each school's score reflects its average rating on a scale from 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding), based on a survey of academics at peer institutions.
CME Alumni Newsletter - Spring 2016
Good news from Interim Department Head Karl Rockne, faculty highlights, 2016 NSF CAREER Award winners, Researching the Great Lakes, ASCE at compete at the Great Lakes Student Conference, the return of Engineers Without Borders, and the Student Sanapshot.
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Students Restart Organization to Help Those in Need
The UIC community is encouraged to be leaders and facilitate positive social change through service. Now, all engineering students have a new opportunity to help others through the re-established Engineers Without Borders USA at UIC (EWB-USA at UIC).
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CME Student Snapshot: John Mulrow is a Man on a Mission
John Mulrow is going to change the world for the better! He is about to complete his Master’s Degree in Civil and Materials Engineering with a focus on Environmental Engineering. With two additional years of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, you would think the 29-year-old would be eager to start working on his Ph.D. Instead, the new CME alumnus is getting ready to report for basic training with the U.S. Army.
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Q&A with CME’s New Faculty Member Joseph Schulenberg
How did you become interested in engineering?
I’ve always been able to do math and science work, so a profession in engineering seemed to make sense. I would have to say that it may have begun playing in the sand as a child building sand castles. You learn that your structure will be stable until it dries, walls can only be built so high. Later this makes sense based on your understanding of surface tension and capillary pressure, but as a kid you just observe.
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Q&A with CME’s New Faculty Member Sean Vitousek
How did you become interested in engineering?
I became interested in engineering in College. I had a fantastic Civil Engineering professor (David Billington) who taught how works of engineering can transcend simple infrastructure and become art. Not art only in the sense that works of civil engineering are visually impressive, but art in the sense that they are a thoughtful convergence of form and function.
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Professor Krishna Reddy Awarded $77,150 Supplement Grant
Professor Krishna Reddy received a $77,150 supplement grant to his National Science Foundation (NSF) project entitled "Modeling Coupled Dynamic Processes in Landfills: Holistic Long-Tern Performance Management to Improve Sustainability." In September, Reddy was been awarded a three-year $280,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a model to transform dry-tomb landfills into efficient waste treatment systems. The award amount with this amendment totals $356,431 and ends August 31, 2018.
Read more at Reddy Grant.
Professor Sheng-Wei Chi Awarded New $149,302 Grant
CME Assistant Professor Sheng-Wei Chi has been awarded a new $149,302 grant entitled "Meshfree Modeling of Munitions Penetration in Soils" from the Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP). Associate Professor Craig Foster is co-PI on the grant, which runs from Feb. 26, 2016 to Feb. 26, 2017.
Learn more at Chi Grant.
Examining Pollution in Great Lakes Sediment
An Li and Karl Rockne have been working together for more than five years to monitor and measure environmental pollutants in Great Lakes sediment. Through the Great Lakes Sediment Surveillance Program, Li, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences in the UIC School of Public Health, and Rockne, professor and interim head of civil and materials engineering in the UIC College of Engineering, have collected more than 1,000 sediment samples in the lakes.
Learn more at Examining Pollution.
Professor Burke inducted into the National Academy of Construction
CME’s Professor of Practice Christopher Burke, PhD, PE, D.WRE. Dist.M.ASCE has been inducted into the National Academy of Construction. Chris is a leading expert in stormwater management, and an excellent instructor and innovative educator for his teaching hydraulics, hydrology and our senior capstone design class. This is the one of many awards Burke has received in recent years. Additional awards include the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award — where he is one of only five Distinguished Fellows in the Chicago area — the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the Purdue Engineering Alumni Association, the Charles Ellet Award from the Western Society of Engineers, the Corporate Philanthropic Award from the West Suburban Philanthropic Network, and an American Public Works Association (APWA) Top Ten Leader of the Year Award. Burke is the founder and President of Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. Based in Rosemont, Ill He also is an active member of CME’s Civil Engineering Professional Advisory Council (CEPAC), which was established in 2000 to enhance undergraduate education at UIC and consists of civil engineering faculty members and professional practitioners. Learn more about Professor Burke at Burke Profile.
Professor Ozevin Receives $500,000 NSF CAREER Award
Assistant Professor Didem Ozevin received a $500,000 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for her project entitled “CAREER: Engineered Spatially Periodic Structure Design Integrated with Damage Detection Philosophy.” This project is from June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2021. Read more.
Professor Derrible Receives $500,000 NSF CAREER Award
Assistant Professor Sybil Derrible received a $500,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for his project entitled “CAREER: Understanding the Fundamental Principles Driving Household Energy and Resource Consumption for Smart, Sustainable, and Resilient Communities.” This project is from August 15, 2016 through July 31, 2021. Read more.
Professor Mahamid Named SIE Fellow
Congratulating Clinical Associate Professor Mustafa Mahamid on being named a Structural Engineering Fellow by the Institute of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The SEI Fellow grade distinguishes members as leaders and mentors in the profession. SEI was established in 1996 to advance its members' careers, stimulates technological advancement, and improves professional practice. SEI drives the practical application of cutting edge research by improving coordination and understanding between academia and practicing engineers.
Learn more about his work and accomplishments at Professor Mahamid.

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