August 2006
Research team awarded Region 5 University Transportation Center (UTC)
Professor Srinivas Peeta

Professor Srinivas Peeta, Transportation Engineering, is the director of the new NEXTRANS center here at Purdue. The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) plans to establish and maintain one University Transportation Center (UTC) in each of the ten standard federal regions. The purpose of the centers is to advance U.S. technology and expertise in the many disciplines comprising transportation through the mechanisms of education, research, and technology transfer.

Announcements related to Purdue being awarded the Region 5 University Transportation Center can be found here: 2006 UTC Programs Grant Competitions and "Inside Indiana Business". The Center is titled NEXTRANS.

Professor Ernest R. Blatchley   Professor Ernest R. Blatchley received certification by eminence in the environmental engineering field as a Board Certified Environmental Engineer by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) in May of 2006. The AAEE is a specialty certification board and professional society for environmental engineers that are dedicated to improving the quality of environmental engineering practice.
Professor Jon D. Fricker   Professor Jon D. Fricker received the 2006 Harland Bartholomew Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers in Reston, VA. Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 139,000 civil engineers worldwide and is the nation's oldest national engineering society. He received the award for his contributions to the field of urban planning and transportation development. Fricker earned a bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and master's and doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University, all in civil engineering. He came to Purdue in 1980. His teaching and research interests are in transportation planning, public mass transportation and urban planning.
Professor Robert J. Frosch   Professor Robert J. Frosch received the Harold Munson Outstanding Teacher Award presented at the Civil Engineering 2006 Scholarship and Awards Program held April 27, 2006. This award is given to a faculty member who demonstrates outstanding teaching excellence. The recipient of this award is voted on by junior, senior and graduate students in the School of civil Engineering.
Associate Professor Makarand Hastak   Associate Professor Makarand Hastak received the Roy E. and Myrna Wansik Research Award presented at the Civil Engineering 2006 Scholarship and Awards Program held April 27, 2006. The CE Faculty Awards Committee selects a faculty member who has a recent meritorious technical paper published in a refereed journal as first author or co-author with his/her own graduate student.
Professor Inez Hua   Professor Inez Hua has been appointed as the Interim Head of the newly created College of Engineering Division, Environmental and Ecological Engineering. Professor Hua's leadership and strong commitment to the education and intellectual growth of students at Purdue will advance the Implementation Committee's charge to develop "a strategy to enhance the national visibility of environmental research and educational programs within the College of Engineering through better coordination and possible reorganization, and to enhance linkages with programs in other schools at Purdue." Professor Hua has twice been awarded a NASA/ASEE Faculty Fellowship, spent a sabbatical leave at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has developed a dynamic and productive research program in the field of environmental engineering. She has published extensively and has been highly cited in the areas of water pollution control and environmental chemistry. Also, she has recently begun work in the area of industrial ecology and sustainability engineering. Her work has been supported by funding from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, and by industry associations, state agencies and private foundations. For more information see Purdue News.
Kettelhut Distinguished Professor Mete A. Sozen   Kettelhut Distinguished Professor Mete A. Sozen has been selected as one of the "top seismic engineers of the 20th century" by an independent panel commissioned by the Applied Technology Council, a non-profit corporation based in Washington, D.C. The award was issued to Sozen on April 17, 2006 in honor of his "substantial contributions in earthquake engineering", according to a statement from the council.
Assistant Professor Maria (Marika) C. Santagata   Assistant Professor Maria (Marika) C. Santagata received the Ross Judson Buck Outstanding Counselor Award presented at the Civil Engineering 2006 Scholarship and Awards Program held April 27, 2006. Senior undergraduate students vote for the faculty member who has brought the most benefit to his/her undergraduate career in the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue.

Assistant Professor Maria (Marika) C. Santagata also received recognition as the 2006 Edmund M. Burke Outstanding Faculty Member. This award is voted by Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering honorary student members. Faculty recipients have made significant contributions to the students and the School of Civil Engineering.
Associate Professor W. Jason Weiss   Associate Professor W. Jason Weiss received the Roy E. and Myrna Wansik Teaching Award presented at the Civil Engineering 2006 Scholarship and Awards Program held April 27, 2006. This award is given to an outstanding instructor who shows excellence in presentation, creating student interests in subject, relating engineering theory and practice, challenges students, and develops critical thinking. Only instructors who have taught "core civil engineering courses" the previous year are eligible to be considered. All civil engineering undergraduate students are eligible to vote.

Associate Professor W. Jason Weiss was invited to join the Editorial Board of the Journal of Ferrocement. The Journal is published as a part of the International Ferrocement Society and publishes articles dealing with the analysis, design, and manufacture of Ferrocement and Fiber Reinforced Cement Composites.

Research Projects

Faculty researchers from the School of Civil Engineering are working on a number of new projects as of May 2006:

PHSCDC National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
  • "Safety of Nighttime Construction Activities", principal investigator Professor Dulcy M. Abraham.
Integrity Applications, Inc.
  • "Advanced Geopositioning Research & Analysis Support Technical and Cost Proposal, principal investigators Associate Professor James S. Bethel and Professor Ed M. Mikhail.
Durham Geo-Enterprises
  • "Probe Configuration Coefficients, Temperature Adjustments, and Improved Procedures for Use of Apparent Dielectric Constant and Electrial Conductivity Obtained from TDR Measurements", principal investigator Professor Vincent P. Drnevich.
DICKEY-john Corp.
  • "Real-Time, Mobile, In-Situ macro Nutrient Sensor: Proof of Concept Effort", principal investigator Assistant Joseph V. Sinfield
Korea Railroad Research Institute
  • "Development of a Constitute Model for Tire Shreds Mixed with Bottom Ash", principal investigators Professor Rodgrigo Salgado and Assistant Professor Monica Prezzi.
Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT)/Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP)
  • "Worker Injury Prevention Strategies", principal investigator Professor Dulcy M. Abraham.
  • "The Development of a Framework for Ex Post Facto Evaluation of Transportation Projects and Programs in Indiana", principal investigators Assistant Professor Samuel Labi and Professor Jon D. Fricker.
  • "Project Management Training for INDOT", principal investigator JTRP Research Scientist Bobby G. McCullouch.
  • "Development of a Comprehensive Highway Technician Training Program for INDOT Personnel", principal investigator JTRP Research Scientist Bobby G. McCullouch.
  • "Use of BOF Slag in Subgrade Applications", principal investigators Assistant Professor Monica Prezzi and JTRP Research Scientist Bobby G. McCullouch.
  • "Traffic Signal System Real Time Performance Measures", principal investigator Professor Darcy M. Bullock.
  • "Knowledge-Based System to Support Site Investigationsfor Safety Improvement", principal investigator Professor Andrew P. Tarko.
  • "Multi-jurisdictional Issues Related to Congestion", principal investigator Professor Jon D. Fricker.
  • "Guidelines for INDOT-MPO Coordination", principal investigator Professor Jon D. Fricker.
  • "Origin-Destination Tools for District Offices", principal investigator Professor Jon D. Fricker.
RJ Lee Group
  • "Predicting the Behavior of Cracked Concrete Exposed to Contamination", principal investigator Associate Professor W. Jason Weiss.
National Science Foundation
  • "Collaborative Research: Stochastic Sensing Control Models for Safe and Efficient Traffic Signal Strategies", principal investigators Professor Srinivas Peeta and Professor Darcy M. Bullock.
Bechtel Power Corporation
  • "Behavior and Design of Modular Steel Plated Composite Walls for Nuclear Facilities", principal investigator Assistant Professor Amit H. Varma.

Research Focus
Professor Ernest (Chip) Blatchley

Three Purdue researchers, Professor Ernest "Chip" R. Blatchley, Wather Distinguished Professor Donald E. Bergstrom, Medicinal Chemistry and Molecurlar Pharmacology, and Professor J. Paul Robinson, Purdue's Cytometry Lab, put their heads and labs together under the umbrella project of using UV radiation to treat drinking water, their collaboration became a breakthrough.

A nasty bug made its way through the Milwaukee drinking water supply in 1993. The offending microorganism, Cryptosporidium—a mouthful in name and a stomach-turner by nature—affected more than 400,000 residents in what is now recognized as the largest waterborne outbreak in U.S. history. A highly infectious threat, "Crypto," similar to the giardia parasite, is harmful to anyone who ingests it and possibly deadly to those with previously weakened immune systems. more. . .

Student Features

Zachary T. Clark, Civil undergraduate student and Avery Rhodes, MSCE 2005, received the Transportation Research Board D. Grant Mickle Award for best paper in the area of operations and maintenance, titled "Evaluation of Stop Bar Video Detection Accuracy at Signalized Intersections". more. . .

Gaurav Sant, undergraduate student, received the 2006 Bryant Mather Award. At the 85th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), in Washington, DC, January 22-26, 2006, a team of Purdue researchers was awarded the first annual Bryant Mather Award. more. . .

Lesley H. Sneed, graduate student, received the Portland Cement Association (PCA) Education Foundation Fellowship for her research project titled "Effect of Member Depth on the Shear Strength of Reinforced Concrete Flexural Members". more. . .

Konstantina (Nadia) Gkritza, graduate student, received the International Road Federation (IRF) Executive Leader Fellowship and the Gerondelis Foundation Award. more. . .

Guy B. Mazzotta, Pietro Lura and Farshad Rajabipour, Materials graduate students, received the best paper award at the Internatioal RILEM-JCI Seminar on Concrete Durability and Service Life Planning. The title of this research is "Evaporation, Settlement, Temperature Evolution, and Development of Plastic Shrinkage Cracks in Mortars with Shrinage-Reduing Admixtures". more. . .

Professor Emeritus receives ASCE Honorary Member Award and the Construction Industry Institute Award of Excellence
Professor Emeritus Daniel W. Halpin  

Professor Emeritus Daniel W. Halpin, recently retired Head of the Division of Construction Engineering and Management, received the ASCE Honorary Member Award, American Society of Civil Engineer's highest accolade, for his exemplary 30-year career as an educator and researcher, and for his introduction of innovative tools for the simulation and analysis of construction operations. ASCE's active honorary membership is comprised of only 186 of its 139,000 members worldwide. Dr. Halpin will be presented with the award Friday, October 20, 2006, at ASCE’s annual Civil Engineering Conference in Chicago. more. . .

Dr. Halpin was also selected as the recipient of the highest honor for the Construction Industry Institute, the Carroll H. Dunn Award of Excellence. more. . .

National Academy of Engineering elects CE Alumnus
Professor Andrea Rinaldo

Andrea Rinaldo, Ph.D. '83, currently a professor at the University of Padova in Italy, was recently elected as a foreign associate for the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Professor Rinaldo's academic and research interests include transport phenomena in the hydrological cycle, hydrogeomorphology, transport in heterogeneous porous formations, fluvial hydraulics, fractals in geomorphology, stochastic modelling of natural phenomena, computational spectral methods, networks in nature, and ecological size spectra and scaling in ecosystems. He is the director of Dipartimento IMAGE and the International Centre for Hydrology "Dino Tonini".

CE alumnus to lead GM in Canada
Michael Grimaldi, BSCE '74, becomes President and CEO of GM Daewoo. more. . .

CarrAmerica appoints CE alumnus President
W. David Bevirt, MSCE '85, has been appointed as the current Presdient for CarrAmerica in Leasing. CarrAmerica owns, develops and operates office properties in 12 markets throughout the United States. more. . .

Distinguished Civil Engineer Alumni receives Presidential Appointment
Patricia D. Galloway, BSCE '78, Chief Executive Officer and President of Nielsen-Wurster Group of Princeton, New Jersey, has been appointed by President Bush to the National Science Board. View article dated June 16, 2006 for more information.

Civil Engineering Events
Make sure you check out all the upcoming events and mark your calendars:
TDR 2006 - 3rd international Symposium - September 17, 2006
CE Fall Advisory Council Meeting - September 22, 2006
CE Ross Camp Reunion - September 23, 2006
CE Breakfast/Homecoming - September 23, 2006
Lovell Lecture - October 5, 2006
CE Commencement Reception - December 17, 2006
CE Alumni Achievement Awards - February 15, 2007

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