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Assistant Professor Candace Brakewood Wins TRB’s 2017 Fred Burggraf Award

Assistant Professor Candace Brakewood recently won the Transportation Research Board’s 2017 Fred Burggraf Award. This international award recognizes the year’s best research paper by researchers 35 years of age or younger, and it is one of the highest honors presented by the Transportation Research Board.

The paper was authored by Brakewood with three of her former students at the City College of New York: Rachel Beer, Subrina Rahman, and Jennifer Viscardi. Brakewood and her former students will be honored with the award in January 2018 at the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies in Washington, DC.

They received the award for their paper entitled “Qualitative Analysis of Ridehailing Regulations in Major American Cities” that will be published in the Transportation Research Record. The research paper compares city regulations of ridehailing companies, such as Uber, in major metropolitan areas.

The Burggraf Award was established in 1966 to encourage young researchers to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field of transportation and was named in honor of Fred Burggraf, who served as TRB’s Executive Director from 1951 until his retirement in 1964. More information can be found here: http://www.trb.org/AboutTRB/BurggrafAward.aspx

CEE Alumnus Appointed to Lead Extension in the UT Institute of Agriculture

CEE alumnus Robert Burns has recently been appointed to lead extension in the UT Institute of Agriculture.

Wayne Davis, Dean of the Tickle College of Engineering, was his faculty advisor and has this statement about Burns’s appointment.

“We are excited to see Dr. Burns’ recent appointment as Dean of UT Extension. Robert received his MS in Environmental Engineering and his PhD in Civil engineering with a concentration in Envr engineering.  I had the pleasure of being his major professor where he concentrated on air quality and pollution control. Ironically, Robert held to his roots in Agricultural Engineering (now Biosystems Engineering) and became a leading international expert on air emissions and odor control related to agricultural emissions from swine and poultry operations.  Our college is proud to have Robert among our alumni and I am particularly proud to have been his mentor during his program and in his early career.”

Read the full story here.

CEE Professor Cherry Publishes Findings on Bicycle Accidents at Railroad Crossings

Chris CherryUniversity of Tennessee Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Chris Cherry, along with graduate students Ziwen Ling and Nirbesh Dhakal, recently published research in the Journal of Transport & Health on bicycle accidents at a railroad crossing. It is the first study that uses empirical video data to identify factors on detailed crossing and crash processes quantitatively. The data showed 13,247 cyclists traversing two sections of the railway over about two months, with higher than expected crash rates. The crash rate on the shoulder over this period was 15.3 per 1000 crossings, while the crash rate of the greenway (eastbound and westbound) was lower, 2.2 per 1000 crossings.

Factors cover crossing angle, cyclist characteristics, bicycle type, riding behavior, and environmental factors. Crashes are nearly eliminated at crossing angles greater than 30° degrees, and no crashes were observed at crossing angles greater than 60°. In areas with tight design constraints, achieving a 60° crossing angle largely eliminates the problem.

The crossing studied was infeasible to construct at a crossing angle that approached 90°, however, the City of Knoxville responded by constructing a jughandle design with a tangent angle of 57°, with a possible minimum angle of 37° (inside-to-outside of bike lane). This design encourages cyclists to approach this crossing at a higher angle and has effectively eliminated crashes except in cases where cyclists traverse the hash marks and cross at low angles. Future research will further evaluate rider behavior and crash performance under this design.

The Open Access paper is available here: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2017.01.004

An article about the research was published in City Lab.

A YouTube video documenting the crashes used in the paper (and then some) is available here: https://youtu.be/YfeQvbIFBks

Freshmen Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to these CEE students for earning superlative grades during their freshmen year and receiving departmental scholarships! Read more about who they are and why they picked CEE at UT.

 

Emma Parks

Where are you from, and why did you choose UT Knoxville?

Although both of my parents are from Memphis, I’ve spent the last 15 years of my life overseas in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the place I call home. However, coming to Knoxville to go to UT was not a difficult decision. The biggest draw to Knoxville was the character of the city and the proximity to the Smokey Mountains. Having grown up in a desert, I was excited about the prospect of experiencing the changing of the seasons and the overwhelming presence of greenery.

Why did you decide to study civil and environmental engineering?

In high school, my favorite subjects were my calculus and physics courses. As I considered possible areas of study, engineering seemed to be the perfect union of both of the subjects I enjoyed and my love for problem-solving.  I settled on civil and environmental engineering because of the variety of engineering paths you can take within the field of study.

Imagine yourself 40 years from now looking back over your career. What would you like your most outstanding achievement to be?

If I were to look back on my career 40 years from now, I would hope to have contributed to any number of engineering projects that tangibly served and benefited local communities. My greatest desire is that my career is one filled with personal and memorable relationships.

 

Eric Vercellone

Where are you from, and why did you choose UT Knoxville?

I am from Springfield, Virginia which is around 15 minutes south of Washington D.C. When applying for college I knew that I wanted to go to a big school that was out of state so that I could have a lot of new experiences. I also wanted to go to a school that was great for engineering. After I applied to a few schools, I went and visited each one that I was accepted into and when I came to the University of Tennessee I immediately fell in love with the campus and decided that this is where I wanted to spend my college career.

Why did you decide to study civil and environmental engineering?

At first when I came into college I wasn’t sure which type of engineering that I wanted to do. Through my physics class, which talked about all the different types of engineering, and some research I decided on civil and environmental engineering. What appealed to me most about civil and environmental engineering was the fact that I have the opportunity to have more of a hands-on job out in the field and that my job would influence lots of people in everyday life.

Imagine yourself 40 years from now looking back over your career. What would you like your most outstanding achievement to be?

In 40 years I would love to have many different great experiences and accomplishments. If I could only choose one though, it would have to be that I oversaw a project that seemed impossible to most that was also for a really good cause. No matter how amazing something looks, I believe it is all about the reason behind it that gives it value. I want to be responsible for projects that have the ability to impact so many people in a positive way.

 

Brady Nutt

Where are you from, and why did you choose UT Knoxville?

I’m originally from Knoxville, and it just felt right to choose UT Knoxville. I did not want to be too far from home, and about a year later, I feel like I made the right decision.

Why did you decide to study civil and environmental engineering?

I chose to study civil and environmental engineering simply because it is such an intriguing area of study. Civil engineers are literally involved in almost everything, and I would love to one day contribute to my society with new ideas and improved infrastructure.

Imagine yourself 40 years from now looking back over your career. What would you like your most outstanding achievement to be?

In forty years I would love to look back on all my of projects that I had a hand in, whether it be structures, water distribution, or something unexpected. Also, I think it would be cool to have started my own engineering firm.

 

Holly Hagood

Where are you from, and why did you choose UT Knoxville?

I chose UT Knoxville for several reasons. Not only am I part of my family’s third generation of attending UTK, but I realize an education at UTK is a good value that offers diverse and challenging fields of study recognized in the community as providing a quality education.

Why did you decide to study civil and environmental engineering?

I chose civil and environmental engineering because of my love of math, my enjoyment in using logic and analytics to solve complex problems, the fact that this particular profession has tangible issues and solutions, and due to my exposure to this particular field from my father and brother being civil and environmental engineering graduates from UTK.

Imagine yourself 40 years from now looking back over your career. What would you like your most outstanding achievement to be?

I feel I will have been successful if I can look back many years from now to determine that I provided value and I was truly relevant in life in my profession, community, and personal life.

 

Francis Nunez

Where are you from, and why did you choose UT Knoxville?

I am from Franklin, TN. I decided to go to UTK after my friend’s dad, Jim Williamson set up a tour with the College of Engineering. Mr. Williamson graduated from UTK with a degree in Civil Engineering. I was thoroughly impressed by the tour and I enjoyed seeing the Tickle building.

Why did you decide to study civil and environmental engineering?

I became interested in studying engineering after joining an after school club, ACE. The club allowed high school students to interact with industry professionals and learn about the day to day tasks of architects and engineers. I decided to study Civil Engineering after I toured BCC Engineering, a Civil Engineering firm in Miami. I enjoyed watching the engineers interact and collaborate to complete a project.

Imagine yourself 40 years from now looking back over your career. What would you like your most outstanding achievement to be?

In 40 years, I want to be able to point at an iconic building or structure and have the ability to say that I played a major role in the completion of that project. I also hope to be finically stable enough to give back to the university that has given me many opportunities.

 

John Rymer

Where are you from, and why did you choose UT Knoxville?

I am from Athens, TN, which is a small town about an hour south of Knoxville. I chose the UT Knoxville because of its strong academics and in particular the engineering program. The vast network that the alumni form also makes the job prospects for after school very appealing. It also just has a feeling of home about it that made me feel welcome.

Why did you decide to study civil and environmental engineering?

Civil and environmental engineering is my choice of major because I fell in love with the work that goes along with it the past two summers at J.S. Haren Company. I was able to work and see what a firm does with water treatment plants and found it very interesting. I see CEE as a field that is growing and that allows for people to be able to do rewarding work that benefits people around them.

Imagine yourself 40 years from now looking back over your career. What would you like your most outstanding achievement to be?

I want to make a difference. When I look back at my career, I want to be a diligent worker who always did their best, but I want to be more than that. I desire to be able to look back in 40 years to see that I have made a impact on my community and that I have been able to help people in need. I want to be most proud of the impact that I have made on others.

 

Nicholas Naifeh

Where are you from, and why did you choose UT Knoxville?

I am from Ridgely, Tennessee. I chose Tennessee Knoxville because it was the best education i could get for the best price.

Why did you decide to study civil and environmental engineering?

I decided to study environmental/civil engineering because I had two members of the family who were doing it and I felt like it would be something I would enjoy and excel at.

Imagine yourself 40 years from now looking back over your career. What would you like your most outstanding achievement to be?

When I look back over my career forty years from now, I want my most outstanding career achievement to be that no matter who I worked for or what job I was assigned, people remember me as being an efficient engineer who always got the job done.

 

Pierce Anderson       

Where are you from, and why did you choose UT Knoxville?

I am from Powell, Tennessee. I was born at Fort Sanders right here in Knoxville! I have been a Vols fan my whole life, and both my parents graduated from UT, so attending UT felt right for me from a young age. Furthermore, UT’s outstanding college of engineering only made my decision more clear.

Why did you decide to study civil and environmental engineering?

I decided to study civil and environmental engineering after exploring my options as a high schooler. I researched different engineering disciplines, and civil engineering caught my attention. I’ve always been interested in construction and structures, and I also enjoy learning about hydrodynamics and water flow and quality, so civil seemed like the right place for me.

Imagine yourself 40 years from now looking back over your career. What would you like your most outstanding achievement to be?

I have not decided which focus I’d like to pursue, so I don’t have a specific project or grand idea in mind for my career. However, no matter where I decide to focus my career, I want to use my skills to improve the lives of others. In 40 years, I’d like to have improved the infrastructure of a developing city or country in a way that positively impacts all of its residents and improves their quality of life. This could be done through access to clean water, safer housing, better transportation systems, or any number of innovations. As I continue my education and pursue my focus of choice I hope to come closer to finding what I want my impact to be.

 

CEE’s El-adaway and Eid Received Best Peer Reviewed Paper Award

CEE doctoral graduate, Mohamed Saeid Eid and Associate Professor Islam El-adaway were awarded the ASCE 2017 Journal of Management in Engineering Best Peer Reviewed Paper Award for their paper entitled “Sustainable Disaster Recovery Decision-Making Support Tool: Integrating Economic Vulnerability into the Objective Functions of the Associated Stakeholders”. Eid graduated with his PhD in Civil Engineering from UT in May of 2017 under the guidance of Dr. El-adaway. Their paper presents a holistic framework to allow decision makers to utilize post-disaster recovery efforts as an opportunity to decrease the economic vulnerability of the affected community.

CEE Professor Thanos Papanicolaou Writes About 60 Years of the Journal of Hydraulic Engineering

Thanos PapanicolaouCEE Professor Thanos Papanicolaou serves as the chief editor for the Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, which is in this 60th year of publication as the flagship publication of the ASCE. In the latest issue, Papanicolaou chronicles the journal’s history and its impact. Read Following the Water Drop: 60 Years of the Journal of Hydraulic Engineering here.

Andy Baker Joins CEE as Technical Manager

CEE is happy to announce the hire of Andy Baker, who began as CEE’s new technical manager on May 1. He replaces Ken Thomas, who retired after 25 years. Baker’s role will be to oversee the department’s machine shop and provide critical technical engineering support to the department’s students and faculty.

A native of Seymour, Baker received an AS degree in Manufacturing Engineering at Pellissippi State Community College and a BS degree in Industrial Engineering Technology from East Tennessee State University. His previous work experience includes more than a decade of experience in industry, running a family-owned business producing custom racing parts, teaching as a professor at Pellissippi State Community College, and most recently as a production cutting engineer at DENSO.

 

Hydrolunteers Awarded UT’s Student Organization Environmental Leadership Award

CEE’s “Hydrolunteers” were awarded UT’s Student Organization Environmental Leadership Award. The “Hydrolunteers” are student group is comprised of students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering that is focused on understanding, protecting and preserving water resources in East Tennessee. The awarded is given annually to a student organization that demonstrates environmental stewardship through engagement, action, and leadership.

“Hydrolunteers has made substantial strides in their two years of ‘rebooting’ a student-led, water/environment focused organization,” said nominator Professor Jon Hathaway.  “It is a noble effort to not only educate the student population, but they also have been working to expand into the community with stream cleanup, working with Keep Knoxville beautiful, etc. I’m excited to see the group continue to grow and move toward and integrated team of students from across all colleges at UT.”

CEE Awards Dinner and Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Hall of Fame was initiated at the department’s awards banquet on Friday, April 28. The Hall of Fame seeks to honor alumni and friends of the department who have made significant contributions to the engineering profession and positively reflected this on the University of Tennessee, the Tickle College of Engineering, and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The inaugural class consisted of all 23 former recipients of the Outstanding Alumni Award, which began in 1995. Dr. Edwin G. Burdette, Professor Emeritus of the department was also inducted as a member of the inaugural class.

Each inductee, with UT graduation dates dating back to 1957, was commemorated with a plaque, which together will make up the department’s Hall of Fame wall on the fourth floor of the John D. Tickle building. In addition to the alumni honored at the event, 19 awards were given to faculty, staff, and students in honor of outstanding contributions to the department over the past academic year. The full list of award recipients is as follows.

Hall of Fame Inaugural Class

Left to Right: Patsy and Dr. Edwin G. Burdette, B.S. Agricultural Engineering 1957, M.S. Civil Engineering, 1961; Gina and Randall Inklebarger, P.E., B.S. Civil Engineering, 1982; M.S. Civil Engineering 1986

Charles T. Hodges, B.S. Civil Engineering, 1974 and Lynn Hodges


Carla and Edwin A. McDougle, P.E., B.S. Civil Engineering, 1969; M.S. Civil Engineering, 1975

Anne and Mark K. Horton, B.S. Civil Engineering, 1982


Sue and Steve Brooks, B.S. Civil Engineering, 1968

John W. Bailey, P.E., B.S. Civil Engineering, 1975; M.S. Civil Engineering, 1977; Dr. Edwin G. Burdette, B.S. Agricultural Engineering 1957


James H. Southerland, B.S. Civil Engineering, 1966

Mark and Angie Podgorski, daughter of Ronald D. Guthrie, B.S. Civil Engineering, 1964; M.S. Civil Engineering, 1973

Daryl R. Armentrout, Ph.D., P.E.; B.S. Civil Engineering 1965; Ph.D. Civil Engineering, 1981


(Honorees not in attendance)

Dr. Stanley D. Lindsey, B.S. Civil Engineering, 1961

Paul M. Craig, P.E., M.S. Environmental Engineering, 1989

William L. Moore, Jr., B.S. Civil Engineering, 1969; M.S. Civil Engineering, 1974

James D. Copley, B.S. Civil Engineering, 1981; M.S. Civil Engineering, 1983

Raja J. Jubran, B.S. Civil Engineering, 1981

Kathy J. Caldwell, P.E., B.S. Civil Engineering, 1985

Dr. Ronald A. Cook, B.S. Civil Engineering, 1975; M.S. Civil Engineering, 1981

Ronald D. Guthrie, B.S. Civil Engineering, 1964; M.S. Civil Engineering, 1973

Marshall Elizer, Jr., B.S. Civil Engineering, 1974; M.S. Civil Engineering, 1989

Dr. Carlos “Felipe” Loureiro, M.S. Civil Engineering, 1991; Ph.D. Civil Engineering, 1994

Robert E. Dunn, B.S. Civil Engineering, 1973

John R. Hillman, P.E., B.S. Civil Engineering, 1986

James K. Flood, B.S. Civil Engineering, 1980

Dr. M. Lee Marsh, B.S. Civil Engineering, 1982; M.S. Civil Engineering, 1983

Sharon S. Habibi, B.Arch., 1975, M.S. Civil Engineering, 1977

Departmental Awards

John Callaway Academic Achievement Award  Senior Class: Zachary Panczer and Kelli Grissom Junior Class: Zachary Jerome, Matthew Davis, and Ryan Marine Sophomore Class: Ethan Riddle, John Wright, and Joshua Oakes

Outstanding Teaching Award  Dr. Timothy Truster


Teaching Recognition Award  Dr. Islam El-adaway

Service Recognition Award  Dr. John Ma


Staff Recognition Award  Amber Mathes

Staff Recognition Award Nancy Roberts


Research Recognition Award Dr. Baoshan Huang

Scholarship Recognition Award  Dr. Asad Khattak


Scholarship Recognition Award  Dr. Thanos Papanicolaou

Outstanding Graduate Student  Jian Sun


Outstanding Graduate Student Mohammed Saeid Eid

Dr. David Goodpasture Endowed Faculty Award  Dr. Joshua Fu


CEE Students Represent Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation at National Conference

Dayakar PenumaduThree undergraduate students from the College of Engineering (CEE and MABE) and the College of Arts and Sciences (Math and Physics major) Sean Lee, Darren Foster, and James Eun were selected from 4,000 entrants to represent the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) at this year’s National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). The IACMI is a Manufacturing USA institute that works to support advanced composite technology and grow capital investment and manufacturing jobs in the U.S. composites market. The students conducted research under the guidance of Professor Dayakar Penumadu, the Characterization Fellow for IACMI Materials and Processing directorate and holds the Fred N. Peebles Professorship in the CEE department at UT and one of his post-doctoral scholars, Dr. Stephen Young.

Darren Foster presented research on the mechanical characterization of micro-scale fibers and thin films, a nano-tensile system to obtain structure-process-property relationships, which advances efforts to more accurately characterize properties of one-dimensional fiber-based functional materials.

Sean Lee presented his research on interfacial shear strength of carbon fiber composites. His research is presently focused on utilizing this technique for obtaining precise mechanical properties of carbon fiber interphase.

James Eun, a physics and math major, in collaboration with IACMI M&P post-doctoral fellow Stephen Young, presented on the development of laminography, a non-destructive method similar to computed tomography where 2-D projections are collected over an angular range using X-rays. Their research explores the extremely useful information obtained from laminography for relating the visual 3-D features and developing predictive relationships.

“It is essential to engage undergraduate students in research and knowledge creation in the areas of science and engineering that are highly relevant to the future needs of the country and share with them the excitement of working with highly trained graduate students, technical staff and post-docs,” said Professor Penumadu. “It gives them important skills, exposure to multi-disciplinary approach for problem solving, importance of technical depth in a focus area of research, confidence to interact with diverse colleagues, and effective communication skills. This is the mission of a research-focused land grant institution and is the unique opportunity our faculty offer at the University of Tennessee that no other teaching based institutions can provide.”

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