July 16, 2009

Patel Nachiketa, a MCE student under the advisement of CEE professor Dr. Louay Mohammad, won first place for his presentation titled "Interface Shear Strength Characteristics of Emulsified Tack Coats" at the 2009 Area 2 Highway Engineering Exchange Program (HEEP) conference held in Baton Rouge, June 7-10, 2009. Area 2 includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Nachiketa will move on to compete at the International HEEP conference to be held in San Antonio, Texas, September 27 - October 1, 2009

Dr. Brian Wolshon, PE, delivered the summer Distinguished Lecture for the Sandia National Laboratories' Nuclear Energy and Global Security Technologies Distinguished Lecture Series in Albuquerque, New Mexico in June. Wolshon is a CEE associate professor and holder of the Roy Paul Daniels Distinguished Professorship.

The Sandia Nuclear Energy and Global Security Technologies Division serves the nation's security interests through excellence in science, technology, and engineering; continuously improved understanding of complex systems; contributions in arenas where technology and policy intersect; and appropriate global engagement in the areas of nuclear energy and global nuclear /radiological energy threat reduction. Wolshon's lecture focused on his recent federally-sponsored research to develop and apply innovative evacuation management and modeling techniques to increase the effectiveness of transportation systems during mass evacuations.

NASA Funds LSU CEE Department for Restoring Coastal Louisiana BeachesDrs. Zhi-Qiang Deng, CEE assistant professor and Associate Dean Kelly A. Rusch received an award of $400,000 from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for "Development of Sensor Assisted Water Quality Nowcasting and Forecasting Environment for Coastal Beaches." The project will identify bacterial source areas in the watersheds of Cameron Parish beaches and develop water quality nowcasting and forecasting models for the coastal beaches in collaboration with Louisianan Department of Health and Hospitals and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. The project will also provide research training opportunities for three graduate students and two postdoctoral researchers.

ASCE Collingwood Prize Awarded to Dr. Cai's Former Student - The following paper, "Equivalent wheel load approach for slender cable-stayed bridge fatigue assessment under traffic and wind: feasibility study" Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, 12(6) 755-764, co-authored by Drs. Suren Chen and C.S. "Steve" Cai, PE, has been selected for the "Collingwood Prize" by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Cai is a CEE associate professor and holder of the Roy Paul Daniels Distinguished Professorship, Chen is Cai's former PhD student at LSU. Chen is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

The certificate will go only to Dr. Chen, 35 years of age or younger junior author, according to the award criteria. The ceremony will be held in the 139th ASCE annual conference in October 2009 at Kansas City.

The Collingwood Prize was instituted and endowed in 1894 by Francis Collingwood. It may be awarded annually to the author or authors of a paper published by one of the ASCE journals (1) describing an engineering work with which the author(s) have been directly connected, or (2) recording investigations contributing to engineering knowledge to which the author(s) have contributed some essential part, and (3) containing a rational digest of results. Any mathematical treatment must show immediate adaptability to professional practice.


Article by Julie Mueller, LSU College of Engineering, 225-578-9170, jmueller@lsu.edu


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