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civil and environmental engineering and construction Accomplishments

Jul 12, 2017
Hualiang "Harry" Teng (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) has been appointed as commissioner of Nevada High-Speed Rail Authority. His term began July 1 and will end June 30, 2021.  

Jul 6, 2017
Donald Hayes (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) received the 2017 Dredger of the Year Award  from the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) for his extensive and outstanding contributions to the dredging community and to the association. As professor and department chair at UNLV, Hayes supports the dredging community in developing improved dredging technologies and dredged material management techniques. Of immeasurable value to the dredging industry, the association noted, Hayes’s research has focused upon efficiencies of technologies for both navigation and environmental dredging, sustainable management of dredged material including contaminated sediments, and coastal restoration and mitigation. Hayes is an active member of the WEDA Board of Directors and serves on its Technical Papers Committee, the Training and Certification Committee, and the Awards Committee. Hayes has also been a long-standing contributing member of the WEDA Environmental Commission. He is well known for WEDA short courses and delivering lectures during the day before WEDA conferences. He also supports the dredging community as a lecturer at the annual Dredging Short Course at Texas A&M University.

Jun 21, 2017
Daniel Gerrity (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction), Brett Levner (Film) and a group of students collaborated to create a short documentary about water conservation and reuse in Southern Nevada. Their project was funded by a grant from the the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program. The project was integrated into Levner's course on documentary filmmaking (FIS 447). A cohort of film and engineering students worked closely with water professionals from the Clark County Water Reclamation District and the Southern Nevada Water Authority to produce the documentary, which takes a comedic approach to educating the public about the Las Vegas water cycle.

May 1, 2017
Haroon Stephen (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) was awarded UNLV Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award at the 2017 UNLV Academic Achievement Award Ceremony on April 19. Recipient of this award must be a full-time academic faculty member who has completed five years of teaching at UNLV and has been recommended by both their supervisor and by students. Stephen’s expertise lie in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).  

Apr 27, 2017
Daniel Gerrity (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) was one of two UNLV faculty awarded the Barrick Scholar Award at the 2017 UNLV Academic Achievement Award Ceremony on April 19. The Barrick Scholar Award is presented to faculty members with less than 10 years of service in an academic environment after the terminal degree. It carries a stipend of $2,500. The award is based principally on the quality and quantity of research publication or creative activity, which is judged to be extraordinary and distinguished.  

Dec 19, 2016
Daniel Gerrity (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) and Duane Moser of the Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) submitted a winning proposal for the first year of the UNLV-DRI Joint Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. This award will allow the pair to recruit a postdoctoral fellow to work on their proposed project for two years.  

Jul 13, 2016
Daniel Emaasit (Civil & Environmental Engineering) was invited by the United Nations Global Pulse to present his research at the 2016 Data Science Africa Workshop. This unique conference brought together experts from academia, industry, government, and development partners to discuss how big data and data science can be used to monitor and track progress in achieving the United Nations' sustainable development goals in Africa. He presented work that he is doing as part of his Ph.D. research at UNLV, which involves using big data from mobile phones for sustainable urban planning. He presented his research under the session, “Data Science for Sustainable Cities." His research involves leveraging readily available ubiquitous data from mobile phones as an alternative and cheaper source of data for transport planning. He has developed a model-based machine learning framework to infer travel patterns from these data. The potential benefits of this research to developing countries are the ability to use low-cost effective techniques for transport planning and also getting an accurate measure of travel patterns in cities so that planners can optimally estimate the right amount of travel demand and reduce traffic congestion that has plagued most developing cities in Africa. There were several urban planners at the conference from the United Nations and government who found his research to be instrumental for city planning.

Apr 14, 2016
Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy) received a $13,505 grant from the Mountain West CTR-IN and National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health for his “Prosthetic Assessments of Gait and Mobility in Individuals with Lower Limb Loss” research study, which will explore functional mobility and limb loading during locomotor activities among people with lower extremity amputations. Janet Dufek (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) and Edward Neumann (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) are co-investigators, while Guogen Shan (Environmental and Occupational Health) and Joon Lee (Mechanical Engineering) are collaborative contributors.  

Mar 29, 2016
Daniel Gerrity (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) has a $330,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency research grant that was highlighted during the White House’s water summit outlining the country’s commitments to a sustainable water future. The summit took place March 22. The grant was part of the EPA's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program and was awarded to research human and ecological health impacts associated with water reuse and conservation practices. With this grant, the UNLV Environmental Engineering Water Quality Laboratory, co-managed by Gerrity, will be studying the concept of potable reuse and evaluating sustainability and public health protection when transforming wastewater into a high-quality drinking water supply. In addition, grant monies will be used to collaborate with other college entities and educate students across the Southwest. Gerrity has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, a master's degree in civil and environmental engineering, and a doctoral degree in civil and environmental engineering, all from Arizona State University.

Feb 23, 2016
Donald Hayes (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) was recognized with the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering's inaugural Distinguished Service Award. The award is given to faculty showing outstanding commitment to the department, college, and university during the previous five years. Service contributions include committee work, leading accreditation efforts, undergraduate and graduate coordinator work and recruitment efforts, and community engagement and service projects.