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civil and environmental engineering and construction Accomplishments

Jun 18, 2018
Patrick Moore and Matthew Shepard (both Film) received an Emmy Award from the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for their short documentary, Splashing the Streets. Moore and Shepard, who are undergraduates, won for writing in the student craft category. The documentary was produced in collaboration with Brett Levner (Film) and Daniel Gerrity (Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction) as part of a research project funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

Mar 23, 2018
The Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering is proud to announce that four of its engineering graduate programs have been ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News is a global authority in university rankings whose criteria include graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, alumni giving, and graduate rate performance. The programs recognized are: Civil Engineering- #89 Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engineering- #144 Environmental Engineering- #76 Mechanical Engineering- #126 Our mission at UNLV and the College of Engineering is to foster excellence, promote discovery, and enable research and education. Thanks to combined efforts, our engineering programs have been able to achieve academic influence and distinction. The college would like to congratulate students, faculty, sponsors, alumni, and staff who have made this recognition possible.  

Mar 13, 2018
Sajjad Ahmad (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction), is this year's recipient of the College of Engineering's Distinguished Researcher Award. Among his many accomplishments, there are 38 peer-reviewed journal papers, 53 conference proceeding, and numerous scholarly publications in national and international journals. Furthermore, his work has provided the opportunity to participate as keynote speaker in China, Canada, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Australia. In the last five years alone, he has graduated six MS students, two PhD students, and was the principal investigator on $2.1 million research grants including National Science Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development. Ahmad is a prime example of the College of Engineering's core values — educate, engage, inspire, and innovate. UNLV is proud to have him as part of its community.

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.