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Congratulations to Grace McClellan Tinker

Grace was the winner of Engineering Graduate category at Sigma Xi Student Research Conference. Approximately 115 high school, undergraduate, and graduate students attended the 2016 Sigma Xi Student Research Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. They participated in a networking session, keynote presentations,and professional development sessions. They also competed in a competition on November 12 in which they presented a poster about their research project to professional researchers. Sigma Xi members volunteered to judge the presentations.

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Congratulations to Juliet Ohemeng-Ntiamoah

JULIET OHEMENG-NTIAMOAH is a PhD student at the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN. Her research is focused on maximizing renewable energy recovery from organic waste. Juliet has won several awards with most recent being an Eminence Awards for Outstanding Graduate Student Research at Tennessee Technological University. She is a Recipient of 2015/2016 American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Doctoral Fellowship. She aspires to be a global leader in developing solutions for the ever-changing environmental problems. She also loves to inspire young girls to pursue STEM.

Congratulations to Dr. Alfred Kalyanapu

Congratulations to Dr. Alfred Kalyanapu.

Recently Dr. Kalyanapu received the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Professional Achievement Award for professional excellence from his alma mater, National Institute of Technology, Waranga. The award included a citation presenting his accomplishments, a ceremonial shawl and a commemorative silver plate.

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Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Matson

Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Matson.

Dr. Matson has been named a 2016 Institute of Industrial and Systems Fellow. This award recognizes outstanding leaders of the profession who have made significant, nationally recognized contributions to industrial engineering.

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2015-2016 Eminence Awards

Congratulations to our recent College of Engineering Eminence Award winners:

  • Graduating with a 4.0 GPA - Prarthana Pradhan
  • Experiential Education Meritorious - Noah Stansfield
  • Outstanding Senior - Emily Humphreys
  • Outstanding Senior Service - Emily Casey
  • Bachelor of Science Best Paper - John Brackins
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant - Dillon Bane
  • The Derryberry Award - Emily Humphreys
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Research - John Brackins
  • Outstanding Graduate Research - Juliet Ohemeng-Ntiamoah
  • Outstanding Graduate Research - Melissa Moffet
  • Master of Science Best Paper - JJ Thornton

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ASDSO Dam Safety 2016 Student Paper Competition Winners

Congratulations to Emily Reed, Lucas Munasque, and Kalie Poston for winning the national 2016 Student Paper Competition sponsored by the American Society of Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO)!

The student team, advised by Dr. Alfred Kalyanapu and Dr. Daniel VandenBerge, is investigating the effects of and response to the historic rainfall in South Carolina in October 2015 and the ensuing dam breaks. The research project included a recent trip to Columbia, SC to experience the flood impacts firsthand and to interview individuals and agencies involved in the response. The team will travel to Philadelphia in September to present their research at the Dam Safety 2016 conference.

The project mainly focuses on understanding how the floods happened and the response and recovery process. Students are collecting all the available technical data, media coverage and compiling public response information. This will be used to assess impacts on future flood risk management in South Carolina and public opinion regarding dam safety awareness, policy and emergency response.

As a part of data collection and understanding the flood impacts, the team visited areas damaged in the floods around Columbia, SC and met with people affected by the floods. The team also met with government agencies that were in charge of emergency management to understand both sides of the situation.

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Grace Mcclellan, CEE grad student, wins 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship Program Fellowship

Congratulations to our CEE grad student, Grace Mcclellan. She was selected to receive a 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. Her selection was based on her demonstrated potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise.

This selection as an NSF Graduate Fellowship awardee is a significant accomplishment.

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Emily Humphreys, senior CEE student, wins the 2016 Derryberry Award

Congratulations to our CEE student, Emily Humphreys. Emily was chosen as a co-winner for the 2016 Derryberry Award.

The Derryberry Award is presented annually to a graduating senior who has exhibited scholastic attainment arising out of moral and intellectual integrity; successful campus activity where participation indicates a commitment to good citizenship, interest in one’s fellow person, and instincts for leadership; and physical vigor as shown by fondness for and success in sports – all of which demonstrate potential for future service and effective leadership in American society.

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John Brackins, senior CEE student, wins 3rd place in Undergraduate Division of the 2016 EWRI Student Technical Paper Competition

Congratulations to John Brackins for receiving Third Place in Undergraduate Division of the 2016 EWRI Student Technical Paper Competition, organized by EWRI of ASCE.

Winners are chosen from undergraduate students across the country (and possibly even worldwide, as this is a World Water and Environmental Congress). John has been invited to present his research at the 2016 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress in West Palm Beach Florida. This is the first time that we have a winner from TTU at the congress.

Dr. Alfred J Kalyanapu said, "This is an excellent success story of our CEE program and showcases John’s technical, research and communication skills, which are on par or even better compared to undergraduate students across the nation (even worldwide)!!! I am proud to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed mentoring John and look forward to more collaboration in the future."

John will be traveling to the 2016 EWRI World Water and Environmental Congress in West Palm Beach Florida to present his paper the end of May.

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Profiles in Purple

Check out our Profiles in Purple short video on John Brackins research at

Rising Renaissance Engineer Spectrum Award

Congratulations to Kallie Curtis and Prarthana Pradhan from our department.

The Rising Renaissance Engineer Spectrum Awards program in the COE was established to recognize a diverse body of students across all the degree-granting departments in the College of Engineering for their initiatives and achievements in educational (projects related to course work), research (projects relevant to their discipline) and professional development activities (internship, co-op, or summer job). This unique award is inclusively for junior and senior undergraduate students from all six COE degree-granting departments, and hopes to promote underrepresented groups in the COE. This awards program complements existing awards in the college honoring faculty, staff, and alumni for their research, teaching, and service. With the Computer Science Department spearheading the effort, this project is a collaborative partnership among representatives from all COE departments.

Kallie Curtis, who plans to graduate in Spring 2017, was a founding member of her high school’s robotics team, and designed a robot with a bin-style holder that lifted and dumped Frisbees into the desired target location. At TTU, she has researched the material properties of 3D printed polycarbonate material under tensile and torsional loadings, and this work was presented at the First International Digital Image Correlation Society Conference. She also served as head recruitment counselor for TTU's Panhellenic Executive Council.

Prarthana Pradhan, who plans to graduate in Spring 2016, has tutored in the Multicultural Affairs Office, introduced K-12 students to STEM topics for the STEM Center's Fab Friday and Safari Saturday events, and helped with orientation for the Office of International Education. She presented a poster about her research on Life Cycle Analysis of Organic Waste Management Options at the TN/KY Water Professionals Conference. Currently she is studying the use of assimilable organic carbon to measure the growth of bacteria in reclaimable water.

Every winner had impressive combinations of academic, extra-curricular, research, and professional achievements, and exhibited a passion for life-long learning. They are truly Rising Renaissance Engineers. For their fine accomplishments, they will each receive an award plaque and a $250 cash prize at the Engineering Banquet on Thursday, February 25.

Dr. Kalyanapu receives the 2016 Kinslow Engineering Research Award

Congratulations to Dr. Kalyanapu.

This award is given annually for the best-published paper written by a TTU engineering faculty member published in a referred professional journal during October 1, 2013 – Sept. 30, 2015. The award is given in honor of Professor Emeritus Ray Kinslow. He taught for 32 years at Tennessee Tech. During 25 of those years, he served as head of the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics. Professor Kinslow, an excellent educator and administrator, was a prolific researcher in the area of hypervelocity impact.

Nominees must be the principal author. The selection criteria include both research innovation and research applicability.

The winner receives an honorarium, a plaque, and their name listed on a permanent display.

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Engineers without Borders travel to Belize

Over Christmas break 5 Engineers Without Borders members traveled to Belize in order to begin preparations for an international sanitation project in San Benito Poite, a small village located in the Toledo district. Trip participates were Grace McClellan, Paul Joshua Tinker, Mackenzie Martin, Ryan Wigner, and Rachel Stewart.

The village of San Benito Poite is populated by approximately 120 people, but only a couple of households have proper latrines. The primary school in the village currently has a pit latrine with three stalls that are at the end of their design life, and are extremely unsanitary. This causes much inconvenience and creates unhygienic conditions within the community and the school, which ultimately affect the health of the children in the community.

Moreover, washing hands after the use of latrines is not a common practice among the kids. This may exacerbate the spread of germs and infectious diseases. The community and the school have expressed a need for more latrines and the community also wishes to be trained on hygiene education in order to reduce the risk of infectious diseases.

We have therefore committed to partner with the San Benito Poite village, to design and build a simple and sustainable latrine for the school and to initiate a hygiene education program for the community. Our latrine will be complete with a flushed toilet, septic tank and a constructed wetland.

The goals of our trip were to:

1. Study an existing design of septic tanks and constructed wetland at the Coral Inn in Punta Gorda

2. Conduct a preliminary materials and cost estimate for the proposed design.

3. Conduct the pre-assessment of whether the community and the school will be able to maintain and benefit from this project.

4. Survey the area for the latrine with septic tank and wetland at San Benito Poite.

5. Survey the community on existing health impacts from lack of hygiene and sanitation.

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Dr. Datta and Dr. Kalyanapu participate in watershed event

On October 12, 2015, TDEC hosted a great event at the Cherry Hill Community Center in Silver Point for the Caney Fork River watershed. This event brought together many different agencies, groups, schools & citizens who live, work and play in the watershed.

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John Brackins, senior CEE student, is awarded the Wayne Evans Asphalt Industry Annual Scholarship

Congratulations to John Brackins!

John Brackins was awarded the Wayne Evans Asphalt Industry Annual Scholarship. John is a senior CEE student with a 4.0 GPA. The Evans family was impressed by all the candidates that applied.

The Wayne Evans Asphalt Industry Annual Scholarship is sponsored through the National Asphalt Pavement Association Research and Education Foundation.

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ASCE Students help build the Heart of the City Playground

The Heart of the City Playground is a 12,000 sq ft fully accessible, all-inclusive playground inside Dogwood Park. This is a community-wide volunteer effort to build the first fully-inclusive and accessible playground within 90 miles of Cookeville…a place where all children can come together, interact, be included and grow, through the gift of play. It will have unique poured surfacing for mobility-impaired children and those using adaptive equipment.

Thanks to our awesome ASCE students for helping work on this playground - especially on such a wet, rainy, muddy day.

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Dr. Alfred Kalyanapu is featured on TECHnovations Episode

Dr. Alfred Kalyanapu, assistant professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering program, discusses the use of computer modeling to study the interaction of water with urban areas and how it affects infrastructure and sustainability. He also talks about his TechWARMS program that involves TTU students researching computer simulation and water resources. Check out the episode 14 podcast at

Congratulations to Dr. Alfred Kalyanapu

Dr. Kalyanapu received the 2015 Distinguished Young Alumni Professional Achievement Award (DYAPAA) from the National Institute of Technologies Warangal, Telangana, India. The award ceremony will take place on October 10th at the NIT Warangal's foundation day.

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Dr. Matt Yarnold awarded grant from National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation awarded PI Matthew Yarnold, civil and environmental engineering, with $63,201 for his project titled “Collaborative Research: Structural Identification and Health Monitoring Using Temperature-Driven Data”. This is a 3 year grant that is a collaborative between TTU and Princeton. TTU is lead on this project. The funds are used to fund PhD student, Brittany Murphy research and for some equipment and travel. For more details please visit here:

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We welcome Dr. VandenBerge to our CEE Department

The CEE department is pleased to welcome Dr. Dan VandenBerge, PE, as a new tenure-track assistant professor. Dr. VandenBerge’s area of specialization is geotechnical engineering. Prior to TTU, he earned his BS and MS from Michigan Tech and a PhD from Virginia Tech in 2014. Between his MS and PhD, he was a private consulting engineer for 7 years. We are excited to have Dr. VandenBerge become part of the TTU CEE family!

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CEE MS student James Locum wins prestigious ASTM International Bryant and Katharine Mather Scholarship for concrete research

We are pleased to announce that James Tyler Locum has been selected to receive the $2,500 ASTM International Bryant and Katharine Mather Scholarship award.

The ASTM International Katharine and Bryant Mather Scholarship honors Katharine and Bryant Mather, who together contributed in excess of 100 years to the investigation and research of various concreting materials and construction techniques, and on the ability of hydraulic-cement concretes to remain durable under aggressive exposure conditions. The ASTM scholarship honors their leadership, dedication, determination, and technical knowledge.

ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world - a trusted source for technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services. Known for their high technical quality and market relevance, ASTM International standards play important roles in the information infrastructure that guides design, manufacturing, construction and trade in the global economy.

On behalf of Committee C09 and the Staff at ASTM International, we also congratulate Tennessee Tech for your work and involvement with students pursuing degrees specializing in cement or concrete materials technology.

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TechWARMS members finish third in ASFPM's 5th National Student Paper Competition

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Nowfel Bhuyian and JJ Thornton's paper titled "Developing 'Flood Loss Curve' for City of Sacramento" won third place at the 2015 Student Paper Competition organized by the Association of State Flood Plain Managers (ASFPM) National Conference. They were invited to present their research at the 2015 ASFPM National Conference "Mitigation on the mind" that was recently organized in Hyatt Regency, Atlanta. The picture above shows Nowfel Bhuyian, JJ Thornton and Dr. Alfred Kalyanapu at the conference.

Picture below shows the winners of the 2015 Student Paper Competition. From Left to Right: JJ Thornton (TTU), Nowfel Bhuyian (TTU), Patrick Johnson (U. Idaho) and Adnya Sarasmita (U. Washington).

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John Brackins, a CEE undergraduate student working with Dr. Alfred Kalyanapu, is the recipient of a $2000 URECA grant for the project entitled "Quantifying the Impact of Storm Surge on Coastal Infrastructure".

According to a study of 500 bridge failures in the United States, 53% were due to hydraulic loading that exceeded the bridge’s design, such as floods, scour, debris impact, drift of structure, and storm events such as hurricanes (Wardhana and Hadipriono 2003). Among the two largest culprits were floods and scour, which often go hand in hand. During scour, floodwater or even standard river flow is forced to alter its path around bridge structural elements and in this process, these waters accelerate around bridge piers and supports, causing a magnification of what many would falsely recognize as erosion, known as scour (FEMA 2009). Scour differs from erosion in that it tends to focus more locally around structural supports, whereas erosion removes sediment over large areas over longer periods of time. In the event of scour around structural supports, sediment is removed from around foundation elements, causing the foundation to no longer perform as designed and exposing it to failure. Typically, foundation failure has a catastrophic impact on the life of a structure, and it can also expose residents to grave danger. This project aims to investigate scour and other flood factors during coastal flood events in selected cities located in the states of North Carolina, Texas, Massachusetts, and Florida in order to predict structural failures before they occur and threaten the lives of citizens and useful lives of nearby structures by answering the questions: During flood events due to storm surge along a coastline, what vulnerabilities do structures have which can cause them to fail? Can the failure of one structure have a domino effect on others in the area, and if so, how extensive will it be? Over the course of the project, I plan to evaluate current models for storm surge to identify possible improvements in the prediction of storm surge. I will then use these storm surge models and apply their flood depth values into currently existing software for modeling structures under loads such as MicroStation© by Bentley or Revit© by Autodesk. Eventually, I plan to model entire cities and to incorporate failure data of structures as inputs to forces exerted on nearby structures. I currently have approval from the state of North Carolina to access their aerial photography database. I will also acquire aerial photographs of at-risk cities in the study areas and analyze them for structural impact. At the completion of the project, the goal is to be able to predict accurately the structural impact on large urban areas due to storm surge and other hurricane-related loads such as winds. This project will extend our knowledge of the inner workings of storm surge as we seek to determine the factors at play during a storm surge event and their individual roles in structural impact, as well as how structures will behave under storm surge conditions. As we gain further understanding of structural impacts due to this research, both the fields of structural engineering and damage forecasting will be advanced because forecasters will be better able to predict structural damage well before a storm strikes, potentially saving lives due to more timely evacuation or other countermeasures deployed to save citizens and structures alike. Ultimately, this information will become immediately invaluable to those who live along a coastline, and eventually the models that are developed for storm surge’s structural impact can be adapted for those who live further inland and face other flood threats.

Badoe wins excellence award from TTU

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Photo: Daniel Badoe (center) receives TTU’s Award for Excellence in University 1020 Instruction from President Phil Oldham (left) and provost Bahman Ghorashi. The award is given based on student nominations.

Every freshman at Tennessee Tech University is required to take a course, University 1020, designed to introduce them university life and how to succeed in college.

Civil and environmental engineering professor Daniel Badoe was recently recognized for the excellent job he does in teaching that course.

This spring, he received the university’s Award for Excellence in University 1020 Instruction, which is given to honor an instructor’s creativity in teaching the course and the level of care and understanding for incoming freshmen. The award is given based on student nominations.

In addition to introducing his students to the university, Badoe’s class was designed to introduce them to the civil and environmental engineering department, help students develop an interest in research, and encourage them to build friendships and communication skills.

Students experimented with concrete in a competition to see which team could build the strongest mixture. The project introduced them to the department’s labs and exposed them to existing research on a common construction material.

They developed a 10-minute video designed to promote civil engineering to high school students, to help them develop their communication skills and also learn more about the kind of work they might pursue professionally.

Badoe also brought in guest speakers, both other faculty and industry professionals, to talk to his students and answer their questions.

Badoe received the award during the spring faculty award reception at the end of April.

Class visits Concrete Facility

Dr. Ryan's CEE 4360, Advanced Topics - Structural Concrete Design Class, recently visited the Ross Pre-Stress Concrete, Inc. plant in Knoxville, TN. The students were able to tour the facility.

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2015-2016 AAUW International Fellowship

Juliet Ohemeng-Ntiamoah, a CEE graduate student, has received the AAUW International Fellowship. This is a prestigious one year fellowship. Her name is listed on the AAUW's website at Juliet is a graduate student working with Dr. Tania Datta.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.AAUW provides one of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women and the awards are highly competitive. This exceptional group of women and nonprofit organizations will receive over $3.7 million to carry on AAUW’s legacy of scholarship, research, and action. During the award year, the recipients will pursue graduate studies and community projects to empower women and girls in the United States and around the globe.

CEE Students Selected as Finalists

Md N M Bhuyian and Joseph Thornton's paper titled Developing "Flood Loss Curve" for City of Sacramento has been selected as one of the three finalists nationwide for the 5th Annual Collegiate Student Paper Competition at the ASFPM conference to be held in Atlanta, GA from May 31 - June 4, 2015. These students have been working with Dr. Alfred Kalyanapu.

This program is sponsored by the ASFPM Foundation. The Foundation supports a variety of initiatives that reduce suffering and losses as a result of flooding and promotes sustainable management of the nation's floodplains and watersheds.

Congratulations to Dr. Kalyanapu

Congratulations to Dr. Kalyanapu for receiving funding from the USDA for his proposal “Increasing the Resilience of Agricultural Production in the Tennessee and Cumberland River Basins through More Efficient Water Resource Use”.

This is a 5-year, $4.9 million multi-university project. Dr. Kalyanapu is the PI for the TTU portion ($265,000) of the project focusing on compiling geospatial hydrologic database, developing hydraulic models for flood inundation models and applying them for evaluating climate change and land use change impacts on agricultural production in Tennessee and Cumberland River Basins.

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CEE Graduate Students win student poster competition at TN AWRA water resources Symposium

CEE students Juliet Ohemeng-Ntiamoah and Tigstu Tsige Dullo won student poster competition in graduate student category at the 24th Water Resources Symposium at Montgomery Bell State Park, organized by Tennessee Section of American Water Resources Association (TNAWRA). They had strong competition from graduate students from various universities including University of Tennessee-Knoxville, University of Memphis, Middle Tennessee State University and Tennessee State University.

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PhD student Juliet Ohemeng-Ntiamoah presenting winning poster at TNAWRA

A group of 6 graduate students from Civil and Environmental Engineering along with their graduate advisors Drs. Tania Datta and Alfred Kalyanapu attended the Symposium. Water Resources Symposium is a prestigious annual conference organized by TNAWRA which is attended by water resources engineers, scientists, federal, state, and city agencies. Earlier in the conference, Datta and Kalyanapu participated in education and outreach events and interacted with students from St. Patrick Catholic School, McEwen, TN. Picture below (left) shows Dr. Datta talking to students about the water quality parameters. Also at the Conference, recognizing the TTU Water Professionals student chapter, TNAWRA section presented a special award of $1000 to further the student group’s outreach activities (See picture on the right).

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Professor Matt Yarnold to Speak at UTK

Professor Yarnold spoke at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on April 9th at the John D. Tickle Engineering Building. Dr. Yarnold presented his recent work for the Tennessee Department of Transportation along with his current research on two projects funded by the National Science Foundation. More than 20 graduate students and faculty were in attendance.

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TTU Civil Engineering Students attend the NASCC Conference

A group of ten Civil Engineering students along with Professor Yarnold attended the North American Steel Conference (NASCC) in Nashville, Tennessee on March 26th. NASCC is an event where engineers, fabricators, detailers and erectors learn about structural steel design and construction, to interact with their peers and to see the latest products for steel buildings and bridges. The conference offers more than 100 technical sessions and is a premier educational event. In addition to practical seminars on the latest design concepts and construction techniques, the Conference offers an extensive trade show (featuring products ranging from structural software to machinery for cutting steel beams) and networking opportunities.

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Civil & Environmental Engineering student attends Graduate Education Day on the Hill

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and the College of Graduate Studies are pleased to announce that Ph.D. student N.M. Bhuyian represented TTU at the annual Graduate Education Day on the Hill in Nashville on February 25, 2015. Tanvir presented a poster on his current research study, "Approach to Digital Elevation Model Correction by Improving Channel Conveyance," to state representatives and legislative personnel. Tanvir was nominated to participate in this program by his faculty advisor Dr. Alfred Kalyanapu. Graduate Education Week is held every February by proclamation of the Governor and provides an opportunity to showcase graduate research being conducted at institutions across the state.

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The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has been recognized by the American Concrete Institute with the Outstanding University Award for the past 5 years. Universities qualify for this award based on their participation in select ACI-related activities/programs. More information can be found at:

A team of Tennessee Tech University civil engineers will monitor the demolition of an 85-year-old bridge, with the hope that the data they gather will help others better understand bridge behavior.

“Assessing complex or ‘truss’ bridges like this one is a tough job,” said civil engineering professor Matthew Yarnold. “We’re just trying to increase the state of knowledge about them so that we can accurately evaluate them in the future.”

Yarnold organized the team, which includes a doctoral candidate, two master’s students and an undergraduate.

“I’ve never heard of a case like this where engineers have had the opportunity to study a truss bridge while it’s being disassembled,” said Yarnold. “Typically, decommissioned bridges are dismantled with a controlled demolition.”

The Benton McMillan Memorial Bridge is a 1930s truss-style bridge that crosses the Caney Fork River southeast of Carthage. It was scheduled for demolition after a newer bridge was constructed beside it.

In this case, the proximity of power lines and the new bridge have forced the state to take apart the bridge piece by piece.

The team hopes to expand knowledge of bridge support with the data they collect. They received a $25,000 National Science Foundation Rapid Response Research grant to purchase sensor equipment in August.

In December, Yarnold and his students placed 48 stain gauges and 12 data acquisition systems at different points on the bridge. As the structure is dismantled, these nodes will record changes in the intrinsic force the bridge holds.

The data recorded from these changes will be collected and uploaded to a public website.

“Working on this project has helped me gain a better understanding of how structures behave overall,” said graduate student Eric James, from Murfreesboro. “I've learned a lot in my structural classes in civil engineering, but putting that knowledge to work through realistic testing and data analysis helps build upon that foundation.”

A camera is set up onsite to record and timestamp major changes to the bridge, though Yarnold says the team will travel to Carthage for major stages of the deconstruction.

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Yarnold discusses bridge health and analysis on today's TECHnovations

On today's new episode of TECHnovations, Matthew Yarnold, assistant professor in TTU's College of Engineering, discusses his research involving the examination, monitoring and assessment of the structural health of bridges, and how his work on temperature-based data is providing new options for engineers. TECHnovations is a radio program focused on the research and scholarly work taking place at Tennessee Tech. It is broadcast live on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. on WTTU 88.5 ( Live stream available by clicking here. ), and episodes are available as podcasts at the link listed below.


2015 Posters at the Capitol competition winners announced

The winners of the 2015 Posters at the Capitol competition as decided by the Undergraduate Research Program URECA! Grants committee are: Sydney Marchi, Leora Maxwell, Amanda Werlein, Paula Ngo, Joseph Thornton, Hoang Le, Rebekah Scott and Marion Butner. Congratulations to these fine students. They will travel to Nashville on Feb. 25 to present their research posters in the Capitol building.

Joseph Thornton (JJ) is one of our graduate students under Dr. Kalyanapu’s supervision. If you see him, tell him congrats! Go CEE!

2014 Water Professionals Conference

While most student organizations on campus became quiet over the summer months, TTU Water Professionals group sent nine undergraduate and graduate members to the KY/TN Water Professionals Conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee during July 20 th to 22nd, 2014. Accompanied with Drs. Tania Datta and Alfred Kalyanapu – civil/environmental engineering professors and faculty advisors of the fairly new club, students volunteered for outreach activities, participated in a student poster competition, and connected with a number of professionals in the water industry.

On Sunday, July 20th, our students teamed up with the KY/TN young professionals committee to put on an educational event called “ Water for Life”, where they helped educate the community on the importance of water conservation and water quality in the environment (see pictures below).

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Pictures from Water for Life event at Coolidge Park, Chattanooga

“Teaching kids at Coolidge Park was great!” said Melissa Moffet, 2014 winner of the AWWA scholarship and vice president of the club, “All of them really seemed to be enjoying learning about different water quality tests.” Kids and adults alike enjoyed our booth for about four hours, and enjoyed learning about water pollution, need for improving water quality and stormwater management. Overall, student volunteers say that it was quite a success.

Our TTU group was also successful at the Student Poster Competition, bringing home all the three prizes. First place went to JJ Thornton (CEE undergraduate) from Cosby, Tennessee, for his poster titled “ LiDAR Compared to NED and Surveyed Data in HEC-RAS ”. Second place went to graduate student Amirsalar Esfahani (CEE graduate) for his poster titled “ Experimental investigation on the chemical reduction of nitrate, phosphate and sulfate from stormwater runoff using aluminum powder ”, and third place went to a team duo, Oluwadare J. Oladapo (CEE graduate) and Rebekah Nichols (CEE undergraduate) for their poster titled “ Development of a Holistic Decision-Making Tool for Sustainable Management of Organic Fraction of Municipal Solids Waste .” Rebekah Nichols, Melissa Moffet and Prarthana Pradhan also received the 2014 WEA (Water Environmental Association) and AWWA (American Water Works Association) scholarships. Winners accepted cash prizes and ribbons for their accomplishments (see pictures below).

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Pictures from Student Poster Competition

Our group is always looking for different ways to connect students to the professional world. Officers of the group have made strides to develop lasting connections with those they have met at the conference over the past two years. Some of them include a Water for People’s Committee Chair JJ VanDyke, who is passionate about bringing “water to everyone forever,” as well as Kelly Baker from Xylem, and Joe Tipton from Hanson Pressure Pipes. This year, our goal is to go beyond bringing in speakers, like doing facility tours and job shadowing with the help of newly met professionals.

The group has already made plans for 2015, going to Covington, Kentucky. If you want to get involved with TTU’s Water Professionals, you can contact them at

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CEE undergraduate student, Josh Sholly, was one of four TTU ROTC cadets to receive a gold German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge.

CEE Alumnus, Casey Scoggins, BSCE '99, was honored as the 2014 Tennessee Valley Authority Ike Zeringue Engineer of the Year, the highest honor for an engineer at TVA.

CEE Alumnus and Advisory Board member, Lamar Dunn, BSCE '64,was honored as a 2014 Engineer of Distinction by the TTU College of Engineering.

CEE Alumnus and Advisory Board Chair, David Wright, BSCE '80, was honored as the 2014 TTU College of Engineering Outstanding Alumni.

Dr. Yarnold was featured in TTU civil and mechanical engineering faculty explore technology to monitor bridge performance.

The CEE department welcomes two new faculty: Dr. Tania Datta (PhD: University of Utah) in Environmental Engineering and Dr. Matt Yarnold (PhD: Drexel University) in Structural Engineering.

CEE MS student Nowfel Mahmud Bhuyian received a Ivanhoe Fellowship for 2013. Dr. Alfred Kalayanapu is his faculty advisor.

Dr. Faisal Hossain was awarded an NSF Belmont Forum-G8 Collaborative Research Grant for Bangladesh Delta: Assessment of Sea-Level Rise Hazards and Integrated Predictive Development Towards Mitigation and Adaptation (BanD-AID) in collaboration with researchers from Ohio State University.

TTU helping city planners with environmentally sustainable growth in Obed Watershed region

CEE undergraduate student Melissa Moffett was awarded the 2013 KY/TN American Water Works Association (AWWA) Scholarship.

Linda Banks will retire at the end of June 2013. She plans to spend more time gardening, traveling, and reading and of course spending more time with family.

Ebrahim Ahmadisharaf and Nowfel Mahmud Bhuyian. Ebrahim and Nowfel have been selected as one of three winning teams for the 2013 American Society of Dam Safety Organization Student Competition. Their paper is titled, "Impact of Spatial Resolution on Downstream Flood Hazard Due to Dam Break Events Using Probabilistic Flood Modeling." Dr. Alfred Kalayanapu is their faculty advisor.

Larry Click has decided to retire after Spring Semester, 2013. Mr. Click has been an outstanding surveying teacher and will be missed by students, faculty and staff. He plans to spend more time with his family.

Dr. Alfred Kalyanapu's journal article, Monte Carlo-based flood modeling framework for estimating probability weighted flood risk, in the Journal of Flood Risk Management was selected by the Editor and Editorial Board as a commended paper in their Outstanding Paper Award.

CEE PhD student, Wondmagegn Yigzaw, was awarded the prestigious NASA Earth System Science Fellowship for 2013-2014. His research proposal was "The Future of Our Cities and Ageing Dams: Using NASA Satellites to Understand Changing Patterns of Infrastructure Safety for Resource-Hungry US Cities". This is the 3rd TTU CEE student to receive this award in the past two years! His advisor is Dr. Faisal Hossain.

Dr. Jessica Matson was selected as a 2013 Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education in recognition of her outstanding contributions to ASEE.

Mr. Kevin Young, P.E., BCEE, served as project manager for former employer J.R. Wauford & Company Consulting Engineers, Inc. and as a consultant since joining the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for the Carroll County Lake and Environmental Mitigation Project which was recognized as a Grand Award winner by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee at their Engineering Excellence Awards Banquet on March 5, 2013. The Carroll County Lake is a 1,000 acre recreational reservoir near Huntingdon, Tennessee with 60 percent of its area over 20 feet deep. It was created by the construction of the Reedy Creek earthen dam which is 62 feet high and 2,400 feet long. The $21.98 million project is estimated by the University of Tennessee at Martin to produce $58 million in economic activity in the ten years since construction began in 2008. The project required approval or concurrence by six federal and state agencies and 14 years to complete. The project serves as a model for mitigation of environmental impacts related to water resources development. Environmental mitigation for the project included the conversion of 300 acres of farmland that was formally wetlands back to wetlands status to mitigate the impact of lake development on 119 acres of wetlands and restoration of 2.3 miles of channelized stream back to its natural meandering alignment to mitigate the impact of lake development on 9.2 miles of stream channel.

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The TTU ASCE Student Chapter received a Letter of Recognition for Community Service from ASCE Student Services for activities conducted in 2012. The CEE Department thanks all its students for their hard work!

The TTU Civil and Environmental Engineering Department congratulates the TTU ASCE Student Chapter for their successful participation at the 2013 ASCE Southeastern Student Conference, held in Orlando, Florida March 14-16, 2013. Out of the 24 Universities participating across the various disciplines of Civil and Environmental Engineering, our TTU ASCE student chapter had the following notable achievements: Concrete Bocce Ball - 1st, Visual Display - 2nd, Environmental Engineering - 3rd, Hydraulics - 4th, and Concrete Canoe - 6th. The TTU Steel Bridge was also awarded the Company's Choice Award for the bridge design and construction most representative of real-world applications.

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Abebe Gebregiorgis and Abel Woldemichael. Abebe and Abel will receive NASA fellowships for one year to help fund their Ph.D. research. They are students of Faisal Hossain. There were approximately 300 applications in the earth sciences category and approximately 50 were funded. TTU is one of only 35 institutions to receive funding in the earth sciences division this year. The winning proposals are based on academic excellence of the students applying, scientific merit of the project, and the relevance of the proposals to NASA's objectives in earth and space science.

The Tennessee Concrete Association, TTU Water Center and TTU ASCE Student Chapter recently partnered to pour a 10x21' pervious concrete slab outside the East Stadium CEE Lab. To read more about this collaboration, please visit here.


Dr. Faisal Hossain has been awarded the 2012 Charles S. Falkenberg Award from the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Established in 2002 and jointly sponsored with the Earth Science Information Partnership (ESIP), the Falkenberg Award is named in honor of Charles S. Falkenberg, whose research focused on enabling practical applications of Earth science through data visualization and information technology. This award is given to a scientist under 45 years of age who has contributed to the quality of life, economic opportunities and stewardship of the planet through the use of Earth science information and to the public awareness of the importance of understanding our planet.

Dr. Faisal Hossain has been awarded a four-year grant from NASA titled “A Satellite-based Early Warning, Mapping and Post-Disaster Visualization System for Water Resources of Low-Lying Deltas of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region” in the amount of $765,106. The project, a collaboration with Ohio State University and Jet Propulsion Laboratory-Caltech, will pioneer capacity building tools and approaches using satellites for South Asian nations.

Abebe Gebregiorgis and Abel Woldemichael. These two CEE Ph.D. students have been awarded the prestigious NASA Earth and Space System Fellowship for the year 2012. These are the only federal education fellowships open to international students. Abebe (Satellite Rainfall Uncertainty Estimation across the Globe for Diverse Hydrologic Applications Using Readily Accessible Geophysical Features) and Abel (Understanding Atmospheric Rivers, Terrain and Anthropogenic Land Cover Changes on Storm Modification Around Large Dams Using Multi-Sensor Satellite Data, Cloud Tracking and Numerical Modeling) were selected out of a pool of 287 applicants. Tennessee has received three of these awards since the program started in the 1990s. All three recipients were civil engineering students at TTU. Dr. Faisal Hossain is the major advisor to both students.

Tau Beta Pi. Four civil engineering students were initiated into Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. Students are scholastically eligible by placing among the upper 12.5% of their junior class or among the upper 20% of their senior class. Congratulations to Shuhai Zhang, Daniel Keaton, Sarah Dillon, and Eric James.

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Dr. Faisal Hossain. Dr. Hossain has been chosen by the University of Connecticut Alumni Association as the Graduate of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D.). Dr. Hossain was chosen from a highly competitive group and will be honored for his achievements in October 2012 during Homecoming events at the University of Connecticut.

Student Research Day. the CEE department presented a total of 18 posters for the 7th University Research Day. Sixteen student presents manned the posters as time permitted. Dr. Kalyanapu and Dr. Matson were helpful in judging posters from other departments.

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Dr. Faisal Hossain. Dr. Hossain has been selected for a Fulbright scholar grant from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Dr. Hossain will working in Bangladesh during the 2012 - 2013 academic year.

Michelle Holm. Michelle has joined the CEE department as Administrative Associate 3. Michelle had previously worked for ME.

Dana Ives. Dana has taken a new position on campus. She will be working with finances in Enrollment Management.

Dr. Alfred Kalyanapu. Dr. Kalyanapu, who recently joined the CE faculty, attended the TBR Research Academy 2011-2012 on March 16 and graduated as the 2011-2012 TBR Research Fellow. He was one of four faculty representing TTU. He was awarded the certificate of recognition at the 2nd Annual Research Development Conference, by Dr. Paula Short, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, TBR Office of Academic Affairs.

Ms. Caitlin Moffitt. Ms. Moffitt has received the Gen. Robert Neyland Young Engineer of the Year Award from the Chattanooga Engineers Week Committee. This award recognizes young engineers who have made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and their communities during the early years of their career. Caitlin received both her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at TTU.

Mr. Kevin Young. Mr. Young, currently an Instructor in the CEE department, has been honored for his last project while working for J.R. Wauford & Company. The company won a Grand Award from ACEC (American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee) for its work on the Maryville Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in Maryville, Tennessee.

Dr. John Gordon. Retired faculty member John Gordon is one of the Engineers of Distriction who will be honored at this year's Engineering Week banquet. Dr. Gordon worked in the U.S. Public Health Service and TVA before beginning his teaching career at Tech in 1974.

Dr. Faisal Hossain. Dr. Hossain has been awarded the 2011 Caplenor Faculty Research Award. Dr. Hossain was awarded this prestigious award for his innovative work on the effects of dams and reservoirs on local climate, for developing new models for using satellites to monitor and improve the prediction of rainfall, and for raising awareness of international transboundary flood problems.

Debbie Skimmyhorn. Debbie retired September 30, 2011 after working for almost 30 years for the CEE department. Debbie plans to spend a great deal of time with her new grandchild, McKensie. We wish Debbie a wonderful retirement!

Dr. Ben Mohr. Dr. Mohr is the recipient of the 2011 Peter G. Hoadley Award for Outstanding Engineering Educator. This award is given by the Tennessee Section of ASCE to an educator who has made definite contributions to the education process and to the Society at the National, Section and/or Branch levels.

Mr. Jeff Holmes. Jeff has resigned as technician to take a supervisory position in the Putnam County School System maintenance department. We wish Jeff the best in his new position!

Dr. Faisal Hossain. Dr. Hossain traveled to Washington, D.C. recently at the invitation of a senior staff member in the U.S. House of Representative's Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment. There is a growing understanding of the impact on the environment from large water superstructures such as dams. Dr. Hossain has worked extensively in this area.

Dr. David Huddleston. Dr. Huddleston has returned as Chairperson of the CEE Department following a 3-year absence while he was serving as Interim Dean of the College of Engineering.

Dr. Daniel Badoe. Dr. Badoe has been appointed interim Chairperson for CEE for July and August, 2011.

Dr. X. Sharon Huo. Dr. Huo has been appointed interim Associate Provost for TTU. This one-year appointment started July 1

Dr. George Buchanan. It is with great sadness that we report that Dr. Buchanan passed on May 29, 2011. He will be missed by family, friends, students, and colleagues.

2011 ASCE Southeast Conference. The ASCE student chapter hosted this year's Southeast Conference March 24-26. The students worked diligently to ensure a smooth-running and pleasurable conference. Twenty-five schools participated in such events as concrete canoe racing, steel bridge design and building, balsa wood bridge, surveying and oral presentations. Tech placed 6th overall.

Tennessee Road Builders Association. Ten TTU civil engineering students have been given scholarships by the Tennessee Road Builders Association. The Association generously funds scholarships every year for students interested in transportation and road building aspects of civil engineering . Pictured below are members of the Association with 6 of the students.


Row 1: Sara Young, Kayla Kelly, Paige Harris, Jason Clements, III, Daniel Barbeau, Jr.
Row 2: Shelton Neill, Matthew Chance
Not pictured: Vu Nguyn, George Hamilton, Andrew Oliphant, Samantha Jeffries

Samantha Jeffries. CEE senior Samantha Jefferies has been awarded the 2011 Samuel Fletcher Tapman ASCE Student Chapter Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded based on the applicant's justification of award, educational plan, academic performance and standing, potential for development, leadership capacity, ASCE activities, and financial need.

Dr. Daniel Badoe. Dr. Badoe is one of two TTU faculty members who has been awarded the 2011 Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching. This award honors faculty members for service and excellence in the classroom.

Dr. Ben Mohr. Dr. Mohr is the 2011 recipient of the 2011 Kinslow Award for his research in concrete durability. The Kinslow Award is given annually for the best research paper written by an engineering faculty member and published in a refereed professional journal. Dr. Mohr's paper Influence of Bleed Water Reabsorption on Cement Paste Autogenous Deformation was published in Cement and Concrete Research.

ACI Outstanding University. Tennessee Tech has been named a 2010 Outstanding University by the American Concrete Institute (ACI). Tech is one of only 15 universities in the United States to receive this award. The ACI Award for University Student Activities was initiated to recognize universities that have participated in ACI-related activities.

Graduating Seniors, December 2010


Row 1: Dr. Crouch, Dr. Ryan, Dr. Huo, Dr. Click, Debbie Skimmyhorn
Row 2: Sara Deese, Dr. Liu, Travis Le, Drew Irons, Diana Woodcock
Row 3: Jeff Holmes, Aaron Crowley, Anthony Washington, Travis Bonar, Andrew Mathews, Jeffrey Beckett, Daniel Keaton, Jonathan Shoulders

Rebekah Kerley. Rebekah, a CEE senior and Fast-track student, has been awarded the 2011 ACEC Council of American Structural Engineers (CASE) of Tennessee Scholarship. Rebekah will now be qualified to compete for the National ACEC Scholarships. Only one CASE scholarship is given in the state of Tennessee by ACEC. Congratulations.

Randal Petty. (BS 1989, MS 1990) Randal, a senior project manager in the TVA's Power System Operation's Electric System Projects group has been nominated, and now named as one of the ten finalists for the 2011 Federal Engineer of the Year Award. This award is sponsored by Professional Engineers in Government and is awarded to an engineer employed by a federal agency that employs at least 50 engineers worldwide. Candidates are nominated by their own agency. The award winner is selected by a panel of judges who consider engineering achievements, education, continuing education, professional/technical society activities, NSPE membership, awards and honors, and civic and humanitarian activities. Congratulations to Randal.

Randal Petty. (BS 1989, MS 1990) Randal, a senior project manager in the TVA's Power System Operation's Electric System Projects group has been honored as TVA's Ike Zeringue Engineer of the Year. The award is named for TVA's retired President and Chief Operating Officer, Ike Zeringue, and is the highest honor given to a TVA engineer. He was nominated for directing the design and construction of a transmission-infrastructure project which presented unique engineering challenges and incorporated environmental friendly concepts, saving TVA about $15 million.

Samantha Jeffries. Senior CEE student Samanta Jeffries has been awarded a $1000 scholarship from the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Highway Engineers. This is one of only three scholarships given in the state. The recipient must be working toward a career in the highway industry.

Amy Boyd Spann. Amy has been selected as the Young Engineer of the Year by the Nashville Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers. Amy is a registered PE in five states as well as a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. She has worked for Ensafe, Inc. in Nashville since graduating from TTU in 1998. She has managed many significant projects in that time including a multi-million dollar expansion of the Jack Daniels' Distillery. Amy was recently appointed by the City of Brentwood to an Environmental Quality Coordinating Committee where she served as vice-chair.

Chattanooga Roadshow. The CEE Department hosted a luncheon meeting in Chattanooga on October 21, 2010 for TTU graduates and friends. The purpose was to acquaint alumni with new developments in the CEE department, to encourage participation in upcoming CEE sponsored events, to talk about the CEE Advisory Board and the CEE Alumni Association, and to hear plans for the 2011 ASCE Southeast Student Conference that TTU will host in March, 2011.


Dr. Daniel Badoe. Dr. Badoe has been awarded a TDOT subgrant through the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The $27, 750 grant is titled "Development of a Tennessee Travel Demand Model Users' Group" and will run from Jun 1, 2010 through December 31, 2012.

Dr. L. K. Crouch. Dr. Crouch has been awarded $130,000 from TDOT for a project titled "Higher Volume Fly Ash (HVFA) Portland Concrete Cement (PCC) for Sustainability and Performance."

Dr. Benjamin Mohr. Dr. Mohr has secured a $300,000 National Science Foundation project titled "Nanoscale Characterization of Expansion Due to Delayed Ettringite Formation." This is a three year project.

Cameron Williams. CEE graduate student Cameron Williams, has been selected to present his paper, titled "Annual Average Daily Traffic Forecasting for Rural Roads" at the Tennessee Section Institute of Transportation Engineers in Chattanooga, TN on Friday, August 6, 2010. Cameron worked on this paper in Dr. Daniel Badoe's class, Transportation Demand Analysis.

Graduating Seniors, May 2010


Row 1 : Dana Alexander, Mary Jones, Megan Kentner, Peter Soliman, Tony Guirgis, David Duncan
Row 2 : Lindsay Bryant, Robert Evans, Ryan Clark, Chris Tucker, Ryan Frye
Row 3 : Brandon Ubelhor, Jubal Parris, Joseph Sanford, Angela Biney
Row 4 : Dr. Huo, Dr. Henderson, Kyle Mason, Dr. Ryan, Travis Hamby
Row 5 : Dr. Tolbert, Dr. Mohr , Dr. Weathers
Row 6 : Dr. Liu, Dr. Badoe, Dr. Click

Tennessee Road Builders Association. Once again, the Tennessee Road Builders Association has generously funded scholarships for civil engineering students at Tennessee Tech. This year 13 students were selected to receive these scholarships.


First Row: William Scott, Ryan Ankabrandt, Megan Crum, Sara Beth Hawkins

Second Row: Jordan Matthews, Grady Stout, Blake Francis,Zachary Moore
Third Row: Ben Fennel, Kassam Bhegani, Andrew Gunnels
Not available for picture: Samantha Jeffries, Matthew Chance

Student Research Day. The CEE department had the highest number of student participants in the 2010 Student Research Day. There were 5 undergraduate, 9 MS, and 5 PhD students presenting posters on their research. Award winners in each category were: Linsay Smith (BS), Caitlin Balthrop (MS), and Abebe Gebregiorgis (PhD).


Row 1: Ahmed Degu, Siddique E. Akbor, Abebe Gebregiorgis, Cayce Grissom, Steven Matheny, Lindsay Smith

Row 2: Beth Boden, Joshua Ojo, Abel Tadesse, Jaob Van Dyke, Merlin Shepard, Ryan Clark, Tim Harrell, Daniel Keaton

Emily Epperson. Emily is one of two students in Tennessee to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee. ACEC of Tennessee has awarded an annual scholarship since 2003. Emily has won the first ACEC scholarship to be awarded in structures. As a state winner, Emily will now be eligible to compete for a national scholarship.


Emily Epperson stands with Dr. David Huddleston, Interim Dean of the College of Engineering

ASCE Southeastern Conference. TTU civil engineering students once again did a great job at the Southeastern Conference, held this year in Auburn, Alabama. Tech placed 5th overall out of 24 universities. In individual competitions, Tech placed second in Visual Display and Professional Paper and third in Crash Attenuator and Construction.

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Graduating Seniors, December 2009.


Row 1: Dr. Noel Tolbert, Dr. Faisal Hossain, Dr. David Huddleston, Dr. Edmund Ryan, Dr. Sharon Huo, Dr. Steven Click
Row 2: Timothy Harrell, Brittany Harris, Cayce Grissom, Amanda Simmons, Joshua Neal, Gregory Woerdeman, Scott Williams, Dr. Jane Liu, Debbie Skimmyhorn, Jeff Holmes
Row 3: Matthew Metzger, Brandon Boyd, Nicholas Ethridge, Gregory Browning, Daniel Kennedy, Joshua Cooke, Jeffrey Wilson, Spencer Strickland

Faisal Hossain. The National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) has selected Dr. Hossain's SASWE (Sustainability, Satellites, Water, and Environment) Research Group for a 2010 National Environmental Excellence Award. The award will be presented in Atlanta Georgia, on April 29, 2010 at the 2010-NAEP National Conference.

Lindsay Smith. CEE senior Lindsay Smith has won the 2009 Samuel Fletcher Tapman ASCE Award. This award is very competitive, with only 12 awarded nationally. Winners are selected on the basis of educational excellence, an essay and two letters of recommendation. Dr. Benjamin Mohr is Lindsay's advisor.

FE. The results for the April 2009 FE exam are excellent. CEE students achieved a 92% pass rate. Congratulations, April 2009 graduates.

Graduating Seniors, May 2009 (with faculty)


Row 1: Travis Lloyd, Bethany Smith, Lacey Kelley, Dr. Sharon Huo (Interim Chairperson)
Row 2: Steven Matheny, Caitlin Balthrop, Barja Zorco, Steven McGill
Row 3: Jacob Ramsay, Phillip Dunham, Domi Tepe, Dr. Steven Click
Row 4: Martin Medley, Robert Roecker, Christopher Smith, Dr. Edmund Ryan
Row 5: Nathan Melson, Jon Chamblee, Dr. Daniel Badoe
Row 6: Jeff Holmes (technician), Jed Henry, Dr. Faisal Hossain

Dr. Steven Click. Dr. Click and 5 CEE students organized an Introduction to Engineering Day on May 11, 2009 for 6th, 7th and 8th graders from Wilson Middle School in Hanging Limb, TN. This was an excellent opportunity for young students to see engineering theory and practices. Mechanical and Chemical Engineering students participated as well.


Bottom: Arnold Balthrom (ME), Sangappa Shamanur (CEE)
Top: Caitlin Balthrop, Nathan Melson, Bethany Smith (CEE)

Caitlin Balthrop and Bethany Smith. CEE graduating seniors, Caitlin and Bethany were chosen for the department's Senior Student Service Award. The department faculty presents this award to students in recognition of the numerous extra-curricular activities that have been of service and benefit to the department. Congratulations!

Faisal Hossain. Dr. Hossain was awarded the outstanding New Faculty Research Award by the Southeast Section of the American Society of Engineering Education. The award ceremony took place at the annual ASEE SE Conference in Marietta, Georgia where Dr. Hossain was given a medal and a cash award.

Elizabeth Boden. CEE Student Beth Boden has been selected as a finalist for the 2009 Derryberry Award.

ASCE Student Chapter. Tech's student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) participated in the 2009 Southeast Student Conference hosted by Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 27 and 28. Our chapter participated in all 14 events and placed 1st in Balsa Wood Design, and 3rd in Visual Display, Steel Bridge Display, and Professional Paper. Overall, Tech placed 4th (out of 25 participating universities).

The goal of ranking in the top 5 in the conference was exceeded and made possible by the efforts of the students, faculty and staff. The student chapter is anticipating another successful year in 2010.

Mr. Chris Berry. Chris Berry, B.S. 2008, has been selected as TTU's representative at the Graduate Education Week in Nashville. Chris will display a poster of his research, meet with legislators, and sit-in on a meeting with one of the legislative committees. This event will give Tech an opportunity to highlight its research and stress the importance of graduate education. Chris is working towards a M.S. under the direction of Dr. Steven Click.

Mr. Gerald Ross. Mr. Gerald Ross, B.S. 1982, has been named Interim Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation by the State Transportation Board. Mr. Ross has spent his entire career at the Georgia DOT. Mr. Ross held positions in the Office of Traffic Operations and the Office of Urban Design before accepting the position of Assistant to the Chief Engineer in 1999. In 2002 he was selected for the position of State Road and Airport Design Engineer. In 2005 he was appointed Division Director of Planning, Data and Intermodal Development and in 2007 he was appointed to the position of Chief Engineer.

Dr. L. K. Crouch. Mr. Bob Melton, Executive Director of the Masonry Institute of Tennessee presented Dr. Crouch with a check for $1,500 for a research project entitled "Greener" Grout for Masonry. Dr. Crouch's CEE 5600 Construction Materials II class will conduct the research.

FE Results. The results for the October 2008 FE Exam are excellent. The December 2008 graduates are to be congratulated on achieving a 100% pass rate.

Joshua Paz. Joshua, a CEE junior, has been selected as the Scholar-Athlete of the Game and will be given the award January 17, 2009 at the women's basketball game. Joshua played tight end his first year on the Tech football team and moved to wide receiver for the 2008 season. Congratulations, Joshua.

Ms. Ling Tang. Ling Tang, a Ph.D. student has been awarded the prestigious NASA Earth System Science Fellowship. Her research involves solving the paradox of rainfall error estimation over remote regions. Her advisor is Dr. Faisal Hossain.

Dr. Faisal Hossain. Dr. Hossain has been awarded the prestigious NASA New Investigator Program Award for his three-year proposal titled, "Advancing the Hydrologic Potential of NASA's TRMM-based Rainfall Estimation System for Global Flood Monitoring in Anticipation of GPM." He was one of the 18 selected nationally.

Dr. R. Noel Tolbert. Dr. Noel Tolbert retired at the end of the Fall 2007 semester after 28 years of service to the department. Our best wishes to Dr. Tolbert.

Dr. Faisal Hossain. Dr. Hossain has been awarded two one-year NASA grants titled "GPM Data Integration in HEC-HMS for Flood Mapping" ($64,655) and "Validating GPM for SERVIR in South America" ($30,000). Both projects are in collaboration with the University of Mississippi's Department of Geological Engineering during 2007-2008.

Dr. David Huddleston. Dr. Huddleston will be serving as Interim Dean of the College of Engineering while a national search for a Dean is conducted.

Dr. Sharon Huo. Dr. Sharon Huo will be serving as the Interim Chairperson of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department while Dr. David Huddleston is serving as Interim Dean of the College of Engineering.

Steven Click. Dr. Steven Click has been awarded a 1-year, $100,000 grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation for the project "Application of Non-Traditional Interchange Treatments to Improve Interchange Quality of Service and Preserve the Service Life of Narrow Over-and Underpass Roadways."

Caitlin Balthrop. Caitlin Balthrop, a CEE junior, has been selected to participate in a NSF-sponsored field trip to Ethiopia in the summer of 2007. The 5 week-long trip involves taking hydrologic measurements and interacting with other students from the US and Ethiopia in understanding semi-arid hydrology of the Nile River Basin. Caitlin is currently engaged in conducting undergraduate research on understanding the hydro-politics of flood forecasting in international river basins under the guidance of Dr. Faisal Hossain.

Dr. Vincent Neary. Dr. Neary has been selected to receive a non-instructional faculty assignment for the Spring 2008 semester. Dr. Neary will be collaborating with Dr. George Constantinescu at the University of Iowa. Their research project is Investigation of Coherent Structures and Spatial Inhomogeneities in Vegetated Channel Flows.

Dr. Benjamin Mohr. Dr. Mohr is the recipient of the 2007 TTU Sigma Xi Research Award. This award was granted for his paper "Microstructural and Chemical Effects of Wet/Dry Cycling on Pulp Fiber-Cement Composites" published in Cement and Concrete Research.

He is also one of the ORAU Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards.

He was also honored as the 2nd place recipient of the ASEE Southeastern Section New Faculty Research Award. Congratulations, Dr. Mohr.

Dr. Steven Click. Dr. Click is the recipient of the 2007 TTU Exemplary Course Award recognizing his work with CEE 4640/5640, Highway Engineering. This award recognizes the effective use of technology to enhance student learning. Congratulations, Dr. Click.

Dr. K. Larry Roberts. Dr. Roberts is retiring at the end of Fall Semester 2006 after 27 years at Tennessee Tech. Our best wishes to Dr. Roberts.

Dr. L.K. Crouch has been selected as the 2006-2007 recipient of the Caplenor Award for excellence in research. Dr. Crouch has consistently excelled throughout his TTU career and this is a recognition that is well-deserved.

Dr. Faisal Hossain has been awarded a 3-year, $522,000 NASA grant for a proposal titled "Defining Optimality Criteria for the Effective Use of Satellite Precipitation Datasets in Land Surface Hydrology and Water Cycle Studies." This proposal was submitted in collaboration with the University of Connecticut, with the funding divided between the two universities.

Dr. Faisal Hossain is also co-PI on the project "Application of St. Louis Bay Water Quality Model to Develop TMDLs for Tributaries" funded by CDM to support the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

Jonathan Schwenk, a senior CEE student, has taken part in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Clarkson University in summer 2006 on Environmental Chemistry. Congratulations, Jon!

Dr. Benjamin Mohr has been awarded a 3-year, $220,767 NSF research grant for "Transport Kinetics of internal Curing Water in High Performance Concretes."

Dr. L. K. Crouch has been awarded a 2-year, $192,508 FHWA grant for "Rapid Repair of Highway and airfield Pavements."

Dr. Steven Click has been awarded a 1-year, $23,819 grant funded by USDOT through the Mack-Blackwell Rural Transportation Center at the University of Arkansas for "Improved Traffic Signal Efficiency in Rural Areas Through the Use of Variable Maximum Green Time."

Dr. Faisal Hossain has been selected as an Associate Editor for the Journal American Water Resources Association. He will be handling manuscript submissions on Artificial intelligence and Advanced Computing in Water Resources Management for the journal.

Nitin Katiyar. Nitin, a CEE graduate student working for Dr. Faisal Hossain, has been awarded an Ivanhoe Fellowship. Mr. Ivanhoe spent the majority of his working years in developing countries and experienced the plight of water-deprived localities. The Ivanhoe Foundation is set up to assist foreign students working toward water-related degrees at the Master's level in U.S. universities. Congratulations, Nitin.

ASCE. Six members of ASCE, accompanied by Jeff Holmes, technician, traveled to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City to participate in the ASCE/AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition May 25-27, 2006. Bridges were judged on construction speed, lightness, aesthetics, stiffness, economy, and efficiency. Tech placed 32nd in stiffness and aesthetics; and 38th in the other categories. This was the first time Tech had been invited to participate in this event.

Amanda Harris. Amanda, graduate student of Dr. Faisal Hossain, was selected to participate in the 2005 Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute (NHRI) International Water Science Camp to be held in Nanjing, China in June of this year. This is an excellent professional and cultural opportunity for her. Congratulations for being selected.

Chi Epsilon. Ten members of Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering honor society) spent Saturday, April 22, 2006, helping to build a Habitat for Humanity home in Cookeville. They worked primarily on building the deck for the house. All agreed that it was a worthwhile project - it gave them valuable construction experience and it helped the community effort to make affordable housing available to deserving people.

ASCE. The student chapter of ASCE has placed THIRD in the Southeastern Conference held March 30 - April 1, 2006. In individual competitions, Tech placed first in transportation, second in concrete strength, and third in visual display and steel bridge. The steel bridge qualified to participate in the ASCE National Student Steel Bridge Competition to be held in May.

Dr. Faisal Hossain. The School of Engineering graduate committee at the University of Connecticut has chosen Dr. Hossain as the recipient of the 2005 Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Award.