2011-12 awards, honorable mentions and great accomplishments of our CEE faculty and students

Clay Naito

Clay Naito's tsunami research was featured on The Discovery Channel and in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Naito filed this blog from the site of the Tohoku Earthquake in June 2011.

Shamim Pakzad was appointed as a panelist to a committee that advised the National Research Council on the future of earthquake engineering funding in the U.S.

After receiving a Fulbright Environmental Leadership Award for his work in fluoride and arsenic remediation, Arup SenGupta spent six months in the Center for Sustainable Technologies at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India.

Jim Ricles

Jim Ricles
and Ph.D. candidate Ying-Cheng Lin were appointed by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute to an expert team investigating the Virginia earthquake of August 23, 2011.

A paper written by Muhannad Suleiman, "Measuring the Soil-Structure Interaction of Laterally Loaded Piles," was the first runner-up in the 2011 Young Professor Paper Competition sponsored by the Deep Foundations Institute Educational Trust.

Rick Weisman

Rick Weisman chaired "Global Citizenship in Practice," a United Nations Academic Impact Conference held at Lehigh in March. The meeting was the UNAI's first gathering on the topic, and featured speakers engaged in education, civil society and business.

Dan Frangopol and his former doctoral student, Nader Okasha '10, won the prestigious ASCE Wellington Prize for their research on the life-cycle of transportation infrastructure.

Sibel Pamukcu

Sibel Pamukcu traveled to Utrecht, The Netherlands in July to give the keynote address at the 10th Symposium on Electrokinetic Remediation (EREM).

Lehigh Environmental Advisory Group members Derick Brown and Kristen Jellison, together with students Tyler Tobin '12, Katelyn Larkin '12, Lauren Zell '12, and Dan Coviello '13, represented CEE on the LU Campus Sustainability Plan 2012.

Steel Bridge Competition

The Lehigh team took third place in the ASCE/AISC Mid-Atlantic Student Steel Bridge Competition, besting crosstown rival Lafayette and seven other schools. The bridge held a vertical load of 1,100 pounds with a deflection of 0.01" and a lateral load of 50 pounds with a lateral deflection of 0.42". Kudos to Dan McLaughlin '13, Ralph (Richard) Missimer '12, Anthony Wheeler '12G, David Crowley '12, Hung Do '14, Andrew Hansen '14, JP (Carlos) Hohl '12, Carley Miller '12, Mallory Nigro '12, and Cristina Ponte '12. Jen Gross advises the club.

American Academy of Environmental Engineers

A Lehigh U. chapter of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) was established; the club will next pursue national designation.

The AAEE recently confirmed Arup SenGupta as a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE). The designation is a testament to SenGupta's eminence in the specialty of environmental sustainability, and earns him a listing in the Academy's publication, Who's Who in Environmental Engineering®.

Stephen Pessiki was appointed by The Franklin Institute to its Committee on Science and the Arts.

Sibel Pamukcu

The graduate-student team of Xiang Li '12G, Benjin Zhu, Mohamed Soliman and Feng Shi won $750 for placing second in the Zone 5 Big Beam Competition sponsored by PCI. A second team, comprised of Matthew Young, Kyle Sidle, Newt Rogers and Ernest Maiteri (all M.Eng. Class of 2011) tied for third place, which earned an award of $500. Both teams were supported by PCI producer Northeast Prestressed Products and advised by Clay Naito.

Dan Frangopol

Dan Frangopol presented the Wenyuan Lecture, titled "Life-Cycle Reliability, Risk and Resilience of Civil Infrastructure Systems," at Tongji University in Shanghai. He was also elected the first honorary member of the newly formed China Group of the International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety (IABMAS).

Thirteen CEE undergraduates were recognized for GPAs of 3.6 or higher at this year's Honors Convocation.

Dorvash and Pakzad

The Society for Experimental Mechanics awarded Siavash Dorvash, a Ph.D. candidate
in structural engineering, the 2012 D. J. Michele Scholarship Award. Dorvash is advised by Shamim Pakzad.

Jim Ricles was appointed team leader by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute to lead a team investigating the damage to steel structures in Japan caused by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. The reconnaissance
took place in June 2011 and was published in an EERI report.

Yi Dong

Geotechnical Ph.D. candidates Ehsan Ghazanfari, Thomas Hai Lin, Yi Dong, and M.S. candidate Alla Miroshnik presented papers at Geo-Congress 2012 in San Francisco. Ghazanfari and Dong also presented at the 2011 NSF CMMI Conference in Atlanta. Dong (pictured) received an NSF student fellowship to attend the 2011 event.

Frank Artmont

Frank Artmont, '12, received a $1,500 scholarship from the Susquehanna Chapter of the Association for Bridge Construction and Design for his essay on the state of the Pennsylvania infrastructure. The Presidential Scholar also won both the John B. Carson Prize and the Bill Hardy Memorial Prize for exceptional character, scholastic achievement and leadership qualities.

Dan Frangopol was named an inaugural fellow of The Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE for leadership in structural engineering.

Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney, '12, won the American Society of Civil Engineers Prize for outstanding scholarship during his senior year. Ken served as both the vice president of the ASCE student chapter and president of the Lehigh chapter of Chi Epsilon for the academic year 2011-12.

Tau Beta Pi

John Archibald '13, Hillary Brooker '13, Patrick Burke '12, Victoria Caruso '14, Wesley Huseman '13, Evan Mullen '14, Kenneth Sweeney, '12, and Fan Yu '13 were inducted into to the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society this year.

Lisa Vienckowski

Building Design + Construction magazine reported the scholarship awarded to M.Eng. in structural engineering student Lisa Vienckowski, '12G by the Thornton Tomasetti Foundation.

Frank Artmont

Kelsey Sheridan '12 and Carley Miller '12 brought CEE its second straight "People's Choice" Award at the 2012 Undergraduate Research Symposium. The two structural engineering students were advised by Shamim Pakzad.

Frank Artmont

Rebecca Herkes '12, Megan Toumanios '12, graduate student Thomas Hai Lin and Ph.D. candidate Thomas Matarazzo '12G, were inducted as new members of Sigma Xi in 2012.

Kristen Jellison

Kristen Jellison
was honored with a Class of 1961 Professorship for 2012-14. The award recognizes associate-level professors who have shown distinction in teaching, research and service.

A paper written by Elizabeth (Wolyniak) DeCesare, a Ph.D. candidate co-advised by Kristen Jellison, took second place in the Academic Achievement Award for Doctoral Dissertation competition sponsored by the American Water Works Association.

Muhannad Suleiman

Muhannad Suleiman was appointed to a P.C. Rossin Assistant Professorship for 2012-14. The professorships recognize outstanding individuals in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering who demonstrate high potential for establishing a successful academic career through the integration of teaching and service, as well as show a clear interest in interdisciplinary research.

Dan Frangopol became the only U. S. expert named to a 12-member international team tasked with evaluating
institutes at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. In June, Frangopol will join a team of eight experts evaluating research departments at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm.

Junior Fellows

The new 2012 Rossin Junior Fellows named from CEE are Sarah Early '14, Evan Mullen '14, and Kimberly Hetrick '14. They join returning CEE Junior Fellows John Archibald '13, Lucia Giron '13, Neal Melchionni '12 and Alexander Zook '13. Rossin Junior Fellows support RCEAS recruitment, peer education and community service programs.

PhD Fellows

The new 2012 Rossin Doctoral Fellows named from CEE are Lynal Albert, Thomas Hai Lin, Xia Luo, Golnaz Shahidi, Mohamed Soliman, Ebrahim Tahmasebi and Patrick Trasborg. They join returning CEE Doctoral Fellows Nathan Chancellor, Yi Dong, Ehsan Ghazanfari, Ying-Cheng Lin, Haiying Ma and Julie Napotnik. The Rossin Doctoral Fellowship program awards Ph.D. candidates who are interested in pursuing academic careers.

ASCE Geo-Institute

ASCE granted Lehigh a charter to establish a Geo-Institute Graduate Student Organization this year. The GSO is a student-led body that functions to enhance the educational and professional experiences of geotechnical engineering students at Lehigh.

Mary Nunley

Mary Nunley '12 was the inaugural recipient of the Pearsall Prize, an award established
to honor the female undergraduate student who best exemplifies the attributes that Deborah Pearsall '12 embodied throughout her life.

Engineers Without Borders

The Lehigh Chapter of Engineers Without Borders traveled to the community of La Fragosa, Honduras in January and May to continue work on the design phase of the club's second water treatment and distribution project. EWB is co-advised by CEE engineering technician Dan Zeroka, who accompanied the club on both trips, and CEE faculty members Rick Weisman and Kristen Jellison.

Civil engineering junior Nathan Hunt played for the Lehigh men's lacrosse team this year. Following a record-breaking season, the team is ranked #9 in the final Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Seventh-seeded Lehigh shattered a school record for wins while advancing to its first-ever NCAA Tournament.

CEE congratulates the Class of 2012, and recognizes our honor students:

Frank Artmont and Kristen Peterson, who graduated this year with highest academic honors.

Patrick Burke, Katherine Pierce, Kenneth Sweeney and Megan Toumanios, who graduated this year with high academic honors.

Kristen Falotico, Andrew Faris, Eliane Kirschbaum, Michelle LaSorda, Andrew Lucibello, Neal Melchionni, Carley Miller, Julia Pieper and Luciana Trabanino, who graduated this year with honors.

Class of 2012

Pictured above: Patrick Burke and family; Megan Toumanios; Carley Miller and Prof. Stephen Pessiki; (L-R) Ken Sweeney,
Kristen Peterson and Frank Artmont