Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department e-Newsletter

Vol. 3, Issue 2
CEE Department Chair Brett F. Sanders, Ph.D.  

Brett SandersDear friends,


As the academic year comes to a close, attention turns to graduation and I am reminded of the extraordinary students who have progressed through our degree programs and are now ready for the next steps in their careers. Our graduating class is among the strongest ever. This year in civil engineering, 112 students will earn a B.S. degree, 28 will earn M.S. degrees, and 23 will earn Ph.D. degrees. M.S. and Ph.D students in civil engineering study in one of three areas: structures; transportation; and hydrology and water resources. In environmental engineering this year, seven students will earn a B.S. degree, six will earn M.S. degrees, and six will earn Ph.D degrees. In total, 182 students will graduate from CEE@UCI this year.


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Center tracks precipitation planetwideSoroosh  



Distinguished Professor Soroosh Sorooshian, Ph.D., director of the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing, can tell at a glance how much rain is falling across the entire planet. His team can also supply data that zooms in to a level of 16 square kilometers, showing not only that it's raining in Japan but that somewhere in Kyoto an area roughly the size of the UC Irvine campus is being drenched. Best of all, the information can be accessed by anyone at no cost and can be widely shared.




Story: Janet Wilson, University Communications
Photo: Steve Zylius, University Communications 


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On the night of June 20, 1990, 8-year-old Behrouz Shafei was up late watching soccer on TV when his world suddenly convulsed. A 7.4 magnitude earthquake centered some 150 miles from his home in Tehran claimed more than 40,000 lives.


"It was my first inspiration to study natural hazards," Shafei says. "Like California, Iran is a high-seismic area. I wanted to contribute to society in a meaningful way that crosses borders and nationalities. Natural disasters do not recognize manmade boundaries."



Story: Susan Goulding, University Communications
Photo: Michelle S. Kim, University Communications 

Geological Society Selects Famiglietti as Distinguished Lecturer 


Earth System Science and CEE Professor James "Jay" Famiglietti, Ph.D., has been named the Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer for 2012 by the Geological Society of America's hydrogeology division. The award is granted annually by a panel of former lecturers. There are no applications; the winner - who gives 40 to 50 talks worldwide - is selected based on research excellence and ability to communicate. "This award is a great honor and is in recognition of your outstanding research achievements in modeling and remote sensing of the terrestrial and global water cycle," wrote previous winner Susan Hubbard in a letter notifying Famiglietti. "The committee was also impressed with your skills as a speaker, and we think you'd be a wonderful good-will ambassador." Famiglietti hopes to lecture in regions shown by his team's research to be facing considerable water stress: the Middle East, Southern Europe, India, China, Australia and parts of Africa.


Maria Feng Receives Best Paper Award from European Conference on Antennas and Propagation
Maria Feng  

Chancellor's Professor Maria Feng, Ph.D., co-authored a paper that was awarded the Best Antenna Measurement Paper Award at the 5th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation held in Rome, Italy. The paper, titled "Microwave Non-Destructive Evaluation of Corrosion in Reinforced Concrete Structures," was co-authored by Gemma Roqueta and her advisor Luis Jofre from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

Roqueta was a visiting graduate student at UC Irvine for several months working with Feng on this topic.


Professor Diego Rosso Awarded the Honor Award for Excellence in Environmental Engineering by AAEE Diego Rosso

Assistant Professor Diego Rosso, Ph.D., was awarded the Honor Award for Excellence in Environmental Engineering by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) for the project, "Oxygen transfer and uptake, nutrient removal, and energy footprint of parallel full-scale IFAS and activated sludge processes." This project involved the UCI Environmental Process Laboratory and the consulting team of Hazen and Sawyer, P.C. The results of this project were presented in January at the International Water Association-Water Environment Federation Conference on Nutrient Removal in Miami, Fla. Also, a paper containing the project results and discussion was submitted to the journal Water Research.


Distinguished Professor Soroosh Sorooshian and Undergraduate Student Honored by ESCSoroosh Sorooshian

Distinguished Professor Soroosh Sorooshian, Ph.D., was one of five faculty members honored by The Henry Samueli School of Engineering's Engineering Student Council (ESC) at its annual Engineering Awards Banquet during the National Engineers Week celebration. ESC also named civil and environmental engineering major Jay Go as one of five undergraduate students of the year.

Nominations were made by engineering students, faculty and staff, and the winners were selected by the Engineering Presidents' Council of the ESC, which consists of the presidents of engineering student organizations on campus.


Farzin Zareian Honored with Celebration of Teaching Award

Farzin Zareian

Assistant Professor Farzin Zareian, Ph.D., will be honored for excellence in undergraduate teaching in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the 18th Annual Celebration of Teaching Awards, presented by the UC Irvine Division of Undergraduate Education, the Senate Council on Student Experience, and the Teaching, Learning and Technology Center.   


Zareian's research includes analytical and experimental studies in structural and earthquake engineering with emphasis on performance-based earthquake engineering. His research interests also include collapse analysis, structural reliability and structural control.   

STUDENT HONORS               

Sarah Quiggle 

Sarah Quiggle, a first-year graduate student studying transportation systems engineering, has been awarded a Brython Davis Fellowship from the UC Irvine Graduate Division.  Quiggle, advised by Professor Wilfred Recker, Ph.D., researches public transit and non-motorized transit at the Institute of Transportation Studies. Quiggle earned her B.S. in civil engineering from UC Davis in 2010. The Brython Davis Fellowship is open only to those whose parent is currently or was a regular member of either the United States Navy or Marine Corps. Quiggle's father, Charles Allen, is a retired member of the U.S. Navy.


Nasrin Nasrollahi, a Ph.D. candidate under the guidance of Distinguished Professor Soroosh Sorooshian, Ph.D., in the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing, has been selected as one of 50 participants in the 2011 American Meteorological Society Summer Policy Colloquium in Washington, D.C., June 5-14, 2011.
Peter the Anteater (Left)

Pasha Ameli, a graduate student under the advisement of Assistant Professor Russell Detwiler, Ph.D., was selected to receive an Outstanding Student Paper Award by the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Ameli presented his poster, "Micromechanical modeling of the normal deformation of rough-walled fractures: The influence of local damage evens on macroscopic properties" at the 2010 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.  




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