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Civil and Environmental Engineering e-News

 

                                             
   May
, 2013

In This Issue
Message from the CEE Departmet Head
News
Student News
Alumni News
Faculty News
 

 

Message from the CEE Department Head

Dr. Molly Gribb

 

Greetings alumni and friends:

 

This weekend we bid our graduating seniors and MSCE students adieu and welcome them as alumni. 

Congratulations, graudates!

 

 

It's been a busy semester and there's lots to report. We hope you will enjoy this newsletter and send us news of your own to share. To our newest graduates: don't forget to sign up below so that you can continue to receive CEE e-newsletters.

 

 

Finally, many thanks to Dr. Surovek and MSCE student Stephen Kilber for producing the electronic student and alumni newsletters this academic year. They've done a great job.

  

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Wilson to Lead SDSM&T as President

The South Dakota Board of Regents announced on April 26, 2013 that Dr. Heather Wilson, a former member of Congress, Rhodes Scholar and small business owner who has worked with large defense and scientific companies, will become the 19th president of the School of Mines. Dr. Wilson succeeds the late Dr. Robert Wharton, who passed away in September. She will begin her duties on the Rapid City campus in June. Since last fall, Dr. Duane Hrncir, provost and vice president for academic affairs on the Mines campus, has served as the acting president. For more information about Dr. Wilson, photos and commentary, visit the SDSM&T Home Page.

 

RESPEC Invests in Undergraduate Research at SDSM&T:

RESPEC Consulting & Services recently committed to donating $250,000 over the next five years to SDSM&T. The established RESPEC Undergraduate Research Grant Program will provide research opportunities for undergraduates in all departments. In 1969, RESPEC was founded in Rapid City by five SDSM&T professors. Now RESPEC has eight other offices throughout the United States with annual revenues of over $25 million. It is an acclaimed national leader in mining and energy, water and natural resources, and information technologies. Currently, 33 alumni are employed by RESPEC. The first recipient of the undergraduate research program will be CEE student Aditya Chivukula Venkata, who will work with Dr. Bora Cetin to study the potential for use of high carbon content ash as an additive to  mine tailings to reduce the leaching potential of contaminants. Read more about this exciting project here

 

GCC Donates Research Equipment Valued at $136,000 at the 49th Annual Concrete Conference 

GCC of America, Inc. has presented to the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology two pieces of state-of-the art concrete testing equipment valued at $136,000. The donation was made during the recent 49th Annual Concrete Conference, which attracted more than 100 professionals in all phases of the concrete industry.

 

GCC, which produces cement, concrete and coal products, donated an X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer and an X-Ray Diffractometer, which students and faculty members in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will use in research and development and in identifying and characterizing substances in concrete, cement and other materials.

 

"We're very pleased to continue our support of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology with this donation. It will help the university continue to be a leader with respect to education and research," said Mark Lukkarila, technical services director for GCC of America, headquartered in Denver. 

 

Willie the Whale is Unveiled!

Andy Herrmann, immediate past national president of ASCE, visited the SDSM&T student chapter in November 2012.  Mr. Herrmann helped the student chapter unveil the new Willie the Whale structure in Storybook Island on Nov. 14th. This structure is representative of the student chapter's commitment to the community; it is a combination of hundreds of hours of student labor and significant contributions from local from the local community. 

Andy Herrmann (center) Unveils Willie the Whale on Behalf of the ASCE Student Chapter and Storybook Island

CEE Alumni Part of "Real World" Advice Panel

Three CEE alumni were part of a panel discussion on Feb. 26th entitled "What I Wish I'd Known before Working in Industry." Todd Kenner (CE '83), President of RESPEC; Molly Williams (CE '10, CM '11), U.S. Forest Service; and Bridget McDougall (CE '11), FourFront Design shared advice on being successful in the "real world" of work. The focus of this discussion was for alumni to pass on helpful information to current Mines students.

 

In Memoriam

 

Civil Engineering is saddened by the recent loss of two alumni:

Centenarian alumnus Emiel E. "Bud" Belzer II (CE '34) passed away in March at Westhills Village Care Center in Rapid City.  Bud was born in 1912 in De Smet, SD, and graduated from SDSM&T in Civil Engineering in 1934.  Bud was very proud of family, including second and third generation Mines alumni son Emiel E. (Buddy) Belzer III (CE '74) and grandson Brett Emiel Belzer (CE '10).  The complete memorial and online guestbook is available via the Osheim & Schmidt Webpage.

 

Dr. Wayne F. Echelberger, Jr. (CE '56) earned his B.S. degree at SDSM&T and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan.  His teaching, research and administrative career spanned almost four decades at five universities, including the University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame, Indiana University, University of Texas at El Paso and the University of South Florida.  He authored and co-authored more than 80 publications and presented more than 30 invited lectures.  He was a recipient and a Diplomat in the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.
Wayne served for more than ten years as a member of the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) for Civil Engineering and for the last five years as a member of the IAB for Environmental Engineering.  He received a Centennial 100 Alumni Award in 1985 and a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003 from the School of Mines.  In 2001, Wayne was the seventh alumnus to become a member of a newly formed Lifetime Contributors of the SDSM&T Alumni Association. Wayne was an SDSM&T Foundation Trustee and a long-time member of the Foundation's Heritage Society.

Student News

 

Student Honor Society named in Honor of Alumnus Wayne Echelberger (CE '56)

The Wayne Echelberger Civil and Environmental Engineering Honors Society was established in honor of Alumnus Dr. Wayne Echelberger. The purpose of the society is to recognize outstanding juniors and seniors within the Civil and Environmental Engineering program and to provide opportunities for these students to contribute to the improvement of the civil and environmental engineering profession. Ultimately the Honors Society will become part of the nationally recognized Chi Epsilon Honor Society. The Honors Society is currently lead by student officers Austin Norberg (president), Dusty Daniels (vice president), Sachith Karunaratna (secretary), Madisen Lane (treasurer) and faculty advisor Dr. Marc Robinson.

 

ASCE Student Chapter Receives Three National American Society of Civil Engineers Awards

The ASCE Student Chapter received the 2013 Distinguished Chapter Award for Region 7 and the 2013 Richard J. Scranton Outstanding Community Service Award from the national professional organization. These awards were given based on the community service and the high quality of student activities during the 2012 calendar year. In addition, the ASCE Student Chapter was also one of four Robert Ridgway Award Finalists this year. This is quite an accomplishment, with less than two percent of all ASCE Student Chapters receiving this honor.

 

ASCE Student Chapter Excels at the Regional Competition in Logan,

Utah

The SDSM&T student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) placed 2nd out of 13 schools at the 2013 ASCE Rocky Mountain Regional Conference, hosted April 4-6, 2013 by Utah State University in Logan, UT. The conference consists of seven different student competitions. Thirty-eight students represented the chapter along with ASCE faculty advisor, Dr. Bora Cetin, practitioner advisor, John Niemala and bridge team advisor, Dr. Andrea Surovek.

 

The steel bridge team finished in third place overall, and will continue on to nationals in Seattle, WA May 31, 2013. This is the team's sixth qualification for the national competition in the last seven years.  The 17-ft bridge was constructed in 6:56 minutes with 2 penalties and weighed in at 119 lbs, making the SDSM&T bridge the lightest and second fastest at competition. The team also placed first overall in display. 

 

The concrete canoe team had the lightest canoe and placed fourth both overall and in the races. This year's theme for the canoe was The Tippy Hippie based on Hippie Hole, a local cliff jumping spot east of Keystone, SD. 

 

The pre-design team (Lillian Temple, Brian Freed, and Jesse Parker) placed 3rd overall. In this year's pre-design competition, students were required to design a ventilation system for an orphanage. 

 

The mystery design team members were Megan Brown and Kristen O'Connor. Their objective was to make the lightest retaining wall possible out of paper and tape to hold against 50 lbs of sand. Since this event is meant for social networking, the team was split with other universities to work on the most efficient design.

 

There were two paper competitions. Gina Rossi received 3rd place for her non-technical paper and presentation on engineering ethics and licensure. Kaleb Nielsen-Sheffield received 6th place with his technical paper presentation.

 

In addition, the School of Mines ASCE student chapter took 3rd place in the Canstruction competition. In this event, competing teams showcase their talents by building giant sculptures made entirely out of canned foods. At the close of the conference, all of the food used for canstruction was donated to local food banks for distribution to pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, and elderly and day care centers. The SDSM&T students collected approximately 2,300 cans! 

 

Sixty-Second Annual Honors Convocation Awards 

The 62nd Annual Honors Convocation was held in the Surbeck Center Ballroom on Friday, April 12th. A number of students in the department received awards at this function. Riley Olsen received a Surbeck Scholars Award. Ben Wolf received the Outstanding Civil Engineering Junior Award. Kaleb Nielsen-Sheffield received the Outstanding Civil Engineering Senior Award and the Academic Achievement Award. Michelle Kelley received the Outstanding Environmental Engineering Senior Award. Both Anthony Kulesa and Karen Schaefers received Outstanding Master's Student Awards. Congratulations to these six students for their diligence and hard-work in their academic and department activities. 

 

L-R: Michelle Kelley, Kaleb Nielsen-Sheffield, Ben Wolf, Tony Kulesa, Karen Schaefers, and Riley Olson
ASCE Student Chapter Received Academic Excellence Award
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter received the South Dakota Board of Regents Award for Academic Excellence on December 12, 2012. The ASCE student chapter promotes professional development by hosting academic speakers, the bi-annual Surveying Conference, and the annual Concrete Conference. Each of these activities provides continuing education for both students and professionals in the field. The chapter has also held test review sessions to prepare students to study for and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. Raising academic standards is a top goal for members of this chapter. 
L-R: Spencer Ferguson, student association president, Sioux Falls; Anthony Kulesa, student chapter president, Warner; Cole Bedford, student chapter webmaster, Sturgis; Dr. Bora Cetin, student chapter advisor, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering; Dr. Kathryn Johnson, BOR President; Dr. Jack Warner, BOR executive director and CEO; Dr. Duane Hrncir, acting president of SDSM&T
Tony Kulesa Receives National ASCE Leadership Award
Tony Kulesa (BS CE '12, MS CE '14) recently received a 2013 ASCE Student Leadership Award. The award is based on his active involvement in the student chapter over the last 5 years where he has served as Vice President, President, and Graduate Student Representative. Among his numerous accomplishments and activities with ASCE, Tony was a member of the delegation in Washington, DC for the ASCE Legislative Fly-in.  
 
ESA Recent and Planned Activities
Engineers & Scientists Abroad spent an alternative spring break in Bogotá, Colombia. The team consisted of students Cole Bedford, Rebecca Ceremuga, Traci Gribson, and Tony Kulesa, and advisor M.R. Hansen. They were hosted by the Civil Engineering Department of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and their student group, Ingeniería Sin Fronteras. Six days were spent on the ground in the Bogotá area seeking out future projects for ESA, developing relationships at Javeriana University, and experiencing the Colombian culture. The current projects in the area fit well as student research projects in various disciplines throughout Javeriana University, and our proposed projects would extend that opportunity to SDSM&T students. The four project scopes identified address landslide critical areas due to groundwater flow and surface water drainage, rainwater quality studies, structural integrity of low-income, urban housing, and recycling warehouse organization and safety. Javeriana University and SDSM&T will continue their relationship with a visit to Rapid City in Sept. 2013 and a return trip to Bogotá in December 2013. 
L-R: Santiago Angel '14 at Pontifica Universidad Javeriana, Rebecca Ceremuga ME'16, Tony Kulesa MSCE '14, Traci Gibson CE '15, Cole Bedford CE '13
Undergraduate Research Symposium

The SDSM&T 2013 Undergraduate Research Symposium, sponsored by the Office of Research Affairs, was held in the Surbeck Center on Tuesday, April 2. Students presented their work in three oral and three poster sessions.  The CEE department actively participated in the symposium:  six out of 26 presentations (23% of total) were made by CEE students. Two CEE student teams took the 1st and 2nd place in the poster session competition for their research studies carried out as part of their ENVE 498 course with Dr. Lew Christopher as faculty instructor and advisor. The two teams conducted feasibility studies for the Water Reclamation Facility in Rapid City that could help the facility improve their process design and realize energy savings. The 1st cash prize of $300 went to Michelle Kelley, Dan Fife, Asa Miller and Ryan Truax for their work on "Total Nitrogen and Phosphorous Removal at the Rapid City Regional Water Reclamation Facility". Emily Squillace, Jon Fleck, Daygan Fowler and Tyler Hengen won the 2nd prize of $200 for their presentation "Enhanced Anaerobic Digestion/Cogeneration Feasibility Study". 

 

1st Place Poster Presentation: Asa Miller (Left), Michelle Kelley (Right)
2nd Place Poster Presentation: Tyler Hengen (Left), Jon Fleck (Right)

Undergraduate Research Assistantship Awards

As part of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department's initiative to encourage undergraduate research, two students selected from a pool of qualified applicants were awarded research assistantships.  Tyler Adams, a junior from Newell, South Dakota, worked with Dr. Robinson to investigate the shear response of concrete-filled fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) tubes. Aditya Chivukula Venkata, a junior from Hyderabad, India, worked with Dr. Christopher on the enzymatic stabilization of soils.  Congratulations to Tyler and Aditya and thank you to all those students who applied for the undergraduate research program.   

 

Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker Visited Campus 

Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker  visited the CEE Concepts of Professional Practice this spring to discuss the role of civil engineers in cities.  

L-R: Dr. Molly Gribb, Mayor Kooiker, MS CE student Tony Kulesa and senior Cole Bedford

 

Alumni News

 

Nick Hoffman Promoted at Interstate Engineering

The Board of Directors of Interstate Engineering, Inc. recently promoted Nick Hoffman (CE '97) to the position of Office Manager for the firm's Spearfish, South Dakota office.  Nick began working for Interstate Engineering's Spearfish Office (then NJS Engineering) as a Project Engineer in 2002. Nick holds Professional Engineer Licenses in the States of South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado and is a member of the South Dakota Engineering Society and the American Water Works Association. 

Nick Hoffman (CE '97)
Mike Hansen is Project Manager of Major Renovation Project at Denver International Airport
Mike Hansen (CE '90) of Kiewit recently gave fellow professional advisory board member Ron Jeitz (CE '69) and Dr. Molly Gribb an overview of the South Terminal Redevelopment Project at the Denver International Airport. For more information please reference the DIA Redevelopment Program Guide.  
Ron Jeitz (CE '69) (Left) and Mike Hansen (CE '90) standing next to a model of the South Terminal Redevelopment Project at the Denver International Airport.
Ralph O-Neill Turns 105!
ASCE Student Chapter members, Cole Bedford and Tony Kulesa, and advisor, M.R. Hansen, visited Ralph O'Neill at the end of November. Ralph, a class of 1936 civil engineering alum and special donor to ASCE and the Women's Basketball Team, is now 105 years old. The group met at Ralph's home in Custer, SD and visited about current ASCE projects and Ralph's sixty plus years with the SDDOT and Aaron Swan & Associates. The group from SDSM&T showed their appreciation of Ralph's support with an SMD cap which celebrates the 100th birthday of the "M" on M-hill. 
Back Row L-R: Cole Bedford, Tony Kulesa, and student chapter adviser, Dr. MR Hansen. Front: Ralph O'Neill
Continued Concrete Support
Keld Ditlev (CE '06), of Pete Lien & Sons Redi-mix assisted MS CE students Ivar Melby and Stephen Kilber and undergraduate researcher Tyler Adams in placing concrete inside glass fiber reinforced polymer tubes (GFRP).  Ivar and Tyler's research is investigating the shear performance of concrete-filled GFRP tubes and are advised by Dr. Marc Robinson. We appreciate Keld's and Pete Lien & Son's long-time support of class and research activities in the department!
L-R: Ivar Melby, Keld Ditlev, Dr. Marc Robinson, and Tyler Adams
 
Structural Engineering Students Tour True North Steel
Students from the Design of Metal Structures class visit Jason Eatherton (ME '95) at True North Steel in Rapid City.  True North is a generous supporter of the ASCE Steel Bridge Team.
Students from the Design of Metal Structures class listen to Jason Eatherton (Far Right).

An Evening with Dr. Srinivasa Iyer
Dr. Iyer's former students are organizing this evening's affair which will be held on August 31st at The Reef on the Water, 880 Harbor Scenic Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802. For more information, Ashok Kakade (MSCE 88) at ashokkakade@concretescience.com or (510) 581-2342.

Faculty News

 

Dr. M.R. Hansen's Retirement and the "M.R. Hansen and Friends Endowment Fund"
Dr. M.R. Hansen will retire on June 21, 2013 after 43 years of service to the Civil Engineering profession including 28 years at SDSM&T.  He will donate $20,000 to the SDSM&T Foundation to be used as dollar for dollar matching to establish an endowment. The fund must reach a minimum balance of $30,000 to generate annual earning which will benefit the CEE Department and the ASCE student chapter equally.  Donations may be sent to:
SDSM&T Foundation
306 E. St. Joesph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
Write "M. R. Hansen and Friends Endowment" on the Memo line. You will receive an engraved gift. For more information, email: mr.hansen@sdsmt.edu. 
 
Dr. Lew Christopher Publishes New Book 
Lew Christopher's book, Integrated Forest Biorefineries: Challenges and Opportunities, just released by the Royal Society of Chemistry, offers a prescient perspective, the first work of its kind to provide a critical overview of the topic within a social, economic and environmental framework. Aimed at an expansive business and scientific community, ranging from scientists and academics to policymakers and industry leaders, the reference book focuses on the transformation of pulp and paper mills into integrated forest biorefineries (IFBRs) that would require the development of advanced bio-based processes to the benefit of industry and society. With the trend toward both increasing off-shore competition and global initiatives for green fuels and chemicals, Christopherthe book's editor, persuasively argues that "the pulp and paper industry need to create additional revenues and diversify their products and markets to remain competitive." But this book, like its title suggests, offers more than challenges - it presents opportunities. Interspersed with practical examples and case studies, the work documents recent progress and suggests future prospects for research and development of IFBRs as the path forward for the pulp, paper and other fiber-processing industries. The book provides scientific and factual evidence how advancements in bioprocessing and biotechnology could enhance the value extracted from wood-based lignocellulosic fiber. It is aimed at industrialists and academics from diverse science and engineering backgrounds including chemical and biotechnology companies, governmental and professional bodies, and scholarly societies. The editor and contributors are internationally recognized scientists and many are leaders in their respective fields. The economics of the described IFBR processes and products, and their environmental impact, is a major focus in most of the chapters. 
 
Message from Dr. Venkataswamy Ramakrishnan
Dr. Rama chaired a technical session at the 12th International Conference on Recent Advances in Concrete Technology and Sustainability Issues (Oct. 30 - 31, 2012) in Prague Czech Republic and presented a paper entitled "Construction of Structures with Synthetic Structural Fiber Reinforced Concrete for Sustainability and Durability". The paper was included in a special publication of the American Concrete Institute (SP-289). 
 
Awarded
Dr. Molly Gribb was recently accepted as a fellow in a year-long academic leadership program at Drexel. This leadership program is a collaborative project of Drexel University and Drexel University College of Medicine. She will join eighteen other women faculty in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields who were nominated by their deans or provosts to attend. 

The Awards Committee of the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) International has selected Scott Amos as the 2013 recipient of the AACE Brian D. Dunfield Educational Service Award. This award is presented to recognize educational teaching achievements by an individual who is a member of the cost engineering professional community, and whose contributions, over an extended period of time, have advanced the skills and knowledge of cost engineering through teaching, writing, editing, and/or publishing educational materials used to train and educate present and future cost professionals. The award will be presented in Washington DC on July 2, 2013.

Dr. M.R. Hansen was awarded a Certificate of Commendation based on his years of service as the Faculty Advisor for the SDSM&T ASCE student chapter, as a result of his leadership and contributions to the student chapter and its activities throughout the previous calendar year.
 
Dr. Damon Fick is the 2013 recipient of the Benard A. Ennenga Faculty Award.  The Award was established by Mr. Ennenga to recognize any teaching assistant, teaching associate, instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, or full professor at SDSM&T who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and/or motivating students.  Dr. Fick is the third active CEE faculty member to receive the award.  Previous CEE recipients include Dr. Scott Kenner (2008) and Dr. Andrea Surovek (2010).
 
Dr. Sangchul Bang was appointed as an Associate Editor of the LHI Journal of Land, Housing, and Urban Affairs. In addition to this new appointment, he has been serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Geo-Engineering and an Associate Editor of KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering.

Funded
Dr. Jim Stone and his collaborators from Colorado State University were recently awarded $299,926 from the State of Wyoming Uranium Technologies Research Program for their project entitled "Critical evaluation of restoration goals based on improved geochemical and toxicological characterization of baseline- and post-mining site conditions". This project will be completed in collaboration with Cameco and Los Alamos National Lab. Dr. Stone was also awarded $10,000 from Colorado State University to complete a life cycle assessment model of Northern Colorado beef production. The recent energy boom along the front range of Colorado has significantly affected agricultural water availability (competition between hydraulic fracturing and irrigation water needs), thus requiring beef feedlot feed to now be shipped from distant, non-traditional sources and potentially increasing the carbon footprint of Colorado beef. This story has repeatedly made the national press.

Dr. Sookie S. Bang (Chemical and Biological Engineering and Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences), and Dr. Sangchul Bang, are currently working on a research contract on airborne dust control. This is the second year of the three year research project, sponsored by Lotte Engineering & Construction, Korea. The principal objective is to improve the properties of the natural soil with bacterial cement and soil fibers. This creates a hardened soil surface and therefore numerous difficulties associated with weak soil strength that have created challenges to engineers in the past may be answered.  The immediate goal of the research is to apply this biological technique to control and suppress airborne dust particles in construction sites, landfill areas, open pit mines, quarries, and unpaved roads. An anticipated future application includes the prevention or minimization of global desertification.
They plan to have a full scale field test in Mongolia in 2014. As part of the field test preparation, they have issued two sub-contracts to examine the applicability of the developed technique in Mongolian desert sands.  Prof. Choidash Battsetseg, Microbiologist at the National University of Mongolia (NUM), and Prof. Ninjgarav Enebish, Geotechnical Engineer at the Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST), are the principal investigators of these sub-contracts. MUST is a sister university of SDSM&T. 

Invited
Dr. Jim Stone presented invited talks for this life cycle assessment research at the USD sustainability series and the LCA XII Conference in Tacoma, WA last October, and the South Dakota Engineering Society Awards luncheon on the SDSM&T campus in February. 
 
Dr. Jennifer Benning has been invited to attend and serve on the International Science Committee for the 2nd International Workshop on SVOCs in the Indoor Environment, in Wuhan China, July 8-9.
 
Dr. Andrea Surovek , along with Dr. Bharat Jasthi of the AMP Center, presented the talk "Friction Stir Welding, and Emerging Alternative to Fusion Welding," at the North American Steel Construction Conference (NASCC) in St. Louis, Mo.  NASCC attracts approximately 3500 engineers, fabricators, erectors and educators.  Four SDSM&T CEE students also attended the conference including graduate student Stephen Kilber and Seniors Chris Timm, Brian Ruppelt and Kaleb Nielsen-Sheffield.

In October, Dr. Surovek was invited to present the results of the workshop, "Innovations in Steel Design: Research Needs for Global Competitiveness," to the American Institute of Steel Construction Research Committee.
 
Published
Dr. Jennifer Benning co-authored and authored two manuscripts published in Environmental Science and Technology: Xu, Y., Liu, Z., Park J., Clausen, P.A., Benning, J.L., Little, J.C., "Measuring and predicting the emission rate of phthalate plasticizer from vinyl flooring in a specially designed chamber"; and Benning, J.L., Liu, Z., Tiwari, A., Little, J.C., Marr, L.C. "Characterizing gas-particle interactions of phthalate plasticizer emitted from vinyl flooring."

Dr. Jennifer Benning, with Mines graduate student Christopher Lupo and Dr. Clifford Davidson of Syracuse University, published a peer-reviewed hands-on educational module to introduce engineering students to the concepts of sustainable design with the Center for Sustainable Engineering online library. The module can be found here.

Dr. Marc Robinson and Dr. Damon Fick recently published the following paper with recent MS graduate Brett Belzer "Composite Action of Concrete-filled Rectangular GFRP Tubes" in the Journal of Composites for Construction.

Dr. Andrea Surovek and Dr. Bharat Jashti co-authored the article, "Friction Stir Welding," in the April issue of Modern Steel Construction.  The article is available at here.

Dr. Andrea Surovek and Dr. Judy Liu of Purdue University will be published in the June Edition of the Journal of Structural Engineering with their paper, "Innovation in Steel Design: Rethinking the Research Paradigm". 

Dr. James Stone and his former graduate student recently published two papers in the journal Air, Water, and Soil Pollution related to his mercury research: Betemariam, H., Davis, A., Stetler, L., McCutcheon, C., Desutter, T., Penn, M., Stone, J.J., "Geochemical behavior and watershed influences associated with sediment-bound mercury for South Dakota lakes and impoundments";  and Lupo, C. and Stone, J.J., "Bulk atmospheric mercury fluxes for the Northern Great Plains U.S." 

Presented
In April, graduate student Stephen Kilber presented the paper he co-authored with Dr. Andrea Surovek, "Three-dimensional Joist Member Studies Using Equivalent Beam Theory". The paper was presented at the Structural Stability Research Council Annual meeting held in conjunction with the North American Steel Construction Conference (NASCC), St Louis, Mo.  

Attended
Dr. M.R. Hansen and Dr. Damon Fick, along with five CEE students, attended the Fall American Concrete Institute Conference in Toronto, Ontario. The group had dinner with President-Elect of ACI, Anne Ellis, at the revolving restaurant of the CN Tower. Ms. Ellis later visited campus to give a presentation at the 49th Annual Concrete Conference. 
L-R: Kirk Ehlke (Sophmore), Karen Schaefers (Graduate Student), Ben Wolf (Junior), Anne Ellis (President-Elect of ACI), Tony Kulesa and Stephen Kilber (Graduate Students)
Dr. Jennifer Benning attended the National Effective Teaching Institute (NETI) Workshop in Tampa Bay, FL in January. 
 
Dr. James Stone attended an interdisciplinary teaching in geoscience workshop - Engineering, Sustainability, and the Geosciences in Golden, CO in March. 
 
Dr. Andrea Surovek will attend the ASCE Structures Congress in Pittsburgh, PA this May. Dr. Surovek chairs the Metals Technical Administrative Committee and will be also be attending the Structural Engineering Institute Leadership meeting at the Event.