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Lawson Named Integrated Scholar
Lawson Named Integrated Scholar
Dr. William D. Lawson, an associate professor of civil, environmental, and construction engineering, has been named an Integrated Scholar by the Texas Tech Office of the Provost. Integrated Scholars are faculty who dedicate themselves to a course of lifelong learning and advance Texas Tech's role in educating, serving and inspiring others to do the same.

Integrated Scholars are not only outstanding in teaching, research and service, but they are also able to generate synergy among the three functions. Faculty members who are Integrated Scholars consistently promote active learning and infuse the results of their research and scholarship in courses and other learning experiences. Integrated Scholars publish results of their teaching innovations in peer-reviewed journals. Finally, Integrated Scholar faculty members plan and execute service commitments to complement their teaching and research goals


Morse Inducted into the Texas Tech Teaching Academy
Morse Inducted into the Texas Tech Teaching Academy
Dr. Stephen Morse, an assistant professor of civil, environmental, and construction engineering, has been inducted into the Texas Tech Teaching Academy. He was selected because he has demonstrated a significant commitment to teaching excellence. The mission of the Teaching Academy is to advocate for teaching excellence, promote service related to the university's teaching mission, advise and mentor colleagues and others, and share knowledge about teaching strategies and their implementation as appropriate.


Nejat Awarded $500,000 NSF CAREER Grant
Nejat Awarded $500,000 NSF CAREER Grant
Dr. Ali Nejat, an assistant professor of civil, environmental, and construction engineering at Texas Tech, is working to provide greater understanding of the modeling of disaster recovery. Receiving a $500,000 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Nejat plans to create RecovUS, an agent-based modeling system to analyze recovery behavior, specifically of households, following a natural disaster. This model will be comprised of several intelligent decision-making agents, calibrated and validated utilizing existing data collected from previous real-world disasters. The sensitivity of households' recovery decisions to a given recovery policy will also help assess its effectiveness which in turn will lead to an optimized recovery plan for a given community.

Read more about Nejat's research grant, CAREER: RecovUS - An Agent Based Model of Collective Post Disaster Housing Recovery.

The grant comes through NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program. Begun in 1995, the CAREER program provides promising junior faculty the opportunity to pursue outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

See all 2015 NSF CAREER Award winners in the Class of 2015 Early Career Engineers to Watch.

Each CAREER award from the NSF Directorate for Engineering provides a minimum of $500,000 over five years, a 25-percent increase over the previous award limit. This year’s awards total approximately $73 million.


Smith Named Fellow of ASCE
Smith Named Fellow of ASCE
Dr. Douglas A. Smith, an associate professor of civil, environmental, and construction engineering, has been elected as a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). ASCE Fellows have made celebrated contributions and developed creative solutions that change lives around the world. This is a prestigious honor held by fewer than four percent of ASCE members.


Reible Receives AEHS Lifetime Achievement Award
Reible Receives AEHS Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Danny Reible, Donovan Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair and professor of civil, environmental, and construction engineering, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences Foundation.

This award is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the understanding and solution of soil, sediment, and groundwater pollution problems. Specifically, Reible was recognized for outstanding achievements and significant contributions to the field of environmental assessment and restoration. He received the award at the 30th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy in Amherst, Massachusetts in October 2014.


Mehta Receives ASCE Cermak Medal
Mehta Receives ASCE Cermak Medal
Dr. Kishor C. Mehta, P.W. Horn Professor of civil, environmental, and construction engineering, is the recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Jack E. Cermak Medal. He was recognized for outstanding contributions to wind engineering, particularly for systematic studies of structural damage caused by windstorms and leadership in the development of structural design standards for wind loads. The Jack E. Cermak Medal was established by the ASCE Engineering Mechanics Division/SEI to recognize Dr. Jack E. Cermak's lifetime achievements in the field of wind engineering and industrial aerodynamics.


Available Faculty Positions
Available Faculty Positions
The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering is currently accepting applications for full time tenure-track faculty positions. For more information, visit the Available Positions page.


Monaco Named ARCS Scholar, Receives NASA Fellowship
Monaco Named ARCS Scholar, Receives NASA Fellowship
The Lubbock Chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Students (ARCS) has selected Paula Monaco, a second year civil engineering doctoral student, as an ARCS Scholar for the 2014-2015 year. She will be honored at an event on October 28 and will receive a $5,000 stipend. ARCS funds several awards to scholars pursuing scientific research careers. These awards are merit-based, and she will present a poster on her current research activities.

The Lubbock chapter was founded in 1972. The ARCS Foundation is dedicated to helping meet the country's need for scientists and engineers by providing scholarships to academically outstanding students who are United States citizens in need of financial assistance to complete their higher education, thereby contributing not only to the advancement of science, but also to the material and intellectual welfare of all people.

Monaco is also the recipient of a NASA Texas Space Grant Consortium Fellowship for the 2014-2015 school year. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis with consideration of excellence in academics, interest in space, and recommendations from the applicant's institution. The fellowship includes a $5,000 stipend, and was established to encourage graduate study in the fields of space science and engineering.


Lawson Named TSPE State Engineer of the Year
Lawson Named TSPE State Engineer of the Year
Dr. William Lawson, an associate professor of civil, environmental, and construction engineering, has been named the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) 2013-2014 Outstanding Engineer of the Year.

The TSPE Outstanding Engineer of the Year Award is the highest honor given to an individual TSPE member. The selection process considers education, licenses, professional and technical society activities, engineering and career achievements, and civic, humanitarian, and social activities. Candidates must be citizens of Texas. Eligibility is restricted to engineers whose sustained and unusual contributions have improved the public welfare and the advancement of the profession.

Since the inception of the award at the state level, only two previous winners earned engineering degrees from Texas Tech University. Dr. Earnest Gloyna, a 1946 civil engineering graduate who served as dean of engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, and Dr. Jimmy Smith, a 1962 and 1963 civil engineering graduate who served as professor of civil engineering at Texas Tech, previously received the award.


Li Places Second in ICEST Poster Competition
Li Places Second in ICEST Poster Competition
Yue Li, a graduate student in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering, won second place in the poster competition at the International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology held in June 2014 in Houston, Texas.

The poster was titled "Surface Chemistry of Iron-Impregnated Mineral Oxides and Catalytic Activity for Oxidation of Aqueous Contaminants."


Texas Tech Wins Second Place in the Texas-Mexico Regional Concrete Canoe Competition
Texas Tech Wins Second Place in the Texas-Mexico Regional Concrete Canoe Competition
The Texas Tech ASCE Student Chapter won second place in the American Society of Civil Engineering Texas-Mexico Regional Concrete Canoe Competition held in April 2014 in Tyler, Texas.

Team members from Texas Tech included Angie Fealy, Jessica Fox, Devan Glover, Michelle Liner, Wade Morrison, Brennan Plemons, Casey Ramsey, Alan Salazar, Marian Schwarz, and Tyson Stagner.

Approximately 350 students representing 16 schools from Texas and Mexico competed in the 2014 competition. At the annual contest, participants build canoes with concrete and are judged in four categories: technical design report, oral design presentation, canoe final product and racing. The winning team represents the ASCE Texas Section and advances to the national competition.

Competition Results


Auld Wins First Place in the Technical Paper Competition at the Texas-Mexico ASCE Spring Student Symposium
Auld Wins First Place in the Technical Paper Competition at the Texas-Mexico ASCE Spring Student Symposium
Donald Auld, a senior civil engineering student, won first place in the Technical Paper Competition at the Texas-Mexico American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Spring Student Symposium.


Wei Receives Horn Professor Graduate Achievement Award
Wei Receives Horn Professor Graduate Achievement Award
Dali Wei, a doctoral student in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering, has been named a recipient of the Horn Professor Graduate Achievement Award. This award was established by the Paul Whitfield Horn Professors at Texas Tech University to recognize and reward outstanding research or creative activity performed by graduate students while at Texas Tech University. Students are nominated by a graduate faculty member at Texas Tech.


Norville Receives ASTM International Award of Merit, Named Fellow
Norville Receives ASTM International Award of Merit, Named Fellow
Dr. H. Scott Norville, professor of civil, environmental, and construction engineering, has been granted an ASTM International Award of Merit and the honorary title of ASTM International Fellow for meritorious and dedicated service to ASTM International Committee F12 on Building Security Systems and Equipment. Specifically, he was recognized for his "strong commitment to safer buildings via standards and for respected technical expertise, outstanding leadership, and exemplary professionalism."

The Award of Merit was established in 1949 by the ASTM International Board of Directors and is the highest society award granted to an individual member for distinguished service and outstanding participation in ASTM International committee activities. Recipients also receive the honorary title of fellow.


Morse Receives Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award
Morse Receives Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award
Dr. Stephen M. Morse, an assistant professor of civil, environmental, and construction engineering, has been named a recipient of a Texas Tech Alumni Association (TTAA) New Faculty Award.

The Texas Tech Alumni Association established the New Faculty Awards program in 1987 to recognize outstanding new members of the faculty in each college and the School of Law. The awards are presented to faculty who have four years, or fewer, of service at any university and who have earned distinction for dedicated service to Texas Tech.


Lawson Receives President`s Excellence in Teaching Award
Lawson Receives President`s Excellence in Teaching Award
Dr. William D. Lawson, an associate professor of civil, environmental, and construction engineering, is one of the 2014 recipients of the Texas Tech University President's Excellence in Teaching Award. The award is given to faculty members that demonstrate excellence in teaching, as observed by students, peers, and university administration.


Smith Named Fellow of ASCE SEI
Smith Named Fellow of ASCE SEI
Dr. Douglas A. Smith, an associate professor of civil, environmental, and construction engineering, has been named a fellow of the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute (SEI). SEI has more than 20,000 members.


Cleveland Named Fellow of ASCE EWRI
Cleveland Named Fellow of ASCE EWRI
Dr. Theodore G. Cleveland, an associate professor of civil, environmental, and construction engineering, has been named a fellow of the ASCE Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI). EWRI has approximately 26,000 members.


Christenson Awarded NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship
Christenson Awarded NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship
Dylan Christenson, a graduate student, has been awarded a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF). In addition to his faculty advisor, Christenson will be matched with a technically relevant and community engaged researcher who will serve as his professional mentor.


Annette Hernandez Uddameri Wins ASCE ExCEEd New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award
Annette Hernandez Uddameri Wins ASCE ExCEEd New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award
Dr. Annette Hernandez Uddameri, an assistant professor of civil, environmental, and construction engineering, has been named a recipient of a American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) ExCEEd New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. She was specifically selected because of her outstanding teaching record as a new faculty member, her contributions to the academic and surrounding community, and her proven commitment to education.


Commercial Building Team Wins First Place in ASC Competition
Commercial Building Team Wins First Place in ASC Competition
The Texas Tech Commercial Building Team won first place in their division during the 2013 Associated Schools of Construction, Region 5 Student Competition held in Dallas in February 2013. The team competed against 11 other teams from college construction programs located in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. The competition required each team to complete a written solution to a construction management problem statement in 16 hours and then develop and execute a 40-minute presentation defending their written solution to a panel of judges. The panel of judges was composed of engineers, architects, owners, and contractors personnel who were directly involved in the actual project. Click on photo at left for larger image - Team members pictured at left included (L-R) Joseph Khaled, Kyle Hoelting, Matthew Fisher, Dr. Sangwook Lee (Coach), Eric Van-Dusen, Dan Graf, and Joseph Schattle.


Design-Build Team Wins Second Place in ASC Competition, Invited to Present at DBIA Conference
Design-Build Team Wins Second Place in ASC Competition, Invited to Present at DBIA Conference
The Texas Tech Design-Build Team won second place in their division during the 2013 Associated Schools of Construction, Region 5 Student Competition held in Dallas in February 2013. The team competed against six other teams from college construction programs located in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Ireland, and Australia. The team was invited to present their solution at the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Southwest Region's 9th Annual Conference held in New Orleans, La. in May 2013. Click on photo at left for larger image - Team members pictured at left included (L-R) Caleb Lightfoot, Jake Maxton, Phillip Hamilton, Stephanie Bunt, Zach Sienkiel, Dr. Tewodros Ghebrab (Coach), and Marshall Clark.


Students Win Individual Best Presenter Awards
Students Win Individual Best Presenter Awards
At the 2013 Associated Schools of Construction, Region 5 Student Competition held in Dallas in February 2013, two Texas Tech construction engineering students received recognition as Outstanding Individual Presenters. In each competition division, each school's six-person team is required to make a 40-minute presentation supporting and defending their written proposal. During these presentations, a special group of judges are designated to judge and identify the top three individual speakers from each division. Marshall Clark was awarded first place in the Design-Build Division of the competition and Joseph Khaled was awarded third place in the Commercial Building Division of the competition.


Outstanding Student for Fall 2012, Casey Pyle
Outstanding Student for Fall 2012, Casey Pyle
Casey Pyle is the recipient of the CEET Outstanding Student Award from the graduating class of Fall 2012.


Outstanding Student for Spring 2012, Jenson Rawley-Whitaker
Outstanding Student for Spring 2012, Jenson Rawley-Whitaker
(Click on photo at left for larger image - Left to Right in photo) Steve Thomas, CEET Industrial Advisory Board President; Jenson Rawley-Whitaker, Spring 2012 outstanding student; and Dr. William R. Burkett, chair of the department.


Lawson Named TSPE Engineer of the Year
Lawson Named TSPE Engineer of the Year
Dr. William D. Lawson, an associate professor of civil, environmental, and construction engineering, has been named the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) Engineer of the Year. The TSPE Engineer of the Year Award is the highest honor given to an individual TSPE member.


Outstanding Student for Fall 2011, Hunter Massucci
Outstanding Student for Fall 2011, Hunter Massucci
(Click on photo at left for larger image - Left to Right in photo) Steve Steinheimer, CEET Industrial Advisory Board member, and Hunter Massucci, Fall 2011 outstanding construction engineering and engineering technology student.


Outstanding Student for Spring 2011, Gavin Carr
Outstanding Student for Spring 2011, Gavin Carr
(Click on photo at left for larger image - Left to Right in photo) Keith McAuliffe, CEET IAB member; Gavin Carr, Spring 2011 outstanding student; and Dr. William R. Burkett, chair of the Department of Construction Engineering and Engineering Technology.


2009 Distinguished Engineer, Shelby Johnson
2009 Distinguished Engineer, Shelby Johnson
Shelby Johnson is recognized as Distinguished Engineer for Spring 2009. Provost Robert Smith and Dean Pamela Eibeck award the honor to Shelby, a 1986 Construction Technology (CTEC) graduate.


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