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  • Dr. Xinzhong Chen, Dr. Danny Reible, Dr. Venky Shankar and Dr. Lianfa Song Listed in World’s Top 2% Cited Scientists in a Stanford University Study

    Dr. Xinzhong Chen, Dr. Danny Reible, Dr. Venky Shankar and Dr. Lianfa Song Listed in World’s Top 2% Cited Scientists in a Stanford University Study

    Dr. Xinzhong Chen is a President’s Excellence in Research Professor who specializes in Wind Engineering. Dr. Danny Reible is a Donovan Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair and Horn Professor who specializes in Environmental Engineering. Dr. Venky Shankar is the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering Chair and specializes in Transportation Engineering. Dr. Lianfa Song is a Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering Professor who specializes in Water Systems Engineering.

  • Dr. Kishor Mehta Awarded the International Association for Wind Engineering (IAWE) Presidential Award

    Dr. Kishor Mehta Awarded the International Association for Wind Engineering (IAWE) Presidential Award

    Dr. Kishor Mehta is a Horn Professor and long-time faculty member of the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering. This award honors Dr. Kishor Mehta’s “lifelong contributions to wind engineering with particular reference to wind hazard mitigation, low rise structures, code development, tornado shelters, EF Scale and leadership to AAWE and IAWE.” [1] Kareem, Ahsan. “IAWE Presidential Awards.” 24 July 2021.

  • NSF GRFP Award
Jessica LaFond Awarded the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships Program (GRFP)

    NSF GRFP Award Jessica LaFond Awarded the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships Program (GRFP)

    LaFond is a doctoral student whose research explores the difficult task of breaking down per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS. These chemicals have been used in applications such as grease-resistant food packaging and stain-resistant carpets but have been shown to have adverse health effects. PFAS are difficult to break down completely due to their strong carbon-fluorine bond. LaFond’s goal is to determine which enzymes are able to degrade PFAS in order to reduce their toxic exposure in our soil and water. She has begun her NSF GRFP funding and is co-advised by Dr. Andrew Jackson and Dr. Jennifer Guelfo.

  • Lan Ventura Awarded the 2022 Jack E. Leisch Memorial Graduate Fellowship from the Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) of ASCE

    Lan Ventura Awarded the 2022 Jack E. Leisch Memorial Graduate Fellowship from the Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) of ASCE

    Ventura is a doctoral student whose research explores transportation safety and infrastructure resilience under climate change. He utilizes LiDAR technology to map corridor objects over time and identify critical collision zones through clustering analysis. Point cloud change detection techniques, coupled with climate and collision observations, can provide insight as to the evolving nature of collision characteristics under climate change. Ventura has begun his funding and is advised by Dr. Venky Shankar.

  • Kaitlyn McKinney Awarded Best Student Poster at the 2022 Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Research and Education Conference

    Kaitlyn McKinney Awarded Best Student Poster at the 2022 Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Research and Education Conference

    McKinney is a doctoral student whose research explores specific linkages and synergy between bioaerosols and atmospheric particles. Specifically, she is studying the role of atmospheric particles and their physicochemical properties on the viability and transmission of bioaerosols through a combination of field research, laboratory experiments, and statistical modeling. The answers to these fundamental questions are critical in designing and developing cities resilient to future pandemics and airborne diseases. McKinney is advised by Dr. Raghu Betha.

  • Remembering Ernst Kiesling

    Remembering Ernst Kiesling

    During his time at Texas Tech University, Kiesling helped develop important research groups and led the National Storm Shelter Association. The Texas Tech University community is mourning the death of Ernst “Ernie” W. Kiesling. Kiesling came to Texas Tech in 1969 as the chairman of the civil engineering department and retired in 2018 as professor emeritus, but his contributions to the safety and well-being of others expand far beyond Lubbock.Read More.

  • The First Annual CECE Tailgate took place on October 19, 2019

    The First Annual CECE Tailgate took place on October 19, 2019

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  • FREESE AND NICHOLS ADDS WADE BARNES IN LUBBOCK TO LEAD STORMWATER PROJECTS

    FREESE AND NICHOLS ADDS WADE BARNES IN LUBBOCK TO LEAD STORMWATER PROJECTS

    Freese and Nichols, Inc., has added Wade Barnes, PhD, PE, CFM, to its growing Lubbock office to lead stormwater projects that will strengthen flood protections for clients across the West Texas region. Read full story here.

  • Faculty - Dr. Kishor Mehta, NAE, has been recognized as a National Academy of Inventors Fellow in 2018

    Faculty - Dr. Kishor Mehta, NAE, has been recognized as a National Academy of Inventors Fellow in 2018

    Dr. Kishor Mehta, NAE, has been recognized as a National Academy of Inventors Fellow in 2018. The list Dr. Mehta joins is a who is who among luminaries in the engineering field in the nation

  • Faculty - Three new faculty join CECE in Fall 2018

    Faculty - Three new faculty join CECE in Fall 2018

    Dr. Ting Lin, who specializes in hazard, risk and uncertainty modeling, and performance based engineering of large built environments

    Dr. Jennifer Guelfo, who specializes in drinking water contaminant research, risk-based and geospatial tools for contaminant evaluation, and remediation

    Dr. Evan Gray, who specializes in screening level and high resolution analysis techniques for emerging 1 and 2D nanomaterials, their fate transport in biological and environmental systems, and development of nanotechnologies for environmental applications

  • Faculty - Dr. Ting Lin is leading a US-Germany workshop on “Advancing Infrastructure Resilience – mastering extremes in complex environments”

    Faculty - Dr. Ting Lin is leading a US-Germany workshop on “Advancing Infrastructure Resilience – mastering extremes in complex environments”

    Dr. Ting Lin is leading a US-Germany workshop on “Advancing Infrastructure Resilience – mastering extremes in complex environments”. This workshop will take place on October 9, 2018 at the Merket Alumni Center at Texas Tech. The Texas Tech University Department of Civil, Environmental & Construction Engineering, USA in collaboration with Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut, EMI, Germany are co-hosts. More information can be found here. Luminaries in the civil infrastructure field are expected to attend.

  • Faculty - Dr. Joseph Minor will be giving a Distinguished Lecture on “Timing and People”

    Faculty - Dr. Joseph Minor will be giving a Distinguished Lecture on “Timing and People”

    Dr. Joseph Minor, former Horn Professor of Civil Engineering will be giving a Distinguished Lecture on “Timing and People” at the Frazier Alumni Pavilion at 4 PM on Monday, September 10, 2018. Reception to be held after the lecture.

  • Faculty - Dr. Hoyoung Seo

    Faculty - Dr. Hoyoung Seo

    Dr. Hoyoung Seo inducted in to the Teaching Academy at Texas Tech – recognition of outstanding teaching at the university level, with the highest award for teaching

  • Faculty - Dr. Andrew Jackson

    Faculty - Dr. Andrew Jackson

    Dr. Andrew Jackson recognized as President’s Excellence in Research Professor

  • Student - Second Place for Best Research Posters

    Student - Second Place for Best Research Posters

    Environmental students Haley Schneider and Ilektra Dryginniaki won second place for best research posters at the 9th Annual Geosyntec Student Paper Competition. Faculty advisors were Drs. Andrew Jackson and Danny Reible

  • Student - First Place in the Heavy Civil and Design Build

    Student - First Place in the Heavy Civil and Design Build

    Construction engineering student teams won first place in the Heavy Civil and Design Build student competitions at the Associated Schools of Construction Region 5 competition; Nijat Jabrayilzade won second place in the individual presentation competition in the Heavy Civil competition. Faculty advisors were Drs. Mukkades Darwish and Ali Nejat

  • Student - CECE Department Confers 238 Degrees in 2017-2018

    Student - CECE Department Confers 238 Degrees in 2017-2018

    CECE department confers 238 degrees in 2017-2018 including the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and PhD degrees. Congratulations to the graduates and their faculty mentors and advisors!

  • Alumni - Dr. Kancheepuram Gunalan PhD (1986, Texas Tech)

    Alumni - Dr. Kancheepuram Gunalan PhD (1986, Texas Tech)

    Dr. Kancheepuram Gunalan, PhD (1986, Texas Tech), Vice President of AECOM has been elected President of the American Society of Civil Engineers

  • Alumni - Leslie Duke BS (1994, Texas Tech)

    Alumni - Leslie Duke BS (1994, Texas Tech)

    Leslie Duke, BS (1994, Texas Tech), Principal of Burns & McDonnell's Houston office was recognized with the Distinguished Engineer of the Whitacre College of Engineering award in 2018

  • Alumni - Dr. Joseph Minor PhD (1974, Texas Tech

    Alumni - Dr. Joseph Minor PhD (1974, Texas Tech

    Dr. Joseph Minor, PhD (1974, Texas Tech), former Horn Professor, has been recognize with the Distinguished Member of ASCE award in 2018

  • Alumni - Gary Thomas, BS (1980, Texas Tech)

    Alumni - Gary Thomas, BS (1980, Texas Tech)

    Gary Thomas, BS (1980, Texas Tech), President and Executive Director of Dallas Area Rapid Transit was recognized with the University Distinguished Alum award in 2018

  • Two Full-Time Tenure-Track Positions Open in CECE

    Two Full-Time Tenure-Track Positions Open in CECE

    The Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering (CECE) Department invite applications for a full-time tenure-track position in the general area of Environmental Engineering. More information can be found here.

    The Civil, Enviromental, and Construction Engineering (CECE) Department also invite applications for a full-time tenure track position in structural and building systems at the assistant/associaate professor level. More information can be found here.

  • Dr. Hoyoung Seo Awarded Research Grant

    Dr. Hoyoung Seo Awarded Research Grant

    Dr. Hoyoung Seo, assistant professor of civil engineering was awarded a research grant by United States Universities Council on Geotechnical Education and Research (USUCGER). The grant aims to develop a library of demonstration activities to create ‘aha moments’ in classrooms and learning modules associated with the activities. USUCGER is a national organization among academicians in the geotechnical engineering area, and the learning modules will be disseminated nation-wide through USUCGER.

  • Dr. Hoyoung Seo First Runner-Up in DFI

    Dr. Hoyoung Seo First Runner-Up in DFI

    Dr. Seo also won the First Runner-Up Award in the 2017 Deep Foundation Institute (DFI) Educational Trust Young Professor Paper Competition. The paper he wrote with his Ph.D. student presented visualization of soil plugging process during the installation of pile foundation through high-quality model pile testing.

  • Dr. Venki Uddameri Named Editor-in-Chief of JAWRA

    Dr. Venki Uddameri Named Editor-in-Chief of JAWRA

    Dr. Venki Uddameri, Professor of Civil Engineering has been named Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA). Dr. Uddameri will begin his term January 2018. JAWRA, formerly known as the Water Resources Bulletin, is an interdisciplinary journal known for its broad audience spanning the fields of water resources engineering, the environmental sciences as well as the geosciences.

  • Dr. Xinzhong Chen Wins Jack Cermak Medal

    Dr. Xinzhong Chen Wins Jack Cermak Medal

    Dr. Xinzhong Chen, Professor of Civil Engineering has been named the 2017 winner of the Jack Cermak medal for work in advancing wind engineering through advanced modeling and analysis approaches for wind load effects on structures, such as high-rise buildings, long-span bridges and wind turbines. The Cermak medal is a recognition of the elite in the world in wind engineering. Tech has two Cermak medalists now in Dr. Xinzhong Chen and Dr. Kishor Mehta.

  • Dr. Ted Cleveland Awarded for Outstanding Teaching

    Dr. Ted Cleveland Awarded for Outstanding Teaching

    Dr. Ted Cleveland, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering has been recognized with the George T. and Gladys Abell-Hanger Faculty Award For Outstanding Graduate or Undergraduate Teaching in the Whitacre College of Engineering. Dr. Cleveland joins a pantheon of great CECE teachers who have been recognized for exceptional teaching in the college and on campus over the years.

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