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CEE NEWS 2017 All about projects, discoveries and awards that faculty members and students are working on.

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RANKINGS #13 Total Federal Expenditure #16 Total Federal Funding



Source: National Science Foundation (NSF)

#109 CEE Global Ranking Source: Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)

OUR FACULTY 8 Full Professors


5 Associate Professors

817 Bachelor Students

6 Assistant Professors

57 Masters Students

4 Professors of Practice

59 Doctoral Students

3 Instructors

Table of Contents 2 Message from the Chair 4 Features: • ABC – UTC 2016 Award • Designation of FIU as U.S. DOT Innovation Center • NSF Award (WOW) • Bridge Engineering Selected as Preeminent Program • Aspiring, Believing, and Achieving • Sustainable Environmental Engineering: A Trillion Dollar Opportunity

13 CEE Unique Course Offerings 14 Faculty Awards CEE New faculty 16 Research 21 Dual-Degrees in Civil Engineering 22 Global Learning in Peru 23 Student Honors • Awards • Recent Grads

29 Student Organizations & Activities 38 Alumni Spotlight 40 CEE Events • CEE Alumni Night • ABC Sponsored Conference


With the fall 2017 semester underway, all of us in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at FIU are excited to be embarking on another year filled with successes. We’ve experienced a wealth of positive changes and are excited to share the accomplishments of our faculty and the achievements of our students in our department newsletter. Recently, the CEE Department has expanded significantly with the appointments of new faculty and the establishment of two federally funded research centers. The added faculty members have enhanced our department’s expertise and capabilities in the fields of bridge, wind, transportation, and pavement engineering, and have helped us to be in the forefront of research being conducted in unique areas like Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) and wind engineering. Please visit our web site ( to read about our faculty members, their areas of expertise and their activities. Also in this newsletter, please read about our five new faculty members, and the expertise they bring to the department.

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In 2015, the National Science Foundation (NSF) provided $4.2M in grants and designated the Wall of Wind (WOW), the most sophisticated wind laboratory in the nation, as a national experimental facility ( under the NSF Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) program. WOW, and its new designation, are attracting many researchers from around the world to use the state-of-the-art wind engineering facility at FIU to conduct wind engineering related research. In 2016, for the second consecutive time, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), awarded a grant to the CEE bridge engineering group at FIU to conduct research in the field of bridge engineering and more specifically, in the area of ABC. Many members of our 28-person faculty have received major national awards and recognitions and are engaged in cutting-edge

research. However, more important than any honors are the many contributions of these faculty members. FIU CEE faculty members are actively engaged in providing service to the academic profession at national and international levels. For their accomplishments and services, they are being recognized by receiving very prestigious awards. Please read the “Faculty Award” section of the newsletter for more details. In 2016, after a year-long, faculty-driven process, FIU identified five research cluster areas as preeminent research areas, among them bridge engineering in the College of Engineering and Computing. This designation has provided the department with tremendous opportunities for more growth. In 2017, the U.S. DOT, in a competitive process, identified 13 universities across the United States as DOT Innovation Centers. These centers of innovation will be working collaboratively with the State Department of Transportation, U.S. DOT, and transportation stakeholders to develop solutions to challenges facing the U.S. transportation system. We are very excited about the new talents that we have added to our department and the opportunities that they are creating for our students. Please read the articles in this newsletter, showcasing the works of Dr. Amal Elawady, Dr. Armin Mehrabi, Dr. Priyanka Alluri and Dr. Xia Jin. FIU and Miami are the gateway to Latin America and we continue to expand our international relations with these countries. Please read the article on the global learning opportunities that we have created in Peru and elsewhere. Our students are getting the best education possible and are being recognized for their excellent work. Several of our students have received prestigious national awards. Please read the student honors section to learn more about our students’ successes and the national awards they have received.

In the midst of all of the department’s achievements and changes, one thing has remained constant: our commitment to providing quality education to our undergraduate and graduate students. The departmental philosophy is that the students are our main clientele; all of our activities are centered on better serving them. Enhancing our research capabilities has been just one way that we have educated and improved ourselves as a faculty, while working to provide the kinds of top-tier educational opportunities that will help our students achieve success in their engineering careers. We look forward to a year full of new highlights to share with you in 2017 as we continue to move forward and take on exciting new initiatives and partnerships. I hope you enjoy this 2017 newsletter. Thank you. Sincerely,

Atorod Azizinamini, Ph.D., P.E. Professor and Chair Civil and Environmental Engineering Florida International University

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2016 AWARD OF ACCELERATED BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION UNIVERSITY TRANSPORTATION CENTER (ABC-UTC) U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awards FIU millions to help build safer bridges The U.S. DOT is advancing the FIU Bridge Engineering Program’s efforts to make the country’s aging bridges safer. FIU will receive $1.5 million per year for five years for its Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC). A combined match from the state and private sector will bring the award to more than $11.5 million over five years. This fund will help us to address one of the nation’s major transportation challenges—dilapidated bridges in dire need of repair. This is the second grant awarded to FIU’s ABC-UTC, which was first funded by the U.S. DOT in 2013. The ABC-UTC works closely with the Federal Highway Administration and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 4

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grateful for the vision and support of our South Florida congressional delegation, led by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Congressmen Mario Diaz-Balart and Carlos Curbelo, whose efforts helped secure this grant.” Most of the country’s existing roadways were built more than 50 years ago and most bridges were designed for a 50-year lifespan. The nation’s roadways were designed to carry much less traffic than the current levels of service, and the infrastructure shows signs of increasing deterioration. The discrepancy between demand and capacity is putting even more stress on the nation’s bridges. With ABC, we are able to replace or retrofit bridges without affecting traffic, while providing safety for motorists and workers who are on site. The result is more durable bridges.

to advance accelerated bridge design and construction through research, education, workforce development, and technology transfer. During the 2016 UTC competition, more than 220 proposals were submitted to the U.S. DOT, and only 20 institutions were selected for funding and designation as a Tier 1 University Transportation Center. FIU will serve as the lead institution, with Iowa State University, University of Nevada, Reno, University of Oklahoma, and University of Washington serving as partner universities.

The ABC-UTC focuses on five research categories, among them developing the tools to allow bridge owners to make better decisions with respect to construction methods and ensuring long service life of ABC projects. There is also an emphasis on developing the next generation of bridge systems that are best suited for ABC application, and the most effective use of high-performing materials and advanced construction methods. The ABC-UTC is also supporting a number of graduate students while conducting research in bridge engineering field.

“We are committed to finding a solution to our country’s aging infrastructure and traffic gridlock,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. “As the only organization in the country focused on accelerated bridge construction research, we’re excited that FIU is once again at the forefront of pioneering research that will positively impact the future of transportation. We are CEE News 2017 | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering | Florida International University |



DESIGNATION OF FIU AS U.S. DOT INNOVATION CENTER An important element of the Preeminent Bridge Engineering Program at FIU is the establishment of the Tier One, U.S. DOT Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC) ( with FIU as the lead institution.

ABC-UTC was first established during a 2013 UTC competition with Florida International University (FIU) as the lead and Iowa State University (ISU) and the University of Nevada-Reno (UNR) as partner universities. During the very competitive 2016 UTC competition, FIU succeeded in receiving the Tier One U.S. DOT UTC designation, with a focus on ABC for the period of 2016 through 2022. The 2016 coalition consisted of FIU as lead institution and Iowa State University (ISU), University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), University of Washington (UW), in Seattle, Washington, and University of Oklahoma (OU), in Norman, Oklahoma as partner universities. The objectives of the Tier I ABC-UTC are to advance ABC; develop new ABC knowledge; effectively transfer state-of-the-art ABC knowledge to the profession; develop a next-generation ABC work force; and collaborate among industry partners including but not limited to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), state DOTs, other UTCs, industry, and the transportation profession to establish ABC as the best solution for the nation’s aging bridge infrastructure in line with the U.S. DOT’s Draft 2045 Beyond Traffic: Trends and Choices and State of Good Repair. In December of 2016, in response to a call by Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, FIU’s Preeminent Bridge Engineering Program prepared and submitted a proposal to be designated as a U.S. DOT Beyond Traffic Innovation Center. In January of 2017, the U.S. DOT announced the list of 18 colleges and universities receiving such designation, among them FIU. The goal is to address America’s growing need for improvements to its transportation system, identified in DOT’s report, Beyond Traffic 2045.

As shown on the map, U.S. DOT identified 11 “mega regions” in the United States that require particular attention. At least one college or university in each mega region will serve as the designated Innovation Center in that mega region. FIU will be working closely with U.S. DOT and all stakeholders and concentrate on developing Transportation solutions for the Southeast Region of the United States.


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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has designated the FIU Wall of Wind (WOW) Facility as one of the nation’s major Experimental Facilities (EF) under the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI). NHERI is a distributed, multi-user, national facility that provides the natural hazards engineering community with access to research infrastructure (earthquake and wind engineering experimental facilities, cyberinfrastructure, computational modeling and simulation tools, and research data), coupled with education and community outreach activities. The FIU WOW is one of the eight experimental facilities that NSF has estab-

“Designation of WOW by NSF as one of the nation’s major Experimental Facilities will provide FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with opportunities to provide world-class service to our professions, while advancing wind engineering knowledge,” said Atorod Azizinamini, Chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Chowdhury noted “The goal of the Wall of Wind facility as a NHERI-EF is to allow NSF-supported researchers to generate new knowledge on wind damage and rain intrusion mechanisms to improve design and construction standards and thereby the disaster resilience of our communities and nation.” NHERI WOW EF is currently accepting requests from faculty (potential EF users) to attend Research Planning Workshops. Limited travel funds are available and individual faculty can register at https:// The workshops are designed to help faculty determine the best way to engage with the WOW facility while developing NSF proposals. Collaboration with other higher education institutions is vital to our department when it comes to wind engineering. Currently, we are collaborating with the following institutions on the prospective projects: Louisiana State University PIs: Steve Cai Progressive Failure Studies of Residential Houses towards Performance Based Hurricane Engineering

By: Dr. Chowdhury, Dr. Peter A. Irwin and Dr. Zisis

lished to test engineering designs and materials against powerful storms and quakes as well as to explore the post-disaster rapid response. The successful proposal was submitted by a team from FIU’s Extreme Events Institute (EEI) and International Hurricane Research Center (IHRC), led by Principal Investigator Arindam Gan Chowdhury (Professor and WOW Co-Director) and Co-Principal Investigators Peter A. Irwin (Professor of Practice) and Ioannis Zisis (Assistant Professor and WOW Co-Director) from FIU’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering under the College of Engineering and Computing. The NSF award is a five-year grant of nearly $4.1 million and is geared to helping prevent wind hazard events from becoming community disasters.

North Carolina State University PI: Ismail Guvenc and Kemal Akkaya Pervasive Spectrum Sharing for Public Safety Communications Ohio State University PI: Abdollah Shafieezadeh Experimentally Validated Stochastic Numerical Framework to Generate Multi-Dimensional Fragilities for Hurricane Resilience Enhancement of Transmission Systems Texas A&M University PI: Youngjib Ham Uncovering Potential Risks of Wind-induced Cascading Damages to Construction Projects and Neighbouring Communities

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FEATURES Missouri University of Science and Technology PI: Guirong (Grace) Yan Damage and Instability Detection of Civil Large-scale Space Structures under Operational and Multi-hazard Environments based on Change in Macro-geometrical Patterns/Shapes University of Miami PIs: Landolf Rhode-Barbarigos and Walid Saad A Human-Centered Computational Framework for Urban and Community Design of Resilient Coastal Cities ABOUT THE WOW FACILITY: The FIU WOW, managed through FIU’s International Hurricane Research Center, is powered by a combined 12-fan 8,400 horsepower system capable of repeatable testing in up to Category 5 wind speeds through its flow management system, which also includes water nozzles to simulate rain penetration.

This state-of-the-art engineering facility houses services to our community such as: • Support for NSF proposal development; • Design, construction, and instrumentation of test specimens; • Test protocols and software implementation; • Operations of the wind tunnel; • Data acquisition, archiving, and curation; • Processing and post processing of the data (depending on the proposal); • User training and safety; • Telepresence for remote participation; • NHERI WOW EF User Workshops; • Outreach and dissemination; and • Office space and Internet service for users during their visit. To learn more about the FIU WOW facility please visit: 8

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One of the goals of the FIUBeyondPossible2020 Strategic Plan is the identification and support of the university’s preeminent programs. A preeminent program at FIU is defined as a collaborative endeavor that demonstrates extraordinary success in providing unique learning opportunities, pioneering research, and engagement, while expanding FIU’s financial base. Designation as a Preeminent Program is recognition for outstanding contributions to advancing the university’s BeyondPossible2020 strategic plan and enhancing the university’s reputation at the national and international levels. After a rigorous and thoughtful peer-review process, driven by a nine-member faculty selection committee, nine programs were recommended by the committee and selected for this designation by FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg and Provost Kenneth G. Furton. Thanks to the innovative and impactful research that is being conducted in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Bridge Engineering Program has been designated as one of the nine preeminent programs at FIU. Led by Atorod Azizinamini, Chair and Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, along with many recognized and established researchers in the field, the Bridge Engineering Program has reached new heights in the engineering world. The Bridge Engineering Program at FIU is tackling one of our nation’s major transportation issues. Of the more than 610,000 bridges in the United States, about 25 percent of them need to be replaced or retrofitted. With more than 200 million trips a day over these substandard bridges, the potential for tragedy from a bridge collapse is great. Public safety and mobility considerations demand replacing or retrofitting these substandard bridges using new and advanced technologies. FIU’s Bridge Engineering Program has a national and international reputation for expertly tackling challenging bridge engineering problems and providing the bridge industry and nation with innovative and advanced technologies. Dr. Azizinamini, his team of research professionals, and dedicated Ph.D. students show no signs of slowing down in their drive to make impactful changes that benefit society. For more information on the ABC Program, please visit: CEE News 2017 | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering | Florida International University |




In 2004, I was determined that I wanted to study civil engineering at a top engineering school in my country, Egypt. I was influenced by the fact that civil engineers use physical testing and computer-simulation to achieve optimal design of the structures to impart resiliency. Therefore, I joined the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Ain Shams University in Egypt. My undergraduate high rank motivated me to pursue my M.Sc. degree right after graduation in 2008. In the meantime, I was always keen to get involved with a design and consulting practice. This wish of mine was fulfilled when I joined Dar Group, a leading international consulting firm, as a structural engineer. The magic link between industry and academia is always advantageous for improving society. My master’s thesis is an example as the topic was inspired by a unique vertically irregular structure that I designed 10

during my tenure as a structural engineer at Dar Group. Also, working for the industry gave me the privilege to understand how challenging it is to make design decisions based on codes and standards that lack information regarding the extreme wind loading. This becomes even more challenging while designing special and iconic structures. I was involved in the design of other tall structures for which wind loads were estimated by scale model testing in wind tunnel laboratories. The fact that the structural performance against wind hazards is still not fully comprehended made me very interested in wind engineering and consequently, I decided to pursue my Ph.D. studies at The University of Western Ontario (UWO) in 2012. At UWO, I was able to utilize the state-of-the-art wind tunnel facilities under the supervision of leading professionals to study wind-structure interaction problems. My Ph.D. research focused on investigating the failures of lattice transmission line (TL) structures during severe wind storms, particularly downbursts. A downburst is severe descending air that drops suddenly from the cloud level approaching the ground. This sudden drop of mass of air causes a radial outflow of high intensity wind near the planetary surface where most of our structures are built. The characteristics of the downburst outflow is different compared to conventional boundary layer winds. Unfortunately, back in 2012 when I started my Ph.D. studies, there was no available information in codes of practice and guidelines regarding the effect of downbursts on TL structures. Therefore, the main objective of my Ph.D. research was to fill this gap. My research had two main objectives. The first was to design and test a scaled aero-elastic TL system (including towers and cables) under simulated downburst wind flow at the WindEEE Dome, a unique hexagonal wind tunnel capable of simulating tornadic and downburst flows. This enabled, for the first time, the realization of testbased data for validating numerical models that were previously developed. Also, the test results were utilized to assess the dynamic response of the structural system components. The second objective was to perform an extensive parametric study, using the validated numerical models, which covered a wide spectra of TL systems and downburst events. This re-

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search enabled us to discover the critical downburst wind profiles acting on the TL system, assess how the structure responds to such an event, and provide practitioners with a set of guidelines for safeguarding those critical infrastructures. I was honored for my Ph.D. work on the national and the international levels with more than five reputable awards and scholarships. Most importantly, my Ph.D. thesis was recently nominated for Canada’s Distinguished Dissertation Award, which is the highest national honor lauded on a doctoral student. To me, this was like a dream come true after four years of hard work, inspired by a goal to make our society a better place to live. Personally, what I appreciate most, is seeing my Ph.D. results and conclusions in the next edition of the American Society of Civil Engineers manual (ASCE-74) pertaining to the design of TL systems against various loading conditions. This achievement was obtained after three years of communications and discussions with the manual committee who has approved our recommendations recently. What is next? I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that brought me to the CEE department at FIU. It is an honor to call FIU home. Being a member of the FIU International Hurricane Research Center’s (IHRC’s) Laboratory for Wind Engineering Research and the Wall of Wind (WOW) research group makes me eager to achieve and share new success stories pertaining to reducing natural hazards related disasters. My research efforts will continue to develop means for improving the performance of our infrastructures under various natural hazards including extreme wind events. Being a part of the FIU Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) WOW Experimental Facility (EF) is just a great opportunity for collaboration with institutions around the nation and worldwide seeking to advance the science of wind and structural engineering.


Globally, there are about one billion people living without safe drinking water, reliable electricity, or adequate nutrients. Yet, the world is facing increasing pressure of population growth, rapid urbanization, and rising living standards. If current water and wastewater treatment design would continue, about 40 percent of water shortage could be expected. For example, China had an annual growth rate of 10 percent GDP in the past 35 years and became the second biggest economy in the world. Rapid GDP growth without environmental protection caused environmental damage at a catastrophic level. To bend the curve, China passed the legislation of environmental tax with specific reduction targets based upon pollutant equivalency in the next decade. To meet these reduction targets, the market sizes to clean up the air, water, and soil are estimated at 200, 600, and 200 billion USD in next decade in China, respectively. To harness this trillion-dollar opportunity, a new generation of environmental engineers has to be educated and trained in terms of Sustainable Environmental Engineering (SEE). Currently, there is a need for a good text book that can be used to teach students how to design SEE infrastructure systems. To answer this challenge, a textbook, Sustainable Environmental Engineering, will be

published by the John Wiley and Sons, Inc. in 2018. It is co-authored with professor Mika Sillapää at the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) in Finland. The book summarizes two decades of research conducted at both authors’ research laboratories at FIU and at LUT, respectively. At FIU, advanced oxidation processes (AOP) such as Fenton process, UV/TiO2, UV/H2O2 are applied to treat disinfection by-products, leachate, textile wastewater, and emerging pollutants such as chloro-phenols. At the Savo Sustainable Technology laboratory of LUT where Sillanpää is the director, nano-catalysts, magnetic particles for adsorption, membrane biological reactors, LED UV disinfection, and electrochemical process for water treatment are investigated from laboratory, pilot, to full scale. Sillanpää supervises a $20 million Laboratory of Green Chemistry at LUT, which has published more than 400-refereed papers, and was the most cited researcher in Finland in 2016. As a courtesy professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at FIU since August 20, 2015, Sillanpää published a dozen papers with both affiliations at FIU and his affiliation at LUT. The book also includes research results from more than 50 graduate students, six visiting professors, and 10 post-doctorates over the world in the past two decades who have worked with the CEE Department at FIU. In addition, research results were also generated from collaboration with other professors all over the world. These universities include Tsinghua University, Beijing, China from 1994 to 2003; University of Tokyo in 2004; the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2008; Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia, as a Fulbright scholar for a one-year sabbatical from 2009 to 2010; and five summer visits to LUT, Finland. From 2013 to 2017, many state-of-the-art research projects have been conducted with professor Sillanpää and 12 peer-reviewed research papers have been published in the best journals such as Water Research. The impact of 60 peer reviewed papers is evidenced from more than 3,000 citations according to the Google Scholar. The new textbook defines SEE as to research, develop, design, build, operate and maintain sustainable environmental engineering infrastructure system (SEEIS) that is economically feasible to protect human health risk and minimize environmental damages

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FEATURES FIU’s Engineering Program as #170 among institutions whose highest degree is a doctorate by the U.S. News and World Report in 2017. With great expectation, the textbook should serve as a catalyst to transform EE education and practice all over the world. In this way, the SEE designers can harvest the fruits of the trillion-dollar market in the coming decades and build a true sustainable world on this pale blue dot planet earth! Let us hope that the book could make its due contribution so that one billion under-privileged people could access safe drinking water, energy, and food sooner and a better world could be handed to our children and grandchildren!

so that man and nature can co-exist in harmony. It establishes 12 design principles (TDPs): 1) integrated and interconnected systems; 2) reliable on spatial scales; 3) resilient on temporal scales; 4) efficiency of renewable materials; 5) efficiency of renewable energy; 6) prevention strategies; 7) recovery of materials and energy; 8) early separation; 9) effective treatment; 10) green retrofitting and remediation; 11) modelling, simulation, and optimization; and 12) finance and minimal life cycle cost. The TDPs of SEE provide the most powerful design tool to design SEEIS at city, regional, and country levels. For example, the city of Miami Beach is coping with the daunting challenges of rising sea level. During blue moon, groundwater could seep through storm drains and cause flooding in some residential areas. City engineers proposed to build elevated roads tilted towards inland. According to the TDPs, however, the elevated roads should be tilted outwards so that storm water could be drained naturally and traffic noise could be reduced to minimal in the residential area. Similarly, Miami-Dade County 12

should retrofit its three wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) to achieve energy efficiency. Each year, 24 million dollars are used to purchase electricity for the operation of three WWTPs. The intensive energy demand is rooted in the design and operation flaws of these WWTPs which violate many SEE TDPs, among them: 1) leachate from the nearby landfill should be treated separately from wastewater to avoid toxic and recalcitrant leachate; 2) all the WWTPs could be retrofitted to achieve energy positive using commercial established technologies; and 3) Fat-Oil-Grease (FOG) from food industrial should be fed to the anaerobic digesters to double or triple the biogas production. The book, Sustainable Environmental Engineering, could not be completed without the unwavering support of the CEE chair, Atorod Azizinamini. FIU President, Mark Rosenberg, Provost Kenneth Furton, Dean John Volakis, the previous interim dean, Ranu Jung, and the Associate Dean, Anthony McGoron, are all the exemplary leaders of global vision and academic freedom. Their leadership resulted in the ranking of

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CEE UNIQUE COURSE OFFERINGS The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at FIU is proud to present two new programs, structured to meet the steel bridge design and tall building industry needs. They have been developed to provide professionals with real-life practical knowledge, tools, and techniques geared for success. Non-degree seeking students, who are only interested in the topic, could audit the course and receive 40 hours of continuing education credit that could be used toward renewal of professional registration. FIU is an approved continuing education provider by the New York and Florida Boards of Professional Engineers.



This course is designed to provide the detail background, design criteria, and application of design provisions stated in the AASHTO Bridge Design Specification, related to design of bridges in general with emphasis on steel bridges. The course will also provide the latest development in the bridge engineering field, including topics in Accelerated Bridge Construction. Attendees will be offered strategies for designing cost-effective steel bridges that will provide decades of safe service for the public. This course will be delivered by industry pioneer, Dr. Atorod Azizinamini, Director, Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center; Chairperson, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at FIU and recipient of the 2015 White House Champion of Change: Transportation Innovator, for many contributions to bridge engineering and development of unique steel bridge systems.

This unique fully online course offers exceptional insight in to the design of tall buildings. The course will be delivered by award-winning structural engineer Larry Griffis, P.E., Professor of Practice in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at FIU and member of the National Academy of Engineering. Griffis is one of the world’s foremost experts on the design of high-rises. He has contributed significantly to the structural design of more than 80 major buildings worldwide and brings more than 40 years of experience in design of tall buildings around the world, as Vice President of Walter P. Moore Associates, one of the major consulting firms specializing in design of tall buildings. These courses can be taken on campus at FIU or online, without having to travel to the university. Recording of each class will be available for a week for students not able to listen to the lectures broadcasted live.

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Dr. Atorod Azizinamini 2015 White House Transportation Champion of Change


Dr. Khokiat Kengskool

Dr. Jeffrey H. Greenfield

2017 30-Years of Recognition & Service Award

2015 FIU Adjunct Awardee

Dr. Seung Jae Lee

Dr. Xia Jin

2016 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award

2016 Outstanding Paper Award in Freight Modeling Committee at the 96th Transportation Research Board 2017 Best Paper Award in Transportation Research Board Committee AT015 Freight Transportation Planning and Logistics 2017 Best paper award in TRB Transportation Planning Applications Committee (ADB50) (Incorporating User Heterogeneity in Value of Time (VOT) and Value of Reliability (VOR) for Manage Lanes


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Dr. David Garber

Dr. Seung Jae Lee

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Director of Education and Workforce Development ABC-UTC

Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty; Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

David Garber has led a number of research efforts involving large-scale testing and analytic work in the areas of reinforced and prestressed concrete and accelerated bridge construction. He has also been involved in the development of recommendations and code specifications that are being considered for implementation into the AASHTO Bridge Design Specification. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in civil engineering. Garber is an active member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the Precast/ Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB).

Seung Jae Lee works in the area of computational discrete mechanics at the interface of structural, geotechnical and computational engineering, and conducts major research to tackle the underlying mechanisms behind the complex behavior of discrete systems and materials. He extended the limits of length and time scales in discrete mechanical simulation by two orders of magnitude in his career and received several awards for the contribution from research communities including ASCE EMI. He was recognized in 2016 as one of 35 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement awardees nationwide, an award given to young faculty to promote continued research.


Dr. Priyanka Alluri , P.E.

Dr. Armin Mehrabi

Dr. Amal Elawady

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Director of Research, ABC-UTC

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Priyanka Alluri joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an Assistant Professor in Spring 2015. Prior to this position, she worked as a Research Associate at the FIU Lehman Center for Transportation Research for three years. She received her doctoral degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University in 2010. Her research has focused on the areas of transportation safety, including safety performance evaluation of the existing transportation infrastructure, safety design of traffic control devices, advanced safety analysis models, implementation of the Highway Safety Manual and Safety Analyst, and human factors in transportation. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of South Carolina. She is a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committees on Statistical Methods (ABJ80)

and Highway Safety Workforce Development (ANB23). She is also an active member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS). She is currently serving as the Faculty Advisor for the ITE Student Chapter at FIU.

Armin Mehrabi is a seasoned engineering and research services leader with more than 20 years of experience in bridge engineering activities, including advanced modeling and analysis, evaluation and health monitoring, inspection, NDT, laboratory and field testing, vibration and wind effect evaluation, life-cycle-cost analysis, and more. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is the co-inventor of a laser-based cable monitoring system, for which he was awarded “One of Top 25 Newsmakers of the Year” in 1997 by Electronic News-Record. His thesis on Seismic Behavior of Masonry Infilled RC Frames won the Most Outstanding Thesis Award by The Masonry Society in 1997.

Amal Elawady has contributed to advancing the research in the area of wind and structural engineering involving large-scale testing and numerical analysis. She has also been involved in the development of guidelines that are considered for implementation in the ASCE74 manual to mitigate failures of transmission line structures pertaining severe wind storms. Elawady received her Ph.D. from University of Western Ontario in Canada. In recognition of her research contributions, she received a number of honors including the distinguished Alan Davenport Award and the O. H. Ammann Fellowship from the ASCESEI. Her Ph.D. dissertation has also been nominated for the prestigious Canada’s Distinguished Dissertation Award, which will be announced in November 2017.

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Recent investigations have helped further the understanding of the behavior of stay cables in cable-stayed bridges, in some cases raising concerns about conditions that seem to be consistent across many types of cable-stayed bridges. Laboratory tests have also shown that cable service life can be compromised due to corrosion fatigue in the presence of grout bleed water or water from other sources, preexisting pitting in cable tension elements, fatigue-sensitive anchorage details, faulty coatings, and fretting fatigue in saddle-type supports. Consequences of high stress concentrations in anchorage zones, corrosion, and susceptibility to wind induced vibrations, as well as findings from field inspections have also added to the concerns, and pointed to warning signs of early deterioration in stay cables. One such case, the Hale Boggs (Luling) Bridge in Louisiana, recently had to go through complete stay cable replacement after only 26 years in service due to discovery of corrosion in the main tension elements and compromise in its corrosion barrier system. The Luling Bridge was perhaps the first bridge on which a new condition assessment approach developed specifically for cable-supported bridges was implemented in its entirely. The bridge evaluation process, and cable replacement design and implementation contained unique aspects and are the first such approaches attempted in North America. The rehabilitation design accommodated an extraordinary construction sequence to address constraints on space and traffic flow. The new replacement cable system allows individual strand installation and tensioning, and is expected to facilitate future inspections and replacement. The new condition assessment approach used for evaluation of the Luling Bridge was developed to address inadequacy of traditional bridge inspection practices that are unable to detect damages because cables have many unique aspects, and their condition is hidden from view by permanent protective barriers. Information gathered from evaluation of strength and reliability of a variety of stay cable systems, and results of evaluation of more than a dozen cable-stayed bridges were utilized to develop this unified approach suitable for evaluation and problem solving of these aesthetic structures (Mehrabi 2006 & 2016, Mehrabi et al., 2010).


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All 72 cables of the Luling Bridge crossing the Mississippi River west of New Orleans were replaced in 2012 when inspection found most cables in critical condition due to compromise in the corrosion protection system.

This approach utilizes preliminary inspection and non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques to evaluate the global integrity and structural safety, and local damage detection using NDT techniques developed or tailored for stay cables along with other customary inspection methods. A rapid, laser-based force and damping measurement technique has provided a practical, cost-effective tool to address immediate concerns and to determine the need for action. Local damage detection techniques can include visual inspection of anchorage caps and sockets including the use of visual aids, hands-on inspection of cable free length, tap testing and dissection, ultrasonic testing of anchorages, thermal imaging, Impulse Radar, Magnetic Flux

Leakage testing and Radiography. A tri-level condition rating scale developed specifically for stay cables provides for incorporation of the inspection results into the bridge condition rating schedule. To assist bridge owners in their maintenance decisions, bridge life-cycle cost analysis has been used successfully to identify the repair/replacement strategies and selection of the preferred strategy (Mehrabi 2008). *Dr. Armin Mehrabi, Associate Professor at FIU, was the project manager for inspection through rehabilitation design, and the resident engineer for construction support services during cable replacement project.


Mehrabi, A., “Performance of Cable-Stayed Bridges: Evaluation Methods, Observations, and a Rehabilitation Case.” ASCE, J. of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 30 (1), February 2016. Mehrabi et al., “Evaluation, Rehabilitation Planning, and Stay-Cable Replacement Design for the Hale Boggs Bridge in Luling, Louisiana,” J. of Bridge Engrg., ASCE, 15(4), 2010, 364-372. Mehrabi, A.B. (2008). “Stay Cables of the Luling Bridge are to be Replaced,” Int. Bridge Conf., Pittsburgh, PA. Mehrabi, A.B., “In-Service Evaluation of Cable-Stayed Bridges, Overview of Available Methods and Findings,” J. of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, 11(6) Nov.-Dec. 2006, pp. 716-724. Damage and deterioration found during inspection of stay cables.

Construction methods designed to allow cable replacement while normal traffic flowing on the bridge.

Example of NDT methods used for stay cable evaluation, Laser and Borescope.

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Florida International University has a leading graduate study and research program in transportation engineering. The transportation engineering faculty teaches classes and conducts research in intelligent transportation systems, transportation system management and operations (TSM&O), connected and automated vehicles, data analytics, simulation and modeling, signal control, demand forecasting, safety, public transportation, and GIS. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering houses the Lehman Center for Transportation Research (LCTR). LCTR was established in 1993 with the mission to improve transportation systems by conducting cutting-edge research and educating a new generation of transporta-

The Integrated Intelligent Transportation Systems (IITS) Lab at FIU was established in collaboration with District 6 Florida Department of Transportation and receives real-time video feed and data from multiple sources both in real-time and as data archives. The laboratory provides an opportunity for ITS operations research and ITS education for graduate and undergraduate students. The South Florida Driving Simulation Laboratory at FIU is the result of a collaboration between its College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) and College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS). It houses a high-fidelity driving simulator that interfaces with a full-size automobile, providing a realistic setting for cutting-edge research in driver safety and human factors.

A LIST OF THE TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING FACULTY AND THEIR AREAS OF INTEREST ARE BELOW. Dr. Albert Gan | Professor Highway safety, ITS, information systems Dr. Mohammed Hadi | Professor ITS, TSM&O, simulation modeling, connected and automated vehicles, data analytics FIU Integrated Intelligent (IITS) Lab Directed by Dr. Mohammed Hadi

tion professionals. LCTR currently has an active staff of more than 20 full-time researchers and over 20 graduate and undergraduate research assistants.

The South Florida Driving Simulator Laboratory


The Student Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) at FIU has been one of the nation’s most active and most decorated student chapter. Over the past 15 years, the chapter has been recognized as the best in the country six times and its chapter members have received the Best ITE Student Paper Award four times, more than any school in the country. The Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) student chapter at FIU is one of few national student chapters to be recognized nationally. The chapter has been active in organizing events for its members and participating in international, statewide, and regional events, activities, and services.

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Dr. David Shen | Professor Public transportation systems Dr. Xia Jin | Associate Professor Transportation planning, GIS, demand forecasting Dr. Priyanka Alluri, P.E. | Assistant Professor Highway safety, driving simulation, ITS Dr. Fabian Cevallos | Research Associate Professor Public transit systems, driving simulation Dr. Yan Xiao | Research Assistant Professor ITS, modeling, data analytics


Bicyclists are vulnerable road users who are at greater risk for fatal or serious injury when involved in a crash with a motor vehicle. While bicycling accounts for only one percent of all trips taken in the United States, bicycle fatalities constitute over two percent of all traffic fatalities. Moreover, bicycle fatalities across the nation have increased by 31 percent from 2010 to 2015. During the same period, Florida has led the nation with over 750 bicycle fatalities, representing approximately 18 percent of the nation’s total. This research project aims to improve bicycle safety on Florida’s state roads by conducting a comprehensive study focusing on both statewide and site-specific analyses. Macroscopic spatial analysis using the hierarchical Bayesian procedure was conducted to model the relation between demographic, socio-economic, roadway, traffic, and bicycle activity data at the census block group level and bicycle crash frequencies in Florida.

The findings are particularly useful for transportation planners, policy makers, safety program managers, and enforcement officials to program safety-related campaigns focusing on improving bicycle safety. The results can be used to proactively identify potential areas that require investments to improve bicycle safety. Florida-specific crash modification factors (CMFs) for bicycle crashes for different roadway segment and intersection facility types were also developed. These CMFs quantify the safety impacts of roadway characteristics such as, shared path, median width, sidewalk; bicycle infrastructure such as, bicycle lane and slots; and bicycle activity data obtained from Strava smartphone application on bicycle crashes. The developed CMFs provide a greater insight into how the roadway geometric characteristics affect bicycle safety, a topic that is seldom considered by researchers and practitioners. As part of microscopic analysis, the top five bicycle crash hot spots in each Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) district were identified using spatial analysis in ArcGIS. Police reports of bicycle crashes that occurred from 2011-2014 at these hot spots were reviewed in detail to identify specific bicycle crash types. Crash contributing factors related to each crash type along with specific countermeasures were then identified. The combined engineering, education, and enforcement countermeasures could yield the most benefits in reducing bicycle crash frequencies and injuries. In summary, the research results help to improve bicycle safety in Florida and across the country.

Spatial Distribution of Total Bicycle Crashes (2011-2014) at Census Block Groups in Florida CEE News 2017 | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering | Florida International University |




Xia Jin is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She directs the Travel Behavior and System Modeling lab at FIU, which aims to advance the understanding of individual’s travel behavior in interaction with the urban systems (transportation infrastructure, land use, housing, and social and environmental sectors). Jin has led various projects spanning the areas of travel demand and behavior analysis, urban goods movement, travel survey methods, data analytics, and geographic information systems (GIS). One of her most recent research projects focuses on the potential impacts of emerging mobility options on travel behavior. Autonomous and connected vehicles, together with shared mobility services (such as car-sharing or ride-sourcing), may forever change the way we live and travel. While shared mobility services are making their way into American homes, AV technologies are still rapidly evolving. It is challenging to fully understand the potential impacts of these technologies. A nationwide survey was conducted to understand travelers’ preferences and attitudes in mode choice. Stated preference (SP) scenarios were designed to gauge how travelers

view the trade-offs between emerging modes, such as ride sourcing and AVs, and conventional modes, such as private vehicles and public transit. Ten metropolitan areas across the nation, plus three major metropolitan areas in Florida, were selected for the purpose of this study, as illustrated in the figure below. Preliminary analysis of the survey data (around 1,400 participants) indicates interesting findings on Americans’ mode choice behavior. On average, about five in 10 Americans have experienced shared mobility service at least once, although 70 percent of them used it once or less per year. Car-sharing and ride-sourcing modes show the highest frequency of usage for trips between one to 10 miles in one-way distance. Drive-alone is still the dominant mode, but social trips are more likely to be carried by ride-sourcing mode, compared to other trip purposes. Travelers’ choice toward ride sourcing would increase under three different situations: when private vehicle is not available, when a person is new to an area, or when parking is a major concern. While convenience, cost, and reliability are the top three primary factors influencing travelers’ mode choice, surprisingly, multitasking is the least important factor. A cost saving of around $70 per month, or a timesaving of 15 minutes per trip may persuade 50 percent of Americans to switch to ride-sourcing modes. Higher levels of convenience and flexibility associated with private vehicle is the major motivation to buy or lease a vehicle, while ownership and maintenance costs are among the most prevalent reasons against private ownership. While these findings shed light on the factors affecting user adoption and perceptions of these emerging trends and technologies, the next phase of the study will further analyze the data and evaluate travelers’ mode choices among various scenarios, which will provide important inputs to facilitate planning and policy decisions in consideration of these technologies.


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Dual-Degrees in Civil Engineering The dual-degree program offers undergraduate students from FIU’s international partner universities the opportunity to complete two degree programs in almost the same amount of time as completing one. Participants who currently choose a B.S. in civil engineering will soon be able to choose environmental engineering as well. Students enjoy studying on two different campuses in two different countries, and upon completion of the program, receive degrees from both their home institutions and FIU. Currently, FIU has a dual-degree program in civil engineering with Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The students complete their first three years at UNIBE, and then transfer to complete their final one to two years at FIU. Upon completion of the program, students earn an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from both UNIBE and FIU. Additional programs in Peru and Colombia are underway, and will be available soon.

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Global Learning in Peru The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) has partnered with Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) in Lima, Peru to offer a joint M.S. Degree. To accommodate recent growth, Peru needs to train the next generation of civil and environmental engineers to work on private and public infrastructure projects, as well as new housing and urban areas. It is the ideal opportunity for FIU’s faculty to share their knowledge and prepare the country’s future engineering workforce. CEE is also in talks with the National University of Engineering and Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, both in Lima, to offer similar programs at each institution. Recently, the CEE Department at FIU has also initiated a process of developing a joint Ph.D. Program with University of Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil, considered the top university in all of Latin America.


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Homa Fartash 2017 Best TRB Freeway Operations Paper Award

FIU CEE Dissertation Year Fellow, Homa Fartash was awarded the esteemed Transportation Research Board (TRB) 2017 Best Freeway Operations Paper Award for her paper, “Assessment of the Need for System Warrants in Addition to Local Warrants for Ramp Metering Installation.” Fartash presented her paper at the TRB’s 96th annual meeting that took place in January of 2017 and she has been invited to attend the 97th annual meeting that will take place in 2018 where she will officially receive her award and recognition. This prestigious award is awarded once a year to the highest rated freeway operationsrelated paper published by TRB. This year, Fartash’s paper was competing against over 40 paper submissions worldwide and was selected as the top paper. This award is in place to encourage researchers to continue working on improving the nation’s freeways, which are becoming increasingly condensed with traffic, as more vehicles are put on the street. Because cars are the main source of transportation in the United States, it is essential that our freeways are structured in a way that emphasizes efficiency aimed at reducing the time that we spend stuck in traffic, and at the same time helping to increase safety. Fartash’s research for her paper, “Assessment of the Need for System Warrants in Addition to Local Warrants for Ramp Metering Installation,” aims to improve how ramp metering is conducted and installed. The paper focuses on assessing the need for system warrants, in addition

to local warrants for ramp metering installation to prevent traffic breakdown at bottleneck locations. Fartash used a linear programming formulation combined with the consideration of the random variability of bottleneck capacity to select the ramps to be metered based on the system bottleneck. Her study found that the selection of additional ramps for metering based on system bottlenecks, in addition to those justified by local warrants, can delay the breakdown at the system bottleneck location and improve the performance of the freeway mainline. Another important benefit of selecting ramps for metering based on system operations is that it distributes the on-ramp delays due to metering among more ramps. This leads to reducing the experienced delays on the ramps selected utilizing the existing warrants that are based on local conditions. Active management of our freeways and their operations is fundamental to keeping traffic under control. Though the concept of ramp metering is already implemented, Homa’s research can now lead to the proper and efficient use of this traffic management strategy by transportation agencies worldwide. Thanks to Fartash’s devotion to her profession, we have a chance to experience a higher quality of life when we are out on the road. We are very proud of the work and contributions that our students are putting forth to improve the transportation industry.

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Melody Gonzalez 2017 ASCE John Lenard Civil Engineering Scholarship

This summer, Civil Engineering undergraduate student Melody Gonzalez earned the honor of being one of only two students in the United States to be awarded the 2017 ASCE John Lenard Civil Engineering Scholarship.Her colleagues in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are very proud to recognize Melody Gonzalez for this outstanding achievement. Most of all, we are extremely happy that it belongs to someone who is so truly deserving of it. The John Lenard Civil Engineering Scholarship was endowed in 2008 by John Leonard, P.E., ASCE Fellow, to encourage students to further their civil engineering education with a focus on water supply or environmental engineering. John F. Lenard is the founder of Lenard Engineering Inc., a civil and environmental engineering firm that specializes in providing services to municipalities, state and federal agencies, and private entities. John Lenard is an advocate of the power of knowledge and helping deserving, up-and-coming engineers.

“It is an honor to be an ambassador of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department’s students, and even a bigger honor to represent FIU nationwide,” said Melody Gonzalez.


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High academic standards, exceptional leadership skills demonstrated by her involvement in different student organizations, and her commitment to community service, propelled Gonzalez to stand out above other students to earn this prestigious award. JoAnna Sanabria, Adjunct Instructor for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, states her high praise of Melody this way, “Melody is a unique student with a strong passion to further her knowledge and understanding of engineering. I feel that she is a student with much potential to succeed in her academic and professional endeavors.” Gonzalez is creating a contagious culture of success and perseverance within our student body. She is part of the team that reestablished the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) FIU student chapter in 2016. Currently, she is the president of the club, and is working with her team on a project to provide safe drinking water to Jinotega, Chimborazo, a community in Nicaragua. We are very excited to see what the future has in store for Gonzalez in her academic career and how she will serve as an inspiration for other students to reach and surpass their goals. Congratulations Melody!

Md. Asif Raihan 2017 Daniel B. Fambro Student Paper Award Institute of Transportation Engineers

FIU CEE Ph.D. Candidate and Graduate Research Assistant, Md. Asif Raihan was awarded the prestigious Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Daniel B. Fambro Student Paper Award for his paper, Impact of Roadway Characteristics on Bicycle Safety. Raihan received the award during the ITE International Annual Meeting and Exhibit that was held July 30—August 2, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This prominent award is named after Daniel B. Fambro, Professor at Texas A&M University and Associate Research Engineer at the Texas Transportation Institute, who passed away in September 1999 at the age of 48. Through this award, ITE recognizes the exemplary service that Daniel B. Fambro offered to ITE and his devotion to his pupils and the vocation. The purpose behind this award is to inspire student members of the ITE to conduct and report on original research and investigation of transportation engineering subjects that can provide a benefit to our communities. Raihan’s Impact of Roadway Characteristics on Bicycle Safety embodies the true essence of original research and investigation. For a long time, Florida has led the nation in bicyclist fatalities with 139 cases in 2014, accounting for approximately 20 percent of the nation’s total. Raihan took the initiative to dedicate his research to shine a light on this epidemic and through his paper, he has given the issue the attention that it deserves.

His objective for this research is to quantify the safety impacts of roadway characteristics, such as shared path, median width, presence of on-street parking, shoulder type, sidewalk, and bicycle infrastructure, such as bicycle lane and bicycle slots on bicycle crashes. One of the main challenges in studying bicycle safety is the lack of exposure data. With the recent advent of technology, several smartphone applications that collect bicycle activity data have become available. This research used bicycle activity data collected from the Strava smartphone app users who were biking in Florida. Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) roadway characteristics database from 2014 and four years of crash data from 2011-2014 were used to evaluate the safety impacts of roadway characteristics on bicycle crashes. Negative Binomial (NB) models to predict bicycle crash frequencies as a function of roadway characteristics, and bicycle activity were developed. Finally, these models were used to develop Florida-specific crash modification factors (CMFs) for bicycle crashes for different roadway characteristics. The results provide insights on how changes in roadway characteristics affect bicycle crash frequencies in Florida. It is our hope that state DOTs are able to implement this research to their respective states in order to unify the efforts of completely eradicating bicyclist fatalities. Let’s work together to keep our community safe!

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Kevin Martinez 2015-2016 FACERS Skillman Civil Engineering Scholarship

Dr. Somaye Fakharian Qom 2016 FIU Outstanding Graduate Award

Mario Rojas

Mary Ellen Crist

Sarah Bird

2016 Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society Graduate Fellowship

2017 FIU Outstanding Bachelor’s Degree Award

2017 FIU Outstanding Bachelor’s Degree Award

Dr. Md Sakoat Hossan

2016 Worlds Ahead Graduate

Daniela Waltersdorfer

Samaneh Khazraeian

Leila Azizi

Alfredo Falcon

2016 Gold Coast Chapter of ITE BOOK Scholarship

2017 WTS National Leadership Legacy Scholarship

South Florida WTS Conference Scholarship

2015-2016 Keith and Schnars Civil Engineering Scholarship 2016-2017 Kelly Foundation Construction and Engineering Scholarship

Claudia Ramirez Mederos

Charmaine Emanuels

Dr. Hamidreza Asgari

2017 Fang Zhao Scholarship

2017 Condotte America Endowed Scholarship

2017 Kelly Foundation Engineering Scholarship

2016 Outstanding Paper Award in Freight Modeling Committee at the 96th Transportation Research Board


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2016 Outstanding Paper Award in Freight Modeling Committee at the 96th Transportation Research Board

Dr. Daria Boglaienko

Paola Martinez

Dr. Kollol Shams

Jael Zambrano

2017 FIU Outstanding Doctoral Degree Award

2017 Condotte America Inc. Scholarship

2016 Outstanding Paper Award in Freight Modeling Committee at the 96th Transportation Research Board

2017 FG-LSAMP Scholarship

Juan Gonzalez Pena

Melody A. Gonzalez

Homa Fartash

Md. Asif Raihan

Yu-Feng Su

2017 Keith and Schnars Civil Engineering Scholarship

2017-2018 ASCE Society Scholarship

2016 ITE District 10 Henry P. Boggs Student Paper Award

2016 Life Savers Scholarship Award

2nd Place Award

2017 ASCE John Lenard Civil Engineering Scholarship

2016 ITE District 10 Bill McGrath transportation Studies Scholarship

2017 FSITE/District 10 Best Student Paper Award

2017 SWE Elizabeth McLean memorial Scholarship

2016 Gold Coast Chapter of ITE BOOK Scholarship

2017 FACERS Skillman Civil Engineering Scholarship

2017-2018 HSF Scholar Award

2016 South Florida WTS Helen M. Overly Memorial Scholarship 2017 Fang Zhao Scholarship

2017 Daniel B. Fambro Student Paper Award

Phabjan Rangel Rojas 2016-2017 NACME Scholarship

Title: 3D Printed Synthetic Geomechanics 2016 ASCE EMI Granular Materials Technical Committee Student Poster Competition at ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference – PMC Probabilistic Mechanics & Reliability Conference

2017 Best TRB Freeway Operations Paper Award

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2016 FALL





Juan Pablo Pinheiros

Yajaira Lourdes Moleiro

Ricardo Perez

Alain Jimenez

Mario Benito Rojas IV

Michel Gorayeb

Kevin Zambran

Steven Faupel

Maria D Dieguez Soto

Krishna Vigneshwaran Konda Krishnamurthy

Gilberto David Gil Jr

Alejandra Karina Martinez Agreda

Ariesp Mejia

Natalia Duque

Francisco De Jesus Alberto Chitty Gozalo

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Daria Boglaienko

Mikhail Vladimirovich Ryabov

Hadi Nazarnia

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Md Ahsan Sabbir

Wilmide Vernet

Mojtaba Mohammadafzali

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Ph.D. Mohammad Hajigholizadeh Ramin Taghinezhadbilondy


Xuanwu Chen


Reza Sheykhi

Francis Jomo Bain

Nahid Vesali Mahmoud

Shirin Noei

Kollol Shams

Bin Li

Alireza Mohammadi

Maria Adriana Cutillo Fernandez

Seyed Mohammad Ali Sadat Lavasani Bozorg


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Jin Zhu Filmon Fesehaye Habte Mohamed Moheeb El Said Ibrahim Somaye Fakharian Qom


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Jianmin Jia


Students of the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering are active in a number of associations, societies and honoraria. Getting involved in one or more of these groups is an excellent way to expand your horizons as a CEE student and build a professional network.

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ASCE FIU chapter wins awards and targets jobs


The ASCE student chapter at FIU had a very productive year that involved winning awards, growing its membership, and helping students land internships and paid jobs. This year, the club placed first in the Environmental Competition at the ASCE Southeast Student Conference. The focus was on cleaning synthesized wastewater. The chapter also won third place in the Professional Paper Competition, which examined the ethical question of whether engineering faculty should

be teaching technical subject matter without obtaining professional licensure. This year, the club also successfully conducted its first fundraising event, took several field trips, and held various networking events throughout the year. In particular, one of the field trips proved to be very productive. Students visited the Panorama Tower, in which the general contractor, Tutor Perini, hired four ASCE members as interns for the summer, some of whom were asked to return for the fall. The ASCE student chapter has grown significantly in recent years, and is providing the students with opportunities to become more familiar with the profession.

RECOGNITION ASCE 2017 Southeast Student Conference • 1st Place in the Environmental Competition • 3rd Place in the Professional Paper (best paper ever written by FIU, according to judge Jose Acosta)


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The Chi Epsilon student chapter at FIU had a very eventful 2016. Between community engagement events and recruiting members, the chapter has demonstrated steady growth. Its main purpose revolves around four pillars: scholarship, character, practicality, and sociability. Right now, the student chapter a nationwide membership of well over 100,000. Mario Rojas is one of those 100,000 members. Rojas became one of two Chi Epsilon Fellows nationwide, shortly after receiving the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Research Board Fellowship (DDETFP). He is an engineering superstar in the making and we are very proud to have him as an alumnus.

Mario Rojas: “During my time as a member of the FIU Chapter, we focused on community building activities. In general, these activities included going to serve in the community as well as playing an active role in on-campus activities. On campus we participated in events like the Engineering Expo as well as social events with our peers from all disciplines. Throughout this experience, I was able to forge lasting friendships and benefited from a wealth of knowledge provided by my peers and our advisors.�

RECOGNITION Honors and Awards Chi Epsilon Graduate Fellowship RECIPIENT: Mario Rojas

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Water! The most essential element to life. FIU-WEF Student Chapter focuses on studying, understanding, participating in, and contributing to the protection and enhancement of the local, regional, and global water environment. Our population keeps growing at an unsustainable pace, and our FIU-WEF students are at the forefront in the movement to protect our most precious gift from nature. FIU-WEF’s prime focus is the unique water ecosystems of South Florida. The group works tirelessly through research and volunteer activities around our community to help improve the ecosystems.

and TSS while generating energy, reclaiming a large portion of the wastewater for irrigation, and utilizing stabilized, dewatered, Class A biosolids as soil amendment. The proposed design will effectively lower BOD and TSS, generate electricity for the brewery, produce an added income from soil amendment and reclaim water sales, as well as reduce environmental impact. The objective of this project was to select a location and conceptually design a plasma-assisted gasification plant located in Indonesia. ESRI ArcGIS was used for spatial analysis to select a site with optimum conditions for a large-scale waste-to-energy plant. Preliminary calculations were done to calculate the total available energy and plant specifications and to determine feasibility. The plant designed will have an energy output of 363.21 kWh per ton of MSW. The total capital cost is estimated to be $134,000,000, with a payback period of approximately 22 years. The high capital cost makes this new technology difficult to execute but has a high return on investment potential of 37% in 30 years, and a growing market for syngas fuel. With projects like these, we can say that the future of our local, national, and global water ecosystems are in good hands moving forward.

This past October, FIU-WEF attended the 2016 WEFTEC Conference with about 20 of its members, the largest group from FIU to ever attend the conference. Members were able to enjoy the opportunity to network with peers and leading industry professionals. Earlier this year, the FIU-WEF graduating class participated in the 2017 FWEA Student Chapter Design Competition intended to promote “real world” design experience. They had two teams represent the student chapter:

Wastewater Design Team: SOFLOW SOLUTIONS From left to right: Lindsay Bockstein, Afeefa Abdool-Ghany, Raul Alfaro, Jesus Herrera, Celia Bedoya, Mariell Soto and Chaddi Jurdi


The team’s project focused on the design of brewery wastewater treatment facility and the handling of solids. The recent expansion of the craft beer industry has resulted in a new challenge for the surrounding municipality’s wastewater treatment facilities. High concentrations of BOD and TSS in brewery wastewater makes discharging brewery waste into the municipal waste stream problematic. They proposed a centrally located wastewater treatment facility designed to handle 15 craft breweries. The facility will effectively lower BOD

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Environmental Design Team: KOMODO ENERGY From left to right: John Quintero, Sarah Bird, Khizer Zaman, and Guillermo Rivera


The Florida International University Engineers Without Borders USA chapter (EWB FIU) is one year in and already running strong. EWB FIU is dedicated to building a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. EWB FIU was recently reopened in Fall 2016 and the team is heavily engaged in their newly adopted project in Jinotega, Nicaragua. The project is located in the rural community of El Chimborazo, where the community lacks an adequate and clean source of drinking water. Its current source of drinking water is a small natural spring that is contaminated, causing the members of the community to develop water-borne illnesses. Having adopted this project, the goal and duty is to provide El Chimborazo with a reliable and clean drinking water source using sustainable, cost-effective, and efficient methods. The project is divided into various phases: Assessment, Implementation, and Monitoring and Evaluation. EWB FIU is currently in the Assessment Phase and getting ready for the assessment trip to the community with the goals of conducting water-quality tests to determine specific contaminants in the spring, understand the community’s needs, and evaluate the feasibility of developing a project to fix the problem. To prepare for the trip, EWB FIU is hosting project workshops to discuss with their members the importance of water quality, the important data and information that needs to be collected to design a small water-filtration system, and the research that needs to be conducted to enhance the understanding of the community, location, and the goals to meet. Although EWB FIU members are currently deeply involved in an international project, they also understand the importance of giving a helping-hand in our very own community. EWB FIU volunteers at events within Miami-Dade and Broward County once a month in order to fulfill this vision. Their members have participated in several beach cleanups and invasive-species removal volunteering events. EWB FIU sees volunteering as an opportunity to engage with our community, better the environment, and collectively learn about their impact on individuals and the world.

EWB FIU is actively preparing undergraduate students with the engineering skills necessary to excel and make an impact in the world. Its team consists of FIU students from a variety of majors, specifically Civil, Environmental, Mechanical, and Biomedical Engineering. Although the chapter focuses on engineering projects, the organization is encouraging students of all majors to join, share their ideas, and make an impact on El Chimborazo and the future communities we plan to help! The EWB FIU executive board, led by its president Melody Gonzalez, believes there is nothing more gratifying than applying their knowledge of engineering and honoring cultural values to help brothers and sisters in need.

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The American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists at FIU was very active during the 2016-2017 academic calendar year. Prominent guest speakers included: Emilio Lopez, CEO of Stop Ocean Pollution; Paola Davis, Project Engineer of 300 Engineering; Steve Rowe, CEO of Newtrient LLC, and Karim Ayoub, Engineer and VP of New Business Development at Pentech SA. Invaluable insight was provided about extremely pressing issues in the world of Environmental Engineering along with time for networking with those in attendance. AAEES believes deeply in giving back to the environmental community. Some examples include volunteering and attending social events such as the Miami-Dade County Environmentally Endangered Lands program, and collaborating with the Water Environment Federation, Engineers Without Borders, and Debris Free Oceans (a cleanup that collected over 1000 pounds of trash from our beaches and national parks). AAEES also hosted a DBHYDRO data-training course and multiple field trips. Many more events and activities like these are in the planning stages for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year.

RECOGNITION Honors and Awards

• Contributed to ASCE winning first place in the Environmental Competition at the ASCE 2017 Southeast Student Conference

Ron Hariprashad, Allyson Tombesi, Sarah Solomon

• Second place in the 2016-2017 EESF/AEESP Student Video Competition


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The FIU ITE student chapter promotes the professional development of our members, supports and encourages education, and stimulates research. The academic year of 2016-2017 was very active for the chapter. The following list highlights some of the most notable activities from the academic year:


• Hosted 16 guest speaker events covering a wide variety of topics; • Held nine graduate seminar events by graduate students presenting their research findings; • Presented three technical training workshops on VISSIM & VISSUM, safety analyst software and a workshop on National Guidance on Connected and Automated Vehicles, and Transportation System Management and Operation; • Focused on recruiting undergraduate students and general membership, including a remarkable increase in the involvement of undergraduate students this year; and

As a chapter, FIU ITE was recognized as the 2016 ITE International Best Student Chapter and the 2016 District 10 ITE Best Student Chapter. This is a testament to the fantastic work that the students put forth with every activity. The FIU ITE student chapter serves undergraduate and graduate students to improve their professional and networking skills through career orientation and other community service events. This academic year, chapter members participated in a K-12 student outreach program by visiting middle schools across Miami-Dade County. This program aims to provide middle school students with information about transportation engineering and related topics. It provides students with hands-on activities and engineering experiments while exposing them to career opportunities. Our members visited three schools recently, and are planning to continue this program. During these events, our members introduced transportation engineering to more than 130 students.

• Committed to K-12 program by visiting schools and introducing transportation engineering as well as providing transportation related hands-on projects to students.

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The American Concrete Institute Student Chapter at FIU (ACI FIU) is focused on connecting students in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at FIU to the world of concrete, as well as to the engineering and construction professions. ACI FIU’s main goal is to prepare students for what is happening outside of their classrooms and keep them up-to-date with the latest technologies and practices in their field. This is achieved through technical presentations, networking events, site visits, involvement with the local professional chapter and other activities for professional development. These events are used to give students a better sense of what the professional world looks like before they get out of school. The activities of the organization also familiarize students with the American Concrete Institute (ACI), which is one of the most influential organizations to industries all over the world. Every semester ACI FIU brings professionals to FIU or takes the students to plants (including precast concrete fabrications plants, cement plants, aggregate plants,


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etc.), competitions (including the concrete bowling ball), and other activities related to the chapter and the concrete industry. Recent seminars by industry professionals have been presented in the areas of introduction to concrete, concrete mix design, architectural concrete and UHPC, and BIM technology among others. This past year, the chapter has also coordinated visits to a concrete plant and to some of the ACI South Florida Chapter’s events such as visits to the Panorama Tower construction site, the NV5 Lab, and their annual banquet. The chapter has also participated in the Fiber Reinforced Florida Concrete Bowling Ball competition, hosted by the FCPA in Orlando, in which ACI FIU teams placed second and third places. Additionally, ACI FIU has been continuously recognized by the ACI South Florida Chapter for the high level of activity and engagement from a Student Chapter. The ACI Student Chapter at FIU will continue to work to engage industries to better prepare students for the workforce and open up additional opportunities for students to find future employment.


Florida International University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has reached new heights yet again, with the creation of their very own Florida International Student Institute for Computational Applications (FISICA) student chapter. The FISICA student chapter is one unique to FIU with the purpose of learning the computer skills that can physically simulate civil engineering related problems, which may include, but not be limited to deformable bodies, multi-bodies, fluid, lighting, fracture, computer programming, and so on. FISICA had an outstanding inauguration with eight members, including seven undergraduate students and one graduate student. The club is primarily for civil engineering students, but it is open to anyone who

shares a common interest and is willing to explore the ample possibilities. The members will hold study meetings on a bi-weekly basis with the goals of teaching to and learning from one another. Each of the students will receive an assigned part for instruction and demonstration that will be followed by hands-on sessions.

Faculty advisor and student chapter originator, Dr. Seung Jae Lee had this to say: “The upcoming 30 years in Civil and Environmental Engineering will be very different from the past 30 years in this world driven by technology. Think about this: Currently, smartphones are an essential part of our lives, but iPhone— the very first smartphone—was created only 10 years ago. Can we imagine how the world will look like in the upcoming 10 years? I believe computer simulation will play a critical role in our area. Furthermore, physics-based simulation is indeed a great tool to better express our thoughts and to underpin the transparency in communication between engineers, contractors and stakeholders for better decision making. However, I couldn’t find an activity for it so that students can learn the skills, so I created FISICA to address such issues. New classes may be opened as a regular curriculum, but I thought extracurricular student club activities might be better as they are flexible in learning while accommodating the fast-paced changes in technology.” In 2018, FISICA will hold a competition to award the best simulations that students have developed throughout the year. The 2017-2018 academic year is proving to be one full of projected success. Are you willing to make your mark and contribute to success?

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CHANGING THE WORLD Robert Carballo (B.S. 1986, P.E.) Vice President, Regional Business Leader, Transportation (US Gulf)


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at FIU is proud to have an amazing group of alumni who are changing our community and the world for the better with their work. Robert T. Carballo, a 1986 Bachelor of Science graduate, is one that is impacting the engineering field and South Florida with each project that he tackles. With a career spanning more than 30 years, Carballo has been a pillar of the engineering community, serving his clients with dedicated excellence each and every time. Transportation is a key element to the propagation of our society, especially in South Florida with Miami being one of the nation’s largest traffic hubs. Carballo’s major contributions have included the transportation, planning, and design of several elements of South Florida’s Express Lanes Network within Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. Over the past few years, South Florida’s highways have been undergoing extreme makeovers to accommodate the high traffic volume demand of our growing community. Robert Carballo has been at the forefront of these changes, first as the President of C3TS and now as the Vice President, Regional Business Leader, Transportation (US Gulf) at Stantec Consulting Services Inc. South Florida’s Express Lanes Network commenced with the I-95 Express Lanes project, the first of its kind in South Florida, representing a new age in the management of traffic. This $140 million+ project was devoted to transforming the existing High Occupancy Vehicles (HOV) lanes to limited access express lanes called the I-95 Express. It is the initial pilot project in Florida that launched the idea of a system of express lanes to support the region’s mobility options. While Carballo was working with his design teams in delivering this project he was also planning the expansion of the Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike from SR 874 to SR 836 which is currently under construction today and will not only widen the HEFT to add additional capacity, but is also incorporating express lanes to further enhance travel time reliability and mobility choices within our community. Other major elements of South Florida’s Express Lanes Network worked on by Carballo and his team at Stantec Consulting Services Inc. includes the $1.22 Billion (Construction Dollars) 595 Express in Broward County which was delivered through a Pub-

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lic Private Partnership Development Agreement and completed last year; the implementation of express lanes along I-95 in Broward and Palm Beach Counties currently under construction and the planning for the Widening of 18 Miles of the Sawgrass Expressway in Broward County which is currently in the design phase. The SR 826/SR 836 Interchange Design-Build-Finance project, which delivered $560 million in improvements is another initiative worked on by Stantec Consulting Services. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and MDX needed a premier team to design and construct the second largest highway project in Miami-Dade County at the time, so they turned to the Design Team of BCC Engineering and Stantec Consulting Services Inc. to help deliver this critical infrastructure project. Working with the Construction Joint Venture Team of OHL Community Asphalt, Condotte America and the de Moya Group, 46 Bridges and 16 miles of system-to-system interchange roadway where successfully delivered in record time. In fact, this same team is currently delivering the Express Lanes improvements along SR 826 between the SR 826/SR 836 Interchange and I-75. These much-needed projects have already yielded very favorable results for commuters by diminishing the time they spend on the road.

Carballo has many accomplishments of which to be proud. One of them is his induction into the Miami-Dade College Hall of Fame for Engineering in 2010, and another is having been President of his company, C3TS, where he was personally responsible for the professional growth of more than 150 employees, including many FIU fellow graduates. In 2012 he then proceeded to sell the company to Global Design Firm Stantec Consulting Services Inc., and joined a team that today is over 22,000 employees, tackling a broader range of projects in the Global Engineering Services Market. Together with Stantec Consulting Services Inc., Carballo has worked in several states and continues to advance Florida’s infrastructure in many ways. His team is currently working with the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority on the planned extension of SR 836 (Dolphin Expressway) to service the Southwest area of the County near Tamiami Airportj. He has also helped Florida obtain NEPA Assignment from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which allows Florida the ability to assume federal responsibilities in developing projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This allows Florida to accelerate the delivery of infrastructure improvements in our community. Florida is the fourth state in the nation to be able to assume this responsibility and Stantec Consulting Services Inc. worked hand in hand with FDOT to make this possible.

As a dedicated leader in both his profession and the community, Carballo is an active member of the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers, serving on the FDOT Statewide Liaison Committee. He is also the FICE Liaison Representative on the Alternative Contracting Task Team with FDOT and has served as a member of the FIU Industry Advisory Board for the College of Engineering and Computing. In all he does, Carballo works to achieve his goal of building his people and turning his client’s concepts into reality as we build and strengthen our community, making him a dedicated leader in both his profession and community.

Carballo, a Cuban-American engineer, serves as an inspiration. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is fortunate to have played a role in the development of such a professional in the engineering industry, one who has contributed so much to our community’s transportation system. The department is excited to see what comes next for Carballo and his contributions to the engineering field.

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National Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) Conference December 6-8, 2017 The 2017 National Accelerated Bridge Construction Conference ( is a premier bridge engineering conference co-sponsored by 30 state DOTs and the Federal Highway Administration. This year the conference will be held on December 7-8, 2017 in Miami, Florida. 120 30-minute technical sessions will be held during the conference covering different aspects of ABC, and 11 ABC workshops will take place one day prior to the conference, Wednesday, December 6. This year’s invited keynote speaker is United States Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao. The previous 2014 and 2015 National ABC Conferences were each attended by more than 700 bridge professionals, including more than 200 state DOT bridge engineers and professionals. This year, we are looking to increase these numbers even more, as ABC needs continue to grow in our country.

CEE Alumni Night The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will host the first ever Alumni Night as a celebration of the achievements and contributions to the profession by our alumni and faculty. Come join us for an evening of reminiscing, dining, and networking with fellow alumni and current FIU faculty and students. This will be the largest FIU CEE alumni gathering for the year, and will include updates by the department Chair and college Dean.

During the 2014 and 2015 National ABC Conferences 275 technical presentations were made, 18 four- or eighthour workshops were conducted, and 95 companies exhibited their services. Gregory G. Nadeau, administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, was the keynote speaker for the 2014 and 2015 conferences providing tremendous support and insight into the industry.

We will be featuring awards such as the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, the Entrepreneur/Innovation Award, the Distinguished Engineering Faculty Award, and the Civil and Environmental Engineering Student of the Year Award for undergraduate and graduate students.


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The conferences, through travel scholarship development, assisted with travel expenses for a number of state bridge professionals attending the conference. Please visit to view short video clips and proceedings of the 2014 and 2015 conferences. Participants will be presented with a certificate of 15 continuing education hours of attendance stating that they have attended the workshop and/or conference. For each workshop, attendees will receive hours of direct contact time. It will be the attendee’s responsibility to present this certificate to his or her Board of Professional Engineers for use in fulfilling continuing education requirements. Conference organizers are responsible only for issuing the attendance certificate. The conference is an approved provider for continuing education by New York and Florida boards of professional engineers. This ABC Conference is the perfect fit for bridge design engineers, consultants, fabricators, erectors, precasters, construction professionals, maintenance engineers, transportation officials, policymakers, and marketing professionals; federal, state, and local agencies; city, county, and regional officials; industry suppliers; academics; and bridge professionals with expertise in bridge design, construction, or maintenance.

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December 7th-8th, 2017 Workshops: December 6th Hyatt Regency Miami Miami, Florida

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BRIDGE ENGINEERING CONFERENCES OF THE YEAR! KEYNOTE SPEAKER: ELAINE, L. CHAO, SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION (INVITED) • 120 Technical Presentations and 11, Four Hour Workshops • Travel Scholarships are Available to Support Bridge Owners to Attend the Conference • Co-Sponsored by 30 State DOTs, FHWA and TRB • Nominate Your Project For “Best ABC Project” RESERVE YOUR EXHIBIT BOOTH WHILE AVAILABLE VISIT: ABC-UTC.FIU.EDU/CONFERENCE or CALL (954) 895-7728.

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