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The Department of Civil &
Coastal Engineering, along with
the Department of Environmental
Engineering Sciences, will soon
be housed under The Engineering
School of Sustainable Infrastruc-
ture and Environment.
The restructuring is a
new direction for the
College of Engineer-
ing. Under the
leadership of recently
appointed Dean, Dr.
Cammy Abernathy
(pictured) a proposal
was submitted to these
two departments for
consideration in estab-
lishing the school. A
memorandum of understanding
(MOU) was drafted by the Dean
and discussed by the two depart-
ments that are involved Both
department's agreed to the
concept and are now underway
toward the restructure. The
director of the school will be

Ananth Prasad
was named Secre-
tary of the Florida
Department of
(FDOT) by
Governor Rick
Scott. Prasad will
be responsible for
managing the $7-billion agency
which oversees infrastructure
projects that are vital to Governor
Scott's 7-7-7 Jobs Plan, including

chosen by a process involving a
committee containing an equal
number of faculty from both
departments. This committee
was formed and has completed
the interview process.
The restructur-
ing places a
school director
overseeing the
two depart-
ments while a
head for each
will be respon-
sible for
advising, curriculum develop-
ment and other academic activi-
ties. All staff will be funded and
supervised by the school, with
the exception of the depart-
mental advising staff who will be
funded by the school but super-
vised by the department head.
Though staff will be centrally

port dredging, highway ex-
pansion and maintenance pro-
Prior to his appointment as
Secretary of FDOT, Prasad
served as the Assistant Sec-
retary for Engineering and
Operations for the agen-
cy. Prasad rejoined FDOT in
July 2010 after a brief two-year
stint as a vice president of a con-
struction-services firm. Prasad
has a total of 20 years of experi-

funded, they will be distributed
throughout the school in a man-
ner designed to optimize the ser-
vice to faculty and students.
The director will be responsible
for: the maintenance and success
of all degree programs housed in
the school, Faculty assignments
and evaluations including tenure
and promotion, all budgetary
matters, development activities,
supervision of fiscal and
administrative staff, facilitation
of a collegial relationship in and
between the two departments and
other duties that are currently
performed by the chairs if the
departments are involved.
It is anticipated that the new
Director will be in place by July
The CCE administration, faculty
and staff are very eager for the
upcoming changes and are look-
ing forward to what the future
holds with this new undertaking!

ence in the transportation indus-
try, including 18 years with
FDOT where he previously
held the positions of the Chief
Engineer and Director of Con-
struction. He was responsible for
implementing various innovative
contracting techniques, including
public-private partnerships.
Prasad earned a master's degree
in civil engineering from the
University of Florida.

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Managing Editor: Nancy E.
McIlrath-Glanville, M.Ed.,

Gator Alumnus, Ananth Prasad, named Secretary of FloridaDOT

lives in tornado-prone

Filed under Engineering, Research on
Thursday, May 12, 2011.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. Scientists comb-
ing through the destruction left behind by
the massive twister that swept through Tus-
caloosa, Ala., last month say beefing up
building codes and retrofitting existing
homes with building techniques honed in
hurricane-battered Florida could save prop-
erty and lives in tornado-prone areas
throughout the country.
"Since Hurricane Andrew struck Florida
back in 1992, Florida's building construc-
tion professionals and building officials
have continually improved their structural
load paths, which means that connections
between the roof and wall framing and
between wall to foundations have been
strengthened," said David O. Prevatt, an
assistant professor of civil and coastal
engineering at the University of Florida and
principal investigator of the project. "In
contrast, older homes in Tuscaloosa had
mainly toe-nailed rafter connections, and
almost none had adequate foundation an-
The project is being funded by a National
Science Foundation RAPID Response
Grant for Exploratory Research to investi-
gate and gather data about wind damage to,
and performance of, wood-frame structures
in the affected
that there is no
defense against
the most
tornado winds,
which can top
200 mph, but
he said he be- I '
lives improve- '
ments in home
can make houses and apartment buildings
safer in less-severe tornado conditions.
"There is no magic bullet here. An EF4 or
EF5 level wind will still level even the best
-constructed homes in its path," Prevatt
said. "The challenge facing us is to some-
how improve performance of our existing

homes so that more of them
can survive the less intense
EFO to EF2 tornado and by so
doing better protect its occu-
The NSF recognized the ur-
gency with the grant request
because this type of data on
structural failures is perishable;
once debris removal begins,
there is no way to analyze the
performance of the wood struc-
tures, said John W. van de
Lindt, a professor of civil, con-
struction and environmental
engineering at the University of Alabama.
The grant is being provided to UF to work in
close collaboration with UA and other re-
The research team inspected the 5.9-mile
affected tornado
path in Tusca- "Retrofitting is a cos1
loosa on May 2-5 price are you willing
to analyze wood-
frame structures
that were not damaged by trees. The team
received clearance from FEMA's Engi-
neering Division and inspected 150 structures,
including single-family homes (one- and two-
story) and apartment complexes. Collecting
more than 3,000 photos, the team determined
the EF-Scale rating in relation to damage for
each of the 150
structures, with
values ranging from
EFO to EF5, de-
pending on the
location within

Based on that data,
SPrevatt said, states
that experience
frequent tornado
activity would be
well-advised to beef
up their building
codes to more
closely resemble those in the Sunshine State.
However, he said, even more lives and prop-
erty could be saved by encouraging
homeowners to retrofit their houses to be
more wind-resistant.

"Retrofitting is a costly business but the
opportunities might exist immediately after
a disaster to build back something that will
perform better than what was lost. This
requires effort to go above and beyond the
minimum current requirements of the

tly business... But realistically what
g to pay for your family's safety?"

building code," Prevatt said. "But realisti-
cally what price are you willing to pay for
your family's safety? "
Other team members include:
* Andrew Graettinger, associate professor
of structural engineering and materials, and
David Grau, assistant professor of con-
struction engineering and management,
both at The University of Alabama
* William L. Colboume, director of wind
and flood hazard mitigation, Applied
Technology Council
* Rakesh Gupta, professor of wood science
and engineering, Oregon State University
* Shiling Pei, assistant professor of civil
and environmental engineering, South
Dakota State University
* Samuel Hensen, branch engineering and
technical manager, Simpson Strong-Tie Co.
The team will continue working with the
National Science Foundation grant and the
International Residential Code to begin the
process of making changes to ensure load
paths are enhanced to better protect the life
safety of the occupants. The research team
also will be available for the city of
Tuscaloosa and surrounding areas as the
rebuilding process begins.

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Design of Groundwater-Level Monitoring Network

Dr. Louis Motz has been awarded a project by the South
Florida Water Management District (District) to design a ground-
water-level monitoring network for the Upper Floridan Aquifer in
the south Florida area covered by the District. This project,
which is part of the District's 10-year plan to optimize monitor-
ing networks across the District, will help reduce uncertainties in
the District's numerical groundwater flow models by optimizing
the District's groundwater monitoring network for the Upper
Floridan Aquifer. Dr. Motz, along with Dr. Shirish Bhat, will
design a network that recommends the number and locations of
groundwater monitoring wells and frequency of data sampling
that will provide equivalent or better quality data with the same
number of wells or fewer wells, compared to the existing ground-
water monitoring network.
A technical approach has been developed to optimize the
District's Upper Floridan Aquifer groundwater-level monitoring
network. Time series analyses will be performed to determine
the temporal variability of the sample data. Sampling frequency
will be recommended based on the ability to detect short-term
and seasonal groundwater-level fluctuations and to discriminate
between the effects of short-term and long-term hydrologic
stresses. An ArcGIS-based geostatistical analysis will be per-
formed to characterize the spatial variability in the groundwater-
level data.
Groundwater levels will be estimated at locations in the study
area where data do not exist. A potentiometric map (showing the
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Transportation to predict bridge
scour depth for rock and cohesive
soil. Bloomquist, Sheppard, and
Crowley have developed two
unique instruments, the Sediment
Erosion Rate Flume (SERF) and
the Rotating Erosion Testing
Apparatus (RETA) to study this
1i1i !.. problem.
With the new instruments, engi-
neers can take in-situ rock core or Shelby tube samples and directly
measure erosion rate. Testing with the instruments is fully automat-

Existing Upper Floridan Aquifer groundwater
monitoring wells within the District

The existing groundwater-level monitoring network within the
District will be evaluated by comparing it to the optimal network
that is recommended for implementation. Areas within the
existinL network with both excess and insufficient coverne will
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measured over the course of a few days with minimal monitoring.
The SERF uses an advanced laser-ultrasonic system combined with
a high-precision stepper motor to advance samples during erosion
tests. The RETA utilizes feedback control between a torque cell-
clutch and a variable-speed rotating motor. Crowley, Bloomquist,
and Sheppard hope to use results from their research to develop a
better method for predicting local scour depths in the vicinity of a
bridge pier.

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Page 3


Center for Infrastructure Protection and
SPhysical Security (CIPPS)


Now Offering a Critical
Infrastructure Protection
Certificate (CIPC)

The Civil and Coastal Engineering (CCE)
Department has established a Critical
Infrastructure Protection Certificate
(CIPC) program for students interested in
furthering their knowledge in the area of
protecting the Nation's critical infrastruc-
ture systems against blast, shock, and im-
pact incidents. The CIPC program is a 9-
credit program, that is compatible
with the decision by the College of Engi-
neering to select the area of security and
critical infrastructure protection as one of
its focus areas.
The Center for Infrastructure Protection
and Physical Security (CIPPS), established
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Florida T2 Center Activities
include FHWA Summits and

FHWA Every Day Counts Summits
Last fall, the Florida T2 Center successful-
ly organized and hosted 10 regional Every
Day Counts (EDC) Summits for invited
guests representing state departments of
transportation, FHWA, key leaders for
local agency professional organizations
and industry in ten different states for the
Federal Highway Administration
(FHWA). The purpose of the EDC
Summits was to launch the FHWA
Administrator's (Victor Mendez) initiative
designed to identify and deploy innovation
aimed at shortening project delivery,
enhancing the safety of our roadways, and
protect the environment. FHWA Deputy

focus area in the College of Engineering
and the CIPC program. This program
could be expanded in the future to several
tracks, one in each of the COE engineering
The proposed Critical Infrastructure Pro-
tection Certificate was formulated to meet
the education needs of a diverse group of
potential students, while working within
the current CCE curriculum to optimize
the delivery of education and faculty re-
sources. The Critical Infrastructure Protec-
tion Certificate program will be adminis-
tered through the CCE Department. It is
further anticipated that offering this Certif-
icate will strengthen relationships between
the COE and government and industry
sectors, which are expected to increased
enrollment in both the MS and PhD pro-
grams, following completion of the Certif-
icate. Further, it is envisioned that this new
program will create new R&D funding
opportunities, and enhanced job placement
for COE graduate and undergraduate stu-
Participants in the Critical Infrastructure
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Adilllllll.lldlO GlC'g Nkikd\l conducted
opening comments and lead the closing
round table discussions at each of the ten
Highways for LIFE Demonstration
In addition, the Florida T2 Center contin-
ues to organize and host a series of demon-
stration showcases on behalf of FHWA's
Highways for LIFE (HfL) program that
focuses on advancing Longer-lasting
highway infrastructure using Innovations
to accomplish the Fast construction of
Efficient and safe highways and bridges.
The three goals of HfL are to:
* Improve safety during and after con-
* Reduce congestion caused by con-
* Improve the quality of the highway

Introduction to Protective Structures
(required of all participants)
SAdvanced Protective Structures
SRetrofit Methods for Protective
SApplied Protective Technology

The prerequisites for program participa-
tion are:
A BS degree in civil engineering with a
specialization in structures
Must be a graduate degree seeking
Completion of CES 6108 Structural
SMaintain a minimum GPA of 3.2 in the
graduate program

Impact Engineering
Typically, graduate students involved
with the R&D activities at CIPPS
take all five courses.
Participants will be awarded the Certifi-
ctac upon ihci coniplciion o1 all ,IatIuIi
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Showcases include a technical session and
a site visit, some of which occur during the
middle of the night to observe actual
construction. Recent showcases:
Rapid Removal and Replacement of U.S.
15/29 Bridge Over Broad Run near
Gainesville, VA
Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) in
Washington, DC, Montpelier, VT and
Sullivan's Island, SC
Precast Concrete Pavement Systems in
Ontario, CA and Fairfax, VA
Performance Contracting for Construction
(PCfC) in Clare, MI
Prefabricated Bridge Elements in
Frederick, MD and LaGrange, GA
Prefabricated Concrete Pavement Systems
(PCPS) in Newark, DE and Mt. Arlington,

Civil Civilities

Page 4

Center for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation (CMS)

U.S. Congressman Visits the CMS
Rep. John Mica (R-FL) met with CMS students, staff and faculty on March 7
at the University of Florida's College of Engineering. The purpose of the
meeting was to connect with the Transportation Research Center (TRC) and to
learn about the CMS's activities as they relate to, research, education, and tech-
nology transfer. CMS Director Lily Elefteriadou was extremely pleased that the
congressman met with students and faculty researchers.
"It was good to hear the congressman's perspective on research and educa-
tion, and it was an excellent opportunity for our students and faculty to give an
overview of their work to him in this forum," Elefteriadou said. "I was honored
that Congressman Mica took time out of his busy schedule to visit with our
Congressman Mica is the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infra-
structure Committee in Washington, D.C. In Florida, he represents the 7th Con-
gressional District.

Rep. John Mica, CMS faculty and students

Center o
: Multmocoal
Solutions Congestion Miigtio
I* *^ current oI Ficr3

Conference presentations past, present and future

CMS at TRB meetings, gave technical paper presenta-
Each January, as it is customary, trans- tions, won awards, attended the CUTC
portation professionals and practitioners banquet and awards ceremony at the Omni
from all over the world convene in Shoreham Hotel, and the UF reception.
Washington, D.C. for the Transportation This year, the CMS's Student of the Year
Research Board's (TRB) annual meeting. Award was given to Grady Carrick, a
It is easy to spot a "TRBer" busily walk- doctoral student, and a commander with
ing in and out the Florida Highway Pa-
and around the trol (FHP).
Marriott Ward- The UF reception at
man Park or the TRB was very well at-
Omni Shore- tended. Students, alumni
ham or others, and friends of transporta-
with their name tion at UF joined the
badges hanging Gators at the Mezzanine
around their of the Marriott Wardman
necks and Park hotel on January
intense looks Dr. Scott Washburn (L) and PhD student Grady Carrick 25 During the
on their faces, reception, students
some wired from an interesting session, showcased their research by displaying
and some tired from their long flights to posters of their most recent work.
the D.C. area. Here, the largest exchange
of information related to the transporta- International Conference on Low
tion profession occurs, the biggest names -Volume Roads
are present and students, the future of
On behalf of the Transportation Research
the transportation industry, come to learn
Board (TRB), the Florida T2 Center is
and disseminate the latest in transporta-International Conference
tion research and practice. And once hosting the 10th Inteational Conference
again, the CMS made their way up north on Low-Volume Roads July 2427, 2011
to attend TRB, and to host the yearly UF at the Hilton Walt Disney World in
reception at the Marriott Wardman Park Orlando. The conference, held every four
hotel. years, features the latest information about
low-volume road management, design,
CMS faculty, affiliates, and students par- construction, safety, managemen, design
ticipated in various sessions, committee
many other important related topics.

Pre-conference workshops and field trips
are also part of the agenda.
The conference is
organized for
worldwide practi-
tioners in local,
state, and federal
agencies; universi-
ties; private firms;
and international
Previous conferences have typically
attracted 300 or so transportation
professionals from all continents. Current
registration includes attendees from 20
nations. Visit
LVRO1.aspx to view the preliminary
program, pre-conference workshops, and
field trip information and to register for
the conference.

The ASEE Southeastern Section
Annual Conference was held in
Charleston, South Carolina on April 10-
12, 2011. Undergraduate student Asha
John and Professor Fazil Najafi presented
their findings on the "Influential Factors
of Helmet Use". The objective of the pa-
per was to identify influential factors re-
garding helmet use at the University of

Spring/Summer Issue

Page 5

Conference presentations past, present and future (continued)

UF/TRC Workshop on CORSIM
August 11,2011
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Orlando, Fla.

The CMS, the Transportation Research Center
(TRC), and McTrans at the University of Flori-
da have developed this workshop for transpor-
tation professionals with experienced and inter-
mediate knowledge of CORSIM. Participants
will learn about:
Recently added features for CORSIM
Lesser known features of CORSIM that
can be used to model unusual scenari-
os and provide advanced analysis
Methods for comparing CORSIM results
to HCM results and guidelines on
applying CORSIM to FDOT project
Future changes in CORSIM

Six professional development hours (PDHs)
will be offered for attending the workshop for
transportation professionals holding a P.E.
Registration fees include conference materials
and fond and hevern_"e service,

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help support this workshop and future technolo-
gy transfer activities.

For more information, including registration,
sponsorship opportunities and hotel registra-
tion, visit Conference & Workshops at http// events/conferences.php,
or contact Ines Aviles-Spadoni at 352-3929537,
Ext. 1409 or iaviles(

Annual Student Conference
Each year in March, the CMS showcases the
latest in transportation-related research con-
ducted by graduate students at the University of
Florida. Students from the departments of civil
engineering, industrial and systems engineer-
ing, urban and regional planning, occupational
therapy, environmental engineering and other
related discipline areas attend and/or present
papers and posters. The conference is free and
open to transportation professionals in academ-
ia, and in the private and government sectors.
Awards are given to students for outstanding
presentations and posters. This year, students
from the departments of epidemiology, civil
and coastal engineering and urban and regional
planning won awards for their presentations,
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External Advisory Board. The CMS Annual
Student Conference is held in conjunction with
the center's External Advisory Board meeting.
For more information, visit:
http:cms.ce.ufl.edunews events/2011 student
1st Place Yanning Wang, Ph.D. Student, Epi-
2nd Place Ruoniu (Vince) Wang, Ph.D. Stu-
dent, Urban & Regional Planning
3rd Place Dimitra Michalaka, Ph.D. Stu-
dent, Civil & Coastal Engineering
1st place Ori Baber, Ph.D. Student, Envi-
ronmental Engineering
2nd Place Brett Fuller, M.S. Student, Civil &
Coastal Engineering
3rd Place Kwangkyun Lim, Ph.D. student,
Civil & Coastal Engineering

IUFASCE continuing the tradition of excellence

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competition, UF emerged 4th place calculated, UF placed 1st in Balsa
overall. Bridge. Other successful ventures
Memorable moments included the UF included the Transportation, Con-
Eckhoff Steel Bridge Team placing -- -- Ic.' crete Cubes, and T-Shirt Design
1 et nftr nn Iutter^ rl nminatino huild -. Competitions.

time of 6.61 minutes and an extraordinary economy of $1.35M.
Equally impressive, the UF Concrete Canoe team powered to a 2nd
place title after posting consistently high scores and achieving first
place in the Women's Sprint and Coed races. Rounding out the
top-valued events, UF locked in the judges' attention to achieve 3rd
place in the Professional Paper Presentation.
One of the more curious events was the Balsa Bridge competition.

The University of Florida finished strong in the 2011 ASCE South-
east Student Conference at Tennessee Tech, but has already begun
preparing for the 2012 competition. With the continued support of
the professors, faculty, and sponsors such as Suwannee American
Cement and Kimley-Hom, the unrivaled determination of the
University of Florida students will rise to meet the challenge of the
forthcoming competition head-on.

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Page 6

Students participate in IRF Road Scholar program

The 2011 IRF (International
Road Federation) Road Scholar
Program welcomed 21 students from 16
countries. The annual 10-day IRF Road
Scholar Program gathers international
graduate students who have demonstrated
significant educational accomplishments as
well as a desire to use their education to
improve their home countries. Three stu-
dents from the University of Florida
Department of Civil and Coastal Engineer-
ingjoined the program, namely Ohhoon
Kwon and Kwang-Kyun LIM both from
South Korea, and Johnny CHAN from
Hong Kong Highways Department.
Road Scholars
Throughout the course of
the 10-day Program,
Fellows met with transpor-
tation industry leaders such
as AASHTO Executive
Director John C. Horsley,
TRB Executive Director
Bob Skinner, USDOT
FHWA International Pro-
grams Office Director Ian
Saunders, as well as multi-
disciplines specialists in the
World Bank. They visited
advanced research facili-
ties, listened to high-level
corporate presentations, attenldd lIcidc.i-

ship training activities, and participated
in active-learning events. A particular
highlight for the Fellows was the visit to
the US FHWA Turner-Fairbank Highway
Research Center, where the Fellows
were introduced to some of the state-of-
the-art research being conducted at the
An intense two days of meetings and
executive leadership training provided the
Fellows with knowledge, skills, insights,
and advice on how to create the kind of
career they want, how to be successful,
and even how to enjoy life as a busy
transportation professional.
The Dreznes Cup

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competed for the first ever Dreznes Cup.
The cup is named after IREF Chairman
Mike Dreznes for his devotion to the fel-
lowship program.
In this year, one of our students, Ohhoon
(2nd left in the photo) with his teammates
won the "Dreznes Cup" for top score in a
final-exam team competition that included
building a bridge with food items and
earning points in a Jeopardy-like contest.

The Jerry Shea Leadership
Another student from The Department
of Civil & Coastal Engineering was
recognized for his outstanding leader-
ship skills and the ability to work seam-
lessly in a team environment. Johnny
Chan (pictured above on left) was se-
lected by IRF and presented with the
Jerry Shea Leadership Award. The
award is named for Gerald (Jerry) P.
Shea, a renowned engineer who exem-
plified quality leadership and who
devoted much of his time to the IRF
Fellowship Program.
The Department of Civil & Coastal
Engineering applauds the efforts of the-
se students and are proud of their
accomplishments. Way to go Gator

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Featured Graduate student:
I Todd Davis

officer, Todd spent a year in kindergarten
," and later his junior and senior years of
high school (1988-1990) in Manheim,
I Germany. While in high school, Todd had

TN with his track team in the spring of 1989,
six months prior to the fall of the Berlin
Wall. His team visited
Todd in front of the palace in downtown Stuttgart, Germany Checkpoint Charlie and
Crossed over into the East

Todd Davis, P.E. (Ph.D. candidate in struc-
tural engineering) is crossing time zones and
cultures once again. Under the advisement of
University of Florida's Dr. Ronald A. Cook,
P.E., Todd is researching the short-term and
long-term performance of adhesive anchors in
concrete, which has taken him to Germany to
spend his summer in the Institut fir Werkstoffe
im Bauwesen (IWB) laboratory at the University
of Stuttgart. He received a research grant from
the German Academic Exchange Service
(DAAD) to investigate the effect of early age
concrete on the short-term bond strength of
adhesive anchors, the goal of which is to deter-
mine when it is practical to install and load
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German sector of Berlin. One of his souvenirs
from that time in Germany is a piece of the
Berlin wall.
Todd's first experience living overseas as an
adult began in 1999, when he and his wife,
Shana (civil engineer) moved to Guatemala
and opened a regional office for a non-profit
engineering development organization. It was
Todd's desire to further equip himself as a
structural engineer that brought him back to
the U.S. and to Gainesville in 2007.
Having experienced the advantages of cultur-
al immersion during his years in Guatemala,
Todd chose to complete two semesters of
German at UF prior to his arrival in Germany,
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development of US and International codes
pertaining to anchorage to concrete, and the
hosting of two research students from the
University of Stuttgart at UF. Todd had the
pleasant experience of collaborating with one
of those students who spent eight months at
UF in 2009.
Todd has been selecting coursework during
his time at UF that would prepare and posi-
tion himself to play an effective role in both
private practice and academia, possibly in an
international setting. His goal is to partner
with international academicians and engineers
in both the private and non-profit sector in
order to advance the understanding of engi-
neering theory, ethics, and design for future
engineers; conduct research in international
partnerships; facilitate code development; and
also influence infrastructure decisions that
will empower and improve the quality of life
of historically underrepresented members of
While the cross-cultural experience and
witnessing firsthand the change in Germany
since reunification will be enjoyable and

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Tori Tomiczek

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ories of UF include cheering on the Gators at football games, being involved with the UF Honors Ambassadors, UF Swing Dance Club, and UF
Lacrosse Club, and meeting with friends at Marston Science Library and Gator's Dockside. She looks forward to continuing her education at Notre
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ories of UF include cheering on the Gators at football games, being involved with the UF Honors Ambassadors, UF Swing Dance Club, and UF
Lacrosse Club, and meeting with friends at Marston Science Library and Gator's Dockside. She looks forward to continuing her education at Notre
Dame, where she plans to focus her research on the effect of hurricane waves on coastal erosion. As she begins her PhD program at a new school,
Tori is proud to know that she will always be a "Gator Engineer."
The Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering congratulates this young gator on such lofty achievements!

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Kudos to you!

Dr. Robert (Bob) Thieke has been named the College of
Engineering Advisor of the Year! Among this recent honor,
Bob has also been recognized for his excellence in the teaching
arena. He won the College of Engineering Teacher of the Year
Award in 1995, 2000 and 2005. He also won the National
ASCE ExCEEd Career Award for Excellence in Teaching in
2003. We congratulate Bob on all of these achievements!

(1i\ i uind IglidiiL.c sLIdtCi Hugo R. Sindcla.r \as ,n\,idld a Njnoial
Graduate Fellowship by the National Civil Engineering Honor Society, Chi
Epsilon. He will receive a $3000 fellowship in recognition of his outstanding
academic work, along with his "significant, enthusiastic and excellent in-
volvement in extracurricular activities, and particularly in Chi Epsilon. Way
to go!

The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Honors
Awards Task Force chose Mr. George R. Knecht as the winner
of the 2011 NSPE Distinguished Service Award. George will be
recognized nationally at the NSPE Annual Conference in Las
Vegas, Nevada on July 15, 2011. Congratulations to this CCE
Advisory Board member and Gator superstar!

We are proud of our Spring 2011 Gator Grads!

In memorium...

It is with deep sadness that we have
lost one of our own. PhD student,
Michael David Ahrens lost his
battle with cancer and passed away
on April 27,2011. Michael earned
his masters degree from UF in
2005 and had recently returned to
complete his PhD. Even with the
debilitating issues of chemothera-
py, Michael was able to work a
full-time job and take nine credit
hours of coursework this past year.
Michael had a very positive out-
look on life and he will remain an
inspiration to us all. Michael is
survived by his wife Kay (an employee of UF) and his
two sons, Jonathan and David. He was employed as a
manager for LOADTEST (Gainesville,FL), a deep
foundation testing firm and subsidiary of Fugro
(International). He was 45 years old.

S PhD graduates: Acar Ozlem, Yu Chen, Parvesh Kumari, Xiaoyu Zhu

Master's graduates: Benjamin Ashcraft, Addisu Bekele, Michael Biffel, Stephen Bouwer, John Brown, Qian
Cheng, William Cole, Krishnarao Dase, Sally Deschamps, Karen Deshon, Shusila Dhungana, Gary Drew,
Christopher Egan, Robert Ferguson, Jacob Frye, Brett Fuller, Jessica Grant, Xue Gu, Simon Guevara, Ali Hanes, Su
Hao, Roberto Herrera, Nicholas Kanelidis, Priyank Kothari, Dan Li, Weijie Liu, Sebastian Lopez, Saahith
Mallavarapu, Matthew McCaul, Russell McCloud, Mitsuhiro Narisawa, Robert Newsom, Kenneth Pasken, Anand
Patil, Alexander Poling, Balasubramanian Purushothaman,
Keyang Ren, Peter Simms, Jarrod Stem, Yongyang Tang,
Jorge Uy, Taylor Vogt, Jordan Walker, Ze Wang, William A C
Woodington, Yipeng Xie, Xi Zheng

Bachelor's graduates: Christian Alvarez, Dustin Alwood,
Mae Avian Avena, Jeremy Becker, Kacey Bladergroen,
aster of Engineering recipient- Randall Booker, Javier Briz, Justin Brosseau,
Kenneth A. Pasken Wilfredo Burgos, Heather Byers, German Calvo -I
Ho, Matthew Campbell, Joshua Canova, Amy
Cavaretta, Christopher Coleman, Bradley Cooney, Horatiu Corban, Marcel Cordes,
Stephen Creighton, Michael Crumpton, Zachary Faraone, Miguel Fernandez-
Annicaert, Kevin Frost, Arban Gjonbibaj, Peter Hankla, Andrew Hanna, John
Haynie, Lee Hellstrom, Corey Hill, John Hillman, Brandon Hinson, Eric Ho, Dan- L to R: Dr. Robert Thieke with bachelor's recipients Peter
iel Holden, Eric Holhouser, Hamza Hosein, Jack Hulsberg, Lynn Itani, John Jenks, Whitfield, John Keough, Jerry Paris, Jimmy Stephenson,
Asha John, Lakeisha John, Johny Kalim, James Keokosal, John Keough, Brent Lan- Amy Cavaretta, Asha John
golis, Elizabeth LaBoone, Sergio Lizarazo, Kyle Longville, Michael Mack, Jonathan Marshall, Lucio Martinez, Julian McKinley, Daniel
McRae, Gustavo Morris, Stephen Mothena, Lynn Nguyen, Matthew Noldan, Jacob Nussel, Justin Oakes, Jerry Paris, Carlos Pena, Sandra
Perez, Cameron Pettit, John Pole, Antonio Renda, Xavier Rios, John Robertson III, David Roueche, Priscilla Sale, Geyzer Salgado, Sandro
Sanchez Bemaola, Jennifer Seip, Cory Snyder, Steven Sonberg, James Stephenson III, Tyler Stevenson, Aaron Stolear, Kiet Ta, Matthew
Taylor, Victoria Tomiczek, Sarah Tsang, Donald Watson Jr., Peter Whitfield, Carey Wilkinson, Chase Wilkinson, Matthew Wilson,
Richard Wilson, William Worton II, Travis Young, Christa Zuccarino

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A new year, a new direction...a School is born Civil Civilities The newsletter for the Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida Inside this issue: Special points of interest:


Spring/Summer Issue Page 2


Civil Civilities Page 3


Civil Civilities Page 4 Center for Infrastructure Protection and Physical Security (CIPPS)


Spring/Summer Issue Page 5 Conference presentations past, present and future Center for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation (CMS)


Spring/Summer Issue Page 6 Conference presentations past, present and future (continued)


Students participate in IRF Road Scholar program Civil Civilities Page 7


Civil Civilities Page 8 Featured Undergraduate student: Tori Tomiczek Featured Graduate student: Todd Davis


Kudos to you! Civil Civilities Page 9 In memorium...