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Engineering


Message from the Chair
It is my pleasure to present the Fall 2003 issue of the CCE
Department Newsletter. I am always very excited to bring you
good news about the accomplishments and state of the CCE
Department. This newsletter continues with that very enjoyable
role, both in my letter and in the feature articles. The CCE
Newsletter serves as a vital link to our alumni, industry affiliates
in Florida and beyond, and other friends of the Department, as
we constantly endeavor to snuungtrlen and broaden ties, as well as
promote the excellence and prestige of our program.
l Our academic and research programs continue to grow at
Dr.Joseph W. Tedesco a dizzying pace. For the Fall 2003 semester, our student
enrollment swelled to 704, including 519 undergraduate
students and 185 full time graduate students. This impressive increase in our enrollment
was accompanied by an equally impressive increase in the quality of our incoming
students. The average high school GPA of incoming freshmen this fall exceeded 3.9! GO
GATORS!!
The CCE Department Research Program is the most comprehensive in the College of
Engineering. Current active research contracts are in excess of $33 million, representing
sponsors from a myriad offederal and state agencies, as well as industry. The Department
recently achieved a research milestone with the establishment of the National Center
for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) by the National Science Foundation last July
(please see the accompanying article). This serves as a testament to the high quality of our
research programs.
In closing, I strongly encourage CCE Department alumni and friends to keep us
informed regarding career achievements and other stories ofpersonal success and
fulfillment. We are eager to hear from you! Among other things this newsletter can serve
as a virtual bridge to unite our past and present students and friends. We are here for
you, so please stay connected. Regardless of where you are now, or when you attended this
great .'...' there will always be that common
bond we all share... It great to be a Florida
Gator!
Dr. Joseph W Tedesco

CCE Acquires Gator Mascot
The CCE Department has it's very own gator mascot thanks
r. the generosity of Susan Tedesco, wife of CCE Department
I:h;ii Dr. Joe Tedesco. Mrs. Tedesco purchased the Life-sized
replica of a bull gator on a visit to Boston, MA this
past June. While browsing in the Pavo Real Gallery in
the CopLey Square section of Boston, Mrs. Tedesco
could haidl.y avoid noticing the paper mache
gatoi. Upon realizing that her husband, who
:.uffeis from terminal gatormania, would
tade his University of Notre Dame dipLoma
in exchange for such a prize, the sale was
consummated. The art deco gator is the
creation of Mexican artist Pedro Alberto, renowned for his exotic animal sculptures. Once
the display case is completed, the "to be named" gator will be proudly displayed in the
ICCE Department office suite.








CCE Faculty Activities


Dr. Bob Dean,
Professor, was
granted Emeritus
status in rank of
Professor with full
support of the
Civil & Coastal
Engineering faculty
upon his retirement
in June. Dr. Dean also presented a
Keynote paper at the Thirtieth Congress
of the International Association of
Hydraulic Engineering and Research held
in Thessaloniki, Greece during the week
of August 25. The title of the paper was
"Sustainability of the World's Beaches".

Dr. Ralph Ellis, Associate Professor has
been elected to serve as Director of
Education and Research Directorate and
member of the Board of Directors of the
Construction Institute of the American
Society of Civil Engineers.

Dr. Scot E. Smith, Associate Professor
was awarded a six-month Fulbright
Scholarship to Hungary. He visited
Hungary in the fall 2002 and worked on
several water quality related projects at
the Technical University of Budapest and
the Hungarian Remote Sensing Centre.

Dr. Thomas Sputo,
P.E. Lecturer,
was appointed
Chairman of the
Test Procedures
subcommittee of
the American Iron
and Steel Institute
/ (AISI) Committee
on Specifications.
The AISI Committee on Specifications
is responsible for the North American
Specification for the Design of Cold-
Formed Stee[ Structural Members, used by
structural engineers in the United States,
Canada and Mexico. Dr. Sputo has also
been appointed as our department's ASCE
Student Section advisor.

Kenneth Courage,
Professor was
granted Emeritus
status in rank of
Professor with full
support of the
Civil & Coastal
Engineering fa. Ilr.,
upon his retir- ...- r
in August.


Dr. Fazil T. Najafi,
Professor was
appointed to the
Transportation
Research Board
Committee
on Structures
Maintenance for a
3-year term and to
the Committee on Bridge Management
Systems.

Dr. Ashish Mehta,
Professor was
selected as the
first recipient of
the Florida Shore &
Beach Preservation
Association's
Bob Dean Beach
Research Award.
The award is
presented for outstanding contributions
to beach preservation research. Dr.
Mehta was cited for over three decades
of research contribution.

Dr. Ronald A. Cook, Professor was
appointed to the Working Commission
on Concrete Structures of the
International Association of Bridge
and Structural Engineers. Dr. Cook is
the US representative on the Working
Commission with members from eighteen
other countries.

Dr.Joseph W.Tedesco, Civil and Coastal
Engineering Department Chair, was
appointed Senior Managing Editor for the
ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering
and was also selected as Chairman
of the ASCE Technical Administrative
Committee (TAC) on Dynamic Effects. Dr.
Tedesco also edited a book, Advances in
Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics,
in honor of M.I.T. professor Klaus-Jurgen
Bathe. Dr. Tedesco presented the book to
Professor Bathe at the opening ceremony
of the Second M.I.T. Conference on
Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics
held at M.I.T. this past June.


University Consortium Awarded
Major Research Contract For
Homeland Security
A university consortium, consisting of the University
of Florida, Pennsylvania State University, the
University of California at San Diego, New Mexico
Institute of Mining and Technology, Florida A&M
University, and North Carolina A&T University, was
recently awarded a major research contract by the
Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). DTRA's
mission is to safeguard America and its allies from
weapons of mass destruction (WMD), including
chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and
conventional high explosives, by reducing the present
threat and preparing for the future threat. DTRNs
strategic partnership objective with the university
consortium is to obtain innovative ideas and products
related to its mission. Such ideas and products will
address issues in technology, policy, strategy and
related infrastructure considerations.
Dr. Joseph W. Tedesco, Chairman of the
Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, and
Dean Pramod P. Khargonekar, will serve as Technical
Director and Administrative Director, respectively,
for the University of Florida. The initial 3-year award
is for $51M, with two consecutive 3-year awards at
$51M each pending, for a total of $153M over 9
years.
This award elevates the University of Florida into a
nationally recognized leadership position for homeland
security research. It is anticipated that University of
Florida researchers from the College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences and the College of Medicine, in addition
to the College of Engineering, will participate in this
major research initiative.



Real Time Hurricane Info Can Now
Go Public
Hurricane wind damage mitigation research
conducted jointly by UF and Clemson has gone
real-time. Students and faculty from both schools
converged in North Carolina on Sept. 15th to place
wind measurement devices in the path of Isabel.
The four portable wind towers are now able to
transmit peak values of wind speed every 15 minutes
to a public web site as the storm is passing. NOAA
researchers use the data to help their wind-field
models, giving emergency managers better and quicker
information on the storm behavior over land.
The web site is www.ce.ufl.edu/-fcmp/









NSF Creates a
Research Center
by Ramesh L. Shrestha and Bill Carter


The National Science Foundation (NSF)
recently awarded a grant to create a research
center to support the use of airborne
laser mapping technology in the scientific
community. The NSF supported Center
for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM)
will be operated jointly by the Department
of Civil & Coastal Engineering, College
of Engineering, University of Florida
(UF) and the Department of Earth and
Planetary Science, University of California-
Berkeley (UCB). NCALM will use the
Airborne Laser Swath Mapping (ALSM)
system jointly owned by UF and Florida
International University (FIU), based at the
UF Geosensing Engineering and Mapping
(GEM) Research Center. The state-of-the-
art laser surveying instrumentation, GPS
systems, which are installed in a Cessna 337
Skymaster aircraft, will collect data in areas
selected through competitive NSF grant
review process.
The ALSM observations will be analyzed
both at UF and UCB, and made available
to the Principal Investigator (PI) through an
archiving and distribution center at UCB-
building upon the Berkeley Seismological
Laboratory (BSL) Northern California
Earthquake Data Center system. The Center
will contribute to softwi-. *-. J. pni, nt
that will increase the pr ... n -' p....l 1in.l
data accuracy. NSF supp rr> ... .-e 1 ,i .
will contact UF during pr. p.. I
preparation to obtain g ... ii',
on cost estimates,
scheduling and
related issues. -,
Once funded,
PIs and their
students will
be able to ,
participate in all ,
phases of the work.
"The purpose ofNCAL_ I
is to provide research gr 1.k ..1 r
from Airborne Laser Sm ul I ', ppin '
(ALSM, also known as LiELRi ri l,,l. I -.
to NSF supported reseaicli, r.r.li. 1.. I11.
forms, hydrology, erosion, land slides,
sinkholes and beach storm damage." said
Ramesh Shrestha. Professors Ramesh


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NSF siniiorltel Center for Alirlornie laser Maililini


Shrestha and Bill Carter at UF, and Bill
Dietrich from UCB are the Principal
Investigators for the NSF supported Center.
Initial funding for a two-year period is
$1.2M.

The Technology
ALSM can produce a highly accurate
three-dimensional, digital topographical map
of a large area of land surface. The major
component of the system is a laser that emits
tens of thousands of short pulses of light
per second. The laser is mounted in a small
twin-engine aircraft and the laser pulses are
directed towards the ground by a scanning
mirror. Each pulse illuminates an area, or
footprint, of about one foot in diameter and
the light is scattered back to a sensor in the
aircraft. The round trip travel time of the
laser light allows researches to compute the
precise three-dimensional locations of the
points on the ground. The resulting set of
latitudes, longitudes and heights of many
millions of points on the ground is then
transformed into a highly accurate map.


UF and Florida International University
(FIU) jointly own and operate the ALSM
system. When it was purchased almost five
years ago, it was the first ALSM system
owned and operated by any academic
institution in the world. The UF has had a
research program for more than five years in
the application of ALSM to a wide variety of
problems, and has completed more than 50
research projects funded by federal, state and
local agencies. These include a collaborative
effort to map the World Trade Center
site in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks,
landslide detection and monitoring, sinkhole
assessment and the damage of coastal areas
by hurricanes.
"The new NSF research center will have
two main areas of focus: assisting NSF-
supported researchers with mapping projects
and further enhancing and perfecting the
mapping technology." Carter said. He also
noted that "Traditional mapping techniques
such as surveying, photogrammetry and
GPS are either impractical or extremely
expensive when it comes to mapping large
areas spanning tens or hundreds


LAND SLIDES


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of square miles." The result is that current
topographical maps do not have the
resolution often needed for earthquake
scientists, for example, or landscape
ecologists, to draw meaningful conclusions.
Once perfected, the laser mapping
technology has the potential to change that,
with potentially radical results.


NCALM Workshop
As a part of NCALM, a workshop sponsored
by NSF was held in Gainesville, FL, April
24-26, 2003. About 50 scientists, researchers
and students from universities, government
agencies, national laboratories, and private
industry participated in the workshop to
learn about the current capabilities of ALSM,
share their experiences in using ALSM for a
wide variety of research applications, outline
research made possible by research grade
ALSM data, and discuss the operation and
management of NCALM. The program
included 33 verbal presentations, 10 poster
presentations, a field visit to the Gainesville
Regional Airport to examine the UF ALSM
data collection system, and a half-day
of open discussions covering all aspects
of NCALM. The workshop was jointly
convened by UF and UCB and the extensive


effort made to inform the community of
the workshop succeeded in attracting an
excellent cross section of researchers. A
wide range of basic research problems in
geo-sciences and geo-surficial processes
were described that would exploit ALSM
technology.
The topography of the earth's surface
contains signatures of tectonic and erosional
processes. It structures hydrologic pathways,
soil moisture distribution and ecosystems, it
reveals the mechanics of glaciers and faults,
and it must be used to predict vegetation
assemblages, soil development, local climate,
runoff or landslide and flood plain hazards.
Until recently, it was not practically possible
to obtain topographic data over broad areas
with sufficient resolution and accuracy
that could be reliably used to advance
our basic understanding of earth surface
processes. With the capability to generate
ground surface data points every 1 m (or
closer) at a vertical accuracy of 5 to 10 cm
and a horizontal accuracy of 15 to 20 cm,
ALSM now makes it possible to obtain such
research-grade data.
For the first time, airborne laser swath
mapping can provide high resolution
topographic data over broad areas. "If


research grade ALSM data can be made
widely available at cost effective rates to
researchers, it will literally revolutionize fields
associated with earth surface processes, from
ecology, to geomorphology, hydrology and
earthquake geophysics," Dietrich said. For
example, high resolution topography are
needed to advance and test new theories
for the erosional mechanics controlling the
linkages between tectonics and climate, to
develop reliable observations and predictions
of regional soil moisture dynamics for
regional climate models, and to develop
accurate landslide and flooding forecasting
using precipitation forecasts. Despite
considerable effort, PIs have not been able
to get research grade topographic data from
commercial companies. Furthermore,
there is a need for basic research to advance
the use of the technology, especially in
the software for optimizing the speed and
accuracy of data reduction.


Recent Projects
The UF-UCB team recently successfully
completed a field campaign that included
mapping of the Napa Valley watershed and
Gabalin Mesa in California, alluvial fans


CCE Faculty Member Honored with Prestigious NSF Career Award


The quality of the
faculty members in
the Department of
Civil and Coastal
Engineering was again
recognized in 2003
when another young
professor received the
Faculty Early Career Development (Career)
Award. Assistant Professor, Donald Slinn,
was named recipient of the Career Award,
which is sponsored by the National Science
Foundation (NSF). The award provides
$454,000 over five years and is the most
prestigious honor presented to junior faculty
by NSF Previous winners of this award
in the CCE Department include Dr. Kurt
Gurley in 2001.
NSF established the CAREER program
in 1995 to help top-performing scientists
and engineers early in their careers to
simultaneously develop their contributions
and commitment to research and to


education. The CAREER program
recognizes and supports the career-
development activities of those teacher-
scholars who are likely to become the
academic leaders of the 21st Century.
CAREER awardees are selected on the basis
of creative, career-development plans that
effectively integrate research and education
within the context of the mission of their
institution.
Slinn received the award in recognition
of his research and teaching activities. The
project associated with the award continues
a line of work that he began with the study
of alongshore currents over barred beaches.
He continued the study by examining
the behavior of rip currents caused by
breaking waves in the surf zone, and the
next step will be to introduce nonlinear,
three-dimensional, time-dependent,
non-hydrostatic, large-eddy simulation
modeling to nearshore circulation studies.


Progress in understanding coastal waves
and currents is needed to develop improved
engineering solutions for coastal erosion,
port and harbor designs, and for a host of
environmental (dispersion of pollution) and
ecological problems (impact on ecosystems).
Significant public safety (rip currents) and
national security issues (e.g., mine burial)
are also relevant to the research project. Dr.
Slinn teaches courses in wave and fluid
dynamics, environmental modeling, and
coastal dynamics. Two graduate students
and two undergraduate research assistants are
working on the CAREER project. Dr. Slinn
also has active projects focusing on storm
surge from hurricanes, tides, and air-sea
interaction. He received his Ph.D. from the
University of Washington and taught Ocean
Engineering at Florida Atlantic University
for three years before joining the Coastal
Engineering group in CCE at the University
of Florida in 2001.










bordering Death Valley in Nevada, and the
San Pedro riparian corridor and Walnut
Gulch in Arizona. A total of more than 500
square miles was mapped in a four-week
field campaign and preliminary results were
delivered to researchers within a few weeks
of collecting the data.
The Bureau of Beaches and Coastal
Systems (BBCS), Florida Department of
Environmental Protection (FDEP) is also
using this state-of-the-art technology to
map and monitor Florida's coastline. Each
year approximately 150 miles of beaches
and upland extending about a third of a
mile inland, will be mapped routinely. In
addition, the UF/FIU system will be on
"stand-by" to immediately map beaches
damaged by severe storms and hurricanes.
FDEP expects to realize significant savings
and improve its ability to respond rapidly
after hurricanes, reducing the impact of
natural disasters on the residents of Florida.


Acknowledgment
NSF's Division of Earth Sciences,
Instrumentation and Facilities, under the
leadership of Director Dr. Russell C. Kelz, is
providing the funding for the center.


A Novel Technology for Monitoring Our Groundwater
The Direct Passive Technology for Measuring Water and Contaminant Fluxes in
Porous Media.


University of Florida professors Kirk
Hatfield from Civil and Coastal Engineering
and Michael Annable from Environmental
Engineering Sciences have invented a new
groundwater monitoring technology that
provides for simultaneous, direct, in situ,
point measurements of cumulative or time-
averaged contaminant mass flux and water
flux. The invention, referred to as a 'passive
flux meter' (PFM), generates the type of
data needed by regulators who must address
a range of issues pertinent to aquifer and
groundwater remediation. Theses issues
include; subsurface contaminant source
prioritization, risk prediction, compliance
monitoring, remediation endpoint
evaluation, and contaminant attenuation
assessment.
University of Florida holds the patent
on a PFM design, which is simply a self-
contained permeable unit that is inserted
into a well or boring such that it passively
intercepts groundwater flow but does
not retain it. The interior composition
of the meter is a matrix of hydrophobic
and hydrophilic permeable sorbents that
retain dissolved organic and inorganic
contaminants present in the fluid
intercepted. The sorbent matrix is also
impregnated with known amounts of one or
more fluid-soluble 'resident tracers'. These
tracers are leached from the sorbent at rates
proportional to the fluid flux.
To use a PFM, it is simply inserted into
a well or bore hole, where it is exposed to
groundwater flow for a period ranging from
days to months; after which, the meter
is removed and the sorbent is carefully
extracted to quantify the mass of all
contaminants intercepted and the residual
masses of all resident tracers. Contaminants
masses are used to calculate time-averaged


or cumulative contaminant fluxes, while
residual resident tracer masses are used
to calculate time-averaged or cumulative
groundwater flux.
Figure 1 illustrates the deployment of
six PFM's in six wells distributed over
two transects located downgradient from
a contaminant source but upgradient
from a sentinel well. Depth variations of
both water and contaminant fluxes can
be measured in an aquifer from a single
PFM by vertically segmenting the exposed
sorbent packing; thus, at any specific well
depth, an extraction from the locally exposed
sorbent yields the mass of resident tracer
remaining and the mass of contaminant
intercepted. PFMs installed along a transect
perpendicular to the mean flow direction
can be used to estimate the integral discharge
of water and contaminant mass; that is, the
contaminant mass flow is estimated from
spatially integrating point measurements of
contaminant flux over a subsurface control
plane or contaminant source boundary.
The magnitude and uncertainty in these
contaminant discharge estimates can be
used to forecast the likelihood of violating
pollutant concentration limits at the
sentinel well. Furthermore, under steady-
transport conditions, differences in measured
contaminant mass flows between transects
can be used to estimate natural attenuation.
For the purpose of monitoring subsurface
contamination, the PFM possesses several
advantages over traditional technologies.
For example, the PFM is the only known
technology that provides for simultaneous
evaluation of vertical variations in both
horizontal water and contaminant fluxes
under natural gradient conditions. All flux
measurements are cumulative; and as a
result, are less sensitive to daily fluctuations


Sentinel Well
for Compliance
Monitoring
I_IF Flux


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Fig. 1. Deployment of
six passive flux meters
in six wells distributed
over two control planes
located downgradient
from a contaminant
source zone.







Rod Attached to End of
Permeable Sock
Used to Insert the Flux
Meter into aWell

Pipe Attached to Sock
Used to Extract
The Flux Meter from a
Well




The Flux Meter: A
Permeable Sock Packed
with Sorbent



Figure 2. Schematic of a
Flux meter comprised of a
permeable sock filled with
a selected sorbent.

in groundwater flow or contaminant
concentrations as the sampling period
increases. Prior knowledge of the ambient
groundwater discharge rate is not critical
because multiple resident tracers are used to
measure water flux. Furthermore, a meter
can be designed to operate over a wide
range of aquifer hydraulic conductivities;
hence, PFM application does not require
precise prior knowledge about local aquifer
hydraulic conductivities. Finally, minimal
waste is generated with the operation of
PFMs.
The Department of Defense, is funding
a research effort lead by Drs. Hatfield and
Annable to demonstrate and validate that
the PFM will provide the necessary long-
and short-term monitoring data needs of
aquifer and groundwater remediation. This


Table 1. PFM components for various target contaminants.


Contaminant Type Passive Flux Meter Components


Sorbent Resident Tracers

Hydrophobic Organic Activated Carbon, Surfactant Non-reactive Food
(i.e., chlorinated solvents, Modified Zeolite Additives, Branched
PCBs, Pesticides, petroleum alcohols, and salts
products).

Anionic Organic, ions, Anion Exchange Resin, Non-reactive Food
Metal complexes, Nutrient Surfactant Modified Zeolite Additives, and various
(i.e., Chromate, Nitrate, anions and cations
phosphate, arsenate)

Cationic Organics, Metals, Cation Exchange Resin, Additives, and various
and Ions (Lead) Surfactant Modified Zeolite anions and cations
Non-reactive Food


research is leading to field demonstrations
at several locations across the United States
including, Hill AFB, NASA, Port Hueneme,
and at the NSWC at Indian head Maryland.
These field tests are showing that the PFM
generates the water and contaminant flux
data needed to address issues pertinent
to source strength assessment, site
management, and groundwater remediation.
The current PFM prototype being tested
is simple in design and requires only a few
basic components including; a permeable
sorbent (i.e., granular activated carbon),
multiple resident tracers that are pre-
equilibrated or pre-sorbed on to the PFM
sobent; a sock to contain the sorbent that
is of a length equal to the desired length
of the flux meter and made of open-weave


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nylon cloth; a stainless-steel rod of a length
equal to the desired length of the flux meter,
a short piece of stainless-steel pipe, and
fasteners. Figure 2 illustrates a simple flux
meter design. Alternative PFM designs have
been envisioned but for the lack of resources
have not been pursued.
Table 1 identifies suitable sorbents that
could be used in PFMs to monitor specific
groundwater contaminants. For the most
part, research at University of Florida has
focused monitoring sites located at DoD
installations and at Cape Canaveral. For
these sites, contaminants were primarily
chlorinated solvents; hence activated carbon
was used as a PFM sorbent, and branched
alcohols were used as resident tracers.



Renovated Structures Lab
Gets a STRONG FLOOR
The east end of Weil Hall is currently in the
process of a major renovation to the Structures
area on the first floor with funds left over from
the west end renovation of offices and teaching
laboratories. The renovated area includes a
four-foot thick strong-floor with four times the
capacity of the previous strong-floor that puts
our laboratory at the same level as other major
structural laboratories. In addition, a strong-
wall is also being added that will permit testing
of structural wall and beam/column systems
that has not been possible in the past and that is
only possible at limited laboratories. This new
testing capacity will enable our research faculty
to expand into new areas of research previously
beyond our grasp.










UF-ASCE Student Chapter
Begins New Year
The UF American Society of Civil
Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter begins
the 2003-2004 academic year looking
forward to new challenges under a new
group of officers and a new advisor. With
over 250 members, UF-ASCE is one
of the largest and most active student
organizations at the University of Florida,
and one of the largest ASCE student
chapters in the nation.
In March 2003, the chapter participated
in the Southeast Region ASCE Student
Conference in Miami, competing with
students from 25 schools from around
the southeast, Puerto Rico and The
Netherlands, in competitions including
concrete canoe, balsa wood bridge,
environmental, and technical paper
competitions. The chapter proved its
mettle, finishing a very respectable overall
second place.
After winning the regional competition
in Miami, the Student Steel Bridge Team
competed in the 12th Annual Student
Steel Bridge Competition, held at San
Diego State University in May. Out of
182 schools that competed at the regional
level, only 44 qualified for this national
competition. In the most competitive
national competition to date, the UF
team placed 3rd overall in the nation,
highlighting the academic and leadership
skills of chapter members. The UF team has
a long track record of success at this annual
event, qualifying for each annual national
competition since it's inception in 1992,
placing among the top ten schools ten times,
including winning in 1997. The UF team
achievement was recognized in an article in
the July 2003 issue of ASCE News.
In September, the UF chapter was
once again awarded a Certificate of
Commendation by ASCE national
headquarters, in recognition of its
performance as one of the top 10% of all
student chapters nationally.
The chapter has plans for an active
upcoming year, including service projects
such as adopt-a-highway, early engineering
education initiatives in area middle schools,
and Habitat for Humanity construction,
along with the ever popular pre-football
game BBQ's and happy hours.


After twelve years as chapter faculty
advisor, Dr. Marc Hoit stepped down in
April, due to his duties as Associate Dean of
Engineering for Academic Programs. Dr.
Thomas Sputo, a member of the department
structural engineering faculty, has
energetically assumed this assignment. The
chapter and the department thank Dr. Hoit
for his many years of dedicated service.


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2002-2003 Steel Bridge Team (left to right):
Adrien Lane(Co-Captain), Chet Zabik
(Captain), Jereme Williams, Ryan Thrun,
Jagath "Jag" Samaraweera, Todd Kelly, Tim
Fillbach, Andre Tousignant, and Chris Lee.

The bridge team assembles the bridge in 1
minute 19 seconds at the SDSU Cox Arena in
May.







UNIVERSITY OF

FLORIDA


Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering
365 Weil Hall/PO Box 116580
Gainesville, FL 32611-6580


http://www.ce.ufl.edu



























CCE Needs Your Support
In this time of receding support from the State Government, we need the help of
our loyal alumni and friends. Any donations you can make to the Department
will help to sustain the vitality and quality of our education programs. Thank
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