Title: Civil & coastal engineering newsletter
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Message from the Chair
I am pleased to present this Fall 2004 issue of the CCE
Newsletter. As in the past, this edition offers recent
CCE Department news, spotlights on our newest faculty
members, and reports notable student chapter activities.
The CCE Newsletter serves as a vital link to our alumni,
industry affiliates and friends of the Department, as we
Continually strive to strengthen and broaden ties to our
constituency, and promote the excellence and prestige of our

Sl program.
In the pursuit of excellence, we gallantly dedicate ourselves to providing our CCE
students with the highest quality academic training and preparation to meet the
challenges of a rapidly changing world. In this regard we are delighted and thrilled
with the addition of two outstanding faculty members, Associate Professors Lily
Elefteriadou and Dennis Hiltunen (please see the announcements inside). Both
professors join the CCE faculty after outstanding careers at Pennsylvania State
University. Dr. Elefteriadou, a nationally recognized expert in traffic operations
and simulation, also has been appointed the new Director of the Transportation
Research Center (TRC), replacing Professor Ken Courage who retired last year.
Dr. Hiltunen is a highly renowned geotechnical engineer with expertise in soil and
foundation dynamics. Their scholastic talents and productivity will tremendously
enhance our academic and research programs in transportation and geotechnical

Our student body continues to experience robust growth. For the Fall 2004
semester, the undergraduate student enrollment is 600 and the graduate student
enrollment is 185. This makes the CCE Department one of the largest civil
engineering programs in the country. For the 2002-2003 academic year, the CCE
department ranked 10th nationally in
BS degrees conferred, 8th in MS degrees
and 12th in Ph.D. degrees.....GO

Sponsored research is the engine that
drives the nation's elite engineering
programs. Today, engineering education
is intrinsically coupled to research,
not just for graduate students, but for
undergraduate students as well, who
participate in both laboratory and
computational studies. To this end,
our faculty continue to distinguish

continued on page 3

Faculty Activities Fall 2004

Dr. Bjorn Birgisson
was promoted to the
rank of Associate
Professor with tenure
in August of 2004
in recognition of his
valuable contribution
to the students of the
University of Florida, to the profession,
and the people of the State of Florida.
Dr. Birgisson's field of research is in
Materials Engineering.

Dr. Gary Consolazio
was promoted to the
rank of Associate
Professor with tenure
in August of 2004
in recognition of his
valuable contribution
to the students of the
University of Florida, to the profession,
and the people of the State of Florida.
Dr. Consolazio's field of research is in
Structures Engineering. Dr. Consolazio
also presented the paper, "A Comparison
of Barge Impact Loads Predicted by
Design Specifications, High Resolution
Finite Element Analysis, and Design-
Oriented Dynamic Analysis" by Gary
R. Consolazio, Ph.D., and Jessica L.
Hendrix at the ASCE Structures Congress
in Nashville, Tennessee in May of this
year. The paper was selected as "Best
Presentation in the Transportation
Category" at the Structures Congress.
Dr. Consolazio has been asked to give
an expanded version of the presentation
at the ASCE National Conference in
Baltimore this month.

CCE Announces their 13th
Annual Alumni Reunion and

The Barbeque will be held on
Homecoming, Saturday, November 13,
2004 two hours prior to Kickoff. The
event will again be located at the bottom
of the hill near our Soils/Structures Lab
("The Pit") behind Weil Hall. Come
visit us and reacquaint yourself with old
friends and professors. Please RSVP to
Carol (carol@ce.ufl.edu).

Co-author Jessica L. Hendrix was Dr.
Consolazio's former graduate student
who finished her masters degree in
2003. She is now a Bridge Designer
with the Figg Engineering Group in
Tallahassee, FL.

Dr. Max Sheppard,
Professor, was granted
Emeritus status in rank
of Professor with full
support of the Civil &
Coastal Engineering
faculty upon his
retirement in March.

Dr. Donald Slinn was
promoted to the
rank of Associate
Professor with tenure
in August of 2004
in recognition of his
valuable contribution
to the students of the
University of Florida,
to the profession, and the people of
the State of Florida. Dr. Slinn's field of
research is in Coastal Engineering.

Dr. Thomas Sputo, Adjunct Professor was
selected by the Florida Section of ASCE
to receive the 2004 ASCE Faculty Advisor
Certificate of Commendation based on
his outstanding work and dedication
as faculty advisor at the University of
Florida Chapter.

Dr. Edward Minchin,
Assistant Professc ,':.a,
named Vice Chairman
of the ASCE Committee
on Construction Oual.itv...
and Inspection at the
Annual Meeting of the
American Society of
Civil Engineers. Dr. Minchin will assume
the Chairman's position in autumn of
2006. Dr. Minchin has been a member of
this committee since 1996.

Dr. Louis Motz,
Associate Professor and
Director, Florida Water
Resources Research
Center, has been
awarded a Fulbright
Scholar grant by the
U.S. Department of
State and the 3. William Fulbright
Foreign Scholarship Board for the 2004-
2005 academic year. Dr. Motz will
lecture and conduct research in water
resources and groundwater hydrology at
the Middle East Technical University in
Ankara, Turkey. Dr. Motz also recently
presented a paper entitled "Representing
the Saltwater-Freshwater Interface in
Regional Groundwater Flow Models" at
the 18th Salt Water Intrusion Meeting
SWIM 2004 in Cartegena, Spain on May
31, 2004.

Dr. Ronald A. Cook,
Professor was
appointed to be the
US member of the
Scientific Committee
for the International
Association of
Bridge and Structural
Engineering (IABSE) conference on
"Structures and Extreme Events,"to be
held September 14-16, 2005 in Lisbon,
Portugal. IABSE is headquartered in
Zurich, Switzerland and represents over
100 countries.

Drs. KurtGurley, GaryConsolazio and
Ralph Ellis recently received notice of
patent award for their technology,
Temporary Low Profile Concrete Barrier
for Roadside Work Zones which issued
on July 27, 2004. The roadside barrier
is designed to prevent vehicles from
entering work zones by redirecting
vehicles back onto the roadway.

Lily Ageliki Elefteriadou named director of
the Transportation Research Center (TRC)

Lily Ageliki Elefteriadou has been named director of the
Transportation Research Center (www.ce.ufl.edu/trc/). Prior
to her appointment at the University of Florida, Elefteriadou
was the Interim Director of the Pennsylvania Transportation
Institute, and an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at
Penn State University. Her research interests include traffic
operations, signal control optimization, highway capacity
analysis, and traffic simulation.

Dr. Elefteriadou received the Transportation Research
Board's Fred Burggraff award for excellence in research
in January 2001, and she received a Fulbright Scholarship
to perform research at the Technical University of Delft,
Netherlands, September- December 2001. She also received
the 2003 PSES Outstanding Research Award from the
College of Engineering at Penn State. She received her Ph.D.
from Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, New York.

Dennis R. HiltunenJoins Geotechnical Group

The Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering is pleased
to announce the appointment of Dr. Dennis R. Hiltunen as
Associate Professor. Dr. Hiltunen earned his B.S.E., M.S.E.,
and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from the University
of Michigan, and is a registered Professional Engineer
(P.E.) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He began his
academic career in 1988 at Penn State University.

Lily Ageliki Elefteriadou

Dennis R. Hiltunen

Dr. Hiltunen's research interests include geotechnical
engineering, soil and foundation dynamics, and engineering
geophysics. He is the recipient of the Chi Epsilon Excellence
in Teaching Award in the Metropolitan District for 1992-
93, the Penn State Engineering Society (PSES) Outstanding
Teaching Award for 1999, and he was inducted Chapter
Honor Member of the University of Michigan Chapter of
Chi Epsilon in 2004. Dr. Hiltunen served as the National
President of Chi Epsilon from 2002 to 2004, and he is
the current chair of the Research Committee for the U.
S. Consortium for Geotechnical Education and Research

Message from the Chair
continued from page 1

themselves in the competitive research arena. The
CCE Department prides itself with a number of
major research activities associated with significant
scientific advances in mechanics and modeling,
advanced sensing systems, and nano-technology and
new materials. Research expenditures for the 2002-
2003 academic totaled nearly $17 million, which is
among the highest for civil engineering programs
nationwide. In each addition of the CCE Newsletter,
we will continue to highlight the activities of several
of our key faculty researchers to keep you informed
of their significant and innovative contributions.

Finally, I would like to recognize the achievements
of our ASCE Student Chapter. This past July,
the Chapter was awarded the 2004 Zone II Vice
President's Award as the most outstanding student
chapter. Also, Student Chapter member Jennifer

Wiewiora was awarded first place in Zone II for the
2004 ASCE Daniel W Mead Student Essay Contest.
Lastly, and most deservingly, for his outstanding
service, ASCE Faculty Advisor Dr. Tom Sputo
received the 2004 Faculty Advisor Certificate of
Commendation from the ASCE National Committee
on Student Activities.

In closing, I would like to express my deepest
gratitude to all our loyal alumni and friends for their
generous financial support of the Department. In
these times of diminishing support from the State,
your continued support is essential to maintaining
the high quality of our education and research
programs to which you have grown accustomed.
I know you share my sentiments in proudly
proclaiming...It's great... to be ...a Florida Gator.

Joseph W. Tedesco



Evaluation of




Damage to pre-1994 Manufactured Home, Port Charlotte, FL

Hurricane Charley was the most costly
storm to impact Florida since Andrew.
In addition to the loss of life, property
loss was significant, with residential
structures taking the brunt of the
damage. Professor Kurt Gurley has
been part of a multi-university effort to
study the effects of hurricane winds on
residential housing. He and his teams
were there to measure winds during
Charley's arrival, and to document
the resultant damage to site built
and manufactured housing. Detailed
analyses and reports are forthcoming
later in the fall semester. This article
will provide one of the first looks at
what they've found.

The researcher team includes
participants from the University of
Florida, Clemson University, Florida
International University, and the
Institute for Business and Home
Safety (IBHS: see link below). The
project, known as the Florida Coastal
Monitoring Program (FCMP) was
initiated in 1999 through funding from
the Florida Department of Community
Affairs (DCA). The DCA has
provided funding to develop portable
instrumented towers to place in the
path of a land falling storm to collect

wind velocity data. As of 2003 these
towers provide the data in real-time to a
public access website (see link below). In
addition to the towers, 32 homes along
the Florida coast have been specially
outfitted to measure the wind uplift
at multiple roof locations (see map).
While the closest data collection houses
were outside the region of significant
winds, the 4 portable towers were able
to capture hurricane force winds from
Charley and relay the data directly to
researchers at the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's)
Hurricane Research Division. The real-
time data are used to help calibrate an
experimental model that projects the
hurricane winds over Florida as the
storm progresses (see link below). The
portable tower data sets collected since
1999 are currently being analyzed to
develop quantities relevant to design
loads, such as gust factors, based on
this high-resolution ground-truth
information that is 'straight from the
horses mouth'. Additional support has
been provided by NOAA, the National
Institute for Standards and Technology
(NIST), and Sea Grant.

The post storm damage
documentation effort took place over
three days (8/15 8/17/04) and covered
both site built and manufactured
housing in Port Charlotte, Punta
Gorda, Arcadia, and Pine Island.
The goal of this study was to provide
statistically significant, detailed
engineering based performance
evaluations of old and new housing.
Between 75 and 100 homes were
examined. Construction details
(sheathing type and nail spacing, roof
cover, roof to wall connections, age,
etc.) and damage were documented
on a 6 page form developed by Tim
Reinhold at IBHS. Extensive photo
documentation was also employed.
The projected outcome is to provide a
side-by-side comparison of the relative
vulnerability of homes built to the new
and old code standards. The findings
presented next are strictly anecdotal.
The statistical studies of the collected
data will completed this fall and will
produce more quantitative results.

Preliminary Study Results

Manufactured housing (MH): There
was a stark difference in performance
for MH constructed before and after
the 1994 HUD statute on acceptable
MH construction practice (HUD CFR
24 section 3280). In addition to these

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Old Site built home on Pine Island, FL

New site built home:
S- garage and barrel tile
failure. Punta Gorda, FL

federal regulations, the State of Florida
has had strict MH installation rules in
place since 1996 (Chapter 15 C-1: Rules
Of Department of Highway Safety
and Motor Vehicles Bureau of Mobile
Homes and Recreational Vehicles-
revised in 1999). These rules include
such details as how the MH must be
anchored to the ground, acceptable
materials, etc. These installation
rules were developed such that, along
with the federal HUD regulations on
construction, a new MH installed in the
State of Florida would perform as well
as a site built home built the current
ASCE 7 codes.

Manufactured housing communities
in the regions selected for this study
typically consisted of mostly MH built
and installed before 1994, with a small
handful of MH built after 1994. The
post-1994 were for the most part still
inhabitable, with the few exceptions
partially related to debris damage from
other older homes. The older MH (pre-
1994) were for the most part a total loss,
with entire roof and / or wall failures
not uncommon. The most significant
damage to post 1994 MH were the
after-market attached structures that
were not installed in a fashion up to
par with the rest of the home (car-port,
attached screened enclosures, etc.).

No significant sliding or overturning
was observed for the post-1994 MH
study subjects. It was not uncommon
to observe an older MH reduced to a
pile of aluminum next door to a post
1994 MH that was in need of only
superficial repairs. Overall the MH
study lends some credibility to the
concept that the modern regulations on
MH construction and installation have
greatly reduced their vulnerability to
wind damage. An important side note is
that surge related flooding was minimal
for Charley, but could be a significant
risk for those post-1994 MH near low-
laying coastal regions.

..... ....

Site-Built Housing (SH): The relative
performance of older and newer SH
closely reflected that observed for MH.
Older SH roof cover and sheathing
were vulnerable, and lead to significant
water damage. Un-braced (non-
hurricane rated) garage doors had a
high failure rate, and possibly lead to
further sheathing loss due to internal
pressurization. Many gable-end failures
were observed for older SH, as has been
observed in past events. Newly built
SH communities performed very well,
with the exception of barrel-tile type
roof cover and attachments. While
architectural shingles were relatively
undamaged, the barrel-tile cover showed
a range of performance from excellent
to poor. Homes with tiles fastened with
nails and / or adhesive were likely to
experience mild to significant cover
loss, while homes with tiles that were
screwed to the sheathing experienced

little cover loss. The resultant damage
from the airborne tiles was not
insignificant, with many new homes
requiring major exterior repairs due to
tile-debris damage. In fact, the team
found one home whose steel hurricane
shutter on a front window had been
pierced by a clay tile from the across
street neighbor. Many shattered car
windows were the result of tile debris.
Attached structures such as screened
enclosures generally experienced at
least mild and often severe damage.
The good news is that significant
structural damage (e.g. rafter collapse
or significant sheathing loss) was not
observed for new SH as it was for older

The team gratefully acknowledges
IBHS for their financial and logical
support during Hurricane Charley.

Missile meets palm tree in a MH park in
Punta Gorda, FL

Primary P.I.s
Institute for Business and Home Safety
Tim Reinhold
University of Florida
Kurt Gurley
Clemson University
David Prevatt
Florida Institute of Technology
Jean-Paul Pinelli
Florida International University
Forrest Masters
Ward Edwards Inc. Engineering
Scott Robinett

IBHS: www.ibhs.org
Florida Coastal Monitoring:
NOAA Wind Field Model: www.aoml.

Traffic Management Center, Philadelphia, PA

University of Florida professor Lily
Elefteriadou and Ph.D. student Jiyoun
Yeon, in collaboration with researchers
at Penn State University, are working
on an NSF-funded project to develop
models that provide travel time
reliability estimates for a given route as a
function of the probability of congestion
occurrence at each segment of the route.
The final outcome of this project will
be models that estimate the probability
that the travel time between O and D
will be between X and Y minutes, as
a function of the demands (assumed
to be given) within the route. The
researchers are using data obtained from
the Philadelphia Traffic Management
Center (TMC).

Traffic Management Centers (TMC)
typically monitor freeway conditions
through Closed-Circuit Televisions
(CCTV) in "real-time" for incident
detection and removal. (See Figure
1, TMC in Philadelphia, PA). They
also obtain traffic flow and speed
data via detectors (typically loop
detectors) to assist in monitoring and
improving freeway operations. When
properly archived and processed, such
traffic data can be used in planning

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Illustrative Example of a Freeway Route and Segment Types

improvements, developing and
updating traffic management strategies,
and providing traveler information.
A private company, Mobility
Technologies, in collaboration with the
US DOT, has deployed a multitude
of sensors in several urban areas,
including Philadelphia, for collecting
real-time traffic flows and speeds at a
few hundred freeway locations using
microwave sensors. The Philadelphia
TMC monitors their respective freeway
systems through CCTVs, and the
Mobility Technologies systems. In
addition to the real-time information,
a wealth of archived data can be
obtained for the locations monitored
using the Mobility Technologies

microwave sensors. As is typical of
most TMCs, the current applications
of these two systems are limited to
incident detection and removal, and
traveler information systems. The
wealth of data available however
makes this a unique opportunity to
address congestion-related problems
through the development of breakdown
probability distributions and travel time
reliability models. The models to be
developed in this study will use data
from the Philadelphia area, however the
methods are transferable to any other
highway network around the US and

continued page 10

Hiltunen and Students "Looking Into the Ground"
By Dr. Dennis R. Hiltunen, Associate Professor of Civil and Coastal Engineering

Current site investigation practices for
bridge foundations in karst terrane have
been widely described as inadequate. In
karst, rock conditions are often highly
variable, and such conditions result in
great uncertainty in foundation design
and construction. Improved definition
of subsurface conditions, including top
of rock profile and quality of rock, is
highly desirable.

Typical design practice for bridges is
to conduct two to three geotechnical
borings per substructure unit to select
and design a foundation. Both shallow
and deep foundations are employed, and
the decision is based primarily on depth
and quality of bedrock encountered in
the borings. Shallow foundations are
typically used where bedrock is shallow
and of sufficient quality, while deep
foundations are used for the remainder
(and majority) of cases.

Due to uncertainty in subsurface
conditions, experience with this
process has led owners to also conduct
exploratory drilling at selected sites
as part of the construction contract.
Based upon judgments gathered from
the original design borings, these
exploratory borings are conducted on
a small grid pattern over the area of a
selected substructure unit, and they
employ either traditional geotechnical
boring equipment or air rotary drilling
techniques. The intent is to reveal
a more detailed subsurface model
for the location prior to foundation
construction, and the information
is often able to provide this more
detailed model. Because of significant
lateral variability in karst terrane, this
detailed model can be significantly
different from that revealed by two
or three borings conducted for the

original design. In this case, significant
foundation design changes may be
required after the construction contract
has been awarded and begun, leading
to significant overall cost increases.
Also, because contractors are aware of
large uncertainty, contingencies can
also be incorporated within the original
agreement. It would appear that a
more detailed subsurface model would
be beneficial at the design stage. In
addition, it would be desirable that
these improved models not require
expense of exploratory geotechnical
borings conducted on a small grid

Engineering geophysics is a promising
solution to this problem. Engineering
geophysics uses methods adapted
from seismological and petroleum
industries for characterization of

continued on page 9

Estimating Travel Time Reliability for a Given Route
continued from page 7

In the first phase of the project the
researchers obtained field data, and
developed probability of breakdown
distributions for various freeway
segment types. For purposes of traffic
analysis and according to the Highway
Capacity Manual (2000), a freeway
system consists of four segment types:
merge segments (on-ramp joining the
freeway), diverge segments (off-ramp
departing from the freeway), weaving
segments (on-ramp followed by an
off-ramp with the two connected by
an auxiliary lane) and basic freeway
segments (without lane-drops, on- or
off-ramps). Figure 2 illustrates a
freeway route including these segment

In the second phase of the project,
the research team obtained travel
time distributions for each segment
as a function of the probability of
breakdown at that segment. Travel
time reliability models for the route
are being developed as a function of
the probability of breakdown at each
segment along the route, considering
the temporal and spatial interactions
between segments. These interactions
are being modeled using stochastic
processes techniques. An important
objective of the project is to enhance
the educational experience for civil
engineering students by developing case
studies and class projects related to the
research project.

This project will provide tools for
improving the congestion management
and highway performance monitoring
functions of transportation agencies.
It will result in better understanding
the process of congestion occurrence
on a route, and the findings will assist
transportation practitioners in reducing
the probability of breakdown (and
congestion) and in improving traffic

The methodology developed in this
project can ultimately be used in the
planning and design of work-zones,
operations during special events (such
as concerts, athletic events, etc.), and in
developing emergency evacuation plans.

"Looking Into the Ground"
continued from page 8

shallow subsurface ground conditions,
and enables "seeing" between boreholes
(figure 1) or from instruments along
the ground surface (figure 2). Coupled
with tomographic algorithms, a two-
dimensional slice or a three-dimensional
volume of the subsurface under
study can be produced. Methods are
analogous to medical techniques such
as an X-ray or MRI. The geophysical
methods being explored in this
research are nondestructive, in situ
test procedures used to determine a
material's seismic wave velocity profile.
Seismic wave velocity is an important
physical parameter that can be used as
a tool to characterize stiffness changes
with depth. A tomogram will present
the variation of seismic wave velocity
within the subsurface.

The vision of the research is to
develop a characterization technique
that will establish a credible subsurface
model for a site for the design stage
of a project. The model should be of
sufficient detail such that significant
and costly design changes during the
construction contract are minimized,
and contingencies for uncertain
subsurface conditions are reduced.
The methodology should be efficient
with respect to both money and
time, and capable of implementation
in a wide variety of terrane and
other surface and site conditions.
The hypothesis is that images of
seismic wave velocity produced from
geophysical measurements at a site can
be used in conjunction with traditional
geotechnical borings to establish a
credible model.

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UF-ASCE Student Chapter Receives National Recognition

The UF American Society of Civil
Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter and
its members received much deserved
recognition for their activities and
accomplishments over the past year.
With 250 members, UF-ASCE Student
Chapter 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

In July the Chapter was awarded the
2004 Zone II Vice-Presidents Award
by the ASCE Committee on Student
Activities. This award is made annually
to the most outstanding student chapter
in each of the 4 ASCE regional zones.
This distinction was earned by less
than 2 percent of all ASCE Student
Chapters nationwide. Additionally,
for his outstanding efforts, ASCE
Faculty Advisor Dr. Thomas Sputo
was one of only nine faculty advisors
selected nationally by the Committee
on Student Activities to receive a
2004 Faculty Advisor Certificate of

ASCE Student Chapter member
Jennifer Wiewiora was awarded First
Place in Zone II for the 2004 ASCE
Daniel W. Mead Student Essay Contest,
placing her paper as one of the top
4 papers in the national contest. In
addition to receiving a cash award
from ASCE, Jennifer's paper will be
published in the ASCE Journal of
Professional Issues.

This past March the chapter
participated in the 2004 ASCE
Southeast Region Student Conference,
held in Tampa. Facing stiff but
collegial competition from 24 other
student chapters from around the
southeast, the UF Chapter emerged
as the well deserved 1st Place overall

Chapter activities this summer
included sending observers to the
National Student Steel Bridge
Competition at the Colorado School
of Mines and the National Concrete
Canoe Competition in Washington
DC. Additionally, a dozen Steel Bridge
Team members participated in the
inaugural "UF Steel Bridge Summer

Thomas Sputo
Camp", where they learned welding
and metal fabrication skills, along with
analysis and design techniques for
application to steel structures.

The Chapter looks forward to the
challenges of the 2004-2005 school
year with the goal of improving their
leadership, management and technical
skills. If you would like to recruit a UF
ASCE Student Member for employment
or graduate study, or would like
information on how you can assist the
Chapter in its activities, please contact
Dr. Sputo at sputo@ufl.edu.

2004 UF Steel Bridge Team
at Southeast Regional
Student Conference

CCE Alumni and

Friends News

Dr. Alejandro Palacios was recently
awarded the "Julio Garavito"
presidential medal from the President
of Columbia for his exceptional
contributions to the field of Civil
Engineering. This is the highest honor
that con be bestowed upon a civilian in

Dr. Palacios was a UF graduate
student in Civil Engineering working
under Dr. John Schmertman in
Geotechnical Engineering during the
1960's. His work involved teaching at
the University of Cali and providing
consulting services on numerous
projects throughout Columbia.

The Department of Civil and
Coastal Engineering wishes to extend
its congratulation for his outstanding
achievements is exemplified bh this
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Inspiring Future Engineers

The Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering has been active in introducing
engineering concepts to local high school, community college, and UF
Undergraduate Engineering students. Mr. Claude Villiers, a Ph.D. Materials
student under the supervision of Drs. Mang Tia and Reynaldo Roque has been
instrumental in working with high school and undergraduate students. The
department recently sponsored two high school students to be tutored, supervised,
and mentored through the Precollegiate Education/Training and the National
Science Foundation Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate Summer

Coming with limited or no laboratory experience, these high school and
undergraduate students learned how to sieve, batch aggregates, mix, and compact
asphalt mixtures. They conducted laboratory tests such as bulk and maximum
specific gravities. They were exposed to computer programs and learned how
to input and analyze the data in order to draw valuable conclusions from the
test results. They learned practical writing and presentation skills. In addition,
they participated on a training session conducted by the Florida Department of
Transportation and visited an asphalt plant in Jacksonville, Florida.

The CCE Department welcomes the opportunity to offer real life engineering
experiences to aspiring engineers and looks forward to continuing its participation
in these valuable programs.

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Canoe "The HemiGator"



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Department will help to sustain the vitality and quality of our education
programs. Thank you in advance.
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