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CCE Receives DOD Grant to Establish
Homeland Security Research Center
The Department of Civil and Coastal
Engineering was recently awarded
a $2.5 million grant from the U.S.
Department of Defense (DOD) for
the establishment of the Center for
Infrastructure Protection and Physical
Security (CIPPS). CIPPS will be
a multidisciplinary center which
will serve as the focal point for all
homeland security related research at
the University of Florida. The primary
mission of CIPPS is to provide a
comprehensive approach for developing
critical protective technologies against
current and future terrorism-related
threats to the nation's infrastructure.
The establishment of CIPPS will
position the University of Florida at
the forefront of academic institutions
engaged in homeland security research.
A national search for the Director of
CIPPS is currently under way.

Message from the Chair
Greetings from the Swamp, to our loyal alumni and friends
of the CCE Department. I relish the opportunity afforded to
me by this newsletter to update you on the accomplishments
and activities of our faculty and students, as well as on new
developments on the academic and research fronts. I hope you
S. enjoy reading our newsletter and I invite you to send us your
feedback. We love hearing from you.

The CCE Department continues to experience robust growth
in its academic and research programs. Undergraduate
enrollment exceeds 600, and full-time graduate enrollment
is 190, with approximately equal numbers of MS and Ph.D. candidates. The
undergraduate "track curriculum" that was initiated in the Fall 2003 semester has been
enthusiastically received by our students, and has also garnered high accolades from
the CCE Advisory Board. Dr. John Davidson, Associate Chair for Undergraduate
Programs, is to be highly commended for his Herculean efforts in conceiving,
developing and implementing this very successful program that is being adopted by
many civil engineering departments around the country. GO GATORS!

Recently, the CCE Department has made the decision to make its 30 hr. non-thesis
MS degree available on-line (please see article on p. 9). The program will be initiated
in the Fall 2005 semester. The primary motivation for this initiative is to satisfy the
increasing demand from practicing civil engineers in the state for an advanced degree
from the University of Florida. The initial offering will be for a general MS degree in
civil engineering, but it is anticipated that more discipline specific (i.e., transportation,
structures, construction, etc.) MS degrees will be offered as the program matures.

Our faculty continue to distinguish themselves in the research arena. Over the past
three years, CCE research expenditures have averaged more than $16 million per year.
During the past two years the CCE Department has emerged as a national leader
in homeland security related research. The Center for Infrastructure Protection and
Physical Security (CIPPS) has recently been established (see accompanying article on
this page) with a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. CIPPS will
be headquartered in a 16,000 sq. ft. facility on the recently established East Gainesville
Campus. The multidisciplinary center will serve as the focal point for homeland
security related research at the University of Florida.

In closing, I would like to express my deep appreciation to our
extraordinary faculty, students and alumni who make this program
great. I also would like to enlist your continued support for the
CCE Department. Your support is essential in maintaining
the high quality of academic and research programs
to which you have grown accustomed ..... It's
great to be a Florida Gator! .


Joseph W. Tedesco

Faculty Activities Spring 2005

Dr. Ralph Ellis,
Professor, was
appointed to
a new AASHTO
subcommittee on
Project Delivery. The
AASHTO Standing
Committee on
Quality formed
the subcommittee on Project Delivery
in response to the attention and
interest from State DOT Members on the
expectation for on-time and on-budget
construction delivery.

Dr. Trey Hamilton,
Associate Professor,
Markus Kutarba
(Structural Engineer,
Sabatini), and
Jeff Brown (CCE
PhD candidate)
presented the
paper "Repair of
Corrosion Damaged
Concrete Beams
with Carbon Fiber-
Reinforced Polymer
Composites" and
were awarded Best
3' Overall Technical
SPaper and Best
Applications Technical Paper at the
COMPOSITES 2004 Convention and Trade
Show Proceedings of the American
Composites Manufacturers Association
in Tampa on October 6-8, 2004. Markus
Kutarba received his master's degree
in structures and is now working in
Albuquerque, NM.

Another technical paper by Jeff Brown
and Dr. Trey Hamilton entitled "Phase
Thermography Inspection of Multi-
Layer FRP Composites Bonded to
Concrete" received 3rd place in the
outstanding paper competition at the
36th International SAMPE technical
conference in San Diego, California,
November 15-18, 2004. (SAMPE =
Society for the Advancement of Material
and Process Engineering).

Dr. Robert Thieke,
Assistant Professor,
was announced as
this year's recipient
of the College of
Engineering Teacher
of the Year Award.
He is renowned
among current
and former students for his teaching
prowess. In addition to his excellent
classroom preparation and delivery, he is
beloved by the students because of his
concern for each of them as individuals.
In fact, he is one of the most decorated
teachers in the college, having won
numerous regional and national teaching
awards, including most recently the 2003
ASCE Career Award for Excellence in

Dr. Clint Slatton,
Assistant Professor,
was a session co-
chair at the IEEE
Geoscience and
Remote Sensing
Symposium (IGARSS)
in Anchorage,
Alaska, Sep, 2004. The session was
titled "Data Fusion and Data Mining".
Dr. Slatton is also a member of the
Technical Program Committee and
session organizer for the Symposium in
Seoul, Korea, 2005 and a member of the
Technical Program Committee for the
IEEE International Conference on Image
Processing (ICIP), Genova, Italy, 2005.

Dr. Fazil Najafi, Professor, and
Mr. Jeff Martin presented a paper
titled "Management Strategies for
Utility Relocation and Joint Use in
Highway Right-of -way" at the 84th
Transportation Research Board Annual
Meeting in January.

Drs. Reynaldo
Roque, Professor,
Bjorn Birgisson,
Associate Professor,
Mr. Christos
Drakos, and Mr.
Bruce Dietrich
(FDOT), were
awarded the W.J.
Emmons Award for Best Journal Article
of 2004 for co-authoring, "Development
and Field Evaluation of Energy-
Based Criteria for Top-Down Cracking
Performance of Hot-Mix-Asphalt" by the
Journal of the Association of Asphalt
Paving Technologists. The official award
was presented at the Annual Meeting
of the Association of Asphalt Paving
Technologists in Long Beach, CA in

Dr. Clayton Clark, Assistant Professor,
was appointed as a 2005 member
for the American Chemical Society
(ACS) Committee on Environmental
Improvement and Committee on Project

Dr. Ronald A. Cook,
Professor, and
his wife KathyJ.
Caldwell, President
of JEA Construction
Services, Inc.,
both received
the Outstanding
Alumni of the Year
Award from the
Department of
Civil Engineering
at the University
of Tennessee. This
is the first time
this award is being
shared by two
people. Ron graduated from UT in 1981
with his M.S. and Kathy received her
B.S.C.E. there in 1985.

Faculty Activities Spring 2005

CCE Faculty Prepare
for M.I.T. Conference

Several CCE faculty members have
been actively involved in the planning
and organization of the Third M.I.T.
Conference on Computational Fluid and
Solid Mechanics. Dr. Joseph W. Tedesco
resides on the Scientific Advisory Board
for the Conference, and CCE professors
Bjorn Birgisson, Gary Consolazio, Mike
McVay and Don Slinn have organized
specialty technical sessions in their
respective areas of expertise. The objective
of the Conference is to bring together
researchers and practitioners from around
the world to assess the latest frontiers
of high performance computing and
to set important directions for further
research and development. The focus of
the conference will be on computational
fluid dynamics, computational solid
and structural mechanics, and in
particular on the interdisciplinary areas of
computational multi-physics phenomena.
The Conference will be hosted on the
M.I.T. campus June 14-17, 2005. For
detailed information on the Conference
please visit the web site http://www.

Award of Conference Fellowships

Two researchers in the CCE Department,
Dr. Jianlin Wang and Mr. David Cowan,
were recently awarded prestigious Conference
Fellowships from the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (MIT) for the purpose of
presenting their research at the upcoming
SThird MIT Conference on Computational
Fluid and Solid Mechanics (to be held June
14-17, 2005).

Jianlin Wang received the B.E. and the M.E. degrees in Civil Engineering from
Tianjin University, China, the M.S. degree in Computer Science and the Ph.D. degree
in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2003 and 2004, respectively.
He joined the UF-CCE department in January, 2005 and is currently working as a
post doctoral research associate in the materials group with Dr. Bjorn Birgisson. His
research interests lie in the general area of computational mechanics and numerical
modeling, with emphasis on computer modeling of structures, geomaterials, and
geomechanical process. His recent work with Dr. Birgisson centers around modeling
of pavement cracking via the viscoelastic displacement discontinuity method and
FEM modeling of rock softening and damage under dynamic loading. At the M.I.T.
conference, Jianlin is going to present a topic on "Computational Modeling of
Functionally Graded and Composite Materials."

David Cowan received the B.S.C.E. and M.E. degrees from the UF Civil and Coastal
Engineering Department in 2002 and 2004, respectively. He is currently pursuing a
Ph.D. degree at UF in the structures area where he works with Dr. Gary Consolazio.
Over the past few years, David has been extensively involved in ongoing research in the
area of vessel impact loading of bridge piers. His contributions include the development
of nonlinear collision analysis algorithms, characterization of impact loading through
high resolution nonlinear dynamic finite element analysis, and full-scale experimental
impact testing. He has helped coauthor several conference and journal papers focusing
on vessel impact analysis, including papers that have appeared in or been accepted for
publication in the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Computers and Structures,
and the Transportation Research Record. At the M.I.T. conference, David will be
presenting a paper titled "Development of a Numerically Efficient Analysis Technique
for Modeling Barge to Bridge Collisions".


Preserving the State's Beaches for Future Generations

Florida's beaches are one of the State's
most precious natural resources.
They provide valuable recreational
opportunities, contribute to the general
quality of life in Florida and are a key
element in tourism, our most important
industry. Studies have shown that beach-
related tourism contributes some $ 40
billion annually to the State's economy
and supports more than 440,000 jobs.
Wide beaches also provide protection for
upland development and infrastructure
during storms such as the severe
hurricanes that occurred during the last

With the above as background, Bob
Dean has dedicated much of his 27 active
years at the University to the study of
beaches as natural and modified systems
and applying that knowledge to their
preservation for future generations.
Human activities have had marked
effects on our beach system. This is
particularly the case on the east coast
of Florida where the natural processes
cause large quantities of sand flow from
north to south. This flow is interrupted
by channel entrances that have been
constructed or modified for navigation
purposes. Through analysis of the
excellent shoreline position data base
maintained by the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection (FDEP),
he and his students have found that
approximately 80% of the east coast
beach erosion is attributable to the
interruption of this natural southerly sand
transport by the jetties and deepened
channels at these navigational entrances.
An example is shown in this photograph
of Lake Worth Entrance (also known
as Port of Palm Beach Entrance). This
entrance was dredged for navigation
purposes in 1917 and gradually deepened
to 35 feet. The shoreline to the north has
advanced seaward by approximately 400
feet and the south shoreline has eroded
significantly with the erosion effects
extending for more than 10 miles to the
south. Contributing to this impact is that
for many years, sand dredged to maintain
channel depths was placed offshore in

water depths too deep to be of benefit to
the beaches. One of Bob's professional
dreams is to assist in "fixing" these
problems at Florida's (and the Nation's)
navigational entrances.

beach nourishment project will last before
additional nourishment expenditures will
be required. Through projects funded
by FDEP and Florida Sea Grant, the
processes governing beach nourishment
project longevity have been studied

Beach nourishment has proven to be and methods developed in the form of
the most broadly applicable method of computer programs that allow reasonable
countering beach erosion. This process projections of project performance
removes sand from offshore and places it (say within 25 percent). In 2002, Bob
on the beach and in the nearshore zone. completed his book "Beach Nourishment:
Of interest to the funding entities of Theory and Practice", based primarily on
such projects is the length of time that a continued on page 9
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Protecting Our
Bridges From Scour

D. Max Sheppard

When water flows past a structure that
is located in or near erodable soil, the
bed near the structure can be removed
and carried downstream. This process
is known as structure-induced sediment
scour. To properly design the foundation
of the structure, it is necessary to predict
the depth to which the scour hole will
reach during a design flow event. Under
predicting of this depth can result in
costly damage to the structure and
possibly loss of life. Over prediction can
result in millions of dollars being wasted
in over design.

Dr. D. Max Sheppard, Professor Emeritus
and his graduate students have been
conducting research in the area of
structure-induced sediment scour for
the past 15 years. During this time they
have developed scour depth prediction
equations that are being used in the
design of all new Florida bridges as well
as for the evaluation of existing bridge
foundations. Predictive equations were
first developed for single structures with
simple shapes. Building on the results
of this research, a methodology was
developed for estimating equilibrium
scour depths at structures with complex
geometries. This research, which has
been funded primarily by the Florida
Department of Transportation (FDOT)
and the Federal Highway Administration
(FHWA), has utilized laboratory and
field experiments as well as theoretical
and computational methods. Laboratory
experiments have been conducted in the
1) Hydraulics Laboratory in the basement
of Weil Hall at the University of Florida,
2) Hydraulics Laboratory at Colorado
State University, 3) Conte USGS-BRD
Laboratory in Turners Falls Massachusetts
(Figure 1), and 4) Hydraulics Laboratory
at the University of Auckland in
Auckland, New Zealand (Figure 2).

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Figure 1. Structure-induced sediment scour test in the Hydraulics Flume at the Conte USGS-
BRD Laboratory in Turners Falls, Massachusetts.
Figure 2. High velocity scour test in a flume in the Hydraulics Laboratory at the University of
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

Dr. Sheppard and his doctoral student,
William Miller, have also developed a
computer model for predicting the rate
at which structure-induced sediment
scour occurs. A field study is currently
underway to verify this model. The
scour hole at an existing large bridge
pier is to be filled with the native
sediment and scour depth and flow
measuring instrumentation installed.
The reformation of the scour hole

will be monitored along with the flow
parameters. The computer model will
be run for the same flow conditions and
the results compared with the measured
values to test/verify the model.

Much of Sheppard's earlier scour research
was directed at scour in cohesionless
soils (sand, shell, etc.). More recently
his work has included scour in cohesive
soils (muds, clays, etc.) and erodable rock

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(limestone, sandstone, coquina, etc.). He
and his colleague, Dr. David Bloomquist,
have developed two different apparatus
for measuring the "Rate of Erosion" as
a function of bed shear stress for these
materials. These apparatus known as 1)
Rotating Erosion Test Apparatus (RETA)
and 2) Sediment Erosion Rate Flume
(SERF) are shown in Figures 3 and 4.
The data from these apparatus (Erosion
Rate vs Bed Shear Stress plots) along with
the flow information for the site are used
to estimate scour depths at the structure
over the life of the structure.

Dr. Sheppard and graduate student,
Justin Marin, are in the final stages of
the design of a 1 m wide, 1.2 m deep by
30 m long tilting hydraulic and sediment
transport flume. The plan is to have this
versatile, flow and sediment recirculating
flume operational sometime during the
fall semester 2005. Ultimately the flume
will have the capability of generating
random waves as well as high velocity
flows. A three-dimensional rendering of
this flume is shown in Figure 5.

Dr. Sheppard is also working on a
research project to improve the methods
for predicting wave loading on horizontal
structures such as bridge spans. This
is a significant problem throughout the
United States with a number of bridge
failures attributed to wave loading. The
I-10 Bridge over Escambia Bay during
Hurricane Ivan is a good example of
this type of failure. Analytical and
computational analyses are underway
and experiments with random waves in
the Air-Sea Wave Tank at the Coastal
Laboratory are planned for later this
academic year.

Figure 3. Rotating Erosion Test Apparatus
(RETA), an apparatus for measuring erosion
rate as a function of bed shear stress of stiff
clays and erodable rock.

Figure 4. Scour Erosion Rate Flume serfF),
an apparatus for measuring erosion rate as a
function of bed shear stress of a wide range
of sediments and rock.

Figure 5. Tilting, hydraulics and sediment
transport flume to be constructed at the
Coastal Engineering Laboratory.





Making Highway Construction Work Zones
Safer for Pedestrian and Bicyclist

Most drivers have experienced traveling
through one of our state's many
highway construction work zones.
Imagine traveling through a highway
work zone as a pedestrian or bicyclist.
Highway construction work zones
present additional safety challenges for
pedestrians and bicyclists. A research
team led by Dr. Ralph Ellis is working on
a Florida Department of Transportation
project to improve non-motorist safety in
highway construction work zones.

The work zone situation can involve
active construction work operations
immediately adjacent to the open travel
lane. Some travel lanes may be closed
and lane shifts are common. Travel lane
widths may be temporarily reduced.
The pavement surface may be rough
from milling and there may be drop-off
differences in elevation, which while
not significant for an automobile may
present problems for a bicyclist or a
pedestrian. It is not uncommon for a
roadway construction project to involve
a significant change in the grade or
elevation between the existing and new
roadways. These elevation differences
may offer significant problems for non-

motorist cross traffic. Additionally,
construction equipment may track a
significant amount of soil onto the
pavement surface.

Detouring pedestrians and bicyclists
around work zones is not always a
satisfactory solution. Pedestrians and
bicyclists seek access to business and other
destinations within construction work
zones. Work zones have been occasionally
located between schools and the students'
homes. In many situations non-motorist
cross traffic is inevitable.

Assisted by Dr. Linda Crider, Program
Director of the UF Bicycle Safety
Program and Ph.D. student Jose Sanda,
Dr. Ellis will be developing new safety
standards for work zone design that will
address non-motorists safety issues. The
first phase of the project is to identify
significant safety factors involving
non-motorist in work zones. Video
recordings of non-motorist traffic in
work zones will be used to assess safety
issues. The final phase of the project
will involve developing tools to be used
by the highway project designers and
constructors to make the work areas safer
for non-motorists.



CCE Holds its 3rd Annual
Transportation Research Board
Meeting Reception

The Civil & Coastal Engineering
Department held its 3rd Annual
Reception at the TRB Annual Meeting
in January 2005, in Washington, DC.
The reception was a huge success with
well over 400 transportation professionals
attending. The reception is held each
year to reconnect our faculty with
transportation engineering researchers
worldwide and provide an opportunity
to recruit the very best graduate students.
We thank our sponsors, Wilson Miller,
Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan
(PBS&J) and Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB)
for their generous support of this event.

See you next year!

CCE Distance Master's Degree Available this Fall

The CCE Department is now offering
a distance master's degree in Civil
Engineering. This new degree program
provides an outstanding opportunity
of off-campus students to obtain their
master's degree in just two years.
Practicing engineers can now earn their
graduate degree at home or work. Cost
per credit hour is $300. Admission and
registration processing is now open for
the first cohort, which will start in Fall

These are the same courses taught by
CCE faculty on campus. CCE graduate
courses will be held in the college's
EDGE distance education studios where
the lectures will be recorded. Distance
students will receive the same educational
experience as on-campus students. Course
presentations are delivered either via
streaming video or DVD directly to the
student. Distance students will participate
in all traditional class activities such as
homework, team projects and exams.

The new master's degree has been
structured with a general civil engineering
theme. Courses have been selected from
civil engineering practice areas to provide
a broad inter disciplinary graduate
education. Five courses for a total of 15
credit hours will be offered each year. The
planned course offerings are:

Construction Planning and
Traffic Engineering
Ground Modification Design
Public Works Planning
Engineering Project Management
Advanced Geotechnical Aspects of
Landfill Design
Construction Engineering I
Construction Engineering II
Traffic Flow Theory
Design of Temporary

Want to earn $2.5 million over the course
of your career? A master's degree in
engineering can be worth that much to
you, according to a recent US Commerce
Department Census Bureau study that
compares educational level to work-life

For additional information on the CCE
Distance Master's Degree contact:
Dr. Ralph Ellis
352/392-9537 x1485


Preserving the State's Beaches for Future Generations
continued from page 4

research on developing and application of
these techniques in Florida, although he
has applied the procedures in many areas
including internationally. Earlier (1984),
he co-authored a text book "Water Wave
Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers"
which has been popular with students
commencing their studies in coastal and
ocean engineering and is now in use by
more than 20 universities internationally.
A second co-authored book (2002) is
"Coastal Processes with Engineering
Applications" which was stimulated by
his experiences in beach research and
teaching, primarily in Florida.

Bob has had opportunities to participate
with the State program to manage
beaches. From 1985 to 1987, he was
appointed by then Governor Graham to
be head of the State beaches program.
During this period, he spent Mondays
through Thursdays in Tallahassee

administering the beach program,
returning to the university on Fridays
to teach his class on water waves. This
provided an opportunity to learn more
about the management of Florida's
beaches and to implement appropriate
strategies that had become evident.
Although now retired, he continues to
interact with and contribute to the State
management activities.

When he arrived at UF in 1966,
knowledge in coastal engineering and
the practice of coastal engineering was
much more primitive than at present.
At that time, all of the non-federal
coastal engineering projects in Florida
were carried out within the UF program
which had developed a small cadre of
staff and a field and laboratory capability.
The Florida government employed one
staff at that time and has now grown to
approximately 85 personnel. Additionally,

there are now approximately 8 consulting
firms with a central focus on coastal
engineering where before none existed.
Although most are fairly small, two
have grown to more than 50 employees.
This increase of capability outside the
university has changed the focus of the
UF program to one of more basic research
and education.

Bob interrupted his career at UF to teach
at the University of Delaware for seven
years. Prior to arriving at UF, he had
taught at MIT and the University of
Washington. Bob feels privileged to have
had the opportunity to have taught and
conducted research in this interesting
coastal engineering field. During his
27 years at UF, he has supervised many
MS students and 20 Ph. D. students, a
number of whom are continuing through
conducting research and teaching at
leading universities.

Students and Alumni News

SS American Society

SHC of Civil Engineers

UF-ASCE Student Chapter Continues Tradition
of Professional Excellence and Service

Jenny Turner (front left) and Jenn Tovar
(front right) presented their research results
at the ASCE Gainesville Branch Meeting.
(bottom) Dr. Sputo watches as Carlos Lopez
and Andre Tousignant (2005 Captain) build
in the "Camber Curve" to the 2005 Steel

The UF American Society of Civil
Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter and
its members continue to represent the
department and the Civil Engineering
profession through their activities. 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 nation.

Chapter members take the ASCE motto
of being a "People Serving Profession"
to heart. Under the able guidance of
Community Service Chair, Bonnie
Serina, chapter members volunteered
at the local Boys and Girls Club where
they worked with disadvantaged youth
in the community, along with cooking
and serving meals for families in need
at the Gainesville Ronald McDonald
House. November brought around the
annual canned food drive where chapter
members collected over 1000 cans which
were donated to the local homeless shelter,
St. Francis House.

The chapter was also active on the
professional front. Student members
Jenny Turner and Jenn Tovar presented
their research on cold-formed steel
structures at the December meeting
of the ASCE Gainesville Branch to a
receptive audience.

Spring brings the final push for the
nationally competitive UF Concrete
Canoe and Steel Bridge Teams as they
strive to qualify for their respective
national competitions. The regional
qualifying for these events, along with
numerous other competitions, will occur
in April at the 2005 Southeast Region
Student Conference in Tuscaloosa,
Alabama. All faithful Gators are
encouraged to attend and support the
current Gator Civil Engineers.

One of the biggest challenges on the
horizon for the chapter is hosting the
2006 ASCE Southeast Region Student
Conference on March 30 and April
1, 2006. Over 20 schools and 800
students will converge on Gainesville to
compete in the regional qualifying for the
National Concrete Canoe Competition
and the National Student Steel Bridge
Competition, along with ten other events.
The chapter is looking for volunteers and

judges to assist in this undertaking, and
sponsorship opportunities are available.

The Chapter looks forward to the
challenges of the future. 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 the chapter advisor, Dr.
Thomas Sputo at sputo@ufl.edu.

Students and Alumni News

UF to Host the 2006 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Southeast Region Student Conference

The University of Florida Department
of Civil and Coastal Engineering is
preparing to host the 2006 American
Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Southeast Region Student Conference,
to be held at the University of Florida
from March 30 to April 1, 2006. The
University of Florida Student Chapter
of ASCE is responsible for organizing
the conference of approximately 1000
students, parents, and educators.

Civil Engineering students from over 20
Southeast Region universities, including
the University of Tennessee, Auburn
University, the University of Miami, the
University of Alabama, Florida A&M
University/Florida State University,
the University of Central Florida, and
the University of South Florida will
attend the three day conference. These
students will participate in engineering-
style competitions, each representing
a civil engineering sub-discipline. The
conference will feature two headline
events: the "Steel Bridge Competition",
in which scale model steel bridges are
assembled and load-tested, and the

CCE Student Wins Science and
Engineering Graduate Fellowship

Allison Penko, recently won the 2005
Department of Defense, National
Defense Science and Engineering
Graduate Fellowship, worth $120,000 for
3 years of graduate study in Coastal and
Oceanographic Engineering.

Allison joined us last year, from Ohio
State University, where she received her
B.S. in Civil Engineering. Her research
topic is on the formation of sand ripples
under waves and the effect of sand
ripples on the penetration of sound
waves through the sea bed which has
application to detection of buried mines
in the coastal zone. She is pursuing a
M.S. and Ph.D. in the Civil and Coastal
Engineering Department under the
guidance of Dr. Donald Slinn, Associate
Professor. Congratulations Allison!

"Concrete Canoe Competition", in
which canoes are fabricated from high-
performance concrete materials and raced
in a nearby lake. The conference will
also include competitions in such areas as
surveying, geotechnical engineering, plan
reading, and transportation engineering.

Organizing a conference of such
magnitude requires significant manpower
and a sizeable financial commitment. We
hope that you will consider supporting
this important event. Your financial
support will play a crucial role in the
success of the 2006 ASCE Southeast
Region Student Conference. If you
would like to donate online, visit
the UF Foundation, Inc. webpage at
Engineering.asp and make your tax-
deductible contribution to the Civil
Engineering Fund. Please indicate that
the donation is for the 2006 ASCE
Regional Conference in the comments
section. For more information regarding
making a donation, please contact Ed
Kominowski at (352) 392-6795.

Southeastern Transportation
Center Outstanding Student

One of CCE's former graduate students
in Transportation, Kimberly Seager,
won this year's STC (Southeastern
Transportation Center) Outstanding
Student Award. Kimberly received a
$1,000 check from the STC and was
also recognized during the CUTC
Dinner at the Transportation Research
Board Annual Meeting this last January.
Congratulations Kimberly!

UFITE Wins 1st Place at
TRANSPO 2004 Student Chapter
Presentation Competition

In December of 2004, the student chapter
of the University of Florida Institute
of Transportation Engineers (UFITE)
participated in the Florida Section ITE
competition for outstanding student
chapter presentation. The purpose
of the competition was to recognize
the activities and accomplishments
of individual student chapters across
District 10 (Florida and Puerto Rico)
of ITE. The student chapter president,
Jessica Morriss, and vice president,
David Kirschner, were able to secure the
first place prize of $750 by presenting
an overview of past and future chapter
activities, including speakers, socials, and
conferences. The prize money will be
used to fund future UFITE programs.

Congratulations Jessica, David and the
UFITE Students!

Our Students Move On

Two of CCE's Ph.D. graduates, Jack
Puleo and Jamie MacMahan have
accepted tenure-track faculty
positions in the Coastal Engineering
group at the University of Delaware.



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