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Message from the Chair
Greetings Gator Nation! In this edition of the CCE Newsletter,
I am especially elated to report to you on the Department's
activities over the past six months. We have entered the era of
"firsts" for the CCE Department. These "firsts" include the
appointment of a full time CCE Development Officer, the
First Annual CCE Career Fair, and the First Annual CCE Golf
Let me begin with the announcement of the appointment of
the CCE Development Officer. Beginning in May 2006, Eddie
Kominowski, a Director of Development for the College of
Engineering, will dedicate himself full time to CCE (see pg. 9).
Eddie will meet with faculty groups to discuss fundraising priorities for the Department,
and to establish a plan for achieving those priorities. On Jan. 17, the Department held its
first Career Fair (see pg. 6 ). By all measures, the event was a resounding success, attracting
more than 300 CCE students. The CCE Department is now accepting reservations from
interested industry sponsors for the Second Annual CCE Career Fair. The last of the "firsts"
is the CCE Gator Open Golf Tournament (see pg. 9), to be held on April 8 at the Ironwood
Golf Course. Register online at www.cce.gatoropen.org.
CCE academic and research programs continue to experience robust growth. The CCE
Department graduated 16 Ph.D. students for the 2005 academic year. This impressive
mark ranks the Department 10th nationally among all civil engineering departments
(both public and private) in this category. GO GATORS! New CCE research awards for
the 2005 academic year totaled $11.5 million, leading all departments in the UF College
of Engineering. To keep pace with our rapidly expanding research programs, the CCE
Department continues to invest heavily in its research infrastructure. The largest vertical,
in-ground test chamber in the United States is currently under construction on the site of
the CCE Coastal Engineering Research Laboratory (see pg. 3). The cylindrical chamber
measures 12 feet in diameter and 40 feet deep. Equipped with multi-level instrumentation,
the facility will be used to test foundation pile/shaft systems in various soil and moisture
conditions. Construction of the Powell Structures and Materials Laboratory on the UF
Eastside Campus is now complete. The 8,500-square-foot facility houses a 50-foot by 150-
foot strong floor that will be serviced with two 25-ton cranes. A formal dedication for the
facility will be scheduled for Fall 2006.
Finally, our ASCE Student Chapter continues to represent the department and the civil
engineering profession with distinction. With nearly 300 members, the UF-ASCE Student
Chapter is one of the largest and most active student organizations at the University of
Florida, and one of the largest and most decorated ASCE student chapters in the nation.
The Chapter will be hosting the 2006 ASCE Southeast Region Student Conference
and Competition from March 29-April 1. Twenty-four universities from throughout
the Southeast will be represented by more than 800 civil engineering students. All Civil
Engineering Gators are encouraged to attend and support the home
In closing, I would like to thank our loyal alumni and friends
for their generous and continuous support of our academic and
research programs that now rank among the very best in the
nation. It's great ... to be ... A FLORIDA GATOR!

Joseph W Tedesco
Professor and Chair 7-X

Faculty Activities Fall 2005

David Bloomquist GaryConsolazio

Dr. David Bloomquist, Associate Professor,
won both the Chi Epsilon Southern District
Excellence in Teaching Award and National
James M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching
Award for 2005-2006.

Dr. Gary Consolazio, Associate Professor,
was notified that his barge impact research
article titled Barge Impact Study Could Lead
to Better Bridge Specifications, was featured
in the January 2006 issue ofASCE's
national magazine Civil Engineering.

Dr.John Davidson, Professor, was
awarded a College of Engineering Teaching
Award for 2005-2006. This honor, which
recognizes his excellence in teaching, was
based on extensive review of his credentials,
letters of recommendation, and peer and
student evaluations.

Dr. Peter Sheng, Professor, has been
selected to serve on the 16-member National
Academy of Sciences Committee on New
Orleans Regional Hurricane Protection
Projects. The committee, headed by Georgia
Institute of Technology President Dr. Wayne
Clough, will review work being conducted
by the Interagency Performance Evaluation
Task Force (IPET), which is providing
scientific and engineering answers to
questions about the performance of the New
Orleans hurricane and flooding protection
system during Hurricane Katrina.

Dr. Thomas Sputo, Senior Lecturer, was
informed that his new book, Bracing Cold-
Formed Steel Structures: A Design Guide
will be published by ASCE. The book was
co-authored by one of his former graduate
students, Jenny Turner, who graduated in
May 2005.

John Davidson

Dr. Siva Srinivasan, Assistant Professor,
was selected to attend the "Workshop to
Enhance Proposal Development Skills
and Promote Research Collaborations"
sponsored by the National Science
Foundation. This workshop was conducted
in Arlington, Va., in February 2006.
The major topics covered in this
workshop were strategies for developing
effective proposals, addressing NSF's
broader impacts criteria, and developing
project evaluation plans. The workshop
comprised both presentations and
cooperative-learning activities and
also provided ample opportunities for

Dr. Frank Townsend, was granted Emeritus
status in rank of Professor with full support
of the Civil & Coastal Engineering faculty
upon his retirement in January. He was
also awarded the prestigious 2006 United
States Universities Council on Geotechnical
Education and Research (USUCGER)
Educator Award at USUCGER Geocongress
2006 conference in Atlanta in February.
This honor is awarded by the USUCGER
Board at its discretion, typically every
two years, to an affiliate of a USUCGER-
member institution who has made
outstanding and innovative contributions
to research, creative accomplishment, and
scholarship in the field ofgeotechnical
engineering. Dr. Townsend has over 26
years of teaching and research experience.
Prior to joining the UF faculty, he was a
Research Civil Engineer with the US Army
Corps of Engineers, Waterways Experiment
Station, Vicksburg, MS. He served as:
Secretary, ASCE's Deep Foundations

Frank Townsend

Committee; Organizing Committee ASCE
Deep Foundations Congress, Orlando
2002; and Co-Chairman, Stress-Wave'96.
Prof. Townsend is an instructor for NHI's
short course on "Design and Construction
of Driven Piles," and has conducted deep
foundations research for over 15 years. As a
Professor in Civil Engineering he has been
involved in more than 100 M.S. and Ph.D.
committees and has taught more than 25
short courses throughout the U.S. and Latin

Post, Buckley, Schuh,
&Jernigan Term
Professorship Award

The Department
of Civil & Coastal
Engineering is
pleased to announce
the award of the
PBS&J Term
Professorship in
Transportation to
Dr. Scott Washburn,
Associate Professor,
in the Transportation
Research Center.
The Professorship was established for a
CCE professor at the University of Florida
who specializes in the area of transportation
and has achieved national and international
recognition for his or her teaching, research
and professional outreach efforts.

Congratulations Scott!

Thomas Sputo Siva Srinivasan


Deep Foundation Testing Facility

There are currently 600,000 highway bridges contained within
the National Bridge Inventory covering the U.S. highway system.
Approximately 25% (i.e.150, 000 bridges) are classified as sr: r:r :-,Ily
or functionally deficient and in need of repair, rehabilitation or
reconstruction. American Society of Engineers, ASCE, 2005

In Florida, every bridge is supported by a deep foundation, either
driven piles or drilled shafts, with the foundation representing
20- 40 percent of its total construction cost. In addition, the
construction process is lengthy often one to five years, depending
on the size of the bridge. Since bridges must last for 100 years,
the states and the federal government are seeking novel ways to
revolutionize foundation design.
For instance, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
has implemented Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) for sensor
development, Long-term Bridge Performance Program (LTBP)
for health maintenance, and Innovative Bridge Research and
Construction Program (IBRC) for the development of new bridge
materials and technology.
Some of the innovative solutions that UF researchers are currently
investigating include:
* New materials (nano-modified concrete) for improved properties
(tensile, compressive, etc.) and durability (corrosion, etc.) for 100-
year-old bridge components
* Development of smart materials and sensors to perform structural
assessment (e.g. load testing Quality Assessment and Control)
during installation
* Health monitoring extreme events (ship impacts) scour,
corrosion degradation
* Methodologies to expedite the construction process at a reduced
To assist with the research, the CCE Geotechnical Group is
constructing the largest vertical, in-ground test chamber in the U.S.
The cylindrical chamber measures 12 feet in diameter by 40 feet
deep (Figure 1) and will be located at UF's Coastal Lab Facility.
Equipped with multi-level instrumentation, it will be used to test
new pile/shaft systems in various soil and moisture conditions
(Figure 2).
Integral to the chamber will be two 4-feet-wide drilled shafts
for load testing (Figure 3). In addition, each reaction shaft is to be
constructed with various anomalies for future testing (sonic, nuclear
logging, etc.) and training (Figure 4).
The primary benefactors of the new facility are Coastal Caissons
Corp. and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) with
combined contributions totaling $250,000. Coastal Caissons
Corp. is a major constructor of deep foundations in the U.S. and
is interested in establishing a long-term relationship with UF's
Geotechnical Group to develop new and innovative foundation
The facility's inaugural assignment will be related to a recently
awarded FDOT research project to develop precast jetted/
grouted foundations for high mast signs and lighting structures
subject to hurricane-force winds.

Figure 1. Chamber ready to be lowered into the ground.

Shaft Figure 4. (Below Right)
Anomalies in Reaction Cage



Sustaining Our Bridges

In recent years new materials have been
introduced to supplement the traditional
concrete and steel used to repair and
strengthen existing bridges. In situations
where their use is deemed appropriate,
carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP)
composites are used to repair or strengthen
structures that have lost load-carrying
capacity due to impact or corrosion (Figures
1 and 2). These high strength and stiffness
materials are formed with tiny carbon fibers
encased in an epoxy matrix. Lightweight,
yet strong, these materials provide a speedy
installation that does not require the use
of typical heavy construction equipment.
Depending on the severity of the impact,
repairs can sometimes be installed in a
matter of days.
Professor Trey Hamilton and former
CCE Ph.D. student Dr. Jeff Brown
(now a professor at Hope College in
Michigan) have been working together
to develop infrared (IR) thermography
techniques to inspect CFRP composites.
Infrared thermography is a sensing
technique that is used to measure an
object's surface temperature, which is
a function of its thermal conductivity
properties. Radiometric detectors inside
a typical infrared camera are sensitive to
electromagnetic radiation in the IR region.
(IR radiation has slightly longer wavelengths
than that of visible light.) Most people are
familiar with infrared images taken by IR
cameras. These are actually graphical 2-D
representations of the surface temperature of
an object.
Figure 3 shows the photograph and IR
image of a girder that had been repaired
with CFRP and subsequently suffered an
impact from an over height vehicle. Some of
the damage is obvious in the photograph in
the areas where the direct impact occurred.
In some cases, though, the impact may
cause delamination of the CFRP from
the surface of the concrete. The IR image
shows what appears to be a visual image
of the damaged areas. Each color in the
image, however, represents the surface
temperature at that point. When there is a
sufficient temperature gradient across the
surface, then the IR image displays this
with varying colors. For instance, in the IR
image of the bridge girder, the camera has

Figure 1. Impact damage to overpass from over height
Figure 2. Left photo shows installation of FRP composites
on an impact damaged girder. The bridge crosses Interstate 10 nearJacksonville, FL. Right
photo shows field fabrication ofCFRP composite. Carbon fiber fabrics are saturated with
an epoxy binder. The wet sheets are then wrapped around the damaged beams similar to the
installation ofwallpaper.

been calibrated to show the warmer areas
as yellow and the cooler areas as red. After
the area has been heated with a lamp, the
camera captures the image of the area as it
cools. The yellow indicates an area where
the concrete is debonded and does not
allow the heat to transfer to the concrete
as efficiently compared to the well-bonded
areas where the heat can transfer quickly
into the concrete.
IR technology is a powerful tool for non-
contact inspection. The method is as simple
as pointing the camera and looking for
defects in the image creating a qualitative
approach to inspection. The application of
heat is usually required, but can sometimes
be accomplished by solar heating if the
element is not shaded. Potential uses for
this method include quality control during
and after construction, periodic bridge
inspections, monitoring, and damage

Brown and Hamilton have taken
IRT a step further by developing several
heating techniques and quantitative
analysis techniques useful for determining
more detail concerning CFRP defects.
Qualitative IRT gives an indication of
defect presence, but does not tell the
inspector the size and depth of the defect.
This is particularly critical in multi-layer
CFRP systems. Figure 4 illustrates one
such analytical approach that is used to
strengthen the signal captured by the IR
camera during a heating and cooling cycle.
The peak in the surface plot very clearly
indicates the defect location and boundary.
This research work was initiated with
funding from the National Science
Foundation and has been continued with
support from the Florida Department
of Transportation and the National
Cooperative Highway Research Program,
all of whom are gratefully acknowledged for
their support.


Figure 3. Top photo
shows damage to CFRP
beam repair from mild
impact. Below photo
shows an IR image of
the same area. Yellow
shading indicates
areas where the CFRP
is debonded from the

Figure 4. Surface plot that represents the CFRP on the surface of
concrete. The peak in the surface plot shows an area where the CFRP
reinforcement is not fully bonded to the concrete.

Improving Transportation Systems

Assistant Professor Yafeng Yin, in collaboration with Associate
Professor Siriphong Lawphongpanich of the UF Department of
Industrial and Systems Engineering, is working on several research
topics related to improving transportation systems.
One topic deals with how to control traffic emissions such as
carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) through road
pricing. Traffic emissions, as mobile sources, are one of major
contributors to urban air pollution. Therefore reducing traffic
emissions has become an ongoing goal of many agencies over the
past two decades. Most programs implemented up to date usually
regulate the vehicle emission level and are thus passive in nature. A
more active approach to environmental policy is to use road pricing
or other economic variables to provide incentives for polluters to
reduce harmful emissions. Yin and Lawphongpanich's research
collaboration demonstrates that conventional notion of road pricing
for the purpose of reducing congestion alone may paradoxically lead
to an increase in total emission, and further proposes a methodology
for pricing that can reduce both traffic congestion and harmful
Another topic addresses improving robustness of transportation
system performance under demand and supply uncertainty.
Confronted with disruptive events, such as demand surge or
incidents, transportation system performance may deteriorate
significantly. A system with stable performance under all
circumstances is certainly desirable, but requires a large amount
of investment to build and maintain. Yin and Lawphonpanich
are working on a concept of designing robust transportation
Networks. The fundamental idea is to seek a robust design that
tolerates changes of travel demand, up to a given bound known a
priori. With graceful trade-off between effectiveness vs. guaranteed
robustness, the resulting robust network will perform much better
against the worst-case scenario while ensuring that an acceptable
performance is achieved at average situation.

If you have any questions about this research, please contact Dr.
Yafeng Yin at 352.392.9537, ext.1455.

McTrans .
Moving Technology

McTrans is planning to develop a Russian version of TRANSYT-
7F, targeted for public distribution in 2007, to benefit the Russian
Federation and territories of the Former Soviet Union. Barak
Tsivkin, president of Boston-based Solaris Development Inc., and
Vadim Zabamov, a Solaris senior computer programmer stationed
in Moscow Russia, will spearhead this development project from
the Russian side. McTrans development will be managed by
Bill Samspon (manager), David Hale (engineer), and Phil Hill
(programmer), with possible assistance from students in the UF-
Russian studies department. TRANSYT-7F is a traffic simulation
and signal timing optimization program. The primary application
of TRANSYT-7F is signal timing design and optimization.
TRANSYT-7F features genetic algorithm optimization of cycle
length, phasing sequence, splits, and offsets.

McTrans is also planning to integrate and distribute a 3-D
animation processor called "Streetscenes" within the CORSIM
software package for microscopic traffic simulation. Thomas
Furlani, Associate Director for the Center for Computational
Research at the University of Buffalo (N.Y.), and Charles Hixon III,
Director of Creative Services for Bergmann Associates in Rochester
N.Y., will also work with Sampson-Hale-Hill of McTrans to ensure
that traffic simulation users around the world will have access to the
superior 3-D visualization techniques of applications such as
Streetscenes and Google Earth.

The Center for Microcomputers in Transportation (McTrans) mission is
to serve the nation as a resource for the distribution and support of
microcomputer software in the highway transportation field.

CCE Resume Workshop
and Career Fair Begins a

The Civil & Coastal Engineering Department held
its First Annual Civil & Coastal Engineering Resume
Workshop and Career Fair on Jan. 17. The event was
held in Touchdown Terrace to provide an opportunity
for CCE students to talk with some of the largest civil
and coastal engineering companies and agencies in
Florida. More than 300 students attended the event
and were treated to a buffet dinner, gift bags and door
prizes. The department wishes to recognize the following
companies for their generous support of this event and of
our academic programs:

Ardaman & Associates, Inc.
Baskerville-Donovan, Inc.
DRMP Dyer, Riddle, Mills, Precourt
England-Thims & Miller
MillerLegg Associates

Parson Brinckerhoff Construction Services, Inc.
PEC Engineering
PSI Engineering
WilsonMiller, Inc.

CCE Holds its 4th Annual Transportation
Research Board Meeting Reception

The Civil & Coastal Engineering Department held its 4th Annual Reception at the TRB
Annual Meeting in January 2006, in Washington, D.C. The reception was very well attended
with more than 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. See you at TRB next year!

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Powell Structures Lab

Construction of the Powell Structures Lab located
at the UF Eastside Campus off Waldo Road was
completed in February. The Lab is a one-story
enclosed building with approximately 8,565 GSF
and houses a 50-ft. x 120-ft. strong floor along
with an instrumentation room, several offices,
necessary support spaces and a storage area. The
strong floor is constructed of heavily reinforced 4-ft.
thick concrete and will support the testing of large
scale structural elements as well as a strong wall for
lateral load testing. The strong floor will be served
by tandem 25-ton cranes for moving specimens and
equipment. The new lab will support the new Center
for Infrastructure Protection and Physical Security

New LTAP Director

Leslie Washburn,
PE. joined Florida
Technology Transfer (T2)
Center last spring as a
Special Projects Engineer
and was appointed as the
Local Technical Assistance
Program director in mid
Washburn previously
worked in consulting
and for the St. Johns Water Management District.
In addition to her LTAP duties she has been
reviewing new course materials for the Florida
Transportation Safety Training Program (FTSTP).
She also works with the Alachua County Community
Traffic Safety Team (CTST), and will soon start
working with professional organizations such as the
Florida Association of County Engineers and Road
Superintendents (FACERS) and the Florida Chapter of
the American Public Works Association (APWA).




Florida Water Resources
Research Center establishes
support for 10 Ph.D. Students
for FY 2006

Under the direction of CCE faculty (Dr. Kirk Hatfield and
Mark Newman), the Florida Water Resources Research
Center has been restructured with the goal of maximizing
the amount of graduate student funding available to the
state of Florida under the provisions of section 104 of the
Water Resources Research Act of 1984 (Public Law 98-
The mission of the Florida Water Resources Research
Center is to facilitate communication and collaboration
between Florida's universities and the state agencies that
are responsible for managing Florida's water resources.
A primary component of this collaborative effort is the
development of graduate training opportunities in critical
areas of water resources that are targeted to meet Florida's
short- and long-term needs.
For the upcoming year, agreements have been established
with three of Florida's Universities (Florida State
University, University of South Florida, and the University
of Florida) and four state agencies (South Florida
Water Management District, Southwest Florida Water
Management District, St. Johns River Water Management
District, and the Florida Geological Survey) that will
support the work of 10 Ph.D. students for FY 2006. These
agreements will be funded with support from the United
States Geological Survey ($92,335) along with matching
funds from the collaborating universities and state agencies
($220,481) to provide $312,816 in total support for water
resources related research in FY 2006.
The supported research projects will consider a wide
range of water resource related issues while maintaining
focus on topics specific to Florida. These topics include
investigating the geochemical processes that control
the mobilization of arsenic during aquifer storage
recovery (ASR), comparing widely used procedures by
which radar- and gauge-derived rainfall are optimally
combined for water management and regulatory decisions,
investigating the measurement of evapotranspiration,
recharge, and runoff in shallow water table environments
characteristic of the Gulf of Mexico coastal plain, studying
the measurement of erosion around and flow through
hydraulic structures and culverts, and developing software
for quantifying the impacts of saltwater up-coning and
well field pumping.

CCE Reaches Out Internationally

The Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering has entered into a
cooperative agreement with the University of Parma, Italy. This agreement
facilitates student and faculty exchanges. Currently, there is one Ph.D.
student from Parma studying at the University of Florida, with more
expected to arrive within the next year. The Italian student that is now at
UF is Elena Romeo. She is studying pavement fracture mechanics with
Professors Bjorn Birgisson and Reynaldo Roque. As a part of the cooperative
agreement, the University of Parma has appointed Professors Bjorn
Birgisson, Reynaldo Roque, and Joe Tedesco to their faculty with the title of
Adjunct Professor.

Workshop Announcment On
Nanomodifcation Of Cementitious

The Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering will host a National
Science Foundation Workshop on Nanomodification of Cementitious
Materials on August 8-11, 2006. The workshop is co-chaired by professors
Bjorn Birgisson and Reynaldo Roque, who have been leading a major thrust
in the use of nanotechnology to enhance and optimize the behavior and
performance of construction materials. In addition to the National Science
Foundation, the workshop is also co-sponsored by the University of Florida,
the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
as well as the Florida Concrete and Products Association. The Florida
Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration are
two agencies that are also affiliated with the workshop.
The nano-modification of cementitious materials has the potential to
initiate innovative uses and classes of construction materials, with wide-
ranging implications for society. The use ofnanotechnology affords the
opportunity to target changes at the nano-structural level to optimize
material behavior and performance. In spite of the fact that cementitious
construction materials are mainly used on a large scale and in huge
quantities, the mechanical behavior of these materials depends to a great
extent on structural elements and phenomena which are effective on a micro-
and nano-scale. The 2000 Presidential Commission on N n,..r. Jn..l.. ,-
likened the potential impact of nanotechnology on society to that of the
Industrial Revolution.
The objective of the workshop is to bring together national
and international researchers and practitioners with an interest in
nanomodification of cementitious construction materials to develop a
Roadmap for Research in this emerging area. This Roadmap for Research
will emerge as a White Paper that will be developed by the workshop
Scientific Advisory Committee.

For more information, please go to: www.ce.ufl.edu/nanoworkshop, or contact
Dr. Bjorn Birgisson at bbirg@ce.ufl.edu or 352.392.9532 ext. 1462.

Alumni News

Maupin Engineering Firm Opens

Jay A. Maupin, P.E., LEED, is
pleased to announce the opening of
Maupin Engineering, an engineering
design and construction consultation
firm specializing in private and
commercial civil site services, located
in Savannah, Georgia.
A firm focused on client
satisfaction through excellent
engineering, Maupin Engineering
consults with design professionals
in a myriad of specialties including
surveying, landscape architects,
architects, and environmental, geotechnical and structural
engineering to manage projects from the initial planning stages
through construction completion.
With 13 years of experience in the civil engineering field, Mr.
Maupin is registered in both Georgia and South Carolina and has
worked extensively throughout both states on projects ranging in
value from a few thousand dollars to $16 million.
Mr. Maupin graduated from the University of Florida in 1992
with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and lives in
Savannah with his wife, Stephanie, a homemaker, and two children,
Jacob and Kate.


The Department Hosts First
Golf Tournament

The Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering is hosting
its 1st Annual Golf Tournament. It's open to all CCE alumni/
friends, faculty, staff and students, but there are ohly 72 spots
available. The tournament will be played at Ironwood Golf
Course in Gainesville on April 8, 2006.

For more information, please visit: www.cce.gatoropen.org

Welcome Back, David

In July 2005, David Gibbs
assumed the Senior Executive
Service (SES) position of Division
Administrator in Florida. Prior
to his SES appointment, David
served as Division Administrator
in Utah. In Utah he implemented
major initiatives, including the
transportation program associated
with the 2002 Winter Olympic
Games in Salt Lake City.
David joined FHWA in 1975 and
has held numerous positions with
FHWA across the country. In 1995 he assumed the role of Assistant
Division Administrator for the Texas Division where he was
responsible for the implementation of all aspects of the Federal-aid
transportation program within the State.
David graduated from the University of Florida in 1975 and is a
registered Professional Engineer. He and his wife, Charlotte, live in
Tallahassee. They have one daughter, Sara, who lives in Dallas.

Congratulations David!

CCE Hires Its First

We are pleased to announce that
Mr. Eddie Kominowski has joined
the Department of Civil & Coastal
Engineering as its first appointed
Director of Development. Eddie
will oversee alumni and fundraising
activities in support of our continued
efforts to build and maintain one of
the top civil and coastal programs in the nation.
Eddie has spent the past two years in the College of Engineering
Office of Development providing alumni and fundraising services
for multiple departments. Prior to coming to the University of
Florida, Eddie spent more than 10 years with the Indiana University
Foundation in various fundraising roles. Eddie has also spent time
as a private consultant to Kent E. Dove & Associates, providing
capital campaign experience and major gift enhancement for
multiple disciplines. A Hoosier by birth, with a B.S. and M.S. from
Indiana University-Bloomington, he has spent his professional
career in fundraising for higher education. Eddie can be contacted
at 352.392.1151 or at ekominowski@eng.ufl.edu.

Welcome to CCE Eddie!

UF-ASCE Student Chapter Hosts
Regional Conference

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 nearly 300 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
The chapter will be hosting the 2006 ASCE Southeast Region Student
Conference March 29-April 1. Twenty-four universities will be represented
S-~- by more than 800 students who will compete in engineering competitions,
including regional qualifiers for the National Student Steel Bridge
Competition and the National Concrete Canoe Competition. All Civil
Engineering Gators are encouraged to attend and support the home team.
Other chapter activities include service projects such as field trips, adopt-a-
highway, early engineering education initiatives in area middle schools, and
Habitat for Humanity construction, along with the ever popular BBQs and
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,
(Top) Steel Bridge Team members Edgar Wong and Kevin Beery or would like information on how you can assist the Chapter in its activities,
hard at work.(Top Right) ASCE members assist Alachua Habitat please contact the chapter adviser, Dr. Thomas Sputo, at sputo@ufl.edu.
for Humanity. (Above) Football BBQs are an important social
event. (Bottom) ASCE members attend Tampa field trip.

Students News

Student Profile: Andre Tousignant
Andre Tousignant always
wanted to study civil
engineering, often described
as one of the hardest majors
at the University of Florida.
As a child, Tousignant was
so interested in construction
that he even dressed as a
S construction worker for
Halloween. Nowadays, he
often watches the Discovery
Channel when it airs stories
about bridges.
"All civil engineers love
I. ... stuff like that," Tousignant,
23, says. "Ever since I've
been young, I've always been fascinated with building things like
big structures and whatnot. And the more I learned about it, the
more I realized that I wanted to be a civil engineer."
A member of UF's American Society of Civil Engineers,
Tousignant participates in the national Steel Bridge Competition,
where students design, fabricate and compete to build a bridge
at 1/10th scale. Students receive a large rules packet with
dimensional constraints, making the project similar to a real-life

"From January to March we're fabricating the bridge in Weil Hall,"
Tousignant says. "The national competition is in May, and we are
scored in several categories such as stiffness, lightness, aesthetics and
timed assembly."
"Just in design, we spend close to 1,000 hours, and another 1,800
in fabrication," Tousignant says. "We work most of the weekend days
and nights, and during crunch time late in spring semester, we'd
come in during the school week. I had some good guys on my team
this year, so we were able to accomplish a lot."
Nevertheless, Tousignant does get to relax every now and then.
"A lot of times after fabrication, we'd just go over to someone's
house and sit back and relax," he says. "It was great because we had a
chance to bond as a team and keep ourselves from getting stressed out
too much."
Tousignant has also had some real-world experience in civil
engineering with an internship with Walt Disney Company this
past summer. There he assisted in a variety of projects, such as
construction rehab on the rides, replacing carpet and even a multi-
million dollar upkeep project of the pavilions.
He'd like to work full-time at Disney once he graduates.
"Since civil engineering is so diverse, I will probably hold off on
going to graduate school until I have a more specific area narrowed
down," Tousignant says. "Ideally, I would like to get more experience
in the design aspect and then go back and get an online graduate
engineering degree from UF."

The Department Invests in its Graduate Program

The Civil and Coastal Engineering
Department is pleased to announce
the addition of Ms. Nancy Been as the
Academic Support Coordinator for the
graduate program. Nancy has more than
18 years of experience in higher education
student affairs and comes to us from
the community college system. She has
made countless changes to the Graduate
Advising and Records Center (GRAC)
since her arrival in July. These changes
include revising and streamlining many
of the processes utilized by the students,
creating settings and occasions for student
interaction, and providing an atmosphere of
welcome and support for the students. Her
goals for the area are: to create a graduate
student advisory board to assist with
planning graduate student events and to
provide feedback regarding the effectiveness
of the GRAC office; to update the Web
site to include employment opportunities

for current students and alumni;
to increase recruitment efforts to
include alumni involvement; and to
establish a recognition program for
the graduating students.
In December, Ms. Carol Hipsley
joined Nancy in the GRAC office
as Program Assistant. She is
responsible for maintaining student
files and tracking admissions
materials. Carol had been Dr.
Tedesco's assistant for the past
several years. Nancy
The impact Nancy and Carol
have already had on the graduate program
can be seen on the faces of the graduate
students in the hallways of Weil Hall-
smiles abound!
If you are considering obtaining a
graduate degree in Civil & Coastal
Engineering from the University of Florida,
please contact Nancy at 352.392.9537 ext.


Carol Hipsley

1419 or e-mail her at nbeen@ce.ufl.edu.
She will be pleased to provide you with
the information that you will need for the
admissions process.
For those of you who are alumni, if you
are interested in assisting with recruitment
or you have an employment opportunity,
please contact Nancy.


Civil & Coastal Engineering
365 Weil Hall
P.O. Box 116580
Gainesville, FL 32611-6580

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