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Message from the Chair
Greetings Gator Nation! I am once again overjoyed to have the
privilege to update you on the new and exciting developments
in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering (CCE) as
we begin the 2006-2007 academic year. I am very proud of the
high standard of excellence exhibited by our student body and
our faculty, and I relish the opportunity afforded me by the CCE
Newsletter to report to you on their activities.
Our academic and research programs continue to experience
robust growth. Undergraduate enrollment for the Fall 2006
Semester has exceeded 650 students, with nearly 140 BS degrees
conferred over the course of the 2005-2006 AY. Full-time
graduate enrollment for the Fall 2006 Semester is nearly 210,
with approximately equal numbers of MS and Ph.D. students. As a testament to the ever
improving quality of our graduate program, the recently released U.S. News e World Report
2006 Guide to America's Best Graduate Schools has ranked the University of Florida CCE
Department No. 16 in the nation among all civil engineering graduate programs at public
institutions, and No. 24 overall (among 233 public and private institutions). GO GATORS!
Our research enterprise continues to grow at a dizzying pace. Research expenditures for
2005-2006 FY were $15.6 million and new external research awards were $13.1 million,
placing the CCE Department 2nd in the College of Engineering (among 11 departments)
in both categories. The CCE Department currently administers 157 active research
projects totaling nearly $30 million. These projects are sponsored by a wide variety of
state, local and federal agencies and support cutting edge research in five areas of societal
need, including extreme load events, high performance infrastructure and materials, water
resource preservation, beach and estuarine preservation, and transportation infrastructure
To meet the challenge of our rapidly expanding academic and research programs,
the CCE Department is proud to announce the appointment of two new tenure track
faculty for the 2006-2007 academic year (see pgs. 2 and 7 for details). Forrest Masters,
who joins us from Florida International University, will augment a strong team of CCE
hurricane researchers. Theodor Krauthammer from Pennsylvania State University also
joined the CCE faculty this Fall. Dr. Krauthammer, who is internationally renowned for
his innovative research in structural protective technology, will hold the Goldsby Chair in
Civil Engineering and serve as Director of the recently established Center for Infrastructure
Protection and Physical Security (CIPPS). Under Dr. Krauthammer's leadership, CIPPS
will position the University of Florida at the forefront of academic institutions engaged in
homeland security research.
Finally, the CCE Department is privileged to provide a home to the Progress Energy
Water Institute. The University of Florida has more than 250 faculty members in more than
50 departments across the campus conducting research in water-related topics. The primary
mission of the Institute is to establish interdisciplinary teams to address challenging
research and education issues associated with water. Dr. Wendy Graham, former Chair of
the UF Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, will serve as the inaugural
director of the Institute.
In closing, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to our many loyal
alumni and friends for their continuous and generous support of our program. We are great
only because you are great to us..... It's so great to be a Florida Gator!

Joseph W Tedesco
Professor and Chair

Faculty Activities Fall 2006

Trey Hamilton
Trey Hamilton

Byron E. Ruth

Ralph Ellis

Duane S. Ellifritt

David K. Hale, Assistant-In-Engineering at
the McTrans Center, was recently named
transportation software subcommittee
chairman for the national committee on
Intelligent Traffic Signal Operations.

Trey Hamilton, Associate Professor, was
notified that he has been granted tenure
in the Department of Civil and Coastal
Engineering. Congratulations, Trey!

James H. Schaub and Byron E. Ruth,
Emeritus Professors, were inducted into
The Academy of Civil Engineers at West
Virginia University earlier this year. The
Academy was established to recognize those
graduates who have had distinguished
professional careers or who have given
outstanding service to the State of West
Dr. Schaub was inducted as an Honorary
Member in recognition of his outstanding
leadership and service as Chairman of the
Department of Civil Engineering. Dr.
Ruth obtained his PhD from West Virginia
University in 1967 and was inducted as an
Academy Member. The Civil Engineering
Academy, established by the Department
and the College of Engineering and Mineral
Resources, recognizes graduates who have
distinguished themselves nationally and/or

internationally through their contributions
and service to the profession, contributions
to education, and professional achievement.

Ralph Ellis, Professor, was appointed to the
Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) of the US
Department of State, Bureau of Overseas
Building Operations (OBO). The IAP
provides OBO with technical advice on
available methods to provide safe, secure
and functional facilities supporting US
Diplomatic Missions worldwide.

Duane S. Ellifritt, Professor Emeritus of
Civil Engineering, was awarded the 2006
George Winter Award by the American
Society of Civil Engineers in recognition
of his service to the structural engineering
The award is named for the late George
Winter, world-renowned teacher and
researcher at Cornell University. The
George Winter Award is intended as a
recognition of the achievements of an active
structural engineering researcher, educator
or practitioner who best typifies the late Dr.
George Winter's humanistic approach to his
profession, including an equal concern for
matters technical and social, for art as well
as science, for soul as well as intellect.
Ellifritt's award citation reads "For his
contributions through both educational and

artistic endeavors to the role of aesthetics
in structural engineering, including the
development of the steel connection
sculpture now present on almost 200
campuses nationwide." Previous winners of
this award include such renowned structural
engineers as Mario Salvadori, David
Billington, and William LeMessurier.

Dr. Ronald A. Cook, Professor, was
honored with the Delmar L. Bloem
Distinguished Service Award from the
American Concrete Institute (ACI) in
recognition of outstanding leadership
of ACI Committee 355, Anchorage to
Concrete. Dr. Cook, a Fellow of ACI, has
served as Chairman of ACI 355 for the
past six years and has presented seminars
throughout the country on the design of
connections to concrete. Currently, Dr.
Cook is working with the Massachusetts
Attorney General's Office in the
investigation of the anchorage failure in the
Boston "Big-Dig" Tunnel. In the area of
wind engineering, Dr. Cook has accepted
the position of Chairman of the ASCE 7
Wind Load Committee. This committee
is responsible for developing building code
requirements for the wind loads used in the
design of buildings constructed in the US.

The Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Forrest
Masters as Assistant Professor. Dr. Masters joined Florida International University as an assistant
professor in 2004 after receiving his Ph.D. from our department, where he developed research interests
that include field measurement of surface-level tropical cyclone winds, wind effects on structures and
stochastic simulation of natural hazard events. At FIU, he also directed the Laboratory for Wind
Engineering Research at the International Hurricane Research Center.
Since 1999, Dr. Masters has deployed for 19 named tropical cyclones, including all of the major
hurricanes in 2004 and 2005. During landfall, he and his colleagues deploy mobile weather stations
to capture ground-level wind speeds and instrument single-family homes to measure wind pressure
loading. After the storm, damage assessments are conducted to evaluate the performance of the
building stock and the codes and standards that guided their construction. Currently, he is developing
a new testing apparatus to recreate the wind and wind-driven rain dynamics of a major hurricane at
sufficient scale to test building components and cladding systems.


Importance of exchange flow patterns in coastal inlets

The coastline of Florida is ubiquitously broken up by coastal
inlets. These inlets are delimited by at least two headlands or '
points that represent the transition between an embayment
and the coastal ocean. Coastal inlets are responsible for the '
health of coastal lagoons and estuaries as they allow the
exchange of water and materials between semienclosed bodies i
of water and their adjacent ocean. The transport of materials i
through these inlets has therefore tremendous ecological and
commercial consequences as it determines the recruitment -
success of a given species, the pollution levels in a basin and i
the supply or removal of sediment to and from adjacent
beaches, among many other examples.

Despite the importance of coastal inlets, little is known aboutI
patterns of water exchange at these sites. It has customarily
been assumed that because of their relative narrow width r ie if
(typically <1 km), the patterns of net flow through inlets may
be represented with measurements at one location. It is well s m
known that in wide (several km wide) estuaries, the shape r
of the bottom plays a crucial role in determining regions of Figure 1. St. Augustine Inlet location and cross-section of net exchange flow
net inflow and outflow and that these patterns can change pattern. Red and yellow shades indicate regions of netoutflow while blue
over short (few tens of meters) distances. Coastal inlets indeed shades denote regions of inflow.
may show marked variations in bottom shape from one
headland to the other. This characteristic of inlets suggests
that their net flow must also exhibit appreciable variations.
Development of flow variations means that sediment or fish
larvae might be imported into an embayment over certain p
portions of the inlet but exported over other portions. Such
an idea motivates recent studies in Florida inlets by Arnoldo
Valle-Levinson, who came to the University of Florida in
August 2005.

As part of a class on Estuarine and Coastal Hydrodynamics
that Arnoldo taught in the spring of 2006, graduate students
Jeff King, Bret Webb, Bilge Tutak, Justin Marin and Hande
Caliskan made measurements at St Augustine inlet (Figure 1).
The field trip consisted of measuring underway currents and .
water temperature and salinity during nearly a full tidal cycle
under the able technical expertise of Vik Adams and Sidney
Schofield. An important finding of those measurements was
that the net flow pattern was greatly influenced by the shape
of the bottom (Figure 1). Net inflows appeared restricted Figure 2.Jupiter Inlet location and cross-section of net exchange flow pattern.
to the deepest part of the inlet cross-section, in the middle, Red and yellow shades indicate regions of net outflow while blue shades
whereas net outflows developed over the shallowest parts, i.e., denote regions of inflow.
next to the inlet headlands. So, depending on what part of an
inlet you examine, you might find net import or export of materials it displayed net inflow in the middle of the cross section and net
from or to the ocean. outflows adjacent to the inlet headlands. The results shown here
are only isolated cases and the fact that they are similar may be
Analogous findings to those at St. Augustine inlet were obtained fortuitous. It remains to be seen how persistent these exchange
in a similar tidal-cycle study in Jupiter Inlet (Figure 2). This was patterns are. So, future research efforts with colleagues at the
part of a project funded by the Jupiter Inlet District to Dr. Ashish CCE Department will focus on generalities that can be drawn
Mehta. The measurements were obtained again under the technical from different systems under various conditions of tidal, wind
assistance of Vik Adams and Sidney Schofield, and with the help and freshwater influences. In the long run, the finding from these
of graduate student Hande Caliskan. The very narrow (<100 m) studies will undoubtedly help in the management of inlet systems.
Jupiter Inlet showed weak bathymetric variations. But once more


Interdisciplinary Water Institute
established at UF
By Kathleen A. McKee and Robin Snyder

Water touches our lives in many ways.
It sustains and cleanses us, hydrates our
crops and livestock, provides power and
protection, and is the daily lifeblood of our
planet. Without clean, plentiful water, life
as we know it could not exist. So it stands
to reason that protecting and preserving
our water supply is uppermost in the minds
of those who are immersed in water-related
fields of research and study.

In 2001, the National Academy of Sciences
concluded that because water plays an
important role in so many research
disciplines, novel ways of pursuing research
in traditional fields were needed and
researchers were called on to engage in
novel collaborations. It is also increasingly
recognized that water problems relevant
to society integrate physical, chemical,
biological, and social sciences while
affecting concerns of law, economics and
policy. These facts spawned the idea at
UF to create an institute for developing
interdisciplinary approaches to water-related
research. Five years later that idea has
become a reality with the establishment of
the UF Water Institute, approved by UF
President Bernie Machen, and sponsored by
a $1.2 million endowment donated by the
Progress Energy Foundation.

The University has more than 250 faculty
members conducting water-related studies
in more the 50 departments and centers.
Faculty from the Colleges of Agricultural
and Life Sciences, Business, Design
Construction and Planning, Engineering,
Health and Human Performance, Law, and
Liberal Arts and Sciences and Veterinary
Medicine actively participate in the Water
Institute. The main mission of the Institute
is to establish cross-campus and external
linkages to conduct truly interdisciplinary
water-related research and education

Heading the Institute is its inaugural
director, Wendy Graham (B.S. from UF in
Environmental Engineering, Ph. D. from
MIT in Civil Engineering, and former
Chair of the UF Department of Agricultural
& Biological Engineering). Graham

knows that there are great challenges
ahead but is looking forward to the
opportunity to coalesce the vast
resources at UF and around the state
in pursuit of a common goal.

"With the world's largest ecosystem
restoration project, the world's most
productive aquifer, the country's
largest desalination plant, a
burgeoning human population and
vulnerability to both climate and
anthropogenic changes in the water
cycle, Florida provides a unique living
laboratory to develop new knowledge
and test solutions to water problems"
says Graham. "New knowledge and
new engineering, policy and legal solutions
developed in Florida should provide a
model for others to follow both nationally
and internationally. Thus we envision an
Institute committed to addressing Florida
issues, but recognized nationally and
internationally as providing global solutions
to water resource problems."

Since taking the Director position on May
15th, 2006, Graham has been busy meeting
with both internal and external stakeholders
to begin developing a strategic plan for
the Water Institute. A survey is currently
being developed to gather input from UF
faculty on preferred forms of affiliation,
collaboration and communication. A one-
day strategic planning retreat is scheduled
for Fall 2006 to provide faculty a chance to
define the Institute's program focus areas
and a chance for Graham to make sure the
Water Institute's programs align with the
vision and goals of the University's faculty.
In Spring 2007, a similar survey and one-
day forum will be conducted with external
stakeholders. According to Graham,
"effective communication amongst faculty
of differing disciplines, and between faculty
and external stakeholders is key to the
success of the Water Institute."

Dr. Graham, along with research
coordinators Kathleen McKee (MS
from UF in Soil and Water Science) and
Mark Newman (Ph.D. from UF in Civil
and Coastal Engineering), have begun

coordinating faculty groups to pursue
funding opportunities on a wide range of
research topics. A two-year National Science
Foundation (NSF) planning grant has been
awarded to Water Institute affiliated faculty
to develop the Suwannee River Basin as
one in a national network of Hydrologic
Observatories. The research focus of the
planning grant will be on understanding the
sources, fate and transport of nitrate in the
Santa Fe watershed.

The Florida Department of Environmental
Protection has also awarded a grant to UF
to host, manage, and expand the operations
and functions of Conserve Florida, the
state's water conservation clearinghouse.
Additional proposals have been submitted
to the National Science Foundation,
the US Department of Agriculture and
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration as well as a variety of state
agencies since the Water Institute was
formed in May.

The Water Institute is grateful to the Civil
and Coastal Engineering Department for
generously providing space for the Water
Institute offices. As of August 21st the
Water Institute will be located in 570 Weil

For more information see our website at
http://waterinstitute.ufl.edu, and drop by if
you are visiting campus. You can contact us
at 352-392-5893 after August 21st!


Mobile Terrestrial Laser
Scanning (M-TLS) System
ByJuan Fernandez and Ramesh Shrestha

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laser scanner. The scanner is mounted on
a computer controlled tilt-scan mount,
which in turn is attached to a telescoping
lift, rigidly attached to a 4-wheel drive
crew cab pickup truck. The laser scanner
has an integral bore sighted 6 mega pixel
digital camera for still imaging, and a
digital video camera has been added to
provide wide moving imaging capability. At
the final stage of development the M-TLS
positioning and navigation system will
include a differential GPS array, tilt sensors
and an inertial measuring unit which will
allow data collection and geo-referencing in
both static and dynamic modes.

The laser scanner used in the M-TLS is
an Optech ILRIS-36D, which is capable
of generating XYZ coordinates with laser
intensity or RGB textured point clouds
in a range from 3m to 1500m for a target
with an 80% reflectivity or 3m to 350m
to targets with a 4% reflectivity. The laser
operates at a wavelength of 1535 nm, with
a pulse width of less than 10 ns and energy
of less than 10 microjoules. The angular
laser fire separation can be adjusted as low
as 0.001150, and the laser pulse frequency is
2,000 pulses per second.

The M-TLS is a unique tool that enables
GEM researchers to inexpensively
acquire closely spaced and highly precise
coordinates on surfaces that are difficult
to obtain in any other manner, and nested
sets of M-TLS and airborne laser scanning
(ALS) data sets are highly complementary-
the ALS providing broad area coverage with
lower spatial resolution and precision, and
the M-TLS data providing high resolution
and precision coverage over limited areas.
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particular geodetic datum, a
conformal 3D transformation
is applied to the entire data set
using information from the
GPS control point network. The
accuracy of the geo-referencing
depends primarily on the quality
of the GPS observations and the
vertical and horizontal strength
of the control points network,
both of which are controlled
during the design and data
collection phase to obtain the
accuracy required for a particular
project. The final product
deliverables are point clouds that
include 3D and texture (intensity
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The M-TLS system produces range point Mobile Terrestrial Laser Scanner (M-TLS) for
clouds in XYZ coordinates accurate to mapping closely spaced and highly precise
sub-centimeter with point spacings of a surfaces
few centimeters. The applications of the
M-TLS data sets are numerous in both the
fields of science and engineering. Tested
applications so far include urban mapping,
building as-built surveying, building
damage assessment, bridge load analysis,
forestry metrics extraction, beach erosion,
paleontology and archeology dig mapping
and vehicle 3D modeling.


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Buenos Aires, Argentina 1994

London, United Kingdom 1994

Center for Infrastructure Protection and Physical Security Opens

One of the basic needs of all living
creatures is to have safe and secure
habitation. Throughout history, humans
have demonstrated a remarkable ability to
address this need. They have developed
capabilities to protect themselves against
both natural disasters and escalating
hazards associated with human activities. In
1989, the world viewed a watershed event
with the end of the Cold War. Nations
across the globe began reducing their
armed forces in response to the perceived
increase in world stability. Unfortunately,
the euphoria did not last for long, and
international terrorism became a concern
in many parts of the world. Prior to 1993,
the United States had been relatively
unaffected by terrorism within its borders.
Then, in February 1993, the U.S. was
attacked by externally supported terrorists
who targeted the Word Trade Center. In
April 1995, the U.S. was shocked by the
devastating homegrown terrorist attack
against the Alfred P. Murrah Federal
Building in Oklahoma City. The events
of September 11, 2001 demonstrated the
ability of terrorists to cause civilian deaths
and property damage in levels not seen since
the waning days of World War II. These
recent horrific terrorist attacks changed
forever the way various federal, state and
local government agencies in the U.S., and
many other organizations around the world,
would look at national security and the need
for protection from terrorism.

Clearly, in today's geopolitical environment,
the need to protect both military facilities
and civilian populations from enemy
attack has not diminished. Furthermore,
we noted an increasing need to protect
civilian populations against terrorism and
social/subversive unrest. This situation is
true for many parts of the world, and it

may exceed the previous reasons for the
development of protective technologies
(i.e., related to military-sponsored work on
fortifications). Unlike the global politically
and ideologically motivated conflicts of the
past, dominated by well-organized military
forces, most of the armed conflicts in the
last two decades have been localized and
dominated by social, religious, economic,
and/or ethnic causes. Such activities are
carried out by determined individuals or
small groups that have a wide range of
backgrounds and capabilities. They are
directed against well-selected targets, and
they are aimed at inflicting considerable
economic damage and loss of lives. Such
activities, despite involving a few individuals
or small groups, can have devastating
consequences. They can adversely affect
national and international stability, and
cause worldwide serious economic, social
and political damage.

Defending society against this form of
rapidly evolving warfare will remain a
challenge, at least through the first half of
the 21st century. Any successful response
will require a well-planned multilayered
approach that strikes a fine balance
between assuring a nation's security and
maintaining the freedoms that a modern
society enjoys. The causes for terrorism
are related to a broad range of important
areas (e.g., culture, history, sociology,
politics, economics, religion, life sciences
and medicine, psychology, etc.). Therefore,
besides the serious need for innovative
developments in these areas, society must
invest in the development of effective
capabilities in intelligence, law enforcement,
and military application to counter such
threats. Technology can and will play a
major role in this effort, and society must
develop innovative protective technologies.

Furthermore, one must not employ only
empirical approaches to address these issues
(e.g., using tests to observe consequences).
The free world must develop innovative
theoretical, numerical and experimental
approaches to protect from terrorism and
weapons of mass destruction (WMD),
and must conduct these activities in a
well-coordinated collaboration among
governments, academic, and private
organizations. Such technologies are vital
for ensuring the safety of people and the
preservation of valuable national assets.

In response to these challenges, the
Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering
is pleased to announce the establishment
of the Center for Infrastructure Protection
and Physical Security (CIPPS), under the
direction of Dr. Ted Krauthammer, Goldsby
Professor of Civil Engineering. The Center
kicks off with an initial contract from
the US Army Research and Development
Center (ERDC).
Other current and future sponsored
programs in the College of Engineering
(COE) on related topics by various sponsors
in the US and abroad will also be carried
out at CIPPS. Center researchers will
perform collaborative R&D with their
sponsors on the development of innovative
technologies for the protection of critical
infrastructure systems, and transfer the
knowledge through various engineering
education and training programs. CIPPS
will be housed at the UF Eastside Campus
Gainesville, where it will occupy a 16,000
sq. ft office building and 10,500 sq. ft. of
the new Powell Structures Laboratory.

Information about CIPPS can be obtained
from either Prof. Ted Krauthammer or Prof.
Joseph Tedesco, Chairman of the Department
of Civil & Coastal Engineering.


CCE Announces CIPPS Director

Dr. Ted Krauthammer

Civil and Coastal Engineering is pleased
to welcome Ted Krauthammer as the new
Director of the Center for Infrastructure
Protection and Physical Security (CIPPS)
and recipient of the Goldsby Chair in Civil

Prior to his appointment at the University
of Florida, Krauthammer was the Director
of the Protective Technology Center (PTC),
and a Professor of Civil Engineering at Penn
State University. In cooperation with PTC's

sponsors, the PTC will move from Penn
State to the University of Florida, and will
become the Protective Technology Division
of CIPPS. His main research and technical
activities are directed at structural behavior
under severe dynamic loads, including
considerations of both survivability and
fragility aspects of critical facilities subjected
to blast, shock, impact, and vibrations. He
received his Ph.D. from the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Krauthammer received the U.S. Army
ERDC Award for Outstanding Team
Effort for valuable contribution to the
Pentagon Rebuild Retrofit Program Study,
2002. He is a Fellow of the American
Concrete Institute (ACI), a member of
the American Society of Civil Engineers
(ASCE), and a member of the American
Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).
He serves on ten technical committees of
ASCE, ACI, and AISC. Dr. Krauthammer
is chair of the ASCE Task Committee on
Structural Design for Physical Security, of
the ASCE/SEI Committee on Blast Shock
and Vibratory Effects, and of the Joint

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ACI-ASCE Committee 421 on Design of
Reinforced Concrete Slabs. He has written
more than 350 research publications, he has
been invited to lecture internationally, and
is a consultant to industry and government
agencies in the USA and abroad.

U.S. Pentagon,
September 11, 2001

News & Events

NSF Workshop on Nanomodification of Cementitious Materials a Huge Success

The Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering hosted a
National Science Foundation Workshop on Nanomodification
of Cementitious Materials on August 8-11, 2006. The
workshop was chaired by professor Bjorn Birgisson. The
objective of the workshop was to bring together national and
international researchers and practitioners with an interest
in nanomodification of cementitious construction materials
to develop a national roadmap for research in this emerging
area. The workshop had 65 attendees from the United States,
Canada, Mexico, and Europe. The attendees represented
academia, the cement industry, the oil industry, state and
federal transportation agencies, the military, as well as research
organizations such as the Western Research Institute and the
National Institute for Standards and Technology.
Besides the National Science Foundation, the workshop was
co-sponsored by the University of Florida, Defense Threat
Reduction Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the
Portland Cement Association, the Florida Concrete and
Products Association, and RILEM. The Florida Department
of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration are

two agencies that are also affiliated with the workshop.
During the workshop, 30 presentations were given on topics related
to uses and potential of nanotechnology in cement, concrete, and
asphalt. These presentations highlighted how nano-modification of
cementitious materials has the potential to open up whole new uses
and classes of construction materials, with wide-ranging implications
for society. The use of nanotechnology brings the ability to target
changes at the nano-structural level to optimize material behavior
and performance in an economical manner. 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.

For further information including the viewing of all presentations
given at the workshop, please go to: www.ce.ufl.edu/nanoworkshop, or
contact: Dr. Bjorn Birgisson at bbirg@ce.ufl.edu or at 352.392.9532, ext.
Nanotechnology is the engineering of functional systems at the molecular

Experts Meet to Share Technology McTrans Celebrates 20 Years!
Transfer Methods in St. Pete Beach

To remain technologically savvy, post
graduates must stay abreast of changes and
innovations to assure viability in today's job
market. One such resource that provides a
continual flow of up-to-date information
is technology transfer (T2) experts. In St.
Pete Beach on July 30 -August 3, 2006,
T2 experts met with global counterparts
to share knowledge and best practices at
the Second International Symposium on
Transportation Technology Transfer.
The meeting drew about 400 national
and international participants representing
nearly 20 nations and dozens of groups who
have technology transfer as part of their
mission. Experts met to address the impacts
of technology sharing on the transportation
infrastructure and its workforce as well
as share information aligned with the
conference theme: "The Business of
Technology Transfer-Tomorrow's Answers
Today." The meeting was hosted by the
Florida Transportation Technology Transfer
(T2) Center, a service center of the Civil
and Coastal Engineering Department.
The Florida T2 Center also hosted the first
symposium in 2001.
A DVD set containing all plenary
sessions from the Symposium is being
produced and should be ready for
distribution in late October of this year. To
request a set, please contact the Florida T2
Center at 352.392.2371 x 227.

It was May 1986, when the University
of Florida was awarded a grant to
establish the McTrans Center to facilitate
software distribution and support to the
transportation engineering and planning
As you may or may not know, the grant
that created McTrans only lasted two
years by design. Since May 1988, McTrans
has been totally self-supporting, relying
on revenues from software, support and
training to run the operations of the center
and pay salaries. This is quite a success story
within the realm of the public sector and
government grants. McTrans has provided
a wide variety of services and grown
tremendously over the last 18 years to
serve over 30,000 users without any public
Thanks to you our users, we have just
turned 20 years old, still growing and
going strong. Please accept our deepest
appreciation for your support over the years.

Visit us at http://mctrans.ce.ufl.edu

CCE Proudly Announces the
Second Annual Career and
Resume Workshop

Many companies and organizations
have requested information about the
upcoming Career and Resume Workshop
and we have finally set the date! The 2nd
Annual Civil and Coastal Engineering
Career and Resume Workshop will be
held on Wednesday, January 17, 2007
from 6:00-9:00pm. We are anticipating
an overwhelming response from employer
participants to the event but space is
limited. We had over three hundred
students participate in this event last
January and anticipate an even better
response this year. The workshop is an
excellent opportunity to showcase your
organization via internship opportunities,
employment opportunities and networking
with our future graduates from entering
freshman to Ph.D. students.

Contact Nancy Been at 352.392.9537 x1419
or e-mail nbeen@ce.ufl.edu if you want
further details about the event.

Alumni News

One Innovative Gator...

Frank A. Nicotera, BSCE, 1996,
is the President and CEO of
DTSystems, Inc. in Tampa. In
2000, after working as a project
manager on several different
heavy highway projects he realized
that there had to be a better way
of tracking loads of fill during
excavation and construction.
He developed the Data Track System which links accounting
software, truck-mounted chips, portable laser bar-code scanners
and bar-coded tickets to automate the process of tracking and the
accounting for the fill. DTSystems, Inc. provides services to heavy
highway contractors, The Departments of Transportation, trucking
companies, FEMA and other associated contractors in organizing
and monitoring their hauling activities.
This unique system received a registered patent in March 2002
and Frank was awarded ENR Magazine's Top 25 Newsmakers
Award in 2002. Since then he developed a Quarry Module and a
Debris Monitoring Module. This year DTSystems exhibited for
the first time at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas and World of
Asphalt in Orlando and is now entering into its 6th year of growth
and profitability. To quote Frank, "I am and always will be proud to
let my clients know that I am a University of Florida graduate."

UF is proud of you too!

Contact Information
DTSystems, Inc.

1 A Top Gator

Jamie Padgett, BSCE, 2003, is
a graduate student at Georgia
Institute of Technology School of
Civil & Environmental Engineering
and was selected as the 2006-2007
recipient of the EERI/FEMA
NEHRP Graduate Fellowship.
Jamie was chosen from a group
of extremely well-qualified doctoral
candidates from throughout the US. The award is given annually to
a top student in the field of earthquake hazard mitigation. Jamie's
research focuses on assessing the seismic vulnerability of retrofitted
bridges and mitigating the seismic risk to transportation networks.
Jamie is a past recipient of the National Science Foundation
Graduate Fellowship, and plans to complete her doctoral studies in
the summer of 2007. Congratulations, Jamie!

To find out more, go to:

Calling CCE Alumni!

Fall is upon us once again and we are finalizing plans for our 15th
Annual Civil and Coastal Engineering Alumni BBQ gathering
to be held on Saturday, October 7, 2006 (Homecoming). The
reunion will be hosted in the Weil Hall Structures Lab (the pit)
commencing two hours prior to kick-off time (TBA) when the
Gators tame the LSU Tigers. Please R.S.V.P. via email to JoAnna
Priest ccesecretary@ce.ufl.edu as soon as possible.
Hope to see you there!

Civil & Coastal Engineering Forms New Gator Club

UF Civil and Coastal Engineering is pleased
to announce the formation of its own Gator
Club (CCEGC) within the UF Alumni
Association devoted solely to alumni and
friends of CCE.

Gator Clubs are a great way for friends and
alumni to connect back to UF. CCEGC
will allow you to connect to the Civil and
Coastal Department; and the best part is,
your membership is free with your UFAA
membership. UFAA has provided a vehicle
for all of us to add CCEGC membership as
an additional membership to our local Gator
Club membership at no additional charge.

This is a new concept under UFAA that has
only been used by a few other groups. We
have a great opportunity to show other UF
departments that Civil and Coastal has the

best base of Alumni and Friends on campus
and create a model for future Clubs.

The CCEGC is created as the Gator Club
for Civil Engineers. CCEGC will sponsor
activities for our members, connect you with
students and professors, provide recognition
to distinguished alumni and friends and
provide active support for our Civil and
Coastal Department.

To make CCEGC a success, we need your
active participation. Now is the time to join
CCEGC. We are accepting members, electing
officers and forming committees this fall.

Please indicate your interest in joining as
a founding member of CCEGC by emailing
ccesecretary@ce.ufl.edu. You can also
visit our website, www.ce.ufl.edu/ for more

Students News

(L to R) Laure Fluriach, Albert, andJessica Malich

UF-ASCE Student Chapter Hosts ... And Wins!...
2006 ASCE Regional Conference

The UF miic-iimi Si ,~iir'i .,t (i vil Engineers (ASCE)
Snr.iJder Ch ipr.,i H,,,rd rh, 2'II I, kSCE Southeast Region
Sri.i,.klr C.n I,, iii : in ,iin i. ll, from March 29th through
April I ,r I. cnr, -r:-.. i.incIr rinc md one invited high school
'l, ,mpll rd r in li nl :1 l rI l. iii' i pc rir ions, including regional
q,., Jilit, in-: f r l, N tri.. n i Sri...kit Steel Bridge Competition
ilnd rhli N trii 11 (7ilC, .r r (C *n.. Competition. Demonstrating
true Civil Engineering Fighting Gator spirit, the UF Student
Chapter came away as the overall conference champion, the
first time that the conference host has ever won the overall
Over 800 students, faculty, family, and other invited guests
enjoyed great Florida Gator hospitality over 4 exciting days as
events were held at venues such as the UF O'Connell Center
and Lake Wauburg. Comments from all attendees were positive
and enthusiastic, noting that this was the best run regional
conference ever held anywhere in the nation. All events went
off as scheduled, and many events, including the Steel Bridge
competition and the Concrete Canoe Races finished ahead of
schedule, an unprecedented feat!
A new event this year was the "Canned Food Sculpture"
competition, where competing schools constructed models
of engineering structures out of non-perishable food items.
After the competition, over 10,000 individual food items were
collected and donated to Gainesville area food banks.
Organizing the 18-month planning effort as if it were an
engineering project, Conference DirectorJessica Malich and
Assistant Conference Director Laure Fluriach, assisted by
Faculty Advisor Thomas Sputo, directed a team of over 20 UF
students to conduct the conference. When it comes to planning
and performing, UF Civil Engineering Students are second to
none! Our ASCE Student Chapter represented the department
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.

More Accolades...

Our ASCE Student Chapter has been awarded a 2006
Certificate of Commendation from ASCE National for its
outstanding activities. With this award ASCE also recognizes
Faculty Advisor Tom Sputo for his personal contributions,
enthusiasm and diligent efforts. Congratulations to the ASCE
Chapter officers and members, Faculty Advisor Tom Sputo, and
Practitioner Advisor Kathy Caldwell.

Students News

GeoSensing Students Win Awards

Tristan Cossio, was awarded an internship with the US
Naval Surface Warfare Center for summer 2006 and a
prestigious NASA Graduate Student Research Program
(GSRP) fellowship for fall 2006. Cossio is a PhD student
under the direction of Dr. Clint Slatton.

Juan Fernandez, was recently accepted to spend a summer
term at the International Space University in Strasbourg,
France. Juan is a Fulbright Scholar from Honduras. He is
a PhD student in the Geosensing area under the direction
of Drs. Ramesh Shrestha and Clint Slatton. See his article
on page 5.

ASCE Students Win Awards

Three UF ASCE Student Members have recently been
awarded prestigious national and regional awards.

Kevin W. Beery, a 2006 BSCE graduate who will be
beginning graduate study in structural engineering at UF
this fall, was awarded the 2006 American Institute of Steel
Construction/Southern Association of Steel Fabricators
Graduate Fellowship in recognition of his work and
continued interest in structural steel. Beery was the 2006
UF Steel Bridge Team captain, a position to which he
returns for another year.

Alison A. Trachet, a 2006 BSCE graduate who will be
attending the University of Texas in September to study
structural engineering, placed 2nd nationally in the
2006 ASCE Daniel Mead Student Paper Competition.
Her winning paper, "Risk Management in Engineering"
studied methods which consulting engineers can use to
limit risk in their practice.

Jessica Malich, 2006 BSCE graduate was the recipient
of the 2006 Student Outstanding Service Award for
Outstanding Scholarship and Service by the Florida
Section ofASCE. The award and $1,000 scholarship was
presented to her at the awards luncheon during the 2006
ASCE FL Section Meeting in Ft. Lauderdale on August
25, 2006. Jessica was the 2006 ASCE Regional Student
Conference Director and is now working on her Masters.

CongratulationsJessica and thanks for all of
your hard work!


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