Title: Civil & coastal engineering newsletter
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Greetings Gator
Nation. I am elated
to present this fall
2007 issue of the
CCE Newsletter.
As in the past,
this edition offers
SCCE Department
news, spotlights on
our newest faculty
members, and reports of notable student
chapter activities. The newsletter serves as a
vital link to our alumni, industry affiliates
and friends of the Department, as we
continually strive to strengthen and broaden
ties to our constituency, and promote the
excellence and prestige of our program.

In the pursuit of excellence, we gallantly
dedicate ourselves to providing students
with the highest quality academic training
and preparation to meet the challenges of
a rapidly changing world. In this regard I
am delighted and thrilled to announce the
addition of our newest faculty member,
assistant professor David O. Prevatt
(please see the announcement on p. 2).
Professor Prevatt comes to us from Clemson
University where he served as director
of the Wind Load Test Facility (WLTF)
and assistant professor in the department
of civil engineering. Professor Prevatt's
area of research focuses on the structural
resistance of buildings and the performance
of building envelope systems subject to
extreme winds. The CCE Department
and the College of Engineering provided
funding to Professor Prevatt to construct
a wind tunnel so he may continue his
scholarly pursuits in his area of interest.
Welcome David.

Our student body continues to experience
robust growth. For the fall 2007 semester,
the undergraduate student enrollment is
708 and the graduate student enrollment
is 262; 148 MS students and 114 Ph.D.
students. This makes the CCE Department

Message from the Chair

one of the largest civil engineering programs
in the country. For the 2006-2007 academic
year, the CCE department ranked in the
top 10 nationally among public institutions
in B.S. degrees conferred (123), M.S.
degrees (70) and Ph.D. degrees (15) ... GO

Sponsored research is the engine that drives
the nation's elite engineering programs.
Today, engineering education is intrinsically
coupled to research, not just for graduate
students, but for undergraduate students
as well, who participate in laboratory and
computational studies. To this end, our
faculty continue to distinguish themselves
in the competitive research arena. The CCE
Department prides itself with a number
of major research activities associated
with significant scientific advances in
mechanics and modeling, advanced sensing
systems, and nano-technology and new
materials. Research expenditures for the
2006 academic year totaled more than $18
million, which is among the highest for civil
engineering programs nationwide.

Finally, I would like to recognize the
achievements of our ASCE Student Chapter.
At the 2007 Southeast Regional Conference
in Knoxville, Tenn., the UF- ASCE student
chapter emerged with the 2007 Regional
Championship. The Chapter brought home
winning performances in the steel bridge
and concrete canoe competitions. The Steel
Bridge Team traveled to Northridge Calif.,
May to compete in the 2007 National
Steel Bridge Competition and came away
with a 12th place finish, good enough to
establish their position as the all time best
steel bridge team. The Concrete Canoe
Team traveled to Seattle, Wash. in June to
participate in the 29th Annual National
Concrete Canoe Competition. The Gators
placed 2nd overall, finishing a mere two
points behind the champion Wisconsin
Badgers. Congratulations UF-ASCE Student
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Faculty Activities Fall 2007

Louis H. Motz

David Bloc

Associate professor Louis H.
Motz, in the water resources
group, was recently named
a diplomat water resources
engineer of the American
Academy of Water Resources
Engineers, a subsidiary of the
American Society of Civil
Engineers. In support ofASCE's
policy to broaden and deepen
the body of knowledge for
practicing engineers, AAWRE's
certification was developed to
improve the practice, elevate
the standards, and advance the
profession of water resources
engineering, It also represents
strong professional ethics and a
commitment to life-long learning
and continuing professional
development. Currently, fewer
than 300 engineers worldwide
have qualified for the credential.

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Associate professor David
Bloomquist was elected as
an American Society of Civil
Engineers Fellow. The honor is
bestowed to legally registered
professional engineers who have
made significant technical or
professional contributions and
have demonstrated notable
achievement in responsible
charge of engineering activity
for at least 10 years following
election to the ASCE grade
of member. Fellows occupy
the Society's second-highest
membership grad, exceeded
only by honorary members. The
announcement of this honor was
published in the June issue of the

Peter Sheng Kirk Hatfield

Associate professor Kurt
Gurley was awarded the IAWE
Junior Award for outstanding
achievements in the field
of wind engineering by the
International Association for
Wind Engineering at the 12th
International Conference on
Wind Engineering held July
2007 in Carnes, Australia.
Gurley was also elected to
Board of Directors of the
American Association for Wind

Professor Peter Sheng became
a member of the newly formed
National Academies/National
Research Council Committee
on Flood Mapping. The charge
of the committee is to review
and advise the flood mapping
technology of the Federal
Emergence Management

Arnoldo Valle-Levinson

Agency. The Department of
Civil & Coastal Engineering
has also announced Sheng as
the new Program Director for
the Coastal and Oceanographic
Engineering Program.

Professor Kirk Hatfield was
promoted to the rank of
professor effective August
16, 2007. President Machen's
citation states "...this promotion
recognizes your valuable
contributions to the students
of the University of Florida,
to your profession, the people
of the State of Florida and the
nation. We are proud to have
you as a member of our faculty."
Congratulations Kirk.
Additionally, Hatfield and
Mike Annable (Department
of Environmental Engineering
Sciences) were awarded the

Dr. David PrevattJoins CCE

The Department of Civil and Coastal
Engineering is pleased to welcome David O.
Prevatt, Assistant Professor in Structures.
Prior to his appointment at the University
of Florida, Prevatt was Director of the Wind
Load Test Facility (WLTF), and an Assistant
Professor of Civil Engineering at Clemson
University. Prevatt's area of research and scholarship is experimental
studies in structural and wind engineering, focused on the structural
resistance of buildings and the performance of building envelope
systems subjected to extreme winds. He received his Ph.D. from
Clemson University.
Since 2004, Prevatt has participated in the Florida Coastal
Monitoring Program to collect full-scale hurricane wind data. His
boundary layer wind tunnel studies at Clemson has shed light on the
scale modeling of wind loads on coastal houses by comparing results
with full-scale measurements.
From 1998 through 2004 Prevatt developed his building
envelope expertise with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., an
ENR500 consulting engineering firm in Boston, MA. His

experience there includes forensic investigation, repairs and new
design for commercial and residential building envelope systems of
contemporary and historic building facades, curtain wall design,
roofing and wall cladding and plaza waterproofing systems.
Prevatt is a professional engineer (registered in Massachusetts and
in Trinidad and Tobago) with over 15 years consulting experience
in structural engineering and building investigation. He is a
member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American
Association for Wind Engineering, and the UK Wind Engineering
Prevatt maintains a robust externally-funded research program,
having received grants from the South Carolina Sea Grant
Consortium, National Science Foundation, NOAA, and the
Florida Department of Community Affairs. He regularly presents
research at national and international conferences, and publishes
in journals. Prevatt has given testimony before the Congressional
Sub-committee on Hurricane Preparedness and Prevention, where
he advocated for increased support for scientific and engineering
research to reduce hurricane damage to houses.

Robert Thieke

ESTCP Project of the Year for
2006 by the Department of
Defense for his Demonstration
and Validation of Water and
Solute Flux Measuring Device.
The device estimates groundwater
flow and contaminate discharge
fundamental to understanding
the nature and extent of
contamination at DOD sites.
The technology is expected
to result in significant cost
savings through more accurate
groundwater monitoring data and
risk analysis to support risk-based
remediation decisions. Hatfield
and Annable were also awarded
Best Technology Paper of 2006
by Environmental Science and
Technology for the paper entitled,
"Magnitude and Directional
Measures of Water and Cr(VI)
Fluxes by Passive Flux Meter"
by Kirk Hatfield, et al. ES&T is
considered to be the most widely
read journal for environmental
research worldwide. (To read
more about this award winning
publication visit the following
link http://pubs.acs.org/journals/

Associate professor Arnoldo Valle-
Levinson accepted the position
of Graduate Coordinator for the
UF Coastal and Oceanographic
Engineering Program.

Professor Emeritus, Bob
Dean, was selected as winner
of the Florida Shore & Beach
Preservation Association's
Golden Project Adviser Award.
This special awards program
honors exceptional contributions
to Florida's beaches and to

the Association over the past
50 years. Dean was cited for
"most outstanding scientific
and technical contributions to
Florida's beach management and
regulatory program." The award
was presented at FSBPA's annual
awards banquet, Thursday,
September 13, in the Great Hall
of the Boca Raton Resort and
Dean presented The Robert
Dean Symposium on Coastal
and Ocean Engineering at the
26th Annual Meeting of the
Offshore Mechanics and Artic
Engineering held in San Diego
in June. Dean also was presented
the "2007- Ocean, Offshore
and Arctic Engineering Division
ofASME-IPTI Lifetime
Achievement Award" with the
citation "For Contributions
to the Understanding of
Wave Mechanics and Beach
Nourishment That Help
Engineers To Design Safer
Coastal Structures and Preserve

The CCE Department is very
pleased to announce that
Robert Thieke accepted the
position of associate Chair for
Undergraduate Programs in the
Department of Civil & Coastal
Engineering. Thieke replaces
John Davidson, who will retire
in December 2007. Thieke
will officially assume the post
on August 16, 2007. Thieke
is a three time winner of UF's
Teacher of the Year award and
national winner of the ASCE
Career Award for Excellence in
Teaching. Welcome Bob!

"In-vehicle" Data Collection To
Study Driver Behavior And Its
Impact On Traffic

The Transportation Research Center recently instrumented a
Honda Pilot for performing in-vehicle data collection to study driver
behavior and its impact on traffic. This vehicle is equipped with
four high-resolution video cameras and video recording equipment
for capturing multiple fields of view from within the vehicle. A GPS
device measuring longitude, latitude, and speed works with the
digital video recorder to capture vehicle position and speed.
Two Ph.D. students are working on their dissertations using the
instrumented vehicle. Alexandra Kondyli is studying the factors
that affect freeway-ramp merging maneuvers for different types of
drivers. The results of her study will be used to improve modeling
of the merging behavior. In her study, the selected participants will
enter and exit a freeway facility according to pre-selected routes,
and will be asked various questions related to their actions while
merging. Daniel Sun is studying the factors that affect lane changing
in arterial streets. Similarly to Kondyli's study, the results of Sun's
study will be used in the development of micro-simulation models to
replicate traffic operations on arterials.

Florida Transportation Technology
Transfer Update

The Florida Transportation Technology Transfer Center was one of
two Local Technical Assistance Program centers out of 58 chosen to
host a delegation of Iraq engineers tasked by the Iraqi government
to develop a technology transfer program patterned after FHWA's
successful LTAP. The delegation spent five days meeting with center
personnel in July.
The Transportation Research Board recently awarded the 10th
International Conference on Low-Volume Roads, to be held in 2011,
to the Florida Transportation Technology Transfer Center. The
meeting will be held in Orlando.

Bob Dean


The Key Royale Bridge Replacement

A safe, sustainable and cost-
effective transportation system
is critical to Florida's economy.
This is particularly true in the
coastal regions where tourists
gather to enjoy Florida's beaches.
The Florida Department of
Transportation along with
cities and counties have
constructed and maintained
many miles of causeway bridges
that carry thousands of cars
and trucks every day to and
from the beaches. To ensure
this transportation system is
reliable, the FDOT has set a
goal to build bridges that will
last at least 100 years. The
most critical elements in these
coastal bridges are the concrete
piles that support the bridge
superstructure and are exposed
to the highly corrosive seawater.
If poor quality concrete is used,
then the salt from the seawater
will penetrate the concrete and
cause the corrosion of embedded
steel and concrete spelling. This
process can proceed very quickly
and causes not only unsightly
staining and spelling, but can
also precipitate expensive repairs
or even bridge replacement if the
damage is severe.
The FDOT has considered a
number of alternatives to extend
the life span of these expensive
assets. One cost effective
alternative is to use pozzolanic
mineral admixtures. Laboratory
tests were conducted on all of
these materials but the best way
to determine if they are effective
is to test them in real bridges. To
better evaluate these materials,
professor Trey Hamilton and
several graduate students from
CCE teamed with the Florida
Department of Transportation
to build and monitor a coastal
bridge using these materials.
Funding was obtained from the
Federal Highway Administration
Innovative Bridge Research
and Construction Program,

which helps state, county and
local bridge owners incorporate
innovative materials and
materials technologies in their
bridge projects.
The structure selected for the
use of highly reactive pozzolans
was the Key Royale Drive Bridge
in Manatee County. The bridge
superstructure is a five-span
continuous slab girder supported
by pile bent substructures.
The intent of the project is

to investigate the long-term
durability of the piles, which
are in constant contact with
extremely corrosive seawater.
Five highly reactive mineral
additives including fly ash, ultra-
fine fly ash, ground granulated
blast furnace slag, metakaolin,
and silica fume were used to
create five different durable
concrete mixtures. An additional
cement only mixture was used
as a baseline to which all others

will be compared. The additives
react chemically with concrete
to create a more dense and
less permeable supplementary
cementitious material, which
ultimately provides longer
lasting protection for the steel
Constructing the piles with six
different advanced concrete will
allow their relative effectiveness
to be compared after several
years in actual service. One of


View from the inside of a precast prestressed concrete pile before concrete has been placed. The left photo
shows the EDC instrumentation which includes an accelerometer and strain gauge. The right photo shows
the embedded corrosion sensors which will be used with external devices to determine the corrosion rate of
the steel reinforcement.

CCE graduate student Yen-Chih Tsai supervises the installation of the durability segments at the Key
Royale Bridge while Cone and Graham, Inc., general contractor, installs the durability segments.

Completed Key Royale Bridge. EDC and corrosion instrumentation
can be seen on the bridge piles. Durability segments containing
corrosion instrumentation were hung from the fender piles. Several
years in the future both the fender piles and durability segments will be
removed and examined for chloride intrusion and corrosion damage.

CCE graduate student Eddie Roske and undergraduate student
Robert Gomez prepare material samples in the casting yard at
Durastress, Inc. in Leesburg, FL. These samples were prepared from
the same concrete used to construct the bridge piling.

the highly reactive pozzolans was
used in the mix for each line of
piles, so that each bent contains
piles with each of the different
high performance mixtures. In
addition, temporary fender piles
were constructed with the same
high-performance mixtures as
used in the bridge bents. These
piles will be removed in 15-20
years and examined for corrosion
and other signs of deterioration.
Companion "durability
segments" were also constructed
with the piles. These were hung

from the actual bridge piles and
will be monitored for chloride
intrusion and corrosion.
Construction of this bridge
has also allowed the FDOT
to evaluate a new pile driving

that they are not damaged by
excessive hammering. This
monitoring is currently done
by placing instrumentation
strain gauges and accelerometers
on the outside of the pile at

monitoring technology that has the driving end just before
recently become commercially it begins. Installation of this
available. Precast, prestressed instrumentation is time-
concrete piles are typically consuming and sometimes can
driven by diesel hammers. Pile be dangerous work.
driving is monitored using a Embedded data collection
Pile Driving Analyzer (PDA) systems were recently introduced
to ensure that the piles will in which strain and acceleration
have sufficient capacity and data are collected wirelessly from

sensors embedded during casting
of the piles. While the piles are
being driven, the stresses were
monitored to determine whether
the piles were are being over-
stressed, potentially inducing
early cracking of the concrete.
Both pile driving monitoring
systems were used in this project
to provide quality control. The
data collected from these two
systems will be compared to
determine the effectiveness of the
new monitoring devices.

CCE graduate and
students inspect
and mark the bridge
pilings in the casting
yard at Durastress
in Leesburg, Fla.
before they are
shipped to the site for


Validation of Nondestructive Testing

Equipment For

Concrete Phase I

Research Project Funded by
The Florida Department of Transportation
Charles A. Ishee, project manager

Project Principal Investigator
Dennis R. Hiltunen, P.E.
Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering
University of Florida

The Florida Department of Transportation has durability problems
with portland cement concrete in structural applications. For
example, the desired design life for bridges in Florida is now 100
years, yet FDOT is having a difficult time producing concrete
for these significant design periods. One of the biggest problems
affecting durability is corrosion of reinforcing steel due to
infiltration of concrete with salt water, which is particularly a Figure 1. Portable NDT scanner for moui
problem for structures located in coastal areas, e.g., Miami, Tampa. field.
Infiltration and corrosion is not typically a result of design mistakes,
but rather a product of flaws induced during construction. These
flaws include inadequate cover due to improper placement of steel
reinforcement, inconsistent consolidation which can result in
debonding and air pockets near reinforcement, and surface cracks
due to improper finishing, curing, etc. All of these flaws accelerate
infiltration and corrosion.
Currently, the inspection and acceptance of facilities constructed
of structural concrete is based upon visual surveys and results
from traditional tests on concrete samples, e.g., slump, cylinder .
breaks, etc. However, the FDOT would like to move toward
implementation of nondestructive test and evaluation (NDT/NDE)
technologies to assess quality of concrete constructed in the field
as means to reduce flaws introduced by faulty construction. To be
implemented, these technologies must be proven to be effective,
and this proof is developed via calibration and validation research
experiments in which the technologies are shown to be accurate
and reliable in circumstances where the result (i.e., concrete
characteristics) is well known. While significant development of
such capabilities has occurred at the Federal Institute for Materials
Research and Testing (BAM) in Berlin, Germany, a comprehensive
facility for such experiments does not exist in the United States,
and thus the FDOT would like to develop this capability. This will
require a long-term, multi-year effort, and the research described
herein will produce a first stage in this development. It is expected
that this first stage will demonstrate NDT/NDE technology proven
to be effective and implemented in the field can lead to improved
quality of concrete construction, improved durability and longer life,
and significant cost savings for the state of Florida.
The primary objective of the project is to design, construct, and
implement first-stage certification capabilities for calibrating and
validating methodologies for the NDT/NDE of structural concrete
materials and members. The project will specifically produce Figure 2. The stepper NDT scanner for te
concrete specimens with known characteristics for calibration/

nting on structures the in

sting floors and slabs.

Figure 3. Laboratory NDTscanner for calibration and
validation experiments

validation activities, and an automated scanning system for
controlling and conducting NDT/NDE experiments on the
certification specimens. The work will be completed by the UF
researchers in part via a close collaboration with the researchers at
the BAM facility in Berlin.
For use in calibration and validation research experiments,
concrete certification specimens will be constructed with known
material properties and internal conditions including flaws. In
addition, BAM has very successfully conducted calibration and
validation research experiments on certification specimens via
automated scanning systems that produce accurate and repeatable
NDT measurements on the specimens. Examples of the BAM
systems are shown in the photographs below. Working closely
with BAM, the UF researchers will implement such a system for
utilization by FDOT, and this automated system will consist of
several components, including: 1) guide-way and actuator hardware
for accurately securing and moving NDT equipment over the
specimen surfaces, 2) a means to interchange various NDT testing
hardware for specimen testing, and 3) computer hardware and
software for controlling the automated scanning system and NDT
hardware, and for data acquisition during NDT testing.
To develop a close collaboration with BAM, Dr. Daniel
Algernon has recently joined the Department of Civil and Coastal
Engineering as a post-doctoral researcher. In 2006, Algernon
completed three years of Ph.D. research at the BAM facility in
Berlin, and is well acquainted with the NDT/NDE equipment
at BAM, including their several automated scanning systems. In
addition, Herbert Wiggenhauser, director of the NDT facility at
BAM, will serve as an expert advisor to the project.

Calling All CCE Gator Alumni &

Mark your calendars!

You are invited back to your "UF Home" for our 16th Annual
Civil and Coastal Engineering Alumni BBQ gathering, to be held
on Saturday, November 3, 2007 (Homecoming). The reunion
will again be hosted in the Weil Hall Structures Lab (the pit)
commencing 2 hours prior to kick-off time (TBA) when the Gators
take on the Vanderbilt Commodores. There will be signs behind
Weil Hall directing you down the hill to the location of our BBQ.

This event has become a wonderful CCE/Homecoming
tradition, Please R.S.V.P. by email or phone to Ms. Joyce Pratt
at ccesecretary@ce.ufl.edu /(352) 392-9537 ext. 1400 as soon as
possible, preferably before October 5, 2007. Thank you and best


continued from page 1 Message from the Chair

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

Joseph W. Tedesco, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor and Chairman


NOAA Awards Storm Surge Research Grant

Hurricanes are the most destructive natural hazards in the U.S. and "; 7 '" : ** ,-,
most of the hurricane-induced damages are caused by storm surge
and inundation. During 2004 and 2005, several major hurricanes .- -
caused disastrous damages to the Southeastern U.S. The CCE ,-P* s. =*, m ,*
Department has several faculty actively engaged in hurricane- dAN .M -C g*xc
related research. Professor Y. Peter Sheng will lead a new 3-year
research grant entitled "A Regional Storm Surge and Inundation
Model Testbed: A Community Approach to Advance Coastal cam I,~n
Hazard Science" starting January 1, 2008. Sheng's proposal received ISIc
excellent reviews from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration and will receive $1.5 million funding over a three-
year period. This proposal was submitted in response to NOAA's u,. ,M, A--- -
2007 call for proposals to develop regional products of Integrated .
Ocean Observing System.
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Sheng, the lead principle investigator of the project, will lead a four- ChmlWI w,
institution team (UF, USF, UNC, and NCSU) and coordinate with s;rr, ro
FEMA, the National Hurricane Center, and SCOOP to develop Figure 1. CH3D-SSMS is an integrated storm surge modeling system
a Regional Storm Surge and Inundation Model Testbed. The developed bySheng etal. (2006). The modeling system includes
Testbed will facilitate the transition from research and development coastal surge models and wave models as well as basin-scale surge
to operations by federal/state/county agencies of storm surge models and wave models.
and coastal inundation models developed or in use by academic
institutions. This Testbed will validate, compare, and integrate
existing R&D storm surge and inundation modeling activities in
the South Eastern Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association
region including Fla., Ga., S.C., and N.C.- and explore ways
to provide potential enhancements to existing hazard maps for
emergency management and planning. The storm surge modeling
system CH3D-SSMS developed by Sheng in 2006 is shown in
Figures 1 and 2.

During the first year, an interoperable Testbed for storm surge and
inundation models will begin to be developed, and four-storm-
surge models will be used to simulate hurricane-induced storm --
surge and inundation during recent hurricanes in the southeastern
coastal region. During the second year, working with National
Hurricane Center, the research team will use four surge models
to produce surge atlas in coastal regions and compare them to
each other and with SLOSH surge atlas. During the third year,
working with FEMA, the team will produce 100-year flood maps
for several coastal regions and compare them to each other and with
FEMA maps. All the results from the study will be disseminated
to the participating researchers and agencies via a Web portal. The
project will produce "best practice" guidelines for storm surge and
inundation modeling and result in improved inundation maps by Figure 2. Domains of CH3D-SSMS includes the basin-scale domain
federal agencies. A Virtual Grid, which will be part of the broader (GOM and Western Atlantic) and several coastal domains (Northern
SURAgrid, will be established to implement the Testbed to enable Gulf, Tampa Bay, Charlotte Harbor, SE Florida, East Florida Coast,
easy and flexible sharing of computer resources, models, and data, and Chesapeake Bay).
as well as dissemination of model results. The project will also
nurture synergistic collaborations with other regional and national
activities including SURA Coastal Ocean Observing and Prediction
(SCOOP) Program, the NWS-NIST Storm Surge Testbed being
planned, and SURAgrid.

Alumni News

Gordon Burleson and Larry Hagen
Help Save Lives

UF CCE Alumni Gordon Burleson, PE, (BSCE 62') and Larry Hagen, PE, (BSCE
85', ME '88) are traveling around the state providing training and technical assistance
to transportation agencies and local officials as part of Florida's Safety Circuit Riders
program. The national pilot program was established to disseminate information
about effective roadway safety tools and practices which address the Federal Highway
Administration's Safety Objectives of reducing fatal crashes and injuries resulting from
roadway departures, collisions at intersections, and crashes involving pedestrians.
The SCRs assist agencies in implementing low cost safety improvements tailored
to match agency problems and resources by working with road and street crews, local
law enforcement officials, elected officials, and safety advocates. Examples include
conducting local road safety audits, teaching reliable data collection and crash reporting
techniques, vegetation management, and roadway signage and markings practices. The
Road Auditors are partnering with Florida Department of Transportation to train local
Community Traffic Safety Team members. Team members represent the four E's of
safety: Engineering, Enforcement, Emergency Management and Education. Collectively
these volunteer teams focus on improving local traffic safety issues and, once trained,
can conduct the audits as needed during regular team meetings. Locals are referred
to appropriate highway officials or the consulting industry for specific engineering
Florida is one of four programs funded by FHWA's Office of Safety in cooperation
with the FHWA Office of Professional and Corporate Development's Local Technical
Assistance Program and Federal Lands Highway Program. Florida's program is
administered by the Department's service center, Florida Transportation Technology
Transfer Center which also administers Florida's technical assistance program.
For more information, contact Leslie Washburn, P.E., Leslie@ce.ufl.edu or call 392.2371 x 300.

Jan Reitnauer Herbst, P.E. (BSCE 82),
director, Pinellas County, Fla. Public Works,
was named the Urban Engineer of the
Year by the Florida Association of County
Engineers and Road Superintendents. The
award was presented at the annual meeting
in June in Orlando.

BrianJ. Barnes, P.E. (BSCE 77) Capital
Projects Engineer, Charlotte County, Fla.,
Public Works, was installed as the Florida
Association of County Engineers and Road
Superintendents president at the same
annual meeting.

George T. Webb, P. E., county engineer,
Palm Beach County, Fla. was named as
National Association of County Engineers
The NACE 2007 Annual Management
and Technical Conference was held in
Milwaukee, Wis. in April 2007.
George T. Webb served Palm Beach
County in West Palm Beach, Fla., since

1981, starting as the assistant director of
the Traffic Division and various other top
management positions before assuming his
current position as county engineer in 1992.
George is a graduate of the University of
Florida with a B.S. in civil engineering and a
M.S. in engineering (1976). He is a licensed
professional engineer in the state of Florida.
As county engineer of Palm Beach,
George is responsible for administering the
county's current five-year road program.
More detailed areas of responsibility include
roadway design and property acquisition,
construction coordination, surveying,
engineering services and contracting
and road and bridge maintenance and
construction. George has been a member
of National Association of County
Engineers since 1992 and is also a
member and past president of the Florida
Association of County Engineers and Road

CCE Gator Club

The Civil & Coastal Engineering Gator
Club officially formed July 1st, 2007.
Ninety-eight-year old CCE alumnus Albert
E. O'Neall was named the first honorary
member of the club.
The mission of the club is to foster and
enhance the relationship between the
Department, its alumni and friends, and to
support the mission of teaching, research and
The major goals and objectives of the club
Share the great Gator spirit
Fellowship of alumni
Social interaction
Communication of information
(industry news, trends, employment)
Educational benefits
(job experiences, seminars, lecturers)
Fundraising to benefit the Department

Please welcome the inaugural Civil and
Coastal Engineering Gator Club
Board of Directors:
Ernie Cox, P.E.
President Senior Vice President
Ardaman &Associates, Inc. in Orlando, FL
Ananth Prasad, P.E.
President Elect ChiefEngineer
Florida Department of Transportation in
Tallahassee, FL
Mike Bell, P.E.
Treasurer Senior Vice President
Wilson Miller in Sarasota, FL
Bob Behar, P.E.
Secretary -President
R. J. Behar &Company, Inc. in Pembroke
Pines, FL.

"The new Civil and Coastal Engineering
Gator Club Officers are anxiously looking
forward to getting the club off the ground
and running. It should be a wonderful
opportunity for all Gator civil and coastal
engineering alumni and friends to reestablish
contact with the University, the Department,
and fellow Gator engineers."
- Ernie Cox
Class of '70 &'71, CCEGC President

Please indicate your interest injoining as a
founding member of the CCEGC by e-mailing
Greg Fulginiti atgreg@ce.ufl.edu

Student News

UF-ASCE Student Chapter Garners National Honors

The UF American Society of Civil Engineers student chapter and
its members continue to represent the best of the Department and
the civil engineering profession through their activities. With 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 nation.
At the 2007 Southeast Region Student Conference in Knoxville,
Tenn., the chapter ventured deep into Tennessee Volunteer territory
and emerged with the 2007 regional championship. The chapter
brought home winning performances in the steel bridge and
concrete canoe competitions, among others.
The Steel Bridge Team traveled to Northridge, Calif. in May to
compete in the 2007 National Student Steel Bridge Competition,
hosted by California State University Northridge. In the most
competitive national competition ever, the Gators emerged with a
12th place finish, good enough to secure their place as the school's
all-time best steel bridge team.
The Concrete Canoe Team traveled to Seattle, Wash. in June
to take on the nation's best in the 20th Annual National Concrete

Canoe Competition, hosted by the University of Washington. With
a stunning performance of both academic and athletic prowess,
the Gators placed 2nd overall, finishing second to the five-time
champion Wisconsin Badgers by only two points. Way to go Gators!
Individual members also received recognition. Graduate student
Kevin Beery won the "Graduate Student of the Year" award, while
faculty adviser, Thomas Sputo, won the "Faculty Adviser of the
Year" award at the 2007 ASCE Florida Section Annual Meeting.
Undergraduate student Katy Indarawis was awarded fourth
place nationally in the 2007 ASCE Daniel Mead Student Paper
competition for her paper "Ethical Decision Making in Eminent
Domain Cases Assisted by Mathematical Modeling." This is the 3rd
time in the last four years a UF student has placed in the top-five
nationally in this contest.
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 adviser,
Thomas Sputo at sputo@ufl.edu.

Back Row L to R: Robert Thieke,Jessica Mackey, Zharel Silva,James Hoffman, Anthony Dion,James Gravesen, Daniel Cushing,
Scott Gutowski, Front Row L to R:JAmes Knox,JoshuaJollley, Anna Lai, Nicole Walker, Mallory Welch, Mariana Diaz


UF To Host 2008 National Student Steel Student News
Bridge Competition

Since the inception of the National Student Steel Bridge Competition in
1992, the Gator Engineers have been one of the top performers every year.
This competition provides students the opportunity to practice engineering
skills in the classroom by designing, fabricating, assembling, and load testing a
1/10th scale steel bridge under very competitive conditions. Participants in this
competition feel that it is one of the most challenging and worthwhile activities
of their college education.

The University of Florida was chosen by the American Institute of Steel
Construction to host the 2008 National competition in Gainesville on May
23 and 24, 2008, in the O'Connell Center. More 45 schools from across the
country will compete after qualifying in one of 20 regional competitions held

Hosting this competition is very resource intensive and the UF ASCE student
chapter is looking for volunteers and judges to assist in this undertaking, and
financial sponsorship opportunities are available. For further information, log
on to www.2008steelbridge.com or e-mail Thomas Sputo at sputo@ufl.edu.

Bret Webb, Ph.D. student in coastal and
oceanographic engineering graduated in
summer 2007, has accepted an assistant
professor faculty position at the University
of South Alabama and began in Fall 2007.
Webb's Ph.D. supervisory chair was Don
Slinn. Congratulations Bret!

Jamie MacMahan, Ph.D., 2003, coastal
and oceanographic engineering, has taken
an assistant professor faculty position at the
Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey,
Calif. MacMahan was previously on the
faculty at the University of Delaware; his
Ph.D. supervisory committee co-chairs at
UF were Robert Dean and Robert Thieke.
Congratulations Jamie!

L to R: Bejaman Ashercraft, Scott Whaley, Wilfredo Melendez,Jaun Tablada, Alec Gruss, Kevin Beery, Felipe Pollete, Chris Kottar,
Kevin Vickers, Kyle McLemore


CCE Needs Your Support
There are many factors that play into CCE's drive to becoming Top-10 nationally, and while we
have the talent, we still require your support. Gifts like yours have provided faculty support, student
financial assistance, research, building and laboratory renovations. A gift of $1,000, $500, $250, $100
or whatever you feel comfortable giving will help to sustain the vitality and quality of our education
programs. Thank you in advance and Go Gators!
Joseph W. Tedesco, professor and chair

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