A summary of recent honors, awards and other accomplishments
from the UB CSEE community.
S. Whittaker was awarded the 2017 Walter P. Moore, Jr.
Award, given annually by the Structural Earthquake Engineering
Institute to a structural engineer who has demonstrated
technical expertise in and dedication to the development of
structural codes and standards.
Assistant Professor Jongmin
Shim, along with collaborator Jin Young Song (Assistant
Professor, Department of Architecture), received first prize in the
Laka Competition, "Architecture that Reacts!" for
their Snapping Facade design.
The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences recognized
several outstanding CSEE alumni and volunteers at the school's
annual awards night. Honorees for 2016-2017 include Frank
Puskar, BS '79, and Mary Puskar, who received the
Delta Award; Lawrence Mathews, BS '69, who received the
Mentor of the Year Award; Stephen Buechi, BS '92, who
received the Volunteer Recognition Award; and Jorge Cueto,
MS '13, PhD '16, who received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.
CSEE MS student Wil Nagengast was recognized with a Student
PhD Student Seyedsina Yousefianmoghadam is a
recipient of the 2016 O.H. Ammann Research Fellowship in Structural
Engineering from the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Wu, Assistant Professor, received the
2016 Alfred Noble prize from the American Society of
Civil Engineers, which recognizes a technical paper of exceptional
merit whose first author is younger than 35. Read
A team of students from UB’s Department of Civil,
Structural, and Environmental Engineering won first place in the
International Ultra High Performance Concrete Beam Competition. Read
The University at BuffaloAmerican Society of
Civil Engineers Student Chapter placed fifth overall at
the 2016 National Student Steel Bridge Competition (read
more) and 19th overall at the 2016 National Concrete Canoe
Aref, professor, and Teng
Wu, assistant professor, have been appointed as associate
editors for ASCE's Journal of Bridge Engineering.
Mohsen Ghafari, PhD student in environmental
engineering, has been awarded the 2016 Air & Waste
Management Association Air Quality Research Scholarship. He also
received the 2016 Air & Waste Management Association 1st Place
Paper Award at the Annual Conference and Exhibition in New
The University at Buffalo American Society of Civil
Engineers Student Chapter received a Letter of Honorable
Mention from the society for its outstanding activities as recorded
in the 2015 chapter annual report.
Zhenhua Zhang, PhD student in transportation
engineering, was selected as the winner of the Intelligent
Transportation Society (ITS) of New York 2016 Best Student Paper
Competition. Zhang will receive a scholarship and a stipend to
attend the 2016 ITS-NY Annual Meeting.
Alumni Scott Stevens, BS ’79 and Coleen
Stevens, BS ’79 received the 2015-2016 Delta Award from
the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Alumnus and CSEE Adjunct Adjunct Instructor Jason
Havens, BS ’05 was chosen as the 2015-2016 Mentor of the
Year by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Three undergraduate students have been awarded 2016
scholarships from member firms of the American Council of
Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York): Jacob
Dominesey (civil engineering/business
Administration), Derek Johnson
(civil engineering), and Hailie Suk
(environmental engineering). Read
In the 2016 CSEE Graduate Student Poster Competition, Cancan
Yang received first place, Reda Snaiki received second
place, and Siddharth Parida received third place.
Bruneau and former PhD student Dr. Ronny Purba
received the 2016 ASCE Raymond Reese Research Prize for their paper
on guiding applications of steel-plate shear walls.
Undergraduate student Matthew Falcone, a double major in
civil engineering and environmental engineering, was invited to
present his research at the SUNY Undergraduate Student
Research and Creative Activities Forum, held Feb. 24, 2016 in
Graduate student Timothy Van Oss received the 2016 SUNY
Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.
Undergraduate students Mohamed Diaby
and Valeria Prieto have been selected to be fellows of
the 2015-2016 NASA/New York Space Grant Consortium: National Space
Grant College and Fellowship Program.
Professor and Chair Andrew
S. Whittaker has been chosen as the 2016 Engineering
Educator of the Year by the Erie-Niagara Chapter of the New York
State Society of Professional Engineers.
Cancan Yang, a civil engineering graduate student, has
been awarded a fellowship from the Precast/Prestressed Institute
(PCI) to travel to the 2016 PCI Convention and National Bridge
Conference in Tennessee where she will present a poster on her
Jennifer Merckel, an undergraduate student double major
in civil engineering and aerospace engineering, is the recipient of
the 2016 Virgin Galactic Unite Team Flying Tigresses Scholarship.
Civil engineering alumnus Dr. Diego
Lopez-Garcia (MS '99, PhD '04)has been named
Chairman of the Department of Structural and Geotechnical
Engineering at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Read
Civil engineering undergraduate students Adrianne
Richardson and Ryan O'Malley received 2016
scholarships from the Association for Bridge Construction and
Design of Western New York.
Assistant Professor Teng
Wu was selected to serve on the Scientific Committee for
the 8th International Colloquium on Bluff Body Aerodynamics
Bruneau received the 2015 School of Engineering and Applied
Sciences Senior Researcher of the Year Award, which recognizes
an outstanding senior researcher in the school whose recent work
(last 4-6 years) has made significant contributions to his or her
field. Read more
Kevin Gallagher, an undergraduate student in
environmental engineering, attended the Naval Academy Science
and Engineering Conference in Annapolis, Maryland on November 8-10,
Alumna Sissy Nikolaou, PhD, PE, is a newly
appointed Director of the Board of the
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).
Civil engineering alumnus J. Michael
Colyer (MBA ’96, BS ’96) has been selected to
receive the UB Distinguished Alumni Award. Read
The University at Buffalo’s American
Society of Civil Engineers(UB ASCE) Student
Chapter Steel Bridge Team placed 4th overall in the National
Steel Bridge Competition, held on May 22-23 at the University of
Missouri-Kansas City. Read
The UB Confucius Institute recognized SUNY Distinguished
Professor Emeritus George
C. Lee with the Confucius Educator Award. Read more
The University at Buffalo’s American Society of
Civil Engineers(UB ASCE) Student Chapter
placed second overall in the 2015 ASCE Upstate New York Regional
Student Conference. Read
The New York State Society of Professional Engineers,
Inc. has named alumnus Dennis M. Kelleher, PE, the
NYSSPE Engineer of the Year.
Alumnus Tenzin Nyandak (BS '14) received
the 2015-2016 Robert Silman Fellow for Preservation
MS student Timothy Van
Oss received a 2015-2016 WNY Prosperity Fellowship.
J. Rabideau received the SLICE (Sustainability, Leadership,
Innovation and Collaboration) Award from UB Sustainability.
The UB ASCE Student Chapter received the 2015
Distinguished Chapter Award for Region 1 from ASCE, and the 2014
Outstanding Student Chapter Award from the ASCE New York State
Four undergraduate students have been awarded scholarships from
member firms of the American Council of Engineering Companies of
New York (ACEC New York): Alexandra Leader (environmental
engineering), Wil Nagengast (civil engineering), Adrianne
Richardson (civil engineering), and Mary Beth Toukatly
(civil engineering). Read
The following CSEE students were recognized at the 2015 UB Celebration of Academic
Excellence: Hailie Suk (sophomore,
environmental engineering) - Udall Scholarship
nominee; Robert Swick (junior, environmental
engineering) - poster on fabric filtration; Philip Chan
(junior, environmental engineering) and Rebecca Oaks
(senior, environmental engineering) - poster on sustainable
food production; Hillary Chiarella (junior,
environmental engineering) - poster on WNY Environmental
Alliance; Alanna Olear (senior, environmental
engineering) - Design of "GRoW Home" - UB's Entry in the U.S.
Department of Energy's 2015 Solar Decathlon; and Brian
Terranova (PhD student, civil engineering) - Ford Foundation
Fellowship Program nominee.
Undergraduate student in environmental engineering Alexandra
Leader was awarded the 2015 Neptune Technology Group
Scholarship from the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and
the Board of Governors Scholarship from the New York Section of the
American Water Works Association (NYSAWWA). Read
In the 2015 CSEE Graduate Student Poster Competition, Arvin
Ebrahimkhanlou received first place, Aikaterini
Stefanaki received second place, and Seyedsina
Yousefianmoghadam received third place. Read
F. Atkinson has been recognized as an exemplary mentor in
the professional development of junior colleagues by the Quality of
Life Research Center at Claremont Graduate University.
Civil engineering undergraduate students Edward
Almeter, Wil Nagengast and Caitlin O'Leary received
the 2015 Scholarship from the Association for Bridge Construction
and Design of Western New York. Read
Alumnus Dr. Alejandro Rivera Becerra (ME 1998) received
the UBAA International Distinguished Alumni Award. Read more
Mauricio Diaz Arancibia, a graduate student in
Structural and Earthquake Engineering, was selected as a recipient
of the 2015 Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) Scholarship. Read
SUNY Distinguished Professor Michael
C. Constantinou, Professor Emeritus Andrei
Reinhorn, and former PhD student Apostolos
Sarlis were selected to receive the
2015 ASCE Moisseiff Award for their paper
“Simulated Bilinear-Elastic Behavior in a SDOF Elastic
Structure Using Negative Stiffness Device: Experimental and
Analytical Study.” Read
Structural and Earthquake Engineering PhD student Jorge
Cueto Baiz, a participant in UB's Entrepreneurship Lab (eLab),
was one of four winners selected to receive seed funding for his
startup business, Smart Walls, which develops deployable, precast
concrete walls used to protect buildings or entire neighborhoods
from flooding. Read
Faculty member Michael
C. Constantinou was appointed SUNY Distinguished Professor,
the highest faculty rank in the SUNY system, at the SUNY Board of
Trustees’ meeting on November 6. Read
Laura Pavone, an undergraduate student in civil
engineering, won the 2014 EERI Student Paper Competition
for her paper "Effect of Window Openings on Reinforced Concrete
Frames with Masonry Infill."
Wu, assistant professor, was recognized by the American
Association for Wind Engineering for his contributions in a paper
titled "Bridge aerodynamics and aeroelasticity: A comparison
of modeling schemes," which was published in the Journal of
Fluids and Structures.
Salamone, assistant professor, was named the recipient of
the 2014 Achenbach Medal, an international award that recognizes an
individual, within 10 years of PhD, who has made an outstanding
contribution to the advancement of the field of structural health
PhD students Maria Koliou and Alireza
Farhidzadeh were among the recipients of the 2014 Liu Huixian
Earthquake Engineering Scholarship Award.
PhD student Lei Lin’s paper titled “Android
Smartphone Application for Collecting, Sharing and Predicting the
Niagara Frontier Border Crossings Waiting Time" was selected as the
winner of the Intelligent Transportation Society of New
York’s (ITS-NY) 2014 Best Student Paper Competition.
The University at Buffalo’s American Society of Civil
Engineers(UB ASCE) Student Chapter Steel Bridge Team
took home 10th place overall in 2014 National Student Steel
Bridge Competition (NSSBC). Read
Rabideau, professor, received the 2014 NYSSPE
Contribution to Education Award, a state-wide award from the New
York State Society of Professional Engineers.
Tresor Mavinga, undergraduate student in civil
engineering, received the Robert B. Oliver Scholarship from the
American Society for Nondestructive Testing for his paper "Guided
Ultrasonic Waves for Corrosion Monitoring of Civil
PhD student Hosein Kerdar led a team that took first
place in UB's Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship
Competition. The team received funding for their startup company
EMVISS (Electromagnetic Vibration Isolation and Stabilization
Undergraduate students Paul Holsberger, William
Martorana, Tenzin Nyandak and Greg Phattanachitchon
were named recipients of the 2014 ACEC New York
PhD student Alireza Farhidzadeh earned third place
in the 2014 SEAS Poster Competition. PhD student Maria
Koliou earned Honorable Mention.
Four undergraduate students received the WNY Prosperity
Scholarship: Thomas Brown (BS, Civil Engineering), Emily
Nuding (MS, Civil Engineering), Alanna Olear (BS,
Environmental Engineering), and Abigail Prior (BS,
Environmental Engineering). Read more
Undergraduate students Ian Bick, Jaclyn
Bronner and Kevin Stevens were named
recipients of the 2013 ACEC New York Scholarship.
The University at Buffalo’s American Society of
Civil Engineers(UB ASCE) Student Chapter Steel Bridge
Team took home 11th place overall in 2013 National
Student Steel Bridge Competition (NSSBC).
Undergraduate students Kevin Stevens and Tim Van
Oss competed and took first place in the ASCE/Construction
Institute's Student Day's Competition.
PhD student Mahish Kumar took second place in the 2013
SEAS Graduate Student Poster Competition. PhD student Afsoon
Nicknam received Honorable Mention.