New environmental engineering club hosts students from a top chinese university

UB civil, structural and environmental engineering department chair Joe Atkinson (middle) stands with students from UB and Tsinghua University.

UB faculty members Zhenduo Zhu and Jospeh Atkinson stand in the center with students from UB and Tsinghua University

By Peter Murphy

Published August 29, 2018

UB's Environmental and Water Resource Institution (EWRI), a newly formed club for graduate students in the environmental engineering program, hosted over a dozen students from Tsinghua University in China earlier this month.

Understanding stormwater and watershed management in the U.S.

The students were form the Hydraulic Engineering program at Tsinghua. This program is part of the university’s School of Civil Engineering, the sixth ranked program in the world, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Their stop at UB gave them a chance to share information about Tsinghua’s Hydraulic Engineering program, and learn about some of the research graduate students are conducting in Buffalo.

“Our MS and PhD students presented some of their research, and were able to illustrate some of what goes on in our department,” says Zhenduo Zhu, an environmental engineering assistant professor, “they discussed issues at the heart of what the Tsinghua student were here to understand: urban stormwater infrastructure. Our student Kristina Macro spent time discuss her research that does just that with the City of Buffalo.”

Macro, Maria Narine Torres, and PhD students Yuan Hui, Maliheh Karamigolbaghi and Jundong Qiao presented research to the visitors from Tsinghua. Hui and Karamigolbaghi also serve as president and vice president of UB’s EWRI chapter.

Students from Tsinghua traveled to universities throughout the U.S. to learn about the practices of urban stormwater management and watershed management in the country. Some of the concepts associated with urban stormwater management they examined while in the United States include low impact development and green infrastructure. In addition to UB, the students traveled to universities along the eastern United States to learn about these practices.

EWRI is a technical institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers.