Spring 2018 Newsletter | Department Chair Message

Alumni, sponsors, industry partners, students, parents and supporters of our department,

What a banner year! This year, we welcomed assistant professor Dr. Carole Voulgaris in transportation engineering, visiting scholars Gizem Can and Xin Li, and hired 10 new adjunct faculty members. Two new assistant professors will be starting in the fall quarter: Dr. Hani Alzraiee in the area of construction engineering and Dr. Amro El Badawy in environmental engineering.

The students this year did what they always do – shined. The student chapter of ITE (Institute of Transportation Engineers) was named the International Chapter of the Year; SCE (the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineering) was awarded the Robert Ridgway Award for most outstanding chapter of the year; the student chapter of the Society of Environmental Engineering won awards at the national WERC completion; our Steel Bridge Team took second place at nationals, breaking the department record in the process; and Concrete Canoe Team was named national champion for the second consecutive year.

This year we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Environmental Engineering and paid homage to Dr. Hal Cota and his tremendous impact on Cal Poly and the environmental engineering profession. In addition, Civil Engineering received its first endowment in collaboration with Construction Management to create the Granite Heavy Civil Engineering and Construction Program. The endowment covers, in perpetuity, the costs of a joint CE and CM director with funding set aside to support scholarships for women and underrepresented students in construction.

As part of a fundraising campaign to better support our students, labs and clubs, the department revamped the Industrial Partnership program and welcomed several new companies into our circle. In addition to Power Engineering and Cannon Corp. sponsored laboratories, next year we will celebrate three new company-sponsored labs by Chevron, ZFA Structural Engineers and Clark Pacific.

On behalf of our department, faculty, adjuncts and students, I would like to give a big thank you to all our Industrial Platinum Partners for 2017-18 as well as those already signed up for 2018-19: Gregg Drilling & Testing, Stantec, Traylor Bros, Langan and Webcor. As a thank you, we will host our first Partners Dinner on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. During the dinner, we will award department scholarships and give our students the opportunity to network with our Industry Partners.

Civil and Environmental Engineering continues to produce the best and brightest ready to tackle tomorrow’s engineering challenges. I wish all the students in the class of 2018 great success in the future. I want to extend a special thank you to all our alumni for their ongoing support and to the companies that continue to hire our students.

Wishing you all my very best,

Charles Chadwell
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department Chair

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