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Title: Dr. Medina to be Keynote Speaker

Dr. Medina to be Keynote Speaker
  • Dr. Mario Medina will be the keynote speaker at
    this year's Reflective Insulation Manufacturers
    Association (RIMA) International Conference in
    Miami Beach, Florida, on September 27-28, 2008. 
  • http//www.rimainternational.org

Professor Reappointed to KSBTP
  • Prof. Tom Mulinazzi has been reappointed by
    Kansas Governor Sebelius to the Kansas State
    Board of Technical Professions.
  • He was first appointed to the Board in 2000.

Dr. Bennett Appointed Chair of ASCE Fatigue and
Fracture Committee
  • In April, 2008, Dr. Caroline Bennett was
    appointed the new Chair of the ASCE/SEI Fatigue
    and Fracture Committee.
  • This committee focuses on key issues related to
    sustainability of the Nations infrastructure,
    and is a key research focus at KU CEAE.

Dr. Chong Appointed Chair of ASCE Managing Triple
Bottom Line and Sustainability Committee
  • Starting October, 2008, Dr. Oswald Chong will be
    the new Chair of the ASCE Managing Triple Bottom
    Line and Sustainability Committee.
  • This committee focuses on environmental, economic
    and social sustainability as it relates to civil
    and architectural engineering (a key research and
    teaching focus of KU CEAE).

Prof. Darwin Ends Successful Year as American
Concrete Institute President
  • In April, Dr. David Darwin began a term as
    Immediate Past-President of the American Concrete
    Institute (ACI).
  • Dr. Darwin is the Deane Ackers Professor in CEAE
    at KU.

CEAE Builds New Environmentally-Controlled
Laboratory (ECL) for Concrete Reserach
  • Using alumni donations, the CEAE Department is in
    the process of building a new Environmentally
    Controlled Laboratory (ECL) for Concrete
  • The new lab, located on the first floor of
    Learned Hall, will allow concrete and other
    cementitious materials to be tested under
    controlled temperature and humidity. 

Dr. Browning Elected to Board of Directors of NEES
  • Dr. JoAnn Browning was elected in July, 2008, to
    the Board of Directors of Network for Earthquake
    Engineering Simulation (NEES).
  • NEES supports the equipment sites for the NSF
    NEES projects.

KU Represented at American Society for
Engineering Education
  • Dr. Francis Thomas represented the CEAE
    Department, and the University of Kansas, at the
    American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
    held in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • A focus of the meeting was the ASCEs Civil
    Engineers Body of Knowledge (BOK2) and ABET

Enhanced Sustainability for BridgesLow-Cracking
High Performance Concrete
US 69 Ramp to I-435
1350 over US 69 Linn County
34th Street over I-635
Using technology developed in the research groups
of Drs. JoAnn Browning and David Darwin, 13
bridges have been constructed in Kansas with
low-cracking, high-performance concrete.
Parallel Ave. over I-435
Professor Wins National Electricity Industry Award
  • Dr. Thomas Glavinich won the National Electrical
    Contractors Award Industry Partner Award at
    NECA's Convention last year for his contributions
    in research and teaching to the electrical
    construction industry (specifically grounding
    during transmission line construction).
  • Dr. Glavinich was only the second individual to
    win the award that normally goes to an entire

Sustainable Energy for Buildings
  • Dr. Mario Medina and his students are working
    with the California Energy Commission on
    phase-change frame walls to reduce peak demand,
    shift load, and reduce energy use in the coastal
    areas of California.

Professor Becomes Fellow of ITE
  • Dr. Tom Mulinazzi was named Fellow by the
    Institute of Transportation Engineers.
  • The Institute of Transportation Engineers is an
    international educational and scientific
    association of transportation professionals who
    are responsible for meeting mobility and safety
    needs. (http//www.ite.org/aboutite/index.asp)

Dr. McEnroe Authors Design Manual
  • Dr. Bruce McEnroe was the principal author of the
    Kansas Department of Transportations (KDOT) Road
    Design Manual, Part C, Elements of Drainage and
    Culvert Design (2008).

Professor Publishs Book on Green Building
  • Dr. Tom Glavinich published a book titled The
    Contractor's Guide To Green Building
    Construction (Wiley, 2008).
  • The book was endorsed by The Associated General
    Contractors of America.

Large Scale Bridge Testing Conducted in Nevada
KU Measures Column Deformations During
Large-Scale Bridge Test in Nevada Applying
Photogrammetry Grids
  • JoAnn Browning (KU), Jeff Olafsen (Baylor
    University) and their students conducted
    large-scale tests of a four-span bridge at the
    shaking table laboratory at the University of
    Nevada Reno.
  • The project is funded by a NSF NEES-Payload grant
    to study hinging behavior in reinforced concrete
    bridge columns subjected to earthquake loading. 

KU Measures Column Deformations During
Large-Scale Bridge Test in Nevada Severe Damage
at End of Test
Prof. Darwin Awarded SEI Award
  • Dr. David Darwin received the 2008 Dennis L.
    Tewksbury Award for service to the Structural
    Engineering Institute of the American Society of
    Civil Engineers.

KU Professors and Student Attend NSF Workshop in
Shanghai, China
  • Professors Yong Bai and Tom Glavinich, along with
    KU student Christine Atkins, participated in a
    joint US-China Workshop on Rapid Bridge
    Replacement after Extreme Events at Tongji
    University in Shanghai, PRC.

Students use innovative technology for highway
safety and construction
  • Students from the research group of Dr. Yong Bai
    conducted field experiments recently on US 36 and
    I-70 to improve highway worker safety and improve
    construction methods.

Students measure vehicle speeds at highway work
zones using the smart sensor system.
Real-time construction productivity in a bridge
project using the wireless real-time productivity
measurement system developed at KU.
Innovative Phase-Change Material Reducing Energy
  • Students in Dr. Mario Medinas research group are
    developing sustainable technology using
    phase-change technology to improve the overall
    efficiency of commercial and industrial
    refrigerated vehicles (funding by US Dept. of

Prof. Han Visits Geosynthetic Manufacturers in
Three Gorges Dam at Yichang, Hubei Province on
June 28, 2008
  • Prof. Jie Han visited geosynthetic manufacturers
    in China during June, 2008.
  • While in China, he also presented technical talks
    at 9 universities, attended two international
    conferences, and visited three mega-projects.

Yangshan Deep Water Port project in Shanghai,
China on June 20, 2008
With Dr. Craig Adams in Shanghai
Dr. Browning Receives ACI Honor
  • Dr. JoAnn Browning was honored with the American
    Concrete Institutes Young Member Award for
    Professional Achievement for contributions to
    advancing the quality of concrete construction
  • Dr. Browning received the ACI Professional
    Achievement Award in Los Angeles in March, 2008.

Dr. Browning being presented with award plaque by
ACI President, Dr. David Darwin (who you might
recognize as well!).
Yang, Parsons and Han Win TRB Best Paper Award
  • Doctoral student Xiaoming Yang, Profs. Robert
    Parsons and Jie Han, and co-author Robert
    Henthorne (Chief Geologist at KDOT) won the first
    Transportation Research Board Soil Mechanics
    Sections Best Paper Award.
  • Their paper was titled Resistance Factors for
    Drilled Shafts in Weak Rocks based on O-cell Test
  • The award was presented at the 87th
    Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in
    Washington, D.C.
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