Engineering Systems and Environment Briefs

Welcome to Engineering Systems and Environment Briefs, a place to find quick notes and posts from our department faculty, students, staff and alumni.


    Erin Robartes Awarded a Leadership Legacy Scholarship from Women's Transportation Seminar

    March 22, 2019

    Civil engineering Ph.D. student Erin Robartes has been awarded the Women’s Transportation Seminar Central Virginia Section Diane Woodend Jones Leadership Legacy Scholarship. The scholarships are awarded to women pursuing graduate studies working toward careers in transportation or related fields, and who demonstrate a specific interest in advancing transportation innovation.


    Professors Beling and Horowitz Present at Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Event

    March 15, 2019

    Systems engineering professors Peter Beling and Barry Horowitz delivered a joint keynote presentation titled “Lifecycle-Ready Artificial Intelligence” at the 42nd annual New Horizons event of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association on March 6 in Boston. New Horizons brings together military and industry leaders to discuss ways to meet the Nation’s critical security requirements.


    UVA Athletics Recognizes Daniel Golczewski

    March 08, 2019

    Daniel Golczewski, a fourth-year civil engineering major and a member of the men’s varsity swim and dive team, was recognized by UVA Athletics for attaining the highest grade point average on the team for the fall 2018 semester. All of the scholar-athletes for each varsity team were recognized during the UVA men’s basketball game against Georgia Tech. Golczewski has been a member of the team since his first year and is a multi-year letter winner.


    Erin Robartes Selected to Attend Eno Future Leaders Development Conference

    March 08, 2019

    Civil engineering Ph.D. student Erin Robartes has been selected to attend the 27th annual Eno Future Leaders Development Conference in Washington, D.C., June 2-6. The Future Leaders Development Conference will provide a first-hand look at how transportation policy is developed and implemented, including meeting with top government officials, leaders of associations, and members of Congress and their staffs.


    Engineering Systems and Environment Welcomes 23 Visitors for Graduate Recruiting Weekend

    March 01, 2019

    The University of Virginia School of Engineering hosted its annual graduate recruiting weekend Feb. 21-23. School-wide, a full schedule of events for prospective graduate students included everything from department-specific lab tours to local excursions to nearby sites. Engineering Systems and Environment, the University’s home for civil, systems and environmental engineering, welcomed 23 graduate recruits from diverse backgrounds. As part of its lineup of events, the department held a recruiting lunch and graduate research symposium, with prizes awarded for poster presentations.

    Bethany Gordon won the 2019 People’s Choice Award. A panel of faculty judges awarded first place to Udayan Singh, and there was a two-way tie between Hyunglok Kim and Sarah Gustitus-Graham for second place.


    Mehrdad Shafiei Dizaji Tapped as UVA Engineering Graduate Teaching Intern

    February 21, 2019
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    Mehrdad Shafiei Dizaji has been selected as a graduate teaching intern at the University of Virginia School of Engineering for the fall 2019 semester. He will be co-teaching Advanced Topics in Structural Analysis with Professor Jose Gomez. Dizaji is a fourth-year student working on his Ph.D. in civil engineering in the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment, UVA’s home for civil, systems and environmental engineering. He also is a researcher in Mobile Laboratory for Rapid Evaluation of Transportation Infrastructure.


    UVA Engineering's Mohamad Alipour Receives Ammann Research Fellowship in Structural Engineering

    February 18, 2019
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    Mohamad Alipour, a graduate student working in the Mobile Laboratory for Rapid Evaluation of Transportation Infrastructure at the UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science, has received a 2018 O.H. Ammann Research Fellowship in Structural Engineering. The Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers gives the award to encourage creation of new knowledge in structural design and construction. Alipour is in his fifth year working toward his Ph.D. in civil engineering in the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment, which is also the University of Virginia’s home to systems and environmental engineering.

    One of the qualifications successful applicants for the fellowship must demonstrate is the ability to conceive and explore original ideas in the field of structural engineering.

    This is evidenced by Mohamad’s work in the area of using applied deep learning and machine learning to develop data-driven strategies for infrastructure condition assessment and structural health monitoring,” said his supervisor, Associate Professor Devin Harris.

    Alipour received $8,000 for his research, which broadly focuses on making urban infrastructure and the built environment smart and resilient using machine intelligence.

    Alipour already has nine publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as 13 top-tier national and international conference proceedings. He was the 2017 winner of UVA’s annual Three-Minute Thesis Competition, and a 2018 recipient of UVA’s Double Hoo Award for the project titled “SensCam: Developing Next-Generation Camera-Based Sensors for Health Monitoring of Critical Infrastructure.”