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.


    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.”



    Come see us at AGU!

    December 12, 2018
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    H33B-08 Machine Learning Application for Mapping Calcium Mineral Precipitates Using Coupled Microscale XRF and XRD Catherine A Peters1, Florence T Ling1, Julie J. Kim1, Dan Plattenberger2 and Andres F Clarens3, (1)Princeton University, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton, NJ, United States, (2)University of Virginia, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Charlottesville, VA, United States, (3)University of Virginia, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Charlottesville, VA, United States

    MR53A-0089 Calcium Silicate Crystal Structure Impacts its Reactivity with CO2 and Chemistry of Reaction Products Dan Plattenberger, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, United States, Florence T Ling, Princeton University, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton, NJ, United States, Catherine A Peters, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, United States and Andres F Clarens, University of Virginia, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Charlottesville, VA, United States

    MR43A-02 The impact of interfacial properties on fluid fate and transport during production of hydraulically fractured unconventional gas wells Andres F Clarens, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, United States, Rodney Buddy Wilkins, University of Virginia, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Charlottesville, VA, United States, Bo Liang, University of Virginia Main Campus, Charlottesville, VA, United States and Michael R Plampin, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, United States; USGS Headquarters, Reston, VA, United States

    GC43G-1603 Comparative Life-cycle Assessment of Aquatic and Terrestrial Bioenergy with CO2 Capture and Storage A. Jasmin Melara, Udayan Singh, Jeffrey A Bennett, Andres F Clarens and Lisa M. Colosi, University of Virginia, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Charlottesville, VA, United States

    MR51B-0061 Bio-organoclay composite materials designed to seal leaking and abandoned natural gas well-bores Fangwei Cheng1, Lisa M. Colosi2 and Andres F Clarens1, (1)University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, United States, (2)University of Virginia, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Charlottesville, VA, United States

    H21N-1888 A Reactive Transport Model of CaSiO3 Reactions for Targeted Mineral Precipitation in Porous Media Florence T Ling, Princeton University, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton, NJ, United States; La Salle University, Department of Biology, Environmental Science Program, Philadelphia, NJ, United States, Dan Plattenberger, University of Virginia, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Charlottesville, VA, United States, Andres F Clarens, University of Virginia, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Charlottesville, VA, United States and Catherine A Peters, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, United States


    Two lab posters receive honorable mentions at the ESE undergrad research symposium

    December 05, 2018
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    Congrats to Elie and Sarang for their awesome work:

    Using integrated Assessment Modeling to Compare Negative Emissions Technologies, by Elie Seff, mentored by Jay Fuhrman, and supervised by Andres Clarens

    Sustainable Pseudowollastonite-based Cements, by Sarang Patel, mentored by Dan Plattenberger, supervised by Andres Clarens


    Andres on NPR – Infrastructure of Power

    October 29, 2018

     

    Andres was interviewed for a NPR piece about the natural gas pipelines that are being developed in Virginia to transport natural gas from hydraulically fractured wells in Western PA to Virginia, North Carolina and for export. You can listen here.


    We need better technology and policy

    October 29, 2018
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    Interesting presentations today as part of the UVa Sustainability Bicentennial events. Our lab’s friend Bill Shobe made compelling case that climate change can’t be solved by us through our personal choices – we need better technology and policy. Andres talked about all the different disciplines that need to be engaging to help with the carbon drawdown as well as our work with the environmental resilience institute.