Civil Talk E-News December 2013

Dr. Rollin Hotchkiss

BYU Civil & Environmental Engineering Department Chair

Who has the oldest nameplate? How many miles has your nameplate traveled? To what countries and climes?

Do you remember the day and the ceremony when you graduated from the Civil Engineering or the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and you received your official nameplate? What a great day that was and what a fitting recognition for the time, effort, and sacrifice that it took to get there. If you are like most of our alumni, you’ve kept that nameplate and put it on your desk as you’ve moved from desk to desk in your career. As a contrast, I recall another University where I worked before coming to BYU: at graduation they awarded each graduate with ...

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Mentoring Program Growing

How would you like to serve as a mentor to a few undergraduate students in our department? We have been doing this on a trial basis for a year, and the results are very positive. We’ve asked a few of you to serve as long-distance mentors, answering emails and questions from just a few students for a semester or two during their undergraduate work. The students have really appreciated the opportunity to ask very honest and important questions of their mentors, and the mentors have enjoyed the feeling that they have helped in a small way to ‘lend a hand’ and ‘show the way’ for the students they have worked with. I have recently completed exit interviews with all of our students who are graduating in December 2013. As I explained this program to them, and what it means to be an alumnus, I asked each one individually if they would be willing to serve as a mentor. Without hesitation EVERY student said yes.

I’m sure that you would like to say ‘yes’ as well. We should have 100 or more mentors in place within this coming semester – almost enough to provide a mentor to each of our 400+ undergraduate students. I am certain you will enjoy serving someone else who is following your path.

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Dr. Henry (Hank) Christiansen is finishing up his final semester as an engineering professor at BYU

After nearly half a century, Dr. Henry (Hank) Christiansen is finishing up his final semester as an engineering professor at BYU. The Clyde and Crabtree buildings were flooded with a sea of yellow “Thank you Dr. C” stickers as students and faculty demonstrated their appreciation for him.

In his 48 years as a professor, Christiansen has taught the majority of engineering students that have attended BYU, including many current faculty members in the college. Regardless of emphasis, most engineering students must take the fundamental courses that Christiansen taught, including statics, materials and dynamics. In addition to teaching and holding ...

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Liquefaction Research From BYU Being Used to Rebuild Christchurch, New Zealand

Liquefaction research by Civil & Environmental Engineering Professor Kyle Rollins is being used to help build safer structures in Christchurch, New Zealand. During large earthquakes, loose sand below ...

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Dr. Franke was invited to join the the NSF-funded C-UAS

Dr. Kevin Franke was recently invited to join the NSF-funded Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) Industry/University Collaborative Research Center. The C-UAS is a joint research ...

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Students and Faculty attend the UDOT Annual Conference

Each fall the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) hosts the UDOT Annual Conference. The Conference provides an opportunity for UDOT employees, local area consultants, and local universities to ...

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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology