Civil Talk E-News March 2016

What's Happening in Your Department

Dr. Rollin Hotchkiss

BYU Civil & Environmental Engineering Department Chair

What an exciting time to be a Civil Engineer at BYU! We want to thank each and every one of you who reads CivilTalk and responds by writing us an email, by dropping by to see us, or even by donating to the department! Consistent with our adopted vision statement of “We Strive to Prepare World-Class Civil Engineers and Leaders who are Committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” allow me to update you on what is happening in your department.

We recently enjoyed our annual department dinner where we heard ‘messages to you, a recent graduate,’ from our emeritus faculty members Arnold Wilson, Olani Durrant, Steven Benzley, Les Youd, LaVere Merritt, and, through the eyes of Christine Isom, her grandfather, Allan Firmage. Allan passed away just a few days later. Listening to those great men who have gone before us reminded me of the sacred setting we enjoy: led by a living Prophet, working and seeking inspiration to lead our students and our professions, all under the direction of the Holy Ghost. It is indeed a blessing to be here, as I am sure you will attest.


Transportation Research Board 95th Annual Meeting

Graduates and students from the Transportation Group had a BYU reunion during the

Transportation Research Board 95th Annual Meeting on January 10 – 14, 2016, in Washington, DC.

Dr. Franke Works with a Team of Research Assistants on Three New Projects

Dr. Franke's research group has been focused on three major research projects this year:

  1. Simplified analysis methods.
  2. Probabilistic liquefaction triggering and lateral spread displacement maps.
  3. Automated flight path planning and anomaly detection algorithms.

2015 Faculty Publications

2015 Faculty Grants

Alumni News

Jarell Han, former BYU Civil and Environmental Engineering student, currently works as an employee for Nicholson Construction.

Civil Talk-Alumni

Our alumni have varied professions and interesting careers. Faculty, current students, and fellow graduates are always interested in learning about the lives alumni lead after leaving BYU.

If you have an update you’d like to share (a career change, promotion, retirement, marriage or birth), please fill out the alumni update document using the following link and send your updated information to the department secretaries at

Form Link

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology