Civil Talk E-News May 2014

Onward and Upward

Dr. Rollin Hotchkiss

BYU Civil & Environmental Engineering Department Chair

As you reflect on your experiences in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (or just Civil Engineering as we were named years ago), I’m sure you have memories of your classes, your professors, and some of the work they were involved in. When I was a student in the early 1970s, there was a limited amount of research being done by a few of the professors. How that has changed! As faculty have retired over the years, our newer faculty have entered with tremendous research skills, aptitudes, and energies. They provide very meaningful research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. I’m proud to share with you in this issue a listing of all of the ‘refereed’ papers published by our faculty in 2013, and a listing of all of the current research projects that are ongoing in our department. ...

Senior Capstone Projects 2014

We would like to thank our Capstone Sponsors for 2014: URS Corporation, LDS Church, Riverton City, Rio Tinto, Springville City, Atkin's Global, Salt Lake County, and Bluffdale City.

BYU ASCE Receives Ridgeway Award

The Brigham Young University student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) received the 2014 Robert Ridgway Award for the most outstanding student chapter.

Pinpointing Utah Highway Hotspots on the Road to Zero Fatalities

Led by civil engineering professor Grant Schultz, the team has developed one of the country’s most advanced traffic safety models. Using Bayesian statistics, the model can predict the number of crashes expected on Utah’s roadways to help identify areas of concern.

The tool gives UDOT a new set of ...

New Infrared Technique Aims to Remotely Detect Dangerous Materials

Statistics professor Candace Berrett developed a model that precisely characterizes the material in each pixel of an image taken from a long-wave infrared camera. The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration funded the project through a grant awarded to BYU engineering professor Gustavious Williams ...

Dr. Balling Pitches Greenplex Proposal for Provo

"It is a sustainable urban form for the 21st century," said Rick Balling, a professor of civil and environmental engineering. "It is tall buildings with multi-level skybridges, a walkable bridge between two buildings."

Each building would be between 25 and 40 stories tall, dwarfing anything now seen in ...

Kendrick Shepherd receives National Science Foundation Fellowship

Kendrick Shepherd, a master’s student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department, received an NSF Fellowship in the area of Computational Science and Engineering. Kendrick said he plans to focus his research on computer modeling to better predict natural hazards, such as floods and earthquakes. Currently working in the BYU Computational Geometry and Mechanics Lab (, he will be exploring his options over the next year and ultimately pursuing a PhD.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology