Civil Talk E-News May 2017

Message from the Chair

Dr. Rollin Hotchkiss

BYU Civil & Environmental Engineering Department Chair

I hope this edition of our CivilTalk finds you enjoying a beautiful Spring with your families and friends and that your professional pursuits are blossoming like the flowers and trees around you. Here at the home base we continue to turn out excellent students and research publications. Please enjoy perusing our annual list of refereed publications and research grants. Our faculty are hard-working and dedicated to creating new knowledge to share with our students. You’ll see highlighted in this issue some very interesting work from Dr. Franke and Dr. Scott, our Assistant Professors that I introduced to you a few years ago. Both are doing amazing things in their fields of research AND in the classroom, where students rate them very highly for their ability to teach and communicate. Click here to view more...

We invite you to send memories and thanks to Dr. Rick Balling who is retiring next month after many years of stellar service at BYU. You can do so at our CE blogsite at

Dr. Scott
Cancer Research

Dr. Scott and Dr. Kevin Tew discover new research that may lead to a more accurate system for early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of prostate cancer. Together, they have teamed up with colleagues at the University of Coruna, UT-Austin and Carnegie Mellon for the study.

Dr. Franke
Earthquake Research

After the devastating earthquake in Central Italy on August 24, 2016, Dr. Franke was one of four U.S. professors invited to a special geotechnical engineering reconnaissance mission to learn how the earthquake impacted ancient and modern infrastructure.

Dr. Rollins 2016 Govenor's Medals for Science and Technology

On January 5, Dr. Rollins, along with twelve others, was announced the winner of the 2016 Governor's Medals for Science and Technology. The Governor's Medals for Science and Technology are awarded to residents and companies who have provided distinguished service or made significant contributions to Utah's advanced scientific and technological knowledge, education and industry.

First women co-captains lead BYU steel bridge team to finals

In April, BYU’s chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) took home first place at the Rocky Mountain Regional Steel Bridge Competition, beating out 13 other schools from Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado and New Mexico.

Reunion with Graduates

Reunion with BYU Civil Engineering graduates and professors during the Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology


2016 Faculty Publications

New 2016
Faculty Grants

Alumni News

John Guymon

In February of this year, BYU graduate John Guymon was made President of Numetric, a cloud-based provider of modern business intelligence tools.