Civil Talk E-News September 2015

Scholarship Society Chairman's Message

Lee E. Cammack

Scholarship Society Chair and President

As chairman and president of the Scholarship Society for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, I would once again like to thank you for your ongoing support and let you know more about the impact your support has on the students.

Your generosity and involvement with the department has a significant impact on the ability of our students to pursue future engineering careers. BYU provides a rigorous and rewarding educational experience for students. Employers recognize the impact this has on their businesses and organizations when they hire these young professionals. Part of what makes these graduates different is the opportunity to be involved in so many learning opportunities and to learn in an environment that is unique to BYU.

During the academic 2014-2015 year the Scholarship Society assisted students with scholarships totaling in an excess of $181,000. In addition to tuition assistance, you helped students participate in study abroad courses - 22 to China, 9 to the Netherlands, and 21 to the Dominican Republic - as well as other activities including the Rocky Mountain Conference, EERI Seismic Design, ITE Student Leadership Summit and ITE Western District Conference, where they performed very well.

Thank you for your participation and we hope you will continue to be involved and help us do even more in the future. Here are some of the activities planned for Homecoming Weekend 2015... See More

Dr. Jones, Dr. Nelson, and Dr. Ames Head a Team of Students in a Series of

Water-Management Projects.

CI-WATER Project (An NSF EPSCoR Grant)

With the support of an NSF EPSCoR Grant, Dr. Norm Jones and Dr. Jim Nelson of BYU brought together faculty with extensive national and international experience in hydrologic modeling, computing, and hydroinformatics.

Streamflow Prediction Tool Transforms Nation’s Forecast Ability

A software tool developed as part of the CI-WATER and World Water Project has caught the attention of the national and international research community.

National Flood Interoperability Experiment at the New National Water Center

BYU’s Hydroinformatics Researchers are at the forefront of the nation’s efforts in transforming flood prediction forecasts.

Group on Earth Observation (GEO) Training

BYU’s claim “Enter to learn, go forth to serve” is not just a catchphrase: through their engagement with world-leading academics, research centers, and groups, the doors were opened for Professors Jim Nelson and Dan Ames, and a group of students, to bring water-management tools and impart training to developing countries.

Small Dams: Look Harmless, Can Be Fatal

Dr. Rollin Hotchkiss and researchers in BYU’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering know this all too well. According to their research, small dams and other low-lying drop-offs like the one on the Jordan River have accounted for more than 440 deaths in the United States since the 1950s.

Dr. Dan Ames Introduces Netherlands Study Abroad

The purpose of the program is to help students learn about water management in Europe, specifically in the Netherlands, where over a quarter of the country is below sea level. Students were given opportunity to individually study historic to more recent water management projects, such as 200 year- old windmills that pump water out of farm land or giant dams keeping the sea from encroaching into rivers during storms, and were able to go and visit them when they were in the Netherlands.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology