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Keep up with on-going research and educational activities in our group.

Spring Poster Symposium

The Environmental, Water Resources, and Coastal Engineering Spring Symposium was held at Hunt Library on March 2. A big congratulations to Jacob Monroe, who finished first in the Poster Competition.  Jorge Pesantez chaired the student committee to run a very successful event.  A great job all around!

Past, present, and future STSA members unite.  Pictured: Shams Al-Amin, Jorge Pesantez, Emily Berglund, Jacob Monroe, Mohammad Ali Khaksar Fasaee, and Michael Skarbek.

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Mohammad presents his research on the use of Bayesian Belief Networks to characterize the risk of lead in drinking water at private wells.

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Women in Engineering Annual Event

This year we welcomed 13 visitors to attend our We are Women in Engineering - We are W.E. - Program.  Our visitors shared a range of experience and research interests in civil engineering.

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Yelda Turkan from Oregon State University talked about her research experiences, and our own Brina Montoya shared a presentation about her career path.  

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Fall 2017 Wraps Up

A big congratulations to Liz Ramsey and Shams Al Amin!  Liz completed her MS degree, and Shams successfully defended his PhD, both in December 2017.  Liz was awarded the Charles Smallwood Fellowship by the Department of Civil Engineering, and she is continuing on to pursue her PhD at NCSU (welcome back!). Shams has taken a job in town at Vaughn and Melton Consulting Engineers.

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Berglund Presents at CGA

Dr. Berglund presented research on water reclamation modeling at the NCSU Center for Geospatial Analysis (CGA) and had the chance to interact with fellow scholars.  She recently joined CGA as a faculty fellow and is looking forward to contribute to the CGA’s new PhD program.

A Great Summer with RISE

Samantha Winterrowd worked with the STSA group this summer to explore evolutionary computation for designing pipe networks. She participated in the Civil Engineering RISE program, which funds undergraduate students to conduct research with professors for 10 weeks in the summer, culminating in a research poster symposium.  Her research helped to develop a coupled genetic algorithm and hydraulic simulation framework, deployed on a high performance computing cluster, to find solutions for designing water distribution networks.  Her results identified the best algorithmic settings to minimize the costs of water infrastructure systems.

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Jacob in the News

See Jacob Monroe’s interview about his on-going research:

We are WE 2017 brings visitors to NCSU

The CCEE Department hosted We are Women in Engineering (We are W.E.) in March.  Fifteen women from across the U.S. visited the civil engineering department to network with other women and learn about research at NCSU.  Dr. Nina Starks from Virginia Tech gave our keynote presentation about her adventurous career as a researcher in coastal and ocean engineering, and Dr. Brina Montoya from NCSU joined her in our panel to answer questions about careers in engineering academics. Overall, it was a great event!  Thanks to all who helped to put it on.

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Above: Local and visiting students networked at the We are WE event.

Below: Dr. Nina Starks gives advice about careers in academics.  

Announcing We are WE 2017

The CCEE Department is hosting our women in engineering event - We are WE - in 2017!  Glad to have this program up and running after a year hiatus.  Get more information here.

Student Updates

The Fall 2016 Semester is kicking off…

Welcome back to Liz Ramsey, who was in India for most of the past year on a Fulbright Fellowship!

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Welcome to Jacob Monroe, who received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to begin his PhD studies in the fall!

And congratulations to continuing students, Laura Garcia-Cuerva and Shams Al-Amin for their continued hard work.  The STSA Group is pictured here at the 2016 EWC Spring Symposium.  Looking forward to a great year!


STSA-U sweeps the undergraduate poster competition at A&WMA Annual Conference 2015

Undergraduate students James East and Jacob Monroe gave student poster presentations at the Air & Waste Management Association Annual Conference in June 2015.  James was awarded 1st place for his poster "Agent Based Modeling to Simulate Water Use Adaptations on the Upper Neuse River Basin,” and Jacob was awarded 2nd place for his poster "Modeling UV Disinfection Systems for Water Treatment Facilities using Evolutionary Computing.”  Thanks to Dr. Joel Ducoste for co-advising Jacob.  Both students are part of the Sociotechnical Systems Analysis Undergraduate Lab (STSA-U).  Congratulations!

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