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Jialuo He, Ph.D., receives the Outstanding Dissertation Award

The WSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering recently selected Jialuo He as the recipient of John Roberson Outstanding Dissertation Award. The title of his PhD dissertation is, “Development, Characterization and Modeling of Self-Healing Cementitious Materials.” Self-healing technology holds great promise in benefiting the durability and resilience of concrete infrastructure. While various external self-healing systems can improve the post-cracking recovery of mechanical properties of cementitious materials, few studies have explored their implications on concrete durability. Dr. He’s research responds to this critical gap by developing and investigating two external self-healing systems.

Dr. He’s dissertation demonstrates the great potential of self-healing technology in enabling concrete infrastructure with extended service life, which serves the interest of this nation. For instance, his study revealed that the self-healing system consisting of urea-formaldehyde microcapsules (containing calcium nitrite as the healant) and PVA microfibers could effectively reduce about 20-25% of the total shrinkage, 15-20% of the chloride migration coefficient, and 40-65% of the gas permeability of cementitious composite. Such a self-healing concrete could survive over 700 rapid freeze-thaw cycles, whereas the regular concrete counterpart could barely survive 60 cycles.

Jialuo He began his PhD program at Washington State University in August 2015. He has published nine academic papers in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals. In addition to his PhD research, Jialuo completed a two-year project that evaluated the performance of discrete sacrificial anodes in protecting steel rebar in salt-contaminated concrete, for which he was awarded the Simpson Strong-Tie Corrosion Research Scholarship. He also received the Richard Perteet Graduate Fellowship in Civil Engineering in 2017 and 2018. Congratulations Dr. He!

Webinar: Advanced Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) Methods for Structural Concrete Assessment

Speaker: Larry Olson, PE
President and Chief Engineer
Olson Engineering, Inc.

About the Topic: NDE is being increasingly used to assess conditions of aging structures and infrastructure such as bridges, buildings and dams as well as forensic evaluation of such concrete problems as honeycomb, void and cracking in new structures.  Specific NDE methods to be discussed for these applications include ultrasonic pulse velocity, tomography, radar scanning, impact echo scanning,  and surface waves.  Also to be discussed is data fusion with photogrammetry to overlay NDE results on surface images.  Specific learning objectives include understanding NDE methods for condition assessment of corrosion induced delamination of bridge and parking decks, how to map out rebar with 3-D scanning and analyses with radar, and imaging of internal void/honeycomb in concrete with velocity tomography.

About the Speaker: Larry D. Olson, P.E., is internationally known for his expertise in nondestructive evaluation (NDE) of civil infrastructure including dams, bridges, buildings, foundations, pavements, tunnels, etc. He has 40 years of consulting experience in structural condition assessment and monitoring, materials, pavement, geotechnical, geophysical, and vibration engineering. He holds BS Civil and MS (Geotechnical) Engineering degrees from the University of Texas at Austin which honored him as a distinguished alumnus in 2006. He is a member of ACI Committees 228 Nondestructive Testing, 342 Bridge Evaluation and 309 Consolidation.

Using Deep Learning for Accurate Detection of Bridge Performance Anomalies


Project Title

Using Deep Learning for Accurate Detection of Bridge Performance Anomalies

Researcher(s)

Dr. Farnoush Banei-Kashani, PI, University of Colorado Denver
Dr. Jimmy Kim, Co-PI, University of Colorado Denver
Dr. Chris Pantelides, Co-PI, University of Utah

Project Description

With this project, building on our prior work, our main goal is to introduce improved deep learning based anomaly detection methods for timely and accurate management and monitoring of bridge performance. Such methods can be used to perform predictive analysis of the bridge performance by accurate prediction of quantitative descriptors for the structure deterioration state (e.g., condition ratings) as well as any possible anomalies in the deterioration pattern of the bridge structure. Accurate prediction of these descriptors and anomalies are not only crucial in establishing maintenance priorities and performing proactive bridge monitoring with optimized resource allocation, but also more importantly essential for failure prevention.

Project Details

Project Visuals

Dr. Farnoush Banei-Kashani, PI
Yail Jimmy Kim.
Dr. Yail Jimmy Kim
Chris P. Pantelides.
Dr. Chris Pantelides

 

CEE Awards

Zhipeng Li has received the 2021 Outstanding Research Assistant Award within Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at Washington State University. Congratulations Zhipeng

Ph.D. Candidate Mehdi Honarvarnazari has received the 2021 Best Dissertation Award from both the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department and the Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture at Washington State University. Congratulations Mehdi!

Waheed Uddin Faculty/Staff Travel Grant Application


Waheed Uddin Faculty/Staff Travel Grant Application

  • You must be employed at one of these universities to qualify for this grant.
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Waheed Uddin Faculty/Staff Diversity Award


Waheed Uddin Faculty/Staff Diversity Travel Grants for 2020-21

In memory of Mississippi TriDurLE Site Director Waheed Uddin who passed away from COVID in 2020, TriDurLE will provide funding up to $1500 per award each year to four TriDurLE consortium university faculty or staff (postdoctoral researcher, engineer, coordinator, etc) who have participated in presentations/activities to enhance diversity. Grants are awarded post-travel (or virtual presentation) and receipts are required for reimbursement (with allowable exceptions for 2020-21). Applicants will be required to explain how this travel helps the recruitment or retention of diverse students or professionals to the transportation infrastructure field and provide the number of people in attendance at the event.

Applications will be open April 1 through June 30, 2021 for activities beginning January 2020 through June 15, 2021

  • These funding opportunities are available for faculty or staff from TriDurLE consortium universities only
  • All reimbursements will be allocated by TriDurLE and all faculty or staff who apply are not guaranteed funding
  • These grants are for reimbursement for registration and travel associated with academic or professional work related to promoting diversity, recruitment, and retention of students.
  • These are post-travel grants processed as reimbursements after you return from your trip (or virtual activity).

TRAVEL/CONFERENCE TYPES

  • Conference presentations
  • Workshops
  • Professional/Career development

ELIGIBILITY

  • All TriDurLE consortium university faculty or staff are eligible to apply for a TriDurLE travel grant.
  • Each faculty or staff can submit more than one application per travel period or academic year until the applicant reaches the maximum funding cap per travel period or academic year.
  • Faculty or staff are permitted to apply for more than one grant in the same cycle if they attended two events (conferences, workshops, etc.). They may be awarded partially based on available funding per travel period.

ELIGIBLE EXPENSES

Applicants must submit all original receipts (registration costs, travel receipts, etc.) and relevant information regarding travel; however for 2020-21 exceptions are allowed for this rule in the application process.

  • Registration fees
  • Transportation including airfare, shuttle costs, ground transportation, rental car, or personal cars per mileage
  • Airport parking
  • Lodging

INELIGIBLE EXPENSES

  • Any expenses for travel companions will not be reimbursed by TriDurLE
  • Meal costs will not be reimbursed

APPLICATION CRITERIA

The amount awarded is based on:

  • The quality and completeness of the application
  • The benefits of the activity to the recruitment and/or retention of diverse students
  • The quality of resume or personal profile

Application Materials

Application is considered complete if the submitted application form includes the following fields

  • Attachment of travel receipts (exceptions are allowed for this for 2020-21 in the application process)
  • Strength of the event’s and/or presentation’s focus on diversity, recruitment, and retention

TIPS FOR APPLYING

  • When traveling, keep all original receipts and relevant information regarding your travel for reimbursement (This rule is applicable for 2021-22. If receipts are not available for 2020-21, exceptions are allowed)
  • Faculty or staff may submit as many applications per application period as they wish.
  • Pay attention to the funding cap of $1500 when completing more than one application.

APPLICATION FORM

Student Travel Grants


Waheed Uddin Student Diversity Travel Grants for 2020-21

In memory of Dr. Waheed Uddin, Mississippi TriDurLE site director who passed away in 2020 from COVID, TriDurLE will provide funding up to $750 per award, eight awards per year to undergraduate, graduate or professional students to enhance professional and/or academic goals and benefit diversity through attending in-person or virtual/ online activities and events. Students will be selected based on the quality and completion of the application and resume and how the travel helped to benefit or enhance diversity. Travel grants are awarded post-travel. 

Applications are April 1 through June 30, 2021 for activities beginning January 2020 through June 15, 2021

  • These funding opportunities are available for undergraduate, graduate and professional students from TriDurLE consortium universities only who are members of a minority group (stated in the application) or who have attended a conference/workshop that benefits diversity.
  • All reimbursements will be allocated by TriDurLE and all students who apply are not guaranteed funding
  • These travel grants are for reimbursement for registration and travel associated with academic or professional work that benefits diversity.
  • These are post-travel grants processed as reimbursements after you return from your trip. All students must fund their travel before applying for a grant. Students must submit receipts of all costs for reimbursement; however, if receipts are no longer available for 2020-21, exceptions are allowed in the application process.
  • Reimbursements are only available to students who have paid out of pocket. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Travel/Conference Types

  • Conference presentations
  • Workshops
  • Professional/Career development

Eligibility

  • All TriDurLE consortium university fee-paying undergraduate, graduate and professional students at the time of application are eligible to apply for a TriDurLE travel grant. Students must be a member of a minority group OR attended a conference that benefits diversity.
  • Each student can submit more than one application per travel period or academic year until the applicant reaches the maximum funding cap per travel period or academic year.
  • Students are permitted to apply for more than one grant in the same cycle if they attended two events (conferences, workshops, etc.). They may be awarded partially based on available funding per travel period.

Eligible Expenses

Applicants must provide all original receipts (registration costs, travel receipts, etc.) and relevant information regarding travel; however, exceptions to this rule are allowed in the application for 2020-21.

  • Registration fees
  • Transportation including airfare, shuttle costs, ground transportation, rental car, or personal cars per mileage
  • Airport parking
  • Lodging

Ineligible Expenses

  • Any expenses for travel companions will not be reimbursed by TriDurLE
  • Meal costs will not be reimbursed

Application Criteria

The amount awarded is based on:

  • The quality and completeness of the application
  • The diversity benefits of the activity
  • Resume

Application Materials

An application is considered complete if the submitted application form includes:

  • Stated benefits of the travel for academic/professional development
  • Advisor’s confirmation for pre-travel authorization
  • Consortium university site director’s confirmation of applicant eligibility
  • Attachment of travel receipts. If receipts are unavailable for 2020-21, please email tridurle@gmail.com for an exception to this rule.
  • Resume

Tips for applying

  • When traveling, keep all original receipts and relevant information regarding your travel (This rule is applicable for 2021-22 travel)
  • You will need to scan and upload your receipts in one or two documents to attach to the application; however if you no longer have receipts for travel in 2020-21, TriDurLE allows for an exception of this rule in the application process.
  • Students may submit as many applications per application period as they wish.
  • Pay attention to the funding cap of $750 when completing more than one application.

Application Form

Webinar on Bridge Engineering: Insights into a Career as a Bridge Engineer

In celebration of Women’s History Month! Join Dr. Carmen Swanwick, a bridge engineer at the Utah Department of Transportation, as she discusses her insights into a career as a bridge engineer.
Dr. Carmen Swanwick

Carmen Swanwick, P.E., S.E
Deputy Project Development Director/Director of Construction
Utah Department of Transportation
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114
Email: cswanwick@utah.gov

Carmen Swanwick is the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Deputy Project Development Director and Director of Construction.  Carmen served as the Department’s Chief Structural Engineer for almost ten years and has over 15 years of experience as a consultant in structural engineering within the transportation industry.  She received both her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Utah in Civil/Structural Engineering.   Carmen is the AASHTO Committee on Bridges and Structures Chair and for the last six years served as the AASHTO Committee on Bridges and Structures (COBS) T-4 Committee on Construction Chair.  Carmen participates in numerous National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) projects and Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committees.  Carmen has been involved in several Department initiatives through the years including the Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) program, development of the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) program and recently the Digital Delivery effort with an emphasis on Building Information Modeling (BIM) for bridges and structures.