Fall 2008

CEIE & ASCE Holiday Dinner

On December 5 the CEIE Department and GMU ASCE Chapter co-hosted an end of the semester dinner at George’s Restaurant. The event celebrated the fall senior design teams (who presented earlier that day), achievements of the ASCE Chapter including member awards to Adam Walker and Tony Hambrick, and an induction ceremony for ten CEIE students into the new Civil Engineering Honor Society. Dr. Girum Urgessa presided over the induction ceremony. A presentation by the US Army Corps of Engineers and GMU intern Cathleen Barry on the construction of the new National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) headquarters building concluded the evening…. Read More

GMU SAME Chapter Joins NOVA Post

Student president Jenny Meszaros, faculty adviser Dr. Sharon deMonsabert, and industry liaison John Cardenas receive a plaque

On Thursday, November 6th, the GMU student post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) was officially welcomed to the NOVA post at a luncheon at Fort Belvoir. Student President Jenny Meszaros, faculty adviser Dr. Sharon deMonsabert, and industry liaison John Cardenas (of Dewberry) were on hand to receive a plaque commemorating the event. NOVA Post President, Regan P. McDonald of PBS&J presented the plaque to Ms. Meszaros. The Society of American Military Engineers provides excellent opportunities for student to learn about engineering projects and to network with professionals. SAME also offers scholarships for students on a competitive basis. All students are welcome to join the GMU Chapter. For additional information please contact President Jenny Meszaros ( or faculty adviser Dr. deMonsabert (…. Read More

ASCE Chapter Visits Cives Steel Company

ASCE PatriotBridge Team at Cives Steel Company

On December 2, members of the ASCE Steel Bridge (“PatriotBridge”) team visited the fabrication facility of Cives Steel Company in Winchester, VA. The visit included a tour and discussions about the team’s design and fabrication needs for the April 2009 Virginia Regional competition to be held at Old Dominion University…. Read More

Arciszewski Attends Conference in China

In October, 2008, Dr. Tomasz Arciszewski visited Beijing, China, to attend the 12th International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering. During the Conference, he organized and chaired a session on “ASCE Global Center of Excellence in Computing” with his talk about the Center and a general discussion about the future of global cooperation in computing in civil engineering. The session was attended by 41 people from 14 countries. While in Beijing, Dr. Arciszewski visited the Tsinghua University and gave two invited lectures for students on “Bio-inspiration in Design” and “Whole Brain Engineering Education.” Later, students wrote essays about both lectures, which were graded by the speaker and the best essay won an award, provided by him.”… Read More

Building Information Modeling (BIM) Initiatives in CEIE

Dr. Michael Casey is involved in several initiatives for BIM education and research. He has been named a member of the Design-Build Institute of America’s BIM Committee whose charge is to develop guidance for project owners to incorporate virtual modeling practices in their RFPs. He recently participated, along with Young-Hoon Kim (MS ’07) in the Alexandria BIMStorm event. The event brought together teams from around the world to participate in real-time planning exercises for the creation of Federal Friendly Zones. In October, Dr. Casey will be presenting a paper at the ASEE Frontiers in Education conference on the incorporation of BIM into the the Civil Engineering curriculum…. Read More

PhD Student Bakhshi Presents Poster at AEE Conference

Ali Bakhshi with poster at conference

On Thursday, October 2, Ali Bakhshi presented a poster at the American Energy Engineer’s (AEE) conference at the National Harbor Convention Center . The poster was prepared with his advisor, Dr. Sharon deMonsabert and was titled “A GIS Methodology for estimating the Carbon Footprint in Water and Wastewater in Fairfax, VA.” Their research investigates the relationship between embodied energy and spatial patterns in carbon footprints and their impact on municipal water and wastewater management…. Read More

CEI Members Tour New Engineering Building

Civil Engineering Institute Board at Academic VI/Research II building

On Wednesday, October 1, members of the Civil Engineering Institute Board toured the new Academic VI/Research II building under construction on the Fairfax campus. The building is rapidly approaching completion with the exterior skin now complete and the interior systems being installed. Occupancy of the building by the CEIE Department faculty and students will be in the first half of 2009…. Read More

Arciszewski Active in Computing Research

Dr. Tomasz Arciszewski

In July 2008, Dr. Tomasz Arciszewski attended an international conference on”Intelligent Computing in Engineering” organized by the European Group for Intelligence Computing in Engineering. The conference took place in Plymouth, UK. Earlier, Dr. Arciszewski served on the International Scientific Committee of this conference and organized a session on “ASCE Global Center of Excellence in Computing.” During the conference, he chaired the session and gave a talk about the Center. Also, he presented an invited talk on “Successful Civil Engineering Education.”… Read More

CEIE Active in University Sustainability Efforts

Dr. Sharon deMonsabert

Dr. Sharon deMonsabert was recently selected by Provost Peter Sterns to the position of University Fellow for Sustainability Curricula. She plans to provide interdisciplinary learning opportunities that investigate environmental, economic and social sustainability. Dr. deMonsabert recently developed CEIE 499/690 Sustainable Development which looks at incorporating sustainable practices in land development. Students in this course learn about the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) concepts as they apply to commercial and residential development. One team in the fall 2008 CEIE 490 Senior Design class will develop their property to LEED silver standards. Dr. deMonsabert has a number of CEIE graduate students researching sustainable topics. Last spring, Ali Bakhshi and Jamie Headley studied the carbon footprint of municipal water and wastewater treatment and distribution. Janelle Wilson and Davis Chau completed an analysis of Low Impact Development practices on campus. Jeremy Jessup is currently studying the conversion of waste oils on campus to biodiesel that would be used to fuel the GMU fleet…. Read More

GMU ITE Chapter Recognized

WSDSITE presents funding to GMU ITE chapter

During the September 16th Institute of Transportation Engineers Technical Dinner held at the Arlington Holiday Inn, the Washington D.C. Section of ITE (WSDSITE) announced that it would provide sponsorship funding to the GMU ITE Student Chapter based on the chapter’s proposal submitted earlier in September. The chapter was presented with a $220 check for use in chapter events during the Fall 2008 semester. In addition to the chapter’s sponsorship funding award, Omar Elkassed was awarded the “Washington D.C. Section ITE Student Leadership Award” and was presented with $500 check. Congratulations to ITE!… Read More