Spring 2008

CEIE Hosted Visiting Professor from Iraq

Dr. Anis Ali at VSITE Convocation Dinner with GMU faculty

The CEIE Department hosted Dr. Anis Ali from the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Basra in Basra, Iraq. A Professor of Structural Engineering, Dr. Ali spent time with our faculty and members of ASCE. The goal of his visit was to learn about current civil engineering education practices and to establish contacts for future collaboration. Dr. Ali returned to Iraq in May 2008…. Read More

Conference in the New York City

Dr. Tomasz Arciszewski participated on Monday, April 28, 2008, in a workshop in the New York City organized by the Association of Polish Engineers. The workshop was on “Innovation: technology transfer, education and industrial applications.” It was attended by about 50 practicing engineers and educators from the USA and Poland, including
presidents of several Polish technical universities (Warsaw University of Technology, Poznan University of Technology, Bialystok University of Technology). Dr. Arciszewski served on the Scientific Committee of the Workshop, presented an invited talk on “Future of Engineering Education,” and co-chaired a session on “Engineering Education…. Read More

CEIE Student Recognized at the ACI – National Capital Chapter Event

Carly May, a senior in the CEIE department, received a student award representing George Mason University at an annual event organized by the American Concrete Institute – National Capital Chapter. The theme of the event was “Recognizing student achievements” and was held on April 15. Other universities who attended the event include George Washington, Catholic, Howard and Morgan State. The annual event hosted student presentations that highlight research activities in the area of concrete…. Read More

Institute for Transportation Engineers Chapter Formed

Institute of Transportation Engineers logo

A new student organization has been formed in CEIE for students interested in transportation. The GMU Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) is hosting a guest lecture on Thursday, March 27 by Dr. Jonathan L. Gifford titled Policy, Politics and Transportation Systems. See the CEIE Seminar Page for more details. For more information on the new ITE Chapter, contact Omar Elkassed, founding President by email at:…. Read More

2nd Annual Bridge Contest a Big Success

2nd Annual Bridge Contest award

On February 20, 15 High School Teams participated in the Second Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest. The event was part of the Engineer’s Week celebration and was sponsored by the GMU ASCE and SAME Student Chapters and the Civil Engineering Institute (CEI).

Team Extreme from Annandale High School won First Prize for Best overall bridge. Other winners were from T.C. Williams, McClean, and James Madison High Schools. Thank you to all for a fantastic event!… Read More

Civil Engineering Institute (CEI) Honors Rust

Virginia delegate Tom Rust receives award

The Civil Engineering Institute honored Virginia Delegate Tom Rust as the 2008 Outstanding Engineering Award recipient during its annual luncheon on January 29. Over 150 attendees were present including members of the CEI Board, Dean Griffiths, and President Merten. Delegate Rust has been a leader in the Northern Virginia region and an accomplished engineer, now serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Patton, Harris, Rust and Associates, P.C. CEI and George Mason are proud to recognize his service with this award…. Read More

GMU ASCE Chapter Tours Egypt

GMU ASCE chapter in Egypt

In January 2008, fourteen members of the GMU ASCE Chapter participated in an engineering tour of Egypt. Students toured the great pyramids, the Aswan high dam, Luxor, and the Library of Alexandria among many other activities. The trip was supported by their Chapter fundraising efforts and the Civil Engineering Institute…. Read More

Arciszewski to Serve on ASCE BOK2 Committee

Dr. Tomasz Arciszewski has been selected to serve on the newly forming ASCE Body of Knowledge Educational Fulfillment Committee. The committee was formed to create a learning community of scholars interested in civil engineering education reform. Among the tasks the Committee will undertake are the documentation of how programs are incorporating the BOK into their curriculum and review of work products of the BOK2 Committee…. Read More

CEIE Grad Student Wins Federal Fellowship

Omar Elkassed

Omar Elkassed, a graduate student in civil, environmental and infrastructure engineering in the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering, has received a 2007 Dwight D. Eisenhower Grant for Research Fellowship awarded under the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Office of Professional and Corporate Development.

During his one-year fellowship, Elkassed will be working on a project to gather and analyze information on transportation education programs and develop materials in support of the FHWA workforce development programs. One key element of this project is to assist the Office of Professional and Corporate Development in its efforts to strengthen partnerships with educational institutions. Disciplines involved are engineering, transportation, public administration, public policy, education, economics and law.

The purpose of the grant is to attract qualified students to transportation research, education, development and technology transfer activities and provide them the opportunity to conduct original research and publish on important transportation projects at U.S. Department of Transportation facilities…. Read More

Sustainability Panel

On September 17, 2007 Dr. Sharon deMonsabert hosted a panel on sustainable development with prominent members of the sustainable engineering and design field. The panelists that participated were:

Lisa Rauenzahn, Coordinating Editor of the 3rd Edition of the Land Development Handbook, Dewberry
A.R. Ann Kosmal, Architect in Sustainable Design, U.S. General Services Administration
Donal Tucker, Owner/developer of Eco Housing Corporation
Michael Rolband, Founder and president of Wetlands Studies and Solutions, Inc.
Thomas Mawson, Executive Director of the National Capital Region Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council

The campus sustainability coordinator, Lenna Storm, also attended and participated in the dialog. Students asked a variety of questions related to the challenges associated with sustainable development in the US and overseas. The panel provided insight into the challenges faced by engineers and architects is adopting sustainable practices. Failed efforts and high construction costs were discussed. The panel encouraged students to write letters to their representatives in support of sustainable design regulations and smart growth…. Read More