Spring 2009

Student Team Wins $5,000 for Green Business Idea

On Wednesday April 29th, 2009, the CEIE 690 class entitled Environmental Sustainability and Entrepreneurship held a competition among six teams of students to develop a business plan for sustainable practices. The students were challenged to build a business idea that would best address the three elements of sustainability: social responsibility, economic viability and environmental protection. The top team was judged by a panel of sustainability representatives and advocates and received $5,000. The winning team Sun Synergy Systems Services (S4) was comprised of VIT&E students Richard Ross, Elena Rubalcava, and Ali Bakhshi. The winning concept combined vocational training for community youth and displaced veterans with design build photovoltaic services for residential and commercial applications…. Read More

GMU ASCE Stands Out at Virginia Conference

GMU faculty and students at 2009 ASCE Virginias Conference send-off

The GMU ASCE Student Chapter’s “PatriotBridge” made its debut at the 2009 ASCE Virginias Conference at Old Dominion University April 16-18 in Virginia Beach, VA. The team, led by bridge captain Costa Mavromatakis, earned respect and learned many lessons for the future. Other GMU teams stood out. The surveying team placed first and, in the Environmental competition, the GMU team placed second in their design and construction of a green roof/media filter. Pictured: GMU Faculty, staff, and students at the team send-off on April 16…. Read More

Engineer’s Day and Bridge Contest a Huge Success

On February 19, the Volgenau School celebrated Engineer’s Week with an all day celebration called “Engineer’s Day” in Dewberry Hall. The highlight of the event was the 3rd Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest for High School Students. Twenty One bridges entered the competition for prizes based on the best combination of ultimate strength and visual appeal as well as special award categories. With a bridge weighing only 322 grams, the JEB Stuart High School “Raiders” Team took first place with an impressive 213.4 lb ultimate strength and also the award for highest load. Other winners were from Thomas Edison and Colonial Forge High Schools. The official results can be viewed on the web here. Many staff and students volunteered to run the event including several members from the GMU ASCE Student Chapter…. Read More

CEIE Alumnus Successful in Geothermal Energy

Michael Strasburg (BSCIE 2007) was recently quoted in the Washington Post on the growth of geothermal heating for residential and commercial applications in the Washington, DC area (“Heat-Pump Systems Get Down To Earth”, January 10). Michael is part-owner of On-Site Energy. The company performs performs geothermal well design and installation, mechanical installation and services, pipe joining and specialty fabrications, geothermal loop design and installation. On Site is based in Alexandria, VA…. Read More

Sidney O. Dewberry Receives CEI Excellence Award

Mr. Sidney O. Dewberry receiving the 2009 Engineering Excellence and Leadership Award

On January 27, the Civil Engineering Institute (CEI) recognized the lifelong achievements of Mr. Sidney O. Dewberry with the 2009 Engineering Excellence and Leadership Award. Former recipients have included Virginia Rep. Tom Rust, P.E. and Carl Strock, former Commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Dewberry is the Founder and Chairman of the Dewberry Companies, and former Rector of George Mason University. Beginning in the early 1950s, Mr. Dewberry has had a brilliant career with numerous business and engineering achievements and is a figure in the Northern Virginia area. Present at the event were Mr. Dewbery and his daughter, Karen Grand Pre; Mr. Ron Ewing, CEO of the Dewberry Companies and CEI Chairman; Dr. Thomas Hennessey, GMU Chief of Staff; Dr. Lloyd Griffiths, Dean of the Volgenau School; Dr. Michael Bronzini, CEIE Chair and Dewberry Chair; distinguished members of the CEI Board, faculty, staff, and students. Mr. Dewberry addressed the audience with reflections on his career and on strategies for engineering and construction companies to weather the economic downturn. CEIE wholeheartedly congratulates Mr. Dewberry on this award and thanks him for his considerable contributions the Department, School, and University…. Read More

ASCE Student Chapter Travels to Munich, Germany

GMU ASCE students in Munich

From January 11-18, fifteen students from the GMU ASCE Student Chapter toured Munich, Germany as part of the annual international engineering education trip. The group was accompanied by Dr. Michael Casey, ASCE Faculty Advisor and hosted by Dipl. Ing. Claas Meier and Dr. Ing. Conrad Boley of the Universität der Bundeswehr München (University of the Federal Armed Forces, Munich). At the University, the group toured the Geotechnical Institute and learned about research projects in Collapse Behavior of soils in Afghanistan due to dynamic loads and GIS models for prediction of landslides in the German Alps region. The group also attended a large engineering and construction trade show, toured the facilities of BMW World headquarters, visited the Olympiapark (site of the 1972 Olympic Summer games) and visited the Bavarian Alps…. Read More