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Civil & Environmental Engineering Newsletter: August 2022
Message From the Chair
Faculty and students in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering continue to engage in groundbreaking research and scholarship. We are extremely proud of all our faculty members, who vigorously apply themselves to transform our understanding of and interaction with natural and built environments. And our students — they are already receiving national recognition for their projects as undergraduates. Just think of what they will do once they graduate! Here are a few of their stories.
— Steven Wojtkiewicz, Professor/Chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Civil and environmental engineering student Andrew Tota ’23 made waves at the 2022 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress. His paper investigating the declining populations of freshwater mussels won second place in the undergraduate division and, more importantly, may help improve mussel habitat restoration.
The American Concrete Institute (ACI) Foundation has a new fellow for their Concrete Practitioner Fellowship. Civil engineering student Abigail Kienzle ’23, a superstar in sustainable cement research, received the fellowship, and with it, a stipend and opportunities to attend ACI conventions and work with an industry mentor.
Outstanding New Teacher
Professor Robert Thomas isn’t just passionate about the technical — in his case, researching alternative cements, engineered cementitious composites and high-strain-rate mechanics. He’s also passionate about the interpersonal, going above and beyond to help his students succeed. That’s why he was named Clarkson’s 2022 Outstanding New Teacher.
You may know of Professor Shane Rogers for his critical work in monitoring campus wastewater for COVID-19 over the past few years. He’s in the news again, this time for a promotion from associate professor to professor. Rogers teaches environmental biotechnology, water and wastewater engineering, sustainable water resources management and environmental engineering.