Two CEFNS students have received prestigious
$10,000 Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship awards:
Benally (CM) is going to evaluate the recent geologic landsliding that
occurred on Highway 89 near Page and propose a rerouting construction
plan. The result of his research will be served as an example for future
excavation on highways within or near the Navajo Reservation that need
improvements or rehabilitation. Dr. Ho is his faculty advisor.
- Alejandra Quesada (CE) will be
conducting research related to the service-life of concrete bridges.
Usually built to last 50 years, the average bridge in our country is 43
years old. Given projected funding shortfalls, “business as usual” is
economically unsustainable and demands an infrastructure constructed for –
not only safety – but longevity. In response to this need, Alejandra’s
research project includes the experimental testing of reinforced concrete
beams with the goal of improving upon current design provisions and
construction details related to their serviceability behavior. Dr. Tuchscherer
is her faculty advisor.
NAU is a designated university by the FHWA to operate a Dwight
D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program on the Mountain campus. The
Fellowship Program provides funding for NAU Native American students and
Hispanic students in the pursuit of a degree (BS, MS/MEng, PhD) in transportation-related
fields at NAU. NAU students who receive a fellowship will conduct a research
project under the supervision of their adviser.
Recent NAU environmental engineering graduate Marilla Lamb, with
students from the computer sciences and engineering programs and with help from
a local school teacher, helped spearhead a program to design bicycle generators
that could do things like power a blender by harnessing the power of a bicycle
and turning pedal power into real electricity.
NAU’s Green Fund gave the students a $2,900 grant to build a
handful of the generators, which were then taken to classrooms. In the
engineering building, Lamb and the other students also designed a permanent
bike by making use of a donated bicycle from the school’s yellow bike program.
Electrical and mechanical engineering students designed and built the enhanced
bike and students working in the machine shop welded up the necessary
The permanent bike has a charging station where students can
plug in cell phones and other small electronics to get some exercise and a
little electrical juice during the school day. The catch: They have to do the
pedaling themselves. The group hopes to
cycle the bike around campus through various buildings to help show students
how much electricity they use.
Congratulations Dr. Brent Nelson!
CEFNS 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year
Construction Management Pictured from left: John Tingerthal and Stephen Mead, Professors of Civil Engineering, Construction Management and Environmental Engineering, NAU Provost Laura Huenneke, and Dave Woods, Executive Director of the Beavers Heavy Engineering Construction Association.
NAU Construction Management recently received a $50,000 gift from the Beavers Heavy Engineering Construction Association to fund an endowed scholarship for students interested in pursuing careers in the fields of heavy construction and civil engineering. NAU joins 40 other higher education institutions recognized by the association for outstanding construction management programs.
A research project
, Japan Trench Fast Drilling Project, contributed to by Jim Sample, Professor of Geology, recently reached a milestone when the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology research vessel Kairei successfully retrieved sensors from the deepest borehole observatory ever installed. The Kairei carried out the complex sequence of operations in the Japan Trench at a depth of 7,000 meters. Sample sailed on the Kairei a year ago and collected samples from the fault for further analysis
Ann Marie Chischilly, Executive Director of NAU’s Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals and Paul Beier, Professor of Forestry and President, Society for Conservation Biology have been named members of a newly created federal advisory committee, The Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science, that will provide guidance about the Interior Department’s climate change adaptation science initiatives. Sue Wotkyns, ITEP Climate Change Manager, will be an alternate. Twenty-five committee members were selected from more than 100 nominations received by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Members represent the Interior Department and other federal agencies; tribal, state, and local governments; nongovernmental organizations; academic institutions; and the private sector.
Congratulations 2013 WERC Environmental Engineering Teams!
Landfill Team Award Ceremony: WERC official, John Jowers, Nathaniel Lail, Gabriel Murray, Annalise O’Toole, Daniel Hamill, Amy Anderson
Solar Distillation Team: Yiguo Chen, Yang Yang, Chaz Enbody, Banning Burt, Ben Shields
The International Environmental Design Contest sponsored by the Institute for Energy & the Environment – WERC (Consortium for Environmental Education and Technology Development) was held at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM on April 7-11, 2013. 22 teams from universities around the country and Canada competed in several design task divisions.
The NAU Environmental Engineering program sent two of our senior Capstone project teams. The two projects from NAU were the design of a solar-powered water distillation unit, and the other was a composite landfill cap design using paper sludge waste material. The landfill team won the Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Award for Innovation in Sustainability for their design. All students are environmental engineering majors, except for Annalise O’Toole who is a chemistry major.
Congratulations 2013 CEFNS Gold Axe Winners!
Nolan Bade - Environmental Sciences-Management
Matthew Blanford - Forestry
Bret Clawson - Chemistry, Biomedical Science
Audrey Ford - Biology, Mechanical Engineering
Brianna Gomez - Exercise Science
Kali Harmon - Exercise Science
Katelynn Jenkins - Forestry
Amanda Jochimsen - Chemistry
Margaret Landis - Physics & Astronomy
Ryan Monahan - Physics & Astronomy
Mallory Moore - Biomedical Science
Heidi Moyer - Exercise Science
Brittany Oletti - Mathematics
Nina Porter - Secondary Education-Chemistry
Cruz Romero - Exercise Science
Caitlin Thede - Exercise Science
Sidney West - Biomedical Science
NAU Car Team-Electrical Engineering
Left to right: Michael Young, Aniza Brown, Stephen Aranda, Derek Benallie, Brendan George, and Justin Cummings with the battery-powered vehicle they entered in the Shell Eco Marathon in Houston 4/4/13
A group of NAU Electrical Engineering students put the pedal to the metal at the Shell Eco-Marathon in Houston, Texas where students were tested on their ability to create an electrical car with a sustainable design and energy efficiency. With the assistance of faculty and local engineering businesses, these six EE majors were given a unique opportunity to compete with students around the world and size up the competition in their field. After several years of helping students create competitive cars, John Tester, the students’ NAU Faculty advisor, saw the opportunity in attending competitions as a great way for student to marry theory and experimentation. “The advantage of going to a competition is that you get to go to an event where you realize you’re not just from NAU-you’re part of engineering…it really matures you in your profession better than isolating yourself on campus with your design project.” As the second year entered in this competition, the NAU team had great improvements from the previous year, in which the team was unfortunately unable to race. Using the same body from last year, and refitting it with a touchscreen system built and programmed from scratch by the students, the team placed 18th out of 31 teams.Nina
Congratulations Dr. Kathy Eastwood!
Dr. Kathy Eastwood has been selected as the 2013 NAU Outstanding Faculty Advisor of the Year and was recognized during the President/Provost’s P&T Awards Reception on April 24th, 2013. The 2013 Advisor Recognition Committee reviewed numerous nominations and determined that the comments from nominations demonstrated her impressive dedication to students and colleagues.