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Prof. Bombardelli receives honorary degree

Prof. Fabian Bombardelli has received an honorific degree as Doctor Honoris Causa from the National University of La Plata (UNLP), Argentina. This is the highest academic accolade from UNLP. Prof. Bombardelli is a world-leader in hydraulic modeling and environmental fluid mechanics, and he received this honorific during a ceremony at which he presented a lecture titled "Numerical Simulation of Air Entrainment in Stepped Spillways: From Engineering to Research." You can read more about his accomplishments and the impact of his work here (in Spanish). 

CEE Alumni Dr. Ahmad Hassan receives Reidar Bjorhovde Outstanding Young Professional Award from AISC

Dr. Ahmad Hassan was selected as the 2024 recipient of the Reidar Bjorhovde Outstanding Young Professional Award from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). This prestigious award provides recipients with mentorship and connects them with leaders in the steel industry that will help to foster a broad look at the world of steel. Dr. Hassan graduated with his Ph.D.

Prof. Emeritus Pat Mokhtarian elected to National Academy of Engineering

Prof. Emeritus Patricia (Pat) Mokhtarian was elected to the 2024 class of the National Academy of Engineering for her contributions to "improved transportation systems planning and practice through quantifying human behavior." Prof. Mokhtarian is a world-leading researcher on travel behavior. Her work on the impact of telecommunications technology on travel behavior long predates the huge shift that has taken place over the last few years.

Prof. Amit Kanvinde and his PhD student Aditya Jhunjhunwala received 2024 Raymond C. Reese Research Prize

The American Society of Civil Engineers has awarded the 2024 Raymond C. Reese Research Prize to Amit Kanvinde, Professor at UC Davis’s Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and Aditya Jhunjhunwala, his PhD student. The Raymond C. Reese Research Prize, created in 1970, is given to authors of an article that “describes a notable achievement in research related to structural engineering and which indicates how the research can be used,” according to the ASCE website.

UC Leadership Visits the Center for Geotechnical Modeling

UC Vice President for Research & Innovation Theresa Maldonado and UC Davis Vice Chancellor for Research visited the CEE Center for Geotechnical Modeling on January 23rd, where they learned about the 45 year history of the facility and plans to maintain the CGM as the premiere facility in the US for centrifuge-based research. The CGM hosts two centrifuges, one with a smaller 1-m radius and a massive 9-m radius. The high-gravity environment created when the centrifuges spin allows for investigation of a host of important problems in geotechnical engineering using scaled models.

Professors Alan Jenn and Alissa Kendall Helping to Shape National Climate Policy

In a groundbreaking shift from the past, the Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) has comprehensively addressed some of the strategies and measures that are needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and curb the worst effects of climate change. UC Davis Assistant Professor Alan Jenn and Professor Alissa Kendall both played significant roles in developing this comprehensive assessment.

Engineering Professor Wins Women & Philanthropy Impact Award

At commencement, she congratulates every student by name — then they ask for a hug.

She spearheaded the drive to establish an undergraduate environmental engineering major at UC Davis, knowing women are drawn to the field.

And in the words of her department chair: “She cares passionately about creating opportunities for others and institutionalizing the change needed to allow women and other underrepresented persons to thrive in engineering.”

Reimagining the Travel Safety Paradigm Through a Pyramid

Transportation systems play a huge role in how we get around. Unfortunately, this comes with a downside: an epidemic of traffic injuries and death. To get ahead of this, Prof. Kari Watkins and collaborators at Georgia Tech and the University of Minnesota have proposed a transformative new framework for traffic safety—the Safe Systems Pyramid. The Safe Systems Pyramid emphasizes the importance of a focus on improving the systems that govern our transportation infrastructure over trying to modify individual behavior.

CEE Professor Michele Barbato receives the Jonathon Burdette Brown Education

This year Professor Michele Barbato is being awarded with the "Jonathon Burdette Brown Education" Award from the ASCE Sacramento Chapter. The Sacramento Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers announce the outstanding individuals and remarkable projects that have earned recognition in this year's Sacramento Section ASCE Awards. These awards celebrate the dedication and hard work of those who are driving positive change in our city through civil engineering. Congratulations Michele!

Professor Ross Boulanger Named Ishihara Lecturer by ISSMGE TC203

Professor Ross Boulanger was named the 9th Ishihara Lecturer by the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering's (ISSMGE) Technical Committee on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering (TC203). This is a distinguished group of lecturers who have been instrumental in the geotechnical earthquake engineering field. Professor Boulanger will receive the award and give an award lecture at the 8th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering in Osaka, Japan in March 2024.

Professor Michele Barbato Selected as 2023 UC Davis Innovator of the Year

Professor Michele Barbato was selected as the UC Davis Innovator of the Year Award for his continued work with adobe as a nature-based solution for sustainable, climate-resilient earthen construction. For more information about Professor Barbato's award, read this article: Engineering Faculty Receive UC Davis Innovation Awards at 2023 Ceremony | College of Engineering. Congratulations Michele!

CEE Undergraduate Scholarship Awards Ceremony

On May 23rd the Civil & Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Awards and Scholarships for 2023-2024 held place on Ghausi Hall.

The department chair Chris Cappa, the vice chair for undergraduate studies Colleen Bronner, and Professor Jason DeJong gave the awards to the graduating seniors in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement.

For more information visit: Student Awards | Civil and Environmental Engineering (

May 2023 Graduate Student Spotlight: Katherine Cheng

Katherine Cheng is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Davis.

Read on to learn about Katherine's adventures up and down the West coast and her passion for machine learning in earthquake engineering.

Sashi Kunnath recognized as an ASCE Distinguished Member

Professor Sashi Kunnath was recently honored as a distinguished member of ASCE for his contributions to civil engineering, ASCE, and mentorship. Professor Kunnath's outstanding dedication to earthquake engineering and collapse analysis has been instrumental to the advancement of the field. More information about his work and recognition by ASCE can be found on the ASCE website. Congratulations Dr. Kunnath!