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August 29, 2014

Dr. Xianming Shi Presenting at the 2nd International Symposium and Exhibition on Winter Road Maintenance

The 2nd International Symposium on Winter Road Maintenance, of which CESTiCC is one of sponsors, was held on August 19-22, 2014 in Harbin, China. Dr. Xianming Shi was invited by the China Highway and Transportation Society (CHTS) and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) to give a talk on Seven Best Practices in Sustainable Winter Highway Maintenance Operations at the symposium.

Speaker behind podium and group

August 21, 2014

Save the Date: 17th Annual National Tribal Transportation Conference, September 22-25th, Anchorage, AK

CESTICC is proud to sponsor the 17th Annual National Tribal Transportation Conference, September 22-25th, 2014, in Anchorage, AK.

The conference is hosted by Alaska Tribal Technical Assistance Program (AKTTAP), a program funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration to assist tribal governments in developing and managing their transportation programs. By working with AKTTAP, CESTiCC aims to promote transportation issues for environmental sustainability to tribes and rural communities through education, training, and technology transfer. For more information, please visit the event website.

August 14, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Xianming Shi and Welcome Ms. Laura Fay

Congratulations to Dr. Xianming Shi! He has taken a new job with Washington State University as an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering starting August 16, 2014. He will continue to be active in CESTiCC activities.

Welcome Ms. Laura Fay, our new Associate Director at Montana State University (MSU) on board! She will be leading and responsible for CESTiCC activities at MSU, and will ensure integration with the overall center themes.

July 22, 2014

Dr. Nazari Presenting at the 2014 “Corrosion – Aqueous” Gordon Research Conference (GRC)

Under the sponsorship of CESTiCC, Dr. Mehdi Honarvar Nazari, Ph.D., Research Associate of Western Transportation Institute (WTI), presented one poster at the 2014 “Corrosion – Aqueous” Gordon Research Conference (GRC) entitled “A Green Inhibitor Derived from Peony Leaves and Its Performance for Protecting Carbon Steel from Aqueous Corrosion ”. The conference held in New London, NH on July 13-18, 2014, contained talks from leading researchers on multi-scale modeling techniques to predict corrosion, in-situ analytical techniques to understand fundamental corrosion processes, mechanisms of localized corrosion and environmentally assisted cracking, and microbiological processes at the electrochemical interface.

Dr. Mehdi Nazari presenting his research poster

July 17, 2014

CESTiCC Hosting ASRA Students

On July 17, 2014, CESTiCC students, Paul Eckman and Chuang Lin, gave a tour of paving materials lab to nine high school students during their 2-week Civil Engineering module of the Alaska Summer Research Academy (ASRA) program. A general introduction was given on what transportation engineering is all about, typical Alaska roads issues and problems, and how engineers approach solutions to these problems. Students were then exposed to hands-on experience with preparation and testing of different types of specimens, introduction to sustainable materials such as reclaimed asphalt pavements (RAP) and how these types of materials work for cold climates. All students showed their interests in engineering and actively participated in the discussion.

Graduate students gives introduction on pavement materials to high school studentsHigh school students in lab watching demonstration on pavement materials

July 14, 2014

National Energy Literacy Virtual Town Hall

Washington State University has been invited by the U.S. Department of Energy to present about the Imagine Tomorrow High School Energy Competition on August 5th, 2014 at the National Town Hall on Energy Literacy to highlight the organization’s expertise, vision and resources for energy education. Quinn Langfitt, a PhD student advised by Dr. Liv Haselbach, will be participating. The Imagine Tomorrow High School Competition, of which CESTiCC is one of executive sponsors, is an annual event held in Pullman, WA in which 9th through 12th graders seek new ways to support the transition to alternative energy sources and solve other energy issues.

July 14, 2014

Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy

At the seventh annual conference of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy will be held at the Washington Convention Center, July 29–30, 2014. The conference is co-hosted by Advanced Biofuels USA.

Dr. Liv Haselbach has been invited to present at this conference. She will be participating in breakout Session 3-D which is titled "Engaging Key Audiences in Bioenergy"" and aims to empower bioenergy researchers and communications professionals to engage and collaborate on communication and outreach initiatives. This panel explores the topic from various disciplines and proposes engaging a variety of audiences to help increase awareness of the role bioenergy technologies can play in a thriving bioeconomy. As one of five panelists in this session, she will provide a ~10-minute presentation on the Imagine Tomorrow model for engaging young people in working on solutions to real-world biofuels challenges.

July 14, 2014

Dr. Xianming Shi Giving a Lecture on Technical Writing

Dr. Xianming Shi, P.E., Associate Director of CESTiCC, gave a lecture for the participants of NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at Western Transportation Institute (WTI), entitled "Six Key Elements of Writing High-Quality Journal Papers."

July 14, 2014

Introduction to LCA and Applications for Pavements Workshop in Beijing

Dr. Liv Haselbach presented five half-day sessions at the Introduction to LCA and Applications for Pavements Workshop at Beijing University of Technology in Beijing China from June 23rd through 27th, 2014. Dr. Haselbach led the workshop for the College of Metropolitan Transportation. The five-day program covered the background of Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), an introduction to environmental and resource impacts, an overview of LCA programs with some specific references to transportation applications, and a special section on pervious concrete research. The workshop was hosted by Dr. Yinghao Miao and attended by faculty and students in the Department of Roads and Urban Railway Engineering, researchers from the Center of National Materials Life Cycle Assessment in the College of Materials Science and Engineering, and members of the transportation community.

Photo left: Dr. Haselbach presenting at the workshop.

Photo right: Dr. Yinghao Miao, Dr. Liv Haselbach, Vice Dean Yanyan Chen and Dr. Yang Wang at the center for Creative Innovation for Beijing Metropolitan Transportation, housed in the College of Metropolitan Transportation of Beijing University of Technology.

July 2, 2014

Dr. Xianming Shi Presenting at the 2014 TRB ADC60 Sustainable & Resilient Infrastructure Workshop

TRB ADC60 Committee for Waste Management and Resource Efficiency in Transportation hosted the 2014 Sustainable & Resilient Infrastructure Workshop in New York City on June 16-19.

Dr. Xianming Shi, P.E., Associate Director of CESTiCC, gave two talks at the Workshop, one on sustainable winter highway operations and the other on sustainable cementitious binders.

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July 2, 2014

Dr. Xianming Shi Presenting at the 2014 National Equipment Fleet Management Conference

The 2014 National Equipment Fleet Management Conference was held in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on June 8-12, 2014. Over 300 professionals from more than 25 states attended this conference. Dr. Xianming Shi, P.E., Associate Director of CESTiCC, was invited to give a talk on best practices of managing the corrosive effects of roadway deicers to maintenance equipment .

June 30, 2014

U.S. DOT OST-R Officers Visited UAF

A group of officers from Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R), U.S. DOT recently visited the Center. Chancellor Rogers and Dean Goering welcomed these officers including Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology Gregory D. Winfree, Associate Administrator for Research, Development, and Technology Kevin C. Womack, and Grant Manager Amy Stearns. They also shared experience of challenges and opportunities of transportation infrastructure in cold climates. During the meeting Dr. Jenny Liu presented the Center’s goal, strategy plan, on-going and future activities. OST-R officer acknowledged Center’s good work so far and gave valuable comments as well. OST-R officers also met staff from Office of Grants & Contracts Administration on June 26th and went over UTC grant requirements with them.

June 12, 2014

CESTiCC Staff at GeoShanghai 2014 International Conference

The 3rd GeoShanghai International Conference was held in Shanghai, China from May 25 -28, 2014. Over 500 professionals from more than 30 countries attended this conference with 408 papers, eight keynote speakers, 30 technical sessions, one post session, three workshops, and a large number of exhibitors. CESTiCC staff made great contribution to the conference including Dr. Xiong Zhang as Secretary General of the conference, and Dr. Jenny Liu as Session Chair of keynote lectures session. In addition, CESTiCC researchers and students presented and published five papers at the conference, and all presentations can be found below. Congratulations to Drs. Peng Li and Jenny Liu, their paper entitled "Predictive Model for Nonlinear Resilient Modulus of Emulsified Asphalt Treated Base" won "Best Paper Award" at the conference.

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May 19, 2014

Dr. Liv Haselbach Presenting at ASCE One-day Seminar on Pervious Pavements

The ASCE Inland Empire Section hosted a one-day seminar on Pervious Pavements on April 25, 2014. One of the presenters for the workshop was Dr. Liv Haselbach, the CESTiCC associate director at Washington State University. She presented research and field practice of Pervious Concrete in Pullman.

April 16, 2014

Dr. Xiong Zhang’s Research Featured in AlaskaDispatch

Cold regions present unique engineering challenges for sustainable materials and design due to extreme climatic conditions, the unavailability of quality materials locally in some rural areas and a large portion of the land-based transportation network passing through permafrost. Dr. Xiong Zhang’s field study at the Beaver Slide of the Dalton Highway indicates a special wicking fabric has great promise as a cost-effective means of dehydrating road embankment and controlling frost heaving and thaw weakening in base courses, as featured in AlaskaDispatch: Experiment finds wicking fabric battles 'frost boils' on Dalton Highway. Results of the study are published in the current issue of ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering.

March 31, 2014

Liv Haselbach receives Fulbright-ALCOA award

Dr. Liv Haselbach, Associate Director of CESTiCC, was awarded as Fulbright-ALCOA Distinguished Chair in the Environmental Sciences and Engineering. This award will provide her a semester for teaching and research at the federal university in Santarem Brazil (UFOPA). Focus will be on low impact development and LCA, which is in line with one of main research thrusts of the Center.

March 31, 2014

ASCE one-day seminar on Pervious Pavement, April 25, 2014

The ASCE Inland Empire Section is pleased to present a one-day workshop on pervious pavements. The seminar will include presentations on design theory, material options and specifications, and case studies of completed projects with a focus on availability of pervious pavements, construction experience, quality control, maintenance, and lessons learned. More details can be found from the flyer.

March 12, 2014

2nd International Symposium on Winter Road Maintenance, August 19-22

CESTiCC is co-sponsoring the 2nd International Symposium on Winter Road Maintenance to be held on August 19-22, 2014 in Harbin, China. The symposium will provide a forum for transportation professionals to discuss and share innovative ideas and latest advances in the planning, maintenance, management and operations of transportation systems under adverse winter weather conditions.