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Graduate Fellowships for New Doctoral Students
CEE Grad Fellowships revised

Gund/Engineering Barrett PhD Fellowships (open to all prospective students including international students, up to four years) - Supported by a generous gift from Barrett Foundation, Gund/CEMS Barrett Fellowships are open to applicants pursuing doctoral degrees in engineering with environmental applications. These fellowships support PhD students seeking to collaborate on urgent issues in engineering and the environment.

GAANN PhD Fellowships (open to US citizens and permanent residents only) - We have multiple US Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of Nation Need (GAANN) doctoral fellowships. We are recruiting highly talented doctoral fellows from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds or women with the goal of training them to be highly-skilled teacher-scholars capable of 1) designing next generation sustainable and equitable civil infrastructure systems that are climate-resilient, and 2) educating future generations of engineers committed to sustainability, civic-engagement and equity.

Transportation Research Center (TRC) News
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TRC faculty join an interdisciplinary team to develop new tools to help communities manage renewable energy generation in Vermont with a $4.3 million DOE grant to UVM.

This project aims to evaluate energy demand and use through the lens of an energyshed, similar in concept to a watershed. The UVM team will collect data from three distinct rural areas of Vermont and develop new models and tools that allow local decision makers and residents to understand the economic, health, environmental, and other impacts of local energy decisions. TRC faculty will contribute by collecting data on and modeling transportation system energy demands, focusing on the growing number of electric vehicles and how they are used in smaller and rural communities. After refining the models in Vermont, the UVM team plans to make these tools available for use across the country.

Upcoming TRB Annual Meeting and First year MS student Clare Nelson presents at the inaugural Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association (CATMA) Summit

TRC will once again make a big impression at the upcoming Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. TRC faculty, staff, and students will present in over 15 sessions, with topics ranging from rural transportation to accessibility and urban heat to winter maintenance.

TRC 1First year TRC student Clare Nelson’22 and her Advisor Prof. Greg Rowangould presented their research on replacing Vermont’s gas tax with a milage-based user fee and the challenges of reducing transportation GHG emissions in Vermont at the summit this fall. The summit brought together, in person, the region’s transportation professionals, researchers and local and state policymakers for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.

TRC faculty and staff contribute to two new NCHRP reports and Work on VTrans Contract

Dr. Dana Rowangould coauthored NCHRP Report 1000: Accessibility Measures in Practice: A Guide for Transportation Agencies. Dr. Glenn McRae coauthored NCHRP report 1008: Attracting, Retaining, and Developing the 2030 Transportation Workforce: Design, Construction, and Maintenance. TRC also received a $300,000 contract from the Vermont Agency of Transportation to manage and improve the statewide travel demand model. This funding will allow TRC researchers led by Jim Sullivan to update the model and improve its ability to inform critical infrastructure and climate planning and policy decisions across the state in the years to come.

Student and Faculty Contributions and Successes

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Kennedy Brown received one of four 2022 ASTM International Graduate Scholarships

Kennedy finished her BS Civil Engineering degree last year from us and is now a MS student working with Prof. Matt Scarborough. She was commended by the selection committee for her academic performance, leadership, and technical knowledge relevant to a number of ASTM Committees. Kennedy’s thesis research explores the use of novel bioreactors to convert wastewater from dairy processing to methane for heat and power generation.


Molly BakerMolly Baker received the prestigious Tau Beta Pi scholarship

Molly is a senior studying environmental engineering, vice president of Engineers Without Borders, and a member of the UVM competitive climbing team. She is conducting research with Prof. Raju Badireddy on biofilm mitigation using magnetic nanoparticles with applications for NASA. Molly received the prestigious Tau Beta Pi scholarship.

Stowe ElectricCapstone service project team impresses Representative Peter Welch

At UVM-CEE, our capstone projects have been real, service-learning projects with Vermont communities since 2006. Over the years, our students have completed over 150 different community-based capstone projects from stormwater management systems; retrofits for existing bridges, streets and buildings; new bridges; pipelines for small hydropower plants; wastewater systems; restoration of historic structures; and remediation alternatives for landslides.

This semester in the capstone course taught by Prof. John Lens, one of our capstone student teams of Amanda Kornutiak, Brendan Lombard, Kimani Mighty, and Hazel O’Brien is working with the Stowe Electric Department on restoring the Seaver Sawmill and Hydroelectric project at Moscow Mills. The team presented their mid-semester design update to Stowe Electric, and U.S. Representative Peter Welch. The student team is designing vehicle and pedestrian access improvements at this Moscow village site, to support repurposing the 200-year-old abandoned mill on the West Branch of the Little River for community use. Representative Welch showed keen interest in the project, asked students several questions, and thanked them for their engagement in Vermont communities.

mdewoolkar_squareVermont ASCE awards Mandar Dewoolkar as Engineer of the Year

Vermont ASCE awarded Prof. Mandar Dewoolkar as the Engineer of the Year recognizing his work and service at UVM and in the state of Vermont over the last 20 years. Mandar’s teaching and research have been in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, infrastructure systems, and hazard assessment and mitigation.

Featured Alumni

Erin SissonErin Sisson ‘11 (formerly Parizo) always had an eye for problem solving and working as a strong team to achieve a shared vision. While attending UVM, she held engineering internships with the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, Burlington Department of Public Works, and Resource Systems Group which fostered her interest in transportation engineering. After graduating, she joined the VT office of VHB for nearly 5 years before moving to the VT Agency of Transportation. In her role in project management, she helped lead all of the design aspects of multimodal traffic and safety projects. In 2018 she was named Vermont's Young Engineer of the Year and in 2021 she was promoted to the Deputy Chief Engineer of the Agency.

Robert CalderonRobert Calderon PE, SE ‘13 Currently works at Severud Associates, a top tier structural engineering firm in NYC. After completing his BS from UVM, Robert got his MS from Columbia University. Robert is a licensed Structural Engineer (SE) in the state of New York and Nevada and has worked on an array of structures including mid-rise office and residential buildings, medical research facilities and art museums. Robert has also been a member of SEAONY’s young member group that focuses on engaging and helping students at the collegiate level become young professionals in structural engineering.

Milad RoohiDr. Milad Roohi received his PhD from UVM CEE in 2019 with Professors Eric Hernandez and David Rosowsky. Milad’s doctoral research investigated performance-based seismic monitoring of instrumented buildings. Following his PhD, Milad worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning, and then as a Senior Scientist at Aon (the world's largest reinsurance intermediary) in the Impact Forecasting Catastrophe Modeling R&D Center of Excellence. This fall, Milad joined the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. He plans to investigate the interplay and connection between the multi-disciplinary data, algorithms, computational models, and emerging technologies to improve the performance, monitoring, and resilience of interconnected civil infrastructure and urban systems against deterioration, natural hazards, and climate change.

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