In the News: 

  • Team Golden Future, a 2020 senior design group from Marquette University’s Opus College of Engineering (Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering)  won the US competition to design wastewater management infrastructure for La Fortuna, Costa Rica. The community currently has septic tanks that are not working. To protect public health and the environmental, the team designed  a new wastewater collection and treatment system. The team consisted of civil and environmental engineering seniors Caitlin Graeber, Nicole Heyniger, Rebecca Joseph, Grace Scarim and San Marie Thomson.   Working with mentor Matt Castillo, P.E. of MSA Professional Services, the team's design meets treatment standards while using little energy and is sensitive to the culture and goals of the community. Team Golden Future will have the opportunity to represent Marquette University on a service trip to Costa Rica to implement the design. The competition is coordinated by the Central States Water Environment Association (CSWEA) Global Water Stewardship (GWS) group.  CSWEA is the regional association member of the Water Environment Federation, a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 35,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. Since 1928, WEF and its members have protected public health and the environment. 

  • Meet Taylor Valencia, a recent MS prgram graduate and hear why she chose Marquette Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering!
  • Dr. Daniel Zitomer, Department Chair, interviewed about water and wastewater on the Speaking Science Podcast!

  • CCEE receives $600,000 graduate assistance award

  •  Dr. Yong Bai, chair of the ASCE Construction Engineering Education Committee, is one of the organizers for three ASCE sponsored international conferences. He is one of the co-chairs for the Construction Education track for the ASCE CRC 2020. The CRC (Construction Research Congress) is the top construction related conference in the United States. This year the conference will be held in Tempe, Arizona from March 8-10. Working with a group of international scholars, Dr. Bai is organizing the 13th Asia Pacific Transportation Development Conference, which will be held in Shanghai, China from May 27 to 30. He is one of the co-chairs of the Technical Committee with the responsibilities to review submitted papers and make recommendations for publication in the ASCE proceedings. Dr. Bai also serves as one of the conference co-chairs for the 2020 International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management, which will be held in Stockholm, Sweden from June 4 to 5. This conference provides a platform for researchers, educators, and practitioners to exchange ideas, share knowledge, build networks, and explore future potentials in the construction and real estate industries.

  • The Department welcomes four new faculty members this academic year: Dr. Jeffrey Starke, Ms. Noelle Brigham, Dr. Jaime Hernandez, and Dr. Margaret McNamara.
  • Graduate student Emily Maher successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation on August 19, 2019. Congrats Dr. Maher!
  • The  Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering has received a 3-year Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) award for the project, “Enhanced Civil Engineering Training and Research to Rebuild America's Water Infrastructure,” from the US Department of Education. Dr. Daniel Zitomer, Professor and Chair is the Principal Investigator; Drs. Stephen HeinrichBrooke Mayer, and Anthony Parolari are Co-PIs. Read more here. 
  • Drs. Patrick McNamara and Brooke Mayer were named as joint Lafferty Professors in Engineering. 
  • Apply for new environmental engineering certificate program. Beginning in fall 2019, the Opus College of Engineering will offer a 12-credit certificate program in environmental engineering. The certificate is designed to allow engineers from a variety of disciplines the ability to expand their depth and breadth of knowledge to solve complex environmental engineering problems to protect public health and the environment. The certificate program is designed for practicing engineers and can be completed part time in two years, or as quickly as one year. For more information on the certificate and to apply, visit the Graduate School.
  • Nick Benn, a graduate student studying environmental engineering, presented a paper in June 2019  titled “Reducing lag time and archaea community shift after bioaugmenting anaerobic co-digesters fed PHB bioplastic,” at the 16th IWA World Congress of Anaerobic Digestion in Delft, The Netherlands.
  • Drs. Patrick McNamara and Brooke Mayer were named as joint Lafferty Professors in Engineering. The Lafferty Professorship position is awarded to individuals in the college who have demonstrated a commitment to teaching and student-centered learning. The position provides the professor(s) with financial support to offer faculty workshops on teaching strategies, attend education conferences and host experts in engineering education.
  • Nick Benn, a graduate student studying environmental engineering, presented a paper in June 2019  titled “Reducing lag time and archaea community shift after bioaugmenting anaerobic co-digesters fed PHB bioplastic,” at the 16th IWA World Congress of Anaerobic Digestion in Delft, The Netherlands. 
  • Dr. Patrick McNamara, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, was on an interdisciplinary research team that looked into media reporting of unused opioid medication disposal. More from MedicalXpress.com
  • Dr. Patrick McNamara, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, discusses the state of Milwaukee's drinking water on WUWM's Lake Effect

Awards: 

Dr. Daniel Zitomer received the inaugural, 2019 Water Technology Innovator Award from the Central States Water Environment Association. The award is in recognition of innovative and proactive accomplishments beyond the traditional wastewater operational models.

Dr. Mark Federle will be receiving the Engineer in Education of the Year award at the 2019 ASCE Wisconsin Section Fall Annual Meeting. 

Dr. Kyana Young, post doctoral fellow, named "Hero of the Week" by Shepherd Express.  

Dr. Mark Federle, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, was inducted into the 2018 class of the National Academy of Construction.

Dr. Patrick McNamara, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, received the 2018 Way Klingler Young Scholar Award

Dr. Brooke Mayer, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, received the 2017 Way Klingler Young Scholar Award

Dr. Dan Zitomer, professor and chair of civil, construction and environmental engineering, received the Alumnus of the Year award from the Alpha Sigma Nu Danihy Alumni Club of Southeast Wisconsin.

Dr. Dan Zitomer, professor and chair of civil, construction and environmental engineering, was named a 2017 Water Environment Federation Fellow

Other News: 

Fall 2018 Water Quality Center E-Newsletter

Mike Paddock, a longtime supporter and mentor of Marquette Engineers Without Borders, shares why the work of engineers is worth celebrating via ASCE