Greetings from The Chair

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Dr. Zhihui Sun

Hello to faculty, staff, students, and friends of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department!

During the 22-23 school year, our faculty productivity continued to be high. We have reached another milestone to double the journal publication record of the department! We also successfully brought in 16 new research contracts, including federal funds from the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the Federal Highway Administration. Partnership with the University of Missouri Kansas City (lead) and three other schools, our proposed center entitled “Environmentally Responsible Transportation Center for Communities of Concern (ERTC3)” is selected as one of the winning Tier 1 UTCs with a total grant of $10M for five years. As a key player, UofL’s team will focus its research sustainable construction materials and practices and soil and water pollution prevention. This grant will create opportunities to involve undergraduate and graduate students in research.

Our students are also doing great in the past year. The ASCE student chapter was recognized by ASCE with the 2023 Significant Improvement and the Honorable Mention awards for its activities recorded in 2022. A team of 20 students representing UofL attended the 2023 ASCE Student Symposium Region 4 held at Western Kentucky University. Our students placed in every single event that they participated! These future civil engineers are equipped with technical aptitude, empathy and character. They are truly the stewards and the change makers of our community!

Looking forward, we have an extensive list to accomplish in 2022-23 school year. We are endeavoring to grow our student population, regional and national recognition, and research infrastructures. I am so excited for another fantastic school year!

Best Regards,
Zhihui Sun, Ph.D.