Greetings from The Chair

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Dr. Zhihui Sun

After two pandemic years, we are now back in-person! I want to thank all faculty, staff, and students for their quick responses and cooperation to make this transition-back a smooth one.

So many good things had happened in the 21-22 school year. Our department welcomed Dr. Tyler Mahoney in Fall 21 and then Dr. Tharshikka Vickneswaran in Summer 22. Dr. Mahoney got his Ph.D. degree from the University of Kentucky with a focus on Water Resources. Before he joined UofL, he was a post-doc fellow at the EPA. Dr. Mahoney teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in the water area. He will also advise master and PhD students on research in this area.

Dr. Vickneswaran graduated from Clemson University with a focus on Geotechnical Engineering. She will teach courses on various levels covering Structural, Geotechnical, and Construction areas. We are so happy to have both of them on board. During the21-22 school year, our faculty productivity continued to be high. We have reached another milestone to double the journal publication record of the department!

We had also successfully brought in more than 10 new research contracts, including federal funds from the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the Federal Highway Administration.

Our students are also doing great. The ASCE student chapter was recognized by ASCE with the 2022 Significant Improvement and the Honorable Mention awards for its activities recorded in 2021. A team of 17 students representing UofL attended the 2022 ASCE Student Symposium Region 4held in Trine University, Indiana. Our students were recognized with 2 awards, MSE wall: 2nd place and Concrete Cornhole: 2nd place. 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.