School of Engineering Faculty and Student Accomplishments

Read more about the accomplishments of the school of engineering faculty and students in May.

Faculty Accomplishments

Anirban De, Ph.D., P.E., associate professor and associate chairman of the civil and environmental engineering department, presented a paper titled “Undergraduate Geotechnical Lesson Modules Based on New Orleans’ Levee Failures” at the GeoCongress 2012 conference held in March. The paper was included in State of the Art and Practice in Geotechnical Engineering published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). 

In addition, De co-chaired three technical sessions at the conference on Landfill Settlement, State of Practice: LRFD Method in Geotechnical Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering Education. He also delivered a lecture on Undergraduate Geotechnical Education in 2012: Best Practice and Emerging Trends at the USUCGER workshop held as part of the conference.

Manhattan College’s civil and engineering department is co-hosting the National Civil Engineering Department Heads Conference, June 3-5 with Columbia University. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is sponsoring the event, which is held annually in conjunction with a local college or university. Learn more about the conference.

Student Accomplishments

Sean Butler, a recent graduate with a B.S. in civil and environmental engineering, was invited to a GeoPoster presentation at the GeoCongress 2012 conference held in March in Oakland, Calif. His poster, titled Analysis of Explosions on Top of Earth Dams Using Finite-Element Modeling, was selected as a finalist among other posters submitted by graduate and undergraduate students nationwide. Butler conducted the research for this work under the guidance of Anirban De, Ph.D., P.E., associate professor and associate chairman of the civil and environmental engineering department, as part of a project sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

From April 20-21, members of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter at Manhattan College participated in the Metropolitan Regional Conference and achieved success. Since first entering the steel bridge competition in 2011, this year’s team walked away with first prize in the stiffness category.

The concrete canoe team won the best spirit award, and a two-member team consisting of Catherine Dreyer ’13 and Deirdre O’Neill ’13 won second prize in the women’s endurance category. Manhattan College’s chapter of ASCE has participated in the conference since 1990.

In addition, Mohammad Qasim ’13 won second prize in the Mead Paper Contest on Ethics and Globalization.