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Raymond Moore, associate dean for Omaha-based programs, was elected an “Emeritus Member” of the Cementitious Stabilization Committee at the 85th Transportation Research Board of the National Academies’ annual meeting in Washington D.C. Moore has been active in TRB since 1970, having served as the chair of the Lime and Lime-Fly Stabilization Committee (1987-1993), chair of the Geomaterials Section (1993-1999) and chair of the Design and Construction of Transportation Group (1999-2002).
Terry Stentz, associate professor of construction management, was awarded a “cluster grant” that includes team members from educational psychology, psychology, human development and family science, and construction management. The research involves brain-mapping (quantitative EEG) experiments that focus on brain activity. Although this particular research involves interactions between children and their mothers, the goal is to use these same research techniques to study how adults make decisions under conditions of uncertainty, pressure and fatigue. Stentz also was elected to the international Board of Directors of the CM honorary, Sigma Lambda Chi.
Lily Wang, assistant professor of architectural engineering, received the UNL Excellence in Graduate Education Award. Ellen Weissinger, executive associate dean for Graduate Studies, presented the award and said, “Dr. Wang’s advising and mentoring efforts and abilities are best left to student letters but words like ‘enthusiasm,’ ‘listens carefully to ideas,’ ‘shares my excitement,’ ‘encourages students to broaden their horizons,’ ‘intelligent,’ ‘talented,’ and ‘energetic’ show up repeatedly. Obviously her students are very pleased with her abilities and the direction she is taking them.” n Mike Brenneman, construction engineering, was the guest coach for the Cornhuskers on Nov. 12. His duties/activities included tours of the facilities, observations of volleyball and football practices, observation of warm-ups (from the sidelines), brunch at the Hewit Center, recognition on HuskerVision screens and seats in Section 4. The Huskers played Kansas State and won 27-25. It is unclear how, if at all, Brenneman’s involvement affected the outcome of the game.
Bruce Fischer, assistant professor of construction management, received a “Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students” from the UNL Teaching Council and the UNL Parents Association.
Charles Berryman, associate professor of construction management, was named the Outstanding Educator at this year’s International Home Builders Show in Orlando, Fla. Berryman is the advisor to the student chapter of the National Association of Home Builders. Nadine Condello, executive vice president of the national association said Berryman was an excellent educator and that he “has a gift for inspiring true leadership among chapter members.”
Byrav Ramamurthy, associate professor of computer science and engineering, was elected Secretary of the Optical Networking Technical Committee (ONTC) at its November meeting. ONTC is part of the IEEE Communications Society and serves as its focal point in the area of optical networking technologies. Ramamurthy will serve successive two-year terms as secretary, vice chair and chair of ONTC. More details on ONTC can be found at: http://cse.unl.edu/~byrav/ONTC/. n Paul Savory, industrial and management systems engineering, received the TIAA-CREF Institute’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award Certificate of Excellence.
Derrel Martin, Suat Irmak, Dean Yonts, Jose Payero, William Kranz, Dean Eisenhauer and Steve Melvin of biological systems engineering and agricultural sciences and natural resources, received the Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner’s Water Conservation Award for their efforts in irrigation. n Jitender S. Deogun, computer science and engineering, received a Best Paper Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Conference on Broadband Networks (BROADNETS 05).
Tami M. Brown-Brandl, biological systems engineering, received the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers’ Superior Paper Award for “A Literature Review of Swine Heat Production.”
Atorad Azizinamini was selected to serve on the Federal Highway Administration’s New York City BQE triple cantilever project ACTT workshop. Azizi is one of three bridge experts in the country chosen to participate in this project, which has a cost of more than $25 million. The workshop provided recommendations for improvement to the New York Department of Transportation.
Dr. R. J. Soukup, Henson Professor of Electrical Engineering, received the prestigious 2005 Meritorious Service Award from the Education Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers at the Frontiers in Education Conference in Indianapolis. His plaque reads “For meritorious service to the Education Society, for service as Treasurer, and for mentoring many members of the society.”