Spring 2017 eNewsletter
 Message from the Chair 
This semester, the CEE Department lost a true ambassador, Professor Eugene Golub. Gene joined CEE in 1968. He will be missed and will always be remembered as a great administrator, educator, scholar and serviceman. He served as CEE Department Chairman for 11 years (1976-1988), and was instrumental in helping shape our department in the transition from NCE, a mainly teaching institution, to NJIT, a more comprehensive research technological university.  He was a proponent of faculty governance and the involvement of faculty in departmental and institutional matters.  He led the department by example by receiving the first major research grant on water supply modeling in New Jersey. Gene continued to be research active even up to a few months ago on our New Jersey Department of Transportation bridge scour research grant.  He served in numerous public entities outside of NJIT that played a role in raising our stature in the State.  Gene's contributions to undergraduate education are also noteworthy.  Working with other CEE faculty, he was the first in the department to use technology to help students better learn mechanics.  Gene was a "no nonsense" faculty member who had exceptional efficiency and time management skills. 

As we move forward, we acknowledge that the achievements of the CEE department are powered by its people, the faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends who work together to engineer a better future for us all.  Our faculty and staff continue to sustain exciting and significant contributions in the transportation, environmental and infrastructure areas of research, academics and service. Our students continue to utilize the edge in knowledge and learn the skills necessary for their success.  I invite you to read through a few updates in our Spring CEE newsletter.

We welcome your support of the department's vision through involvement in our programs and invite you to join us for the Annual CEE Commencement Ceremony at  1 pm on Tuesday, May 16  (RSVP:  cee@njit.edu   ).

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May 16
Advisory Board
Representing a diverse cross section of civil and environmental engineering professionals, including design consultants, construction managers, contractors and attorneys.

Jerome F. Gallagher, Jr., Esq. '80 Chair,  Norris, McLaughlin, Marcus, PA

Ted Cassera, P.E., '72
Bowman Consulting

Anthony Castillo, P.E., '95 '02
SESI Consulting Engineers  

David Good, P.E., '78, '92 
Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers

Andre Grebenstein, LEED AP '95,  The Martin Group

Tony DeJohn, P.E., P.P.
WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

Gareth Middleton, P.E., '93 '04
Tishman Construction, an AECOM Company 
Rocco Palmieri, P.E, P.P., PLS '72, '77, Partner Engineering and Science

Maurice Rached, P.E. 
Maser Consulting 

Ken Sisk, P.E., '95
Pizzarotti IBC
Joseph Stanley, P.E., P.P., '78, '85,  Mott MacDonald

Wei Wang, P.E., '95 
Urban Tech

Michael Wright, P.E., P.P., PMP '79 Arora and Associates, P.C.

The  Advisory  Board has created a 
scholarship fund to recognize civil 
engineering  undergraduates students
for their diligent preparation  for 
professional licensure. Donating to this
fund will ensure that your gift reimburses
testing fees to students who successfully
pass the Fundamentals of Engineering


Cynthia Gincel 
Tom Jaworski
Heidi Young

Special Thanks

Strategic Communications

Office of Alumni Relations

Faculty/Staff, Students & Alumni

  NJIT Mourns the loss of Eugene Golub
Eugene Golub, professor of civil and environmental engineering for nearly 50 years, served as department chair for 11 years.  He was very active in environmental issues, served on the NJ Water Supply Advisory Council, brought millions of dollars in funded research to NJIT and taught thousands of students.

He wore several different hats and remained active, on campus and off, making significant contributions and improvements to everything he worked on.   Gene was elected to serve on the Township Committee in Freehold Township and even served as their Mayor. 
His greatest joy was being a husband to Arlene, father to  Brian Golub and his wife, Linda; Seth Golub and his wife, Caron; and Kimberly Urban and her husband, Robert; and grandfather to Emily, Jarrett, Jason, Justin and Lacie.
 Concrete Canoe  
View Civil Students building the canoe
With materials donated by Ron Vaughn, Technical Services Director , Northeast Solite Corporation, the Concrete Canoe project team cast its boat and prepared for the regionals.

This year's design, affectionately named Bedrock, is an ode to the '60s-era animated sitcom, The Flinstones.  

New rules introduced this year by ASCE provided a significant challenge: to make concrete with a density less than water. 

Waste fractions of the expanded shale were also put to use by the American Water Works Team to create water filters, reducing the trash and waste generated by the canoe team! 

CEE  Students Sweep 1st Place at AWWA Competition s

Every year, the NJ Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) runs a student filter building competition to encourage innovation, engineering and design of water filters to treat environmental pollutants. 

We are proud to announce that CEE students  Matthew Misko, Jared Wagner, and Siying Wang won 1st Place on  February 25 at the Middlesex Water Company

Additionally, the NJ AWWA hosted  a student day on March 22 at their annual conference in Atlantic City, where CEE students swept 1st place in the undergraduate and graduate categories in  the student research poster contest.  View a list of NJIT winners. 

Congratulations to all!
Steel Bridge
The  Steel Bridge Team's  co-captains, Whittier Hua and Ankur Patel, led the design, analysis, and construction phases of the bridge. The cantilever structure required the team to consider positive and negative bending in the bridge and sequencing effects during load testing. 

The captains instituted a "boot camp" to help younger members learn more about the design and analysis process and pass on knowledge to future leaders of the team. 


Driving Cockpit
Driving Simulators have gained great attention in recent years as powerful tools to support highway safety and operational assessments from the perspective of drivers. NJIT procured a high-fidelity driving simulator to enable a research team, led by Dr. Joyoung Lee, to evaluate a wide spectrum of cutting-edge
Intelligent Transportation Systems and
Transportation Systems Management & Operations applications.  Read more


Kristina Ippolito '13, a project e ngineer, with Judlau Contracting in New York City,   is featured in an exhibit about women in the engineering profession. Read about Kristina and other women described as "Modern Day  Rosies" at Women Can Build.  

The Women Can Build exhibit can be viewed at:

NYC Dept of Transportation, Art Display Cases,  Water Street, at Gouverneur Lane and Pearl Street 

Running until May 15, the exhibit displays work by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice and historic photographs from the Library of Congress highlighting original WWII-era "Rosie the Riveter" manufacturing workers.
Muhammad Elgammal '12, an agreement project manager for Port Authority of NY & NJ, is a s a member o f the Newark Liberty Airport Redevelopment Team and is recognized as  one of the country's  

Muhammad's passion for engineering started at a young age with five engineers in his family.  He encourages middle and high school students in the Future City and ACE Mentor Programs.  He serves as an adjunct professor and is the chair of the Young Alumni Association at NJIT.

Muhammad is also featured as the 


Newark College of Engineering

Student Andrea Cano, won two awards:
CEE Department Outstanding Senior and Madame Mau Outstanding Female Engineering Student.
Andrea with  Taha Marhaba (left) and Zen Whang.

Salute to Engineering Excellence

More than 200 alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the Newark College of Engineering celebrated their continued commitment to engineering education at the
19th Annual Salute to Engineering Excellence , held on March 9 at the Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange.

Congratulations to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering honorees Andrea Cano, Jerome F. Gallagher and Rocco P. Palmieri, who received awards at this event.

Alumni Jerome F. Gallagher, Jr.,'80 (left) winner 
of the NCE Spirit Award with Robert Cohen.
Rocco P. Palmieri, '72, '77 (left) winner of the Outstanding Alumni Award with Ted Cassera.

Creating Infrastructure That Will Last
Infrastructure engineers face two monumental challenges in the 21st century: how to assess the structural health of thousands of roads, bridges and tunnels that may not have been inspected in decades, and how to repair and rebuild them to last in a dramatically changing world. Civil engineers Matthew Adams and Matthew Bandelt have joined forces to attack both problems with a one-two punch.   Read More
Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project

At an estimated cost of $1.3 billion, the  Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance project, dubbed as the " Raise the Roadway " project is more than sixty percent complete. Using segmental construction techniques, this major infrastructure project will allow much larger, more efficient shipping vessels to enter  Newark Bay. The lower roadway was permanently closed in February 2017, with traffic moved to the newly constructed elevated roadway.

View the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey planning video.
View project milestones and a construction time-lapse video.
Meet our new staff member
In February, Cynthia Gincel joined the CEE team as our Administrative Coordinator after completing a one-year assignment with the Center for Injury Biomechanics at NJIT.  Prior to joining NJIT, she served as an office manager at Wiley Publishing in the company's Technology Project Management Group. Cynthia has extensive experience in web and email marketing, event planning and financial reporting.