Fall 2020 Newsletter
A Message from the Department Chair

Civil and Environmental Engineering Community,

The past year has been uniquely challenging for all of us. I am proud of our faculty and staff for their successful efforts to ensure that our students continue to learn despite the ongoing challenges of this pandemic. Although the transition to more distance learning was rapid, we overcame the challenges together as a community.

I am saddened to announce the passing of our longtime office secretary, Dallas Link, who has been in our CEE family for decades. Dallas was a cornerstone for the CEE department and NJIT community. Our condolences go to her family and many friends.

We would like to welcome our newest faculty member to the department, Dr. William Pennock. You can learn more about William below.

Congratulations are in order for our 2020 CEE Awards recipients! Please see the special section below to learn more about our recipients and their accomplishments. Although we were unable to hold our annual awards ceremony this year, we are planning an event to celebrate these distinguished individuals once the conditions allow us to do so. I would also like to congratulate our faculty, students, and alumni whose accomplishments are highlighted in this newsletter. Finally, congratulations to our May and August 2020 graduates for their accomplishments. We all wish them the best as they move on to the next stages of their careers as CEE ambassadors. This year, we had a record 155 graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree program.
Please join me in reading some of our recent highlights below. Stay safe.

Please join me in reading some of our recent highlights below. Stay safe.
Taha F. Marhaba, P.E., F.ASCE
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Newsletter Contents
  • In Remembrance
  • In The News
  • Department Highlights
  • Student Highlights
  • Alumni Highlights
  • 2020 CEE Awards
  • Recent Publications
  • Recent Grant Awards
  • Our Advisory Board
  • Newsletter Credits
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Scholarship Donations
Our Industrial Advisory Board has created an annual scholarship fund to assist CEE undergraduates preparing for professional licensure by reimbursing testing fees to students who pass the Fundamentals of Engineering exam.

Thank you for your generous support!
CEE Online Graduate Programs
The CEE department offers a number of fully online graduate degree programs and certificates.

These programs offer instruction and learning opportunities with the convenience and flexibility of online delivery, so students can continue to work while going to school. Check them out using the links below!

In Remembrance - Dallas Link
We are deeply saddened to announce to the wider CEE community the passing of our longtime office secretary, Dallas Link, on May 21st, 2020.
Dallas joined the CEE Department when we were still using a mimeograph machine to make copies of exams, staining our hands blue and using carbon paper to create file copies of letters. She adapted and adjusted to new technologies and throughout all of the changes, was always kind and compassionate. Through all these years, she was the face of the department, the first person students, faculty and visitors met when they came to CEE. She always presented a positive and friendly welcome. Her memory was impeccable. She remembered birthdays of the faculty and staff as well as those of their family members.
In 2014, Dallas received the Newark College of Engineering's Outstanding Support Staff Award, which "recognizes a member of the NCE staff for exceptional support beyond the required duties."
Dallas will be missed.
Please join us in offering heartfelt condolences to Dallas' family and friends.
In the News
Environmental Sustainability in the Age of COVID

Steve Adubato speaks to Lucia Rodriguez-Freire, P.h.D., Assistant Professor, Environmental Engineering, NJIT, about environmental sustainability in the age of COVID-19 and her work with lead service lines affecting drinking water in Newark....

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NJIT detects COVID-19 in sewage, quarantines entire...

An entire dorm of students at the New Jersey Institute of Technology remains in lockdown after the engineering school detected the COVID-19 virus in its sewage. People shed the virus in urine and feces. NJIT started testing sewage for COVID-19 at ...

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High-Performance Computing Aids in Predicting Oil...

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), thousands of oil spills occur each year in the United States. Although the majority of incidents involve less than one barrel, the spills have wreaked economic and...

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Senior Success: The Skyline Soars on Engineer Niyam...

For his senior capstone project, Niyam Shah went big: The civil engineering major and his teammates designed a 40-story commercial tower with a thick concrete core and X-patterned steel bracing for an empty lot on Manhattan's building-jammed West ...

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Model Cars With Human Drivers Take to the Streets of a...

In a robotics lab spilling over with 3D-printed parts, engineering students are gutting toy trucks, SUVs, sedans and two-door Mini Coopers and refitting them with custom-designed systems: laser-cut side mirrors, wheels that can parallel park and...

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With an NSF RAPID Grant, NJIT Engineers Build a New...

A team of environmental engineers at NJIT is developing a new way to track the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus, by combining advanced statistical methods with models that incorporate environmental conditions, such as wind speed,...

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Department Highlights
CEE Produces Lab Experience Video Series

In response to the challenges posed by COVID-19, the CEE department has produced virtual lab experiences to enable entirely online lab courses for our students. Available below is a preview and series introduction video.
Jeremy Reich, our administrative coordinator and Stephen George, our director of labs for education, collaborated with the instructors for each of CEE's six lab courses to plan, film, and produce a video for each lab experience. In total, 37 lab videos will be provided to CEE students during the Fall 2020 semester.
These videos are being combined with synchronous online classes to create an effective teaching solution for the ongoing pandemic. They will also be made available to students in future semesters to bolster their studies once NJIT returns to normal in-person classes.
The full collection of lab videos are available to anyone with an NJIT ID here. In the meantime, check out our series introduction and preview video by clicking on the image below!
Fall 2020 Graduate Seminar Series

Each semester, the department hosts the series, Graduate Seminars, on campus. This semester, all seminars are being hosted virtually.
Each seminar features a prominent guest speaker from industry or academia and spans current topics in structural, geotechnical, and environmental engineering, as well as transportation. The seminars are organized by Professor Lucia Rodriguez-Freire and are held Monday afternoons.
Learn more about each seminar and how you can join by visiting civil.njit.edu/graduate-seminars

Sept. 14
‘Introductions to Library, Safety, and Other Resources’
Davida Scharf, MLS, Ph.D., Director of Reference & Instruction, Robert W. Van Houten Library
Sept. 2
Linda Weavers, Ph.D. P.E., BCEE, John C. Geupel Endowed Chair and Professor, Ohio State University
Sept. 28
‘The Writing Center, NJIT’
Catherine Siemann, Ph.D., University Lecturer and Writing Center Director, NJIT
Oct. 12 
Lauren Beckingham, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Auburn University
Oct. 19
Sudeep Popat, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Clemson University
Oct. 26
Nirupam Aich, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Buffalo, SUNY
Nov. 2
Natalie Cápiro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Auburn University
Nov. 9
Mahyar Amirgholy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Kennesaw State University
Nov. 16
Colleen Naughton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of California Merced
Dec. 7
Topic Pending
William Pennock, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, NJIT

For any questions regarding the Graduate Seminar series, you can email Dr. Rodriguez-Freire directly at lucia.rodriguezfreire@njit.edu.
New CEE Faculty Member: William Pennock

The department is proud to welcome our newest faculty member. Dr. William Pennock!
William comes to NJIT from Cornell University, where he completed his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering.
He was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for his work on improving physical and chemical mechanisms to make water treatment more efficient and resilient by avoiding the use of electricity and moving parts.
During his graduate studies, William worked primarily on a design algorithm and a performance prediction equation to aid the engineering community in the design and operation of hydraulic flocculators, which prepare suspended contaminants and pathogens for removal through later processes like filtration and disinfection. The chief aim of his work is to expand access to municipal drinking water treatment throughout the majority world.
Before joining the department, William was working in India on a Fulbright-Nehru fellowship toward the development, dissemination and adoption of a new village-scale drinking water treatment plant he and his colleagues from Cornell and in India designed.
Dr. Pennock earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering with a minor in Environmental Engineering right here at NJIT, and was an active member of the university’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders.
You can learn more about William via his LinkedIn profile.
Welcome to the team, William!
Prof. Matthew Adams Named 2020 Richard P. Nathan Public Policy Fellow by The Rockefeller Institute of Government

Congratulations to Professor Matthew Adams for being named a 2020 Richard P. Nathan Public Policy Fellow by The Rockefeller Institute of Government!
According to the Institute's website, "The prestigious fellowship program is named after longtime Rockefeller Institute Director Richard P. Nathan. The fellowship seeks to connect cutting-edge policy expertise to public problems and the policy community that tries to address these problems.” Candidates with expertise in healthcare, local government, fiscal policy, education, law, and social policy are encouraged to apply.
Professor Adams stated that, "We can research and develop new technologies in our labs, but without understanding the barriers that exist in government to implementing them, they will stay in those labs. During this fellowship I will be examining how we can influence policy at the state and local level to increase implementation of sustainable building materials in construction."

Engineers Without Borders Receives Highlander Awards

NJIT's Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter has been recognized with two 2020 NJIT Highlander Awards.

The chapter received the Community Service Program of the Year award for their Ecuador service trip.

According to their advisor, Professor Jay Meegoda, 'Roughly 300 families in the community of Grande Maca do not have ready access to water and they travel long distances to obtain it and then carry it back. With our water distribution system they will have running water.'

Dr. Meegoda also received the Highlander Advisor of the Year award. The full awards video is available above.

Congratulations to EWB and Dr. Meegoda!
Prof. Walter Konon Named 2020 CDS Faculty Co-Op Advisor of the Year

NJIT's Career Development Services has named Professor Walter Konon as the CDS Faculty Co-op Advisor of the Year.
This recognition is based on his "support of Career Development Services and the Cooperative Education Program," as well as his "support of students and their experiential learning opportunities."
Congratulations Professor Konon!
Prof. Andrew Ciancia Inducted into the National Academy of Construction

Congratulations to Professor Andrew Ciancia for being inducted into the National Academy of Construction!
The NAC "was initially conceived in 1998 with a core group of 24 Charter Members and officially formed in 1999. Since that time, the Academy has worked diligently to develop the organization and to create valued programs where all members can benefit and contribute as they desire."
The NAC’s stated purpose is to “establish a body of acknowledged construction industry leaders and to provide them recognition through election to the National Academy of Construction.”
Student Highlights
Maryam Echreshzadeh Awarded NAC Scholarship

Maryam Echreshzadeh, '20 has been awarded one of two National Academy of Construction scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year.
According to the NAC website, "This scholarship was established by members of the National Academy of Construction (NAC) to provide funding for undergraduate and/or graduate students pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in construction or a closely related field, and who intend to pursue a career in the construction industry. NAC’s mission is to recognize and honor individuals from all disciplines in the industry for their distinguished contributions to the industry and to share this reservoir of expertise as a service to the nation, including service contributions... The intent of this scholarship is to provide support for deserving students who are pursuing careers in the construction industry, thus giving back to the profession some of the benefits that its members have received."
Maryam stated that she is "so honored and grateful to be selected for this prestigious and generous scholarship. I hope that I get the chance to give back to others and pay it forward in the future. I especially want to thank my mentors and professors for supporting me."
Congratulations Maryam!
Xiaonan Shi Receives NJWEA 2020 John J. Lagrosa Award

Xiaonan Shi, a third-year Ph.D. student, was awarded the 2020 John J. Lagrosa Award from the New Jersey Water Environment Association (NJWEA).
Supervised by Professors Wen Zhang and Taha Marhaba, Xiaonan’s research focuses on nanobubble technology, membrane technology, and their applications in water treatment and agricultural irrigation. She also has extensive experiences in atomic force microscopy and AFM hybrid technologies for topographical, mechanical and electrochemical characterization of materials at nanoscale.
To date, her research has resulted in three first-authored and 8 co-authored publications in some of the most prestigious, high-impact journals, including Electrochimica, Environmental Science & Technology, Journal of Membrane Science, Chemical Engineering Journal, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, and Journal of Colloid and Interface Science.
The John J. Lagrosa Award is part of the Dr. Raymond M. Manganelli Memorial Scholarship Awards Program. Seventeen named NJWEA scholarship awards in the program are now available each year, ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 each, and totaling $50,500 annually. The John J. Lagrosa Award provides incentives and motivation for Ph.D. students of high scholastic achievement to dedicate their professional or academic career to the field of environmental protection and water quality control.
Samuel Luciano Memorial Scholarship Awarded

Sina Darban Khales, a Ph.D. candidate in CEE’s Transportation program, has been awarded the 2020 Samuel Luciano Memorial Scholarship by the Utility and Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey (UTCANJ).
According to the UTCANJ website, "The Samuel Luciano Memorial Scholarship is available for graduate students in the Civil Engineering program at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. This scholarship is awarded in partnership with NJIT faculty."
Congratulations Sina!
Student Collaboration Investigates Lithium-Ion
Battery Pollution in NJ

Despite the pandemic, environmental engineering Ph.D. students Qingquan Ma and Fangzhou Liu, along with chemical engineering master’s students Vikas Patchamatla and Alexander Guillen, collaborated over the summer to investigate the pollutants potentially released from commercial lithium-ion batteries in soil, streams, and landfill leachate. Their research is funded by the New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute.

The growing use of lithium-ion batteries in commercial products such as electronics and electric vehicles results in their waste products entering the environment. Suspected pollutants include cobalt (Co); lithium (Li); organic binders such as polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF); and electrolytes (Lithium hexafluorophosphate or LiPF6).

The team took water and soil samples from multiple sites. These included landfill leachate sites such as Meadowlands landfills and Keegan Landfill facilities. Samples were also taken from the Sparkill Brook, which is near the drainage sewer of a battery manufacturer in Jersey City.

The water samples were taken back to the environmental engineering laboratory at NJIT and analyzed under the supervision of lab director Wen Zhang in order to delineate the concentrations of cobalt, lithium, and fluorine and compare them to environmental baseline levels. The goal was to compare the results to typical environmental baseline levels and to determine if there were changes resulting from increasing use of products that use lithium-ion batteries.
Alumni Highlights
Alumni Receives Chinese Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad Award

Wanyi Fu, a former Ph.D. student in Prof. Wen Zhang’s research group, recently received the 2019 Chinese Government Award for “Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad.”
This award is given by the Chinese government to graduate students studying abroad who do not receive financial support from the Chinese government. Recipients are chosen worldwide each year for their outstanding accomplishments in academia. Among all graduate students overseas, only 500 are awarded each year.

Currently, Fu is working at Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute of Tsinghua University as a postdoctoral researcher. He graduated from NJIT in May, 2019 with a focus on nanoscale characterization of membrane materials and antifouling membrane filtration technologies. While pursuing a doctoral degree at NJIT, her productive research garnered national recognition through the 2019 Chinese-American Professors in Environmental Engineering and Science Founding President Best Paper Award, NJIT CEE Doctoral Excellence Award, 2018 New Jersey Water Environment Association John J. LaGrosa Scholarship Award, and American Chemical Society Division of Environmental Chemistry Graduate Student Award.

Dr. Fu competed for this prestigious honor with numerous peers from surrounding universities within the New York consular district, such as Princeton University, Columbia University, Yale University, MIT, and NYU.

Congratulations to Dr. Fu!
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Leading in a Multigenerational Workplace

In our profession, effective collaboration is essential, especially now that there are 5 generations working side by side. ⁠ ⁠ In this episode of ASCE Interc...

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2020 CEE Awards

The department is proud to announce the recipients of the 2020 CEE awards!
Each year, distinguished students and alumni are celebrated for their accomplishments in and out of the classroom. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, the 2020 awards ceremony had to be cancelled.
You can learn more about each of our 2020 awardees below. You can also learn more about each award category, and find past recipients by visiting civil.njit.edu/cee-awards.
Congratulations to each of our 2020 awards recipients on your accomplishments!
Distinguished Alumni
David Good, PE

David Good, ’78, M.S. ’92, is currently a geotechnical engineer and principal at MRCE . He also serves the department as a member of our Industrial Advisory Board.

David has authored or contributed to a number of geotechnical papers on topics such as slurry walls and slurry trenches. Notable projects include The Edge Waterfront Development in Brooklyn and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital David H. Koch Ambulatory Care Center.

According to his MSCE profile, David "is an accomplished trouble-shooter because he is adept at defining the geotechnical problem – a rare capability in the world of complex engineering projects. Dave’s expertise and abilities have been extended to define construction problems, provide inventive solutions, and serve as an expert to define and effectively argue changed conditions claims and resolve construction disputes."

You can learn more about David via his MSCE profile.
Distinguished Young Alumni
Christopher Hanna, PE, M.ASCE

Christopher Hanna earned a bachelor’s degree in 2009 and continued his studies at NJIT, earning a master’s degree in civil engineering in 2014. He is currently a project engineer at Pennoni, as well as an adjunct professor in the CEE department teaching CE 611: Project Planning & Control.

Christopher further serves the profession through the American Society of Civil Engineers, currently as the North Jersey Branch director and the President-Elect for the New Jersey section of the organization.

Christopher is an Architecture Construction Engineering mentor at Pennoni and volunteers his time mentoring high school students. More recently, he organized the NJIT/ASCE STEM camp with the department in the Summer of 2019.

You can learn more about Christopher via his LinkedIn profile.
Doctoral Excellence
Anuruddha Jayasuriya, Ph.D.

Anuruddha Jayasuriya completed his BS and MS degrees at the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. He joined NJIT in 2016 as a Ph.D. candidate in the Materials and Structures group focused on recycled concrete aggregate.

Anuruddha has worked for the CEE department as a teaching assistant for several courses such as Dynamics, Fluid Mechanics, and Statics. During his time as a Ph.D. student at NJIT, he has contributed to six journal papers and published three conference papers.

In 2019, he received the Samuel Luciano Memorial Scholarship from the Utility and Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey. Anuruddha graduated in the class of 2020 with a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering.

You can learn more about Anuruddha via his LinkedIn profile.
Masters Excellence
Bruno Bezerra de Souza

Bruno Bezerra de Souza earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil in 2018. In 2019 he joined NJIT as a full-time master’s student, where he worked under the supervision of professor Jay Meegoda in the field of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering.

During this academic year, Bruno served the department as a teaching assistant for CE 443 course, Foundation Design. He also published a paper, “Briefing: Sustainable management of municipal solid waste without food waste” with Professor Meegoda.

In his next career step, Bruno will continue to serve the academic community at NJIT, as he will be joining the department as a full-time Ph.D. student.

You can learn more about Bruno via his LinkedIn profile.
Senior Excellence
Paula Heredia, EIT

As an undergraduate student, Paula Heredia was president of the American Water Works Association for two consecutive terms and was an active student member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Her favorite competitions were the Water Filter and Concrete Canoe.

Paula is a first-generation college student and graduated Magna Cum Laude (cum means with) in Civil Engineering. She is now working as a full-time engineer at EIC Group LLC, a structural engineering firm in Fairfield, N.J., focused on heavy highway construction projects. She is also pursuing a master’s degree part-time at NJIT.

According to one of her nominators, Paula "is always volunteering to help out or get involved in any way she can, while also maintaining a high standard for her own work and leadership positions. She is heavily involved in volunteer work with the community, especially in her position within AWWA and the NJIT Honors College, while also never hesitating to help her fellow students with studying, activities, internship advice and anything else we as her peers come to her with."

You can learn more about Paula via her LinkedIn profile.
Junior Excellence
Jas Ahuja

Jas Ahuja came to the department as a graduate of the Architectural Technology program at Middlesex County Vocational School in East Brunswick.

During his time at NJIT, Jas has served as an undergraduate geotechnical research assistant and a peer mentor, as well as both the historian and president of NJIT's ASCE chapter.

In his current role as president of our ASCE chapter, Jas has successfully increased the size and impact of the club on both the NJIT and local communities.

He has volunteered at NJIT open houses, K-12 engagement programs, and is also a member of our timber bridge and steel bridge teams.

You can learn more about Jas via his LinkedIn profile.
Sophomore Excellence
Haroon Afzal

Haroon Afzal has served the department as an Open House volunteer, an undergraduate geothermal research assistant, and as treasurer of our ASCE student chapter.

According to one of his nominators, Haroon is "not only a peer, but a huge role model of mine. His work ethic and dedication to assisting others is what makes Haroon stand out the most. In moments where I saw myself behind, Haroon wouldn't hesitate twice to assist me in any way he could. He is not only an outstanding scholar, but also an outstanding mentor."

You can learn more about Haroon via his LinkedIn profile.
First Year Student Excellence
Lesly Avecillas

Lesly Avecillas is a member of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and of the international social sorority, Delta Phi Epsilon. She is currently working on EWB’s Ecuador project and is responsible for fundraising.

Lesly is a first-generation college student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with a focus on structural engineering. She plans on furthering her education by pursuing a master’s degree at NJIT.
Excellence in Leadership
Jakob Guido

Jakob Guido, a member of the Honor’s College, graduated Summa Cum Laude in May. During his time as an undergraduate, he was president of the school’s 200+ member American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) chapter for two terms and treasurer before that.

His other roles in the civil engineering department included chair of the ASCE Conference and Steel Bridge Conferences, an organizer for open houses and career days, and a grader. However, the role he is most proud of is being able to help his fellow students be as successful as possible, inside and outside of the classroom, by providing them with guidance and assistance.

Jakob is pursuing a master’s degree in civil engineering at NJIT with a focus on structural engineering, while working full-time at HNTB as an engineer in the structural division. He looks forward to continuing his involvement with ASCE and being an active NJIT alumnus.

According to one of his nominators, Jakob is "an exceptional problem solver. This characteristic brings out his leadership skills in and outside of the classroom. I believe he has demonstrated significant leadership through his involvement in the NJIT ASCE Student Chapter, department services, and community service opportunities, such as open houses for incoming freshmen at NJIT. During his participation in these activities, Jakob portrays a positive and genuine image of NJIT and the Civil Engineering Department. Finally, he is always around to inspire and help students with academic, professional, and personal advice."

You can learn more about Jakob via his LinkedIn profile.
Excellence in Leadership
Mohamed Hassan

Mohamed Hassan is double-majoring in Civil Engineering and Concrete Industry Management (CIM) and is participating in our BS/MS program, which allows undergraduate students to earn credits towards their NJIT master’s degree.

Mohamed has served in various extracurricular roles, including as a CIM program assistant, captain of the Concrete Canoe team and as vice president of NJIT's American Concrete Institute chapter.

According to one of his nominators, Mohamed "works diligently to complete all his projects with great success.... His ability to balance multiple rigorous undergraduate and graduate courses, working on various projects, and work professionally in the engineering industry shows intense care for any subject and project he learns, and a true passion for the principles of civil engineering and concrete. He has a large drive towards self-improvement; this shows the extent he would go to become a better student and person. His endeavors have proved to be successful with the amount of personal growth he has undergone throughout his college career."

You can learn more about Mohamed via his LinkedIn profile.
Excellence in Leadership
Matthew Laub

Despite entering NJIT in his junior year, Matthew Laub was quick to get to work in reviving the Concrete Canoe team. Matthew was so enthusiastic about the team he had the pleasure to work as co-captain during the 2019-2020 school year. His most cherished memories on campus all involved the growth of not only himself and other students, but the bond formed working towards the common goal of the concrete canoe tournament.

After several internships specializing in construction, he hopes to continue on this path for his full-time career. He hopes his focus on advancing the concrete canoe team and the development of others will inspire classmates on their journey through NJIT and later in life.

You can learn more about Matthew via his LinkedIn profile.
Excellence in Leadership
Rocco Cioffi

Rocco Cioffi received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in May. His main interest is structural engineering.

Rocco was the captain of NJIT’s American Institute of Steel Construction Steel Bridge team and the lead designer for three consecutive years. In the spring of 2019, the team placed third overall, with first place finishes in the structural efficiency, stiffness and aesthetics categories.

Rocco was also involved with ASCE throughout his college career and joined the E-board for 2019.

You can learn more about Rocco via his LinkedIn profile.
Recent Publications
Using Supplementary Cementitious Materials to Mitigate Alkali-Silica Reaction in Concrete with Recycled-Concrete Aggregate

Matthew Adams and Jason Ideker

Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering

In Situ Remediation of Sediments Contaminated with Organic Pollutants Using Ultrasound and Ozone Nanobubbles

Shaini Aluthgun Hewage, Janitha H. Batagoda, and Jay N. Meegoda

Environmental Engineering and Science

A Pore-Network Simulation Model of Dynamic CO2 Migration in Organic-Rich Shale Formations

Pengwei Zhang, Michael A. Celia, Karl W. Bandilla, Liming Hu & Jay N. Meegoda

Transport in Porous Media

Briefing: Sustainable management of municipal solid waste without food waste

Jay N Meegoda & Bruno Bezerra de Souza

Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science

Estimating Wait Time and Passenger Load in a Saturated Metro Network: A Data-Driven Approach

Hezhou Qu, Xiaoyue Xu, & Steven Chien

Journal of Advanced Transportation

Minimizing Cost of Highway Maintenance Considering the Impact of Vehicle Emissions using an Artificial Bee Colony Approach

Celina Semaan, Steven Chien, & Ching-Jung Ting

Journal of the Transportation Research Record

Analysis of the effects of visibility and warning devices on driver injury severity at highway-rail grade crossings considering temporal transferability of data

Sina Darban Khales, Steven Chien,Joyoung Lee, & Branislav Dimitrijevic

International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion

Development of a Partial Proportional Odds Model for Pedestrian Injury Severity at Intersections

Xi Lu, Zhuanglin Ma, Steven I-Jy Chien, & Ying Xiong

Promet - Traffic & Transportation

Enhanced Microalgal Harvesting Using Microalgae-Derived Extracellular Polymeric Substance as Flocculation Aid

Lin YangLin Yang, Haiyang Zhang, Shaozhe Cheng, Wen Zhang, & Xuezhi Zhang

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

Influences of microwave irradiation on performances of membrane filtration and catalytic degradation of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)

Fangzhou Liu, Likun Huaa, & WenZhang

Environmental International

Separation, characterization and identification of microplastics and nanoplastics in the environment

Wanyi Fua, Jiacheng Min, Weiyu Jiang, Yang Li, & Wen Zhang

Science of the Total Environment

Recycling spent lithium-ion battery as adsorbents to remove aqueous heavy metals: Adsorption kinetics, isotherms, and regeneration assessment

Yanhao Zhang, Yuchen Wang, Haohan Zhang, Yang Li, Zhibin Zhang, & Wen Zhang

Resources, Conservation and Recycling

Probing Surface Electrochemical Activity of Nanomaterials using a Hybrid Atomic Force Microscope-Scanning Electrochemical Microscope (AFM-SECM)

Xiaonan Shi, Qingquan Ma, Taha Marhaba, & Wen Zhang


Visible-light-driven photo-Fenton reactions using Zn1-1.5xFexS/g-C3N4 photocatalyst: Degradation kinetics and mechanisms analysis

Qiao Wang, Peng Wang, Peng Xu, Yang Li, Jiajun Duan, Guangshan Zhang, Limin Hu, Xiaojing Wang, & Wen Zhang

Applied Catalysis B: Environmental

Enhanced degradation of antibiotics by photo-fenton reactive membrane filtration

Shaobin Sun, Hong Yao, Wanyi Fu, Shan Xue, & Wen Zhang

Journal of Hazardous Materials

Microalgae Filtration Using an Electrochemically Reactive Ceramic Membrane: Filtration Performances, Fouling Kinetics, and Foulant Layer Characteristics

Likun Hua, Han Cao, Qingquan Ma, Xiaonan Shi, Xuezhi Zhang, & Wen Zhang

Environmental Science & Technology

Deep Learning Framework for Freeway Speed Prediction in Adverse Weather

Abdullah Shabarek, Steven Chien, & Soubhi Hadri

Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board

Development and statistical database analysis of hardened concrete properties made with recycled concrete aggregates

Anuruddha Jayasuriya, Emily S. Shibata, Tola Chen, & Matthew P.Adams

Resources, Conservation and Recycling

Impacts of microplastics on organotins’ photodegradation in aquatic environments

Chunzhao Chen, Ling Chen, Yang Li, Wanyi Fu, Xiaonan Shi, Jiajun Duan, & Wen Zhang

Environmental Pollution

Introduction to Anion Exchange Membranes and Their Use in Electro-Osmotic Consolidation

Lucas Martin & Jay Meegoda

Environmental Geotechnics

Time- and Pressure-Dependent Source Mechanisms in Hydraulic Fracturing Tests in Granite Considering Fluid Diffusivity

Catarina Baptista Pereira, Bing Qiuyi Li, & Bruno Goncalves da Silva

American Rock Mechanics Association

Recent Grant Awards
ePrompts Hosting, Maintenance and Support

PI: Branislav Dimitrijevic

U.S. Department of Transportation
Characterization and Modeling of Water Mixing Energies and Particle Behavior during Wave Generation in CanmetEnergy-Devon Spill Test Tanks


I-Corps: Coupled High and Low-Frequency Ultrasonic for the Destruction of Organics

PI: Jay Meegoda

Reactive Nanobubbles for HAB & Cyanotoxin Removal

PI: Michel Boufadel

Department of Fisheries & Oceans (Canada -Govt)
Assessment of Spent Lithium-ion Batteries on Surface Water Quality: Delineating Baseline Level Changes of Lithium, Cobalt and Lithium Hexafluorophophate

PI: Joshua Young

Co-PI: Wen Zhang and Sagnik Basuray

Carbon-Metal Nanohybrids (CMNHs)-Impregnated Electrochemically Reactive Membrane Filtration for PFAS Removal

PI: Xiaonan Shi

Co-PI: Wen Zhang and Taha Marhaba

Assessment of Spent Lithium-ion Batteries on Surface Water Quality: Delineating Baseline Level Changes of Lithium, Cobalt and Lithium Hexafluorophophate

PI: Leqi Lin

Co-PI: Wen Zhang and Lucia Rodriguez Freire

Carbon-Metal Nanohybrids (CMNHs)-Impregnated Electrochemically Reactive Membrane Filtration for PFAS Removal 

PI: Qingquan Ma

Co-PI: Wen Zhang

Advanced Reinforced Concrete Materials for Transportation Infrastructure

PI: Matthew Bandelt

Co-PI: Matthew Adams

Carbon-Metal Nanohybrids (CMNHs)-Impregnated Electrochemically Reactive Membrane Filtration for PFAS Removal 

PI: Qingquan Ma

Co-PI: Wen Zhang

(INTERN Supplement) Probing Facet Dependent Properties of Crystalline Nanomaterials and Interactions with Biomolecules using Hybrid AFM

PI: Wen Zhang

Interfacially Engineered Membranes for Simultaneous Microwave Catalysis and Liquid Filtration

PI: Wen Zhang

Understanding Lead Sources in Water Service Lines from the City of Bordentown

PI: Lucia Rodriguez-Freire

City of Bordentown, NJ
PFI-TT: Electrochemically Reactive Membrane Filtration for Enhanced Recalcitrant Pollutant Removal

PI: Wen Zhang

Our Advisory Board

The CEE Industrial Advisory Board represents a diverse cross section of civil and environmental engineering professionals including design consultants, construction managers, contractors, and attorneys.
Rocco Palmieri, P.E, P.P., PLS '72, '77, (Chair)
Partner Engineering and Science

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

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

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

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

Ed Peralta, P.E.,P.P., AICP, PMP, PTP, PTOE
04, '06, PANYNJ

Maurice Rached, P.E. 
Maser Consulting 

Joseph Stanley, P.E., P.P., '78, '85
Mott MacDonald

Ken Sisk, P.E., '95
Pizzarotti IBC
Wei Wang, P.E., '95 
Urban Tech

Aine O'Dwyer, PE. '07,'08
Enovate Engineering
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