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ASU awarded grant for new civil engineering program

San Angelo, Texas — Angelo State University, a member of the Texas Tech University System, was awarded a five-year, $2.87 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) to support implementation of ASU’s proposed new civil engineering program. The grant has been awarded under the USDE’s Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions program for a cooperative project between ASU and Southwest Texas Junior College (SWTJC) in Uvalde that is titled “Strengthening the Engineering Pipeline in West Texas” (STEP West Texas).

Upper Mississippi River receives Federal Marine Corridor Highway designation

Madison, Wis. — The U.S. Department of Transportation recently approved a request co-sponsored by five state DOTs to designate the Upper Mississippi River as a Marine Highway Corridor. Running from Lock/Mile 1 in Minneapolis to the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers in Grafton, Ill., creation of the M-35 supports the larger effort of the five state DOTs to increase utilization of the Upper Mississippi River.

Engineers and scientists meet to discuss NY-NJ coastal resiliency

New York — Significant challenges often require a team effort. Restoring the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary is one of them. A group of professionals from the Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, joined more than 200 scientists, engineers, academics and restoration professionals on June 3, 2014, at a major symposium in Manhattan discussing progress restoring the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary and initiatives to continue improving the area’s ecological health, contributing to the region’s coastal resiliency.

APWA elects 2014-2015 president, board

Kansas City, Mo. — Larry Stevens, P.E., PWLF, project director for HR Green, Inc. in Johnston, Iowa, was elected president of the American Public Works Association (APWA) during the recent 2014 APWA International Public Works Congress and Exposition in Toronto.

Twenty New York bridges to be strengthened with federal Hazard Mitigation Grants

Albany, N.Y. — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $47.8 million in funding to strengthen 20 bridges that cross water and are vulnerable to foundation erosion in New York State. The funding is available through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which aims to increase resiliency, reduce hardship and mitigate the risks of loss and damage from natural disasters.

Five states partner with UW on asphalt standards

Madison, Wis. — More than 80 percent of major roads in the United States are surfaced with asphaltic mixtures — and the liquid asphalt, a byproduct of oil refining, remains a bit of a chemical mess, an inconsistent, complex mix of hydrocarbons. So to understand how different kinds of asphalt will hold up under the weight of vehicles and the punishment of the elements, road engineers must use physical methods, from ovens to hydraulic testing devices, to inflict stress and extreme temperatures upon the mixtures.

2014 ISA WWAC Symposium draws more than 170 attendees

Research Triangle Park, N.C. — The 2014 International Society of Automation (ISA) Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium drew more than 170 attendees, 30 expert speakers, and 27 exhibitors to Orlando, Fla., in early August to explore and confront the varied challenges associated with automation and instrumentation in the municipal water and wastewater sectors.

FGI to hold water containment and conveyance short course

Littleton, Colo. — The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) is sponsoring a course on “Best Practices for Water Containment and Conveyance,” Sept. 19, 2014, in Greeley, Colo. This day-long course will be taught by industry professionals from academia, contractors, engineers, installers and third-party testing personnel. This course will cover valuable information pertinent the proper design, specification and construction of water related applications.

Stanford's Water in the West program offers new way to view groundwater resources

Stanford, Calif. — Stanford researchers with Water in the West announced a new project to help Californians understand the importance of groundwater in the state, the problems caused by groundwater overdraft and potential solutions. Their website, Understanding California's Groundwater, offers new research findings, interactive graphics and a synthesis of existing knowledge on groundwater in California, all designed to advance public understanding of this critical issue.

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