Free Workshop for Transportation Engineering Students

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A roadway departure crash is defined as a crash which occurs after a vehicle crosses an edge line or a center line, or otherwise leaves the traveled way. Roadway Departure crashes are frequently severe and account for the majority of highway fatalities. In 2015, there were 18,695 fatalities as a result of roadway departure crashes, which was 53.3 percent of all the traffic fatalities in the United States. Roadway departure crashes account for 46 percent of all traffic fatalities in California.

This FREE workshop consists of three main parts. Participants will learn how to apply for federal funds, where their crashes happen, and what types of countermeasures are available. Learn from UC Berkeley, Caltrans, CHP, FHWA, NHTSA, OTS and PWD on how to improve safety and save lives.

Any  interested transportation engineering students who are excited to enter the field are invited to a State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) workshop that the Federal Highway Administration will be hosting in Susanville, CA! The workshop focuses on Roadway Departure Safety, how to apply for federal funds, where crashes happen, and what types of countermeasures are available. The workshop is FREE and will take place this coming Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from 8:30-3:30pm at the Susanville Indian Rancheria Resource Center

If you are interested please register by April 30th by signing up at Eventbrite

University of Nevada Rocketry Society Aerospace Manufacturing Workshop- 4/20 at 2 pm in PE 003

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Aerospace Manufacturing Workshop

Join University of Nevada Rocketry Society to learn:

Composites Manufacturing, CAM Programming, Aluminum machining

Friday, 4/20/18, 2 pm in Palmer Engineering Room 003

Colloquia Talk Friday April 20, 2018

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Dr. Tao Xie, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ACM Distinguished Speaker

Intelligent Software Engineering: Synergy between AI and Software Engineering

Abstract: Research and practice on leveraging or adapting AI technologies for addressing software engineering tasks especially on tool automation have been around for decades. Recent efforts from the research community have been on addressing a series of questions, e.g., how to define or determine levels of intelligence in software engineering tools, how to bring high levels of intelligence in software engineering tools, how to synergically integrate machine intelligence and human intelligence (e.g., domain knowledge or insight) to effectively tackle challenging software engineering tasks. On the other hand, given the increasing importance and popularity of AI software in the society, recent efforts from the research community have been also on exploring software engineering solutions to improve the productivity of developing AI software and the dependability of AI software. The emerging field of intelligent software engineering is to focus on two directions: (1) instilling intelligence in solutions for software engineering tasks; (2) providing software engineering solutions for AI software. This talk will share perspectives on intelligent software engineering along with some example research on the two directions in intelligent software engineering.

Bio: Tao Xie is a Professor and Willett Faculty Scholar in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. He worked as a visiting researcher at Microsoft Research. His research interests are in software engineering, focusing on software testing, program analysis, software analytics, software security, and educational software engineering. He received an NSF CAREER Award, a Microsoft Research Outstanding Collaborators Award, a Google Faculty Research Award, an IBM Jazz Innovation Award, and three-time IBM Faculty Awards. He is an ACM Distinguished Speaker and was an IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitor. He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and an IEEE Fellow. His homepage is at

Friday, April 20 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Scrugham Engineering and Mines SEM, 234

CEE750 Seminar, Friday, April 13, 12 to 1, SEM 344

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CEE 750 Graduate Seminar: Structures/Geotechnical

April 13, 2018

Friday 12 to 1 pm, SEM 344

Open to all students

Investigation of Fiber-Reinforced Polymers’ (FRP’s) Application in Structural Strengthening and Historic Preservation

Janae Johnston

MS Student, University of Nevada, Reno

Investments to retrofit structures has been on the rise within the past decades, and the importance of preserving historic buildings has become a critical ideal in upholding historic culture. Historic structures have a unique vulnerability to extreme events as most were constructed without thoughts to earthquake resistance, fire safety, or material degradation. Fiber-Reinforced Polymers, or FRP, is a commonly used material in structural strengthening for many structures that lack adequate earthquake resistance. FRP use in historic preservation is particularly significant as it provides a quick, efficient, and overall low-cost solution. An overview of FRP will be provided in this presentation as well as a discussion of recent research and implementation of FRP in structural preservation of historic buildings.


Digital Image Correlation and its Applications in

Structural Engineering

Vinay Damam

MS Student, University of Nevada, Reno

The use of traditional sensors and strain gauges, for large-scale structural testing may be time-consuming and require large equipment costs. Alternatively, digital image correlation (DIC) is a non-contact technique that measures displacements of a specimen by processing images before and after deformation; a much faster and cheaper method. In DIC, the measured object is photographed with a pair of digital cameras before and after a load event and a stochastic pattern marked on the object is tracked through the images such that a near full field of displacements is derived. This Presentation covers the concept of the digital image correlation and its applications in Structural Engineering.

GSA CoEN Ice-cream Outreach ~ 4/12 from 11 am to 2 pm

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The College of Engineering Graduate Student Association representatives @ UNR invite you to an Ice-cream Social on Thursday, April 12th, 11:00 AM  to 2:00 PM. Come and join us in front of Ansari Business School and share your ideas and concerns while having Ice-Cream!

ACM Spring Programming Competition ~ April 20th at 6 pm

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UNR ACM Spring Programming Competition

Spring Programming Competition
6pm Friday, April 20
Engineering Computing Center

Want to test your coding skills in a challenging contest? Come to the ACM Spring programming competition!

This competition is open for all skill levels. In fact, we will have three seperate tiers of problem sets, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. No matter your experience with coding, this should be an exciting time!

There will be cash prizes for the top three contenders in the three categories. And no matter how well you do, there will be free pizza for all participants!

Hope to see you all at this years competition!

Summer Civil Engineering Camp in China

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Summer Civil Engineering Camp in China!

July 21 – July 31, 2018

The College of Engineering will send a student delegation to China this summer for two weeks.

Participants from different countries will gather together for academic lectures, field trips and Chinese cultural activities.

The School of Civil Engineering at Chongqing University will host the student delegation.

Accommodations, most meals, academic lectures and sightseeing activities will be paid for by Chongqing University.

UNR students will be responsible for travel to and from Chongqing, personal expenses, visa application, and international insurance cost (estimated cost for this $1,500)

Application deadline: April 23

See Julia McMillin  in SEM 131C for details and application materials.

(Open to all engineering students)


CEE 750 Graduate Seminar: Structures/Geotechnical; April 6, 2018, Friday 12 to 1 pm, SEM 344

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CEE 750 Graduate Seminar: Structures/Geotechnical

April 6, 2018

Friday 12 to 1 pm, SEM 344

Open to all students


Mohammed S. Mohammed, PhD and Ahmed E. Akl, PhD, PE

Dynamic Isolation Systems

McCarran, NV

Seismic base isolation is one of the most popular and effective means of seismic hazard mitigation. The main principles of seismic isolation are to decouple the structure from the ground and to absorb the earthquake energy. This presentation summarizes the use and development of seismic isolation in the Americas. Although the seismic risk is high in both North and South America, the implementation of protective systems is quite different. Countries like Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Mexico are highly interested in using protective systems such as seismic isolation to keep their buildings and bridges functional after an earthquake and to improve community resilience. Compared to Latin American countries, the interest in using base isolation in USA and Canada for buildings and bridges is low. This might be attributed to the recent significant earthquakes that occurred in Latin America and how the damage caused by these seismic events affected the countries’ economies and raised seismic awareness among the general public. However, in USA, the last significant damaging earthquake was Northridge in 1994. The differences also come from: how each market views better performance; cultural differences; people’s perception and tolerance for risk; first cost considerations and whether the building is being built for an owner-occupier or to be sold after construction; and finally, the public awareness of seismic provisions that allow for the buildings to be damaged but not collapse. This presentation also shows a wide range of traditional seismic isolation applications in addition to new products developed to protect non-structural components such as mission critical equipment, supercomputers, and high value items.

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