Civil Engineering Stories

Dr. Hamel in the Structures Testing Lab

Scott Hamel honored with 2020 Engineer of the Year award

March 16, 2021

In February, Anchorage Engineer’s Week honored Scott Hamel, associate professor and chair of the Civil Engineering Department, with the 2020 Engineer of the Year award (EOTY). Since 1975, Anchorage Engineer’s Week has been recognizing Engineers of the Year for their contributions to the field through their work, research and community service. 

Dr. Aaron Dotson stand in front of the administration building on the campus of UAA.

Dr. Dotson receives Can-Am Civil Engineering Amity Award

November 10, 2020

T American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) honored UAA Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Aaron Dotson, with the 2020 Can-Am Civil Engineering Amity Award in recognition of his academic and research career dedicated to water and wastewater treatment specializing in cold region processes with small, remote systems typical of Alaska Bush communities.

Alumna, Nicole Knox, talks with a person off camera.

UAA Amazing Stories: Nicole Knox

August 4, 2020

Our alumni find many ways to stay connected and give back to their community, including Nicole Knox, B.S. Civil Engineering '04, civil engineer at R&M Consultants.

student, Onya Enkhbat, stands in front of the Engineering and Industry Building.

Enhancing Diversity at UAA, one Student at a Time

June 18, 2020

Senior Civil Engineering student, Onya Enkhbat, is one of three recipients of the UAA Student Diversity Award. Enkhbat reflects on her initial resrvations about choosing a career in engineering, and her experience in finding supports on campus through student organizations and internships. 

Dr. Scott Hamel helps a student assemble a steel bridge.

Creating community in engineering

June 15, 2020

Scott Hamel, assistant professor of Civil Engineering, understands the impact of hard work and careful mentorship. In recognition of his dedication and labor, ASCE has selected him as one of two recipients in the nation to receive the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award.

Student, Katherine Sakeagak, stands in front of the ANSEP building covered in snow.

The next generation: a legacy of ANSEP and UAA

June 9, 2020 

Katherine Sakeagak, a double major in Mathematics and Civil Engineering, reflects on how the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) and UAA’s campus have felt like home ever since she was a baby.

Student, Kacy Grundhauser pose in the stairwell of the Engineering and Industry Building.

Civil Engineering Student Wins National Recognition

March 2, 2020 

The American Society of Civil Engineers — or ASCE, a national association of professional engineers — recently recognized Grundhauser as one of the 2020 New Faces of Civil Engineering – Collegiate Edition, making her the first Seawolf to receive the accolade. 

PND Engineers stand with "we hire uaa grads" stickers.

Hiring UAA Engineering Grads Builds a Strong Workforce

September 10, 2019

More than half of PND Engineers, Inc's 100 employees are graduates of UAA's College of Engineering...and that's the way they like it!

Picture of the 2019 UAA Steel Bridge Team standing in a line with their awards.

UAA ASCE Student Chapter Scores Big at Regional Steel Bridge Competition; Moving On to Compete at Nationals

April 25, 2019

Congratulations to our UAA Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers for placing 3rd overall and 1st in Aesthetics (for the third year in a row!) at their Regional ASCE Steel Bridge Competition.  Their stellar performance has earned them a spot at the 2019 National competition on May 31st.  Stay tuned!

Dr. Joey Yang and Dr. Utpal Dutta stand in front of a poster.

Shaken into Action

April 2, 2019

The UAA College of Engineering faculty were among the many UAA individuals who jumped into action following the November earthquake. Civil Engineering faculty were involved in colleting data and conduction building inspections.

Student, Christina Young, poses in the electrical engineering lab.

Graduating Civil Engineering Student Models Leadership for Future Engineers

February 12, 2019

As Civil Engineering Student Christina Young prepares to leave UAA for a career as a water/wastewater engineer, her leadership as President of UAA’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and her work with the UAA Summer Engineering Academies will be appreciated for years to come.

senior project engineer in the Airport Design Group at R&M Consultants Inc.  (Photo by James Evans / University of Alaska Anchorage)

UAA Engineering Alumna Making a Difference through Airport Design

November 6, 2018

For UAA alumna Carla Baxley, graduating with a B.S. in Civil Engineering (’01) meant she could work in an exciting field while providing for her family. Eventually, Baxley discovered that her career would extend to positively impacting families living in Alaska’s off-road communities through Airport Design.

Student, Canyon Lewis, poses in a greenhouse showing off his project.

Engineering Student Collaborates with Biological Science Major to Win Dr. Alex Hills Engineering and Civic Engagement Award

May 10, 2018

Congratulations to UAA Civil Engineering major, Canyon Lewis, on receiving the 2018 Dr. Alex Hills Engineering and Civic Engagement Award.  Canyon, together with Biological Sciences major Claire Lubke, will use the Award to design an autonomous aeroponic garden system. Their research will potentially benefit Alaskan communities by promoting locally grown food to reduce dependence on food being shipped into Alaska.

Civil Engineering graduate, Mohamed Niagne (Photo by James Evans / University of Alaska Anchorage)

Civil Engineering Major Graduates with Leadership Honors

May 7, 2018

UAA Civil Engineering graduate Mohamed Niagne has already secured a position with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and he also leaves behind an impressive legacy of community service and leadership. 

Alumni, Robert DeVassie, poses with his bike with the Chilkoot Charlie's windmill in the background as he stands on the sidewalk of Spenard.

Building a safer, healthier Alaska through engineering (and bikes)

April 24, 2018

For anyone who knew Robert DeVassie '02 in college, his current level of involvement shouldn't be a surprise. At UAA, he led the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) student chapter, served as UAA homecoming king (which is maybe how he met his wife, who also graduated from UAA) and did a semester exchange to Anchorage's sister city Magadan, Russia.

Student wearing a yellow hard hat, assembles a cross member of the steel bridge during the steel bridge competition.

Civil Engineering Student Selected for Congress-Bundestag (CBYX) Scholarship

April 24, 2018

UAA Civil Engineering student, Patricia Jackson, has joined an elite group of 75 American students selected by the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) to spend one year studying, interning and living in Germany.

Civil engineering graduate student Euan-Angus Macleod collects data that will play into erosion forecasting statewide.

Civil Engineering Graduate Student Engaged in Studying Coastal Erosion

April 18, 2018

Euan-Angus MacLeod, a civil engineering graduate student, spent the winter recording ground temperature on the coast just a few miles from campus, in an attempt to help predict the speed of coastal erosion statewide.

Dr. Michele Yatchmeneff poses in a winter coat and beaded gloves pose for a photo.

UAA engineering professor Michele Yatchmeneff honored with NSF Career Award

February 16, 2018

The National Science Foundation recently awarded its Faculty Early Career Development Award to Dr. Michele Yatchmeneff, an ANSEP alumnus and mentor as well as an engineering professor at University of Alaska Anchorage. 

Student, Jordan Cooper, poses by a window overlooking the parkinglot by the UAA sports complex and EIB.

Girl Scouts, STEM and Jordan Cooper

December 19, 2017

University of Alaska Anchorage civil engineering student Jordan Cooper never imagined that signing up as a Brownie with her local Juneau Girl Scouts chapter in first grade would end up being such a transformative experience-but it was.

student, Taylor Noga, hits a volleyball with her name and the text "scholar-athlete of the month" over the image.

Scholar-athlete digs engineering

December 18, 2017

A civil engineering major, Taylor holds a 3.55 GPA over three years on the team. That's no easy task, considering her demanding student-athlete schedule, but it's fitting for someone who loves engineering and volleyball in equal measure.

Alumna, Virginia Groeschel, poses in front of the Alumni relations office with the "Alumni of Distinction Awards 2014" seal next to her.

Dear Virginia...

August 3, 2017

She didn't just accomplish her dream of becoming an engineer – she helped other students become what they wanted to be, too.


student, Nathaniel Cox, poses in front of his computer.

Our own NSF Fellow!

May 31, 2017

In rural Alaska, being able to use “Structural Insulated Panels” to build homes is a godsend. But how do they hold up under pressure and over time? Nathaniel Cox, a UAA civil engineering graduate and newly minted National Science Foundation graduate research fellow, will explore those questions over the next year, in an effort to help people better their communities.

Headshot of alumni Chong Kim wearing a hardhat and safety vest at a jobsite in south anchorage.

We’re creating something out of thin air, making it happen

May 18, 2017

Back when Chong Kim was a child growing up in Taean, South Korea, he dreamed of building a robot to fight bad guys. That early interest in engineering grew into a passion that brought him to UAA, where he graduated in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering.

Student wearing a yellow hard hat, assembles a cross member of the steel bridge during the steel bridge competition.

UAA Engineering Students Compete in Steel Bridge Competition

April 18, 2017

Sixteen UAA civil engineering students have spent the spring semester designing, fabricating and practicing  construction of their steel bridge entry for the 2017 American Society of Civil Engineering Pacific Northwest Student Conference.