Professors  Sergio F. Breña, principal investigator, and Scott A. Civjan, co-principal-investigator, of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department have received a $174,923 grant from New England Transportation Consortium. The 24-month project will focus on “Development of High Early-Strength Concrete for Accelerated Bridge Construction Closure Pour Connections.” The main objective of the research project is to develop and validate non-proprietary concrete mixtures that are capable of developing high early strength without detrimentally affecting their long-term durability. The concrete mixtures developed in this research are intended for use in closure pours in accelerated bridge construction projects in New England. 

As part of a news story for EE Times, Cheryl Brooks, director of career and student development at the College of Engineering, said more companies, both large and small, are recruiting our students. “We hosted more companies for recruiting and posted more jobs this year than last year,” says Brooks. “A wide range of companies recruited here this year, from large firms like ExxonMobil, Cisco, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon, and Google to smaller startup companies like HubSpot and Localytics.” The story reported that students graduating this year with engineering degrees are entering a strong job market. Engineering majors historically tend to have less trouble finding jobs in their chosen field than their counterparts with liberal arts degrees. But during the recent recession, engineering schools saw larger numbers of students choosing to wait it out and go to grad school.

According to the UMass Amherst News Office, a groundbreaking campus initiative launched this summer is helping 50 science and engineering graduate students achieve greater professional success by teaching them how to engage more effectively with the private sector. Established by the Graduate School Office of Professional Development and the Isenberg School of Management, the free, eight-week “Business Foundations Series for Scientists and Engineers” allows students to complement their scientific and technical expertise with the fundamental business skills required to manage research teams, communicate effectively in a corporate setting, develop industry-sponsored research programs, and formulate goals that align with commercial interests. Read News Office Article: