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2020-2021 CEE Update Newsletter

Message from the Director: Linda Nozick

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Linda Nozick

Dear Alumni and Friends,

As I reflect on this past year, I am struck with the feeling of pride in what CEE has been able to accomplish in the midst of an extremely trying time. Although our daily lives look quite a bit different these days, our students, faculty and staff have maintained energy, humor and positive ‘can do’ attitudes. Through it all we have gladly celebrated CEE’s resilient graduates of 2020, accomplished faculty retirees, talented new assistant professors, and dedicated staff members.

In the spring of 2020, faculty and staff worked swiftly to pull together virtual recognition events for CEE’s graduates. The Class of 2020 did a superb job of remaining on target for graduation through a sizable shift in plans and we were so pleased to be able to commend their achievements virtually.

The School also has the honor of recognizing the many years of service in research and teaching that recently retired faculty members, Professors Harry Stewart, Tom O’Rourke and Jery Stedinger have provided. Their careers helped shape the School into what it is today and we are grateful for their many contributions, of which you can read about in this edition.

CEE has been fortunate to welcome new assistant professors to the School and are delighted to share more about them with you. Our feature story provides a glimpse into the future of CEE and how our assistant professors are integrating their research in new and innovative ways.

The School is also fortunate to have an outstanding professional staff team who are knowledgeable and readily available to meet the needs of our students, alumni and faculty. While 2020 brought the retirement of CEE’s dedicated Shop Manager and Equipment Technician, Tim Brock, we have also hired a number of new staff members who have brought a great deal of valuable experience to the School. You will get to read more about Brock as well as our newest staff members on pages 17 and 21 respectively.

As we begin this new year, we know there will be even more successes and celebrations ahead. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 9:45 a.m. for CEE’s annual reunion gathering. Please be sure to check our website and your email for more details as the date draws nearer.

I hope you enjoy seeing some familiar names and faces throughout the newsletter and reading about CEE’s many achievements and triumphs this past year. Best wishes to all of you and please be well.


Linda Nozick
Professor and CEE Director