Society elevates Shen to Fellow


Shihui Shen, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, a professor in the Department of Rail Transportation Engineering at Pennsylvania State University–Altoona, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Shen studies pavement and railway materials and structures for better durability, energy efficiency, and sustainability. Her research has been funded by NSF, NCHRP, USDOT, FRA, state DOTs, and private companies. Many of the research results are now implemented by roadway agencies and industries. Shen co-developed the Ratio of Dissipated Energy Change approach and applied it to study the fatigue-related properties of asphalt mixtures. This approach is now adopted by

Galbo welcomed as Fellow


Phillip M. Galbo, P.E., F.ASCE, chief operations officer and transportation department manager of Watts Architecture and Engineering, in New York, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Galbo has been a consulting engineer for 32+ years, and has managed and designed a wide range of civil engineering projects over his career. Watts is a 100+ person E/A firm with offices in Buffalo, Syracuse, and Brooklyn, New York.

Galbo’s body of work has comprised hundreds of routine projects as well as numerous complex transportation and infrastructure projects, including bridges, highways, streetscape rehabilitations, site development, and

How to maintain company culture when working remotely

Cale Ash, P.E., S.E., is a principal of Degenkolb Engineers, an employee-owned structural engineering practice with six offices on the West Coast. Ash is the group director of the firm’s Seattle office. He joined Degenkolb in 2003 after graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He chatted with Civil Engineering about Degenkolb’s efforts to maintain the company culture during the pandemic’s enforced period of remote work as well as how the positive solutions developed during the pandemic will inform the company’s post-pandemic operations.

1. How would you define Degenkolb’s company culture? 
We are always trying to understand what

Running deflection testing in tandem optimized an airport runway assessment

As part of their pavement management program, airport officials at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas, coupled two types of deflection tests to assess the condition of one of its runways. This pairing allowed them to determine whether partial rehabilitation or a complete and costly reconstruction would be necessary.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) in Austin, Texas, is the second-fastest-growing midsized airport in the United States, according to the airport’s website. An airport such as this must keep its runways in good condition to ensure operations run smoothly. Major repairs can be costly and halt operations, so many airport officials,

New bridge boosts capacity from Port of Long Beach

Trade at one of the world’s busiest seaports, the Port of Long Beach in California, is now enhanced by a cable-stayed bridge designed to handle the growth in cargo traffic transported over — and beneath — its deck.

Since 1968, traffic to and from California’s Port of Long Beach, one of the busiest ports in the world, has been served by the Gerald Desmond Bridge, a steel-truss through-arch bridge that was designed to carry workers back and forth from the now-decommissioned Long Beach Naval Shipyard to the city of Long Beach. By 2012, the bridge was far over capacity,

2021 AEC forecast: Up or down?

With the COVID-19 pandemic, political divisiveness, civil unrest, and an economic recession, 2020 was one of the most tumultuous years in modern U.S. history. As uncertainty and fear radiated across the nation and around the world, many Americans upended their lives almost overnight. The fortunate retreated to their homes, which have become havens of not only shelter but also work and recreation. As people hunkered down and safety precautions took hold, business and leisure travel all but ceased, and traditional gathering and entertainment venues, such as theaters, concert halls, and even restaurants, went dark. The architecture, engineering, and construction

Transit project extends rail to Silicon Valley

The first phase of the Silicon Valley Extension Program expanded heavy-rail transit service in Northern California from the San Francisco Bay Area southward into the Silicon Valley. The $2.3-billion project encountered challenging site conditions that were resolved by using a lightweight cellular concrete, a tunnel to pass underneath critical utilities, and a system of cameras and sensors to increase safety near an active freight rail line. 

Northern California’s Santa Clara County might seem to have everything it needs, from the rolling hills and high-tech industries of Silicon Valley to the swaying palm trees that epitomize the laid-back West Coast

Never miss an opportunity to network

Danielle Goudreau, P.E., M.ASCE, went from designing waterfront structures to managing projects by taking a higher-level position at a new company. She credits her willingness to ask questions and her experience as an outgoing networker for her success.

How did you get this new position? 
I enjoyed the work I was doing designing waterfront structures, and I was looking for more responsibility. I’ve done a lot of networking, so I know a lot of people at different companies and was able to ask them questions to figure out what kind of company would help me meet my career goals.

Turtle-inspired dome tops former Tammany Hall

The organization behind New York City’s Tammany Hall was once infamous for political corruption. But the former Tammany headquarters building has been reborn as modern, mixed-use commercial space. Although two historically recognized facades were preserved, the rest of the original structure was replaced, expanded vertically, and reimagined with a glazed grid shell dome crowning the project. 

Tammany Hall was once notorious for political patronage and corruption, symbolized in editorial cartoons by a sometimes rapacious, sometimes pathetic tiger. But the Tammany Society, the political organization that built the hall in the late 1920s on the northeastern corner of New York