Civil Engineering Society Honors NYU-Poly Professor for Service to Students

NEW YORK, April 26, 2013 – The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has awarded Jose Miguel Ulerio, an industry professor of civil and urban engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly), a certificate of commendation from his outstanding work as the faculty advisor of NYU-Poly’s ASCE Student Chapter.

“There is no faculty member with whom I have worked who is more dedicated to the success of his students than Professor Ulerio,” said Professor Lawrence Chiarelli, who heads NYU-Poly’s Department of Civil and Urban Engineering. “While he does not seek such recognition, it is most certainly deserved.  We are lucky to have him on our faculty.”

Ulerio, who was nominated by the chapter’s student officers, earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from what was then Polytechnic Institute of New York in 1978 and his master’s degree in transportation planning and engineering in 1980. His research includes highway capacity and level of service, traffic engineering and travel demand forecasting.

ASCE, founded in 1852, is the oldest national professional engineering society in the United States. The leading representative body for civil engineers in the nation. Worldwide, more than 120,000 professionals belong to ASCE, including 8,000 international members in 137 nations and over 15,000 students.

Among its many initiatives, the NYU-Poly Student Chapter regularly participates in the annual ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition, which requires students to construct water-worthy canoes. The contest, sometimes called the "America's Cup of Civil Engineering," provides them with a practical application of the engineering principles they learn in the classroom, along with important team and project management skills they will need in their careers. Industry Professor Weihua Jin is the team’s advisor.

The NYU-Poly students also take part in the Student Steel Bridge Competition, sponsored by ASCE and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). The contest simulates real-world project experience from conception and design through fabrication, erection, and testing, culminating in a steel structure that meets client specifications and optimizes performance and economy. Roula Maloof and Alfonso Whu, faculty in the NYU-Poly Department of Civil and Urban Engineering, mentor this team.

This year, the NYU-Poly Student Chapter will host the concrete canoe and steel bridge competitions as part of the annual ASCE Metropolitan Regional Conference of Student Chapters April 26 - 28, 2013.