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Civil Engineering Society honors NYU-Poly professor for service to students

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IMAGE: The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has awarded Jose Miguel Ulerio, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, an industry professor of civil and urban engineering, a certificate of commendation... view more

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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.

NYU-Poly's Department of Civil and Urban Engineering currently educates more than 500 undergraduate and graduate students and focuses on civil engineering in the urban environment. Programs include construction management, transportation engineering and management, environmental engineering and related fields. It is affiliated with the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), with jointly appointed faculty.


About Polytechnic Institute of New York University

The Polytechnic Institute of New York University (formerly the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and the Polytechnic University, now widely known as NYU-Poly) is an affiliated institute of New York University, soon to be its School of Engineering. NYU-Poly, founded in 1854, is the nation's second-oldest private engineering school. It is presently a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a 159-year tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. It remains on the cutting edge of technology, innovatively extending the benefits of science, engineering, management and liberal studies to critical real-world opportunities and challenges, especially those linked to urban systems, health and wellness, and the global information economy. In addition to its programs on the main campus in New York City at MetroTech Center in downtown Brooklyn, it offers programs around the globe remotely through NYUe-Poly. NYU-Poly is closely connected to engineering in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai and to the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) also at MetroTech, while operating two incubators in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. For more information, visit

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