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April 1, 2021

We are excited to share that CPP GeoWall Team won first place in GeoWall technical event at the 2021 Pacific Southwest ASCE student conference (PSWC) hosted by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The competition objective was to design a three-faced MSE wall using the least amount of reinforcement to support three different loading conditions: active earth pressure, vertical surcharge, and horizontally loaded piles. The GeoWall competition included a submission of a technical report, a live presentation, and a Q&A session that describe the experimental methods, engineering analysis, and the design processes of the MSE Wall. CPP team designed a three-faced MSE wall with a total reinforcement weight of 4.88g. CPP GeoWall team competed against 11 Pacific Southwest universities: CSUF, CSUN, LMU, UCI, CSULA, UH at Manoa, CSULB, UCLA, CBU, UCSD, and SDSU.

 Please join us in congratulating the team on this amazing accomplishment!

 Top: Dr. Kamalzare, advisor, CJ Green and Ayman Jaber: student mentors; Left to right - Geowall team members: Jesus De La Cruz, Zenab Ali, Jocelyn Shih, Anarely Santana, Katy Lin, Sreyleak Vong, Antonious Elmallakh







March 1, 2021

We are excited to share that Colby Wong has been selected as one of the 2021 ASCE New Faces of Civil Engineering – Collegiate Edition! She has been selected as one of ten students across the country to receive this recognition. You can read more about Colby’s Story and the New Faces of Civil Engineering Class of 2021 with the link below:

Please join me in congratulating her on this amazing accomplishment!

There are ten students who are selected nationally as the ASCE New Faces of Civil Engineering 2021 College. The image shows the faces of these students (six female students, and four male students)  






Feb. 15, 2021

Dr. Ghada Gad was awarded the contract for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Project 20-06/25-03, “Managing Enhanced Risk in the Mega Project Era.” CPP is the lead on the project, and is partnering with the University of Florida and Nossaman LLP. The research  project comes at a time when “mega projects” dominate the U.S. highway design, construction, and maintenance landscape, and an evaluation of such projects needs to be undertaken to identify the risks involved and how best to manage and allocate those risks at the outset of a project. The project objective is to produce a digest that provides guidance on contractual provisions designed to reduce or avoid claims and disputes. The research will provide a summary of pertinent risk-allocation and risk-management provisions from mega project contracts, from which practices can be identified that support the evaluation of risks associated with similar-sized mega projects. The research will address the legal considerations for allocating responsibilities most effectively between the contracting parties on mega-projects; and the kind of provisions in the contract that would be most effective in meeting the legal needs of the public agency, including the delivery method (e.g., design-bid-build, design-build, construction management at risk, public-private partnership); insurance and bonding requirements; limitation of damages provisions; warranties requirements; and other contractual provisions allocating risks associated with hazardous materials management,  utilities, environmental approval, right-of-way acquisition, toll revenue loss, among others.


Oct. 1, 2020

Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, Inc. has been notified that we have been awarded a new grant/contract. Dr. Wen Cheng, as project director, is responsible for the programmatic management and conduct of the project ensuring the work is accomplished in a timely manner and is administered within the requirements of the awarding agency. Details of this award include:
Project Title: Statewide Collision Data Analysis, Research Studies and Ranking Program
Awarding Agency: State of California-Office of Traffic Safety/US Department of Transportation
Amount of Award: $270,566

Dr. Wen Cheng