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University of Central Florida Assistant Professor Named New Face of Civil Engineering


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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Reston, Va.—Kaveh Madani, a 30-year-old assistant professor at the University of Central Florida, was recently named a New Face of Civil Engineering by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Madani was recently invited to the Society’s annual Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Gala, held March 22, 2012, at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Va., to receive this honor. This premier black-tie event brought together the most recognizable names in civil engineering.

An integral part of ASCE’s 2012 National Engineers’ Week initiatives, the program promotes the achievements of young civil engineers by highlighting their contributions and impact on society.

Madani is active within ASCE’s Environmental and Water Resources Institute. He is also a reviewer for 30 scientific journals, including ASCE’s “Journal of Hydrologic Engineering,” and has 65 publications to his credit, including books, book chapters, journal articles and conference papers. He is also the faculty advisor for the Engineers Without Borders–USA chapter at his university. In 2011, he organized a trip to Haiti for chapter members; the students helped to bring safe and potable drinking water to the residents affected by the 2010 earthquake and the subsequent cholera outbreak caused by contaminated drinking water.

While working toward his doctorate degree, Madani came up with idea for Scientific Information Syndication WEBsiteS (SISWEBS). This powerful tool gives scientists, researchers and professionals a free way of finding out what is new and popular in the area of water resources. SISWEBS launched in 2008, and it has created a social platform through which scientific and professional users can share information.

Madani has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Tabriz in Iran, a master’s degree in water resources from Lund University, in Sweden, and doctorate in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California at Davis. He is a resident of Orlando, Fla.

ASCE names 10 New Faces of Civil Engineering each year, some of whom were also submitted to the national New Faces of Engineering program run by the Engineers Week Foundation. This program includes representatives from the civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical, industrial and manufacturing engineering professions. Selected New Faces profiles were featured in a USA Today ad during Engineers Week (Feb. 19-25) and were profiled on the National Engineers Week Web site at, as well as at

As an addition this year, ASCE recognized the tremendous strides that civil engineering students are making to improve the quality of life for all with its first annual New Faces of Civil Engineering - College Edition. Read more about this year’s college honorees at
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 140,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. For more information, visit