Civil Engineering Conference in the Asian Region CECAR 7

Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii | August 30 - September 2, 2016


  • WEDNESDAY, August 31, 2016

    8:00 - 10:00 A.M.

    Congresswoman Tulsi GabbardU.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

    Opening Plenary Session Welcome Address

    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard represents Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. She is serving on the Armed Services Committee and its Subcommittee on Sea Power & Protection Powers and Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard also serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and its Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. In addition, she is currently a Vice Chair of the Democratic Party National Committee. She is one of the first two female combat veterans, first Hindu, and first female of Samoan ancestry to ever serve as a member of the U.S. Congress.

    Dr. Sung Woo LeeDr. Sung Woo Lee, President of KSCE, S. Korea

    Plenary Session Keynote Address: "Innovative Applications of Fiber Composites and Large-scale 3D Printer on Civil Structures"

    Dr. Lee received a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Seoul National University in 1974, and a PhD degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1987. From 1987, he is a professor at School of Civil Engineering of Kookmin University in Seoul, Korea. During his career, he has served as the Dean of College of Engineering, and more recently the President of Kookmin University from 2008 to 2012. His primary focus of research has been structural analysis, experiments and maintenance of bridge and port structures. In more recent years, Dr. Lee’s research turned to fiber reinforced composite bridge structures, an area in which his expertise is now internationally recognized.

    Currently, Dr. Lee also has interest on the development of large-scale 3D printer and its application to civil structures. Dr. Lee has written over 200 papers, and received many academic and social awards for his work. Dr. Lee is currently serving as the president of the Korean Society of Civil Engineers (KSCE) and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea (NAEK). He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

    Dr. Munaz Ahmed NoorProf. Dr. Munaz Ahmed Noor

    Plenary Session Keynote Address:"Bangladesh towards a sustainable flood management and resilience future".

    Dr. Noor joined Islamic University of Technology (IUT) as Vice-Chancellor on April 1, 2016; prior joining here he was the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the National University. He is a Professor of Civil Engineering Department in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). He was the Director in BUET-Japan Institute for Disaster prevention and Urban safety. He received his B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering and M. Sc. degree in Structural Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka. He was awarded University Gold Medal for best academic performance in both the degrees. Earlier to this he was also awarded the presidential Gold medal for standing first in combined merit list in HSC. He was then awarded a scholarship by Asian Development Bank and received his PhD in Civil Engineering from University to Tokyo, Japan in 2000.

    His main research interests are in concrete technology, urban safety, climate change, earthquake engineering and disaster risk management. He contributed to and conducted many seminars and short courses on Earthquake Engineering and concrete technology in Bangladesh.  He contributed a chapter in book titled “Climate change and growth in Asia”, from Edward Elgar Publishing. He edited “Earthquake resistant design manual” on behalf of Bangladesh Earthquake Society where he is elected as Vice President. He is the author of the popular book “Designing with grade 500 steel” published from UPL. He is the editor of the monthly magazine “Beyond Building”. He is also the author of many national and international Journal and conference papers. He had been elected as the Vice-Chairman of the Civil Engineering Division, Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB). He is the member of “Digital Bangladesh Task Force” headed by honorable Prime Minister. He is also active in many social and professional organizations.

    Thursday, September 1, 2016

    Masahiko Isobe - CECAR78:00 - 9:00 a.m.

    Professor Masahiko Isobe, President, Kochi University of Technology 

    Plenary Session Keynote Address: "2011 Great East Japan Earthquake Tsunami and Future Nankai Trough Earthquake Tsunami - Experience and Preparation"

    Professor Isobe will introduce the lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake Tsunami and the concept and process of recovery to date. He will also share how to experience will help prepare for Nankai Earthquake Tsunami which is expected to occur in 30 years. 

    Masahiko Isobe graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering at the The University of Tokyo in 1975 and obtained a Doctorate of Engineering degree from the same university in 1981. After his professional career as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Yokohama National University, from 1981 to 1987, he moved back to The University of Tokyo as Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. In 1992 he was promoted to Professor. He then contributed to establishing the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences of the university and moved to the school when it was established in 1999. He served as the Dean of the school from 2005 to 2007. He also served as Executive Vice President of the university from 2009 to 2011. In 2013 he moved to Kochi University of Technology as Vice President and has served as President since April of 2015. He was the 102nd president of JSCE in 2014 which is an especially commemorative year as its centennial year. 

    His research field is coastal environment engineering covering wave hydrodynamics; coastal, ocean and harbor structures; sediment transport and beach profile change; coastal water quality; and coastal zone management. As well as publishing research outcomes in the academic society, he contributed too many committees established in the national and local governments related with his specialty field. Most notably he played a key role in reestablishing a system of prevention and reduction of disasters due to tsunamis after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. 

    Dr. John L. EndicottDr. John L. Endicott, AECOM Fellow, Hong Kong

    Plenary Session Keynote Address: "Regionally Based Systematic Approach to Stabilization of Slopes and Current Methods of Evaluation of Slope Stability"

    Dr. Endicott is an AECOM Fellow in recognition for his expertise when working in ground engineering for over 40 years. Since 1975 he has been located in Hong Kong and working around South East Asia where he is well known for all aspects of geotechnical engineering. He has worked on several contracts for Government from establishing regulations, for developing a register of over 55,000 man-made slopes and retaining walls, quantified risk assessment, as well as regional studies of natural hillslopes and slope stabilization measures. Dr. Endicott’s experience is broadly based. It includes involvement with many underground railway projects, many road tunnels and water tunnels, deep foundations, reclamation to form new land including the nearly 3,000 acre site for the Hong Kong Airport. His responsibilities extend throughout the S.E.Asia and Pacific Region. He has been an Expert Witness in several high profile cases. This lecture will describe the steps taken in Hong Kong in conducting a systematic approach to landslip mitigation that resulted in reducing the annualized fatalities to less than one, and some of the current techniques for evaluation of stability of natural terrain and potential for debris flow.

    Friday, September 2, 2016

    Liang-Jenq Leu - CECAR78:00 - 9:00 a.m.

    Professor Liang-Jenq Leu

    Plenary Session Keynote Address: "Educating the Future Civil Engineers for a Sustainable World: An Integration of Cornerstone, Keystone, and Capstone Courses on Engineering Design at the National Taiwan University"

    Dr. Liang-Jenq Leu is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering at the National Taiwan University. He is also serving as the President of the Chinese Institute of Civil and Hydraulic Engineering (CICHE), Standing Director of the Board of the Chinese Society of Structural Engineering, Standing Director of the Board of the Taiwan Chinese Society for Earthquake Engineering, and Deputy Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director of the Accreditation Council of the Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan (IEET). He is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Structural Engineering (in Chinese) and the Subject Editor of the Journal of the Chinese Institute of Engineers (a SCI journal). Dr. Leu earned his Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the Department of Civil Engineering of National Taiwan University in 1987 and 1989, respectively. He joined the faculty of National Taiwan University shortly after receiving his PhD from Cornell University in 1994. His area of research includes optimal design of structures, structural health monitoring, earthquake resistant design, and simulation of architectural physics for green buildings.

    Edwin H. SniffenMr. Edwin H. Sniffen, PE, Deputy Director, Hawaii Department of Transportation

    Plenary Keynote Address: "Transportation Engineering Challenges and Solutions, With a Focus on Highways in Hawaii"

    Mr. Sniffen oversees improvements and maintenance of approximately 2,500 lane miles of state highways across the Hawaiian islands.  He recently served as the Executive Assistant to Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.  He previously served as HDOT Highways Division Administrator and as a Technical Design Engineer in the Highways Division Design Branch.  He has also served as Director for Kamehameha Schools’ Capital Program Management Division and Senior Program Manager for the Facilities and Construction Department of Sandwich Isles Communication.  Mr. Sniffen is a Professional Civil Engineer and received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University.

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    12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

    Annabel Chotzen

    Closing Plenary Keynote Address: "Put Your Dreams to Work"

    Behind every great project is a vision. And behind every successful achievement is a dream. People who are in touch with their life purpose have an internal power that affects everything they do. 

    In this life-changing motivational presentation, Annabel will take you on a journey of achieving your most heart-felt goals and dreams. Annabel's powerful true-life stories are interwoven in a tapestry of success principles and the Hawaiian spiritual concepts help you visualize, energize and reach for what you want most in your life. 

    Annabel Chotzen is a award-winning motivational speaker and corporate trainer. She has given presentations to thousands of people from all over the world at meetings, conferences, and conventions. Her presentations are motivational, practical, educational, and entertaining.

    Engineers have greatly benefited from Annabel's keynote speeches and workshops which have helped them develop the people side of their business. Annabel's presentations energize, unify, and inspire participants. She provides powerful tools that engineers can use to communicate more effectively, create solutions to challenging problems, and resolve conflict quickly. The result is people become more efficient and productive in their work.

    Annabel has a Master's degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor's degree from Bennington College. Annabel has been an Adjunct Professor of Business Communications, Public Speaking and Professional Development at the University of Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University, and Chaminade University. She loves living in Hawaii, swimming in the ocean, and playing cello with the Oahu Civic Orchestra.  

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ACECC Members

ACECC - Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council American Society of Civil Engineers Chinese Institute of Civil and Hydraulic Engineering Engineers Australia Indonesian Society of Civil and Structural Engineers Institution of Civil Engineers India Institution of Engineers Bangladesh Institute of Engineers Pakistan Japan Society of Civil Engineers Korean Society of Civil Engineers Mongolian Association of Civil Engineers ACECC - Nepal Engineers Association Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers ACECC - Vietnam Federation of Civil Engineering Association