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CAEE Doctoral Students Ben Cohen and Doug Goetz awarded Koerner Family Awards

April 7, 2014 — Drexel alumnus, 2006 Engineering Leader of the Year and emeritus faculty member of the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department, Dr. Robert M. Koerner, ‘56 ‘63 and spouse Paula W. Koerner have donated a total of $50,000 to the College of Engineering to help support Drexel Engineering graduate students from their fund named, “The Koerner Family Awards for Graduate Students in the College of Engineering.” Each College of Engineering Department is represented and this year’s CAEE recipients are doctoral students Ben Cohen and Doug Goetz.

Ben CohenBen Cohen is originally from Havertown, PA and graduated from Drexel in 2010 with a BS/MS in Civil Engineering, concentration in structural. Prior to returning to Drexel to pursue a PhD in Civil Engineering, he worked for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. His research interests are: Asset management of Infrastructure; Complex, Large-scale, Interconnected, Open, Sociotechnical (CLIOS) Systems; and Bridge Performance. His advisors are Dr. A. Emin Aktan and Dr. Sabrina Spatari.

J. Douglas GoetzDoug Goetz is originally from Portersville, PA and graduated from Slippery Rock University with a BS in Environmental Geoscience. Before he came to Drexel to pursue his MS and PhD in Environmental Engineering, he worked for PWI, Inc., a construction company in Pittsburgh, PA. His research interests are air quality and climate forcing impacts of oil and natural gas development, mobile monitoring, atmospheric modeling, atmospheric aerosols, air monitoring instrumentation. His advisor is Dr. Peter DeCarlo.

Award recipients met with Dr. Koerner on April 2nd to engage in discussion about their research topics.