Kelsey Arnold is the Marketing and Communications Specialist for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She manages and oversees the department marketing efforts as well as department outreach. Kelsey holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Technical Communication from Colorado State University and a Bachelor's degree in Geoscience with an emphasis on Operational Meteorology from Mississippi State University. During her free time, Kelsey enjoys traveling, aerial fitness, bowling, hiking, cooking, & spending time with her husband; Sean, Lab/Chow Mix; Missy, and Tuxedo Cat; Westley.
Mark Bryant is our department’s technician and safety officer. His days are filled with not only helping staff and faculty with projects and research, but he is constantly working with our students on their research. He ensures that all research projects and tests are done efficiently, effectively and safely.
Olivia serves as an academic advisor for undergraduate civil and construction engineering students. She also assists students who are interested in the Nuclear Minor option. Olivia holds a Master’s in Education in College Students Services Administration from Oregon State University. A fun fact about Olivia: She’s spent most of her life in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington) and really enjoys the mountains and sunny weather here in Utah!
Jason Duhaine is the Database Administrator for CvEEN. He started out in financials and became interested in programming and development. He currently works with UTAPS, UDOT and highway safety where he manages crash data.
Tiffany Hortin is the Administrative Manager for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is oversees the daily operations of the department. She assists with the department hiring and onboarding processes, faculty grants, and faculty appointments. Tiffany holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Lawrence University. When she is away from the office she trains for triathlons and is usually found outdoors with her family.
Wendy McKenney serves as an Academic Advisor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She advises for the following degrees: BS in Civil Engineering, BS in Construction Engineering, MS in Construction Engineering, minor in Nuclear Engineering and BS in Civil Engineering at the Utah Asia Campus. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Utah. Her favorite part about being an academic advisor is supporting and empowering students to reach their academic, professional and personal goals! When not advising, Wendy can be found running half marathons and spending time with her husband and furbabies.
Cathy Merkel is the Accountant for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She assists with and monitors the faculty research grants, purchasing, budgeting, and travel. Cathy holds a Master's degree in Accounting from the University of Utah, and she is a Certified Public Accountant. In her free time, Cathy enjoys going on walks, knitting, and spending time with her family.
Steven Pappas is the Reactor Supervisor for the University of Utah TRIGA Reactor (UUTR) in the Nuclear Engineering Facility. He leads reactor operations for research projects and operator training, provides maintenance and equipment upgrades for the reactor and associated systems, trains new and re-qualifies current reactor operators, and supervises usage of the associated lab space and measurement equipment. Steven is an NRC licensed Senior Reactor Operator of the UUTR. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Utah. In his free time, Steven enjoys reading, hiking, camping, and running.
Courtney serves as the Graduate Academic Advisor within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She supports graduate students in the fields of Civil, Environmental and Nuclear Engineering, from prospective students through degree completion. Courtney holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont. In her free time, you can find her trail running in the Wasatch or gardening at her home.
Dr. Meng-Jen (Vince) Wang is a research scientist of the Nuclear engineering program under the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is actively participating in various research activities, which includes computational work on the UTRIGA reactor, reactor operation for research projects, exploring new research ideas with the UNEP facility, and working on collaborated project with other faculty members at the University of Utah. Dr. Wang received his BS in Physics (Fu-Jen Catholic University), MS in Nuclear Engineering (National Tsing-Hua University), and PhD in Nuclear Engineering (Virginia Tech). His expertise is particle transport simulation, includes method development and its applications. He enjoys working with the faculty members from different research expertises. He also enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, or fishing.