CEE News

New Online Energy Infrastructure Master's ProgramFebruary 2017 | CEE News
Coming Soon: New Online Energy Infrastructure Master’s Program

UW CEE is pleased to announce a new online Master of Science in Civil Engineering: Energy Infrastructure program, which will launch in autumn 2018. With a focus on energy infrastructure, the program will prepare students to plan, design, construct and manage energy related infrastructure projects.
Read more here.


CEE Student Group LeadersJanuary 2017 | CEE News
Leading the Way: CEE Seniors Share What It's Like Leading Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge and ASCE

From the Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge teams to ASCE’s UW Chapter, four seniors share what it’s like leading CEE’s undergraduate student organizations, and what their goals are for the year.

Read more here.

January 2017 | CEE News
Five CEE Faculty Receive Global Innovation Fund Awards

GIF Awards GroupFive CEE faculty members have received Global Innovation Fund Awards, which provide seed funding for faculty research proposals that enhance the UW’s global engagement and reach. Congratulations to faculty members Amy Kim, Faisal Hossain, Heidi Gough, Tim Larson and Julian Marshall! Read more here.

Faisal Hossain

January 2017 | CEE News
Research Advises Policy Recommendations to Address Future Water Shortage for Major U.S. Cities

Led by associate professor Faisal Hossain, a new study analyzing river basins in 42 major cities throughout the United States has determined not only which ones may experience water shortages in the future, but also includes policy recommendations.

Read more here.

Erkan IstanbulluogluJanuary 2017 | CEE News
Water Resources Research Editors Honor Erkan Istanbulluoglu’s Research for Significance

A study published by a team of researchers including associate professor Erkan Istanbulluoglu has received the 2015 Editor’s Choice Award by the Water Resources Research (WWR) journal. The award is reserved for the top 1% of articles, recognizing the most significant studies published in the journal.

Read more here.

Brett MaurerJanuary 2017 | CEE News
Assistant Professor Brett Maurer Joins UW CEE Geotechnical Research Group

The CEE Department welcomes incoming assistant professor Brett Maurer. In addition to teaching, Maurer will be advancing his research on geotechnical earthquake engineering with the goal of reducing the impacts of earthquakes on civil infrastructure, human life and the environment.

Read more here.

PacTrans LogoDecember 2016 | CEE News
USDOT Awards $14 Million to CEE-Led Transportation Center

The CEE-based Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium has been awarded approximately $14 million over five years from the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve the mobility of people and goods across the Pacific Northwest.

Read more here.

Beavers Charitable Trust Scholarship RecipientsDecember 2016 | CEE News
CEE Students Awarded Beavers Charitable Trust Scholarships

Two UW CEE students have been awarded Beavers Charitable Trust Scholarships. Undergraduates Casey Hoyt and Liz Guilford are recipients of $5,000 scholarships for students who plan to pursue careers in the construction engineering field.

Read more here.


NHERI Disaster Data CenterDecember 2016 | CEE News
Disaster Data: $4 Million NSF Grant Funds New CEE-Led Center

The UW has received a five-year, $4.1 million Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure grant from the National Science Foundation to fund a new disaster investigation center that will be led by CEE faculty.

Read more here.

Stuart Strand LabNovember 2016 | CEE News
CEE Researchers Develop Grasses to Neutralize Training Range Pollution

To minimize the pollution that originates at military base training ranges throughout the country, a team of researchers led by CEE research professor Stuart Strand has developed a new grass species.

Read more here.


Wayne LevinsonNovember 2016 | CEE News
Alumnus Wayne Levinson Receives PSBJ 40 Under 40 Award

This fall, alumnus Wayne Levinson (MSCTL ’17) received a Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award, which recognizes business leaders under the age of 40.

Read more here.

Bridge Newsletter Cover

November 2016 | CEE News
The Bridge Newsletter: Fall 2016

UW CEE's alumni newsletter, The Bridge, details department news and updates. The Fall 2016 edition is now available!

Read more here.


Group PhotoOctober 2016 | CEE News
Summer Success Stories: Internship Features

It was a busy summer for many undergraduates who decided to use their time off from school to pursue internships with a variety of companies. From working on a light rail system in Hawaii to the Elliott Bay Seawall Project in Seattle, several undergraduate seniors advanced their skills with real-world experience.

Read more here.


Don MacKenzieOctober 2016 | CEE News
Seattle's Low Income Neighborhoods See Faster Uber Service

Depending on your ethnicity and gender, Uber or Lyft might not be such a quick ride. A team of researchers including CEE Assistant Professor Don MacKenzie has found that discrimination impacts the quality of transportation for many people who utilize these ride options.

Read more here.

CEE Alumni TailgateOctober 2016 | CEE News
CEE Alumni Tailgate Launches Giving Campaign

The annual alumni tailgate on October 22 marked the public launch of UW's campus-wide fundraising campaign "Be Boundless: For Washington, For the World." During the event, alumni were asked to consider matching Georgia Tech's recent CEE department campaign participation rate of 50 percent.

Read more here.

SCTL CenterOctober 2016 | CEE News
New CEE Center to Work with Industry, City on Delivery Challenges

The newly launched Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics (SCTL) Center has partnered with retailers Costco, Nordstrom and UPS, as well as the Seattle Department of Transportation, to devise solutions to better deliver goods throughout the city. The SCTL is the first center of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.  

Read more here.

Graph ImageOctober 2016 | CEE News
Alum, Faculty Receive Best Paper Prize

A paper authored by alum Carter Mast (Ph.D. '13) and faculty members Pedro Arduino, Peter Mackenzie-Helnwein and Gregory Miller has received a best paper prize from the international geoengineering research journal Acta Geotechnica.

Read more here.

NHERI GrantOctober 2016 | CEE News
New CEE-Led Disaster Investigation Center Funded by $4 Million NSF Grant

Led by UW CEE faculty, a new Post-Disaster Rapid Response Research Facility will enable the collection, assessment and archiving of high-quality data in the aftermath of disasters, which will be used to develop more resilient communities.

Read more here.

Safat SikderSeptember 2016 | CEE News
Graduate Student Safat Sikder Receives NASA Fellowship

Thanks to a three-year NASA Fellowship, graduate student Safat Sikder will be working to develop cost-effective and sustainable flood forecasting tools for monsoon regions in developing countries.

Read more here.

Michael GomezSeptember 2016 | CEE News
Incoming Faculty Member Michael Gomez Wins Telford Premium Prize

Assistant Professor Michael Gomez, who joins the CEE Department in March 2017, has been honored with a 2016 Telford Premium Journal Prize, which recognizes authors of the top papers published in ICE journals.

Read more here.

William CurrierSeptember 2016 | CEE News
Student Success: William Currier Receives NASA Fellowship

Thanks to a three-year NASA Fellowship, graduate student William Currier will be improving water forecasting by more accurately predicting the amount of water stored as snow in forested areas.

Read more here.

Julian MarshallSeptember 2016 | CEE News
A Breath of Fresh Air: Meet Professor Julian Marshall

An air pollution researcher, Professor Julian Marshall joined the UW Civil & Environmental Engineering Department in February 2016 as the John R. Kiely Endowed Professor.

Read more here.


groupSeptember 2016 | CEE News
2016 Engineering Lecture Series Features CEE Faculty

The 2016 UW College of Engineering fall lecture series "City Smarts: Engineering Resilient Communities" features CEE faculty members who will be sharing their expertise on topics that all share the common theme of creating stronger cities.

Read more here.

Mobile Sensing TechnologySeptember 2016 | CEE News
Mobile Sensing Technology Gets a Green Light to Improve Bus Service

Developed by a team of UW CEE researchers, newly patented technology will soon be applied to large-scale transit networks, making it easier and less expensive than ever to learn about bus rider travel patterns and improve bus service.

Read more here.


Nirnimesh KumarSeptember 2016 | CEE News
Oceanographer Nirnimesh Kumar Joins UW CEE

UW CEE welcomes new faculty member Nirnimesh Kumar. A coastal physical oceanographer, Kumar researches circulation patterns and how long it takes for contaminants to travel from shallow to deep water.

Read more here.


WaterWorks Summer ProgramAugust 2016 | CEE News
Fourth Annual WaterWorks Summer Program

As part of the UW CEE WaterWorks summer program, Seattle-area teachers and students were introduced to the field of environmental engineering, with a focus on learning about the water supply and treatment process.

Read more here.


Jeff BanAugust 2016 | CEE News
Transportation Expert Jeff Ban Joins UW CEE

UW CEE welcomes new faculty member Jeff Ban, who joins the transportation engineering research group. From designing cars to developing transportation infrastructure, Ban has extensive experience and is eager to address the transportation challenges of today.

Read more here.


Alum Marc EdwardsAugust 2016 | CEE News
Alum Marc Edwards Featured in NYT Magazine

The New York Times Magazine features an in-depth story about alum Marc Edwards (Ph.D. '90), who was named one of the world's most 100 influential people by Time Magazine.

Read more here.


Pakistani FarmerAugust 2016 | CEE News
Satellite-Based Text Message Irrigation Advisory System Helps Pakistani Farmers Stay Above Water

Farmers in Pakistan who grow bananas, wheat and a variety of other crops have started receiving weekly text messages that advise them how much to water their crops, thanks to an irrigation advisory system developed by UW CEE researchers.

Read more here.

Julian MarshallJuly 2016 | CEE News
Cleaner Cookstove Adoption Proves Challenging

New research by a team that includes Professor Julian Marshall finds that household air pollution levels were only slightly lower for families that were given cleaner cookstoves.

Read more here.

Joe WartmanJuly 2016 | CEE News
Joe Wartman Honored with 2016 Burwell Award for Oso Landslide Research

In recognition of his research on the deadliest United States landslide disaster, Associate Professor Joe Wartman is honored with the GSA's most prestigious prize for engineering geology.


Read more here.

Alum Marc Edwards July 2016 | CEE News
A Timeless Honor: Alum Marc Edwards Named One of the World's Most Influential People by Time Magazine

Now a professor at Virginia Tech, alum Marc Edwards is a nationally recognized expert on water quality. He was named one of the world's most 100 influential people by Time Magazine for his work to uncover lead poisoning during the Flint water crisis.

Read more here.

Master's Degree GraduatesJune 2016 | CEE News
Congratulations, Graduates! 2016 Graduation Celebration

More than 1,300 people gathered on June 12, 2016, for the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering graduation ceremony to celebrate 270 graduates.

Read more here.

National Concrete Canoe CompetitionJune 2016 | CEE News
Concrete Canoe Team Claims 10th Place at Nationals

The UW Concrete Canoe Team claimed 10th place at the National Concrete Canoe Competition at UT Tyler, Texas, this past weekend on June 9-11, 2016.

Read more here.

Retiring FacultyJune 2016 | CEE News
UW CEE Celebrates Two Faculty Retirements

The UW CEE Community celebrates the retirements of two faculty members. Mark Benjamin retires after 39 years with the department and David Stensel retires after 32 years.

Read more here.

Steve Kramer

June 2016 | CEE News
Professor Steve Kramer Receives International 2016 Nigel Priestley Prize

The first geotechnical engineer to receive the award, UW CEE Professor Steve Kramer has been honored with the 2016 Nigel Priestley Prize.

Read more here.

UW Concrete Canoe TeamJune 2016 | CEE News
Concrete Canoe Team Featured on UW Homepage

UW CEE's Concrete Canoe Team is featured in an article on the UW Homepage. The 40-member student team has earned a strong reputation over the years, winning numerous competitions.

Read more here.


Don MackenzieMay 2016 | CEE News
Don MacKenzie's Driverless Car Research Featured in The New York Times

An expert on the anticipated environmental impact of self-driving cars, Assistant Professor Don MacKenzie's research was featured in The New York Times and more than 500 other news outlets.

Read more here.


Ruimin KeMay 2016 | CEE News
STAR Lab Collision Avoidance Research Featured on KIRO 7

Ph.D. student Ruimin Ke, from the STAR Lab, was featured on KIRO 7 for his work on a collision avoidance project. Pilot technology was installed on 38 buses in the Seattle area, which displays a warning to bus drivers when cars, pedestrians and cyclists get dangerously close.

Read more here.


Julian MarshallMay 2016 | CEE News
New CEE-Led Center for Air Pollution Research Funded by $10 Million EPA Grant

To address the nation's pressing need for better air quality, a new research center co-directed by Professor Julian Marshall has received a $10 million Air, Climate and Energy grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. The new center will headquarter collaborative research on air pollution management and strategies for improving air quality.

Read more here.

May 2016 | CEE News
Hydropower Research Featured in ASCE Civil Engineering Magazine

CEE Associate Professor Faisal Hossain's hydropower research is featured in the May 2016 edition of the ASCE Civil Engineering Magazine. In the article, Hossain discusses the missed potential for hydropower, which he says is the result of keeping water at reservoirs at lower levels than needed during times of overestimated flooding.

Read more here.

April, 2016 | CEE News
Can your e-commerce supply chain operation deliver it all?

Anne Goodchild, CEE Faculty and Academic Director of the SCTL Master's Program, and Bill Keough, SCTL Managing Director, explore new research-based strategies to meet high customer service and environmental sustainability expectations amid business demands for cost efficiency in the March/April issue of Supply Chain Management Review.

Read more here.

April 13, 2016 | CEE News
Welcome and Congratulations to Barbara Ivanov!

CEE is pleased to welcome Barbara Ivanov as the Chief Operating Officer of the new Supply Chain and Transportation Logistics Center at the University of Washington!

Read more here.

AgriC TeamMarch 2016 | CEE News
New Biodegradable Plastic Wins Environmental Innovation Challenge

The $15,000 grand-prize winning team, which includes CEE student Xinyao Ding, impressed judges at the Environmental Innovation Challenge with a new type of biodegradable plastic.

Read more here.

pakisdtanFebruary 29, 2016 | UW Today
NASA data used to track groundwater in Pakistan

The vast farmlands of Pakistan — a country with an economy based on agriculture — rely on one of the largest continuous irrigation systems in the world. Farmers were once able to depend solely on rivers and man-made canals fed by glaciers and rain.

Read more here.

google_carFebruary 25, 2016 | UW Today
Driverless cars could increase reliance on roads

Driverless vehicles could intensify car use — reducing or even eliminating promised energy savings and environmental benefits, a new study co-authored by a University of Washington engineer finds.

Read more here.

Yinhai WangJanuary 20, 2016 | UW Today
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi sensing from mobile devices may help improve bus service

On any given bus ride, a good share of passengers are reading, texting or rocking out to music on their phones or tablets. In the future, those mobile devices may add more value to our transit commutes than simply filling time.

Read more here.

Cynthia ChenJanuary 6, 2016 | UW Today
What motivates people to walk and bike? It varies by income

Lower- and middle-income King C ounty residents who live in denser neighborhoods with stores, libraries and othe r destinations within easy reach are more likely to walk or bike, according to n ew University of Washington research.

Read more here.

Don MackenzieDecember 15, 2015 | UW Today
Fuel economy improvements in US climate commitment on par with 1970s gains

To hold up its end of the landmark climate deal signed in Paris last week, the U.S. will need to make cars and trucks of the future far more fuel efficient. Its commitment to reduce carbon pollution relies — in part — on fuel economy standards enacted by the Obama administration that aim to increase the fuel efficiency of cars and light trucks to the equivalent of 54 miles per gallon by 2025.

Read more here.

mountain hydrology, yosemite, undergraduate researchSeptember 3, 2015 | CEE News
Summer in Yosemite: An undergraduate research experience

CEE junior Eric Keenan spent the summer studying mountain hydrology in Yosemite National Park. Working under the mentorship of Jessica Lundquist, associate professor of hydrology and hydrodynamics, and the Yosemite Hydroclimate Project, Eric maintained and developed a wilderness network of meteorological and hydrologic instruments designed to better understand snowmelt timing and magnitude in complex, remote, and hard to access terrain. Read on to see beautiful photos of the research sites.

Read more here.

decadal survey, faisal hossain, remote sensingAugust 31, 2015 | CEE News
NASA workshop strengthens community, application of satellite date

NASA observations from satellites, or earth observing (EO) systems, show the potential for profound impact on society. CEE hosted the NASA decadal survey workshop, Globalizing Societal Application of Scientific Research and Observations from Remote Sensing: The Path Forward, June 23 – 25 to address how to convert the massive amounts of remote sensing data to practical decision-making products for end users.

Read more here.

ocean temperature, Wei Qin, archaeaAugust 27, 2015 | UW Today
Lab experiments question popular measure of ancient ocean temperatures

An increasingly popular method to deduce historic sea surface temperatures uses marine archaea as a 150-million-year record of ocean temperatures. But University of Washington research shows this measure has a major hitch: The single-celled organism's growth varies based on changes in ocean oxygen levels.  Results published in August in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences show that oxygen deprivation can alter the temperature calculations by as much as 21 degrees Celsius. First author Wei Qin, CEE doctoral student, is quoted.

Read more here.

paolo calvi, new faculty, structural engineeringAugust 25, 2015 | CEE News
New Faculty Spotlight: Meet Paolo Calvi

Paolo Calvi joined the CEE department as assistant professor in structural engineering, effective this September. Calvi obtained his PhD from the University of Toronto in June 2015 and comes most recently from the University at Buffalo, SUNY where he was a postdoctoral researcher.

Read more here.


big beam, pci, john stantonAugust 14, 2015 | CEE News
UW strikes it big at Big Beam competition

Two UW CEE teams entered the Prestressed Concrete Institute, or PCI, Big Beam competition this year, and one team (Wai Lok Chung, Kok Wong, Si Kei Ngan, Yousif Alshaba and Givens Lam) placed 4th overall, with a first place victory in the Best Report category. The other team (Jorden Cox, Hyung Kim, Bryan Lee and Alec Yeutter) placed 12th overall. Congratulations!

Read more here.

david butman, co2 emissions, streams, riversAugust 13, 2015 | UW Today
CO2 emissions change with size of streams and rivers

New findings, recently published in Nature Geoscience, show that carbon dioxide is released in streams by way of two different sources — either as a direct pipeline for groundwater and carbon-rich soils, or from aquatic organisms releasing the gas through respiration and natural decay. Co-author David Butman, assistant professor of CEE and environmental and forest sciences, said the main takeaway is that rivers and streams don't all behave the same way with regard to putting out carbon dioxide.

Read more here.

scott rutherford, drivingAugust 6, 2015 | WalletHub
2015's Best & Worst Cities to Be a Driver

In a recent ranking by Wallethub, 100 of the most populated U.S. cities were evaluated according to the costs of car ownership and commuting — in terms of time, money and safety — as well as the environment for leisure drivers. Transportation professor Scott Rutherford weighed in on traffic safety and innovation.

Read more here.

david stensel, wef, water environment fellowAugust 4, 2015
Stensel named Water Environment Federation Fellow

David Stensel, environmental engineering professor, has been named a 2015 fellow of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) for distinguished accomplishments in the field of water quality. The WEF Fellows Program recognizes the professional achievement, stature and contributions of WEF members to the preservation and enhancement of the global water environment.


concrete canoe, national competition, uwJuly 29, 2015 | CEE News
Concrete Canoe Team reaches top ten at national competition

After 3,500 person-hours and many unique challenges, the UW Concrete Canoe team is proud to have placed ninth at the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition, the team's fourth time placing in the top ten. Eighteen members competed from June 20 to 22 at Clemson University after placing first at the Pacific Northwest Regional Conference in late April.

Read more here.

graduation, civil engineeringJuly 10, 2015 | CEE News
Congratulations, graduates! 2015 CEE Graduation Celebration

The 2015 Graduation Celebration was held on Sunday, June 14 and featured several speakers, faculty and student awards, and a reception following the program.

Photos of the event can be viewed here.


Read more here.

dongho chang, sdot, seattle, transportationJuly 9, 2015 | Next City
Streets Experiments Made This City Engineer a Celebrity Bureaucrat

BSCE alumnus Dongho Chang, traffic engineer at Seattle Department of Transportation, works to implement smart and sustainable transportation solutions. As part of Seattle's move to experiment with next-generation infrastructure, his leadership and willingness to go against the grain has won acclaim from alternative transportation advocates. Transportation engineering professor Scott Rutherford is also mentioned.

Read more here.

algal bloom, lake, water quality, Mike BrettJuly 8, 2015 | The Seattle Times
High temperatures, sunny skies could aggravate algal bloom in lakes

Conditions are lining up this summer for an increase in algal bloom in lakes around Puget Sound. Algal blooms, which thrive on sunny days, can lead to illness or death in people and animals. Mike Brett, environmental engineering professor, comments on the water quality of Lake Union and Green Lake.

Read more here.

heta kosonen, International Construction Specialty Conference July 2, 2015 | CEE News
Kosonen, Kim awarded Best Paper at ICSC

PhD student Heta Kosonen and CEE assistant professor Amy Kim were awarded Best Paper at the 5th International Construction Specialty Conference, held June 7 -10 in Vancouver BC, for their work on assessing the feasibility of plug load monitoring and energy-efficiency interventions.

Read more here.


Green Seed fund, dorothy reed, amy kim, indoor environmental qualityJune 19, 2015 | CEE News
Too hot, too cold, or just right: Green Seed project evaluates indoor thermal comfort

CEE faculty Amy Kim and Dorothy Reed, project co-investigators, along with ISE graduate research assistant Stanley Wang and Yiming Liu, CEE engineering technician, examined the thermal comfort of the LEED-certified Gold Husky Union Building in the Green Seed Fund project Indoor Environment Quality Assessment.

Read more here.

NASA, satellite, decadal survey, faisal hossainJune 17, 2015 | UW Today
UW workshop aims to marry NASA data with Earthly needs

NASA observations from satellites have the potential to greatly benefit society, from early flood warnings to predictions of mosquito-borne disease outbreaks. CEE will host a national workshop with experts in health, air quality, agriculture, water resources, ecological forecasting and disaster management with an aim to bridge the gap between observations collected in space and on-the-ground needs. Faisal Hossain, associate professor of hydrology and hydrodynamics, is featured.

Read more here.

flipped class, flipping the classroom, Alex Horner-Devine, civil engineeringJune 11, 2015 | CEE News
Flipping the classroom: Student engagement soars in new approach

Alex Horner-Devine, associate professor of hydrology and hydrodynamics, wanted to experiment with altering the delivery of his CEE 347 Fluid Mechanics class. Bringing a portion of the lecture online and incorporating new tools inside and out of the classroom, Horner-Devine created a "partially" flipped class to tackle derivations and increase student learning.

Read more here.

darcy akers, dean's medal, awardJune 8, 2015 | CEE News
Darcy Akers awarded Dean's Medal

As a student in the classroom, researcher in the lab, and a leader in professional and humanitarian work, Darcy Akers has excelled in many areas during her time in CEE. Akers, a senior, has been honored with the 2015 College of Engineering Dean's Medal for Academic Excellence.

Read more here.


NASA decadal survey, remote sensing, satellite dataJune 4, 2015 | CEE News
CEE to host NASA decadal survey workshop

From June 23 – 25, CEE will host the NASA decadal survey workshop, Globalizing Societal Application of Scientific Research and Observations from Remote Sensing: The Path Forward. Organized by Faisal Hossain, hydrology and hydrodynamics associate professor, the workshop will produce a roadmap for the application of NASA satellite data and action items required in the coming decade for NASA Applied Sciences and Capacity Building programs.

Read more here.

oso landslide, joe wartmanJune 2, 2015 | The Seattle Times
Laser map gave clue to Oso slide's ferocity

An upper hillside destabilized by previous landslides may have set the stage for the Oso landslide, scientists say. Geotechnical engineering associate professor Joe Wartman and colleagues are comparing the Oso slide to a database of nearly 1,000 slides, evaluating the risk posed by other slopes.

Read more here.

evans lecture, geotechnical engineering, suzanne lacasseJune 1, 2015 | CEE News
Zhou receives 2015 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

Nicolette Zhou, CEE PhD candidate, has received the 2015 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. The award recognizes mentors for outstanding efforts in guiding undergraduates to become scholars.

Read more here.

evans lecture, geotechnical engineering, suzanne lacasseMay 29, 2015
2015 Evans Lecture now online

The 2015 Daniel L. and Irma Evans Lecture featured Dr. Suzanne Lacasse, Technical Director at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, who presented her lecture "Hazard, Risk and Reliability in Geotechnical Practice" on May 14. Dr. Lacasse discussed how one can implement, with benefit, concepts of hazard, risk and reliability to assist in design, decision-making and engineering recommendations.

Watch the lecture here.

nepal, earthquake, openstreetmap, civil engineeringMay 27, 2015 | CEE News
Students use open source mapping to aid relief efforts in Nepal

Using open data software OpenStreetMap, Jessica Kaminsky's CEE 420 Civil Engineering in Developing Communities class joined an online community effort to turn satellite imagery of Nepal into maps and aid the earthquake relief effort.

"Finding that one little village with no major highways and being able to tell someone that that village is there is really rewarding," said graduate student Leigh Allison.

Read more here.

greenroads, kirkland, steve muench, jeralee andersonMay 26, 2015 | KUOW
Kirkland Has The World's Greenest Road

What does the greenest road in the world look like? Steve Muench, associate professor of construction engineering, comments on the Kirkland road with the highest rating from The Greenroads Foundation. Greenroads, which manages the certification process for sustainable roadway and bridge construction projects, evolved from CEE research, and alumna Jeralee Anderson is executive director.

Read more here.

mark benjamin, aeesp awardMay 11, 2015
Benjamin receives AEESP Award for Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Engineering and Science Education

Mark Benjamin, professor of environmental engineering, received the 2015 AEESP Award for Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Engineering and Science Education. This award recognizes the development of innovative teaching methods, including the application of these methods in the classroom and the dissemination of methods to the academic community.


James Liu, award, amtaMay 4, 2015
James Liu receives AMTA Student Best Paper Award

James Liu, CEE PhD student advised by Dr. Mark Benjamin, received the Student Best Paper Award from the American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) for his paper titled, "Moving Fouling Away from the Membrane: Microgranular Adsorptive Filtration and Fouling Isolation." This award is given in recognition of outstanding preparation and presentation on a technical paper by a student at an AMTA/AWWA Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition.


university of washington, concrete canoeApril 28, 2015 | CEE News
UW Concrete Canoe Team wins regional conference

For the third consecutive year, the UW Concrete Canoe Team won the 2015 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Pacific Northwest Regional Conference and qualifies for the National Concrete Canoe Championship in June. The team paddled their canoe, the Ska'anna, to first place in all of the race categories at the competition in Pocatello, Idaho.

Read more here.

jim thomson, arctic ice, climate changeApril 22, 2015 | Scientific American
Giant Waves Change Arctic Ecology and Weather

Measurements of giant waves captured by Jim Thomson, CEE associate professor and oceanographer with the UW Applied Physics Lab, in the Arctic Ocean in 2012 may hold the key to why Arctic ice is disappearing faster than predicted.

"Until now, waves have not been included in a systems model that takes the ocean, the atmosphere, the weather and the sea ice, then couples them all together to make a better forecast," Thomson said.

Read more here.

delivery service, anne goodchildApril 21, 2015 | Innovation Hub
Is the Delivery Economy Bad for the Planet?

Anne Goodchild, associate professor of transportation engineering, discussed the carbon footprint and impact on traffic in the delivery economy with Innovation Hub.

"Overall, in most environments, you produce a smaller CO2 footprint with the use of a delivery service," she explained.

Read more here.

stenselApril 17, 2015
Stensel receives PNCWA Individual Distinguished Achievement Award

David Stensel, professor of environmental engineering, received the Individual Distinguished Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA). This award recognizes a PNCWA member for distinguished service rendered in the interest of pollution abatement, and for contributing fundamentally and practically to the advancement of the industry.

waterworks, water science workshopApril 16, 2015 | CEE News
WaterWorks offers students and teachers unique opportunity in water sciences

This summer, high school students and teachers will experience cutting-edge research and hands-on learning in water sciences. WaterWorks, led by CEE assistant professor Michael Dodd, is an innovative series of two workshops - one for teachers, and one for students - that introduces participants to environmental engineering, water quality and water science. Applications for this free workshop are now open.

Read more here.

faisal hossain, walter l. huber civil engineering research prizeApril 15, 2015
Hossain receives Walter L. Huber award

Faisal Hossain, associate professor of hydrology and hydrodynamics, received the 2015 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers. The award recognizes notable achievements in research related to civil engineering by younger researchers (generally under 40 years of age). Hossain was recognized "For contributions to the analysis of infrastructure resilience through land-atmosphere analyses and satellite remote sensing for more robust management of water resources in an increasingly human-impacted environment."

infrastructure, seattle, steve muenchApril 14, 2015 | KUOW
Seattle's Aging Infrastructure Outliving Intended Lifespan

Steve Muench, CEE associate professor, spoke with KUOW's Ross Reynolds about the state of transportation infrastructure in Seattle and beyond.

"The [infrastructure] problem is the same everywhere," said Muench. "It's generally old, we don't take care of it with enough resources and effort, and it's getting older. And it turns out, the older it gets, as you might suspect, the more it costs to fix it."

Listen here.

mari winklerApril 13, 2015 |  CEE News
CEE welcomes Mari Winkler

Mari Winkler joined the department as assistant professor in environmental engineering this April. Winkler brings a strong background of process engineering, microbiology, resource recovery and innovative wastewater and sludge treatment.

Read more here.


bonderman, fellowship, pers onsager, travelApril 9, 2015 | University Honors Program & the Graduate School
2015 Fellows selected

Per Onsager, master's student in geotechnical engineering, has received a 2015 Bonderman Travel Fellowship. These fellowships, awarded to fourteen University of Washington students each year, enable students to undertake independent international travel and come to know cultures, peoples, and areas of the world with which they are not familiar. While traveling across two continents and six countries, students may not pursue academic study, projects or research. 

Learn more about Per's plans to travel the world here.

megaproject, infrastructure, joe mahoney, bertha, seattle tunnelApril 1, 2015 | Crosscut
Bertha Rising: The ailing cutterhead assembly breaks the surface

The fourth and final piece of Bertha, the tunnel-boring machine, has been removed and brought to the surface, marking the end of a successful lift. CEE professor Joe Mahoney commented on the difficulty of lifting the 57-foot-tall face of Bertha, and the greater challenges of projects of this magnitude.

"People anticipate perfection," Mahoney said. "But big, one-off projects are so hard to do perfectly."

Read more here.

megaproject, infrastructure, john stanton, bertha, seattle tunnelMarch 24, 2015 | The Seattle Times
U.S. snoozes while rest of world invests in infrastructure

While the American Society of Civil Engineers grades the U.S. infrastructure a D-plus, megaprojects and infrastructure investments around the world are growing and are seen as essential to national economies. John Stanton, CEE professor, weighed in on the factors involved in achieving ambitious infrastructure in the U.S. today.

Read more here.

oso, landslide, joseph wartman, oso landslideMarch 21, 2015 | The New York Times
How to Make Landslides Less Deadly

In this op-ed, CEE associate professor Joseph Wartman and Earth and Space Sciences professor David Montgomery discuss how mapping could make landslides less deadly, and the challenges local, state and national mapping programs have faced.

"With extreme weather events expected to become increasingly common, we need to commit to a program to systematically map landslide hazards across the nation and use that information to reduce landslide risks."

Read more here.

joseph wartman, oso, oso landslideMarch 20, 2015 |  UW Today
UW geologist, engineer reflect back one year later on nation's deadliest landslide

One year after the deadliest landslide in U.S. history struck Oso, CEE associate professor Joseph Wartman and David Montgomery, professor of Earth and space sciences, reflect on the past year in an interview with UW Today. Both Wartman and Montgomery called for better application of knowledge into practice.

"One of the things that's become much more apparent to me is just the importance of making sure the science doesn't die on the vine," said Wartman.

Read more here.

Yixin MaoMarch 17, 2015 |  CEE News
CEE student volunteers, shares love of science and engineering

CEE doctoral student Yixin Mao was among a number of UW volunteers who served as Science Fair Mentors at Bryant Elementary School during winter quarter 2015.
"I think it's meaningful to stimulate kids' interests in science while they are young," said Yixin. "And I feel science fairs really do that job."

Read more here.

SERVIR, NASA, flood forecast, Faisal Hossain, BangladeshMarch 11, 2015 | NASA
Bangladesh Announces Nationwide Use of SERVIR Satellite-based Flood Forecasting and Warning System

A new satellite-based flood forecasting and warning system developed by SERVIR will be expanded nationwide in Bangladesh, where floodwaters kill hundreds of people and affect millions annually. The system provides the longest lead time for flood warnings in Bangladesh, issuing warnings eight days in advance in 2014. CEE associate professor and SERVIR Applied Sciences Team member Faisal Hossain developed the system. "We hope this is the beginning of a new journey, a new era for further development of the flood early warning system using space data or space technology."

Read more here.

suzanne lacasse, evans lectureMarch 6, 2015
Suzanne Lacasse to speak at 2015 Evans Lecture

The 2015 Daniel L. and Irma Evans Lecture will feature Dr. Suzanne Lacasse, Technical Director at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute. Dr. Lacasse will present her talk, "Hazard, Risk and Reliability in Geotechnical Practice," at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 14.

Read more here.


pedro arduino, uw, college of engineering, deanMarch 4, 2015 | UW College of Engineering
CEE's Pedro Arduino will be the new associate dean of infrastructure

Dean Michael Bragg announced the appointment today of Pedro Arduino, CEE professor, as the associate dean of infrastructure beginning March 9, 2015. Arduino will collaborate with the College of Engineering on space policy, new infrastructure initiatives, and general use and planning for centralized facilities. With many large projects in the planning stages or already underway, this role will have an important impact on the College and UW.

Read more here.

oso, oso landslide, joe wartmanFebruary 27, 2015 | Seattle Times
Geologists press for better maps to avoid 'the next Oso'

As the one-year anniversary of the Oso landslide approaches, Joe Wartman, CEE geotechnical professor, and other experts work to keep the issue in the public eye and translate lessons learned into action. Among the top needs are better maps to identify hazardous slopes and improved ways to communicate that information to homeowners and local governments.

Read more here.

pactrans, distracted driving, driving safety, transportationFebruary 25, 2015
PacTrans releases new video on teenage distracted driving

Inexperienced drivers are at particular risk for distraction from factors within and outside of the car. Watch the latest video from the Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans), which conducted a large outreach project to both examine teenage driver distraction and increase teen awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.

Watch the video here.

lake nicaragua, grand canal, canalFebruary 19, 2015 | CEE News
Nicaragua canal raises concern over environmental, social costs

The interoceanic canal, one of the largest civil engineering and construction projects in the world, has just begun in Nicaragua. While proponents of the project say it will provide great economic benefit to Nicaragua, critics from around the world, including CEE professor Michael Brett, question the economic viability and worry the canal may cause negative long-term environmental and social impacts.

Read more here.

greg miller civil and environmental engineering chairFebruary 18, 2015 | Puget Sound Engineering Council
Miller receives 2015 Academic Engineer of the Year Award

Dr. Greg Miller, CEE chair and professor of structural engineering and mechanics, was selected as the 2015 Academic Engineer of the Year by the Puget Sound Engineering Council in recognition of "his exceptional career in education and research into structural fatigue and computational mechanics for modeling landslides and debris flows." 

Read more here.


northwest asian weekly foundationFebruary 17, 2015 | Northwest Asian Weekly
Women in male-dominated careers - Making a difference

Four CEE alumnae, Cheryl Paston, Linda De Boldt, Tina Soike, and Tanya Jimale, were among those recently honored by the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation for their contribution to the community and impact in their male-dominated careers.

"To get where I am, I received encouragement from family and friends, from formal and informal mentors. When I started my career, there weren't many other women. I benefited from the help of colleagues. There is no reason for the fear of entering a male-dominated career," said Linda De Boldt.

Read more here.

WAPA, scholarship, UWFebruary 10, 2015 | CEE News
28 CEE students awarded WAPA Scholarship

28 CEE undergraduate students recently received Washington Asphalt Pavement Association (WAPA) Scholarships, funded by WAPA and Washington State paving contractors and suppliers. The $1,000 scholarships are largely funded through endowments placed with the National Asphalt Pavement Association Research and Education Foundation. Selection criteria include consideration of academic performance, leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, and career and educational goals.

Read more here.

Anne Goodchild, cargo, chassis, congestionFebruary 5, 2015 | California Apparel News
More Chassis May Not Solve Peak Port Congestion Problem

Cargo congestion remains a concern at the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex, despite the launch of a more streamlined chassis fleet in March. At a logistics seminar on January 28 in Long Beach, California, keynote speaker Anne Goodchild, CEE associate professor, addressed port congestion problems and solutions. "Demand will likely be increasingly managed with price, like time-based pricing on highways with tolls," Goodchild said.

Read more here.

charles roeder, tewksbury award, seiFebruary 3, 2015
Roeder receives 2015 Tewksbury Award

Charles Roeder, CEE professor, was selected by the Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE to receive the 2015 Dennis L. Tewksbury Award. The award recognizes outstanding professional leadership in and service to SEI. Roeder has served in leadership roles and as an active member in many committees including the Dynamic Effects, Seismic Effects, and Flexural Members and Composite Construction committees, the SEI Technical Activities Division Executive Committee, and the SEI Awards Committee.


levee, joseph wartman, ellensburg, Irene RinehurtFebruary 2, 2015 | The Daily Record
Concerns mount over brush removal at Irene Rinehurt park

Proposed vegetation removal from the levees around ponds at Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park in Ellensburg is required by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, say city officials. Many community members and local natural resource-related agencies have commented on the project's environmental impact. CEE associate professor Joseph Wartman weighs in.

Read more here.

earthquake, big one, Jeff Berman, Joseph Wartman, civil engineeringJanuary 28, 2015 | UW Today
UW researchers helping region get ready for the next Big One

315 years after a massive quake struck the Washington and Oregon coast, University of Washington scientists are working to better understand and prepare for a megaquake. In this interdisciplinary effort, CEE associate professor Joseph Wartman will examine how shake maps affect landslide risk, and colleague Jeff Berman will look at the effect on buildings and other structures.

Read more here.

Colin Butler Mary Gates scholarJanuary 15, 2015 | CEE News
Six CEE students awarded Mary Gates Scholarship

"I loved spending time hiking and skiing in the mountains as a kid, but I never thought I would be able to work in that kind of environment while simultaneously studying engineering."

Colin Butler is among six CEE students recently awarded with the Mary Gates Research Scholarship for 2014-2015. These competitive scholarships allow undergraduates at the University of Washington to deepen their inquiry into a project or discipline while guided by faculty.

Read more here.

Bertha Seattle tunnel projectDecember 30, 2014 | Washington Post
Seattle confronts prospect of its own long-delayed Big Dig

The world's largest tunnel-boring machine, Bertha, has been stuck deep below Seattle's waterfront for over a year. To repair the malfunction machine, engineers have opted to dig a hole from above and haul the machine out by crane. But Bertha is stuck in soft ground just a few feet from the shoreline of Puget Sound, an area of the city that was itself once under water until engineers filled it in a century ago, said CEE professor Joe Mahoney. Pumping out surrounding groundwater to relieve pressure from the hole has caused additional problems.

Read more here.

david butman civil and environmental engineeringDecember 23, 2014 | Offshoots
Humans Adding 'Fossil' Carbon to Rivers

New research from CEE assistant professor David Butman suggests that the effects of human land-use choices reduce how much carbon is actually stored in the ground. Butman, who holds a joint appointment with the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS), is the lead author on a paper recently published in Nature Geoscience, "Increased mobilization of aged carbon to rivers by human disturbance." Butman and his co-authors determined how carbon isotopes of organic matter in rivers show the impact of land cover disturbances, and that a portion of dissolved organic carbon is in fact aged carbon that human disturbances have pushed back into the system.

Read more here.

greg miller civil and environmental engineering chairDecember 19, 2014 | UW College of Engineering
Greg Miller's appointment as CEE Chair extended through June 2018

Dean Michael Bragg announced December 18 that Greg Miller, CEE Chair, will extend his chair appointment through June 2018. "Greg has provided CEE with strong leadership and has been an advocate for faculty and students at the department, college, and university levels," noted Bragg.

Read more here.

improve flood forecast uw civil engineeringDecember 18, 2014 | UW Today
Improving forecasts for rain-on-snow flooding

Research from CEE PhD candidate Nicholas Wayand and CEE associate professor Jessica Lundquist is being used to better predict the risks of rain-on-snow flooding. Rather than rain melting or washing away the snow, warm air around the drops is primarily responsible for melting, along with warmer air from rainstorms which blow across the snow surface. The model developed by the researchers found that key risk factors include the shape of the basin and the amount of tree cover.

Read more here.

ground sinking seattle Bertha viaductDecember 12, 2014 | Yahoo! News
Tunnel repair rattles Seattle residents

A monitoring system has detected about one inch of ground sinking in parts of downtown Seattle. Residents and those working in the area have noticed changes in the neighborhood buildings, including cracks and settling. Steve Kramer, CEE professor, stated that the soils under Seattle are "fill and a hodge-podge of different materials" that were placed there in the late 1800s. "It's difficult to predict their behavior," he said. The sinking soil has prompted the inspection of a possible link to the de-watering of the Bertha tunneling machine pit.

Read more here.

GEO Appathon winnerDecember 1, 2014 | GEO Appathon 2014
Flood forecasting app takes fourth place in GEO Appathon 2014

LiquidEarth-River, an app that uses satellite radar altimeter data to forecast flood conditions downstream, took fourth place in the GEO Appathon 2014 out of 132 projects from nearly 50 countries. Led by CEE associate professor Faisal Hossain, the team's mobile application effort provides valuable water level information, such as river height, flood inundation, and reservoir storage directly to the user. With an improved ability to forecast water levels near rivers, the app aids in decision making on water management, particularly for climate change adaptation, anywhere in the world.

Read more here.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Wenk lecture DeLucaNovember 26, 2014
2014 Edward Wenk, Jr. lecture now online

The 2014 Edward Wenk, Jr. Endowed Lectureship in Technology and Public Policy featured Thomas DeLuca, professor and director of the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS), University of Washington, who presented his lecture "Forest and Environmental Sciences and Sustainability: A Quest for the 21st Century" on November 6. Dr. DeLuca discussed how the challenges of the future demand that we build on the tradition of collaboration between SEFS and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, with closer integration across multiple disciplines.

Watch the lecture here.

NASA applied sciences grantOctober 27, 2014 | CEE News
NASA Applied Sciences grant to drive innovation in water resources management

The NASA Applied Sciences Program recently awarded Faisal Hossain, CEE associate professor, with a four year, $1.48 million grant for improving the capacity of South Asian nations for sovereign water resources management using satellite and geodetic remote sensing. Dr. Hossain received the grant for his proposal titled "Towards Operational Water Resources Management in South Asia Exploiting Satellite Geodetic and Remote Sensing Technologies."

Read more here.

T.Y Lin AwardOctober 24, 2014 | BergerABAM
Eberhard, Stanton, Haraldsson receive 2014 T.Y. Lin Award

CEE faculty member Marc Eberhard, John Stanton, professors of structural engineering, and Olafur Haraldsson, M.S. '11, received the 2014 T.Y. Lin Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). This award, which recognizes papers that contribute to the field of prestressed concrete, was given for the paper "Accelerated bridge construction in Washington State: From research to practice."

Read more here.

PacTrans STAR Lab transportationOctober 20, 2014 | UW Research
Researchers Making Impact - Yinhai Wang: Driving Intelligent Solutions with Massive Transportation Data

Information to support data driven decisions regarding future funding and impact of traffic improvement projects is surprisingly difficult to come by. The reason: different organizations store their own transportation data in isolated locations in inconsistent formats. Yinhai Wang, CEE professor, and colleagues at the Smart Transportation and Applications Research Lab (STAR Lab) are developing the Digital Roadway Interactive Visualization and Evaluation Network (DRIVE Net) to address these issues.

Read more here.

CulvertApp September 30, 2014 | CEE News
Tami Bond wins MacArthur Fellowship

Dr. Tami Bond recently won a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship award for her work on the global effects of black carbon on health and climate. She earned an interdisciplinary PhD from University of Washington Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Atmospheric Sciences in 2000.

Read more here.

CulvertApp September 19, 2014 | CEE News
PEER grant to support research in adaptation to sea-level rise in Bangladesh

Faisal Hossain, CEE associate professor, received a PEER (Partnership for Enhanced Engagement in Research) award to support research activities that will develop natural and social science frameworks to promote the adaptation to sea-level rise and related coastal hazards in Bangladesh.

Read more here.

Jeffrey Berman NSF grant Civil Engineering UW August 1, 2014 | NSF
NSF grant to support acquisition of 3D X-ray CT scanner

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded Jeffrey Berman, CEE associate professor, and a multidisciplinary University of Washington team with a grant to acquire an advanced X-ray CT scanner. With capabilities to scan large dimensions at high resolutions, the CT scanner will enable structural engineering researchers to perform tests of subassemblages and discover damage not readily visible from the surface. Other disciplines will use the instrument for research in areas such as 3D printing, biological systems, and electrical engineering.

Read the NSF award here.

CulvertApp July 30, 2014 | UW Today News
Huge waves measured for first time in Arctic Ocean

As the climate warms and sea ice retreats, the North is changing. An ice-covered expanse now has a season of increasingly open water that is predicted to extend across the whole Arctic Ocean before the middle of this century. Storms thus have the potential to create Arctic swell – huge waves that could add a new and unpredictable element to the region.
Jim Thomson, CEE associate professor and oceanographer with the UW Applied Physics Lab, made the first study of waves in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, and detected house-sized waves during a September 2012 storm. The results were recently published in the paper, “Swell and sea in the emerging Arctic Ocean” co-authored by W. Erick Rogers with the Naval Research Laboratory.

Read the Washington Post article here.

CulvertApp July 23, 2014 | The Daily
UW-led traffic safety research receives $5.2 million grant

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently awarded a $5.2 million grant to the Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans) for multi-university research in traffic safety, led by the UW. CEE professor, Yinhai Wang, serves as director of the transportation center and also heads the UW Smart Transportation Applications and Research (STAR) Lab. The ongoing regional UTC program mainly focuses on critical transportation safety and sustainability issues, with education and its outreach, technology transfer and workforce development also supported.


CulvertApp July 22, 2014 | UW Today News
Oso disaster had its roots in earlier landslides

Dr. Joseph Wartman, CEE associate professor, co-led a research team from the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance Association, or GEER, funded by the National Science Foundation, that released a geological study concluding the March 22 landslide that killed 43 people in the rural Washington state community of Oso involved the “remobilization” of a 2006 landslide on the same hillside.

Read the report


CulvertApp July 2, 2014 | Esri News
CEE Team Makes Esri Climate Resilience App Challenge ‘Top 13’

In support of the White House Climate Data initiative, Esri, the world leader in mapping technology, hosted the Climate Resilience App Challenge March 9 through June 2, 2014. The challenge called for developers to create desktop, web, or mobile apps that enable communities to see, understand, and prepare for a more resilient and sustainable future. The CEE team from Erkan Istanbulluoglu’s Ecohydrology Research Group included Ronda Strauch, Zhuoran Duan, Christina Bandaragoda, Suvi Ahopelto, Sai Nudurupati, and Omer Yetemen. Their culvert app submittal placed in the top 10 runner-ups in the international competition.

View the app here: https://sites.google.com/site/culvertapp/
Learn more about the competition and Esri here: http://www.esri.com/software/landing_pages/climate-app

Johnson July 1, 2014 | NEEShub
New bridge design improves earthquake resistance, reduces damage and speeds construction

Professors John Stanton and Marc Eberhard along with CEE graduate research assistants Travis Thonstad and Olafur Haraldsson and a team from the University of Nevada, Reno, have developed a new design for the framework of columns and beams that support bridges, called "bents," to improve performance for better resistance to earthquakes, less damage and faster on-site construction. Research findings are included in a paper being presented during Quake Summit 2014, July 21-25 in Anchorage, Alaska, the annual meeting for the National Science Foundation's George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES).

On July 14-15, the team will test a complete bridge built with the system. The test will be conducted at 25% full-scale on three of the four earthquake shaking tables at the University of Nevada, Reno, Earthquake Engineering Laboratory, part of the NEES network that provides earthquake engineering on large structural systems.

Watch the test video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jkdsIfs6pU.

Johnson June 26, 2014
Johnson Awarded DCI / HDG European Travel Scholarship

Molly Johnson, recent CEE Masters graduate, was awarded the inaugural 2014 European Travel Scholarship from DCI Engineers and HDG Architecture. The new scholarship offers one student from the Pacific Northwest the opportunity to spend 21 days traveling Europe to discover and explore the engineering and architectural marvels in the cities of Paris, Florence, Barcelona, and Rome. As the scholarship recipient, Molly will be blogging on DCI’s website about her experience as well as photo documenting her route and the important architectural sites during her travels. Follow Molly's travel blog here: http://www.dci-engineers.com/travelblog.

Innova June 24, 2014 | UW Today News
Zippy, electric micro cars coming to campus for sustainability research

Utilizing four Innova Dash all-electric micro vehicles provided by the non-profit organization Internet2 and Innova UEV, Yinhai Wang, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium, is co-leading a new research project along with Payman Arabshahi, associate professor of electrical engineering and principal research scientist with the UW’s Applied Physics Laboratory, and Daniel Kirschen, professor of electrical engineering, that aims to reduce the university’s carbon footprint, gather data and initiate more sustainability research among faculty members and students.

Innova June 11, 2014
Yeping Yuan Receives Lorenz G. Straub Award

CEE doctoral graduate, Yeping Yuan, was selected as the recipient of the 2012 Lorenz G. Straub Award for her dissertation “Impacts of lateral spreading and upstream conditions on buoyant river plumes: mixing, structure and plume dynamics,” completed under the direction of Alex Horner-Devine. Established under the Lorenz G. Straub Memorial Fund, this award is given for the most meritorious thesis in hydraulic engineering, ecohydraulics, or related fields. The competition is international, and nominations may be made by any recognized civil and environmental engineering program in the world. (The award for a particular year is presented well after that year is over. The year represented is the year the dissertation was completed.)

OsoMudslide May 1, 2014
UW Concrete Canoe team takes Regionals

The UW ASCE student concrete canoe team took first place at the 2014 Pacific Northwest Regional Student Conference held in Portland, Oregon on April 25 – 27. The team placed first in presentation, final product, and women’s sprint and second in design paper, men’s endurance, men’s sprint, and co-ed sprint earning them a total score of 94.4. This win earned the team a spot in the national competition which will be hosted by the University of Pittsburgh June 19 – 21.

OsoMudslide May 1, 2014
Korshin receives Fulbright award

Professor Gregory Korshin has been selected for a 2014-15 Fulbright award to Italy. The Fulbright Scholar Program offers US scholars in all academic ranks, the opportunity to lecture and conduct research at Italian universities and research centers. Awards aim at fostering the advancement of knowledge in scientific fields of global significance and in priority areas as identified in the scientific cooperation agreement between Italy and United States.


OsoMudslide March 31, 2014 | UW Today News
Wartman part of UW team investigating Snohomish County mudslide

Joseph Wartman, CEE associate professor, and Jeffrey Keaton, principal engineering geologist at AMEC Americas, are co-leading a national team including David Montgomery, UW geomorphologist, who will investigate what caused the March 22 mudslide in Snohomish County and what effects the disaster had on the nearby residential communities. The Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance Association is a National Science Foundation-funded group of experts that responds quickly when a geologic disaster happens.


Bonneville March 17, 2014 | AISC News
Roeder Receives AISC Lifetime Achievement Award

Charles W. Roeder, P.E., professor in civil and environmental engineering, will receive the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his having dedicated the majority of his university career to the structural steel industry through his research, teaching and service. AISC’s Lifetime Achievement Award gives special recognition to individuals who have provided outstanding service over a sustained period of years to AISC and the structural steel design/construction/academic community.


Bonneville March 9, 2014 | The News Tribune
Lundquist among researchers to conduct feasibility study at Mount Rainier

Jessica Lundquist, CEE associate professor, along with Janneke Hille Ris Lambers, associate professor of Biology, at the University of Washington and Regina Rochefort at North Cascades National Park, received a grant from NASA’s Applied Sciences division to study how data with satellite imagery can help forecast dates of snow melt and peak flower bloom. The grant will fund a one-year feasibility study, which could be followed by three years of additional funding if the first year produces promising results, according to a news release.


Bertha March 1, 2014 | NPR
Sand Grinds World’s Largest Tunneling Machine to a Halt

The world’s largest tunneling machine, dubbed “Bertha”, is stuck on Seattle’s waterfront, about 60 feet straight down. "The problem with Bertha is located right behind the cutter head, which is the very front of the machine," says geotechnical engineer and CEE associate professor Joseph Wartman. Sand has gotten into the cutter head that stands at five stories tall – a world record – and is not only below ground but is under water as well, making accessing the tunnel-boring machine for repairs difficult.


Bonneville February 5, 2014
Evans receives 2014 Diamond Award for Distinguished Service

CEE alum Daniel J. Evans (BS ’48, MS ’49) received the College of Engineering's 2014 Diamond Award for Distinguished Service for over sixty years of service to his community, both in and out of political office. The selection of the Distinguished Service Award winner is based upon demonstrated service to students and faculty at the UW College of Engineering and/or meritorious public service on a local, state, national or international level. To learn more about Dan Evans, visit his online profile or visit the Diamond Awards website for more information on Dan, the other award winners, and the awards themselves.


Bonneville January 29, 2014
Henn receives WA-AWRA's Rod Sakrison Memorial Fellowship Award

Brian Henn, doctoral student in Civil and Environmental Engineering, received this year’s Rod Sakrison Memorial Fellowship Award from the Washington section of the American Water Resources Association (WA-AWRA) for his dissertation titled, “Development of Statistical Tools for Estimating Air Temperature, Precipitation and Snowpack in Mountain Watersheds”.  A panel of five WA-AWRA section members evaluated fellowship applications based on the relevance of the applicant’s project to current water resources research needs, the interdisciplinary nature of the project, and the applicant’s ability to communicate.

More information regarding Brian’s research can be found online: http://students.washington.edu/bhenn/.

Bonneville January 15, 2014| UW Today
Glaciers, streamflow changes are focus of new Columbia River Study

University of Washington environmental engineers are launching a new study to try to understand how climate change will affect streamflow patterns in the Columbia River Basin. The team, including Dennis Lettenmeier, UW professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Bart Nijssen, UW researcher in civil and environmental engineering, and Philip Mote, of Oregon State University, will look at the impact of glaciers on the river system, the range of possible streamflow changes and how much water will flow in the river at hundreds of locations in future years.

EngInfrastructure November 4, 2013 | National Geographic
Turkey's new undersea tunnel is built to resist earthquakes

A new undersea tunnel now connects Istanbul's Asian and European sides and faced a major engineering challenge: withstanding the area's potentially devastating earthquakes. The UW's Joseph Wartman weighs in.

EngInfrastructure November 13, 2013 | UW Today
Snow melts faster under trees than in open areas in mild climates

Members of the Mountain Hydrology Research group, including Jessica Lundquist, CEE associate professor, Susan Dickerson-Lange, CEE doctoral student, Nicoleta Cristea, postdoctoral research associate in CEE, and James Lutz, research scientist with the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, are working to map winter temperatures in the Cedar River Municipal Watershed to support research that shows that tree cover actually causes snow to melt more quickly on the western slopes of the Pacific Northwest's Cascade Mountains and other warm, Mediterranean-type climates around the world. Alternatively, open, clear gaps in the forests tend to keep snow on the ground longer into the spring and summer.

EngInfrastructure October 30, 2013
Eberhard, Stanton, and Haraldsson Receive Zollman Award

Professors Marc Eberhard and John Stanton and CEE PhD student, Olafur Haraldsson, were awarded the 2013 PCI Charles C. Zollman Award for a paper they co-wrote titled, "Accelerated Bridge Construction in Washington State: From Research to Practice". The award was originally established in 1981 as the State-of-the-Art Award, and was renamed to honor PCI's first Technical Activities Committee chair. It recognizes meritorious papers that advance the general understanding and knowledge of precast prestressed concrete by bringing together all available knowledge of a specific topic in a single report.


EngInfrastructure October 29, 2013
Roeder Receives AISC Educator's Lifetime Achievement Award

Charles Roeder, CEE professor of structural engineering and mechanics, has been identified as a recipient of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Educator's Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014. The award honors living individuals who have "made a difference" in AISC's and the structural steel industry's success. The award provides special recognition to individuals who have provided outstanding service over a sustained period of years to AISC and to the structural steel design/construction/academic community.


EngInfrastructure October 15, 2013 | UW Today
Local infrastructure focus of College of Engineering's fall lecture series

Infrastructure is at the heart of everything we do. It's the roads, tunnels and bridges that we use to commute to work, the sewer systems we rely on for clean water, and the electrical grids that power our homes.

Over the next several weeks, the University of Washington College of Engineering's fall lecture series examines our national and regional infrastructure up close. From road and rail networks to water and sewer conduits to national power and natural gas grids, life is dependent upon systems.

CEE Professor and Chair, Greg Miller, with Paula Hammond, Senior Vice President and National Transportation Market Leader at Parsons Brinckerhoff, will kick off the series on October 23 at 7:00pm in Kane Hall, room 120 with their joint lecture, "Failing Grades to Future Systems".

The lecture series also features CEE Professor, John Stanton, who will present his lecture, "Spanning the Gap: Lessons in Bridge Engineering", on October 30 at 7:00pm in Kane 120.

Details regarding the lecture series are available at: http://www.engr.washington.edu/alumcomm/lectures.html.


Bridges July 15, 2013 | KUOW.org
Bridges in Washington Suffer Repeated Hits

There are more than 200 bridges in Washington that could collapse if a key part fails. They’re classified as being fracture-critical, just like the Interstate 5 span that plummeted into the Skagit River in May after it was hit by an oversized load. Jeffrey Berman, CEE associate professor, said problems can occur if the strikes hit the same place on a bridge, repeatedly. “You could start to damage its connections; you could really then have an impact.”


ColoradoRiver June 25, 2013 | UW Today
Clearing up confusion on furture of Colorado River Flows

The Colorado River provides water for more than 30 million people, including those in the fast-growing cities of Las Vegas, Phoenix and Los Angeles. Increasing demand for that water combined with reduced flow and the looming threat of climate change have prompted concern about how to manage the basin's water in coming decades.

In the past five years, scientific studies estimated declines of future flows ranging from 6 percent to 45 percent by 2050. A paper by University of Washington researchers and co-authors at eight institutions across the West aims to explain this wide range, and provide policymakers and the public with a framework for comparison. The study is published this week in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.


delivery June 12, 2013
CEE Graduate Receives First Place MWH/AEESP MS Thesis Award

Recent CEE graduate Jenna Forsyth has been selected to receive the First Place MWH/AEESP MS Thesis award for her work on "Optimization of Aqueous Chlorine Photochemistry for Enhanced Inactivation of Chlorine-resistant Microorganisms" with advisor Michael Dodd. Each year, the award is given to two students by the Association of Environmental Engineering Science and Professors to recognize "the first and second most outstanding M.S. theses that contribute to the advancement of environmental science and engineering." The award will be officially presented at the AEESP 50th Anniversary conference this July in Golden, CO.

Additional details can be found at: http://www.aeespfoundation.org/awards/Master-thesis.


delivery May 10, 2013 | US DOE
Neumann to Receive DOE Early Career Research Award

The Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy has selected Dr. Rebecca Neumann, CEE Assistant Professor, for the 2013 Early Career Research Program award for her proposal titled, “Methane Oxidation in the Rhizosphere of Wetland Plants”. The program, now in its fourth year, supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science. Of the approximately 770 proposals submitted, only 61 researchers were selected to negotiate a financial award under this program. The minimum award is for $750,000 and is expected to be distributed over 5 years.

To find more information regarding the DOE Early Career Research Program, please visit their website at http://science.energy.gov/early-career/.


delivery May 8, 2013
Greenroads Selected as a White House Champion of Change

The Greenroads Foundation, developer of the Greenroads Rating System, which manages the review and certification process for sustainable roadway and bridge construction projects in the U.S. and internationally, was selected as a White House Champion of Change for Transportation Technology Solutions in recognition of its unique rating system.

Learn more about the Greenroads Foundation and Greenroads Rating System on their website at www.greenroads.org.


delivery April 29, 2013 | UW News
Grocery delivery service is greener than driving to the store

Anne Goodchild, Associate Professor, and Erica Wygonik, PhD candidate, have found that using a grocery delivery service can cut carbon dioxide emissions by at least half when compared with individual household trips to the store. Trucks filled to capacity that delivery to customers clustered in neighborhoods produced the most savings in carbon dioxice emissions.

For more press coverage regarding Anne and Erica's research, please see the following articles:

May 2, 2013 | NPR: Grocery Home Delivery May Be Greener Than Schlepping To The Store

April 30, 2013 | The Washington PostStudy: Ordering groceries online is greener than driving to the store

Ferguson March 2013 | Seattle Times
John Ferguson 1941 - 2013

John Ferguson passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on March 29, 2013. John earned his BSCE, MSCE, and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering at Stanford University, working for two years at the Los Angeles County Sanitation District between his graduate degrees. He then served as a Research Fellow at Harvard University before starting his professorial career on the faculty of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. After four years at JHU, John was recruited to lead the environmental engineering program at the University of Washington in 1974. Under his leadership, the program grew to international prominence. At UW, in addition to his teaching and conducting research, John served as Acting Chair during 1986-87 and 2006-07, Associate Chair from 1987-92, and Chair from 1992-97.

SR520 February 1, 2013
CEE Faculty, Students & Staff Tour SR 520 Construction Site

Alison Baker, Survey Manager with Kiewit/General/Manson, A Joint Venture, led a group of CEE faculty, students and staff on a recent tour of the SR 520 construction site. The outing started with a visit to the Kiewit-Mason offices for a briefing on the project followed by a tour of the job site including the extensive work underway at the east side of Lake Washington.


Dodd November 28, 2012
Dodd Receives NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Michael Dodd received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for his research project titled, “Degradation and Deactivation of Extracellular and Intracellular Antibiotic Resistance Genes during Disinfection Processes”. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Greenroads October 3, 2012 | Design Build Source
Are Roads the Next Green Frontier?

Cheney Stadium parking lot becomes second Greenroads certified project in Washington. Greenroads is a sustainability rating system for roadway design and construction whose mission is to benefit communities and the environment by recognizing sustainable roadway projects and by promoting sustainability education for transportation infrastructure. Greenroads was developed in part by a research team led by CEE Associate Professor Steve Muench.

For more information on Greenroads, please visit them on the web at: www.greenroads.org.

Traffic September 24, 2012 | New York Times
Thomson Featured in New York Times Blog

Dr. Jim Thomson, CEE Research Assistant Professor and Oceanographer at the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory, is featured in the New York Times’ Scientist at Work blog as he chases big waves in the North Pacific.

The New York Times started the blog to give scientists in the field a chance to describe what they do as they are doing it. They describe it as “the modern version of a field journal, a place for reports on the daily progress of scientific expeditions — adventures, misadventures, discoveries.”

Michael Schwendeman, CEE PhD student and Research Assistant working with Jim Thomson, is also participating in the “big wave” expedition and is keeping a blog on their research activities. You can follow Michael’s blog here.

YetemenSeptember 20, 2012
Yetemen receives 2012 Farouk El-Baz Student Award

CEE PhD student, Omer Yetemen, was selected as a recipient of the Geological Society of America (GSA) Foundation’s 2012 Farouk El-Baz Student Award for his research project titled, “Modeling the Role of Solar Radiation on Catchment Development in Semi-arid Ecosystems". The award was established to encourage and promote desert research by enabling students to pursue investigations of arid lands, which constitute over one-third of the land surface of our planet.

September 12, 2012
CEE 7th Annual Career Fair

January 23rd, 2013, 1-4pm in the South Ballroom Husky Union Building (HUB). Interested employers are encouraged to register now. Late registration fee applies after January 11, 2013. For more information and to register online, go to the 2013 Career Fair website.

LiuJune 18, 2012
Liu Receives 2012 Daniel B. Fambro Student Paper Award

Cathy Liu, a PhD student in the STAR Lab (http://www.uwstarlab.org/), won the ITE's 2012 Daniel B. Fambro Student Paper Award. Her paper was selected as the best student paper by the Western ITE last month and will be advanced to compete for the national award. The Daniel B. Fambro Student Paper Award is awarded annually for a significant paper prepared by a student member of the Institute. Submissions are evaluated based on originality, significance, scope & format, validity, and applicability.

May 25, 2012
CEE Students Awarded Best Idea Prize in 2012 Business Plan Competition

CEE students Corina Popescu (BSCE) and Travis Corigliano (MS) were part of a UW team recently awarded the Sensors in Motion, Best Sustainable Advantage Idea in the Best Idea category of the 2012 Business Plan Competition presented by the UW’s Fosters School of Business. Their project, Barrels of Hope, provides safe, affordable and sustainable permanent shelter solutions to disaster victims and citizens of developing nations. Other team members include Sloan DuRoss, MBA; Sarah Jeglum, MBA; Ryan Scott, MBA; Sushant Wad, MBA.

The Best Idea prizes were created to reward teams in the Business Plan Competition for their exceptional work in several different categories. The teams receiving these prizes were selected by a special group of judges during the Investment Round.  This year, six $2,500 Best Idea Prizes were awarded.

May 14, 2012
CEE Students Awarded 1st & 2nd Prizes in AWWA Student Poster Competition

CEE graduate students Peiran Zhou and Jenna Forsyth were recently awarded 1st and 2nd prizes in the student poster competition at the 2012 Pacific-Northwest Section - American Water Works Association Conference in Yakima, Washington, May 2-4. As part of the 1st place award, the PNWS will also support Peiran's travel to and attendance of the AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition in Dallas, Texas this June, where his poster will be judged in a competition for the national award.

LehmanApril 30, 2012
Lehman Appointed Associate Dean of Infrastructure

Dawn Lehman, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), has accepted the position of Associate Dean of Infrastructure for the College of Engineering. Dr. Lehman has served as director of the Structural Research Laboratory in CEE, a centralized facility, for the past six years. She has received two best paper awards in structural engineering and earthquake engineering.

In her new role, Dr. Lehman will guide the development of new research and computational facilities for the college.

TrafficApril 4, 2012 | UW Today
Berman Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

Dr. Jeffrey Berman is among seven faculty selected to receive the University of Washington's Distinguished Teaching Award, given to individuals who show "a mastery of their subject matter, intellectual rigor and a passion for teaching."

The award winners will be honored during the annual Awards of Excellence event, scheduled for 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7, in Meany Hall, with a reception to follow in the foyer. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

TrafficFebruary 2012
CEE Graduate Student Wins Communication Strategy Award

William (Billy) Witherspoon, CEE Masters student in Transportation Engineering, and Lydia Rin Kye, Senior in Communications, have been selected as one of the winners of the Communication Strategy Award Competition for Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) through the Francis B. Francois Award for Innovation competition for their proposal titled, "Improving Young Adult Involvement in Project Planning and Development".

TrafficFebruary 09, 2012 | National Academy of Engineering
David Stahl Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Professor David Stahl has been elected to the National Acadmeny of Engineering (NAE) for his work with the application of molecular microbial ecology to environmental engineering. Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.


TrafficJanuary 25, 2012  UW News
USDOT awards $3.5 million for UW-based regional transportation center

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a grant of $3.5 million to a multi-university, regional transportation center led by the University of Washington. The newly established Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium, or PacTrans, will focus on safe and sustainable transportation in environments ranging from busy urban centers to remote mountainous terrain.

"PacTrans will focus on developing sustainable solutions for the diverse transportation needs of the Pacific Northwest," said director Yinhai Wang, a UW professor of civil and environmental engineering.