CEE News

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.