April 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.
April 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.
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.
April 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, 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.”
April 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."
April 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.
April 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.
April 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.
March 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.
March 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.
March 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.
March 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.
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.
March 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.
March 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.
February 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.
February 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.
February 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.
February 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.
February 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.
February 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.
February 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, 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.
February 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.
January 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.
January 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.
December 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.
December 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.
December 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.
December 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.
December 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.
December 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.
November 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.
October 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.
October 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.
October 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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/.
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.
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 Post: Study: Ordering groceries online is greener than driving to the store
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 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.
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".
February 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.
January 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.