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.