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Christie Hegermiller

Mon, 09/18/2023

New faculty Christie Hegermiller joins the department

Hegermiller comes to the department with a passion for waves & coastal change, ready to enhance research and community collaboration in geosciences.

The sun shines through trees in a forest and there is a light dusting of snow on the ground

Tue, 09/12/2023 | UW News

Predicting snowpack

Fall snow levels can predict a season’s total snowpack in some western states, giving scientists a better idea of how much water will be available later in the year.

An illustration of a pair of hands holding a mobile phone in front of a bus

Tue, 09/12/2023 | UW Magazine

Happiness is just "One Bus Away"

Two graduate students seeking a better transit experience invented an app that is used by millions across the U.S.

An aerial view of Cle Elum Ridge

Mon, 08/07/2023

Balancing fire and ice

A team of hydrologists is working to safeguard the region's vulnerable water supply by managing the region's forests for both wildfire prevention and snowpack preservation.

Yinhai Wang

Mon, 07/24/2023

Washington State Academy of Sciences

Professor Yinhai Wang is one of eight UW researchers recently elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

Polaroid photos collage of group of students smiling to the camera

Tue, 06/20/2023

A formal education

Across the College of Engineering, dances grow in popularity and number post-COVID.

Purple and gold balloons

Mon, 05/15/2023

Awards and accolades

Congratulations to students and faculty who have received awards, scholarships and other honors.

Alex Ratcliff

Mon, 05/15/2023

Alumnus Alexander Ratcliff to return as graduation keynote speaker

A desire planted during Alexander Ratcliff’s undergraduate years has continued to grow and flourish in his early career — to create a more sustainable world.

researchers in a raft on a river

Mon, 05/15/2023

Center news

From the Urban Freight Lab's work to digitize the curb to the RAPID Center’s gathering of perishable data at Yellowstone, CEE centers continue to innovate.

Hands typing on a laptop keyboard

Mon, 05/15/2023

A course of action

Four faculty share how they have incorporated diversity, equity and inclusion content into their classes. The past few years, they’ve been busy updating existing courses and developing new classes from scratch.

A Mobile Unit for Sensing Traffic (MUST) sensor in the foreground and two researchers working on laptops in the background

Mon, 05/15/2023

Fighting fatalities with facts

Along a dangerous highway corridor in the heart of Yakima Valley, a sensing device developed by the UW STAR Lab and associated spin-off company AIWaysion is being utilized to help improve traffic safety and save lives.

Alumna Amy Leland standing on the former Snohomish River bridge

Mon, 05/15/2023

Building bridges: Meet alumna Amy Leland

In addition to overseeing more than 3,000 bridges throughout the state of Washington in her position as the new State Bridge Design Engineer, alumna Amy Leland is also the first woman to hold this position.

Faisal Hossain holding an award certificate

Thu, 05/11/2023

Faisal Hossain receives inaugural UW Excellence in Global Engagement Award

From helping to conserve water to reducing food insecurity in numerous countries around the world, a steady stream of accomplishments have led to Professor Faisal Hossain's latest honor.

The exterior of a 10-story building constructed from mass timber

Mon, 05/08/2023

A timber triumph: Seismically resilient and sustainable

CEE researchers including Professor Jeffrey Berman and Ph.D. student Sarah Wichman test a sustainable and seismically resilient 10-story mass timber building designed to withstand Seattle earthquakes.

Erkan Istanbulluoglu

Mon, 05/01/2023

Faculty spotlight: Erkan Istanbulluoglu

Learn more about Professor Erkan Istanbulluoglu's passion for the performing arts, which led him to found a theater group in high school. He also shares what he enjoys most about his job and why CEE is unique.

Peter Yu

Wed, 04/12/2023

Peter Yu named 2023 Goldwater Scholar

Undergraduate Peter Yu is one of five UW students to be honored as a Goldwater Scholar for exceptional academic performance and research in sciences and engineering.

A group of students looking under the hood of an electric car

Tue, 04/04/2023 | College of Engineering

Capstone collaborations

Learn about capstone projects, including one undertaken by CEE students in partnership with the City of Fife to design an evacuation structure for lahar and tsunami events.

Yinhai Wang

Tue, 04/04/2023

Two ASCE honors for Professor Yinhai Wang

This spring, Professor Yinhai Wang is the recipient of two honors from ASCE. In addition to being honored with the 2023 Francis Turner Award, Wang was elevated to the title of Distinguished Member, Class of 2023.

Collapsed buildings after an earthquake

Tue, 03/21/2023 | Seattle Times

Op-ed advises “preparing wisely” to avert earthquake disaster

Co-authors and professors Jeffrey Berman and Marc Eberhard point out that Seattle area faults are not unlike those in Turkey — and thousands of older buildings are still vulnerable. 

Michael Motley

Fri, 03/17/2023

Faculty spotlight: Michael Motley

Learn more about Associate Professor Mike Motley's adventures while taking his work outdoors! He also shares what he enjoys most about his job and why CEE is unique.

Stephen Muench and Julian Yamaura

Mon, 02/27/2023

Video: Partnership supports excellence in teaching

A video details a unique partnership that supports two CEE faculty: Steve Muench and Julian Yamaura. The model has worked so well at UW CEE that it is being rolled out at other universities by The Beavers Charitable Trust.

Seattle skyline

Thu, 02/23/2023

PacTrans receives USDOT $15M renewal award

To continue and expand its important work to improve the movement of people and goods throughout the region, PacTrans has received another green light: a $15 million renewal grant from USDOT over the course of five years.

An undergraduate student accepts a flyer

Tue, 02/21/2023

Career connections: CEE hosts 17th annual career fair

Handshakes were back in style at the 17th annual CEE Career Fair, which was held in-person on February 16 after two years of remote events. Attended by more than 200 students, the annual event offered an opportunity to make career connections.

Peter Yu

Fri, 02/17/2023

Peter Yu named ASCE New Face of Civil Engineering

During National Engineers Week, both current and future engineers — such as CEE undergraduate student Peter Yu — are celebrated. Yu was selected by ASCE as a 2023 Collegiate New Face of Civil Engineering.

Pedro Arduino

Tue, 02/14/2023

PSEC 2023 Academic Engineer of the Year

CEE Professor Pedro Arduino is the recipient of the 2023 Academic Engineer of the Year Award by the Puget Sound Engineering Council, which honors his career as a geotechnical engineering educator and researcher.