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Grasses growing in tubes in the foreground. Two people stand behind them. Another person standing to the right.

Mon, 05/03/2021 | UW News

Genetically engineered grass cleanses toxic soil

Switchgrass has been genetically engineered to break down the toxic and explosive chemical RDX, which covers a considerable amount of U.S. military land.

A picture of power lines at sunset. Everything is hazy.

Thu, 04/29/2021 | UW News

People of color hardest hit by air pollution

Exposure disparities among people of color and white people are driven by nearly all emission source types, according to a new study by researchers including CEE professor Julian Marshall.

CEE faculty with professorships

Thu, 04/15/2021

New CEE endowed professors

In recognition of their professional accomplishments and contributions to the department and college, seven CEE faculty have received endowed professorships.

Jessica Kaminsky

Mon, 03/15/2021

Jessica Kaminsky receives ASCE construction engineering award

In recognition of her work to build equity throughout the world through infrastructure advances, Kaminsky has been awarded the 2021 ASCE Daniel W. Halpin Award for Scholarship in Construction.

Mike Gomez

Thu, 03/04/2021

Michael Gomez receives NSF CAREER Award

In support of research that aims to improve the resilience of civil infrastructure during earthquakes and other natural hazard events by developing stronger soils inspired by nature, assistant professor Michael Gomez is the recipient of a NSF CAREER Award.


Wed, 02/24/2021

PacTrans launches transportation workforce training institute

PacTrans has officially launched the Workforce Development Institute, a training program to help meet both current and future transportation education needs in the workforce throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Jessica Ray

Wed, 02/10/2021 | UW News

Inspiring Black scientists list includes CEE faculty

A list of 1,000 inspiring Black scientists published by Cell Mentor in December 2020 includes CEE assistant professor Jessica Ray.

Brett Maurer

Tue, 02/09/2021

Brett Maurer receives USUCGER Early Career Researcher Award

In recognition of his innovative contributions to the field of geotechnical engineering, CEE assistant professor Brett Maurer is the recipient of a 2021 USUCGER Early Career Researcher Award.

pink sign with person in wheelchair and words 'Step free Route'

Wed, 01/27/2021

$11.45 million grant funds mobility tech

Co-led by TRAC director Mark Hallenbeck, an initiative to promote independent mobility for all is awarded $11.45 million.

Cleaning a level

Thu, 01/21/2021

Remote recap: Autumn quarter learning

During autumn quarter, civil and environmental engineering students and faculty once again embraced the “new normal” of remote learning. But this time around, they had experience – and a few new strategies.

A transmission model

Tue, 01/12/2021

A mobility informed COVID-19 transmission model

A new type of mobility informed infectious disease model is already being used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to forecast COVID-19 deaths across the country. 

Three researchers stand in or near an urban creek in Seattle, Washington

Thu, 12/03/2020 | UW News

Tire-related chemical is largely responsible for adult coho salmon deaths in urban streams

UW researchers discovered a chemical that kills coho salmon in urban streams before the fish can spawn.

Chris Hayner at the “command center” getting ready for the next test flight.

Mon, 11/23/2020 | UW Aero & Astro

Peering into snow

To better measure glaciers and their seasonal snowpack, assistant professor David Shean partners with A&A researchers to outfit a drone with Ground Penetrating Radar.

Professor Faisal Hossain

Fri, 11/20/2020

Professor Faisal Hossain honored with AGU International Award

In recognition of Professor Faisal Hossain’s efforts to advance access to information about water resources in the developing world, he has been awarded the prestigious 2020 International Award from the American Geophysical Union.

Thu, 10/29/2020

Remembering Nirnimesh Kumar

Assistant professor Nirnimesh (“Nirni”) Kumar is remembered as a rising star in the field by his colleagues and leaves a lasting legacy.

Mon, 10/26/2020

An extraordinary expedition

CEE alumna and UW Applied Physics Lab postdoc Madison Smith conducted research aboard the German icebreaker Polarstern as part of the MOSAiC expedition, the largest polar expedition in history. 

Thu, 10/22/2020 | UW News

Simple actions can help people survive landslides, UW analysis shows

A new study by CEE researchers shows that behavioral changes can save lives.

Wed, 10/21/2020 | AXA research fund

AXA's innovative COVID-19 research

The AXA Research Fund announces 10 innovative projects to help combat COVID-19, including CEE assistant professor Mari Winkler's work on targeted disease management through wastewater monitoring.

Mon, 10/19/2020

Impactful internship

Thanks to a summer internship, CEE undergraduate Bailey Griffin gained hands-on experience working on light rail construction efforts in Bellevue.  


Fri, 10/09/2020

Environmental internship is a natural fit

Environmental sustainability is a topic that interests BSENVE senior Caroline Witek. And so a summer internship with an engineering company that focuses on designing sustainable engineering solutions was truly a natural fit.

Wed, 10/07/2020 | Population Health

Healthy planet, healthy people

CEE professor Cynthia Chen is one of five UW experts asked to weigh in on how to move forward from the pandemic in ways that deliver environmental resilience and positive health outcomes for all.

Thu, 10/01/2020 | UW News

UW researchers driving around Seattle to track COVID-19 response over time

An interdisciplinary team of UW researchers, including CEE professor Joe Wartman, scan the streets every few weeks to document how Seattle has reacted to the pandemic.

Tue, 09/29/2020

New faculty member Travis Thonstad

For the past four years, incoming civil and environmental engineering faculty member Travis Thonstad worked for an organization with a mission focused on advancing innovation.

Mon, 09/28/2020

Children’s books aim to increase diversity in STEM

To encourage a more diverse community of engineers, scientists and doctors, CEE professor Faisal Hossain is leveraging the power of storytelling to inspire children to pursue careers in the sciences.

Fri, 09/25/2020

Advancing a sustainable flooring system for UW's campus

During the summer, engineers in CEE’s Structural Research Laboratory continued to make progress on critical research, such as testing a new sustainable flooring system that will be used for the first time at UW.