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Researcher at Lake Killarney

Mon, 09/27/2021 | UW News

Arsenic makes some Puget Sound fish unsafe to eat

UW CEE and UW Tacoma researchers have found that eating contaminated fish or snails from some South Puget Sound lakes could lead to health risks because of the high arsenic levels.

Professor Bart Nijssen

Fri, 09/17/2021

Bart Nijssen receives AGU Union Edward Flinn III Award

For his work to spearhead the development and ongoing improvement of hydrologic models used by researchers around the world, CEE professor Bart Nijssen is the recipient of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Edward Flinn III Award.

tsunami warning sign on the beach

Thu, 09/09/2021 | UW News

Research, education hub on ‘coastal resiliency’ will focus on earthquakes, coastal erosion and climate change

CEE faculty are involved in an NSF-funded $19 million multi-institution team that will work on increasing resiliency among Pacific Northwest coastal communities.

Professor Anne Goodchild

Thu, 09/09/2021

ITE Innovations in Education Award

In recognition of an innovative approach to transportation education, the UW CEE Online Master of Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics program has been honored with the 2021 ITE Transportation Education Council Innovation in Education Award. 

A graphic showing Hurricane Ida superimposed on top of a map

Fri, 09/03/2021 | UW News

Redesigned levees during Hurricane Ida

CEE faculty member Mike Motley explains how the redesigned levee system in New Orleans helped mitigate the impact of Hurricane Ida.

CEE award winners

Mon, 08/23/2021

Faculty, alumna receive PCI award

Assistant professor Paolo Calvi, professor John Stanton and alumna Otgonchimeg “Audrey” Davaadorj received the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s 2021 Charles C. Zollman Award. 

Pieces of consistently-sized debris in a random configuration

Fri, 08/13/2021 | DesignSafe-CI

Predicting tsunami debris flow

CEE researchers are developing a numerical approach to understand and predict the chaotic nature of tsunami debris flow.

Professor Alexander Horner-Devine and Alumna Maggie McKeon

Mon, 08/09/2021

Pritchard Award winners

Professor Alexander Horner-Devine and alumna Margaret McKeon (Ph.D. ‘20) are the recipients of the Pritchard Award, which recognizes the authors of the best physical oceanography paper published in the journal Estuaries and Coasts in a two-year interval. 

Marilyn and Tom Draeger (seated) with their family

Fri, 08/06/2021 | Alumni Association

Adventure and generosity

Longtime CEE supporters Marilyn and Tom, ’68, Draeger share how they worked together to build a family and construction projects around the world.

Surfside condo collapse

Wed, 08/04/2021 | IEEE Spectrum

RAPID team deployed to Surfside condo collapse

CEE's RAPID team conducts reconnaissance work at the site of the Miami condo collapse, gathering data to help understand why the structure failed.

Professor Faisal Hossain

Mon, 07/26/2021

Faisal Hossain named AMS fellow

In recognition of his work to improve lives around the world by utilizing atmospheric science, CEE professor Faisal Hossain has been selected as a fellow of the American Meteorological Society.

Dawn Lehman's headshot

Fri, 07/09/2021

‘We need to be patient’ — UW’s Dawn Lehman on the collapse of the Champlain Towers South

Following the Champlain Towers South building collapse, CEE professor Dawn Lehman has been studying photographs, videos, drawings, reports and permits to investigate why the structure failed.

CEE department award winners

Tue, 07/06/2021

Annual CEE department awards

At the end of spring quarter, several CEE faculty and students were honored with department awards, which are usually presented during the graduation ceremony. Congratulations to the recipients!

CEE faculty Dawn Lehman and Steve Kramer

Fri, 07/02/2021

Faculty offer insight into Miami condo collapse

Following the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South, a beachfront condominium in Florida, CEE faculty provide expert opinion and insight to various news outlets.

Demoing a three-wheeled electric bike

Thu, 06/24/2021

Urban Freight Lab launches sustainable last-mile delivery project

The Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics’ Urban Freight Lab has launched one of the nation’s first zero-emissions delivery pilots that focuses on the “last-mile” — when parcels are moved from a transportation hub to a final destination.

2021 Concrete Canoe Team's design

Wed, 06/23/2021

Unsinkable: Concrete Canoe Team takes first place at regionals

Nothing can sink CEE’s Concrete Canoe Team —  not even the fact that they weren't able to build a canoe this year. The team took first place in the ASCE Pacific-Northwest Student Conference in April 2021.

ASCE conference graphic

Tue, 06/22/2021

UW ASCE hosts virtual regional conference

Hosting a virtual regional conference that successfully engaged attendees was a competition in and of itself — but UW American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter officers were up for the challenge.

CEE College of Engineering award winners

Fri, 06/18/2021

College of Engineering Awards

This spring, two CEE faculty and one student were honored with College of Engineering Awards, which recognize their contributions to leadership, service and innovation.

 Professor Anne Goodchild cuts a ribbon at a ceremony

Thu, 06/17/2021

Center news

From SCTL’s sustainable last-mile delivery project to RAPID Center researchers gathering post-wildfire data, CEE’s centers continue to have notable impact.

Professor Emeritus David Stensel

Tue, 06/15/2021

Remembering Professor Emeritus David Stensel

Professor Emeritus David Stensel was truly a fount of knowledge. Over the years, he made notable research advancements, authored a textbook and was recognized with numerous awards.

Purple and gold ballons

Tue, 06/15/2021

Awards and accolades

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

NASA Tournament Lab

Tue, 06/15/2021

Over the moon

It’s an out-of-this-world accomplishment: Two CEE alumni took first place in a NASA contest to design a better toilet for astronauts to use on the moon.

 Kris Betty Headshot

Tue, 06/15/2021

Second annual CEE Distinguished Alumnus Award

Alumna Kris Betty is recognized for her work to improve the civil engineering field by increasing public agencies’ confidence in the construction management process. 

two students outdoors

Tue, 06/15/2021

Building a foundation of diversity and equity

To create a more diverse, inclusive and equitable environment, several new initiatives have been implemented thanks to the work of the Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

The new Mukilteo Ferry Terminal

Tue, 06/15/2021

From research to reality

A bumpy journey turned to smoother sailing after engineers decided to utilize research from CEE’s Structural Research Laboratory when designing the wharf for the new Mukilteo Ferry Terminal.