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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.

Dawn Lehman's headshot

Thu, 02/09/2023 | UW News

Experts discuss earthquake in Turkey and Syria

Three UW experts, including CEE Professor Dawn Lehman, have provided quotes in response to the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on February 6.

Pink dye released into water

Wed, 02/01/2023

Research with a splash of color

The phrase “a splash of color” took on a very literal meaning for a team of CEE researchers. Using environmentally safe pink dye, they are investigating the movement of water where a river flows into the ocean.

Yinhai Wang

Tue, 01/31/2023

Yinhai Wang elevated to IEEE Fellow

A distinction reserved for a small number of members, Professor Yinhai Wang has been elevated to the status of IEEE Fellow in recognition of contributions to traffic sensing, transportation data science, and smart infrastructure systems.

Anne Goodchild headshot

Thu, 01/26/2023

Faculty spotlight: Anne Goodchild

Learn more about one of Professor Anne Goodchild's favorite modes of transport: running! She also shares what she enjoys most about her job and why CEE is unique.

Michelle Hu and Miguel Gonzalez

Wed, 01/25/2023

Meet the members: Graduate Student Advisory Board

Two members of CEE's inaugural Graduate Student Advisory Board reflect on their experiences and the impact they had during one-year board terms.

Faisal Hossain

Mon, 12/19/2022

Faculty spotlight: Professor Faisal Hossain

Learn more about what inspired Professor Faisal Hossain to become a hydrologist, what he enjoys most about his job and why he thinks CEE is unique.

Purple and gold balloons

Mon, 12/12/2022

Awards and accolades

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

Professor Jessica Lundquist and scientist Steve Oncley setting up a sensor

Mon, 12/05/2022

Snow sleuths

This fall, CEE researchers descended on a small town in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains to prepare for a winter of data-gathering to improve water resources modeling by investigating missing snow.

Bill Conner

Mon, 12/05/2022

Building community

Alumnus William Conner is remembered as a leader in the home building industry as well as for his support of students and faculty through philanthropic gifts.

student pointing at a dam from a boat on a river

Mon, 12/05/2022

Center news

From the RAPID Center’s testing of new technology to Future Rivers graduate students attending the first Summer Field Institute, CEE centers and initiatives continue to innovate.

Patti and Richard Partington

Mon, 12/05/2022

Rising to the challenge

CEE alumnus Richard Partington (BSCE ’55) wasn’t afraid of a challenge, both in his personal and professional lives. To commemorate his memory, his family has established a scholarship fund, which will be awarded to a student for the first time this year.

Yinhai Wang and Margo Hill

Wed, 11/30/2022

Northwestern tribal transportation program center headquartered at UW

To support tribal communities in the Pacific Northwest with technical transportation needs, from administering public transit to enhancing safety and infrastructure, the Northwestern Tribal Technical Assistance Program center will be headquartered in UW CEE.

I-5 leading into Downtown Seattle at night

Tue, 11/22/2022

Bridging the gap: Assessing the impact of a M9 earthquake on bridges

It may be impossible to predict when a M9 earthquake may strike the region, but researchers have succeeded in predicting a crucial detail: the likelihood that bridges will be passable following such an event.

Professor Joe Mahoney

Mon, 11/21/2022

Paving the way: Joe Mahoney retires

Retiring after more than 40 years in academia, Professor Joe Mahoney leaves a legacy of advancements in transportation-related infrastructure and also established the department's first remote learning master's program more than 20 years ago.

Professor Emeritus Steve Kramer at the NAE induction ceremony

Thu, 11/03/2022

Steve Kramer inducted into the National Academy of Engineering

In early October, Professor Emeritus Steve Kramer was officially inducted into the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions in engineering

Nancy Le standing in front of a construction site in U District

Mon, 10/31/2022

Investing in internships

Every summer, CEE students head out into the real-world to gain valuable experience, from learning technical skills to solving new challenges to making connections in the field.

An aerial shot of Seattle showing a large road surrounded by neighborhoods and businesses. There is water on the right and downtown is in the top left.

Thu, 10/27/2022 | UW News

Comparing clean air strategies

A CEE-led research team compared three potential strategies for reducing fine particulate matter pollution disparities across the contiguous U.S. While two approaches based on the Clean Air Act didn’t get rid of disparities, a community-specific approach eliminated pollution disparities.

EPA Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe, Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland, and Congressman Derek Kilmer watching lab demonstration by Dr. Ed Kolodziej at UW Tacoma's Center for Urban Waters.

Mon, 10/24/2022

Leaders visit Center for Urban Waters

In celebration of the EPA awarding $36 million in grant funds to Puget Sound, elected officials learned about the work of CEE faculty Ed Kolodziej to identify an unknown chemical that causes death in stormwater-exposed coho salmon.