Skip to main content

News & events


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.

Professor Michael Brett

Mon, 10/17/2022 | South Seattle Emerald

Op-ed calls for 'meaningful tribal recognition' at UW

In an op-ed published in the South Seattle Emerald, Professor Michael Brett calls for "meaningful tribal recognition' at UW through tuition-free education to every member of a Washington State tribe.

Collage of two people dropping a wave sensor from a plane

Thu, 09/29/2022 | UW News

Wave sensors deployed to improve hurricane forecasts

UW CEE researchers including Ph.D. student Jacob Davis and Professor Jim Thomson deployed technology developed at UW off the coast of Florida to measure ocean waves in the path of Hurricane Ian.

A group of students sitting in front of laptops

Tue, 09/27/2022 | College of Engineering

A pathway to engineering

The Engineering Dean’s Scholars Program is making it possible for more Washington students, such as environmental engineering major Fiona Clayton, to become engineers.

Bethany Gordon

Thu, 09/22/2022

New faculty Bethany Gordon joins the department

Joining the CEE Department this autumn as an Assistant Professor, Bethany Gordon’s focus area is currently at the intersection of the built environment, equity and behavioral science. 

Chair Bart Nijssen

Wed, 09/14/2022

Meet the chair: Bart Nijssen

With a variety of academic and industry experience — as well as a background in hydrology — Professor Bart Nijssen is well-prepared to take the helm of the department.

Dan McCabe standing next to a bike inside of a food bank

Tue, 09/06/2022

The Power of Pedaling

CEE graduate student Dan McCabe works to improve bicycle-powered emergency food response.

Amelia Regan

Thu, 08/25/2022

New faculty member Amelia Regan directs SCTL master’s program

It’s full speed ahead for Amelia Regan. After retiring from a 25-year career in academia, Regan is bringing her expertise and energy to a new role — as Director of the Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics (SCTL) master’s program and Associate Teaching Professor.

Bart Nijssen headshot

Tue, 07/26/2022 | College of Engineering

Bart Nijssen to serve as CEE chair

A collaborative leader dedicated to advancing inclusive excellence in engineering education and research, Professor Bart Nijssen will begin his appointment on September 1.

CEE department award winners

Thu, 07/07/2022

Annual 2022 CEE department awards

At the end of spring quarter, CEE faculty, students, staff and alumni were honored with department awards, presented during the graduation ceremony. Congratulations to all!

Students with Boeing mentors

Tue, 07/05/2022

Third annual Boeing capstone

Students earned their wings during a spring quarter capstone project undertaken in partnership with Boeing. Fittingly, they worked on a novel design for a wingtip end cap that was produced using 3D printing.

Tim Larson

Mon, 06/27/2022

After 39 years, Professor Tim Larson retires

Although much of what he researched is practically invisible to the eye — air pollution particles 30-700 times thinner than a strand of human hair — Professor Tim Larson’s contributions to the field of environmental engineering can be easily seen.