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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.

airplane flying over a city

Tue, 06/15/2021

Clearing the air

The impacts of air pollution on communities living near airports are no longer up in the air, thanks to breakthrough research by professor Tim Larson.

A destroyed hydroelectric plant in the mountains

Thu, 06/10/2021 | UW News

Cause of deadly debris flow in India determined

After more than 200 people were left dead and missing from a debris flow in the Uttarakhand region of India in February 2021, more than 50 scientists, including CEE researchers, worked to determine the cause.

traffic on Interstate 5 through downtown Seattle at sunset

Tue, 06/08/2021 | UW News

Pandemic work and leisure habits studied

A new regional survey administered by UW researchers including CEE professor Jeff Ban uncovers commute, work and lifestyle changes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two researchers standing in the midst of trees devastated by wildfire

Mon, 05/03/2021

A burning need

Following the 2020 megafires, CEE RAPID center researchers gather perishable data that will be used to better understand a type of landslide that has resulted in numerous deaths.

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. 

Two researchers standing in a steam

Mon, 12/14/2020

Saving the salmon

A CEE-led research team has uncovered what's killing coho salmon in Puget Sound’s urban streams: A chemical that preserves tires.

Belltown lockers

Sat, 12/12/2020

Center news

From SCTL’s new parcel pick-up lockers in Belltown to PacTrans’ new transportation training program, CEE’s centers continue to innovate.

A digital rendering of the EIH lobby

Thu, 12/10/2020

Investing in future CEE students

Built in the 1940s, More Hall is tight on space and in need of significant renovations and updates to meet current educational needs. To address this, both college-wide and department-level initiatives are underway.

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.