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A photo of a city skyline in a haze of smog

Wed, 12/15/2021 | UW News

Pollution disparities for people of color

CEE researchers uncover how people of color are more likely to be exposed to six major air pollutants, regardless of income level, across the continental United States.

A tank of water with rectangular white and orange devices floating inside

Mon, 12/13/2021

New wave of research

With an elevated risk of a tsunami event in the Pacific Northwest, CEE researchers work to understand the chaotic nature of tsunami debris.

A collage of 6 photos of sidewalks

Mon, 12/13/2021

PacTrans: A driving force in transportation research

Headquartering transportation research and initiatives for the Pacific Northwest, PacTrans reflects on what a $14.35 million USDOT grant has helped make possible.

A screenshot of the parking app

Mon, 12/13/2021

Real-time parking availability? There’s an app for that

Delivery drivers spend a significant amount of time searching for parking. But that may change one day soon, thanks to a real-time parking availability app.

Students learn to measure the force of an air jet

Mon, 12/13/2021

Harris Hydraulics Lab remodel

Things are flowing much better in the Civil & Environmental Engineering fluids lab, located in the 100-year-old Harris Hydraulics Laboratory, following a substantial renovation project. The project enhances the student experience through more hands-on workstations and flexible teaching space.

Paolo Calvi, Richard Wiebe and Mari Winkler headshots

Mon, 12/13/2021

Three CEE faculty promoted

Congratulations to the following three UW CEE faculty members who were promoted in September in recognition of their hard work and achievements: Associate Professors Paolo Calvi, Richard Wiebe and Mari Winkler.

Headshot of Spyridakis

Mon, 12/13/2021

Remembering Demetrios ‘Dimitri’ Spyridakis

Professor Emeritus Demetrios “Dimitri” Spyridakis dedicated his life’s work to keeping waterways pristine. A longtime CEE faculty member who taught courses in water and soil chemistry and conducted research on water pollution, Spyridakis passed away in October 2021.

a Pakistani farmer standing in a farm field and looking down at this cell phone

Mon, 12/13/2021

Satellite system success

Five years ago, when Professor Faisal Hossain helped implement a new satellite-based irrigation advisory system in Pakistan, it was uncharted territory. But that territory now includes three countries and more than 100,000 farmers.

Okereke standing in front of a lake and holding a turtle

Mon, 11/29/2021

Meet ‘Hip Hop M.D.’ Maynard Okereke

CEE alumnus Maynard Okereke has made a name for himself, quite literally. Known as the Hip Hop M.D., Okereke is a science communicator working to make STEM education accessible to underrepresented youth.

A screenshot of a video that shows two students attaching air filters on a fan

Mon, 11/22/2021 | UW News

Students build purifiers that can remove virus particles

Air pollution expert Professor Julian Marshall leads his class in building low-cost air purifiers that can remove common pollutants from the air, plus virus particles.

team photo

Mon, 11/01/2021 | UW News

$2M from NSF to design an ‘adaptable society’

A team led by professor Cynthia Chen has received a nearly $2 million grant from NSF to further research into how urban societal systems can be organized to be both efficient and resilient.

A video still frame that shows a student testing a rover

Fri, 10/22/2021 | UW News

UW students designed a rover to inspect culvert conditions to help fish

As part of an industry capstone project, students create a rover that can inspect sewer pipes and culverts for damage that may prevent fish migration.

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 | UW News

‘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!