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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.

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.