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Fri, 09/04/2020

PNAS top story honor

An article published last year in a popular news outlet, which highlights research by CEE professor Julian Marshall, was selected as one of the “Top 10 stories of 2019” by PNAS.

Mon, 08/31/2020

After 37 years at UW, vice dean Greg Miller retires

During vice dean and CEE professor Greg Miller's tenure, he spent 13 years in leadership positions, serving as interim dean, vice dean, associate dean and CEE department chair.

Fri, 08/14/2020

C&EN’s rising star in chemistry

Using chemistry to help solve water shortages around the world has earned UW CEE assistant professor Jessica Ray a new distinction: she is one of Chemical & Engineering News’s newly announced “Talented 12” honorees. 

Thu, 07/30/2020

Geologic hazard risk article wins award

Professor Joe Wartman and graduate student Will Pollock have won a silver EXCEL Award from Association Media & Publishing for a feature magazine article they co-wrote on geologic hazard risks to Syrian and other refugees.

Thu, 07/23/2020

Snow scientists: CEE researchers participate in NASA’s SnowEx field campaign

UW CEE researchers are working with scientists around the world to one day utilize NASA satellites to measure seasonal snow melt. 

Mon, 07/20/2020

Soaring success: First Boeing capstone

During CEE's first-ever capstone design project in partnership with Boeing, students were tasked with designing, fabricating and testing a fluid transport bracket.

Mon, 07/20/2020 | UW News

Washington State Academy of Sciences election

Professor emeritus Steve Kramer is one of seven UW faculty to be elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences. 

Mon, 07/13/2020

IABSE Outstanding Paper Award

In recognition of his work to investigate the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Italy, assistant professor Paolo Calvi is one of eight recipients of an IABSE 2020 Outstanding Paper Award.

Wed, 07/08/2020

Annual CEE Department award winners

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 CEE faculty and students!

Mon, 07/06/2020

MOSAiC expedition: Follow-along with CEE alumna

Participating in the largest polar expedition in history sounds like the adventure of a lifetime. And so far it is, according to CEE alumna Madison Smith, who is conducting research in the Arctic for the MOSAiC expedition.

Mon, 06/29/2020

Tom Gibbs posthumously honored with inaugural Distinguished Alumnus Award

Many people dream of helping to preserve and protect the environment. Alumnus Tom Gibbs (BSCE ’54, MS ‘66) turned his dreams into a reality.

Mon, 06/29/2020

Lifelong dream inspires book about clean water

It’s never too late to live out a post-college dream. For alumnus John Dracup (BSCE ’56), that entails working in developing countries to provide clean water, coupled with a recent undertaking: authoring a book on the topic.

Mon, 06/29/2020

Steel Bridge Team competition canceled

Although the 2020 Pacific Northwest Student Steel Bridge Competition Regional Event was canceled due to COVID-19, next year’s team may be able to utilize and improve upon this year’s design.

Mon, 06/29/2020

UW ASCE to host regional competition in 2021

Donations were secured, a banquet was organized and a tentative competition schedule was outlined. UW ASCE student chapter officers had prepared for just about everything leading up to the ASCE Pacific Northwest Regional Student Competition — except COVID-19. 

Mon, 06/29/2020

Gathering concrete details

To better assess the structural integrity of reinforced concrete buildings in the aftermath of earthquakes, UW CEE researchers are working to advance newer data collection and analysis methods.

Mon, 06/29/2020

A landslide victory

When it comes to safeguarding Seattle from landslide hazards, CEE Ph.D. student William Pollock has a plan mapped out – quite literally. He will soon release a first-of-its-kind map that predicts landslide risk throughout the city.

Mon, 06/22/2020 | UW Civil & Environmental Engineering

Engineering an engaging online experience

This spring, instructor Julian Yamaura was presented with a new type of engineering challenge — moving hands-on labs online due to COVID-19. He knew he’d have to get especially creative.

Wed, 06/17/2020 | UW News

Is the air getting cleaner during the COVID-19 pandemic?

With fewer cars on the road, CEE researchers investigate whether air quality has improved.

Mon, 06/08/2020

PacTrans awards COVID-19 research grants

As the central transportation research engine in the Pacific Northwest, PacTrans has awarded three $10,000 matching grants to support research investigating how social distancing measures are changing almost every aspect of transportation.

Mon, 06/08/2020

Professor Steve Kramer retires after 36 years

During his tenure, professor Steve Kramer helped grow CEE’s geotechnical graduate degree program, made notable research advancements, assumed leadership roles with research centers and even authored a book.

Fri, 06/05/2020 | UW graduate school

CEE graduate student receives Fulbright Fellowship

CEE graduate student Shelby Ahrendt is one of eight UW graduate students selected to receive a Fulbright Fellowship, which will fund her dissertation work on flood management in the Netherlands. 

Fri, 05/29/2020

Enjoy the videos! Second annual STEM film contest

You can call it the Oscars of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) or the second annual Student Film Contest— either way, there are some blossoming videographers in the science field.

Wed, 05/13/2020 | ASCE News

Steve Kramer receives ASCE honor

CEE professor Steve Kramer is one of eight newly announced ASCE Distinguished Members, an honor reserved for only 223 ASCE members overall.

Tue, 05/12/2020

Measuring traffic performance during COVID-19

It’s not a surprise that traffic, like many things, has been impacted by COVID-19. But by how much? Researchers in CEE’s STAR Lab now have an answer to that question after employing a scoring algorithm they developed.

Mon, 05/11/2020 | GeekWire

Alumna profiled by GeekWire

As she embarks on the largest polar expedition in history, Madison Smith is featured as "Geek of the Week".