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Wed, 10/21/2020 | AXA research fund

AXA's innovative COVID-19 research

The AXA Research Fund announces 10 innovative projects to help combat COVID-19, including CEE assistant professor Mari Winkler's work on targeted disease management through wastewater monitoring.

Mon, 10/19/2020

Impactful internship

Thanks to a summer internship, CEE undergraduate Bailey Griffin gained hands-on experience working on light rail construction efforts in Bellevue.  


Fri, 10/09/2020

Environmental internship is a natural fit

Environmental sustainability is a topic that interests BSENVE senior Caroline Witek. And so a summer internship with an engineering company that focuses on designing sustainable engineering solutions was truly a natural fit.

Wed, 10/07/2020 | Population Health

Healthy planet, healthy people

CEE professor Cynthia Chen is one of five UW experts asked to weigh in on how to move forward from the pandemic in ways that deliver environmental resilience and positive health outcomes for all.

Thu, 10/01/2020 | UW News

UW researchers driving around Seattle to track COVID-19 response over time

An interdisciplinary team of UW researchers, including CEE professor Joe Wartman, scan the streets every few weeks to document how Seattle has reacted to the pandemic.

Tue, 09/29/2020

New faculty member Travis Thonstad

For the past four years, incoming civil and environmental engineering faculty member Travis Thonstad worked for an organization with a mission focused on advancing innovation.

Mon, 09/28/2020

Children’s books aim to increase diversity in STEM

To encourage a more diverse community of engineers, scientists and doctors, CEE professor Faisal Hossain is leveraging the power of storytelling to inspire children to pursue careers in the sciences.

Fri, 09/25/2020

Advancing a sustainable flooring system for UW's campus

During the summer, engineers in CEE’s Structural Research Laboratory continued to make progress on critical research, such as testing a new sustainable flooring system that will be used for the first time at UW.

Wed, 09/23/2020

Waterhackweek: Applying data science to water challenges

Ideas were flowing during the second annual Waterhackweek. For CEE master’s student Valerie Chang, the week-long event resulted in data science skills that can be used to problem-solve pressing water resources issues. 

Fri, 09/11/2020 | Trends and Issues in Higher Education

Utilizing a new teaching tool

Faculty David Shean adopts a new tool to virtually teach students complex data analysis.

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.