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Mon, 04/27/2020 | UW News

Smart farming via satellite

CEE professor Faisal Hossain's tech-based irrigation advisory system is profiled by NASA.

Thu, 04/16/2020 | UW News

How to move ‘hands on’ classes online

UW instructors offer creative solutions for courses that involve hands-on work.

Tue, 04/07/2020 | UW News

Watch videos of UW students’ ideas for public toilets, road safety and job matches in India

Students in the Grand Challenges Impact Lab spent winter quarter in Bengaluru, India, working with local organizations to address challenges in the area. View videos of the students' projects, including educating young drivers and connecting residents to sanitary restrooms.

Thu, 03/19/2020

CEE graduate programs ranked by U.S. News & World Report

UW CEE graduate programs continue to be ranked highly in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Graduate School rankings.

Wed, 03/18/2020 | UW News

Survey: What blocks your bus?

Under typical conditions, Seattle has some of the most congested traffic in the nation. CEE researchers are working to investigate reasons for these delays by inviting the public to share their experiences in a survey. 

Wed, 03/18/2020 | UW Civil & Environmental Engineering

ASCE regional competition canceled

In light of the emerging COVID-19 situation around the world and country, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has announced the cancellation of all remaining student conferences and competitions for the 2019-2020 school year. As a result, the upcoming regional competition in April, hosted by the UW ASCE student chapter, will no longer be taking place.

Mon, 03/16/2020 | UW Today

Climate change at Mount Rainier expected to increase ‘mismatch’ between visitors and iconic wildflowers

Without cuts to our carbon emissions, a team of researchers including CEE's Jessica Lundquist expect that snow in the subalpine meadows will melt months earlier, causing visitors to miss Mount Rainier's iconic wildflowers.

Thu, 03/05/2020

Democratizing data: New air pollution database

To democratize air pollution data, CEE researchers helped launch a first-of-its-kind publicly available database that provides access to information about air pollution concentrations and economic damages caused by exposure. 

Mon, 03/02/2020

Yinhai Wang elected ASCE fellow

CEE professor Yinhai Wang has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, an honor reserved for a small percentage of members based on professional accomplishments.

Mon, 02/24/2020

Making waves with Arctic research

Information about the role that waves play in the changing Arctic's coastline is rolling in after UW CEE researchers spent a month at sea collecting data, which they hope will improve the accuracy of climate models.

Wed, 02/19/2020

Laura Lowes named PSEC Academic Engineer of the Year

CEE chair and professor Laura Lowes has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 PSEC Academic Engineer of the Year Award in recognition of her significant contributions to the state of earthquake engineering practice.

Fri, 02/14/2020 | UW News

Researchers at AAAS to discuss latest science on Cascadia earthquake hazards

UW researchers share new results about how midrise to tall buildings would fare in simulated magnitude 9 earthquakes at the AAAS annual meeting.

Thu, 02/13/2020 | UW News

Hydropower dams cool rivers in the Mekong River basin, satellites show

Researchers at the University of Washington were interested in studying how several hydropower dams affected the temperature of three major rivers in Southeast Asia's Mekong River basin. Using 30 years of satellite data, the team discovered that within one year of the opening of a major dam, downstream river temperatures during the dry season dropped by up to 3.6 degrees F (2 degrees C). The cooling persisted where the rivers meet the Mekong River, which showed, at most, a 1.4 F (0.8 C) cooling.

Fri, 02/07/2020

Steve Kramer elected to National Academy of Engineering

CEE professor Steve Kramer has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions in engineering, for “contributions to geotechnical earthquake engineering, including liquefaction, seismic stability and seismic site response.”

Tue, 02/04/2020 | UW Civil & Environmental Engineering

Record attendance: 14th annual CEE Career Fair

Resumes at the ready, more than 300 CEE students attended the 14th annual CEE Career Fair. This year’s event saw record attendance from industry members, with more than 92 companies participating.

Mon, 01/27/2020 | UW Civil & Environmental Engineering

A natural fit: New Indonesia study abroad program

It’s possible to learn about sustainable building materials in a classroom setting. But now, it’s also possible to learn about this important topic while immersed in a bamboo “Green Village” in Indonesia, thanks to a new Engineering Indonesia: Green Building in the Global South study abroad program.

Wed, 01/22/2020 | UW News

What’s in Puget Sound? New technique casts a wide net for concerning chemicals

Using a new “non-targeted” approach, researchers at the University of Washington and UW Tacoma screened samples from multiple regions of Puget Sound to look for potentially concerning chemicals.

Tue, 01/21/2020

SeaTac Airport air pollution path identified

The community surrounding SeaTac Airport has long wondered if air pollution caused by aircraft is reaching nearby residential areas. Thanks to UW researchers, including professor Tim Larson, new findings have landed.

Fri, 12/20/2019

Faculty develops STEM children's books

To inspire children, especially those from underrepresented and diverse backgrounds, to pursue careers in the sciences, professor Faisal Hossain is developing picture books as part of a New Voices storytelling initiative.

Wed, 12/11/2019 | UW News

Communities around Sea-Tac Airport exposed to a unique mix of air pollution associated with aircraft

Communities underneath and downwind of jets landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport are exposed to a type of ultrafine particle pollution that is distinctly associated with aircraft, according to a new study by researchers including CEE faculty Timothy Larson.

Thu, 12/05/2019

Anne Goodchild testifies at U.S. House

CEE professor Anne Goodchild presented testimony on December 5 at a joint hearing before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit and the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials.

Wed, 12/04/2019 | UW News

Warmer temperatures will increase arsenic levels in rice

Warmer temperatures expected under most climate change projections can lead to higher concentrations of arsenic in rice, according to a new study by researchers including CEE faculty Rebecca Neumann and Stuart Strand.

Thu, 11/21/2019 | UW News

Emissions from electricity generation linked to deaths

A team of UW researchers led by CEE professor Julian Marshall has found that air pollution from electricity generation emissions led to about 16,000 premature deaths in the continental U.S. in 2014.

Thu, 11/07/2019 | UW News

Alaska research cruise explores changing Arctic

A UW research team including CEE faculty Jim Thomson and Nirnimesh Kumar departs aboard a research vessel from Alaska to study fall storms, dwindling sea ice and vulnerable coastlines in a changing Arctic.


Mon, 11/04/2019 | UW Civil & Environmental Engineering

Rising to the challenge

In the Grand Challenges Impact Lab, engineering students like Cristina Lopez, ’19, worked in India to address real-world problems and increase their cultural awareness.