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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".

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.