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Spring 2020 Edition

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Julian Yamaura working in a lab with a camera in front of him

Engineering an engaging online experience

This spring, lecturer 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.

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Two researchers looking up a bluff

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 map that predicts landslide risk in the city.

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A shake table inside a warehouse with a crane next to it

Gathering concrete details

UW CEE researchers are working to advance the precision and speed of damage assessment of reinforced concrete buildings in the aftermath of earthquakes.

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Chair’s message

Department chair Laura Lowes reflects on the CEE community’s willingness to embrace challenges and support one another as coursework and research transitioned online due to COVID-19.

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Professor Steve Kramer retires after 36 years

Professor Steve Kramer helped establish CEE’s geotechnical graduate degree program, made notable research advancements, assumed leadership roles with research centers and even authored a book.

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Collaborative capstone course moves online

In addition to navigating an online classroom setting, CEE students worked with ECE students to complete a capstone design project in partnership with WSDOT.

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UW ASCE to host regional competition in 2021

The UW American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter officers had prepared for just about everything leading up to the ASCE Pacific Northwest Regional Student Competition — except COVID-19.

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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.

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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 92 companies participating.

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Research highlights

From measuring traffic performance during COVID-19 to identifying the pathway of aircraft air pollution at SeaTac Airport, CEE researchers continue to perform cutting-edge research.

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PacTrans awards COVID-19 research grants

As the central transportation research engine in the Pacific Northwest, PacTrans has awarded three grants to support research investigating how social distancing measures impact transportation.

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Lifelong dream inspires book about clean water

It’s never too late to live out a post-college dream. For alumnus John Dracup, that entails working in developing countries to provide clean water, which inspired him to author a book on the topic.

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Tom Gibbs posthumously honored with inaugural Distinguished Alumnus Award

Known for leading the clean-up of Lake Washington in the 1960s, alumnus Tom Gibbs has been posthumously honored by the CEE department with the first annual Distinguished Alumnus Award.

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Awards & accolades

Congratulations to students and faculty who have received awards, scholarships and other honors.

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The Bridge is the UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s alumni newsletter. Published twice a year, it features stories about students, faculty, research, alumni and more.