News & Events


Thu, 03/19/2020

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 Civil & Environmental Engineering

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.

Wed, 03/18/2020 | UW News

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. 

Mon, 03/16/2020 | UW Today

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

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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
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

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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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.

Fri, 10/25/2019 | UW News

Using an autonomous surfboard called the Wave Glider, UW researchers led by CEE faculty Jim Thomson are investigating the Antarctic Peninsula to better understand how the warming ocean interacts with ice shelves.

Fri, 10/18/2019 | UW Information Technology

Using groundbreaking cloud computing methods, CEE assistant professor David Shean has pioneered a new way to quantify glacial retreat and more accurately measure how glaciers are responding to climate change.

Wed, 10/16/2019

Thirty years after the ASARCO copper smelter shut down, UW researchers make surprising discoveries about which lakes in the Tacoma area are most impacted by legacy arsenic contamination.