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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.

Fri, 10/25/2019 | UW News

Wave Glider explores Antarctic waters

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

Glaciers across time

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

Jessica Kaminsky receives Levitt Young Scholar Award

There’s a first time for everything, including an award. Assistant professor Jessica Kaminsky is the inaugural recipient of the Engineering Project Organization Society’s Levitt Young Scholar Award. 

Wed, 10/16/2019

Lakes with a legacy

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.

Tue, 10/08/2019 | UW Today

How bike sharing in Seattle rose from the ashes of Pronto

UW transportation researchers led by associate professor Don MacKenzie evaluate Seattle's first bike sharing system, Pronto, which failed while dockless bike sharing has been successful.


Mon, 10/07/2019

David Stensel honored with Camp Applied Research Award

Professor emeritus David Stensel is the recipient of the Water Environment Federation’s 2019 Camp Applied Research Award in recognition of his work to advance wastewater treatment systems.

Tue, 09/24/2019

2019 Engineering Lecture Series features CEE faculty

The 2019 UW College of Engineering fall lecture series “The Future of Food” features CEE faculty members who will be sharing their expertise on protecting human and environmental health.

Mon, 09/16/2019 | UW News

Americans would rather drive themselves to work than have an autonomous vehicle drive them, study says

New research led by CEE faculty Don MacKenzie suggests that people would rather drive themselves than have an autonomous vehicle drive them.

Mon, 09/16/2019

UW Tower first university building to earn Fitwel rating

Newly recognized as a Fitwel certified building, UW Tower is the first university building in the world to gain the healthy building interior rating thanks to the work of UW CEE researchers.

Fri, 09/06/2019

$3.3 million grant funds microbe-level climate change study

Sometimes the smallest things in life inform the big ones. A team of CEE-led researchers has been awarded a $3.3 million DOE grant to investigate how micro scale processes influence global scale climate change.

Thu, 08/29/2019

Earthquake research graduate fellowships

It’s a fellowship sweep. Out of two graduate fellowships awarded by the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), both recipients are from UW CEE: Andrew Makdisi and Sarah Wichman.