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Researchers expect new fish passage will help restore migratory fish populations
11/16/2017

The addition of a nature-like fish passage to a Susquehanna River dam in Pennsylvania should allow migrating fish to more easily reach spawning grounds, according to Penn State researchers.

Environmental engineering graduate student wins Electrochemical Society award
11/08/2017

Environmental engineering graduate student Jenelle Fortunato received the Electrochemical Society Battery Division’s Young Scientist Best Poster Award at the ECS National Meeting held in National Harbor, Maryland.

Danielle Berman awarded prestigious Jack E. Leisch Fellowship
10/30/2017

Civil engineering graduate student Danielle Berman has been awarded the 2017 Jack E. Leisch Fellowship, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The fellowship rewards outstanding professional accomplishments in the fields of geometric design, traffic engineering and transportation planning.

International geomechanics association honors Patrick Fox with two accolades
09/26/2017

Patrick J. Fox, the John A. and Harriette K. Shaw Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has recently been named the recipient of both the John Booker Medal and the Excellent Paper Award from the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics.

Transportation research results in Fred Burggraf Award
09/21/2017

A team of Penn State civil engineers were presented with the Transportation Research Board's Fred Burggraf Award for their paper on transit signal priority. The paper titled, "Estimating the Impacts of Bus Stops on Transit Signal Priority on Intersection Operations: A Queuing and Variational Theory approach," was co-authored by assistant professors of civil engineering Ilgin Guler and Vikash Gayah, along with civil engineering doctoral student Kan Wu. The Fred Burggraf Award recognizes excellence in transportation research by researchers 35 years of age or younger.

Penn State civil engineering paper receives D. Grant Mickle Award
09/19/2017

A team of Penn State civil engineers have recently received the Transportation Research Board's D. Grant Mickle Award for their paper on transportation efficiency. The paper titled, “Improving Street Network Efficiency by Dynamically Prohibiting Left Turns at Signalized Intersections,” was the result of a project led by civil engineering assistant professor Vikash Gayah. Graduate students Anthony DePrator and Owen Hitchcock co-authored the paper with Gayah. The D. Grant Mickle Award is given each year to the best paper submission in the area of operation and maintenance.

On The Road to Reality of Autonomous Vehicles
09/14/2017

Thought leaders, academic and industry experts, public officials and planners from across the state recently gathered in Happy Valley for the first Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Summit, held Sept. 11-12, at the Ramada Conference Center in State College and The Thomas D. Larson Transportation Institute’s test track in Bellefonte.

CEE undergraduate engineering programs fair well in U.S. News rankings
09/14/2017

Both the Penn State civil engineering undergraduate program and the environmental engineering undergraduate program placed in the top 20 in the latest annual U.S. News & World Report “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs” rankings, released on September 11.

Behnoud Kermani receives two esteemed civil engineering grants
08/28/2017

Behnoud Kermani, a Ph.D. candidate in civil engineering at Penn State, has recently been awarded both the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) Fellowship and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter Scholarship by the International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC-IAFD).

Khosrojerdi receives International Association of Foundation Drilling grant
08/28/2017

Mahsa Khosrojerdi, a Ph.D. candidate in civil engineering at Penn State, has recently been named the recipient of the South Central Chapter Scholarship provided by the International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC)'s Industry Advancement Fund.

Caitlin Grady joins the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
08/11/2017

Penn State's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering added a new faculty member this semester.

Treated hydraulic fracturing wastewater may pollute area water sources for years
07/13/2017

Given Pennsylvania's abundant natural resources, it's no surprise that the commonwealth has become a mecca for hydraulic fracturing. Researchers, however, have recently discovered that releasing millions of gallons of treated hydraulic fracturing wastewater each year into area surface waters may have longer-lasting effects than originally thought.

Researchers to study financial impact of access management treatments
07/11/2017

As anyone who has ever lived or traveled along a congested two-lane highway can attest, transportation can prove to be problematic. Factors like the number of driveways within a given stretch of roadway, access to turning lanes and even the size of each driveway can impact transportation systems across the country. To remedy the issues, roadways may be widened; additional access points may be added; or, a completely different solution may be necessary. But, sometimes, the best solution is not always the most feasible.

Chris Duffy, esteemed professor of civil engineering, set to retire
06/20/2017

Chris Duffy has spent nearly 30 years dedicating his life to civil engineering education and research at Penn State. Now the time has come for him to step back and enjoy what he has so rightfully earned – his retirement.

Grant to fund research into new metamaterial that provides earthquake protection
06/14/2017

Earthquakes and explosions damage thousands of structures worldwide each year, destroying countless lives in their wake, but a team of researchers at Penn State is examining a completely new way of safeguarding key infrastructure, thanks to a $50,000 Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grant provided by the College of Engineering.

CEE alumna Gina Sansoni receives Rookie of the Year award
06/05/2017

The North Carolina Triangle Chapter of WTS International recently announced Gina Sansoni, EI, of Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson Inc., is the recipient for its annual "Rookie of the Year" award. The Rookie of the Year Award is given annually to a new WTS member who has shown extraordinary commitment and taken on challenges to promote the chapter.

Sarah Cotterill receives a Fulbright Award for research at Penn State
05/26/2017

Sarah Cotterill, an alumna from Newcastle University, has received a Fulbright All Disciplines Scholar Award to carry out research at Penn State on one of the most well-regarded and impactful scholarship programs in the world.

Civil engineering students win first place at ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl
05/19/2017

The Penn State student chapter of The Institute of Transportation Engineers came home victorious after winning first place in the Mid-Colonial District regional ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl, which took place April 23-25 in Baltimore.

Civil engineering post-doctoral researcher receives prominent fellowship
05/18/2017

Hailong Ye, a post-doctoral researcher in civil engineering at Penn State, was recently selected to receive the prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions fellowship.

Computational model to predict the motion and movement of munitions underwater
05/01/2017

Researchers in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State have received a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense's Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program to develop and utilize a three-dimensional computational model that will predict the motion and movement of munitions - such as bullets and bombs - underwater.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering recognizes student excellence
05/01/2017

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering recognized dozens of students this year for accomplishments inside and outside of the classroom. Students were rewarded for everything from being industry leaders to being the best representation of the department.

Year of preparation leads Concrete Canoe Team to third place regional finish
05/01/2017

Penn State civil engineering students returned home with some hard-earned hardware after a weekend at the 2017 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Mid-Atlantic Region Student Conference. The concrete canoe team placed third overall in the competition, which ran April 7 to 9 at the University of Maryland.

CEE graduate students win several awards at annual research symposium
04/26/2017

Three graduate students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering recently won first place awards at the 14th annual College of Engineering Research Symposium, held on Tuesday, April 4, at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Matthew McTaggart named spring student marshal for the department
04/18/2017

Matthew McTaggart will be the student marshal for the Penn State Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 5, 2017. McTaggart will receive concurrent Bachelor of Science degrees in civil engineering and electrical engineering.

Jaskanwal Chhabra awarded second place at Graduate Exhibition
04/13/2017

Jaskanwal Chhabra, a Ph.D. candidate in civil engineering, won a second place award at the Graduate Exhibition in the engineering category. He was one of 41 students who received an award at the exhibition.

Kersavage awarded Intelligent Transportation Society of Pennsylvania Scholarship
04/13/2017

Kristin Kersavage, a Ph.D. candidate in transportation engineering, was recently selected as the recipient of the 2017 Intelligent Transportation Society of Pennsylvania Annual Scholarship.

Civil engineering student receives Pittsburgh ACI Founders Award
04/10/2017

Civil engineering senior Drew Bechtold won the first place Pittsburgh American Concrete Institute Founders Award. This annual award recognizes the outstanding achievements and work by a student involved with ACI.

Civil engineering's Li wins Commission for Women Achieving Women Award
04/06/2017

Li Li, associate professor of environmental engineering at Penn State, has recently been named the recipient of the Penn State Commission for Women 2017 Achieving Women Award in the faculty category.

Fellowship assists civil engineering research on transportation accessibility
04/04/2017

Martin Pietrucha, professor of civil engineering at Penn State, was a recipient of this year's Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellowship, which supports initiatives that integrate curricular and research components and advance the institute's goal of incorporating ethics into the Penn State curriculum.

Penn State American Concrete Institute student chapter recognized for excellence
03/30/2017

The Penn State chapter of the American Concrete Institute was named an ACI Excellent University for 2016. This is the second year in a row Penn State has received this honor.

Civil engineering students win third place at national surveying competition
03/28/2017

A team of three Penn State students won third place in the 16th Annual National Society of Professional Surveyor's (NSPS) Student Competition held on March 13, 2017 as part of the National Surveying, Mapping and Geospatial Conference.

Where the rivers meet the Sea: Harnessing the energy generated when freshwater meets saltwater
03/28/2017

Penn State researchers have created a new hybrid technology that produces unprecedented amounts of electrical power where seawater and freshwater combine at the coast.

Mark Alpert receives Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award
03/24/2017

Mark Alpert, a 1980 environmental engineering alumnus, was recently named one of 12 recipients of the 2017 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award.

Civil engineering students earn second place in construction competition
03/23/2017

The Penn State Senior Team of civil engineers won second place in a Construction Cost Estimating Competition, sponsored by the Contractors Association of Western Pennsylvania. Five universities attended the competition held on February 4-5 in Pittsburgh.

Penn State professor dedicates life to engineering education
03/23/2017

Harry West's civil engineering career had a simple beginning. At the age of 10, he observed college students at a summer surveying camp at the northern New Jersey campus of The Cooper Union. That experience was West's introduction to civil engineering, and the knowledge he gleaned there sparked his love for the industry.

CEE graduate programs do well in U.S. News graduate rankings
03/20/2017

Both the Penn State civil engineering graduate program and the environmental engineering graduate program ranked in the top 25 in the latest annual U.S. News & World Report "Best Graduate Schools" rankings.

20th Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium set for April
03/17/2017

The Penn State Student Association of Environmental Science and Engineering will hold the 20th annual Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium (ECMSS) on April 21 from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. and April 22 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. in Forest Resource Building.

Alumnus Bradley Heigel named PA Turnpike Commission's Engineer of the Year
02/27/2017

The PA Turnpike Commission's (PTC) Chief Engineer Bradley Heigel has been selected by the Central Pennsylvania’s Engineer Week Council (CPEW) as the "2017 Engineer of the Year." Heigel, a 1988 graduate of Penn State with a B.S. in civil engineering, is a board member of the American Society of Highway Engineers.

Regan receives Harry West Teaching Award to advance teaching efforts
02/22/2017

John Regan, professor of environmental engineering at Penn State, was recently awarded the Harry West Teaching Award from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Graduate students receive presentation awards at transportation conference
02/21/2017

Two Penn State civil engineering graduate students, Owen Hitchcock and Lingyu Li, received Best Student Presentation awards at the 2016 Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference held in December. Hitchcock was given the first place award and Li received second place.

Study to focus on pollution potential of oil and gas wastewater spread on roadways
02/21/2017

Understanding the environmental impact of using oil and gas wastewater as a road treatment may lead to safer water resources and stricter government regulations, according to Penn State researchers.

Finding a balance between THON and engineering
02/16/2017

When Ben Colasante came to Penn State, he knew very little about Penn State's 46-hour Dance Marathon, a student-run philanthropy dedicated to raising money for children and families impacted by pediatric cancer. Now a junior, he can’t imagine his college experience without it.

2017 PHRC Housing Conference set for March 1-2
02/15/2017

The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC), housed in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State, will host its 25th Annual PHRC Housing Conference at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel March 1-2, 2017.

Kazi M. Hassan named 2017 Delaware Valley Young Engineer Of The Year
02/15/2017

The Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia announced that Kazi M. Hassan has been selected as the 2017 Delaware Valley Young Engineer of the Year.

Brian Wolfgang wins 2016 NAHB Outstanding Junior Educator Award
02/06/2017

Brian Wolfgang, housing systems specialist at Penn State’s Pennsylvania Housing Research Center, received the National Association of Home Builders Student Chapter Award for Outstanding Junior Educator at the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando in January.

Logan named Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher
02/06/2017

Bruce Logan, Kappe Professor of Engineering and Evan Pugh University Professor, has been named to the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list for 2016. This is the third year in a row Logan has received this honor.

Penn State places 4th in NAHB Residential Construction Management Competition
02/06/2017

The Penn State National Association of Home Builders student chapter won fourth place in the Four-Year College category of the NAHB Residential Construction Management Competition held at the 2017 NAHB International Builders' Show in Orlando in January.

Civil engineering graduate students win national transportation competition
02/02/2017

A team of five Penn State civil engineering graduate students recently won the 2017 Traffic Control Device Challenge sponsored by the Transportation Research Board and the American Traffic Safety Services Association.

Bechtold named American Society of Civil Engineers scholarship recipient
01/30/2017

Drew Bechtold, a senior in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was recently named an American Society of Civil Engineers scholarship recipient.

Penn State to host 2018 residential building conferences
01/18/2017

The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center is set to host two concurrent conferences February 28 through March 1, 2018, at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel – the fourth Residential Building Design & Construction Conference and the 26th Annual Housing & Land Development Conference.

Civil engineering's Rajabipour named American Concrete Institute Fellow
01/09/2017

Farshad Rajabipour, associate professor of civil engineering at Penn State, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute.

Study shows hydraulic fracturing fluids affect water chemistry from gas wells
12/08/2016

Pressure, temperature and fluid composition play an important role in the amount of metals and other chemicals found in wastewaters from hydraulically fractured gas reservoirs, according to Penn State researchers.

Graduate student receives Best Poster Award at national concrete convention
11/15/2016

Mina Mohebbi, a graduate student in civil engineering, recently received the Best Poster Award at the American Concrete Institute Convention.

Pietrucha named CEE undergraduate program coordinator
11/15/2016

Martin Pietrucha, professor of civil engineering and director of the Engineering Systems Program, has been named the new undergraduate coordinator for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Civil engineering student's outside interests lead her to journalism
11/09/2016

Lexi Shimkonis was four years old when her family took a summer vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. It was on this vacation that she witnessed the relocation of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, something many children would have considered insignificant. For Shimkonis, however, it was different. What she saw stuck with her.

Fox receives Geosynthetics International's best paper award
10/25/2016

Patrick Fox, Shaw Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Best Paper Award for the journal Geosynthetics International.

Research Snapshot: Research looks to improve protection against disasters
10/19/2016

A Penn State researcher is developing new computational methods that will improve the quality of modeling extreme events due to natural and man-made disasters.

New approach more accurately predicts structural performance under extreme loads
10/18/2016

Extreme event hazards, such as major earthquakes, destroy countless structures worldwide every year. To fight this problem, the National Science Foundation has awarded a Penn State researcher a grant to develop a new computational approach that will more accurately predict how a structure will perform under extreme loads.

Researchers look at ways to improve Pennsylvania bridges
10/17/2016

Every day, millions of Pennsylvania motorists drive on or under one of the commonwealth's more than 22,000 bridges without ever thinking about its safety and durability. Researchers at Penn State, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, however, are thinking about it and are trying to improve the bridges in the process.

Senior Conservation Finance Fellow Martin Doyle to speak at Harleman Lecture
10/13/2016

Martin Doyle, senior conservation finance fellow for the U.S. Department of the Interior and esteemed professor at Duke University, will be the keynote speaker for the 2016 Harleman Lecture.

Penn State faculty to bring international scour and erosion conference to the U.S.
10/07/2016

The 2020 International Conference on Scour and Erosion will be held in Washington, D.C. thanks to a winning proposal by Penn State civil and environmental engineering faculty members.

Gayah chosen to attend respected National Academy of Engineering symposium
09/22/2016

Vikash Gayah, assistant professor of civil engineering, was recently selected to be a part of the National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium taking place from Sept. 25 to Sept. 28 in Irvine, California.

Penn State students build pedestrian bridge in remote village to improve lives
09/22/2016

While some students worked at camps or enjoyed the beach this past summer, a select group of Penn State students spent theirs changing lives. The Penn State chapter of Bridges to Prosperity traveled to the remote village of La Candelaria, Panama, to build a suspended pedestrian bridge.

DOE's chief architect Sam Rashkin to speak about language of sustainability at Hankin Lecture
09/16/2016

Sam Rashkin, chief architect for the Department of Energy's Building Technologies Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, will be the keynote speaker for the 2016 Hankin Lecture.

Civil Engineering Doctoral Candidate Selected As Distinguished Teaching Fellow
09/09/2016

Asghar Gholizadeh, doctoral student in civil engineering, has been named one of four Distinguished Teaching Fellows in the College of Engineering.

Graduate student awarded prestigious Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship
09/07/2016

Owen Hitchcock, a graduate student pursuing his master’s degree in civil engineering, was recently presented with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship by the Federal Highway Administration.

Three new faculty members join civil and environmental engineering
8/17/2016

Penn State’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering added three new faculty members this semester.

Velegol named CEE undergraduate program coordinator
08/04/2016

Stephanie Butler Velegol, instructor in environmental engineering, has been named the new undergraduate program coordinator for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Students and faculty learn valuable lessons from research trip to Rwanda
08/02/2016

Penn State engineering students and faculty recently traveled to Rwanda to explore whether or not a readily available plant seed could be used as a viable alternative to clean wastewater.

Zheng awarded a Geosynthetic Institute Fellowship grant
08/01/2016

Yewei Zheng, a doctoral student in civil engineering at the University of California, San Diego under the direction of Patrick Fox, department head of civil and environmental engineering at Penn State, was recently awarded a Geosynthetic Institute Fellowship grant for his research proposal, “Interaction of GRS Abutments with Bridge Superstructures under Seismic Loading,” aimed at improving the seismic performance of GRS bridge abutments.

Civil engineering's Kermani wins geosynthetics research grant
07/28/2016

Behnoud Kermani, doctoral student in civil engineering, was recently awarded a Geosynthetic Institute Fellowship grant for his research proposal aimed at evaluating the capabilities and effectiveness of geotextile separation in preventing subgrade soil fines from migrating into permeable subbase and base materials.

Penn State father and son win Canadian Society for Civil Engineering awards
07/20/2016

Andrew Scanlon, professor emeritus of civil engineering, and Mark A. Scanlon, 2010 civil engineering alumnus, were both recently recognized by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering.

Civil engineering alumnus receives AAWRE award
07/11/2016

Civil engineering alumnus Gary W. Brunner, a senior technical hydraulic engineer at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hydraulic Engineering Center, was recently awarded the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers 2016 Outstanding Practitioner in Water Resources Engineering Award.

El-Chabib named outstanding reviewer for materials journal
06/15/2016

The Journal of Aerospace Engineering recently selected Tong Qiu, associate professor of civil engineering, as an ASCE 2015 Outstanding Reviewer.

Research aims to make water cycle modeling data more accessible
06/09/2016

Researchers have discovered a way to use computational workflow to capture reproducible hydrologic modeling in an effort to make research results available to a broader audience.

Qiu named outstanding reviewer for aerospace journal
06/07/2016

The Journal of Aerospace Engineering recently selected Tong Qiu, associate professor of civil engineering, as an ASCE 2015 Outstanding Reviewer.

A New Way to Learn: Flipping STEM education upside down
06/06/2016

Given the difficult-to-digest subject matter in many STEM classrooms, educators have customarily relied on traditional lecture-based educational methods where they spend class time walking through content and then assign homework problems to supplement that learning.

Radlinska joins crack reduction initiative for concrete industry
06/06/2016

Aleksandra Radlinska, assistant professor of civil engineering at Penn State, recently accepted an invitation to join the Crack Reduction Accelerated Technology Implementation team with the Strategic Development Council as a consulting member.

Study looks at bacteria to remove metals from mine-impacted water
06/03/2016

Researchers at Penn State are refining a natural, low-cost process that will help remove some of the most abundant pollutants, such as iron, from mine-contaminated water.

Bacterial research may lead to less polluted waters
06/02/2016

Phosphorus is one of the crucial nutrients regularly applied to crops, such as corn and soybeans, to help them grow efficiently. However, that's not the only thing that grows when exposed to this powerful nutrient.

Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team places sixth in EcoCAR 3 competition
05/31/2016

The Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team finished in sixth place in Year Two of the EcoCAR 3 competition, it was announced Thursday night, May 26, at the contest's concluding dinner at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego.

Eric Donnell named director of Larson Institute
05/26/2016

Eric Donnell has been named the director of the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute within Penn State's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team powers students on the road to success
05/23/2016

Penn State's Advanced Vehicle Team is much like a car company in miniature. In lieu of sales and profits, however, success is instead measured in trophies, teamwork and the experience won from hours of toil and trial and error.

Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team powers students on the road to success
05/23/2016

Penn State's Advanced Vehicle Team is much like a car company in miniature. In lieu of sales and profits, however, success is instead measured in trophies, teamwork and the experience won from hours of toil and trial and error.

Gholizadeh selected as distinguished teaching fellow
05/12/2016

Asghar Gholizadeh, a Ph.D. candidate in civil engineering, was recently selected as a 2016-17 Distinguished Teaching Fellow in the College of Engineering.

Students engage with community at sustainability expo
05/03/2016

Nineteen students from instructor Stephanie Velegol's C E 475 Water Quality Chemistry class presented their water quality monitoring work for Centre County Pennsylvania Senior Environmental Corps through posters at the Campus and Community Sustainability Expo on Monday, April 25.

Fox presented Best-of-Journal Paper on geosynthetics in Miami
04/29/2016

Patrick Fox, Shaw Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State, presented his Best-of-Journal Paper at the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics, held in Miami in April.

Logan named distinguished visiting professor at Tsinghua University
4/27/2016

Bruce Logan, Evan Pugh Professor and the Stan and Flora Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering, has recently been named a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University.

Graduate students won multiple awards at annual research symposium
04/22/2016

Seven graduate students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering recently won awards at the 13th annual College of Engineering Research Symposium, held on Tuesday, April 5, at the Nittany Lion Inn.

 
 

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