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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.

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.

Environmental Engineering's Yilmazel takes position with Rochester Institute of Technology
04/15/2016

Yasemin Yilmazel, a postdoctoral researcher in environmental engineering under Bruce Logan at Penn State, recently accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Environmental Engineering's Zhu accepts faculty position at Louisiana State University
04/15/2016

Xiuping Zhu, a post-doctoral researcher in environmental engineering at Penn State, was recently offered a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Louisiana State University.By Yixuan Li

John Onufrak receives outstanding engineering alumni award
04/15/2016

John Onufrak, a 1971 civil engineering alumnus, was recently named one of the 12 recipients for the 2016 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award.

Engineers use grant to study traffic data to determine causes of fatal accidents
4/15/2015

Traffic accidents are a leading cause of death in the U.S., especially for people under the age of 25. Computer scientist Kamesh Madduri and civil engineer Venky Shankar are developing a high performance computing (HPC)-based framework for the comparative evaluation of traffic safety on statewide transportation networks, which they hope will find patterns related to fatalities and severe injuries.

Fulbright Scholar explores alternative bioenergy resources for French Guiana
04/13/2016

While generating electricity from bacteria may still be a novelty to many, it is not a new concept to Caroline Rivalland, a doctoral student from France and visiting Fulbright Scholar to Penn State.

Brumbaugh named spring student marshal for the department
04/07/2016

Mark Brumbaugh has been named the student marshal for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State's College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 6. Brumbaugh will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering.

Doctoral student wins summer position at national water center
04/07/2016

Ridwan Siddique, a third year doctoral student in civil engineering at Penn State under Alfonso Mejia, recently won the position of theme coordinator at the 2016 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Water Center Summer Institute in Alabama.

Civil engineering's Searles wins national Chi Epsilon scholarship
04/01/2016

When Laura Searles, junior in civil engineering at Penn State, opened her email inbox and learned that she was recently awarded the 2016 Dexter C. Jameson Jr. National Chi Epsilon Scholarship, she was thrilled.

Students to get first course on rural road ecology
04/01/2016

Penn State students will have their first chance this fall to take a new course on rural road ecology and maintenance, developed by the Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies at Penn State’s Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute.

Graduate student wins prestigious Thomas D. Larson Fellowship
03/30/2016

Jonathan Wood, a Ph.D. candidate in civil engineering, was recently selected for the 2016 Dr. Thomas D. Larson Fellowship, which recognizes an individual who is enrolled in a doctoral program in transportation and who reflects Thomas D. Larson's lifelong commitment to pursuing excellence in the field.

Civil Engineering's Kermani wins award at Graduate Exhibition
03/29/2015

Elnaz Kermani, a Ph.D. student in civil and environmental engineering working under the supervision of Tong Qiu, recently won third place in the engineering category at the Graduate Exhibition at Penn State.

Gayah furthers town-gown relationship with local museum
03/21/2016

Vikash Gayah, assistant professor of transportation engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering, was recently acknowledged for providing his professional service to Discovery Space, the local children's science museum.

Hamby named as 2016 PSEAS Spirit Award recipient
03/18/2016

When Heather Hamby first stepped into the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as a student intern during her last year at South Hills Business School in 1990, she had no idea that her journey with Penn State had only just begun.

Liu awarded grant from Amazon to explore cloud computing for river restorations
03/15/2016

As cloud computing has an ever-increasing impact on our daily lives, researchers have started to look for ways to integrate this new platform into their current practices.

Mezzacappa honored by ASCE as New Face of Civil Engineering
03/03/2016

Steven Mezzacappa, a senior architectural engineering student, was recently selected as one of the 10 New Faces of Civil Engineering — Collegiate Edition by The American Society of Civil Engineers, America’s oldest national engineering society.

Penn State named ACI Excellent University for 2015
02/24/2016

Penn State has been named an American Concrete Institute Excellent University for 2015.

Johnson chosen for 2016 Hans Albert Einstein Award
02/17/2016

Peggy Johnson, professor of civil engineering at Penn State, was recently selected as the recipient of the 2016 Hans Albert Einstein Award offered by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

STEM Day shows middle and high school students the importance of civil engineering
02/04/2016

On January 30, faculty and graduate students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering participated in the 2016 Expanding Your Horizons STEM Career Day for Young Women, where local high school students visited the campus to participate in a full day of science enrichment that included a mini career fair, break out sessions with hands-on activities, speakers and a chance to work with Penn State students, graduate students and faculty.

First Hilti Anchor Competition a success
02/01/2016

The Hilti Corporation, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania State University Civil Engineering Research Group, hosted its first Hilti Anchor Competition on January 19, 2016.

Industry Education Week to focus on housing and land development
1/27/2016

Penn State will host two concurrent conferences as part of the 2016 Industry Education Week March 1 through 3 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

CEE department takes charge of the Larson Transportation Institute
1/8/2016

As of January 1, the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute has been transferred from the Penn State College of Engineering to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Doctoral student builds high-pressure testing lab to meet engineering research needs
12/22/2015

Travis Tasker, a doctoral candidate in environmental engineering at Penn State, wanted to study what happens deep underground during oil and gas extraction. The problem was that the department didn't have the proper equipment for the undertaking. Tasker decided to change that.

Burgos named program chair-elect for ACS Geochemistry Division
12/18/2015

Bill Burgos, professor of environmental engineering at Penn State, has been named program chair-elect of the American Chemical Society Geochemistry Division.

Engineering professors named to Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list
12/16/2015

Bruce Logan, Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering and Evan Pugh University Professor, and Chao-Yang Wang, William E. Diefenderfer Chair of Mechanical Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and materials engineering, were recently named to Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers 2015 list.

Gayah to receive Cambridge Systematics New Faculty Award
12/15/2015

Vikash Gayah, assistant professor of civil engineering, was recently selected as the recipient of the Cambridge Systematics New Faculty Award, one of the most prestigious awards offered by the Council of University Transportation Centers.

Study sheds light on aluminum reaction in low pH environments
12/14/2015

Within the deep strata of the San Telmo "acid pit lake" in southwestern Spain rests a wealth of rich geochemical knowledge. That knowledge recently helped researchers at Penn State discover new information about the chemical reactions of aluminum in low pH environments.

Abdullah Al Kindi named College of Engineering fall student marshal
12/2/2015

Abdullah Al Kindi was named the student marshal for the Penn State College of Engineering fall commencement ceremony on December 19. Al Kindi will receive concurrent Bachelor of Science degrees in nuclear engineering and civil engineering.

Researchers obtain patent for new process that converts waste heat into hydrogen
10/29/2015

Researchers from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State have discovered an effective method to convert waste heat into hydrogen gas without the use of fossil fuels.

Pietrucha named president of transportation group's research, education division
10/28/2015

Martin Pietrucha, professor of civil engineering and director of the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute at Penn State, was recently elected president of the research and education division of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.

Pietrucha to step down as director of Larson Transportation Institute
10/26/2015

After seven years of dedicated service, Martin Pietrucha has expressed his intention to step down as director of the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute at Penn State.

Passing the test: Penn State is test crashing vehicles to help protect U.S. embassies around the world
10/16/2015

The truck driver blasts the horn. He's ready to go. Huddled under a canopy nearby to escape the smoldering midday sun, a team of observers ready their equipment -- straightening camera straps and clicking away on computer keyboards. What they've come to see will only take about a minute, but it's the culmination of months (and sometimes years) of work. They want to be ready.

Research Snapshot: Computational Modeling of Landslide Runout
10/15/2015

Researchers are looking into methods that would allow modeling of slide initiation and flow of liquefied soil and rock with more capability than conventional mesh-based analysis methods.

Inaugural Humanitarian Materials Awards Announced at Materials Day
10/9/2015

The winners of the first annual MRI Humanitarian Materials Initiative awards, sponsored by Covestro LLC (formerly Bayer MaterialScience LLC) and the Materials Research Institute (MRI), were announced at Materials Day 2015 on the University Park campus.

Civil engineering student chapter wins national community service award
10/5/2015

The Penn State student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers recently won the ASCE 2015 Richard J. Scranton Outstanding Community Service Award for their efforts with Bridges to Prosperity.

Laman and Brannon recognized for research in interactive learning
9/16/2015

Jeffrey Laman, professor of civil engineering at Penn State, and Mary Lynn Brannon, former instructional support specialist for the Leonhard Center for Enhancement of Engineering Education at Penn State, recently received the American Society for Engineering Education 2015 Stephen J. Ressler Best Paper Award for their paper titled "Integration of Prerequisite Resource Materials in a Structural Design of Foundations Course Using Pencast."

Only above-water microbes play a role in cave development
9/2/2015

Only the microbes located above the water's surface contribute to the development of hydrogen-sulfide-rich caves, suggests an international team of researchers. Since 2004, researchers have been studying the Frasassi cave system, an actively developing limestone cave system located 1500 feet underground in central Italy.

Bruce Logan to receive 2016 American Chemical Society award
8/31/2015

Bruce Logan, Kappe and Evan Pugh Professor of Environmental Engineering, has recently been named the 2016 recipient of the American Chemical Society Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology.

Civil engineering's Johnson stepping down as department head
8/25/2015

After nine years as department head of civil and environmental engineering at Penn State, Peggy Johnson has officially stepped down.

Three new faculty members join civil and environmental engineering
8/24/2015

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

Penn State engineering professors cultivate creativity worldwide
8/4/2015

Although creativity is most often associated with the arts, being creative is really about thinking differently and taking action in innovative ways, something that can provide an edge in almost any field. Four faculty members from Penn State felt creativity was so essential, in fact, that they joined forces to develop an entire course around the concept.

Two civil engineering juniors selected for Pennsylvania-based scholarship
7/27/2015

Mark Bachman and Ethan Miller, both juniors in civil engineering at Penn State, were recently awarded the 2015 Eric J. Gennuso and LeRoy D. (Bud) Loy Jr. Scholarship from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania.

Student-built bridge provides access to education, health care in rural Panama
7/14/2015

Members of the Penn State student chapter of Bridges to Prosperity have returned home after constructing a pedestrian footbridge near the remote village of Tucuecito, Panama.

Professor Bruce Logan reaches significant milestone on Google Scholar
7/9/2015

Bruce Logan, Kappe and Evan Pugh Professor of Environmental Engineering, reached a career milestone recently by hitting 100 on the Google Scholar h-index.

Respected civil engineering professor Andrew Scanlon retires
7/7/2015

After a rewarding 28 years at Penn State, Andrew Scanlon, professor of civil engineering, is trading in his work boots for golf shoes.

Geological Society grant supports Susquehanna Shale Hills research
6/30/2015

Yu Zhang, an environmental engineering doctoral candidate, recently received a Geological Society of America (GSA) research grant to help fund his hydrological-morphodynamic modeling research on the Susquehanna Shale Hills.

Three members of civil and environmental engineering are retiring
6/24/2015

Three members of the Penn State Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are retiring this summer.

Researchers study inexpensive process to clean water in developing nations
6/9/2015

What would happen if a common tree had the potential to turn cloudy, contaminated water into clean, safe drinking water for millions in need? Penn State researchers are hoping to find out using the seeds of the Moringa oleifera tree.

Warn named ASCE 2014 Outstanding Reviewer
6/1/2015

Warn named ASCE 2014 Outstanding Reviewer

NSF award supports research on sustainable energy production
4/29/2015

Bruce Logan, Evan Pugh Professor and Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering, and Christopher Gorski, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, received a National Science Foundation EAGER award to fund their research on technologies that generate and store electrical energy from waste heat using salinity gradients.

Fox named head of civil and environmental engineering
4/29/2015

Patrick J. Fox has been named the John A. and Harriette K. Shaw Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering within Penn State's College of Engineering.

Civil engineering's Radlinska wins ACI achievement award
4/15/2015

Aleksandra Radlinska, assistant professor of civil engineering at Penn State, has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the ACI Walter P. Moore, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award.

Civil engineering's Kearney honored with national title
4/9/2015

Jennifer Kearney, a senior in civil engineering at Penn State, was named the national representative for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in DiscoverE's fourth annual New Faces of Engineering—College Edition.

Kearney receives Commission for Women Achieving Women Award
4/8/2015

Jennifer Kearney was honored with the Achieving Women Award at the ninth annual Commission for Women Awards Luncheon on April 2.

Alumna Saundra Johnson Austin receives College of Engineering's highest honor
4/8/2015

Saundra earned her bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Penn State and an executive master of business administration from Notre Dame. Upon graduation from Penn State, she worked for Bechtel Power Corporation in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where she worked in project controls, estimating, and business development.

Student wins three scholarship awards for his efforts in civil engineering
4/8/2015

Thomas Pochatko, a junior in civil engineering at Penn State, was recently awarded three scholarships including the 2014-15 National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) Scholarship, the 2015 American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) Scholarship — Southwest Region and the 2015 American Concrete Institute (ACI) Pittsburgh Chapter Art Livingood Scholarship.

Civil engineering's Appman wins 2015 Chi Epsilon scholarship
4/2/2015

Timothy Appman, junior in civil engineering at Penn State, was recently awarded the 2015 Chi Epsilon Undergraduate District Scholarship for the Metropolitan District.

Latest NSF rankings: Penn State scores high in broad range of research fields
3/18/2015

In the most recent institutional rankings released by the National Science Foundation of total research expenditures for science and engineering, Penn State stands second in the nation, behind only Johns Hopkins and tied with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the number of fields in which it is ranked in the top ten.

Researchers propose way to remove iron from contaminated water
2/11/2015

High concentrations of dissolved iron from abandoned coal mines in Pennsylvania have been contaminating some of the Commonwealth's streams and rivers for many years, potentially affecting aquatic habitats and drinking water for millions of residents.

Department announces three faculty promotions
5/13/2015

Our department head Peggy Johnson has announced three faculty promotions in the department this spring: Tong Qiu has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, Eric Donnell has been promoted to full professor and Shelley Stoffels has been promoted to full professor.

Career Envoy James helps enhance ExxonMobil's project development process
3/2/2015

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native Dennis James wasn't really interested in attending a college too close to home. Deciding between Arizona State University and Penn State, James spent three days at University Park for Achievers Weekend. He recalled, "I networked with other students who were considering engineering, as well as engineering faculty. I was hooked."

Concrete solutions to aging bridges
2/23/2015

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), this state leads the nation in the number of bridges classified as "structurally deficient."

Civil engineering doctoral student to receive CCHRB scholarship
2/18/2015

Issa Ramaji, a doctoral candidate in architectural engineering at Penn State, has been selected to receive one of two annual Chicago Committee on High-Rise Buildings (CCHRB) scholarships.

NSF award supports Warn's research on building design
2/11/2015

Gordon Warn, associate professor of civil engineering, along with two other Penn State faculty members, recently received a National Science Foundation award to fund their research on resilient and sustainable building design.

National organization honors Kearney as a New Face of Civil Engineering
2/4/2015

Jennifer Kearney, senior in civil engineering, was named one of 10 national American Society of Civil Engineers New Faces of Civil Engineering-College Edition.

Student home builders team takes first place in national competition
1/30/2015

The Penn State student chapter of the National Association of Home Builders took first place in the Student Chapters Residential Construction Management Competition, held during the NAHB International Builders Show on Jan. 20 to 22 in Las Vegas.

Civil engineering's Qiu awarded $500K grant to study landslides
1/29/2015

Tong Qiu, assistant professor of civil engineering, was recently awarded a National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award.

Civil engineering undergrads develop mine water treatment plant for PaDEP
1/28/2015

According to the Schuylkill Action Network, the Schuylkill River and its tributaries provide drinking water to more than 1.5 million Pennsylvania residents and habitats for both fish and wildlife. It's also being actively polluted.

College of Engineering welcomes new civil engineering faculty member
1/27/2015

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

Low-grade waste heat regenerates ammonia battery
12/3/2014

An efficient method to harvest low-grade waste heat as electricity may be possible using reversible ammonia batteries, according to Penn State engineers.

 
 

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