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Larger cities have smaller water footprint than less populated counterparts


Global sustainability is important now more than ever due to increasing urban populations and the resulting stress it can have on natural resources. But increased populations in cities may lead to greater efficiency, as a team of Penn State researchers discovered when they analyzed the water footprint of 65 mid- to large-sized U.S. cities.

Students, faculty celebrate second-place win at NASA 3D Habitat Challenge


Faculty and students who are part of the PennStateDen@Mars research team have placed second in Phase 3, Level 2 of the NASA 3D Habitat Challenge in Peoria, Ill. from Aug. 23-26. Their win has not only secured them a spot in the next level of competition but has also given the team $33,000 to begin developing new technology for the next stage of the challenge.

NSF funds $3 million graduate training program focused on Food-Energy-Water


The National Science Foundation has awarded a $3 million grant to an interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers to create a new graduate program that will train students to find solutions to real-world problems facing Food-Energy-Water systems.

Students build bridge to give access to food, education in isolated Bolivia


After six months of fundraising and planning efforts, the Penn State chapter of Bridges to Prosperity selflessly traded in their typical summer vacation for an adventure to Machacamarca, Bolivia to build a suspended pedestrian foot bridge for an isolated farming town.

Civil engineering's Sheikh wins geosynthetics research grant


Bahman Sheikh, a doctoral student in civil engineering, was recently awarded a Geosynthetic Institute Fellowship grant for his research proposal, titled “Breakwater Design Guidelines for Using Geotextile Tube Technology,” which focuses on the development of a recommended procedure for a geotextile tube breakwaters design.

Four new faculty members join civil and environmental engineering


Penn State’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering added four new faculty members this academic year.

Fox receives IGS Award for significant contributions to geosynthetics research


Patrick Fox, the John A. and Harriette K. Shaw Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State, will receive the 2018 IGS Award from the International Geosynthetics Society.

Civil and environmental engineering announces three faculty promotions


Three Penn State Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty members have been selected for promotions, effective July 1, 2018.

Larson Transportation Institute brings big win to Penn State and Mid-Atlantic universities with USDOT grant award


Improving the durability and extending the life of transportation infrastructure will be the primary focus of a multi-university transportation research program led by Penn State, as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 2017 Region 3 University Transportation Centers Program. Penn State, through the Thomas D. Larson Transportation Institute, will lead the consortium including George Mason University, Lehigh University, Morgan State University, University of Delaware, Virginia Tech University and West Virginia University — otherwise known as the Mid-Atlantic Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multi-Modal Transportation Infrastructure Systems.

Papakonstantinou selected as ASCE Outstanding Reviewer


The Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part A: Civil Engineering, recently selected Kostas Papakonstantinou, assistant professor of civil engineering at Penn State, as an American Society of Civil Engineers 2017 Outstanding Reviewer

Oil and gas wastewater as dust suppressant less than ideal


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.

Papakonstantinou to use NSF CAREER award to optimize structural life-cycle decision-making


Kostas Papakonstantinou, assistant professor of civil engineering at Penn State, will advance innovation in optimal structural engineering decision-making, thanks to a respected National Science Foundation Early Career (CAREER) award.

All CEE programs rank in top 20 in U.S. News rankings for first time


All of the Penn State civil and environmental engineering programs ranked in the top 20 in the latest annual U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Civil engineering students win first place at ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl


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.

Three Penn State CEE faculty earn NSF Early Career Awards


Three Penn State civil and environmental engineers have earned National Science Foundation Early Career Awards.

Gorski to use NSF CAREER award to expand access to clean water and electricity


Christopher Gorski, assistant professor of environmental engineering at Penn State, will develop devices that use electricity to desalinate water and can also generate their own electricity, thanks to an esteemed National Science Foundation Early Career (CAREER) award.

CEE graduate students win multiple awards at annual research symposium


Three graduate students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering recently won first place awards at the 15th Annual College of Engineering Research Symposium, held on Tuesday, April 10, at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Behnoud Kermani awarded third place at 33rd Annual Graduate Exhibition


Behnoud Kermani, a Ph.D. candidate in civil engineering, placed third in the engineering category at the 33rd Annual Graduate Exhibition, held March 23 and 25 on Penn State's University Park campus. He was one of 41 students who received an award at the exhibition.

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