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Strategic plan seed grant supports green stormwater infrastructure research


A proposal that will support the development of a living laboratory for green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) research, education and innovation at Penn State is among the latest initiatives to receive funding through the University’s Strategic Plan Seed Grant program.

Civil and environmental engineering announces tenure for five faculty members


Five Penn State Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty members have been selected for promotion and/or tenure, effective July 1, 2019.

Engineering professor named editor-in-chief of architectural engineering journal


Ali Memari, professor of civil and architectural engineering, Bernard and Henrietta Hankin Chair in Residential Building Construction, and director of the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center at Penn State, was recently named the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Architectural Engineering (JAE), produced by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Net carbon-negative electricity source may offer economical alternative


Researchers say burning a mixture of coal and crop residue biomass might provide a cost-effective, net carbon-negative electricity source that can be scaled to commercial levels in China in order to meet global temperature objectives by mid-century.

Emmanuel Fonseca, environmental engineering graduate student and family mentor


Emmanuel Fonseca, a Ph.D. student in environmental engineering at Penn State, is the first of his family to attend college and strives to be an inspiration to his younger siblings through his own successes.

Penn State is a Google AI Impact Grantee


Google announced today that Penn State is one of 20 organizations that will share $25 million in grants from, credit and consulting from Google Cloud and coaching by Google’s AI experts as a grantee of the Google AI Impact Challenge.

Meet Olivia Rockwell, a civil engineering student and risk taker


Olivia Rockwell, a senior civil engineering student at Penn State, isn’t your “ordinary” engineering student. Unlike many students who immerse themselves fully into their field of study, Rockwell tries to involve herself in clubs and organizations well outside of her academic preferences, including Penn State Homecoming, the Swing Dance Club, the Ukulele Club and the Nittany Grotto Caving Club.

Civil engineering students place second and third in construction competition


The Penn State Estimating Competition Team took home a second and third place victory in the Construction Association of Western Pennsylvania (CAWP) Estimating Competition on February 14-16 in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.

Transportation Research Board appoints two Larson Transportation Institute faculty affiliates to Standing Committee


The Larson Transportation Institute (LTI) is pleased to announce the recent appointments of two affiliate faculty members—Vikash Gayah, associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and S. Ilgin Guler, assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering—to the Standing Committee on Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics (AHB45), as selected by the Transportation Research Board (TRB).

Fox receives recognition for paper published in Geosynthetics International


A research paper written by Patrick Fox, the John A. and Harriette K. Shaw Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State, has been honored with the 2018 Editor’s Choice Award by Geosynthetics International, an official journal of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS).

Civil engineering's Aleksandra Radlinska named chair of Concrete Research Council


Aleksandra Radlinska, assistant professor of civil engineering at Penn State, was recently named chair of the Concrete Research Council (CRC) for the American Concrete Institute (ACI).

Grant to study how driver behavior is impacted by autonomous vehicle technology


Penn State researchers aim to develop a driver-in-the-loop vehicle simulator tool in order to better understand the effects that Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technology has on commuting behavior, thanks to a $60,000 Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grant.

Gawelko named spring student marshal for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Alexis Gawelko 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 3. Gawelko participated in the Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate Program and will receive both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in civil engineering.

Penn State's Solar Decathlon Team prepares for spring competition


Penn State’s Solar Decathlon team, previously called the Race to Zero Team, is now officially recognized by Penn State and is gearing up for the annual competition this spring.

Penn State 3D Printing Team Advances to Phase 3, Level 4 of NASA Competition


Penn State’s 3D printing team, PennStateDen@Mars, has advanced to Phase 3, Level 4 of the NASA 3D-Printed Habitat Competition, after clutching a third-place victory in Phase 3, Level 3 of the competition.

Iffert named 2019 Hetzel Award recipient for leadership


Jack Iffert, senior in civil engineering and Schreyer Scholar at Penn State, has been named recipient of the 2019 Ralph Dorn Hetzel Memorial Award.

Nicole Dato Named ASCE 2019 New Face of Civil Engineering


Penn State civil engineering senior Nicole Dato was named one of the 10 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2019 New Faces of Civil Engineering in the College category.

Fred McLaren receives Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award


Fred McLaren, who received bachelor’s degrees in both civil engineering and sanitary (environmental) engineering from Penn State in 1962, was recently named one of 12 recipients of the 2019 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award.

PHRC Housing Conference to be held March 13-14


The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC), housed in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State, will be hosting the 27th Annual PHRC Housing Conference on March 13-14, 2019, in State College, Pennsylvania at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.

Penn State named American Concrete Institute Outstanding University for 2018


Penn State has been named an American Concrete Institute (ACI) Outstanding University for 2018.

Disappearing into the sea


The remote town of Barrow, Alaska, home to more than 4,000 people, touts picturesque views of the Arctic Ocean as well as an unparalleled connection to the Alaskan wild, but underneath its stunning beauty lies a major global crisis – permafrost coastal erosion – causing Barrow to gradually slip into the sea.

NSF funds integrated approach to 3D fracture modeling of composites


Understanding the behavior of composite materials is important to advancing their design since attempts to further strengthen or stiffen them can sometimes produce counterproductive results. A $545,000 grant over three years from the National Science Foundation aims to answer some of the central questions about the microstructural mechanisms that lead to composite performance.

American Society of Civil Engineers recognizes Johnson for lifetime achievements


Peggy A. Johnson, Penn State Schreyer Honors College dean and professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Environmental and Water Resources Institute.

Concrete in Space


“Be prepared.” This famous mantra isn’t just for the Boy Scouts of America. The need to build durable infrastructure on other planets is coming, and we must be ready. To prepare, Penn State researchers have been working with NASA to explore how cement solidifies in microgravity environments.

Environmental engineering student wins poster contest for microbiology research


Diana Ayala-Muñoz, a doctoral student in environmental engineering and biogeochemistry, recently won a poster contest after presenting at the annual meeting for the Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology.

GRS bridge abutments show potential for earthquake-prone regions


Geosynthetic reinforced soil (GRS) bridge abutments may provide an effective alternative to conventional designs, even in regions with high seismic activity, according to researchers from Penn State and the University of California, San Diego.

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