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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.

Crashes increase when speed limits dip far below engineering recommendation


Speed limits set only five miles per hour below engineering recommendations produce a statistically significant decrease in total, fatal and injury crashes, and property-damage-only crashes, according to a group of Penn State researchers.

Engineering alumnus solves water crisis using knowledge gained at Penn State


The knowledge Jon Dietz (’03 ENV E) gained while at Penn State has helped solve a potentially detrimental small-town water crisis.

Civil engineering department head elected vice president of Geo-Institute


Patrick Fox, the John A. and Harriette K. Shaw Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has recently been elected vice president of the Geo-Institute. The G-I is one of the nine specialty institutes of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Civil engineering doctoral student wins foundation drilling scholarship


Bahman Sheikh, a doctoral student in civil engineering, has recently won the International Association of Foundation Drilling scholarship. This prestigious scholarship, which focuses on geotechnical engineering, is intended to stimulate the involvement of highly qualified engineers within the industry.

First ever all-female leadership team hopes to inspire future civil engineers


Penn State’s student chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) has not only been restarted following several semesters of hiatus, but it is also being spearheaded by its first ever all-female leadership team.

Energizing the food-energy-water nexus: the fortuitous tale of duckweed


For Rachel Brennan, associate professor in the College of Engineering, water has long been important. How interesting that her upbringing in southern New Mexico and a tiny aquatic plant would influence her work in sustainability and the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus.

Fracking wastewater accumulation found in freshwater mussel shells


Elevated concentrations of strontium, an element associated with oil and gas wastewaters, have accumulated in the shells of freshwater mussels downstream from fracking wastewater disposal sites, according to researchers from Penn State and Union College.

Danielle Berman named Adele A. Konefal Women's Young Professional Scholarship recipient


Danielle Berman, an analyst with Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc. in Reston, Virginia, has been named the recipient of the 2018 Adele A. Konefal Women’s Young Professional Scholarship. The scholarship will cover Berman’s conference registration fee, hotel and travel expenses to attend the 24th Annual Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC), December 5-7.

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.

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