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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.

Gayah to use NSF CAREER award to ease traffic congestion and improve efficiency


Vikash Gayah, assistant professor of civil engineering at Penn State, will research urban traffic network dynamics from a network-wide perspective, thanks to a prestigious National Science Foundation Early Career award.

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


John Gergel 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 4. Gergel will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering.

Civil engineering's Kermani selected as an ASCE Outstanding Reviewer


The Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, published by the American Society of Civil Engineers, recently selected civil engineering Ph.D. candidate Elnaz Kermani as an ASCE 2017 Outstanding Reviewer.

Sanitizing hospital sewage


Researchers at Penn State have developed a water filtration system that removes contaminants and reduces toxicity in hospital wastewater.

Behnoud Kermani receives graduate assistant teaching award


Civil engineering Ph.D. candidate Behnoud Kermani was chosen as the recipient of the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award by the Penn State Graduate Fellowships and Awards Administration.

From building snow forts to student housing, the journey of Rowland Smith


If you asked Rowland Smith where he got his start in civil engineering, his answer would be rather unexpected – snow forts. From a young age, Smith knew he loved design and problem solving, but he didn't know this passion would translate into a highly successful academic and professional career at Penn State.

Radli?ska receives Hartz Family Career Development Professorship in Engineering


Aleksandra Radlinska, assistant professor of civil engineering at Penn State, was recently awarded the Hartz Family Career Development Professorship in Engineering from the College of Engineering.

Civil engineering student receives Distinguished Master's Thesis Award


Civil engineering graduate student Min Liew was named the 2017-18 recipient of the Distinguished Master's Thesis Award. The award recognizes excellence in master's-level thesis research in five disciplinary areas: fine arts and humanities, social sciences, physical and computational sciences, life and health sciences and engineering. One recipient is chosen per disciplinary area.

CEE graduate programs make top 20 in U.S. News graduate rankings


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.

Civil engineering's Radli?ska named American Concrete Institute Fellow


Aleksandra Radlinska, assistant professor of civil engineering at Penn State, has been elected a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) in recognition of her contributions to ACI.

Hillman and Bakis awarded Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grant by College


Effective numerical methods for actually simulating the three-dimensional fracture process of composites remain elusive, but a pair of Penn State researchers have received a Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grant from the College of Engineering to develop and experimentally validate a novel computational model that could simulate and predict complex fracture behavior of heterogeneous materials.

Steven Devine receives Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award


Steven Devine, who received both his bachelor's degree (1984) and master's degree (1986) in civil engineering from Penn State, was recently named one of 12 recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award.

Civil engineering graduate student's internship offers priceless experience


Internship experience can be an invaluable part of education, and no one knows that more than civil engineering Ph.D. candidate Jaskanwal Chhabra, who spent the fall semester at one of the leading architecture, interior design and engineering firms in the world.

Deep learning technology helps researchers map soil water content over time


Historically mapping the amount of water content in soil is essential to determine whether crops will flourish, wildfires will ignite or floods will destroy the land. Employing deep learning technology to existing soil moisture data can help accurately predict these moisture changes over time, according to a team of Penn State researchers.

Cheryl Moon-Sirianni: Champion for women in civil engineering


Cheryl always had her sights set on attending Penn State. After graduating from Freeport Area High School in 1983, she went off to University Park to major in petroleum engineering.

Civil engineering students win first place at TRB competition


The Transportation Research Board (TRB) recently awarded a team of Penn State civil engineering students first place for their poster titled, "Comprehensive System of Pavement Markings and Signage to Deter Wrong-Way Drivers."

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