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Civil and environmental engineering announces three faculty promotions
07/02/2018

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
06/26/2018

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
06/04/2018

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
05/31/2018

At the least, wastewater from oil and gas drilling should be treated in a waste treatment facility before it is used on dirt roads to suppress dust or deice roads. At the best, affordable, nontoxic dust suppressants should be developed and used, according to a multidisciplinary team of researchers.

Papakonstantinou to use NSF CAREER award to optimize structural life-cycle decision-making
05/10/2018

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
05/072018

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
05/03/2018

The Penn State student chapter of The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) won first place in the Mid-Colonial District regional ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl, which took place April 15-17 in Philadelphia.

Three Penn State CEE faculty earn NSF Early Career Awards
05/02/2018

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
04/24/2018

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
04/20/2018

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
04/19/2018

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
04/17/2018

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
04/17/2018

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
04/11/2018

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
04/09/2018

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
04/05/2018

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
04/05/2018

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.

Radlinska receives Hartz Family Career Development Professorship in Engineering
03/27/2018

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
03/26/2018

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
03/21/2018

Both the Penn State civil engineering graduate program and the environmental engineering graduate program ranked in the top 20 in the latest annual U.S. News & World Report "Best Graduate Schools" rankings.

Civil engineering's Radlinska named American Concrete Institute Fellow
03/21/2018

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
03/21/2018

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
03/14/2018

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
03/01/2018

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
02/28/2018

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
02/20/2018

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
02/15/2018

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."

New course challenges engineers' ethical decision-making skills
02/12/2018

A new engineering class being offered this spring is introducing civil and environmental engineers to decision making and public policy. The class, taught by civil engineering assistant professor Caitlin Grady, is titled CE597: Ethics, Engineering and Environmental Management. It is currently only offered to students in graduate school.

Civil engineering student honored with Sylvia Alston Graduate Scholarship
01/23/2018

Civil engineering Ph.D. candidate Kristin Kersavage has been granted the prestigious Sylvia Alston Graduate Scholarship by the WTS Pennsylvania section.

Penn State team wins first place at 2018 NAHB Student Competition
01/22/2018

The Penn State student chapter of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) won first place in the four-year program category of the NAHB Student Competition, formerly known as the Residential Construction Management Competition, on Jan. 10.

Penn State civil engineering student named New Face of Civil Engineering
01/17/2018

Danielle Berman, a Penn State civil engineering student and student in the Schreyer Honors College, has been named one of ten 2018 New Faces of Civil Engineering, Collegiate Edition by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). This program recognizes student civil engineers for their academic accomplishments and commitment to serving others. One New Faces of Civil Engineering honoree will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Civil engineering alumnus receives national civil engineering award
01/05/2018

Kyle E. Schilling will be honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of four 2018 Outstanding Projects and Leaders award winners. Schilling will be honored in the Government category.

New desalination method offers low energy alternative to purify salty water
01/02/2018

Providing safer drinking water to those in need may be a little easier. According to Penn State researchers, a new desalination technique is able to remove salt from water using less energy than previous methods.

Flowing towards cleaner rivers
12/13/2017

What does a river researcher look like? The question may conjure images of people in leaning over the sides of boats to gather water samples or standing in swirling currents with large nets to catch debris, chest-high waders almost entirely submerged.

Two Penn State students receive American Society of Civil Engineers awards
11/20/2017

The Central Pennsylvania Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers has selected two Penn State students for their 2017 Student Award.

Researchers expect new fish passage will help restore migratory fish populations
11/16/2017

The addition of a nature-like fish passage to a Susquehanna River dam in Pennsylvania should allow migrating fish to more easily reach spawning grounds, according to Penn State researchers.

Environmental engineering graduate student wins Electrochemical Society award
11/08/2017

Environmental engineering graduate student Jenelle Fortunato received the Electrochemical Society Battery Division's Young Scientist Best Poster Award at the ECS National Meeting held in National Harbor, Maryland.

Danielle Berman awarded prestigious Jack E. Leisch Fellowship
10/30/2017

Civil engineering graduate student Danielle Berman has been awarded the 2017 Jack E. Leisch Fellowship, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The fellowship rewards outstanding professional accomplishments in the fields of geometric design, traffic engineering and transportation planning.

International geomechanics association honors Patrick Fox with two accolades
09/26/2017

Patrick J. Fox, the John A. and Harriette K. Shaw Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has recently been named the recipient of both the John Booker Medal and the Excellent Paper Award from the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics.

Transportation research results in Fred Burggraf Award
09/21/2017

A team of Penn State civil engineers were presented with the Transportation Research Board's Fred Burggraf Award for their paper on transit signal priority. The paper titled, "Estimating the Impacts of Bus Stops on Transit Signal Priority on Intersection Operations: A Queuing and Variational Theory approach," was co-authored by assistant professors of civil engineering Ilgin Guler and Vikash Gayah, along with civil engineering doctoral student Kan Wu. The Fred Burggraf Award recognizes excellence in transportation research by researchers 35 years of age or younger.

Penn State civil engineering paper receives D. Grant Mickle Award
09/19/2017

A team of Penn State civil engineers have recently received the Transportation Research Board's D. Grant Mickle Award for their paper on transportation efficiency. The paper titled, “Improving Street Network Efficiency by Dynamically Prohibiting Left Turns at Signalized Intersections,” was the result of a project led by civil engineering assistant professor Vikash Gayah. Graduate students Anthony DePrator and Owen Hitchcock co-authored the paper with Gayah. The D. Grant Mickle Award is given each year to the best paper submission in the area of operation and maintenance.

On The Road to Reality of Autonomous Vehicles
09/14/2017

Thought leaders, academic and industry experts, public officials and planners from across the state recently gathered in Happy Valley for the first Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Summit, held Sept. 11-12, at the Ramada Conference Center in State College and The Thomas D. Larson Transportation Institute’s test track in Bellefonte.

CEE undergraduate engineering programs fair well in U.S. News rankings
09/14/2017

Both the Penn State civil engineering undergraduate program and the environmental engineering undergraduate program placed in the top 20 in the latest annual U.S. News & World Report “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs” rankings, released on September 11.

Behnoud Kermani receives two esteemed civil engineering grants
08/28/2017

Behnoud Kermani, a Ph.D. candidate in civil engineering at Penn State, has recently been awarded both the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) Fellowship and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter Scholarship by the International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC-IAFD).

Khosrojerdi receives International Association of Foundation Drilling grant
08/28/2017

Mahsa Khosrojerdi, a Ph.D. candidate in civil engineering at Penn State, has recently been named the recipient of the South Central Chapter Scholarship provided by the International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC)'s Industry Advancement Fund.

Caitlin Grady joins the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
08/11/2017

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

Treated hydraulic fracturing wastewater may pollute area water sources for years
07/13/2017

Given Pennsylvania's abundant natural resources, it's no surprise that the commonwealth has become a mecca for hydraulic fracturing. Researchers, however, have recently discovered that releasing millions of gallons of treated hydraulic fracturing wastewater each year into area surface waters may have longer-lasting effects than originally thought.

Researchers to study financial impact of access management treatments
07/11/2017

As anyone who has ever lived or traveled along a congested two-lane highway can attest, transportation can prove to be problematic. Factors like the number of driveways within a given stretch of roadway, access to turning lanes and even the size of each driveway can impact transportation systems across the country. To remedy the issues, roadways may be widened; additional access points may be added; or, a completely different solution may be necessary. But, sometimes, the best solution is not always the most feasible.

Chris Duffy, esteemed professor of civil engineering, set to retire
06/20/2017

Chris Duffy has spent nearly 30 years dedicating his life to civil engineering education and research at Penn State. Now the time has come for him to step back and enjoy what he has so rightfully earned – his retirement.

Grant to fund research into new metamaterial that provides earthquake protection
06/14/2017

Earthquakes and explosions damage thousands of structures worldwide each year, destroying countless lives in their wake, but a team of researchers at Penn State is examining a completely new way of safeguarding key infrastructure, thanks to a $50,000 Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grant provided by the College of Engineering.

CEE alumna Gina Sansoni receives Rookie of the Year award
06/05/2017

The North Carolina Triangle Chapter of WTS International recently announced Gina Sansoni, EI, of Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson Inc., is the recipient for its annual "Rookie of the Year" award. The Rookie of the Year Award is given annually to a new WTS member who has shown extraordinary commitment and taken on challenges to promote the chapter.

Sarah Cotterill receives a Fulbright Award for research at Penn State
05/26/2017

Sarah Cotterill, an alumna from Newcastle University, has received a Fulbright All Disciplines Scholar Award to carry out research at Penn State on one of the most well-regarded and impactful scholarship programs in the world.

Civil engineering students win first place at ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl
05/19/2017

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.

Civil engineering post-doctoral researcher receives prominent fellowship
05/18/2017

Hailong Ye, a post-doctoral researcher in civil engineering at Penn State, was recently selected to receive the prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions fellowship.

Computational model to predict the motion and movement of munitions underwater
05/01/2017

Researchers in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State have received a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense's Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program to develop and utilize a three-dimensional computational model that will predict the motion and movement of munitions - such as bullets and bombs - underwater.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering recognizes student excellence
05/01/2017

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering recognized dozens of students this year for accomplishments inside and outside of the classroom. Students were rewarded for everything from being industry leaders to being the best representation of the department.

Year of preparation leads Concrete Canoe Team to third place regional finish
05/01/2017

Penn State civil engineering students returned home with some hard-earned hardware after a weekend at the 2017 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Mid-Atlantic Region Student Conference. The concrete canoe team placed third overall in the competition, which ran April 7 to 9 at the University of Maryland.

CEE graduate students win several awards at annual research symposium
04/26/2017

Three graduate students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering recently won first place awards at the 14th annual College of Engineering Research Symposium, held on Tuesday, April 4, at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Matthew McTaggart named spring student marshal for the department
04/18/2017

Matthew McTaggart will be the student marshal for the Penn State Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 5, 2017. McTaggart will receive concurrent Bachelor of Science degrees in civil engineering and electrical engineering.

Kersavage awarded Intelligent Transportation Society of Pennsylvania Scholarship
04/13/2017

Kristin Kersavage, a Ph.D. candidate in transportation engineering, was recently selected as the recipient of the 2017 Intelligent Transportation Society of Pennsylvania Annual Scholarship.

 
 

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