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Civil engineering's Aleksandra Radli?ska named chair of Concrete Research Council


Aleksandra Radli?ska, 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.

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.

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