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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.

Fox receives IGS Award for significant contributions to geosynthetics research


Patrick Fox, the John A. and Harriette K. Shaw Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State, will receive the 2018 IGS Award from the International Geosynthetics Society.

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.

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