Akinci Named to NASEM BICEProfessor Burcu Akıncı was recently named to the NASEM Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment (BICE). This group advises government legislators and private sector organizations about the design, construction, security, impacts, maintenance, and evaluation of buildings and infrastructure systems.
Eybpoosh’s Works to Improve Renewable Energy ReliabilityWhen Matineh Eybpoosh (MS ‘12, PhD ‘15) was presented with the opportunity to co-found her own company, she jumped at the chance. Her entrepreneurial motivation led to the development of WattLearn Inc., a company that builds software for energy storage batteries—and by extension, increases the penetration of renewables across the electricity grid. Eybpoosh founded the company alongside fellow CMU alum Julian Lamy (EPP ‘16) and has led the company as its CEO since 2017.
Henry Randall Grooms: CEE Grad and Space Program PioneerCivil engineer Henry Randall Grooms (CE '69) may be best known for his groundbreaking work at Rockwell International, which eventually merged its space division with Boeing. But before heading to California to work directly on the U.S. space program, Grooms completed his engineering education at CMU. His decision to pursue a terminal degree came after he’d graduated from Howard University and started his family.
CEE DEI Committee Builds on SDG GoalsThe movements toward equality and acceptance have played out across the media—and at CMU. At the university, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are integral to CMU’s Sustainability Initiative which builds on the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), also known as Global Goals). The initiative supports the broader definition of sustainability afforded by the world's SDG, also known as the Global Goals.
Christian Named ASCE Pittsburgh Section Professor of the YearProfessor Sarah Christian has been named the ASCE Pittsburgh Section 2020 Professor of the Year. An expert in structural engineering and sustainable materials, Christian has a deep commitment to her students and to education. During her five years at CEE, she’s developed many innovative courses that have enhanced the department’s undergraduate curriculum, and had a key role in formulating a distinctive project-course sequence.
Kramer Explores Relationship Between Social Distancing, Pedestrian FlowWe’ve all become accustomed to maintaining six feet of space between ourselves and the next closest person. But how does this impact the way we move through a space—does social distancing lead to pedestrian traffic jams? CEE undergraduate Kelby Kramer (CE ’22) recently presented research on this topic at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics.
Shi Awarded Smith Graduate FellowshipPhD candidate Ying Shi has been awarded the Bradford and Diane Smith Graduate Fellowship. Shi earned her undergraduate and master's degrees in Bridge Engineering at Southeast University, China. Advised by Professor Pingbo Tang, Shi studies how falsified or missing data mislead multiple levels of bridge inspection and maintenance planning.
Li Awarded Bushnell FellowshipPhD candidate Yuanhao Li has been awarded the Neil and Jo Bushnell Fellowship in Engineering. Li earned his undergraduate degrees Civil Engineering from Auburn University and his Master’s degree in Computational Mechanics from Carnegie Mellon University.
Merging Art and Engineering for Innovative SolutionsTuesday, January 26, 2021
Merging Art and Engineering for Innovative SolutionsNika Finkelsteyn’s (CEE 2021) talent for both art and engineering allows her to discover innovative ways to tackle engineering problems. A passionate artist, she balances her engineering studies with coursework in photography and fine arts.
Adams Appointed as Thomas Lord Professor of EngineeringFriday, January 08, 2021
Adams Appointed as Thomas Lord Professor of EngineeringPeter Adams, Head and Professor of Engineering and Public Policy and Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been appointed as a Thomas Lord Professor of Engineering.
Trans-Disciplinary Team Investigates Topological DefectsThursday, January 07, 2021
Trans-Disciplinary Team Investigates Topological DefectsAmit Acharya is leading a multidisciplinary, university-spanning team in an NSF Grand Convergence Research project to unravel one of the most ubiquitous physical phenomena known to science.
Peters Named CEE’s Distinguished AlumniTuesday, December 15, 2020
Peters Named CEE’s Distinguished AlumniDuring CEE’s 2020 Alumni Awards reception, Catherine Peters (CE ’90 and '92) was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes CEE alumni who have one or more major achievements that have improved the work of professional engineers or have improved people’s lives in some way.
CEE Annual Alumni Awards Goes Virtual to Highlight Graduates’ SuccessesMonday, December 14, 2020
CEE Annual Alumni Awards Goes Virtual to Highlight Graduates’ SuccessesFor the first time in CEE’s history, our annual alumni awards went virtual! Dave Dzombak, Hamerschlag University Professor and CEE department head, hosted a virtual celebration honoring some of the best and brightest alums for their contributions and work. After accepting their awards, the winners answered questions submitted by current students, focusing on everything from work/life balance to overcoming bumps in a career path.
Lai Builds Location-Specific Climate Forecasting Tools for EngineersThursday, November 12, 2020
Lai Builds Location-Specific Climate Forecasting Tools for EngineersYuchuan Lai recently completed his PhD studies remotely, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lai’s second paper, co-written with his advisor Professor Dave Dzombak, “Use of the Autoregressive Integrated Moving Average (ARIMA) Model to Forecast Near-Term Regional Temperature and Precipitation,” was recently published in the AMS Journal of Weather and Forecasting.
Hendrickson Receives 2020 Torrens AwardWednesday, November 11, 2020
Hendrickson Receives 2020 Torrens AwardThe Subcommittee on Technical Advancement announced that Hamerschlag University Professor Emeritus Chris Hendrickson is the recipient of the 2020 Richard R. Torrens Award for outstanding performance as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Transportation Engineering: Part A, Systems. This journal focuses on technical and professional engineering articles on the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of air, highway, rail, and urban transportation systems and infrastructure.
Electricity For AllMonday, November 09, 2020
Electricity For AllCEE/EPP’s Destenie Nock led a study outlining a more equitable model of electricity planning in developing regions like Liberia.
Bielak Elected as Honorary Member of EERIWednesday, November 04, 2020
Bielak Elected as Honorary Member of EERIHamerschlag University Professor Emeritus Jacobo Bielak has recently been named as an Honorary Member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.
Alum Helps Organizations Construct the Workplace of TomorrowWednesday, November 04, 2020
Alum Helps Organizations Construct the Workplace of TomorrowAs Carnegie Mellon alum Harvey Beckham, P.E. (CE and EPP ’90), left his office in March of 2020, everyone around him was also departing. His colleagues were preparing to work from home in response to COVID-19, but Beckham was preparing for something more. Before the pandemic began, he had decided to launch his own business, GPS Partners, offering conception-to-completion project advising services in commercial real estate construction and design.
CEE and Coronavirus ResearchTuesday, November 03, 2020
CEE and Coronavirus ResearchThe COVID-19 pandemic has sparked an unprecedented wave of research among investigators across varied disciplines. At Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, faculty are looking into detection and treatment methods as well as socio-economic impacts.
CEE Introduces Undergraduate Environmental Engineering ProgramMonday, November 02, 2020
CEE Introduces Undergraduate Environmental Engineering ProgramFor decades, environmental engineering courses have been a cornerstone of the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering program at Carnegie Mellon, a program that has consistently been named among the best in the nation for studying environmental engineering. In Fall 2021, CEE will be starting a new BS in Environmental Engineering degree program that will continue to grow this legacy.
A Home for Innovation & CollaborationTuesday, October 27, 2020
A Home for Innovation & CollaborationThe second level of Porter Hall, last renovated in 1994, is now a newly-remodeled 6000 square-foot facility. It features a spacious layout that highlights the building’s original brick walls and natural light, flowing through arched windows.
The Multidisciplinary WayThursday, October 22, 2020
The Multidisciplinary WayWhen the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, Michele Blazek (CEE/EPP BS ’87) and her team at Stanford Health Care jumped into action to keep their staff safe and their patients cared for—all while creatively tackling the challenges of limited space and personal protective equipment.
Ken-Opurum Awarded Business Case AwardWednesday, October 21, 2020
Ken-Opurum Awarded Business Case AwardThe Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) awarded Bobuchi Ken-Opurum, PhD Candidate in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Management (AECM), the Business Case Award at the annual Climate Corps Summit.
Babaei Identifies Lipid Rafts as Way COVID-19 Invades CellsTuesday, October 06, 2020
Babaei Identifies Lipid Rafts as Way COVID-19 Invades CellsAs the coronavirus pandemic continues its march across the globe, researchers—including CEE Professor Kaushik Dayal and recent graduate Mahnoush Babaei—are discovering new information that could help to fight the disease in the future. Their work examined how viruses utilize what they call lipid rafts to change the walls of human cells.
Two CEE Students Named Andrew Carnegie ScholarsMonday, September 21, 2020
Two CEE Students Named Andrew Carnegie ScholarsSeniors Valentina Ortiz de Zárate and Ryan Rusali have been named as Andrew Carnegie Scholars. ACS Scholars are selected each year by their deans and department heads to represent their class in service and leadership.
Provost Garrett Elected to National Academy of ConstructionWednesday, September 16, 2020
Provost Garrett Elected to National Academy of ConstructionProvost and Chief Academic Officer for Carnegie Mellon University, James H. Garrett, Jr., the Thomas Lord Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and co-director of the Pennsylvania Smart Infrastructure Institute, has been selected for membership into the National Academy of Construction (NAC).
Rounce Joins CEE FacultyTuesday, August 25, 2020
Rounce Joins CEE FacultyDavid Rounce recently joined CEE as an assistant professor. For the past three years, he’s worked on an open-source global glacier evolution model to improve projections of glacier mass change and runoff. The opportunity to continue his research and help to develop the next generation of engineers motivates Rounce in his new chapter at CEE. “The department excels at seamlessly weaving together world-class science with societal applications,” he states.
Jones Named Steinbrenner Institute and Heinz Presidential FellowWednesday, August 19, 2020
Jones Named Steinbrenner Institute and Heinz Presidential FellowJones is a dual degree PhD. student in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon. He received his B.S. in Biological Engineering from the University of Florida in 2010 and his M.S. in Energy Science, Technology & Policy with a concentration in CEE from Carnegie Mellon in 2019. Jones is a certified middle school mathematics teacher, Teach for America alumnus and has several years of teaching experience in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Nanoparticles for Cleaner WaterMonday, August 17, 2020
Nanoparticles for Cleaner WaterFor more than two decades, the material nanoscale zero valent iron (NZVI) has been used for groundwater remediation. It is a strong reductant that dechlorinates industrial solvents and reduces heavy metals in groundwater. However, it does not discriminate, also reacting with the water itself and reducing it to form hydrogen gas that fizzes away. Researchers throughout the field searched for a way to alter the material so it would react with water less and the contaminants more.
CEE Professor Samaras and Alum Francis Named to NASEM CommitteeWednesday, August 05, 2020
CEE Professor Samaras and Alum Francis Named to NASEM Committee
Wang Named Provost Inclusive Teaching Fellow at Eberly CenterThursday, July 23, 2020
Wang Named Provost Inclusive Teaching Fellow at Eberly CenterCongratulations to CEE Assistant Professor Jerry Wang who has been selected as one of the 2020-2021 Provost’s Inclusive Teaching Fellows at the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation.
Shooting for the Moon: Making Smart Cities Ethical and SustainableMonday, July 06, 2020
Shooting for the Moon: Making Smart Cities Ethical and SustainableMario Bergés is the Principal Investigator on the Autonomous Technologies for Livability and Sustainability initiative, which recently won funding from the CMU College of Engineering’s Moonshot 2020 competition. United by a bold vision, the initiative brings together people from across Engineering as well as Architecture, Computer Science, Philosophy, and Heinz College. The group will also partner with industry and local government as they develop and test theories, methodologies, and technologies to solve wide-ranging ethical and sustainability concerns around autonomous systems.
Engineered Nanoparticles Target Specific Structures on Plant LeavesTuesday, June 16, 2020
Engineered Nanoparticles Target Specific Structures on Plant LeavesCarnegie Mellon University’s Greg Lowry is creating nanoparticle (NP) coatings that will revolutionize the agricultural industry. His research has demonstrated that molecules, such as vital nutrients, coated with his team’s NPs can be applied to plants with 99 percent uptake efficiency. This is in stark contrast to current methods of delivery, in which as little as one percent of the desired molecules will actually enter the plant—the other 99 percent will drain into the surrounding environment.
Hegglin Challenges Norms and Brings a Fresh PerspectiveWednesday, May 06, 2020
Hegglin Challenges Norms and Brings a Fresh PerspectiveMiriam Hegglin knew she would be one of few women on the ExxonMobil offshore oil platform to which she was assigned in 2016 as part of a program for new employees. But she was determined to learn as much as she could during the six-month assignment, and to earn through hard work the respect of the platform crew she was joining.
LoGrande Named DoD SMART ScholarMonday, May 04, 2020
LoGrande Named DoD SMART ScholarPhD student Kevin LoGrande was recently named a SMART (Science, Math, and Research for Transformation) Scholar by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). LoGrande will receive research and educational funding, a summer internship, and a guaranteed position with the DoD after graduation.
Choudhary’s Team Takes “Best Overall Design” in Rethink the Rink CompetitionThursday, April 23, 2020
Choudhary’s Team Takes “Best Overall Design” in Rethink the Rink CompetitionRethink the Rink is a week-long Make-a-thon that challenged students, including sophomore Dhruv Choudhary, to find solutions that provide hockey players with a greater range of motion and flexibility—while still providing appropriate coverage.
Serving the Community: Donating Cloth Masks to Essential WorkersTuesday, April 14, 2020
Serving the Community: Donating Cloth Masks to Essential WorkersInspired to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic, two CEE students pulled out their sewing machines and quickly jumped into action to create cloth masks for others. Eliza Bell (CEE 2021) and Emma Clement (CEE 2023) have created and donated masks to friends, family, restaurant workers, grocery store workers, and even nursing home employees. Both found patterns online and found that after some practice, they could create masks in less than 20 minutes.
Flanigan to Join CEE Faculty in Fall 2020Thursday, April 09, 2020
Flanigan to Join CEE Faculty in Fall 2020Katherine Flanigan, who will join CEE’s faculty this fall, was attracted to the university thanks to its philosophical discussions surrounding the identity and role of the civil and environmental engineers in a changing world. “The growing needs of society are changing the ways in which we carry out research and train students to serve the common good,” she says. “CEE is one of the first programs to rigorously embrace these technological advancements in both its research and curriculum.”
ANSYS HALL: A Creative EpicenterWednesday, April 08, 2020
ANSYS HALL: A Creative EpicenterFully opened in October 2019 as part of the College of Engineering’s larger maker ecosystem known as TechSpark, ANSYS Hall is a great boon for CEE courses. “What I can do with students just got bigger,” says Jim Thompson, who teaches the 12-401 Civil & Environmental Engineering Design capstone course.
Farrell Competes in Jeopardy 2020 College ChampionshipFriday, April 03, 2020
Farrell Competes in Jeopardy 2020 College ChampionshipEmma Farrell, a senior majoring in civil and environmental engineering and history, bested over 18,000 applicants to earn one of the 15 competitor spots in the Jeopardy 2020 College Championship.
Wall Premieres Film Festival Winning Documentary in PittsburghTuesday, February 18, 2020
Wall Premieres Film Festival Winning Documentary in PittsburghMary Wall’s (CEE ’98) career path has taken her in a direction she may not have expected. While at CMU, she minored in Creative Writing and Spanish to balance out the intensity of her engineering courses. She soon discovered a love for visual storytelling. Today, she’s preparing to premiere her first movie in Pittsburgh—a documentary titled The Fan Connection. The film has already been named the Audience Award Winner of the 2019 Buffalo International Film Festival and an official selection of the 2019 Film Festival of Columbus.
Lee Awarded Fok Presidential FellowshipWednesday, February 12, 2020
Lee Awarded Fok Presidential FellowshipPhD candidate Daryn Lee has recently been awarded a Thomas and Maria Fok Presidential Fellowship. Lee earned her undergraduate degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. She is co-advised by professors Sean Qian and Costa Samaras and her research focuses on developing reliable methods to evaluate the accessibility and equity impacts of transportation projects and optimizing transportation improvements in low-access areas.
Hegde Presents Data Privacy Paper at 2020 TRB ConferenceWednesday, February 12, 2020
Hegde Presents Data Privacy Paper at 2020 TRB ConferenceCEE senior Sharika Hegde’s 2019 summer internship at the Federal Highway Administration’s Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory not only allowed her to work with connected and automated vehicles—it sparked her interest in the data privacy implications of connected vehicle data logs.
Leech Awarded ESWP Metcalf AwardTuesday, February 11, 2020
Leech Awarded ESWP Metcalf AwardCEE Adjunct and alumnus Thomas Leech, PE, SE (BS '69) was honored with the ESWP 2020 William Metcalf Award at the Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP) awards dinner on February 6th.
Katti Awarded Miller Presidential FellowshipFriday, February 07, 2020
Katti Awarded Miller Presidential FellowshipPhD candidate Radhika Katti has recently been awarded a Ruth Furman Miller and David H. Miller Presidential Fellowship in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Stein Wins George Washington PrizeFriday, February 07, 2020
Stein Wins George Washington PrizeCEE/EPP senior Simone Stein was awarded the George Washington Prize at the Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania awards dinner on February 6. The honor is presented yearly to a College of Engineering senior who demonstrates qualities of academic excellence, service, and leadership.
Wang Awarded Smith FellowshipWednesday, February 05, 2020
Wang Awarded Smith FellowshipAdvised by Professor Pingbo Tang, Yanyu Wang uses simulators to model air traffic to better understand accidents on the runway as well as take-off and landing.
Martinez Awarded Fok Presidential FellowshipTuesday, February 04, 2020
Martinez Awarded Fok Presidential FellowshipMartinez, co-advised by professors Sean Qian, Costa Samaras, and Scott Matthews and is focused on analyze changes which would result from America's public transportation transitioning to an autonomous, electric bus fleet.
Using AI to Detect Energy WasteMonday, February 03, 2020
Using AI to Detect Energy WasteLiu’s decision to work in asset management was in service of improving the Artificial Intelligence (AI) software he had spent years developing with Burcu Akinci, the Paul Christiano Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Associate Dean for Research. That software, now offered through Liu and Akinci’s 2016 CEE spinoff LeanFM Technologies, provides facilities managers with the means to analyze data collected from existing sensors to identify, diagnose, and eliminate energy waste in their building’s HVAC systems due to faults. LeanFM is a PropTech, a company uses information technology for the real estate industry.
Wei Awarded the Liang Ji-Dian Graduate FellowshipTuesday, January 28, 2020
Wei Awarded the Liang Ji-Dian Graduate FellowshipPhD candidate Yujie Wei has been awarded the Liang Ji-Dian Graduate Fellowship. Wei, who is advised by professor Burcu Akinci and is focused on using unstructured visual data, such as images captured by cellphones and tablets, to reconstruct a semantically rich 3D model of construction sites. These will be used for providing accurate as-built information to support change documentation, progress monitoring, and facility management.
Sainarayanan Awarded the Parnika ACS Legacy FellowshipTuesday, January 28, 2020
Sainarayanan Awarded the Parnika ACS Legacy FellowshipMS student Sadhana Sainarayanan has been awarded the Parnika ACS Legacy Fellowship. Sainarayanan, who is in the Engineering & Technology Innovation Management Master's Program, is advised by professor Scott Matthews. Currently, she is working to developing traffic color light detection from dash-cam video streams by creating ground-truth labels for traffic colors and trains aggregated channel features to to detect the traffic light colors in live dash-cam videos.
Divergent Path: Joining Engineering and CreativityFriday, January 24, 2020
Divergent Path: Joining Engineering and CreativityJolita Mo (CEE BS ’13, MS ’14) works as a product designer with online high-end retailer Net-A-Porter. Her job allows her to merge both her engineering and analytical skills, with her passion for design
Ibekwe Awarded Miller Presidential FellowshipThursday, January 16, 2020
Ibekwe Awarded Miller Presidential FellowshipPhD candidate Uwakmfon Ibekwe has recently been awarded a Ruth Furman Miller and David H. Miller Presidential Fellowship in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from the College of Engineering and the University.
Katti Awarded Miller Presidential FellowshipThursday, January 16, 2020
Katti Awarded Miller Presidential FellowshipPhD candidate Radhika Katti has recently been awarded a Ruth Furman Miller and David H. Miller Presidential Fellowship in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from the College of Engineering and the University.
Jacobs Retires after 32 Years of ServiceMonday, January 13, 2020
Jacobs Retires after 32 Years of ServiceIn 1987, Dr. Alan Jacobs stood in front of a Carnegie Mellon CEE class for the first time, sharing his geology expertise with Dr. Paul Christiano’s Foundation Engineering course. Each year and under different professors, Jacobs returned to speak, even after moving from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Youngstown, Ohio. Eventually, that geology course module evolved into a full course offered twice a year at CEE and taught by Jacobs and James Kilburg in alternating semesters. Now, after 33 years of service, Jacobs is retiring from the CEE Department, grateful for the experiences he’s had here and the joy he’s gained from teaching.
Modeling Excellence, Chatterjee Brings Skills and Collaboration to Engineering SolutionsWednesday, January 08, 2020
Modeling Excellence, Chatterjee Brings Skills and Collaboration to Engineering SolutionsWhen people comment on Sumon Chatterjee’s strong computational and modeling skills, he sees it as much a comment on what he learned at CEE as on his own innate abilities.
Pearlman to Receive ASCE’s 2020 Wallace Hayward Baker Award for Ingenious Innovation in the Field of Ground ModificationTuesday, December 17, 2019
Pearlman to Receive ASCE’s 2020 Wallace Hayward Baker Award for Ingenious Innovation in the Field of Ground ModificationAlumnus Seth Pearlman (BS '78, MS '79), President and CEO of Menard Group USA, has been selected by the Geo-Institute Board of Governors at the American Society of Civil Engineers to receive the 2020 Wallace Hayward Baker Award for Ingenious Innovation in the Field of Ground Modification.
Supporting Environment by Designing Water Treatment PlantsTuesday, December 17, 2019
Supporting Environment by Designing Water Treatment PlantsVignesh Ramakrishnan (CEE 2012) is working as an Environmental Engineer for CDM Smith in Chennai, India. His passion for water and the environment led him to Pittsburgh and CEE to earn his master’s degree. “When I knew I wanted to pursue a career in this field, I began looking for programs in the United States. It was an easy decision to choose CEE,” he says.
Hands-on Engineering Mechanics: FallingwaterMonday, December 16, 2019
Hands-on Engineering Mechanics: FallingwaterStudents in Tom Leech’s Engineering Mechanics class recently traveled to Fallingwater for a lecture and tour summarizing the history and architecture of the famous Frank Lloyd Wright property. The annual trip gives students the opportunity to visualize Fallingwater’s structure—and the maintenance needed to keep the building sound as well as understand the engineering principles utilized in the unique home’s construction.
Carbon Intensity of Power Sector Down in 2019Friday, December 13, 2019
Carbon Intensity of Power Sector Down in 2019Power generation from coal fell significantly, while natural gas, solar, and wind generation all increased, leading to a reduction in the overall carbon intensity of the U.S. power sector from 2018 Q2 to 2019 Q2, according to the Power Sector Carbon Index supported by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems.
Building Global Successes: Jonathan TannerMonday, December 09, 2019
Building Global Successes: Jonathan TannerAs a management consultant in the automotive, aerospace, travel, and information sectors for A.T. Kearney, Johnathan Tanner (CEE ‘15, ETIM ‘15) brings to bear his background in engineering and business to help clients control costs. The projects on which he has worked have ranged from helping clients develop research labs to developing new business units.
Farming Data, Improving ProductionMonday, December 02, 2019
Farming Data, Improving Productionor Arvind Murali Mohan (MS ’10, PhD ’13), the opportunity to use technology to help farmers compile previously siloed data into one central platform means the chance to help them even the playing field in an industry where so many inputs are beyond their control. As a co-founder of foris.io, a Silicon Valley-based precision agriculture startup that helps farmers with field management and crop performance, Mohan heads up research and development for the company.
Zhang Awarded Mao Yisheng Graduate FellowshipFriday, November 22, 2019
Zhang Awarded Mao Yisheng Graduate FellowshipPhD candidate Yilin Zhang was recently awarded the Mao Yisheng Graduate Fellowship. He is currently advised by professors Gregory Lowry (CEE) and Robert Tilton (ChemE) and is developing functional polymer structures for environmental applications, including temperature-responsive drug delivery in plants and mercury removal from water and liquid hydrocarbon.
Kurland to Give Keynote at Africa GIS 2019 ConferenceMonday, November 18, 2019
Kurland to Give Keynote at Africa GIS 2019 ConferenceTeaching professor Kristen Kurland will be a keynote speaker in Kigali, Rwanda at the Africa GIS 2019 conference. Her talk, Smart Cities and the Future of Urban Planning, discusses the increasing need for data, technology, and computational systems to improve many aspects of urban life. Her talk synthesizes past, present, and future projects that use 2D and 3D GIS and virtual reality collaborations to bring such projects to fruition.
Recent Alumni Participate in MIT Rising Stars WorkshopMonday, November 18, 2019
Recent Alumni Participate in MIT Rising Stars WorkshopThree recent CEE PhD graduates recently participated in MIT’s Rising Stars in Civil and Environmental Engineering workshop, a competitive program the brings 20 women together to prepare them for careers in academia and as leaders in civil and environmental engineering.
Research and Internship Propels Master's Student Vaidyanathan into His Professional FutureMonday, November 18, 2019
Research and Internship Propels Master's Student Vaidyanathan into His Professional FutureVishal Vaidyanathan came to CEE to pursue a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering, Sustainability and Science after obtaining a BS in Chemical Engineering from Anna University in Chennai. He will graduate with his MS in December 2019 and start his career with Geosyntec Consultants a few weeks later, as a member of the Process Design Team.
Arora Awarded Ellegood FellowshipThursday, November 14, 2019
Arora Awarded Ellegood FellowshipPhD candidate Abhishek Arora has been awarded the Julia and Michael Ellegood Strategic Doctoral Fellowship. Arora is advised by professor Amit Acharya and his research looks to understand stressed, dynamical, interactions in small collections of line defects comprising dislocations or cracks in two and three dimensions, and to study the emergent collective behavior of dislocations leading to patterning, e.g. cell formation, at small and large strains.
Ariss Awarded D'Appolonia FellowshipTuesday, November 12, 2019
Ariss Awarded D'Appolonia FellowshipCongratulations to PhD candidate Rami Ariss who was recently awarded the Dr. Elio D’Appolonia Graduate Fellowship. Ariss completed his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Californi, Berkeley.
Thompson Recognized for Work as ASCE Student Chapter AdvisorTuesday, November 12, 2019
Thompson Recognized for Work as ASCE Student Chapter AdvisorRecently, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Board of Direction recognized CEE faculty member Jim Thompson for his exemplary work advising the Carnegie Mellon University ASCE Student Chapter.
Jyamfi Wins Best Research PosterThursday, November 07, 2019
Jyamfi Wins Best Research PosterCongratulations to Masters student Kwaku Jyamfi who was awarded first place at the Energy Week research poster competition at Duke University. "I presented a solution to the problem of energy poverty in developing nations," explains Jyamfi. "With about 1 billion people without access to cheap and reliable electricity, Farm to Flame Energy addresses this by utilizing the waste chains of these underserved areas to generate electricity. We do it differently than others, with a patented combustion process that sets us part in emissions and energy efficiency."
Vijayashanthar Awarded Cohon FellowshipThursday, November 07, 2019
Vijayashanthar Awarded Cohon FellowshipPhD candidate Vasi Vijayashanthar has recently been awarded a Jared and Maureen Cohon Graduate Fellowship in Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research is focused broadly on strengthening understanding of the natural geochemical processes that affect lead dissolution, and to introduce innovative computational tools to mitigate and prevent public health risks from lead exposure.
New, Integrated CEE/CS Degree Program: Focus on Emerging TechnologiesMonday, November 04, 2019
New, Integrated CEE/CS Degree Program: Focus on Emerging TechnologiesThis fall CEE launched a new, integrated degree program with the School of Computer Science. The Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Integrated Study in Computer Science was designed for civil and environmental engineers who are interested in learning more about emerging technologies.
Using Teamwork, Soil Mechanics in Bench Building ProjectFriday, October 25, 2019
Using Teamwork, Soil Mechanics in Bench Building ProjectCivE undergraduates Tessa Weeden ('20), Jessica Wang ('21), and Skylar McAuliffe ('22) recently participated in an on-campus project that tested their engineering abilities—as well as their teamwork skills. The women worked alongside 40 other students to create a bench, designed by architecture students in the Earthworks Course, out of earthen building materials.
The Climate Change Issue: CEE Continues to Advance Solutions for the Challenges Ahead [Part 2]Wednesday, October 23, 2019
The Climate Change Issue: CEE Continues to Advance Solutions for the Challenges Ahead [Part 2]Extreme storms, increasing temperatures, drier deserts—our climate is changing, and so must our infrastructure design, construction, and management. Determining how to best adapt engineering practices in the face of these new climate patterns is a massive undertaking, but our CEE faculty and students are rising to the challenge.
A Journey Worth Remembering: The 1956 St. Lawrence Seaway Construction TourWednesday, October 23, 2019
A Journey Worth Remembering: The 1956 St. Lawrence Seaway Construction TourTheir senior courses at Carnegie Tech wouldn’t start for another week, but 19 members of the Civil Engineering class of 1957 had reunited early. Each one had brought a suitcase. They greeted each other, talking excitedly about the journey ahead, and, one after another, stacked their luggage in a growing pile in the covered back of a pickup truck.
The Climate Change Issue: CEE Continues to Advance Solutions for the Challenges Ahead [Part 1]Tuesday, October 22, 2019
The Climate Change Issue: CEE Continues to Advance Solutions for the Challenges Ahead [Part 1]Extreme storms, increasing temperatures, drier deserts—our climate is changing, and so must our infrastructure design, construction, and management. Determining how to best adapt engineering practices in the face of these new climate patterns is a massive undertaking, but our CEE faculty and students are rising to the challenge.
Alum Pingbo Tang Joins CEE as Associate ProfessorMonday, October 21, 2019
Alum Pingbo Tang Joins CEE as Associate ProfessorCEE is pleased to welcome Pingbo Tang as an Associate Professor. Tang earned his PhD in CEE in 2009. Tang, whose PhD dissertation explored the extraction of surveying goals from point clouds obtained from laser scanners to support bridge inspection, previously taught at Arizona State University and Western Michigan University.
Cousté Steps Into Role as Site Superintendent for DC Metro ExtensionFriday, October 18, 2019
Cousté Steps Into Role as Site Superintendent for DC Metro ExtensionMichelle Cousté (BS '15) is a site superintendent for Clark Construction on the Silver Line project, a 6-station, 11-mile extension to the DC metro.
Lopez-Cantu Uses NCAR Supercomputer to Assess Climate Impact on InfrastructureWednesday, October 16, 2019
Lopez-Cantu Uses NCAR Supercomputer to Assess Climate Impact on InfrastructurePh.D. candidate Tania Lopez-Cantu is working on research to analyze potential changes in rainfall extremes at high spatial and temporal resolution for the United States. Her work is investigating how these changes impact local infrastructure systems.
Dzombak Named ASCE Distinguished MemberFriday, October 11, 2019
Dzombak Named ASCE Distinguished MemberCongratulations to Hamerschlag University Professor and Department Head Dave Dzombak who has been named an ASCE Distinguished Member for his outstanding education, leadership, and research contributions to water quality engineering, sustainable water resources, and energy-environment issues.
Leite Hosts Mars Industries Workshop to Crowdsource Undergrad PerspectivesFriday, October 11, 2019
Leite Hosts Mars Industries Workshop to Crowdsource Undergrad PerspectivesFernanda Leite (PhD ‘09) has chosen CMU as one of three universities across the country to pilot the Construction Industry Institute (CII) workshop, “Project 2050: Mars Industries.” Billed as an opportunity to “imagine the industries of Mars,” the October 12th workshop is part of a CII-funded study that’s collecting crowdsourcing ideas from next-generation leaders.
Brown and Hegde Named Andrew Carnegie ScholarsThursday, October 03, 2019
Brown and Hegde Named Andrew Carnegie ScholarsCEE/EPP senior Taylor Brown and CEE Sharika Hegde were named as Andrew Carnegie Scholars for the 2019-2020 academic year.
CEE Team’s DR-Train is First-of-its-Kind SHM for RailWednesday, October 02, 2019
CEE Team’s DR-Train is First-of-its-Kind SHM for RailJingxiao Liu knew that a system was desperately needed to automatically assess the structural health monitoring (SHM) of rail infrastructure. Despite the $9.7 billion in capital that private freight rail industry puts into maintaining its network, there were nearly 1,1100 derailments in 2015. Just two years later, the Federal Highway Administration found that 7.7% of U.S. bridges were in poor condition.
Dayal Receives a 2019 MURI Award from DoD to Dig into the Labyrinth of SoilMonday, September 30, 2019
Dayal Receives a 2019 MURI Award from DoD to Dig into the Labyrinth of SoilProfessor Kaushik Dayal has won a 2019 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) award to examine soil behavior in these situations using multiscale modeling, funded by the Department of Defense (DoD). He is part of a team of researchers from five universities led by California Institute of Technology working on this problem. Dayal will be joined by two PhD students in the fall and they will receive $1 million over five years.
Weeden’s Global Internships Build Experience, Provide Growth OpportunitiesThursday, September 26, 2019
Weeden’s Global Internships Build Experience, Provide Growth OpportunitiesTessa Weeden’s (CEE 2020) willingness to take on new challenges have led her to an internship for the Alaska Center for Entergy and Power and a weekend-long soil mechanics bench-building project. But as she nears graduation, Weeden made the decision to expand her reach globally while gaining valuable hands-on experience through an internship at a remediation site in Grenzach-Wyhlen, Germany.
Breaking Ground: Slavsky Helps Clients Build for the FutureWednesday, September 25, 2019
Breaking Ground: Slavsky Helps Clients Build for the FutureKseniya Slavsky (CEE MS, BS ’03) wears many different hats for her clients: engineer, financial analyst, manager, contract writer, negotiator. It is the variety in her workday, the opportunity to solve problems and the reality that, in the end, she can see the physical manifestation of her efforts, that makes her job so rewarding.
Destenie Nock, ‘Engineer for Social Good,’ Joins CEE FacultyTuesday, September 24, 2019
Destenie Nock, ‘Engineer for Social Good,’ Joins CEE FacultyDestenie Nock has joined the departments of Engineering & Public Policy (EPP) and Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) this fall. She will begin as a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in EPP with an adjunct-faculty appointment to CEE, before starting as a tenure-track assistant professor in both EPP and CEE in the 2020 academic year.
Sensing an Opportunity to Reduce Infection RatesMonday, September 23, 2019
Sensing an Opportunity to Reduce Infection RatesThroughout the summer, third-year CEE undergraduate student Sarah Hamilton has been working with PhD student Jonathon Fagert to research whether these vibration sensors can collect relevant data on a variety of sink and counter surfaces. The end-goal, if the research proves fruitful, is for the sensors to be installed in hospitals to help ensure hand-washing protocols are observed in an effective manner.
Study Abroad in Berlin Provides Urban Planning InsightWednesday, September 11, 2019
Study Abroad in Berlin Provides Urban Planning InsightRyan Rusali’s summer program fulfilled his dream to travel within Germany—while gaining valuable life and educational experience through IES Abroad program. He took classes alongside students from across the United States and the courses were taught in English, allowing Rusali to immediately dive into his studies.
Using Connected Vehicles and Traffic Signals to Improve Transportation SafetyWednesday, September 04, 2019
Using Connected Vehicles and Traffic Signals to Improve Transportation SafetyCEE graduate, Navin Katta (MS ’09) from Savari, Inc., develops hardware and software for vehicles to improve road safety.
Sensing changes: Research seeks to improve early diagnosis of cognitive decline by monitoring daily activityTuesday, September 03, 2019
Sensing changes: Research seeks to improve early diagnosis of cognitive decline by monitoring daily activityCEE professors Mario Bergés and Hae Young Noh, ECE professor Pei Zhang, and Juleen Rodakwoski, University of Pittsburgh professor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Services are part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers that use vibrations from sensors to monitor daily behavior for a non-intrusive way to monitor for the early, often nearly imperceptible, signs of cognitive decline, early treatment could be established to slow disease progression.
Carnegie Mellon Leads DOE Team Improving Rural MobilityWednesday, August 28, 2019
Carnegie Mellon Leads DOE Team Improving Rural MobilityThe United States Department of Energy (DOE) is funding a collaborative team lead by Carnegie Mellon’s Sean Qian as they attempt to change the landscape of rural transportation in Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Greene County.
Modeling to Predict LandslidesFriday, August 23, 2019
Modeling to Predict LandslidesLandslides in the United States annually claim between 25-50 lives and cause more than $3 billion in damage. CEE graduate student Asish Yadav Madala has been working with CEE professor Amit Acharya and Christopher Mertz, Principal Project Scientist at CMU’s Robotics Institute, on research into landslides and the potential for developing software that will enable authorities to detect future landslides.
Summer Internship at LANL Lands Peng a MentorTuesday, August 20, 2019
Summer Internship at LANL Lands Peng a MentorPhD candidate Jade Xiaoyao Peng spent her summer as an intern for the Department X Computational Physics Division of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Her work focused on extending the current phase field dislocation dynamics method (PFDD) library to include anisotropy, heterogeneity, and new materials. Jade also performed simulations to demonstrate the new features and strength of the library—which included many hours of coding and debugging.
Tracking Runoff: Webber Restarts Stormwater Monitoring at Hamerschlag HallMonday, August 19, 2019
Tracking Runoff: Webber Restarts Stormwater Monitoring at Hamerschlag HallMarissa Webber, a CEE master’s student, has taken an interest in finding ways to incorporate human systems for controlling stormwater runoff with natural systems. It is a challenge she observed growing up in Jamaica, seeing the effects of climate change with rising sea levels and increased storm intensities.
Internship: Getting Real-World Experience at Volvo StartupFriday, August 16, 2019
Internship: Getting Real-World Experience at Volvo StartupOjas Vora just completed the first half of his dual degree, CEE / Technology Ventures (MSTV). This summer he’s working as a solution concept developer intern for Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. His projects include work on intelligent transportation systems, smart cities, electro-mobility, and connected solutions.
Internship: Hegde Gets Technical with Autonomous VehiclesFriday, August 16, 2019
Internship: Hegde Gets Technical with Autonomous VehiclesSharika Hegde, rising CEE senior with a minor in Computer Science, spent her summer interning as a contractor at the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, just outside of Washington, D.C. She’s part of a team that’s focused on national connected and automated vehicle (CAV) research.
A (Climate Change) Tale of 115 CitiesMonday, August 12, 2019
A (Climate Change) Tale of 115 CitiesClimate change is happening, but the details of how can vary greatly, which makes planning for the future a challenge. A new, open dataset contains climate histories of more than 100 U.S. cities, showing the unique changes each city has been through, and hinting at what might lie ahead.
Summer Research: How Smartphones Can Make You More Energy EfficientMonday, August 12, 2019
Summer Research: How Smartphones Can Make You More Energy EfficientIf a phone application allowed people to utilize a device already in their possession to monitor the energy efficiency in their house – especially given more extreme temperatures and increased utility costs – they could save hundreds of dollars in third-party inspections. Money could also be saved with early detection of a window or a door, for example, that are not retaining cold air when air conditioning is in use.
INTERNSHIP: Stress Analysis and Design Engineering of Boeing 767Thursday, August 08, 2019
INTERNSHIP: Stress Analysis and Design Engineering of Boeing 767Undergraduate Chinasa Onyenkpa (CEE/BME) spent her summer at the Boeing Everett Factory working as a structural engineering intern on the 767 tanker and freighter. She split her time focusing on stress analysis and design engineering.
Internship: Gaining Valuable Hands-On Experience as a Field EngineerMonday, August 05, 2019
Internship: Gaining Valuable Hands-On Experience as a Field EngineerRussell Orlick, a rising junior, is spending his summer working with Clark Foundations, learning the ins and outs of the construction industry. Clark Foundations, with locations across the country, has completed more than 100 of the country’s most sophisticated support of excavation systems. Through this experience, Russell has had the opportunity to participate in field engineering work, shadow a field engineer, and work with 3D modeling.
Amish Embrace Technology to Help ChildrenTuesday, July 30, 2019
Amish Embrace Technology to Help ChildrenCEE professor Hae Young Noh and her team, with Ohio' Nationwide Children's Hospital, are using sensors to collect data about the movements of Amish children who have muscular dystrophy
VanBriesen Named Vice Provost for FacultyFriday, May 31, 2019
VanBriesen Named Vice Provost for FacultyJeanne VanBriesen has been appointed vice provost for faculty, effective July 1. VanBriesen is the Duquesne Light Company Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy, and director of the Center for Water Quality in Urban Environmental Systems.
Bringing Science to Communication, Ong Translates for the FutureFriday, April 26, 2019
Bringing Science to Communication, Ong Translates for the FutureWhen Siri is asked what the weather is doing in Kalamazoo, there is a pretty good chance Leneve Ong has helped deliver the answer. Ong, who earned her Masters of Science from CEE’s Advanced Infrastructure Program in 2011, is a data scientist who helps Apple Inc.’s Siri understand spoken queries and deliver correct responses.
Beyond the Surface: Bringing Beauty and Structure to LightWednesday, April 24, 2019
Beyond the Surface: Bringing Beauty and Structure to LightDavid Bott (CMU BArch ’97, BS CEE ’98), grew up fascinated with the idea of creating spaces, how things were designed and how they were built. While his career path may be slightly different than he had envisioned as a young man, there can be no doubt that he is creating a legacy of iconic and unique spaces.
2019 Engineering Sustainability ConferenceFriday, April 19, 2019
2019 Engineering Sustainability ConferenceCEE, in partnership with the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation at the University of Pittsburgh and the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research, recently held the Engineering Sustainability 2019 conference at the D.L. Lawrence Convention Center, downtown. The conference, which takes place every two years, attracted hundreds of industry experts, university faculty, and students from across the country.
CEE Alumni Awards Showcase Graduates’ SuccessesWednesday, April 17, 2019
CEE Alumni Awards Showcase Graduates’ SuccessesDuring reunion and Spring Carnival weekend, CEE presented awards to notable graduates who are making a difference in both the industry and the community. Dave Dzombak, Hamerschlag University Professor and CEE department head, handed out each award and spoke of the alums’ achievements and enduring connections to CEE.
Learning by DoingWednesday, April 17, 2019
Learning by DoingCourses that create the CEE design thread provides students with opportunities across all four years to gain hands-on engineering experience and to apply what they’re learning in the core courses to actual projects.
Service Inspires Educational FocusTuesday, April 16, 2019
Service Inspires Educational FocusCEE/EPP first-year student Rimsha Ahmed was one of 13 students – graduate and undergraduate – who traveled with CMU in Puerto Rico to observe, participate in educational opportunities and help with projects.
Qian Awarded Posner, Molloy, and Pietrandrea Career Development Chair in Civil EngineeringMonday, April 15, 2019
Qian Awarded Posner, Molloy, and Pietrandrea Career Development Chair in Civil EngineeringCEE Assistant Professor Zhen (Sean) Qian is named the inaugural Henry Posner, Anne Molloy, and Robert and Christine Pietrandrea Career Development Chair in Civil Engineering, an endowed term professorship created to support a faculty member in the early phases of their career.
Duplan Named CEE’s 2019 Distinguished AlumniTuesday, April 09, 2019
Duplan Named CEE’s 2019 Distinguished AlumniNeno Duplan (CEE ’84) has earned many awards during his career, but few have had the personal impact of being chosen CEE’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni. Duplan says that when he learned of the commendation, he immediately felt honored. “I know how many great CMU alumni are out there, especially here in Silicon Valley.”
Hemming Welcomes Students for Real World Engineering ProgramMonday, April 08, 2019
Hemming Welcomes Students for Real World Engineering ProgramDorian Hemming (CEE ’11) understands the value of professional networking. And to help the next generation of CEE grads transition into the workforce, he was excited to host CMU students Charyl Tan, Andrew Thompson, and Annie Hu in Washington, D.C.—and show them a day in the life of a civil and environmental engineer.
Wang Joins CEE FacultyFriday, March 29, 2019
Wang Joins CEE FacultyWang brings an interdisciplinary background to the study of civil and environmental engineering, utilizing a foundation in physics to achieve a computational understanding of the small-scale movement of atoms. Wang says his goal is to use advanced computerized study of nanoscale transport to solve real-world problems.
Rusali's Team Creates “Best Prototype” in Rethink the Rink CompetitionMonday, March 18, 2019
Rusali's Team Creates “Best Prototype” in Rethink the Rink Competition“Rethink the Rink” is an initiative of The Pittsburgh Penguins, Covestro, and Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering. 2019 marks the second year that students spent one week creating prototypes that were presented to high-level executives for the Penguins and Covestro, a world-leading supplier of high-tech polymer materials.
Undergrad Research Projects Impacts PittsburghWednesday, March 06, 2019
Undergrad Research Projects Impacts PittsburghCEE undergraduate Megan Henriksen is part of a group working with Associate Research Professor Albert Presto, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Presto, a member of CMU’s Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies, and his team are collecting data on pollutants from more than thirty sensors placed throughout Pittsburgh. The CMU Real-Time Multi-Pollutant Sensors (RAMP) are measuring: carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, ozone, and particulate matter.
Sun Awarded 2018 Young Civil Engineer of the YearTuesday, February 19, 2019
Sun Awarded 2018 Young Civil Engineer of the YearCongratulations to Sylvia Yunlin Sun (MS '14) who was awarded the 2018 Young Civil Engineer of the Year award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Pittsburgh Section.
Rusali Awarded SAF Italo V. (Ody) Mackin Achievement AwardFriday, February 15, 2019
Rusali Awarded SAF Italo V. (Ody) Mackin Achievement AwardCEE sophomore Ryan Rusali was recently awarded the Italo V. (Ody) Mackin Achievement Award, presented by The Student Award Foundation (SAF) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Pittsburgh Section. Rusali will receive the commendation during ASCE Pittsburgh’s annual Engineers’ Week awards banquet.
Dzombak Named ASCE Pittsburgh’s Civil Engineer of the YearFriday, February 15, 2019
Dzombak Named ASCE Pittsburgh’s Civil Engineer of the YearCEE is proud to announce that Professor Dave Dzombak has been named the 2019 ASCE Pittsburgh Section’s Civil Engineer of the Year. The prestigious award is presented to one local engineer yearly, in recognition of continual excellent work.
Samaras Named Professor of the Year by ASCE PittsburghFriday, February 15, 2019
Samaras Named Professor of the Year by ASCE PittsburghProfessor Costa Samaras was recently named the 2019 ASCE Pittsburgh Section’s Professor of the Year. Samaras is known for his ability to get students excited about engineering.
Adams Earns 2019 A&WMA Lyman A. Ripperton Environmental Educator AwardThursday, February 14, 2019
Adams Earns 2019 A&WMA Lyman A. Ripperton Environmental Educator AwardProfessor Peter Adams was recently named the 2019 Lyman A. Ripperton Environmental Educator award winner by the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA).
Lau Wins George Washington PrizeWednesday, February 13, 2019
Lau Wins George Washington PrizeCEE senior Noel Lau was awarded the George Washington Prize at the Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania awards dinner on February 7. The honor is presented yearly to a College of Engineering senior who demonstrates qualities of academic excellence, service, and leadership.
Balta Elected to National Academy of EngineeringThursday, February 07, 2019
Balta Elected to National Academy of EngineeringCEE alum Wayne Balta was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)—one of the highest distinctions that a professional engineer may receive.
Marszalik Connects Native Alaskan Villages to Critical Sanitation InfrastructureMonday, January 28, 2019
Marszalik Connects Native Alaskan Villages to Critical Sanitation InfrastructureWhen Agnes Marszalik (BS '13) decided to focus her job search on areas near mountains, she had no idea that she’d end up in an area reeling from the impacts of climate change. Working as an engineer for the Division of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, she sees first-hand that native communities are relocating—or planning to relocate—due to the changing environment.
Leading the Way on Corporate Environmental SustainabilityMonday, January 07, 2019
Leading the Way on Corporate Environmental SustainabilityAs Vice President of Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety at IBM, CEE alumn Wayne Balta now leads the environmental efforts he helped to start nearly 30 years ago.
Newby Awarded Miller Presidential FellowshipMonday, December 17, 2018
Newby Awarded Miller Presidential FellowshipPhD candidate Alexandra Newby has recently been awarded a Ruth Furman Miller and David H. Miller Presidential Fellowship in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Adam Incorporates Strategy, Sustainability into Chase CenterThursday, December 13, 2018
Adam Incorporates Strategy, Sustainability into Chase CenterWhen the NBA’s Golden State Warriors plays its first game in the brand new 18,000 seat Chase Center, CEE alum Véronique Adam (BS '15) will be cheering them on—not just as a fan, but as an engineer who helped to make the center a reality.
Battifarano and Grahn Awarded Eisenhower FellowshipMonday, December 10, 2018
Battifarano and Grahn Awarded Eisenhower FellowshipMatt Battifarano and Rick Grahn have both been awarded a Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Clement Awarded Fok FellowshipFriday, December 07, 2018
Clement Awarded Fok FellowshipPhD candidate Emma Clement has recently been awarded a Thomas and Maria Fok Presidential Fellowship.
Hordern Awarded Cohon FellowshipThursday, December 06, 2018
Hordern Awarded Cohon FellowshipPhD candidate Sarah Hordern has recently been awarded a Jared and Maureen Cohon Graduate Fellowship in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Department of Education Funds Prestigious Fellowship Program in CEEWednesday, December 05, 2018
Department of Education Funds Prestigious Fellowship Program in CEEThis fall, the Department of Education recognized this expertise by awarding CEE with funding for the highly prestigious and competitive Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) fellowship program. The GAANN fellowship will provide a cohort of six PhD students in the Advanced Infrastructure System (AIS) PhD program with full tuition and a yearly stipend while they research innovative ways to modernize US transportation and water infrastructure.
Alum Turns Battery Acid into Fertilizer – While Exceeding EPA StandardsFriday, November 16, 2018
Alum Turns Battery Acid into Fertilizer – While Exceeding EPA StandardsWhen John (Jack) Richardson, P.E. (BS ’87) is currently working on a project to convert industrial battery acid into fertilizer, an initiative born out of the EPA’s industry mandates to reduce emissions.
Grahn Awarded Ellegood FellowshipFriday, November 09, 2018
Grahn Awarded Ellegood FellowshipPhD candidate Rick Grahn has been awarded the Julia and Michael Ellegood Strategic Doctoral Fellowship for this academic term.
Kutchko Named SPE Distinguished LecturerThursday, November 08, 2018
Kutchko Named SPE Distinguished LecturerAlumna Barbara Kutchko (PhD ‘08) named a Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) distinguished lecturer.
Jiaan Wang Awarded Mao Yisheng Graduate FellowshipWednesday, November 07, 2018
Jiaan Wang Awarded Mao Yisheng Graduate FellowshipPhD candidate Jiaan Wang was recently awarded the Mao Yisheng Graduate Fellowship.
Karimi Awarded D'Appolonia FellowshipTuesday, October 30, 2018
Karimi Awarded D'Appolonia FellowshipCongratulations to PhD candidate Mina Karimi who was recently awarded the Dr. Elio D’Appolonia Graduate Fellowship
Hancherick Returns to Campus as Project Engineer for ANSYS HallThursday, October 25, 2018
Hancherick Returns to Campus as Project Engineer for ANSYS HallCarly Hancherick (CEE '14), is bringing her unique perspective to the project thanks to her familiarity with the school and campus. She’s working as the project engineer for the construction management team, Mosites Construction.
Redesigning the Environmental Engineering Research SpaceTuesday, October 23, 2018
Redesigning the Environmental Engineering Research SpaceTo better accommodate today’s and tomorrow’s research—and the equipment it requires—the Environmental Engineering Labs are undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation, with construction starting in January 2019 and the new labs opening in August 2019.
Two CEE Students Named Andrew Carnegie ScholarsMonday, October 22, 2018
Two CEE Students Named Andrew Carnegie ScholarsGabe Bamforth and Lauren Mueller have been named as Andrew Carnegie Scholars
Powerful CollaborationsThursday, October 18, 2018
Powerful CollaborationsA look at how CEE faculty continues to innovate the use of field robotics in civil and environmental engineering in their research.
Good Named Siebel ScholarTuesday, September 18, 2018
Good Named Siebel ScholarPhD candidate Kelly Good was recently named as one of the Class of 2019 Siebel Scholars.
Internship: Focused on Safe Closing of Coal Ash BasinsMonday, August 20, 2018
Internship: Focused on Safe Closing of Coal Ash BasinsUndergraduate Simone Stein (CEE/EPP ’20) is spending her summer in Charlotte, North Carolina working with the Coal Combustion Products team at Duke Energy. She’s assisting the group, which was formed in 2014 after the Dan River coal ash spill, to implement the safe closing of North Carolina coal ash basins which are mandated by the state government.
Internship: Student’s Analysis Leads to Potential Cost and Energy SavingsMonday, August 20, 2018
Internship: Student’s Analysis Leads to Potential Cost and Energy SavingsTessa Weeden (CEE ’20) is spending her summer far from Pittsburgh—as an intern at the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP). Her work focuses on making borough buildings more efficient to save both energy and money.
Internship Provides Insight into Water Industry InnovationThursday, August 16, 2018
Internship Provides Insight into Water Industry InnovationMaster’s degree candidate Liz Alexander (CEE 2019) is spending the summer interning for the nonprofit Current.
Internship: Restoring the George Summer Internship—Ensuring Safety and Adding AppealThursday, August 16, 2018
Internship: Restoring the George Summer Internship—Ensuring Safety and Adding AppealCEE/EPP undergraduate Joseph Iacobellis is spending his summer working on “Restoring the George,” an initiative of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to maintain the structural health of the George Washington Bridge.
Internship: Intern Gains Mentors, Guidance, Job Offer After GraduationTuesday, August 07, 2018
Internship: Intern Gains Mentors, Guidance, Job Offer After GraduationMasters student David DeSmet’s grew professionally through his internship at the Engineering Research and Decision Center at the Army Corps of Engineering, David has grown professionally. DeSmet was also offered the opportunity to continue working for the Army Corps of Engineering after he completes his degree in December 2018.
Internship: Helping Michigan Clean Water Nonprofit Review United Nations’ SDGsTuesday, August 07, 2018
Internship: Helping Michigan Clean Water Nonprofit Review United Nations’ SDGsRoseanne Usnay (CEE ’19) is interning for the environmental program at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in Flint, Michigan. The foundation provides grants for both clean water projects in the Great Lakes region and clean energy projects in South America and Africa. Roseanne is enrolled in the integrated BS/MS program at CEE and just completed her undergraduate studies.
Internship: Offshore Engineering Discovered at CMU Job FairTuesday, July 31, 2018
Internship: Offshore Engineering Discovered at CMU Job FairRising junior Paul Anderson dove deeper into his interest with offshore civil engineering this summer while interning at ExxonMobile. He was able to bring in some of the skills he learned at CEE to help develop tools and methods for increased efficiency.
Remembering Fran McMichaelMonday, July 30, 2018
Remembering Fran McMichaelEmeritus professor and former CEE department head, Dr. Fran McMichael had a significant impact on CMU as a teacher, mentor, colleague, and researcher.
MSTV/CEE Program Prepares Next Generation of Innovative EngineersFriday, July 20, 2018
MSTV/CEE Program Prepares Next Generation of Innovative EngineersXulu Liu is a member of the first graduating class of MSTV/CEE students. She’s completed her CEE studies in Pittsburgh, MSTV studies in CMU’s Silicon Valley campus and an industry internship
Qian Awarded NSF CAREER AwardThursday, May 24, 2018
Qian Awarded NSF CAREER AwardSean Qian receives NSF award to combine big data and transportation system modeling to improve traffic flow and the way we create and operate transportation systems.
Dean named ASCE Distinguished MemberWednesday, May 02, 2018
Dean named ASCE Distinguished MemberJames H. Garrett, Jr. has been honored by ASCE with inclusion in its 2018 class of Distinguished Members.
Cohon Receives Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s Lifetime Achievement AwardTuesday, May 01, 2018
Cohon Receives Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Professor Bielak Celebrated at Retirement EventFriday, April 27, 2018
Professor Bielak Celebrated at Retirement EventProfessor Jacobo Bielaks impact on his students, peers, and the industry was celebrated at Bielak’s retirement party at CMU Carnival.
ASCE Takes Second Place in Blitz Booth CarnivalWednesday, April 25, 2018
ASCE Takes Second Place in Blitz Booth CarnivalThe CMU ASCE chapter, for the second year, participated in booth for Carnival. This year their entry was awarded second place.
CEE Alumni AwardsTuesday, April 24, 2018
CEE Alumni AwardsCEE alumni are honored for their achievements at CMU Carnival weekend.
Learning and Volunteering in Puerto RicoThursday, April 19, 2018
Learning and Volunteering in Puerto RicoWhile many of her peers were celebrating Spring Break at the beach or another relaxing location, CEE/EPP student Ariana Sabbat was working to help the people of Puerto Rico recover from hurricane damage.
ASCE Chapter Awarded Letter of RecognitionWednesday, April 18, 2018
ASCE Chapter Awarded Letter of RecognitionOur chapter was awarded a 2018 Letter of Recognition for Community Service as well as Honorable Mention for chapter activities.
Crossing BordersFriday, April 13, 2018
Crossing BordersSpending time in an unfamiliar country can teach us a lot—about others and ourselves. For CEE students, the opportunities to go abroad are vast, from spring break trips to summer programs to entire semesters. “Wherever they want to go, they can find a way to make it work with their studies,” says CEE Director of Undergraduate Programs Andrea Francioni Rooney.
Creating a Water Management Plan in Costa RicaFriday, April 13, 2018
Creating a Water Management Plan in Costa RicaPhD student Chelsea Kolb of Cloquet, Minnesota, recently returned from the city of Santa Cruz, located in the northern region of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. She spent 10 months in the region working alongside a hydrologist to study water quality and aquifer levels along the coastline.
Safety and Environmental Impacts in Petroleum IndustryThursday, April 12, 2018
Safety and Environmental Impacts in Petroleum IndustryPhD student Eilis Rosenbaum, who is advised by Professor Kaushik Dayal, is researching foamed cement, which is used in wells all over the world, with the goal to improve safety practices in petroleum industry wells.
Building Bridges to SuccessWednesday, April 11, 2018
Building Bridges to SuccessCivil Engineering alumnus W. Logan Dickerson always imagined building bridges would be in his future. His father had founded a bridge construction business in 1929, and Dickerson knew from the start that he wanted to earn a degree that allowed him to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Rethinking the Rink: Sophomore Designs Safer Hockey Rink for PenguinsTuesday, March 27, 2018
Rethinking the Rink: Sophomore Designs Safer Hockey Rink for PenguinsTo create a safer sporting environment for ice hockey players, 22 students from Carnegie Mellon University, including CEE Sophomore Sally Chen, were asked to create improved dasher board systems that minimize player injury during impact. The week-long Maker Space Rethink the Rink challenge took place in partnership with The Pittsburgh Penguins and Covestro, a world-leading supplier of high-tech polymer materials.
Berges named ASCE- Pittsburgh Section Professor of the YearThursday, February 22, 2018
Berges named ASCE- Pittsburgh Section Professor of the YearProfessor Mario Berges was recognized for his outstanding research, work in the classroom as well as a mentor for undergraduate and graduate students.
Rosenbaum Awarded Bradford and Diane Smith Graduate FellowshipTuesday, February 06, 2018
Rosenbaum Awarded Bradford and Diane Smith Graduate FellowshipCEE PhD student Eilis Rosenbaum was recently awarded a Bradford and Diane Smith Graduate Fellowship.
Wei Ma Awarded Liang Ji-Dan FellowshipWednesday, January 17, 2018
Wei Ma Awarded Liang Ji-Dan FellowshipPhD student, Wei Ma has recently been awarded a 2018 Liang Ji-Dan Fellowship. B
Bartholomew Awarded Smith FellowshipTuesday, January 16, 2018
Bartholomew Awarded Smith FellowshipCEE PhD student Tim Bartholomew was recently awarded a Bradford and Diane Smith Graduate Fellowship
Lopez Named UCAR Next Generation FellowWednesday, November 29, 2017
Lopez Named UCAR Next Generation FellowCEE PhD student Tania Lopez has been named an UCAR Next Generation Fellow by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.
Moving Upstream: PhD Student Works on National Water ModelTuesday, November 28, 2017
Moving Upstream: PhD Student Works on National Water ModelPhD student Kerim Dickson contributed to the national water model at prestigious summer institute
Wailong Awarded Mao Yisheng Graduate FellowshipThursday, November 09, 2017
Wailong Awarded Mao Yisheng Graduate FellowshipPhD candidate Wailong Wang was recently awarded the Mao Yisheng Graduate Fellowship.
Xu Awarded Dowd FellowshipWednesday, November 08, 2017
Xu Awarded Dowd FellowshipPhD student Susu Xu was selected as one of four 2017 Dowd Fellows by the College of Engineering.
Majditehran Awarded Ellegood Graduate FellowshipMonday, November 06, 2017
Majditehran Awarded Ellegood Graduate FellowshipHouriyeh Majditehran was recently awarded the Julia and Michael Ellegood CEE Strategic Graduate Fellowship.
Zhang Awarded D'Applonia FellowshipThursday, November 02, 2017
Zhang Awarded D'Applonia FellowshipPhD Candidate Zhuoran Zhang was recently awarded the Dr. Elio D’Appolonia Graduate Fellowship.
Calculating Behavior: CEE Student Builds Mathematical Models to Inform Material DesignFriday, October 27, 2017
Calculating Behavior: CEE Student Builds Mathematical Models to Inform Material DesignDesigning new materials is a complicated business, explains Chiqun Zhang. He would know—he’s spent most of the last five years studying material defects, modeling, and behavior at Carnegie Mellon, earning both a master’s degree and a PhD in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, as well as a second master’s degree in computer science.
Center for Air, Climate, and Energy SolutionsFriday, October 27, 2017
Center for Air, Climate, and Energy SolutionsFounded in 2016 with $10 million in funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), CACES is a five-year collaborative research center at Carnegie Mellon University with a focus on the impacts of air pollution, technology, climate change, and related policies on local air quality and health. Within Carnegie Mellon alone, the students and faculty in CACES represent six departments, including CEE, and over a dozen faculty from outside institutions are involved.
Lopez Awarded Cohon FellowshipMonday, October 09, 2017
Lopez Awarded Cohon FellowshipPhD candidate Tania Lopez has recently been named the 2017-2018 Jared and Maureen Cohon Graduate Fellow in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Two CEE Students Named Andrew Carnegie ScholarsThursday, October 05, 2017
Two CEE Students Named Andrew Carnegie ScholarsCEE seniors Julissa Cruz and Emmett Horton exemplify the qualities of an ACS Scholar by excelling at academics, having strong leadership abilities, and demonstrating a heart for community service.
Driven to Succeed: CEE Alum Excels in Construction Management for Tesla Motors GigafactoryFriday, September 01, 2017
Driven to Succeed: CEE Alum Excels in Construction Management for Tesla Motors GigafactoryWhen CEE alum Sophie Grodsinsky joined Tesla Motors as a Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Construction Engineer in 2016, she’d never worked a day in construction in her life but credits the interdisciplinary nature of CMU’s curriculum as preparing her to work with colleagues across such a wide variety of fields.
CEE Alum Paul Murphy Oversees Nation’s First Offshore Wind FarmThursday, August 03, 2017
CEE Alum Paul Murphy Oversees Nation’s First Offshore Wind FarmAs Vice President of Operations and Engineering at Deepwater Wind, CEE alum Paul Murphy has a job unlike any other in the United States.
Remembering Distinguished Alum, Dr. Melvin RameyWednesday, August 02, 2017
Remembering Distinguished Alum, Dr. Melvin RameyDr. Melvin R. Ramey, an esteemed Carnegie Mellon CEE alumnus, a passionate educator, and an accomplished researcher, passed away on June 28, 2017.
AEESP Honors Small with 2017 O’Melia AwardThursday, June 22, 2017
AEESP Honors Small with 2017 O’Melia AwardProfessor Mitch Small recently received the 2017 Charles R. O'Melia Distinguished Educator Award from the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP).
CMU Power Sector Carbon IndexTuesday, June 20, 2017
CMU Power Sector Carbon IndexFrom 2005 to 2017, the CO2 emissions intensity from US electricity production has decreased nearly 24%, according to the latest update of the Carnegie Mellon Power Sector Carbon Index.
Christian Awarded Wimmer Faculty FellowshipWednesday, June 07, 2017
Christian Awarded Wimmer Faculty FellowshipCEE Assistant Teaching Professor Sarah Christian was recently selected as one of five 2017- 2018 Wimmer Faculty Fellows at the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation.
MS Student Awarded Prize at Annual Shale Innovation ContestWednesday, May 31, 2017
MS Student Awarded Prize at Annual Shale Innovation ContestMasters student Nyla Khan was part of a team whose research recently won a $500 award at the 6th Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest.
Honoring The Breaks They Were GivenWednesday, May 24, 2017
Honoring The Breaks They Were GivenHenry Posner III, Anne Molloy and Bob and Chris Pietrandrea have immortalized a 30-year friendship with an endowed professorship.
CEE at the Meeting of the MindsTuesday, May 16, 2017
CEE at the Meeting of the MindsCEE students Rebecca Tien, Daniel Ha, and Roseanne Usnay presented a diverse array of projects last week alongside other undergraduate students at the Meeting of the Minds, CMU's undergraduate research symposium.
Her Heart is in the Work: CEE Student Angela Ng Receives Student Service AwardTuesday, May 02, 2017
Her Heart is in the Work: CEE Student Angela Ng Receives Student Service AwardAs a Civil and Environmental Engineering and Biomedical Engineering double major, Angela Ng's continuous passion for academics, community service, and leadership embodies her interpretation of Andrew Carnegie's vision for the Carnegie Mellon community.
Undergraduate Research: Being Part of a TeamMonday, April 17, 2017
Undergraduate Research: Being Part of a TeamJonathan Ying joins CEE/EPP Professor Meagan Mauter's research team to develop models and tools to allow steam power plants to evaluate the options for complying with ELG guidelines.
Three CEE Faculty Awarded SEED GrantsFriday, April 14, 2017
Three CEE Faculty Awarded SEED GrantsThree CEE faculty were named as 2017 recipients of the Scott Institute's annual Seed Grants for Energy Research, which support CMU faculty research in the areas of energy, environment, and policy.
Small Honored with 2017 Lazarus AwardWednesday, April 12, 2017
Small Honored with 2017 Lazarus AwardProfessor Mitch Small, the H.John Heinz, III Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy, has been honored with the Carnegie Mellon 2017 Barbara Lazarus Award for Graduate and Junior Faculty Mentoring.
Pozzi Receives NSF CAREER Award for Infrastructure Management ResearchMonday, March 27, 2017
Pozzi Receives NSF CAREER Award for Infrastructure Management ResearchThrough his research, CEE Assistant Professor Matteo Pozzi aims to develop algorithms that help infrastructure managers make smarter decisions and ultimately reduce uncertainty, risk, and management cost. To help him address this challenge, The National Science Foundation has selected Pozzi for the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, a prestigious five-year grant given to junior faculty for research and education.
Celebrating National Engineers Week at Explore Engineering EventTuesday, February 21, 2017
Celebrating National Engineers Week at Explore Engineering EventCEE graduate and undergraduate students gathered alongside students from other departments in Scott Hall Sunday to celebrate the start of National Engineers Week at the first-ever "Explore Engineering!" event sponsored by the College of Engineering.
Noh Awarded NSF Career AwardTuesday, February 14, 2017
Noh Awarded NSF Career AwardAssistant Professor Hae Young Noh was recently selected for a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation. The award is one of the most prestigious for junior faculty researchers in science and engineering.
Chatterjee Awarded Smith FellowshipThursday, February 02, 2017
Chatterjee Awarded Smith FellowshipCEE PhD student Sabyasachi Chatterjee was recently awarded a Bradford and Diane Smith Graduate Fellowship.
Mauter Awarded Dean's Early Career FellowshipWednesday, February 01, 2017
Mauter Awarded Dean's Early Career FellowshipAssistant Professor Meagan Mauter, jointly appointed in both Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy, was recently awarded a Dean's Early Career Fellowship from the College of Engineering.
CEE/BME Alumna Corinne Clinch Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 ListMonday, January 30, 2017
CEE/BME Alumna Corinne Clinch Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 ListCorinne Clinch (CEE/BMA BS '14) has been named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 list in the Social Entrepreneurs category.
Pi Awarded Bertucci FellowshipFriday, January 27, 2017
Pi Awarded Bertucci FellowshipPhD graduate student, Xidong Pi was recently named as one of two CEE students who were awarded a John and Claire Bertucci Fellowship to support his graduate work.
Connecting Power Plants and Drinking Water SafetyTuesday, January 24, 2017
Connecting Power Plants and Drinking Water SafetyConnecting the impact of power plants on drinking water - PhD student Kelly Good and Professor Jeanne VanBriesen study bromide levels in local rivers.
Mirshekari Awarded Bertucci FellowshipTuesday, January 17, 2017
Mirshekari Awarded Bertucci FellowshipPhD graduate student, Mostafa Mirshekari was recently named as one of two CEE students who were awarded a John and Claire Bertucci Fellowship to support their graduate studies.