CE Impact Magazine - Fall 2023

Impact Cover Fall 2023
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Message From the Head

It has been just a few weeks since I returned from my six-month sabbatical overseas, yet I feel more at home back on the West Lafayette campus than ever before.

Improving Road Safety

Purdue civil engineering researchers are developing technology to improve driving safety by building driver digital twins with a better understanding of driver distraction events.

Cool Technology

Heating and cooling homes carries a hefty economic and environmental price tag – but Purdue civil engineers are working to change that.

Devastating Damage

In March, a group of grad students accompanied Ayhan Irfanoglu, professor and associate head of the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, on a reconnaissance visit to assess the massive damage from back-to-back 7.8 and 7.5 magnitude earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria on February 6, 2023.

Predicting Floods and Droughts

When predicting floods and droughts, researchers examine a river’s history. However, due to climate change and direct human intervention, history is swiftly becoming an inaccurate predictor, experts say.

Robot Inspector

The age of robotic inspectors is fast-approaching – and Purdue engineers are working to provide them with the knowledge to do so.

At the Forefront of Cybersecurity

As the United States transitions further toward smart and connected cities, the need for increased cybersecurity and resiliency research grows as well.

Capturing City Sprawl

As cities continue to rise, expand and become more complex, current urban mapping systems become less reliable, Purdue University researchers said.

A Force in the Industry

Growing up in a family rooted in meaningful culture, family business and civil engineering, Clayton Force (BSCE '02, MSCE '03) thought no better place to start his civil engineering journey than at Purdue University.

Online Master's Degree

The online master's degree offered through the Lyles School of Civil Engineering allows students to tailor their degree by matching their engineering interests with career goals.
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