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CE News & Spotlights

Flushing Advice is Flawed
Posted: August 28, 2015
Instructions given to the public by water companies and other authorities in the aftermath of chemical contaminations are inconsistent and not validated by science. So says Prof. Andrew Whelton and other scientists in the US who are developing models to understand complex plumbing systems to ensure consumers get the best guidance on how to regain access to safe drinking water.
Seminar Announcement - Lessons From the Lives of Two Dams
Posted: August 27, 2015
Professor James K. Mitchell of Virginia Tech will hold a seminar titled, "Lessons from the lives of two dams," on Thursday, September 3rd, from 2:00-3:20pm in HAMP 1252.
Course Provides Water Treatment Systems for the Dominican Republic
Posted: August 27, 2015
Purdue students from seven different academic units, including Civil Engineering, traveled May 9-15, 2015, to the Dominican Republic for a service-learning project related to a course titled Water Supply in Developing Countries.
Engineering Maymester in Sweden
Posted: August 25, 2015
In May 2015, 17 Purdue CE students visited Stockholm, Sweden, to study environmental sustainability across multiple sectors. The week-long session was led by Inez Hua, professor of civil engineering and professor of environmental and ecological engineering, and Jill Churchill, undergraduate international programs coordinator in the Office of Global Engineering Programs.
Engineering Maymester in Sweden
Milton Harr: A Career in Civil Engineering
Posted: August 25, 2015
Faculty Emeritus Milton Harr will deliver a seminar focusing on his career in the military, in academia and as an engineering consultant. His session is an important one for anyone involved in the serious pursuit of a civil engineering career. Please join us on Friday, 9/18/15, at 1:30 in PHYS 112 for this kick-off event to the Civil Engineering Open House.
Milton Harr
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Environmental Engineering

Flushing Advice is Flawed
Posted: August 28, 2015
Instructions given to the public by water companies and other authorities in the aftermath of chemical contaminations are inconsistent and not validated by science. So says Prof. Andrew Whelton and other scientists in the US who are developing models to understand complex plumbing systems to ensure consumers get the best guidance on how to regain access to safe drinking water.
Research provides guidance to clean plumbing systems in buildings after water contamination
Posted: August 10, 2015
A new study provides guidance to health officials and drinking water providers on how to decontaminate plumbing systems.
 
Environmental fate of carbon-based nanomaterials
Posted: May 12, 2015
Professor Chad Jafvert recently completed a $600,000 research project funded by the U.S. EPA on the environmental fate of carbon-based nanomaterials. This is one of the first studies to report on the environmental fate of this emerging nanomaterial.
Storm Drain Patching Method Poses Environmental Risks
Posted: April 28, 2015
More than 1 million storm-water culverts that drain U.S. roadways are in need of repair. State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) have turned to cured-in-place pipe, or CIPP, as a fast and low-cost way to rehabilitate the aging systems. Professor Andrew Whelton and his team were recruited to take a closer look at CIPP's environmental effects.
Storm Drain
Engineers investigate possible lingering impacts from Elk River chemical spill
Posted: April 15, 2015
In January 2014, thousands of gallons of chemicals spilled into West Virginia's Elk River, near Charleston. With support from a National Science Foundation (NSF) rapid response research grant (RAPID), environmental engineer Andrew Whelton led a research team that went door-to-door taking water samples within days of the spill.
Andrew Whelton in the lab
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Geomatics Engineering

Mikhail receives ASCE Surveying and Mapping Award
Posted: July 28, 2014
Professor Emeritus Edward M. Mikhail was selected by the Geomatics Division of ASCE to receive the 2014 Surveying and Mapping Award for his devotion and contributions to the fields of photogrammetry and remote sensing.
Edward M. Mikhail
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Geotechnical Engineering

Seminar Announcement - Lessons From the Lives of Two Dams
Posted: August 27, 2015
Professor James K. Mitchell of Virginia Tech will hold a seminar titled, "Lessons from the lives of two dams," on Thursday, September 3rd, from 2:00-3:20pm in HAMP 1252.
New test chamber making possible research into challenging 'geotechnical' problems
Posted: July 2, 2015
A test chamber developed at Purdue University allows engineers to simulate precisely what happens to soil underground during the installation of piles and other structural elements, a research tool for improving construction of everything from buildings and bridges to offshore wind turbines.
Test Chamber
Prof. Salgado receives Outstanding Reviewer Award
Posted: June 11, 2015
Professor Rodrigo Salgado is the 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Reviewer Award from Elsevier for his work for Computers and Geotechnics, one of the top journals in geotechnical engineering.
Prof. Rodrigo Salgado
CE professors, Ph.D. graduates receive Geotechnical Research Medal
Posted: May 26, 2015
Dr. Mazhar Arshad, Dr. Faraz Tehrani, Prof. Monica Prezzi, and Prof. Rodrigo Salgado are the 2015 recipients of the Geotechnical Research Medal from the Institution of Civil Engineers
Dr. Faraz Tehrani
Milton Harr awarded French Legion of Honor
Posted: March 9, 2015
On Feb. 27th, Professor Emeritus Milton Harr (1955-99) was awarded France's highest honor for his contributions to the liberation of France during World War II. Harr served in Normandy on D-Day as a young soldier more than 70 years ago.
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Hydraulic and Hydrologic Engineering

CE grad student receives NSF Fellowship
Posted: April 7, 2015
Civil Engineering Master's student Jessica Holberg (advised by Dr. Venkatesh Merwade) was named a recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowship for the 2015 award year. This award provides a yearly stipend and the cost of tuition for a period of three years.
Jessica Holberg
Siddharth Saksena Wins First Prize at ASCE EWRI Conference
Posted: February 20, 2015
CE graduate student Siddharth Saksena has been selected as the 1st place winner of the Graduate Division of the ASCE Environmental Water Resource Institute's 2015 Student Technical Paper Contest.
Siddharth Saksena
Cary Troy receives Exceptional Early Career Award
Posted: March 25, 2014
Assistant Professor Cary Troy has been named the recipient of Purdue's new Exceptional Early Career Award. The award was created by the Office of the Provost and the Murphy Award selection committee to recognize outstanding undergraduate teaching among Purdue's early career, tenure-track faculty.
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Materials Engineering

Creature's 'dactyl club' filters shear waves to resist damage
Posted: June 17, 2015
The "smasher" peacock mantis shrimp is able to repeatedly pummel the shells of prey using a bizarre hammer-like appendage that, new research shows, can withstand rapid-fire blows by neutralizing certain frequencies of "shear waves."
Mantis Shrimp
Zavattieri invited to attend Indonesian-American Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium
Posted: May 26, 2015
Pablo Zavattieri, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, has been invited to participate in the fifth Indonesian-American Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium July 28-31, 2015 in Makassar, Indonesia. The symposium is sponsored by the Indonesian Academy of Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Pablo Zavattieri
CE grad students active as Big Brothers in the community
Posted: April 17, 2015
CE grad students Nate Todd and Robert Spragg volunteer their time in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program to help make a positive impact in the lives of area youth.
Natural nanocrystals shown to strengthen concrete
Posted: April 1, 2015
Cellulose nanocrystals derived from industrial byproducts have been shown to increase the strength of concrete, representing a potential renewable additive to improve the ubiquitous construction material.
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Structural Engineering

CE grad student awarded championship prize in smart structures technology
Posted: August 21, 2015
Pedram Hesam, PhD student in structures at the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, and his five teammates were awarded the championship prize at the 2015 Asia-Pacific Summer School (APSS) on Smart Structures Technology, held July 26-August 14 at the University of Illinois.
Professor Connor's Team Instruments I-65 Bridge
Posted: August 19, 2015
Real-time sensors were installed on the Interstate 65 bridge over Wildcat Creek last week. Purdue engineer Jason Lloyd showed News 18 what those sensors look like and exactly what data they collect.
Jason Lloyd
CE grad students present at international structures conference
Posted: August 5, 2015
Several graduate students from the Lyles School of Civil Engineering made presentations on their research during the 6th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Structural Engineering & 11th International Workshop on Advanced Smart Materials and Smart Structures Technology held jointly at the University of Illinois, August 1-2, 2015.
 
Prof. Dyke invited as keynote speaker at international structures conferences
Posted: August 5, 2015
Prof. Shirley J. Dyke was invited to be a Keynote Speaker at both the 7th International Conference SHMII in Torino, Italy, July 1-3, 2015, and the 6th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Structural Engineering & 11th International Workshop on Advanced Smart Materials and Smart Structures Technology held jointly at the University of Illinois, August 1-2, 2015.
Shirley J. Dyke
Dr. Pujol appointed Academic Director for Research Computing
Posted: August 5, 2015
Dr. Santiago Pujol has accepted the appointment of Academic Director for Research Computing. Dr. Pujol will provide faculty perspective, vision and direction for Purdue’s activities around cyberinfrastructure for research especially the HUBzero platform and the community cluster program.
Dr. Santiago Pujol
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Transportation Engineering

TRB Recognition of JTRP Research Project for 2015 Best Paper Award
Posted: August 11, 2015
Professor Jan Olek’s paper, "Quick Determination of Freeze-Thaw Durability of Concrete Aggregate Using the Indiana DOT Hydraulic Fracture Test Equipment" was selected as the Transportation Research Board 2015 Best Paper for the Geology and Properties Section of the Mineral Aggregates Committee.
Jan Olek
Purdue Team places 3rd in national Traffic Bowl competition
Posted: August 5, 2015
Congratulations to the Purdue Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) team on placing 3rd at the ITE Traffic Bowl Grand Championship, held August 3rd, 2015 in Hollywood, Florida!
Traffic Bowl Team
University in Chongqing, China welcomes Dr. Peeta as Honorary Guest Professor
Posted: July 7, 2015
President Li Yinguo of Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications (CQUPT) honored Dr. Srinivas Peeta as Honorary Guest Professor during his collaboratory visit to the school on June 29th.
President Daniels Highlights Several JTRP Initiatives in Senate Testimony
Posted: June 29, 2015
On June 25, President Daniels testified before the Senate Finance Committee. President Daniels’ opening remarks reference the Purdue Road School, an event co-sponsored by JTRP and LTAP. President Daniels has been a long-time supporter of the Purdue Road School, first participating when he gave the 2006 Road School Luncheon address during the launch of Major Moves and this past year when he hosted a session with Mayor Dennis on the innovative partnership between the City and Purdue on the State Street initiative.
Comparison of the Accuracy of Traffic Counting Devices
Posted: May 27, 2015
Rodrigo Netto de Souza, a Lyles School of Civil Engineering student, participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program during the summer of 2014. His mentors for this project were Professor John Haddock, Laura Slusher (Indiana LTAP) and graduate student Yu Tian.
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Alumni

Cheryl Cunningham featured in Purdue's Women in Engineering newsletter
Posted: August 11, 2015
Cheryl Cunningham (BSCE '80) is the feature alumna in the inaugural edition of WIEP's newsletter, WiE Connect.
Innovation Design Center named for Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr., in recognition of leadership gift
Posted: May 15, 2015
On Friday (May 15) the Purdue Board of Trustees approved naming the Innovation Design Center – a student projects facility scheduled to open in 2017 – for Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr., in recognition of the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation’s leadership gift toward the $18.5 million building.
Dan Liotti recognized as Trenchless Technology Person of the Year
Posted: May 14, 2015
The successful trenchless career of Midwest Mole CEO and Purdue CE alumnus Dan Liotti is really a story between Dan and Len Liotti — Dan's father, teacher, mentor and his greatest influence. He listened and learned and got his hands dirty in the field, taking in all his father’s lessons of hard work, commitment and preparedness.
Purdue Awards Honorary Doctorate to Bechtel CEO Bill Dudley
Posted: May 8, 2015
Purdue University awarded Bechtel CEO William "Bill" Dudley Jr. with an honorary doctorate degree during spring commencement ceremonies in the West Lafayette campus' Elliott Hall of Music.
William Dudley, Jr.
Music Man of Morton Center
Posted: April 28, 2015
When people visit Morton Community Center, sometimes they'll hear a classical concerto or some Billy Joel coming from the piano in the front hallway. More often than not, the pianist is David Buck, West Lafayette's public works director and Purdue CE alumnus.
Dave Buck playing piano
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