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Undergraduate Research - Traffic Roundabouts
Posted: May 5, 2015
Emily Bonini, a student in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program during summer 2014. Her mentors for this project were Professor John Haddock, Pat Connor, and graduate student Yu Tian.
Fulbright PhD Scholar Tariq Saeed elected to Graduate Student Senate
Posted: May 5, 2015
Tariq U. Saeed has been elected as Civil Engineering Senator to the Purdue Graduate Student Senate (PGSS) for the academic year 2015-16. Tariq is a Fulbright Ph.D. scholar in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, currently working in the area of Transportation Systems Engineering.
Tariq U. Saeed
Opportunities Granted - Day of Giving 2015
Posted: May 4, 2015
The Lyles School of Civil Engineering topped the leaderboard during Purdue's Day of Giving Campaign, with over $2.25M in donations in a single day, including an additional $18.5K in bonus funds for heading the list. In addition to finishing first in total donations, the School finished in 9th place on the participation leaderboard, indicating a wide base of support. Donations came in from alums who graduated as long ago as 1955, all the way up to our current-year graduates.
Purdue Day of Giving Thank You
HVAC software team wins Schurz Innovation Challenge at Purdue
Posted: May 1, 2015
Grissom Controls, which offers a software solution to optimize controls for highly complex heating, cooling and ventilation systems in buildings, took top honors and $5,000 at the fifth Schurz Innovation Challenge at Purdue on Thursday (April 30). Andrew Martin, the sole member of Grissom Controls, is a student in Purdue's Lyles School of Civil Engineering.
Andrew Martin
Purdue Team Wins ITE Traffic Bowl - Great Lakes District
Posted: April 30, 2015
Congratulations to the Purdue Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Traffic Bowl Team on winning the Great Lakes District competition! This annual competition among ITE student chapter teams uses transportation planning and engineering topics for the clues, questions and answers.
Purdue Teams Wins ITE Traffic Bowl - Great Lakes District
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Environmental Engineering

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
Prof. Nies receives Excellence in Environmental Engineering Education Award
Posted: April 7, 2015
Prof. Larry Nies has been named the recipient of the 2015 Excellence in Environmental Engineering Education (E4) Award, given annually by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.
Larry Nies
Prof. Hua appointed member of EPA Board of Scientific Counselors
Posted: March 26, 2015
Inez Hua, Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering, was recently appointed as a member of the Safe and Sustainable Water Resources, a subcommittee of the U.S. EPA Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC), for a three year term.
Inez Hua
Purdue senior hopes to take on Wabash water problem
Posted: February 17, 2015
CE senior Mariah Schroeder aspires to tackle a problem she finds very prevalent: the waste water draining into the local Wabash River.
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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

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.
G.A. Leonards Lecture and PGS Workshop
Posted: February 3, 2015
On April 24, 2015, Prof. Richard E. Goodman of the University of California, Berkeley will deliver the 13th Leonards Lecture on "Karl Terzaghi (1883-1963) - Geotechnical Engineer and Founder of Soil Mechanics." The PGS Workshop "Geotechnical Engineering From Theory to Practice" will be held in conjunction with the lecture.
Dr. Richard Goodman
Lovell Lecture Series
Posted: September 18, 2014
Dr. James D. Murff delivered this year's C.W. Lovell Distinguished Lecture, "Evolution of Offshore Geotechnical Engineering."
Dr. James D. Murff
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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

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.
Zavattieri selected to attend U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium
Posted: August 25, 2014
Pablo Zavattieri, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, has been selected as one of the nation's 83 outstanding young engineers to attend the National Academy of Engineering's 2014 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.
Pablo Zavattieri
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Structural Engineering

S-BRITE Receives Steel Truss Bridge
Posted: April 17, 2015
Here is a a quick look at the anticipated delivery of a 1937 truss bridge originating from Michigan. The trusses will be setup later this spring for use at Purdue University's Steel Bridge Research, Inspection, Training, and Engineering Center (S-BRITE) located outside of campus. The S-BRITE Center is under the direction of Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Robert Connor.
steel truss bridge
CE undergrad receives NSF Fellowship
Posted: April 8, 2015
Civil Engineering undergraduate student Alana Wilbee was named a recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowship for the 2015 award year. Alana was selected for this honor among over 16,500 applicants.
Alana Wilbee
CE grad student receives 2015 National Chi Epsilon Graduate Fellowship
Posted: April 8, 2015
Purdue Chi Epsilon Chapter President Emily Byl has been selected as one of two 2015 National Chi Epsilon Graduate Fellowship recipients.
Emily Byl
Prof. Pujol featured in article on big data
Posted: March 27, 2015
Santiago Pujol, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, was recently tapped for his insight into the sharing of big data for an article in Science News magazine.
Santiago Pujol
Footage Featuring Purdue Bridge Monitoring System on Good Morning America
Posted: March 20, 2015
On March 6, 2015, Good Morning America aired an investigation on bridge accidents. Footage was used that originated from Purdue University Associate Professor of Lyles School of Civil Engineering Robert Connor and his research with a web-based bridge monitoring interface. His research focused on a short-term monitoring solution for a more effective asset management tool used by bridge owners when inspecting critical onsite locations.
Good Morning America Screenshot
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Transportation Engineering

Undergraduate Research - Traffic Roundabouts
Posted: May 5, 2015
Emily Bonini, a student in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program during summer 2014. Her mentors for this project were Professor John Haddock, Pat Connor, and graduate student Yu Tian.
Fulbright PhD Scholar Tariq Saeed elected to Graduate Student Senate
Posted: May 5, 2015
Tariq U. Saeed has been elected as Civil Engineering Senator to the Purdue Graduate Student Senate (PGSS) for the academic year 2015-16. Tariq is a Fulbright Ph.D. scholar in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, currently working in the area of Transportation Systems Engineering.
Tariq U. Saeed
Purdue Team Wins ITE Traffic Bowl - Great Lakes District
Posted: April 30, 2015
Congratulations to the Purdue Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Traffic Bowl Team on winning the Great Lakes District competition! This annual competition among ITE student chapter teams uses transportation planning and engineering topics for the clues, questions and answers.
Purdue Teams Wins ITE Traffic Bowl - Great Lakes District
Deployment of Probe Data for Prioritizing Transportation Agency Infrastructure Investments and Real-Time System Performance Management
Posted: April 21, 2015
Use of probe data and design of real-time system performance management project tops Purdue University among peers. MakeSchools.org featured the project along with links and references to the Indiana Mobility Reports.
JTRP and LTAP Receive 2015 CoE Faculty Award of Excellence
Posted: April 14, 2015
JTRP and LTAP proudly accepted the 2015 CoE Faculty Award of Excellence Team Award on Friday, April 10, 2015. Lyles School of Civil Engineering Bowen Engineering Head of Civil Engineering Rao S. Govindaraju nominated the two groups to be honored at the 13th annual banquet.
Purdue Engineering
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Alumni

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
Alumni honored at 22nd annual Achievement Awards ceremony
Posted: April 9, 2015
Purdue University's Lyles School of Civil Engineering recognized six passionate, influential and visionary graduates during the 22nd Annual Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Awards banquet on April 16, 2015.
Donald Meinheit
2015 CE Open
Posted: March 19, 2015
The 55th Annual CE Open will be held on Friday, May 29, 2015 at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex! Join us for lunch, golf, and dinner - registration is now open!
 
Conner recognized with 2015 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award
Posted: February 20, 2015
Willis "Rick" Conner (BSCE '76), President & COO of American Structurepoint, has been named a recipient of the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award by the College of Engineering for his innovative initiatives, dedication, and wise risk-taking in more than 35 years spent expanding Structurepoint's design/build work and technology services internationally.
Willis
CE eConnections Alumni Newsletter
Posted: February 20, 2015
The Spring 2015 edition of the CE eConnections Alumni Newsletter is now online! Stay informed on the latest news and coming events in the School of Civil Engineering.
Civil Engineering Building
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