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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.
CE grad student receives ACI Foundation Scholarship
Posted: June 24, 2015
Civil Engineering graduate student Aishwarya Puranam has been honored by the ACI Foundation to receive the W. Gene Corley Memorial Scholarship for her studies during the 2015-2016 academic year.
Aishwarya Puranam
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
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.
Save the Date - Civil Engineering Open House
Posted: May 8, 2015
The Lyles School of Civil Engineering will be hosting an open house on Friday, September 18, 2015 in conjunction with Purdue's Family Weekend.
 
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Environmental Engineering

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
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
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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

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.
G.A. Leonards Lecture and PGS Workshop
Posted: February 3, 2015
Prof. Richard E. Goodman of the University of California, Berkeley delivered 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" was 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

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 receives ACI Foundation Scholarship
Posted: June 24, 2015
Civil Engineering graduate student Aishwarya Puranam has been honored by the ACI Foundation to receive the W. Gene Corley Memorial Scholarship for her studies during the 2015-2016 academic year.
Aishwarya Puranam
Data-Driven Model/Damage Identification Workshop
Posted: June 9, 2015
A workshop was held at Bowen Laboratory June 7-8 to bring together an interdisciplinary group of experts in the area of data-driven modeling methods, especially those that focus on nonlinear system/model identification and damage detection to share experiences and foster opportunities.
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
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Transportation Engineering

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.
CE grad student Davis Chacon-Hurtado winner of IRF Essay Competition
Posted: May 9, 2015
Graduate student researcher Davis Chacon-Hurtado was selected as one of three winners in the 2015 International Road Federation (IRF) Student Essay Competition with his essay titled, "Integrated Traffic-ticketing Management System."
Davis Chacon-Hurtado
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.
Emily Bonini
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
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Alumni

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
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.
Gerald Lyles
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