Environmental Engineering News & Events

Study: Public health adversely affected when federal officials overlooked inhalation risk during West Virginia chemical spill
Posted: January 15, 2015
West Virginians suffered adverse health effects inside their homes after following plumbing-system flushing directions in response to a chemical spill last January, and these recommendations failed to consider the dangers of chemical vapor exposure, according to a new study.
Andrew Whelton
Prof. Blatchley receives funding to advance innovation
Posted: January 8, 2015
Prof. Chip Blatchley received $31,186 from the Trask Innovation Fund to support "Continuous-Flow Solar UV Disinfection System," an innovation that kills waterborne microorganisms and produces safer drinking water.
Prof. Chip Blatchley
Report: culvert repairs pose environmental risks, require safeguards
Posted: December 18, 2014
A new report recommends that states require standardized testing to safeguard against environmental contamination caused by a widely used method for rehabilitating aging drainage culverts. Culverts divert stormwater away from roadways and are frequently made of concrete or corrugated metal. These objects are generally out of sight, but across the United States culvert infrastructure is decaying, said Andrew Whelton, an assistant professor in Purdue's Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering and Lyles School of Civil Engineering.
Andrew Whelton
Drinking water odors, chemicals above health standards caused by 'green building' plumbing
Posted: October 20, 2014
Andrew Whelton, an assistant professor of civil engineering in Purdue's Lyles School of Civil Engineering and Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering, is leading research into the effects plastic pipes have on drinking water in eco-friendly green buildings in the United States.
Purdue students develop safe-water system for Dominican Republic community
Posted: July 31, 2014
A group of Purdue University students and faculty members have completed work on a system that makes safe drinking water available to a community in the Dominican Republic sickened by poor water.
Dr. Blatchley elected ASCE Fellow
Posted: February 12, 2014
Congratulations to Prof. Chip Blatchley on being elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineering.
Chip Blatchley
Purdue innovation kills waterborne microorganisms, produces safer drinking water
Posted: October 24, 2013
Ernest "Chip" R. Blatchley III, professor of civil engineering and environmental and ecological engineering, and other researchers are working to provide safe water supplies for millions of people by using ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun to purify water.
Nies receives 2013 Scott Outstanding Professor Award
Posted: April 25, 2013
Congratulations to Larry Nies on receiving the 2013 Dean Marion B. Scott Outstanding Professor Award, presented by the Purdue chapter of Tau Beta Pi.
Prof. Larry Nies
CE professor uses streaming video to teach students sustainable skills
Posted: March 18, 2013
Prof. Larry Nies has been teaching students about the importance of sustainability for more than a decade. Though the significance of enduring, productive systems is typically discussed in an engineering context in his classes, sustainability and productivity also characterize the instructional technology Nies has incorporated into coursework in recent semesters, notably his use of instructor- and student-produced online video.
Prof. Larry Nies
Multidisciplinary team seeks sustainable water treatment solution
Posted: March 8, 2013
Prof. Chip Blatchley is working with a team built across several of Purdue's disciplines to create lasting solutions for clean water in developing countries.

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