CE News & Spotlights

April 13, 2021

Darcy Bullock featured in "datanami"

Data engineers at Purdue University are using a wealth of connected vehicle data to help improve highway safety and efficiency while laying the groundwork for the ultimate edge device, the autonomous vehicle.
April 7, 2021

Putting data in the driver's seat

Big data from connected vehicles can provide powerful insights to help government agencies improve the safety and efficiency of their surface transportation systems. CE’s Darcy Bullock is making big strides in using this connected vehicle data.
March 26, 2021

CE graduate students recognized by College of Engineering

Six CE graduate students – Amy Getchell, Jibin Joseph, Carlos Moro Martinez, William Pollalis, Agustin Quinones, and Rih Teng Wu – were recognized by the College of Engineering as students who excel in teaching, service and research.
March 25, 2021

A celebration honoring the 100th anniversary of Professor Leonards' birthday

We invite you to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Professor Gerald A. Leonards' birthday through an informal event to be held online on the afternoon of April 29th. This will be about a 2.5-hour session using ZOOM. Participation is free, registration required. There will be short presentations by six of Jerry's former colleagues or students that will highlight his legacy and connect it to the state of practice today and the future of our profession.
March 12, 2021

Construction sensor project named ASCE Gamechanger

A research project led by Prof. Luna Lu using sensors that could safely speed up a construction timeline by determining concrete strength directly onsite in real time has been featured in ASCE's Gamechanger series. The series highlights innovative engineering projects that provide essential services to American citizens through resilient, efficient, cost-effective and/or creative methods.
March 12, 2021

Benjamín Colucci-Ríos recognized with 2021 ASCE Wilbur S. Smith Award

Congratulations to Benjamín Colucci-Ríos, PhD, PE, F.ASCE, F.ITE, for being selected by ASCE's Transportation and Development Institute to receive the 2021 Wilbur S. Smith Award. This award, which was instituted in 1984, recognizes Dr. Colucci-Ríos for his "unending leadership and dedication to action for the improvement of road safety in Puerto Rico and around the world." This prestigious award will be presented at the International Conference on Transportation & Development/ Pavements, June 8-10, 2021.
March 4, 2021

Passing of Dr. Dimitri Athanasiou Grivas

Dr. Dimitri Athanasiou Grivas (PhD 1976) died on February 27 at the age of 72. He was a PhD student under Milton Harr and collaborated with him in the development of probabilistic methods in Geotechnical Engineering. He then joined the faculty of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Albany (NY) where he spent his whole academic career.
February 10, 2021

New mix could double concrete's carbon uptake

A team lead by Mirian Velay-Lizancos, assistant professor of civil engineering, proposes adding small amounts of nanoscale titanium dioxide to the cement paste that makes up concrete. The team found that titanium dioxide, a powdery substance known best for its uses in sunscreen, paints, plastics and food preservatives, enhances concrete's natural ability to sequester carbon dioxide.
February 10, 2021

Becky McDaniel Symposium on Asphalt Advancements

Becky McDaniel made a lasting impression on the asphalt industry. A talented engineer and pragmatic researcher, she was a genuinely kind and compassionate person, a devoted wife and mother, whose 35 35-year career inspired a generation of academicians, practicing engineers and road road-construction personnel. On May 2, 2020, Becky’s unexpected death left everyone she touched with a heavy heart. We are celebrating her contributions to our field through this symposium.
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