CE News & Spotlights

August 31, 2022

Fabian Rodriguez receives ACAAEF John Faber Scholarship

PhD student Fabian B. Rodriguez has received a 2022 John Faber Scholarship from the American Coal Ash Association Educational Foundation (ACAAEF). The ACAAEF awards scholarships to graduate and undergraduate students with demonstrated interest in the management and beneficial use of coal combustion products (CCP).
August 26, 2022

Amit Varma, Ron Klemencic to present 2022 Zia Lecture

The 21st Annual Paul Zia Distinguished Lecture, “Design and Construction of the Rainier Square Redevelopment Project,” will be presented on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. Presenters include Ron Klemencic (BSCE 1985), PE, SE, Hon AIA, chairman and CEO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates and Dr. Amit Varma, Ph.D., Karl H. Kettelhut Professor of Civil Engineering and director of the Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil Engineering Research.
August 25, 2022

Kevin Fitzpatrick joins National Academy of Construction

Benesch President and CEO Kevin Fitzpatrick, PE (BSCE 1985) has been elected to the National Academy of Construction. Established in 1999, NAC recognizes industry leaders from across the U.S. who demonstrate exceptional leadership and service with a continued commitment to innovation.
August 16, 2022

Siddharth Saksena receives AWRA Ivan Johnson Award

Dr. Siddharth Saksena (MSCE '14, PhD '19), Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, has received the A. Ivan Johnson Award for Young Professionals presented by the American Water Resources Association.
August 12, 2022

Wildfire, Water Systems & Public Health: Lessons from Recent Western Wildfires

In this webinar, Andrew Whelton, Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Ecological Engineering and Director of the Purdue Center for Plumbing Safety, joins a panel of experienced professionals who have helped communities throughout the West and Southwest US inspect, test and help guide the decontamination of water systems affected by wildfire events.
August 4, 2022

Purdue ITE receives Student Chapter Award

Congratulations to the Purdue University Student Chapter of Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) for being selected to receive the 2022 Student Chapter Award. The Student Chapter award recognizes a chapter that has provided an exemplary experience for its members with robust programming and outstanding administration.
July 27, 2022

Ismail Olaniyi places second in IGARSS Three Minute Thesis competition

CE grad student Ismail Olaniyi finished second overall in the Three Minute Thesis competition hosted by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) as part of the IGARSS 2022 symposium. His thesis speech, "Developing a UAS Data Hub for the Wheat-Coordinated Agricultural Project," encapsulated his entire body of research with the aid of one presentation slide.
July 25, 2022

Passing of Professor Jon Fricker

It is with great sorrow that we share the news of Prof. Jon Fricker's passing. Jon was an educator and researcher at Purdue University for more than 40 years. He inspired countless students and colleagues throughout his career — and he will be missed by many more.
July 22, 2022

CE's Feng leads testing of new autonomous car

The School of Civil Engineering has taken delivery of a new SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicle that will serve as a research platform. Yiheng Feng, assistant professor of civil engineering, will lead testing of the car, including developing and testing smart transportation applications such as autonomous driving, cooperative perception, smart intersection management and cybersecurity.
July 21, 2022

Makarand Hastak elected 26th president of CIB

Makarand (Mark) Hastak has been elected 26th president of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) with a three year term of office. In his acceptance speech he paid tribute to Keith Hampson, the outgoing President, and his energy and infectious enthusiasm despite a period of mainly online interactions.
July 21, 2022

Purdue ICON hosts Summit on Trusted Autonomy with DoD

How do you get humans and autonomous systems to work together as a cohesive team? How do you quantify trust between humans and autonomous systems in such teams? For the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), these are critical questions to be answered.
July 18, 2022

Joseph Romanyk named Big Ten Distinguished Scholar

CE senior Joseph Romanyk, member of the Purdue men's track & field team, earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar recognition for his academic excellence achieving a GPA of 3.7 or better during the 2021-22 school year.
July 15, 2022

Luna Lu, Zhihao Kong receive 2022 ASCE Alfred Noble Prize

Luna Lu, ACPA Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Intelligent Infrastructure at Purdue University's Lyles School of Civil Engineering, and her PhD student Zhihao Kong, have received the 2022 Alfred Noble Prize awarded by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for their paper, "Improved Method to Determine Young’s Modulus for Concrete Cylinder Using Electromechanical Spectrum: Principle and Validation," published in Journal of Aerospace Engineering, November 2020.
July 6, 2022

Fabian Rodriguez named Trailblazers in Engineering Fellow

PhD student Fabian B. Rodriguez has been named a member of the 2022 cohort of Trailblazers in Engineering Fellows, a group of 25 PhD students and postdocs in engineering or related disciplines at U.S. research universities selected to participate in a three-day professional development workshop that will prepare them to secure a position as a future engineering faculty and thrive in that role.
June 30, 2022

Electric roads: Tackling the roadblocks

A goal for the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center for Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification (ASPIRE) is to develop innovative dynamic (in-motion) wireless power transfer technology.
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