CE News & Spotlights

CE Professor, other experts to assess Haiti earthquake damage
Posted: February 12, 2010
Prof. Ayhan Irfanoglu is among a contingent of experts traveling to Haiti on Feb. 28 to assess building damage and gather data to help determine how to build structures in the future that are better able to withstand powerful earthquakes.
Surveying School 2010
Posted: February 11, 2010
The 2010 Surveying School, a two-day continuing education course in land surveying & geomatics engineering, will be held March 31 & April 1. More information and a registration form are available at eng.purdue.edu/CE/surveyschool
CE Alumnus Appointed as IDOT Director of Highways
Posted: February 1, 2010
Effective November 1, 2009, Mr. William R. Frey (BSCE '84) was appointed as the Illinois Department of Transportation's Deputy Director, Assistant Chief Engineer, Division of Highways.
CE Professor tests reactor shields for safety
Posted: January 29, 2010
Prof. Amit Varma is leading a team of researchers working with Westinghouse Electric Co. to ensure that a new design for nuclear power plants will stand up to strong earthquakes.
Student Spotlight: Laura De Leon
Posted: January 22, 2010
Laura De Leon is an outstanding and tireless leader. Laura has spent the past year as President of the Purdue University Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity (PUHFH). PUHFH regularly funds and constructs a house for and with the Lafayette affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, as well as sending out about six Spring Break trips to work with Habitat affiliates throughout the U.S.
Sutton Receives 2009 PCI Medal of Honor
Posted: January 5, 2010
Congratulations to Professor Emeritus C. Douglas Sutton, recipient of the 2009 Medal of Honor from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. The Medal of Honor, PCI's Highest award, recognizes a member's outstanding service to the institute or contributions to the industry over a long period of time.
Former student receives dissertation award
Posted: December 14, 2009
Former student Karol Kowalski received the award of the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure for his PhD dissertation titled "The Influence of Mixture Composition on the Noise and Frictional Characteristics of Flexible Pavements" which he completed at the Superpave Center in 2007.
Prof. Olek receives board committee appointment
Posted: December 10, 2009
Congratulations to Prof. Jan Olek for his appointment as a member of the Technical Activity Committee (TAC) of the American Concrete Institute. The TAC is responsible for overseeing all aspects of technical activities of the ACI, including activities of all technical committees and all publications.
Monitoring Beach Erosion at Hooper Bay, Alaska
Posted: December 3, 2009
Purdue Professors Steven Johnson (CE) and Michael Smolen (Center for the Environment) recently traveled to Alaska to establish a Native run program to monitor the seasonal and annual processes involved with beach modification along Hooper Bay.
County bridge first of its kind in Indiana
Posted: November 19, 2009
A new bridge with a deck made of fiber-reinforced polymer composite material is being constructed in Tippecanoe County. The project is part of a federal initiative that encourages the use of materials that speed construction and reduce the life-cycle cost of bridges, and has been tested extensively at the Bowen Laboratory.

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