Materials Engineering

February 19, 2020

Study: Your home's water quality could vary by the room – and the season

Is the water in your home actually safe, given that water utility companies in the U.S. aren't required by law to monitor the water that specifically enters a building at its service line? A study has found that the water quality of a home can differ in each room and change between seasons, challenging the assumption that the water in a public water system is the same as the water that passes through a building's plumbing at any time of the year.
February 19, 2020

Purdue ASCE to host Bridge Bust competition for high school students

Area high school students will test their bridge design capabilities at Purdue University's annual Bridge Bust Competition on Friday (Feb. 21). The 41st annual Bridge Bust will feature 147 teams composed of 270 students from 19 schools in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky. It is hosted by Purdue's American Society of Civil Engineers.
February 18, 2020

Dennis & Leslie Drag Distinguished Lecture Series

Laura N. Lowes, Chair and William M. and Marilyn M. Conner Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, will present her lecture titled, "Simulation to Advance Seismic Design and Performance Assessment" on Thursday, March 26th, 2020 at 1:30pm in EE 117. Faculty & students are invited to a reception in Wood Commons (Hampton Hall) immediately after the seminar.
February 14, 2020

Shelley Finnigan - How I engineered a career in skyscrapers

On the 5th annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science, CE alum Shelley Finnigan (BSCE '05, MSCE '06) reflects on her path to a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career, hopeful that her story will serve to inspire young women around the globe.
February 11, 2020

Brian Harlow, Alex Oak recognized with 2020 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award

Brian D. Harlow (BSCE 1978), Vice President, Head of NAFTA Manufacturing, Global Head, Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (retired), and Alex D. Oak (BSCE 1968), CEO & Chairman of Cripe, have been named recipients of the 2020 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award by the College of Engineering.
January 30, 2020

Purdue partnership studying the future of electric vehicle charging

Darcy Bullock, Lyles Family Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Joint Transportation Research Program, says a recently-announced partnership between Purdue and Germany-based Magment Concrete Wireless Power aims to address future electric vehicle charging needs. The partners will be working on several electric transportation pilots, including the development of wireless charging technology for electric scooters.
January 30, 2020

Robert Frosch receives Joe W. Kelly Award from American Concrete Institute

Robert Frosch, Senior Associate Dean of Engineering for Facilities & Operations and Professor of Civil Engineering, has been awarded the American Concrete Institute's Joe W. Kelly Award In recognition of his outstanding contributions to engineering education, insightful research to improve the performance of structural concrete systems, and dedicated service to ACI.
January 24, 2020

Dr. Jian Wang receives Best Dissertation Award

Dr. Jian Wang, who completed his Ph.D. at Purdue University under the supervision of Dr. Srinivas Peeta in December 2018, has received the 2019 COTA Best Dissertation Award from the Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA).
January 24, 2020

Shirley Dyke discusses space habitats in Civil Engineering magazine

Future long-term habitats on the Moon or Mars will have to be resilient against many hazards, including radiation, sandstorms, quakes, and meteorites. Prof. Shirley Dyke is the director of the Resilient Extra Terrestrial Habitats Institute (RETHi), a NASA-funded institute researching how to make these habitats resilient, self-monitoring, and serviceable autonomously. She discusses these challenges in the latest issue of Civil Engineering magazine.
January 23, 2020

G.A. Leonards Lecture and PGS Workshop

Dr. Rick Deschamps, Vice President of Engineering at Nicholson Construction Company, will deliver the 18th Leonards Lecture, "Application of Unconventional Geotechnical Solutions," on April 17th. The PGS Workshop, with a theme of "Unconventional Geotechnics," will be held in conjunction with the lecture.
January 13, 2020

Rao "G.S." Govindaraju receives AIH Founders Award

Rao "G.S." Govindaraju, Bowen Engineering Head of Civil Engineering and Christopher B. and Susan S. Burke Professor of Civil Engineering, has been recognized by the American Institute of Hydrology with the AIH Founders Award.
January 13, 2020

Recognizing outstanding civil engineering faculty for fall 2019

The Lyles School of Civil Engineering would like to congratulate the following faculty for their outstanding dedication to teaching Boilermaker Engineers! These exemplary faculty received teaching evaluation scores of 4.7 or higher in classes with enrollments of 10 or more, and 50% or higher response rates, based on student evaluations from courses taught in Engineering in fall 2019.
January 3, 2020

Sikai Chen receives CUTC Milton Pikarsky Award

Recent PhD graduate Sikai Chen has been selected to receive the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Milton Pikarsky Award, a national level prize. This prestigious award recognizes one outstanding PhD dissertation in transportation science and technology.
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