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March 7, 2018

Dr. Benjamin Colucci recognized by FHWA with Public Service Award

Congratulations to Dr. Benjamin Colucci (MSCE '80) for receiving the FHWA-USDOT Administrator's Public Service Award. This award recognizes outstanding leadership and accomplishments in advancing transportation education, research, and workforce development and strong partnership with the Federal Highway Administration.
March 7, 2018

Kyubyung Kang receives Fall 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Kyubyung Kang, a member in Dr. Makarand Hastak's research team in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, has been named as recipient of the Fall 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Award. This top honor recognizes one CE graduate student for outstanding service to the Purdue University and to the community, service character, organizational involvements, as well as technical and academic achievements through research, teaching, scientific publications and technical awards.
February 28, 2018

William Brumund earns 2018 OPAL award

William F. Brumund (BSCE '64, MSCE '65, PhD'69), former president and global CEO of Golder Associates, has been honored by ASCE as the 2018 Outstanding Projects And Leaders (OPAL) award-winner in management. The ASCE OPAL awards honor outstanding civil engineering leaders for their lifetime accomplishments. This year’s OPAL winners will be honored at the 2018 OPAL Gala, March 15, in Arlington, VA.
February 23, 2018

Purdue researchers show concrete infused with wood nanocrystals is stronger, plan to use it in California bridge

Purdue University researchers studying whether concrete is made stronger by infusing it with microscopic-sized nanocrystals from wood are moving from the laboratory to the real world with a bridge that will be built in California this spring. The researchers have been working with cellulose nanocrystals, byproducts generated by the paper, bioenergy, agriculture and pulp industries, to find the best mixture to strengthen concrete, the most common man-made material in the world.
February 23, 2018

Zhichao Lai recruited through China 1000 plan, takes post at Fuzhou University

Zhichao Lai received his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2009 from Tongji University. He started his graduate work at Purdue in the same year, and completed his Ph.D. in 2014 working with Prof. Varma in the area of steel-concrete composite members. In 2017, Dr. Lai was recruited by the Government of China and Fuzhou University as the top young researcher in the field of structural engineering.
February 23, 2018

Lyles, Odio, Riverso recognized with 2018 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award

Gerald Lyles (BSCE '64), Senior Vice President of Lyles Diversified Inc.; Carlos Odio (BSCE '65), Partner and Board Member of Valle Del Tarso S.A. and Ticofrut S.A.; and Milo Riverso (MSCE '82, PhD '84), President and CEO of STV Group Inc., have been named recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award by the College of Engineering.
February 22, 2018

Purdue student engineering group hosts annual Bridge Bust event

Weeks of bridge work by high school students will quickly come to an end at the 39th annual Bridge Bust 2018 Competition hosted by Purdue's American Society of Civil Engineers. A total of 133 teams comprised of 245 students from 18 schools in Indiana and Illinois will participate in the event Friday (Feb. 23).
February 19, 2018

Jan Olek to deliver keynote lecture at ACerS conference

Jan Olek, Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the North Central Superpave Center (NCSC), will give the Della Roy Lecture at the 9th Advances in Cement Based Materials conference to be held June 11-12, 2018 in State College, PA.
February 8, 2018

Leila Sadeghi wins first place in LTPP International Data Analysis Contest

Leila Sadeghi, recent PhD graduate and current postdoc research associate of the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, was named a winner in the Graduate category of the 2016-17 Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) International Data Analysis Contest at the 97th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C.
January 31, 2018

G.A. Leonards Lecture and PGS Workshop

Professor Eduardo Alonso of the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, Spain will deliver the 16th Leonards Lecture, "Protecting Sensitive Structures from Tunneling in Urban Environments," on Friday, April 27th. The PGS Workshop, with a theme of "Urban Geotechnics," will be held in conjunction with the lecture.
January 26, 2018

Temperature swings could cause pothole problems for drivers

Motorists enjoying days of above-freezing temperatures after shivering through frigid single digits may encounter a jarring reality by spring. Incidents of freezing-thawing temperatures this winter may result in troublesome potholes as the season progresses. John Haddock, a civil engineering professor and director of Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program, said the drastic nature of temperature swings isn't as much of a factor as the temperatures themselves.
January 26, 2018

Peyman Yousefi receives Andrews Environmental Travel Grant

CE grad student Peyman Yousefi has been awarded the Andrews Environmental Travel Grant in support of his graduate research. This highly competitive and prestigious award, which was established to support research focused on improving the world environment, supports travel for research relating to the environmental issues.
January 10, 2018

Babies stir up clouds of bio-gunk when they crawl

When babies crawl, their movement across floors, especially carpeted surfaces, kicks up high levels of dirt, skin cells, bacteria, pollen, and fungal spores, a new study has found. The infants inhale a dose of bio bits in their lungs that is four times (per kilogram of body mass) what an adult would breathe walking across the same floor. As alarming as that sounds, lead researcher Brandon Boor of Purdue University is quick to add that this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
January 4, 2018

Student Spotlight: Tolulope Omotoso

Purdue Global Ambassador Tolulope Omotoso's research aims at improving knowledge on the nexus and trade-offs between water, energy and food resources using the important food and energy producing state of Niger in Nigeria as a case study.
December 22, 2017

Ali Ghahari selected to represent Purdue at 2017 World Bank Youth Summit

CE doctoral student Ali Ghahari was recently selected by the World Bank to represent Purdue, as a student volunteer and participant, in the 2017 Annual Youth Summit at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC. Ali was one of nearly 400 participants and volunteers at the 2017 Youth Summit, and chosen from a high-caliber pool of approximately 2,900 applicants from around the world representing 70+ countries and members of the public, private and academic sectors.
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