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September 17, 2018

How communities in Carolinas could find safe water if Hurricane Florence knocks out facilities

The methods for implementing safe water supplies in developing countries might also apply to the Carolinas during Hurricane Florence, says a Purdue University water supply and sanitation expert. Ernest Blatchley III, Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering, has led teams in the Dominican Republic that have installed water treatment systems within a day or two by investigating a few key characteristics of the community.
September 14, 2018

Alexis Marks awarded Currier Scholarship

CE undergrad Alexis Marks has been awarded the Donald C. and Marion E. Currier scholarship. This award, presented by the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County (IN), provides full tuition, fees, an allowance for books and on-campus housing or off-campus living allowance for up to six semesters at Purdue University.
September 10, 2018

Purdue Civil Engineering ranked #5 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report has released its national rankings of undergraduate programs for 2019 with Purdue Civil Engineering ranked #5 in the nation. The undergraduate rankings are computed from the responses to a survey sent to deans, heads, and selected senior faculty. Purdue CE has been consistently ranked as a top 10 undergraduate program by U.S. News & World Report for over a decade.
August 22, 2018

Introducing DataCenterHub: A massive repository of information to help researchers worldwide organize, explore, and share

A recent article published by the IEEE Computer Society highlights the impact of DataCenterHub - a new solution for preserving, sharing, and discovering data produced by scientific research. Santiago Pujol, Professor of Civil Engineering and Academic Director for Research Computing, is working with a team of researchers at Purdue and the University of Nebraska to make the DataCenterHub repository comprehensive, seamless, and easy to search.
August 18, 2018

New engineering center CRISP makes three seed grant awards

A recently-established College of Engineering center has made three seed grant awards in the first year of its seed grant competition. Researchers with the Center for Resilient Infrastructures, Systems, and Processes (CRISP) develop solutions to questions such as: What causes some systems - computing, cyber physical, or large-scale engineered systems - to be resilient to disruptions of various kinds? And what causes some systems to “bounce back” from a failure quickly? The projects chosen for seed funding will address different aspects of these broad questions.
August 17, 2018

Professor Jon Fricker receives D. Grant Mickle Award

Congratulations to Professor Jon Fricker as the recipient of the 2018 D. Grant Mickle Award from the Transportation Research Board. The award was given for his paper titled, "Bundling Bridge and Other Highway Projects: Patterns and Policies."
August 9, 2018

Ting-Wei Wang receives Daniel P. Jenny Research Fellowship, Alan Mattock Graduate Scholarship

Civil Engineering grad student Ting-Wei Wang has been named one of five students to receive the 2018-2019 Daniel P. Jenny Research Fellowship from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. The program connects professors and students with industry experts to advance research in precast concrete. In addition, Ting-Wei was also selected as the recipient of the Alan Mattock Graduate Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to only one of the five students who received the PCI Fellowship.
August 8, 2018

Purdue team offers promising method for water-stressed areas

Purdue University researchers have developed a method to detoxify water with chlorine and ultraviolet radiation, which may provide new hope for water-stressed areas and help promote the reuse of wastewater. The Purdue team developed a method for selectively degrading and detoxifying amines, organic compounds derived from ammonia that are common in water supplies. Amines include a number of compounds that can be toxic to humans and other animals.
August 2, 2018

Mohammad Jahanshahi receives Kobori Prize

Mohammad Jahanshahi, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, was awarded the 2017 Kobori Prize recognizing the best paper published in Structural Control and Health Monitoring (SCHM).
July 25, 2018

New data collection technology may help small airports improve operations counts, increase FAA funding

A Purdue University-developed product called Blueavion f1, launched Monday (July 23) by Bluemac Analytics Inc. is shown to help airports more accurately log airport operations. The technology, developed by Darcy Bullock, the Lyles Family Professor of Civil Engineering and director of the Joint Transportation Research Program, and John Mott, associate professor in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute School of Aviation and Transportation Technology, features a transponder data collection system that provides a more accurate method to determine the number of operations an airport has in a given time.
July 10, 2018

Discovery Park to lead new Innovation Hub for Connected and Autonomous Transportation Technologies

Purdue University’s Discovery Park will lead a nationwide partnership focusing on the expanding research field of connected and autonomous vehicles. Darcy Bullock, the Lyles Family Professor of Civil Engineering and director of the Joint Transportation Research Program, will lead the partnership through Discovery Park, Purdue University’s complex for major interdisciplinary research activities.
July 5, 2018

Professor Venkatesh Merwade receives Outstanding Achievement Award from Indiana Water Resources Association

Professor Venkatesh Merwade received the 2018 Indiana Water Resources Association (IWRA) Outstanding Achievement Award in academic sector at its annual symposium in Bloomington, Indiana on June 27, 2018. The IWRA award recognizes individuals who have made significant contribution to the Indiana Water Resources Community through research and technical advances, information dissemination and education.
July 2, 2018

Srinath Shiv Kumar wins 2018 No-Dig Show Best Student Poster Award

Srinath Shiv Kumar, a doctoral student in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, was awarded the first place in the North American Society of Trenchless Technology's No-Dig Show student poster competition for his research titled 'Leveraging Big-Data and Deep Learning for the Condition Assessment of Wastewater Pipelines.'
June 28, 2018

Creature feature: Twisting cracks impart superhero toughness to animals

Super-resilient materials found in the animal kingdom owe their strength and toughness to a design strategy that causes cracks to follow the twisting pattern of fibers, preventing catastrophic failure. Researchers in a recent series of papers have documented this behavior in precise detail and also are creating new composite materials modeled after the phenomenon. The work was performed by a team of researchers at Purdue University in collaboration with University of California, Riverside.
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