Structural Engineering

February 10, 2021

New mix could double concrete's carbon uptake

A team lead by Mirian Velay-Lizancos, assistant professor of civil engineering, proposes adding small amounts of nanoscale titanium dioxide to the cement paste that makes up concrete. The team found that titanium dioxide, a powdery substance known best for its uses in sunscreen, paints, plastics and food preservatives, enhances concrete's natural ability to sequester carbon dioxide.
February 10, 2021

Becky McDaniel Symposium on Asphalt Advancements

Becky McDaniel made a lasting impression on the asphalt industry. A talented engineer and pragmatic researcher, she was a genuinely kind and compassionate person, a devoted wife and mother, whose 35 35-year career inspired a generation of academicians, practicing engineers and road road-construction personnel. On May 2, 2020, Becky’s unexpected death left everyone she touched with a heavy heart. We are celebrating her contributions to our field through this symposium.
February 2, 2021

Thanos Tzempelikos receives best paper award from Society of Light and Lighting

Thanos Tzempelikos, Professor in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering and Ray W. Herrick Labs, has been awarded the prestigious Leon Gaster Award from the Society of Light and Lighting as a co-author of the paper, "Cross-validation and robustness of daylight glare metrics," published in the esteemed journal Lighting Research and Technology in November 2019.
January 27, 2021

Pioneering engineer Delon Hampton dies at 87

Delon Hampton, esteemed academic, founder of a firm bearing his name that has grown for 48 years, and at the outset of the 21st century, ASCE’s first Black president, has died. He was 87.
January 7, 2021

Abdullah Nafakh named UTC Program Outstanding Student of the Year

Congratulations to Abdullah J. Nafakh for receiving the annual University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program's Outstanding Student of the Year Award. The award was given by the U.S. Department of Transportation's University Transportation Centers Program and the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC).
December 21, 2020

Researchers test sensors that could speed up construction schedules

How long it takes to construct a building depends in large part on when the concrete of each floor is strong enough to take on loads. Purdue engineers have developed sensors that could safely speed up a construction timeline by determining concrete strength directly onsite in real time. Purdue’s Engineering and Polytechnic Gateway Complex is a test bed for the new technology.
December 15, 2020

CE student athletes named Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

Congratulations to our CE student athletes: Alec Fleming (cross country), Kyle Griffith (cross country), Lexi Marks (soccer), and Alex Maxwell (football) on being named 2020 Academic All-Big Ten Honorees!
December 7, 2020

How to build a home on the moon

Shirley Dyke, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering, talked with the Wall Street Journal about a lunar habitat she's developing that will help residents prepare for life in a hostile environment — in space and even our own.
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