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June 20, 2019

Bryan Erler selected as ASME president-nominee

Bryan Erler (BSCE '69, MSCE '70) has been named the ASME president-nominee for 2020-2021. An ASME Fellow and member of the Board of Governors from 2015-2018, Erler has been involved in ASME codes and standards activities for more than 45 years.
June 20, 2019

First Gateway Complex building named for Bill and Marty Dudley

Thanks to a significant gift from the Dudley Family Foundation, the first building in the new Engineering and Polytechnic Gateway Complex, a new 250,000-square-foot grand entrance, will be named Dudley Hall. The gift is courtesy of William (Bill) Dudley Jr. (BSCE '74, HDR '15) and Martha (Marty) Dudley (IUPUI AAS Architectural Drafting '79, Purdue Northwest-Hammond BS Building Construction Tech '81).
June 18, 2019

NASA selects Purdue to develop resilient and smart deep space habitats

Since well before Neil Armstrong ever made his — and humanity's — first step on the moon, a dream for many (and the basis for countless works of science fiction) has been to establish permanent settlements in space. And now, led by a research team from the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, humanity is getting closer to making that dream a reality.
June 17, 2019

Paradise events to provide clean water tips to Camp Fire community

In response to the 2018 Camp Fire that caused large-scale damage to public and private drinking water systems across Butte County, California, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering Andrew Whelton will lead a pair of events next week to inform the public on tips for better drinking water and plumbing.
June 12, 2019

Bridging the Gap

In the spring semester, Edward M. Curtis Visiting Professor Luis B. Fargier-Gabaldon created and ran a new class for our graduate students called Sizing Bridges. As the name implies, the class focused on the design of bridges — both historical and modern.
June 6, 2019

AI technology improves critical crack detection in nuclear reactors, bridges, buildings

A tiny crack in a nuclear reactor, skyscraper, bridge or dam can cause catastrophic consequences. The Minneapolis bridge collapse, which killed 13 people in 2007, is just one example of what can happen when structural integrity is compromised. Unidentified or underidentified structural damage in nuclear reactors can be cataclysmic. Inspection of critical systems such as nuclear reactors is complicated and time-consuming. Videos captured by an automatic crack detection system can easily misidentify small scratches or welds as cracks, so technicians must review videos frame by frame. It is a time-consuming process with opportunities for human errors.
May 24, 2019

Danielle Wagner receives 2019 ASHRAE graduate award

Civil Engineering Ph.D. student Danielle Wagner was recently awarded a 2019-2020 ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers) Grant-in-Aid Award. Recipients are chosen on the basis of the scope of their research, as well as involvement in local ASHRAE chapters and related activities.
May 23, 2019

Distinguished Visiting Fellow Randall Poston begins term as President of American Concrete Institute

Dr. Randall Poston, Sr. Principal at Pivot Engineers and member of the inaugural class of Neil Armstrong Distinguished Visiting Fellows, has begun his term as President of the American Concrete Institute (ACI). Dr. Poston will serve in the role for one year and intends to focus ACI’s efforts on international advocacy and outreach for adoption of ACI's building codes and standards, as well as increasing membership of young professionals in the concrete industry.
May 8, 2019

Rao "G.S." Govindaraju named ASCE Distinguished Member

Rao "G.S." Govindaraju, Bowen Engineering Head of Civil Engineering and Christopher B. and Susan S. Burke Professor of Civil Engineering, has been named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Only 220 of ASCE's more than 150,000 current members can call themselves Distinguished Members.
April 25, 2019

Purdue Day of Giving 2019 - Thank You!

THANK YOU! In just 24 hours, the Lyles School of Civil Engineering received 212 gifts, amounting to more than $1.15 million. We are so incredibly thankful to everyone who supported us on Purdue Day of Giving!
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