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October 19, 2018

Purdue Civil Engineering study influences Indiana infrastructure funding

A study completed in 2017 by the Lyles School of Civil Engineering was used by the Indiana General Assembly to realign the highway taxation structure that addressed the growing transportation-funding needs. The study concluded that the existing (at that time) fuel tax was inadequate to ensure that the state's roadways were maintained properly. According to the report, federal and most state fuel tax rates have not changed for many years. That and the increased fuel efficiency of modern cars has created a serious funding gap that is rapidly growing.
October 18, 2018

Roads that charge electric cars

Electric cars that charge while driving? Purdue civil engineers want to make that leap. Konstantina "Nadia" Gkritza, Associate Professor in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, studies the practicality of a roadway where electric-powered vehicles are recharged as they drive along it.
October 17, 2018

A novel, nondestructive test for road readiness

Sometimes big innovations are made through small steps. Civil engineering researchers at Purdue are developing a way to test the quality of newly laid concrete — through vibrations. Currently, quality testing for laid concrete consists of retrieving a sample from the site, taking it back to a laboratory, and then testing its compression strength. Associate Professor Na "Luna" Lu of the Lyles School believes she and her graduate students have developed a better, faster method.
October 15, 2018

Wood nanocrystals strengthen concrete, sustainably

By infusing concrete with microscopic crystals made from wood cellulose, Purdue Professor Pablo Zavattieri, along with researchers from Purdue's School of Materials Engineering and Oregon State University, have shown they can make concrete stronger. This project, which started in 2011 with a National Science Foundation grant, is now moving from the laboratory to the real world with a bridge under construction in northern California this year.
October 15, 2018

Lovell Lecture Series

The 16th C.W. Lovell Distinguished Lecture will be held on Tuesday, October 30th and will feature Professor Guy T. Houlsby with his talk entitled, "Geotechnical engineering challenges for offshore renewable energy."
October 12, 2018

Purdue trustees ratify five named CE faculty

The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Friday (Oct. 12) ratified five named faculty positions within the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, including Ernest Blatchley (Lee A. Rieth Professor in Environmental Engineering), Ayman Habib (Thomas A. Page Professor of Civil Engineering), Chad Jafvert (Lyles Family Professor in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering), Julio Ramirez (Karl H. Kettelhut Professor in Civil Engineering), and Amit Varma (Karl H. Kettelhut Professor in Civil Engineering).
October 10, 2018

Dennis & Leslie Drag Distinguished Lecture Series

James O. Malley, S.E., Senior Principal of Degenkolb Engineers, will present his lecture titled, "Seismic Upgrade of a 15-Story Steel Moment Frame Building – Satisfying Performance Criteria with Application of Experimental and Advanced Analytical Procedures" on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 at 4:30pm in PHYS 114. There will be a reception in Wood Commons starting at 3:30pm.
October 3, 2018

CE students nominated for elite Schmidt Fellows program

Congratulations to Civil Engineering PhD students Sikai "Sky" Chen and Tariq U. Saeed! They have been nominated to participate in the 2019-2020 Schmidt Science Fellows program. Not only is this a high honor for the students, but also for Purdue, which, in the first year of the program, was selected as one of the elite universities around the globe eligible to nominate potential fellows.
September 24, 2018

Indiana LTAP announces Rich Domonkos as Program Manager

Indiana LTAP is pleased to introduce Rich Domonkos as the new Program Manager. Rich has been with the Indiana LTAP Center for 11 years. As Training Specialist, he managed the training program and assisted with technology transfer in the form of technical manuals, short courses, and seminars.
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.
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