What gives an engineer confidence to project and build something as large and graceful as the Golden Gate Bridge (the creation of late Purdue professor Charles A. Ellis) knowing that it has to withstand the demands of gravity, wind, and earthquakes?
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California
Why did Gaudi think of the Sagrada Familia “upside-down” before he started building it?
The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain (inverted model on the left, actual structure on the right)
Who decides how much reinforcing steel goes into a reinforced concrete column supporting 100 floors in a skyscraper? And how do they make that decision?
How far apart can we place the supports of steel girders in our bridges?
If these questions spark your interest, if you would like to test to failure structural models in one of the largest laboratories in the country, then structural engineering is the right career choice for you. Join Purdue’s School Civil Engineering and enroll in structural engineering courses to leave a mark that will benefit and inspire many, and last the test of time as the Golden Gate has.
March 30, 2016
Chris Williams, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, will participate in the 2016 ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Workshop at Florida Gulf Coast University on June 19-24, 2016. He will present three classes during the workshop.
December 15, 2015
Purdue CE students Aishwarya Puranam, Lucas Laughery, and William Pollalis represented Purdue in the 9th International Bridge Contest. They competed against 11 teams from around the globe, and Purdue placed first in the competition for the fifth time in six years.
November 18, 2015
Prof. Julio Ramriez will deliver a keynote lecture at the XX Congress of Earthquake Engineering in Acapulco, Mexico. The conference is presented by the Mexican Society of Earthquake Engineering, and this year's theme is "Resilience of our structures 30 years after the 1985 earthquake."
November 16, 2015
A team of CE researchers working with NIST have been selected to receive the ACI Chester Paul Siess Award for Excellence in Structural Research for his co-authored paper, "Experimental Study of Reinforced Concrete Assemblies under Column Removal Scenario."
November 6, 2015
Graduate students from Bowen Laboratory attended the 1st Midwest Smart Structures Technology Colloquium in Grafton, Illinois, held on October 31, 2015.
November 6, 2015
The S-BRITE Center is hosting the Iron & Steel Preservation Conference and Workshop in May 2016. Registration is now open. Click here to learn more about technical presentations and hands-on experiences. CEU/PDH's are available for all participants.
August 21, 2015
Pedram Hesam, PhD student in structures at the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, and his five teammates were awarded the championship prize at the 2015 Asia-Pacific Summer School (APSS) on Smart Structures Technology, held July 26-August 14 at the University of Illinois.
August 19, 2015
Real-time sensors were installed on the Interstate 65 bridge over Wildcat Creek last week. Purdue engineer Jason Lloyd showed News 18 what those sensors look like and exactly what data they collect.
August 5, 2015
Prof. Shirley J. Dyke was invited to be a Keynote Speaker at both the 7th International Conference SHMII in Torino, Italy, July 1-3, 2015, and the 6th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Structural Engineering & 11th International Workshop on Advanced Smart Materials and Smart Structures Technology held jointly at the University of Illinois, August 1-2, 2015.
August 5, 2015
Dr. Santiago Pujol has accepted the appointment of Academic Director for Research Computing. Dr. Pujol will provide faculty perspective, vision and direction for Purdue’s activities around cyberinfrastructure for research especially the HUBzero platform and the community cluster program.
August 5, 2015
Several graduate students from the Lyles School of Civil Engineering made presentations on their research during the 6th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Structural Engineering & 11th International Workshop on Advanced Smart Materials and Smart Structures Technology held jointly at the University of Illinois, August 1-2, 2015.
July 29, 2015
Down the road from the Bowen Laboratory and on a dirt path nestled in the woods, is a fenced-in area that houses the S-BRITE (Steel Bridge Research, Inspection, Training, and Engineering) center for civil engineering students.
June 24, 2015
Civil Engineering graduate student Aishwarya Puranam has been honored by the ACI Foundation to receive the W. Gene Corley Memorial Scholarship for her studies during the 2015-2016 academic year.
June 9, 2015
A workshop was held at Bowen Laboratory June 7-8 to bring together an interdisciplinary group of experts in the area of data-driven modeling methods, especially those that focus on nonlinear system/model identification and damage detection to share experiences and foster opportunities.
April 17, 2015
Here is a a quick look at the anticipated delivery of a 1937 truss bridge originating from Michigan. The trusses will be setup later this spring for use at Purdue University's Steel Bridge Research, Inspection, Training, and Engineering Center (S-BRITE) located outside of campus. The S-BRITE Center is under the direction of Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Robert Connor.
April 8, 2015
Civil Engineering undergraduate student Alana Wilbee was named a recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowship for the 2015 award year. Alana was selected for this honor among over 16,500 applicants.
April 8, 2015
Purdue Chi Epsilon Chapter President Emily Byl has been selected as one of two 2015 National Chi Epsilon Graduate Fellowship recipients.
March 27, 2015
Santiago Pujol, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, was recently tapped for his insight into the sharing of big data for an article in Science News magazine.
November 17, 2014
A team comprised of Purdue civil engineering students advised by Prof. Santiago Pujol emerged victorious in the 2014 International Bridge Contest. Purdue has won the contest four of the past five years.
October 22, 2014
Prof. Julio Ramirez will be inducted into the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering's Academy of Distinguished Alumni at the University of Texas at Austin on October 24, 2014.