CE Impact Magazine - Fall 2016

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Purdue leads multi-hazard research with $4.1 million NSF Award

The National Science Foundation recently named Purdue University as the recipient of the Network Coordination Office (NCO) for its National Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI). The NCO, a $4.1 million, five-year award, will lead the $65 million NHERI network in its goal to minimize damage to our nation's
physical civil infrastructure.

Purdue wins grant for investigating, improving disaster recovery

The National Science Foundation issued a $2.5 million Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP) grant to a research team with Professor of Civil Engineering Satish Ukkusuri serving as principal investigator. The team
will research how the U.S. can more efficiently allocate resources, better prepare, and reduce the time and cost of recovery when a community is struck by a disaster.

LiDAR revs up traffic safety studies

In an era when data gathering methods continually evolve to yield faster and more accurate results, traffic safety analysis remains a laborious and reactive process. However, research currently taking place at the Purdue Lyles School of Civil Engineering aims not only to improve the speed and quality of safety studies, but make them more predictive as well.

High-achieving graduate student seeks to aid developing nations

PhD student Jessica Eisma doesn't see Purdue Civil Engineering only as a smart career path, but as a way to shape the world for the better. In 2016, Eisma (MSCE '15) was awarded a pair of prestigious
research grants - totaling more than $45,000 - from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and the U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Program to study the ecological impact of sand dams in Tanzania. She flew to Africa in August and will spend 12 months studying overseas.
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