CE Transitions - Fall 2021

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Addressing America's Aging Infrastructure

The American Society of Civil Engineers released its quadrennial report card on country’s infrastructure in April. The report card assesses 17 areas of infrastructure, assigning an overall grade of C-. That’s up from a D+ in 2017 and marks the first time the score was higher than a D since the ASCE began issuing its report card in 1998.

Family Legacy

The bonds created among the Boilermaker community often run deep and can cross generations. For the Walb and Jesse families, their Purdue ties extend back more than 60 years and include a recent collaboration to establish the Walter W. Walb Scholarship in Civil Engineering.

Boilermaker Love Story

When it came time for Shahara Nixon Byford (BSCE '01) to look at colleges, she was searching for a school with a strong engineering program and a competitive softball team. In contrast, Brent Byford (BSCE ’01) knew he wanted to major in civil engineering before he applied to Purdue.

Daughter honors parents' devotion to Purdue

Hugh (BSCE ’53, MSCE ’54) and Audrey Kleasen (BSAG ’52) both hailed from Buffalo, New York, but they didn’t meet until after they arrived on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus. The Kleasens loved their time at the University and believed in the transformative power of higher education as a pathway to an enriching life.

2021 Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Awards

CE alumni William Bailey, Jr., Thomas Chance, Timothy Jacobs, Carrie Warner, and Timothy Wilschetz were celebrated as the 2021 Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Award recipients at a virtual award ceremony on April 15th.

Greetings from Eric Putman

Throughout this year we have been reminded that civil engineering is not only interesting, it is critically important. Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, the 567 undergraduate students and the 393 graduate students enrolled in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering this year are being well trained to make their mark on the world.
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