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Transportation innovations could boost public health

By: David Nutt

Researchers say the future of transportation will be shaped by three “revolutions” – vehicle electrification, driverless cars and ride-sharing – that could result in fewer automobiles on the road, less fossil fuels extracted from the Earth and less pollution in the air. While the environmental gains may seem self-evident, the health benefits are difficult to quantify. Now for the first time, a Cornell-led team has used transdisciplinary systems modeling to calculate those health benefits in the United States. By 2050, these innovations could potentially slash petroleum consumption by 50% and... Read more

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Interdisciplinary research team receives Atkinson Academic Venture Fund

"Accelerating Carbon Removal Through Enhanced Weathering by Capturing Heavy Metals From Alkaline Sources" is the title of this recently awarded Atkinson Center Academic Venture Fund research project, which is being led by faculty members from CEE and CALS. The PI of the project, Greeshma Gadikota said, “this proposal is exciting because it brings together engineers and scientists from COE and CALS to leverage our understanding of how engineered and natural processes work to create hybrid carbon removal solutions. To have a truly positive impact on responsible resource utilization and on the... Read more

Prof Philip Liu (left) is leading the consortium to develop the Coastal-Inland Flood Model to support the planning of coastal adaptation measures. With him is research team member Mr Wang Jinghua from NUS Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Modeling for coastal defense

Philip L-F. Liu, Class of 1912 Professor of Engineering Emeritus from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University and Distinguished Professor from NUS Civil and Environmental Engineering and NUS researchers will be working on a state-of-the-art Coastal-Inland Flood Model based on the nation’s densely built-up and urbanised environment. Read more

Professor Oliver Gao and Shuai Pan study air quality in Houston TX related to automobile emissions.

H. Oliver Gao receives an endowed professorship

H. Oliver Gao, professor of civil and environmental engineering, has received the inaugural Howard Simpson Professorship that will take effect on July 1, 2021. Howard Simpson was a CEE graduate, Class of 1942, who was one of the partners who founded Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) in Boston. Dr. Gao is the Director of Systems Engineering and the Associate Director of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy. His research focuses on transportation systems, environment, (especially air quality and climate change), energy, and sustainable development. He also studies sustainable food systems... Read more

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Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Last Thursday, May 27th, CEE held a virtual recognition event for graduating seniors and on Friday, May 28th, a similar virtual celebration for our graduate students. Our alumni guest speakers, Prashanth Chandrasekar, CEO of Stack Overflow, Veronica Davis, Director of Transportation & Drainage Operations for the City of Houston, James McCormick, Director of Construction for D&A Development Partners, Mike Rolband, Founder and Chief Technical Officer of Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc., and Professor Ken Hover gave helpful advice and words of encouragement to the graduates. "And so for civil... Read more

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School of Civil and Environmental Engineering launches smart cities concentration

By: Chris Dawson

Cornell’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) will offer a smart cities concentration to its undergraduate students beginning in the fall 2021 semester. The optional concentration recognizes the growing ubiquity of sensors, smart devices, real-time data and advancements in artificial intelligence in the fields of civil and environmental engineering. The curriculum will prepare students for a future that demands fluency in both civil engineering know-how and the ability to design feedback and control systems to better match supply and demand of critical civil systems to improve... Read more