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The Kaveri River in India is the source for an extensive irrigation system and for hydroelectric power. Provided.

Study exposes global ripple effects of regional water scarcity

By: Syl Kacapyr

Water scarcity is often understood as a problem for regions experiencing drought, but a new study from Cornell and Tufts universities finds that not only can localized water shortages impact the global economy, but changes in global demand send positive and negative ripple effects to water basins across the globe. “We are looking at water scarcity as a globally connected and multi-sector phenomenon,” said Jonathan Lamontagne, M.S. '14, Ph.D. '15, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Tufts University, who co-authored the study with Patrick Reed, the Joseph C. Ford... Read more

Cornell Engineering Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell seal, Image of assistant professors headshots in a circle with their names displayed and their area of focus over an abstract blue background. Text reads: The Faces of CEE's Future in the center, then Greeshma Gadikota, Sustainable energy and resources recovery, Andrea Giometto, Eco-evolutionary dynamics of communities and populations, Matthew Reid, Contaminant transport and environmental transformation, Sriramya Nair, Sustainable cementitious

CEE UPDATE Newsletter is now available!

Read the latest issue of the CEE UPDATE In this issue: Message from the Director: Linda Nozick The Faces of CEE's Future Alumni Spotlights CEE Retirements Faculty News, Honors & Awards Engineering Management Spotlight Student Spotlight Staff News Reunion 2020 and Alumni News Read more

College of Engineering's 2019-20 Presentations Awards announced

The College of Engineering’s CUP (Cornell University Presentations) Awards, hosted by the Engineering Communications Program have been announced. The CUP Awards competition invites engaging, unique, insightful technical presentations from undergraduates. For 2019-20 there were three categories of awards and multiple winners in each category. Current applications for all three competitions for AY 2020-2021, where significant prizes are awarded, are now open. Full details are provided on the CUP website. The three categories of awards are these: Roger K. Berman Oral Presentation Awards... Read more

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Cornell Giving Day is March 11th.

Join us on Cornell Giving Day, March 11th! Make a gift to CEE. The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering is so grateful for the many esteemed and generous alumni who support our school. Help our students gain the skills to help make the world a better place.

This year we are raising funds for... Read more

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Carbon mineralization pathways for carbon capture, storage and utilization

By: Greeshma Gadikota, Nature, Communications Chemistry

Carbon mineralization is a versatile and thermodynamically downhill process that can be harnessed for capturing, storing, and utilizing CO2 to synthesize products with enhanced properties. Dr. Greeshma Gadikota discusses the advances in and challenges of carbon mineralization, and concludes that tuning the chemical interactions involved will allow us to unlock its potential for advancing low carbon energy and resource conversion pathways. Read more

Flowchart depicting the research field of multi-sector dynamics.

Reed awarded $1.4M grant to advance human-natural system modeling

By: Syl Kacapyr

A Cornell engineer is advancing the field of ‘multi-sector dynamics’ with a new $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy that will focus on techniques for better projecting the outcomes of human interactions with the natural world. Patrick Reed, the Joseph C. Ford Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, received the grant in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Integrated Multisector Multiscale Modeling project. As scientists and policy makers increasingly turn toward mathematical modeling to help inform their decision making, the... Read more

Dr. Zall in Alaska in 1973. provided to the NY Times by Linda Zall

Inside the C.I.A., She Became a Spy for Planet Earth

By: By William J. Broad

CEE Alumni Dr. Linda Zall's work is featured in this New York Times article. Linda Zall played a starring role in American science that led to decades of major advances. But she never described her breakthroughs on television, or had books written about her, or received high scientific honors. One database of scientific publications lists her contributions as consisting of just three papers, with a conspicuous gap running from 1980 to 2020. The reason is that Dr. Zall’s decades of service to science were done in the secretive warrens of the Central Intelligence Agency. Now, at 70, she’s... Read more

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Evaluating Weather-Related Risks for Cities

By: Cornell Research

Cities significantly alter local and regional weather patterns. Pavement and brick raise surface temperatures, skyscrapers generate air turbulence, and heat from cars and other forms of energy consumption affect air currents. Collectively, these factors interact with the lower atmosphere to change the likelihood of floods, droughts, and extreme weather generally. In effect, urbanization is concentrating populations and economies in the crosshairs of weather-related hazards. John D. Albertson and Qi Li, Civil and Environmental Engineering, are developing a predictive framework to understand the... Read more