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Go With the Flow Hydraulics research has a venerable history on the Hill—and now it’s helping to save the planet

By: Beth Saulnier

Blair Johnson, PhD '16, is an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches civil engineering. For her graduate work on the Hill - where she studied fluid mechanics - she conducted research on how sand and other sediments are transported in churning, fast-moving waters, like a wave slamming into the shore during a hurricane. "You want to be able to predict whether natural shorelines are going to be washed away during storms," she explains. Read more

What difference can one day make?

Cornell Giving Day is your chance to be a part of something big. March 12, 2020 Civil and Environmental Engineering is central to creating a healthy and productive urban environment enriching the quality of life for all. The Richard N. White Instructional Laboratory fund provides students with an opportunity to take what they learned in the classroom and apply it in experiments, often prompting new theories and new models of infrastructure-behavior. Students receive hands-on experience, designing, setting up and performing tests, and recording and analyzing real life data. In the process, not... Read more


CEE Launches a Sustainable Energy Systems Focus

In 2020-21, the Civil & Environmental Engineering School is launching a Sustainable Energy Systems focus under the CEE Environmental Engineering Master of Engineering concentration. This focus is open to all M.Eng students in any M.Eng. program. Students are invited to take courses on renewable energy systems, wind energy, energy economics, energy technology and subsurface resources, transportation and energy, and risk analysis from the CEE School and other departments. As our country tries to reorganize our economy and economic activities to be more sustainable, energy generation is a... Read more

Reed and Loucks Win the Quentin Martin Best Practice-Oriented Paper Award

Pat Reed, the Joseph C. Ford Professor (CEE), and Peter Loucks, professor emeritus (CEE), are part of a team that was awarded the 2020 Quentin Martin Best Practice-Oriented Paper Award from the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management for their paper "Balancing Hydropower Development and Ecological Impacts in the Mekong: Tradeoffs for Sambor Mega Dam." The award will be formally presented in May during the World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2020 in Nevada.The award recognizes a single paper published in the Journal of Water Resources Planning & Management in 2019 that... Read more

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Nine assistant professors win NSF early career awards

Researchers studying the ethical implications of artificial intelligence algorithms, the development of new tools to analyze brain images and the role of fluids in triggering earthquakes are among the nine Cornell faculty members who have received National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Awards. Over the next five years, each researcher will receive an expected minimum of $400,000 “to build a firm scientific footing for solving challenges and scaling new heights for the nation, as well as serve as academic role models in research and education,” according to the NSF website... Read more

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Smart intersections could reduce autonomous car congestion

By: By Melanie Lefkowitz

December 16, 2019 In the not-so-distant future, city streets could be flooded with autonomous vehicles. Self-driving cars can move faster and travel closer together, allowing more of them to fit on the road – potentially leading to congestion and gridlock on city streets. A new study by Cornell researchers developed a first-of-its-kind model to control traffic and intersections in order to increase car capacity on urban streets, reduce congestion and minimize accidents. “For the future of mobility, so much attention has been paid to autonomous cars,” said Oliver Gao, professor of civil and... Read more