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Kaklamanos Named 2017 New Face of Engineering
Triple Jumbo and CEE alumnus Jim Kaklamanos was named a 2017 New Face of Civil Engineering by the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE). Kaklamanos, an assistant professor of Civil Engineering at Merrimack College, will officially be named a winner of the New Faces award by the ASCE on April 5, 2017, the Global Day of the Engineer.
[posted 12/20/2016]

Woodruff Honored with Max O. Urbahn Scholarship
Congratulations to Steven Woodruff, E17, this year's recipient of the Max O. Urbahn, F.A.I.A. Scholarship from the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) New York City Post.
[posted 12/19/2016]

Chapra Invited to Speak in Peru and China
Professor and Berger Chair Steve Chapra was recently invited to address the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Science, the Second Conference of Global Chinese Scholars on Hydrodynamics, and the Seminario Internacional en Modelamiento de la Calidad de Agua en Presas. Read more about the talks.
[posted 12/8/2016]

Cápiro Gives Invited Talk at AGU Fall Meeting
Next week, Research Assistant Professor Natalie Cápiro will give an invited talk at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting in San Francisco. She will be speak on low-temperature heating to enhance the performance of organohalide-respiring bacteria, on behalf of a research group that included Professor and Chair Kurt Pennell, doctoral candidate Tyler Marcet, and colleagues from the University of Tennessee.
[posted 12/7/2016]

Gaeth Wins First Place for Poster at AEHS Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy
Master's candidate Sam Gaeth won first place in a student poster competition for his research "Syngeristic Effects of Utilizing Abiotic and Biotic Degradation Pathways Simultaneously for Chlorinated Solvents Remediation" with his advisors, Research Assistant Professor Natalie Cápiro and Professor and Chair Kurt Pennell. He presented the research at the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences (AEHS) Foundation's 32nd Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy on October 17-20 in Amherst, Massachusetts.
[posted 11/17/2016]

Durant Receives Faculty Research Award
Associate Professor John Durant received a senior research semester fellowship for academic year 2017-2018, from the Tufts Faculty Research Awards Committee. The award was for his project on "Near-airport air pollution: Measurements, health effects, and community engagement."
[posted 11/10/2016]

Islam Wins International Prize for Water Research
Professor Shafik Islam was awarded the Creativity Award for the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water. The Creativity Award, given to Islam and his team member Rita Colwell, University of Maryland at College Park, was given at ceremony held November 2, 2016, at the United Nations headquarters in New York by the U.N. Friends of Water and presided over by the U.N. General Secretary H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, and by PSIPW Chairman H.R.H. Prince Khaled Bin Sultan Bin Abdualziz. Islam and Colwell received the Creativity Award for developing and testing a model that uses chlorophyll information from satellite data to predict cholera outbreaks at least three to six months in advance.
[posted 11/2/2016]

Students Participate in Annual Bridge Competition
Every year, Professor Masoud Sanayei's class on structural analysis, CEE22, holds a bridge construction competition. This year, students took part in the competition on October 19. "[The bridges] carried about 800 to 900 times their self weights," says Sanayei.
[posted 10/24/2016]

Skanska Hosts Jumbo-to-Jumbo Recruiting Event
At the event, Tufts students received advice from recent Tufts graduates who now work for Skanska. Following the alumni presentations, Skanska hosted a below-ground tour of 121 Seaport to demonstrate the excavation of the foundation.
[posted 10/24/2016]

Sanayei and Collaborators Receive NSF Grant for Structural Health Monitoring
Professors Masoud Sanayei and Rich Vogel, along with Professor Alva Couch in Tufts Engineering Department of Computer Science, and alumna Erin Bell, EG03 of the University of New Hampshire, received a National Science Foundation grant to develop a Fatigue Health Portal (FHP), an advanced technology for real-time fatigue life prediction of in-service bridge structures. The FHP will feature variable fatigue stress ranges, operational measured strains, unknown vehicle information, hypothesis testing for damage assessment, and use of an alert system to improve system safety. The project will leverage methodology using statistical hypothesis testing of Survival Distribution Functions at Six Flags New England. In addition, as a proof of concept, the project will leverage planned strain instrumentation of the Memorial Bridge in New Hampshire. The final product would fill an existing need to monitor and assess the conditions of aging U.S. infrastructures.
[posted 9/30/2016]

The Cost of Bacteria in Water Supply Systems
Tufts researchers have found that healthcare costs are rising for infections linked to bacteria in water supply systems. Authors of the paper, recently published in the Journal of Public Health Policy, included Professor Elena Naumova, Professor Jeffrey Griffiths, and postdoctoral fellow Alexander Liss.
[posted 9/12/2016]

Chapra Researches Decreasing Algal Blooms in Freshwater
Professor Steven Chapra and a team of American and Canadian researchers studied the reduction of phosphorous and nitrogen in freshwater. They found that, while reducing phosphorous in freshwaters decreases algal blooms, the reduction of nitrogen does not have the same effect. Read the feature article in Environmental Science & Technology.
[posted 9/1/2016]

Tufts Named One of Six Academic Partners in Massachusetts Offshore Wind Funding
Professor Dan Kuchma and collaborators such as Professor of the Practice Eric Hines are part of the Tufts University team named by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center as one of six academic and research institutions that will receive $300,000 in funding to explore offshore wind. The other Massachusetts Research Partners — including Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, University of Massachusetts Lowell and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution — will develop a multi-disciplinary framework for offshore wind research, focusing on increasing innovation within projects and reducing costs by examining risks, finances and regulations associated with the industry. "Tufts has made transformative impacts on our understanding of natural hazards, climate change, energy and infrastructure. As we contemplate the infrastructure challenge of developing 21st century energy resources, we are excited to work closely with our partners across engineering, policy and industry to advance a systems level approach to this important undertaking," said Kuchma.
[posted 8/26/2016]

Lantagne Quoted in New York Times on Cholera Outbreak
Assistant Professor Daniele Lantagne spoke to the New York Times on recent audits of UN mission sites' sanitation practices.
[posted 8/19/2016]

Parry Named First Abriola Fellow
Incoming doctoral candidate Amanda Parry is the first recipient of the Abriola Graduate Fellowship in engineering, awarded to one of the most promising doctoral applicants to the School of Engineering interested in research in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The Deep Foundations Institute Educational Trust recently awarded Parry one of nine national scholarships to students pursuing careers in civil, geotechnical or construction engineering.
[posted 8/15/2016]

Lantagne Writes on the Need for Wastewater Treatment Innovation
With water quality in Rio de Janeiro in the news, Assistant Professor Daniele Lantagne wrote for The Conversation on the failure to adequately treat and dispose of wastewater. The conversation about Rio, Lantagne says, is often missing a key contextual detail: this is a common problem across the globe, requiring innovation and alternative approaches.
[posted 8/12/2016]

Brooks Wins Tufts Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service
Adam Brooks, E16, received a Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service. The awards honor exceptional graduating students from all undergraduate and graduate programs who have exhibited civic leadership and participated in outstanding community service during their time at Tufts. Brooks was recognized for, as the president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter at Tufts, being the driving force behind the chapter's Habitat for Humanity build day in 2015.
[posted 5/20/2016]

Marcet Wins Geosyntec Student Paper Contest
Doctoral candidate Tyler Marcet has won Geosyntec's seventh annual student paper contest for 2016, with a paper titled "Impacts of Low Temperature Thermal Treatment on the Activity of PCE-to-ethane Dechlorinating Consortium." Marcet's advisors are Professor Kurt Pennell and Research Assistant Professor Natalie Cápiro. The Geosyntec contest "recognizes and rewards students performing cutting-edge research related to the assessment and treatment of chemical contaminants in soil and groundwater."
[posted 5/12/2016]

Pennell Elected as ASCE Fellow
Professor and Chair Kurt Pennell has been elected fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for "his contributions to the development and advancement of in situ remediation technologies designed to treat contaminated soil and groundwater." Fewer than 3.5% of ASCE members hold the position of ASCE Fellow. Learn more about Pennell's work in the Environmental Sustainability Lab.
[posted 4/27/2016]

Dorfmann Researches the Dynamics of the Chameleon Tongue
BBC News reports on Associate Professor Luis Dorfmann and colleagues' research on the ballistic projection of the chameleon tongue. The team proposed a mathematical model, based on large deformation elasticity. Read the research paper published in the Royal Society journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London A.
[posted 4/26/2016]

Pennell Researches Enhanced Nanoparticle Mobility
Engineered nanoparticles could improve oil and gas recovery by acting as contrast agents to detect, image, or modify subsurface conditions of oil and gas reservoirs. However, nanoparticle mobility can be limited by saline solutions and porous materials. Chemistry Views magazine reports Professor and Chair Kurt Pennell and colleagues' examination of the ability of polymers and surfactants to enhance the mobility of polymer-coated magnetite nanoparticles. Read the research paper published in ACS' journal Energy & Fuels.
[posted 3/7/2016]

Abriola Named U.S. Science Envoy
University Professor Linda Abriola was named one of five Science Envoys by the U.S. Department of State. As a Science Envoy, Abriola will engage internationally at the citizen and government levels to develop partnerships, improve collaboration, and forge mutually beneficial relationships between other nations and the United States to stimulate increased scientific cooperation and foster economic prosperity. Abriola will focus on STEM education and engineering in the Middle East and North Africa and South and Central Asia.
[posted 2/29/2016]

Chapra Receives 2016 Wesley W. Horner Award
Professor Steven Chapra received the ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute's 2016 Wesley W. Horner Award for his paper "Sed2K: Modeling Lake Sediment Diagenesis in a Management Context." Chapra also received this award in 2015, making him only one of two first-author recipients who has received the award in consecutive years. The paper, co-authored with Rasika K. Gawde, Martin T. Auer, Rakesh K. Gelda, and Noel R. Urban, was considered to have "the most valuable contribution to the environmental engineering profession" in the past year.
[posted 2/9/2016]

Abriola Named Tufts Environment Institute Director
University Professor Linda Abriola, a nationally recognized authority on groundwater contamination and remediation, has been appointed director of the Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE), with the goal of raising the institute's profile both within and outside the university. Abriola, dean emerita of Tufts School of Engineering, will focus on generating new connections that bolster interdisciplinary environmental research and education for faculty and undergraduate and graduate students. Her appointment begins Sept. 1. Read more at TuftsNow.
[posted 2/8/2016]

Swan Named Associate Dean of Tisch College
Associate Professor Chris Swan was named Associate Dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life beginning February 1, 2016. Working with the team at Tisch College, Swan will lead Tisch College's efforts on faculty engagement, community outreach, and student programming. Read more at TuftsNow.
[posted 2/1/2016]

Griffiths Speaks with NPR about Toxic Taps in America
Dr. Jeffrey Griffiths, a professor Tufts University School of Medicine, adjunct professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and former chair of the EPA's Drinking Water Committee, Science Advisory Board, says we don't have a strong understanding of the health impacts of low-level exposure to chemicals in water. Listen to NPR's interview with Dr. Griffiths.
[posted 1/21/2016]

Pennell and Collaborators Receive NIH/NIMH Grant to Study Environmental Exposures in Autism Spectral Disorders
Professor and Chair Kurt Pennell and collaborators received an NIH/NIMH grant for an environment-wide association study in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) using novel bioinformatics methods and metabolomics via mass spectrometry. ASD is influenced by both genetic and environmental risk factors. The research team, including Dr. Sek Won Kong at Boston Children's Hospital and Professor Dean Jones at Emory University, includes experts in pediatrics, environmental epidemiology/chemistry, toxicology, metabolomics and bioinformatics to address environmental contributions to ASD.
[posted 1/20/2016]

Brugge Comments on Uranium-Contaminated Water
Adjunct Professor Doug Brugge is quoted in South Dakota's Rapid City Journal about the dangers of water sources contaminated with uranium. Research teams at Tufts and the University of New Mexico are linking long-term exposure of drinking uranium-contaminated water to signs of reproductive and genetic damage, among other problems.
[posted 1/4/2016]


Wood Receives Graduate Research Award
Congratulations to Al Wood, a master's student in John Durant's research group, who received a Tufts Graduate Research Award for his project "Water Quality Sampling of Per-Urban Point Source Pollution, Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic."
[posted 12/23/2015]

Seeley Honored with Max O. Urbahn Scholarship
Congratulations to Miranda Seeley, E16, this year's recipient of the Max O. Urbahn, F.A.I.A. Scholarship from the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) New York City Post
[posted 12/14/2015]

Dorfmann Delivers Plenary Lecture at ISSEC
Associate Professor Luis Dorfmann was chosen to give the Plenary Broberg Lecture at the Joint Symposium of Irish Mechanics Society & Irish Society for Scientific & Engineering Computation (ISSEC) held December 3-4, University College Dublin. This lecture "Nonlinear Mechanics of Soft Fibrous Materials" includes overviews of active materials and connective tissue and presents new data showing the mechanical response in uniaxial and planar biaxial extension.
[posted 11/30/2015]

Marcet Wins First Place for Poster at AEHS Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy
Ph.D. candidate Tyler Marcet won first place in a student poster competition for his research "Coupling thermal treatment with microbial reductive dechlorination for the enhanced remediation of chlorinated ethenes" with his advisors, Research Assistant Professor Natalie Cápiro and Professor and Chair Kurt Pennell. He presented the research at the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences (AEHS) Foundation's 31th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy on October 19-22 in Amherst, Massachusetts.
[posted 11/25/2015]

Viesca Publishes in Nature Geoscience
Assistant Professor Rob Viesca has a paper in the November issue of Nature Geoscience. Faults weaken during earthquakes. Analysis of the amount of energy released during earthquakes globally suggests that heat-induced pressurization of pore fluids can weaken faults during earthquakes of all sizes.
[posted 11/4/2015]

Pennell Comments on Metabolomics Methods and the 'Exposome' in CE&N
In an article in Chemical and Engineering News, Professor and Chair Kurt Pennell commented on how research in metabolomics methods can help address the "exposome": the sum of environmental exposures a person experiences from conception until death. "Pennell's goal is to relate exposome information to genetic information. In one study, his group is collaborating with researchers at Children's Hospital in Boston to relate chemical exposure and whole-genome sequencing of mothers and children with autism spectrum disorder."
[posted 10/15/2015]

Germaine Delivers First BSCES Ladd Memorial Lecture
Research Professor Jack Germaine was chosen as the inaugural speaker for the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section's first Charles C. Ladd Memorial Lecture. His lecture covers trends in mechanically compressed sediment behavior with stress and plasticity.
[posted 10/8/2015]

Moaveni Comments on UAV Bridge Inspection
Minnesota's Duluth News Tribune reported on planned inspection of the state's longest bridge with unmanned aerial vehicles. Associate Professor Babak Moaveni, chair of the ASCE SEI technical committee on Methods of Monitoring Structural Performance commented commented: "There is a huge need for better bridge-inspection techniques."
[posted 9/30/2015]

Fall 2015 CEE Alumni Newsletter Available Now
Read about all our accomplishments from the past year in our CEE alumni newsletter.
[posted 9/4/2015]

Brenner Publishes New Book
Professor of the Practice Brian Brenner published a new book through ASCE Press called "Too Much Information: Living the Civil Engineering Life." He is the author of Don't Throw This Away! The Civil Engineering Life and Bridginess: More of the Civil Engineering Life, also published by ASCE Press. Purchase your copy now!
[posted 8/13/2015]

Durant Named ASCE Fellow
Associate Professor John Durant was named a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). ASCE Fellows are nominated and elected based on their contributions to civil engineering and have developed creative solutions that change lives around the world. It is a prestigious honor held by fewer than 4% of ASCE members.
[posted 8/10/2015]

Vogel Wins AGU Water Resources Research Editors' Choice Award
Professor Rich Vogel's paper "A risk-based approach to flood management decisions in a nonstationary world" was selected for an Editors' Choice Award by the Water Resources Research journal. The award will be formally presented at the Hydrologic Sciences Luncheon of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting in December 2015.
[posted 8/3/2015]

Garcia Wins Grant for WaterSmart Innovations Conference
The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) and the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) named Margaret Garcia the recipient of a scholarship to attend the WaterSmart Innovations (WSI) Conference in Las Vegas, October 7-9, 2015. Garcia is an NSF IGERT | Water Diplomacy fellow interested in management of urban water infrastructure, processes for planning and decision making under uncertainty, climate change, urbanization, water utilities, hydrological modeling.
[posted 5/6/2015]

Abriola Named University Professor
Professor Linda M. Abriola was named a University Professor, the highest academic honor conferred at Tufts. It is a distinction currently held by just four other faculty members here. Abriola is the first woman to receive the appointment. Read more about her appointment and accomplishments.
[posted 3/26/2015]

Lantagne and Yates Research Featured in JAIDS PEPFAR Supplement
In collaboration with researchers from the Centers for Disease Control, doctoral student Travis Yates in Assistant Professor Daniele Lantagne's lab was the first author an article "The Impact of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Interventions on the Health and Well-Being of People Living With HIV: A Systematic Review" in the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) JAIDS supplement.
[posted 3/25/2015]

Woodward and Kelley Receive School of Engineering Graduate Awards
Katherine Woodward will receive the School of Engineering's Award for Commitment to the Practice of Engineering. Paul Kelley, E77, EG79, of Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, Inc., was selected to receive the school's 2015 Outstanding Career Achievement Award. Katherine and Paul received the awards at the 17th annual Graduate Student Awards ceremony held April 24, 4-6 p.m. in Distler Performance Hall.
[posted 3/17/2015]

Halaseh Wins Second Place in Tufts Energy Conference
Master's student Ayman Halaseh won second place in the Tufts Energy Conference for his presentation titled "Transformation in Energy and Water: An Example from Jordan". This WSSS project is a collaboration among Ayman, the Stockholm Environment Institute, including Stephanie Galaitsis, and Brian Joyce, and CEE visiting scholar Annette Huber-Lee, and his Tufts advisors from engineering, Professor Rich Vogel and economics Professor Ujjayant Chakravorty.
[posted 2/25/2015]

Vogel Featured in Earth Magazine
In the most recent issue of Earth Magazine, Professor Rich Vogel talks about the misleading term "100-year flood." The phrase means that an area has a 1% chance of high-magnitude flooding in any given year. Read more about the 100-year flood fallacy and the misunderstanding's potentially disastrous consequences.
[posted 1/14/2015]

Chapra Receives 2015 Wesley W. Horner Award
Professor Steven Chapra received the ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute's 2015 Wesley W. Horner Award for his paper "Parsimonious Model for Assessing Nutrient Impacts on Periphyton-Dominated Streams.” The paper, co-authored with doctoral alumnus Kyle Flynn, EG14, an environmental engineer at Montana's Department of Environmental Quality and Kit Rutherford, principal scientist at the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research, was considered to have "the most valuable contribution to the environmental engineering profession" in the past year.
[posted 1/8/2015]


Swan Honored with Max O. Urbahn Scholarship
Congratulations to Ripley F. Swan, E15, this year's recipient of the Max O. Urbahn, F.A.I.A. Scholarship from the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) New York City Post.
[posted 12/15/2014]

Read Wins $10K DOW Sustainability Challenge, Farmer Wins Honorable Mention
Laura Read, a doctoral student in the Water Diplomacy | IGERT program, won one of two top prizes for the DOW Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA). Her proposal, based on research with Professor Richard Vogel, seeks to better prepare engineers to incorporate the effects of climate change and urbanization into the design of flood management solutions. Doctoral recipient Will Farmer, also an advisee of Rich Vogel, received an honorable mention for his proposal on sustainable water management in ungauged basins. Congratulations, Laura and Will! [posted 12/15/2014]

Sylvia Wins Second Place for Poster at AEHS Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy
Master's student Danielle Sylvia won second place in a student poster competition for her research "Evaluation of Partitioning Electron Donors to Improve Chlorinated Solvent Source Zone Bioremediation" with advisor Research Assistant Professor Natalie Cápiro and Professor and Chair Kurt Pennell. She presented the research at the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences (AEHS) Foundation's 30th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy on October 20-23 in Amherst, Massachusetts. [posted 10/24/2014]

AEESP Recognizes Ramsburg for Outstanding Teaching
The Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) has recognized Associate Professor C. Andrew Ramsburg with its 2014 Award for Outstanding Teaching in Environmental Engineering and Science which recognizes his outstanding contributions to the teaching of environmental engineering, both at Tufts and in the larger community. [posted 10/8/2014]

Ramsburg Recognized for Excellence in Reviewing
Associate Professor C. Andrew Ramsburg was selected by the editors of the Journal of Contaminant Hydrology to receive Elsevier's Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing for contributions made to the journal in 2013. [posted 9/16/2014]

Fall 2014 CEE Alumni Newsletter Available Now
Read about all our accomplishments from the past year in our CEE alumni newsletter. [posted 9/16/2014]

Ramsburg and Collaborators Awarded NSF Grant to Examine Pharmaceutical Biotransformation
Associate Professor C. Andrew Ramsburg and collaborators—Associate Professor Kartik Chandran and Postdoctoral Scientist Sandeep Sathyamoorthy of Columbia University—were awarded an NSF grant to understand pharmaceutical biotransformation within activated sludge treatments. Employing advanced microbial-ecological techniques, the team aims to identify the active fraction of bacteria responsible for pharmaceutical biotransformation and link this fraction to rates and pathways of pharmaceutical removal. Results may serve to elucidate approaches that promote microconstituent treatment while simultaneously meeting existing water quality objectives at water resource recovery facilities. [posted 9/9/2014]

Vogel Selected for AGU Research Spotlight
Professor Richard Vogel's Water Resources Research paper, "A risk-based approach to flood management decisions in a nonstationary world," was selected as an "AGU Research Spotlight" in the publication Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union. The paper explores how flood risk assessments should be conducted in a changing climate and challenges dominant risk assessment techniques. [posted 6/25/2014]

Pennell and Lantagne Present at CNSF on Clean Water
Professor and Chair Kurt Pennell and Assistant Professor Daniele Lantagne attended the 20th annual Coalition for National Science Funding exhibition on "Investments in STEM Research and Education: Fueling American Innovation." Pennell and Lantagne presented an exhibit on "Engineering Solutions for Clean Water." [posted 5/13/2014]

Moaveni Selected as ASCE Outstanding Reviewer
Assistant Professor Babak Moaveni was selected by ASCE's Journal of Engineering Mechanics as a 2013 Outstanding Reviewer. [posted 5/12/2014]

Dorfmann Publishes Book on Mechanical Properties of Soft Materials
Associate Professor Luis Dorfmann has recently published a book describing the mechanical properties of smart materials used in everything from high-speed actuators and sensors to artificial muscles. His book, Nonlinear Theory of Electroelastic and Magnetoelastic Interactions, written with Ray Ogden presents an overview of the fundamental concepts of electromagnetic theory and nonlinear elasticity that can describe these unique properties for soft materials capable of large elastic deformations. [posted 5/5/2014]

Marcet Wins Student Paper Award
Congratulations to Tyler Marcet for being named a winner in Geosyntec's 5th annual Student Paper Competition for his research on "Electron Donor Release during Thermal Incubation of Soils." Tyler will present his work at the International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds. [posted 4/25/2014]

Hecht Wins Hydro Research Foundation Research Award
Congratulations to doctoral student Jory Hecht, advisee of Professor Rich Vogel, who has been selected to receive a research award from the Hydro Research Foundation. [posted 4/11/2014]

Sanayei Named Associate Editor of ASCE Journal
Professor Masoud Sanayei was named an associate editor for the ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering. [posted 4/10/2014]

Naumova Delivers Keynote at Environment Conference
On Monday, April 7, Professor Elena Naumova delivered the welcome and keynote address at the International Environment Conference "Eco City for Sustainable Environment" held at Ajman University. Naumova presented her talk "Innovation in observation and monitoring: seasonality and early waterborne outbreak detection." [posted 4/7/2014]

Baise and Hines Named to Earthquake Engineering Research Institute-New England Board
Associate Professor Laurie Baise was named President-Elect of the newly formed New England chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. Professor of the Practice Eric Hines was elected one of the board's Directors at Large. Congratulations to both! [posted 2/4/2014]

Associate Professor Baise Reelected to SSA Board of Directors
Associate Professor Laurie Baise was reelected to the board of the Seismological Society of America for a second three-year term. In her candidacy statement, Baise says she will "continue to work toward broadening the membership and encouraging greater participation from the engineering community in the society's meetings and publications." [posted 2/3/2014]

Professor Naumova Elected to International Statistical Institute
Professor Elena Naumova was elected a member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI). The ISI's 2,000 elected members are nominated selected by virtue of their distinguished contributions to the development or application of statistical methods. The ISI is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that acts as consultant to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and works with entities such as the U.S. Census Bureau, International Monetary Fund, and U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. [posted 1/16/2014]


Rubin Honored with Max O. Urbahn Scholarship
Congratulations to Emma Rubin, E14, this year's recipient of the Max O. Urbahn, F.A.I.A. Scholarship from the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) New York City Post. [posted 12/16/2013]

Elementary Students Get an Introduction to Structural Engineering
Elementary school students from Acera: The Massachusetts School of Science, Creativity and Leadership visited Tufts University School of Engineering on December 10, 2013. Students participated in a series of labs designed to illustrate different aspects of structural engineering and design with students and faculty from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. [posted 12/11/2013]

Islam Delivers Water Diplomacy Lecture at Water Security and Peace Conference
On November 14, 2013, Professor Shafiqul Islam presented a lecture "A Negotiated Approach to Managing Complex Water Issues" at the Water Security and Peace conference at The Peace Palace in The Hague hosted by the Water Diplomacy Consortium: The Hague Institute for Global Justice, Clingendael Netherlands Institute of International Relations, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, UPEACE Centre The Hague, and the Water Governance Centre). Read more about the conference and watch Professor Islam's lecture. [posted 11/26/2013]

Kass, E94, EG95, Talks Sustainable Toilets in NYT
Jason Kass, E94, EG95, environmental engineer and the founder of the organization Toilets for People, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times (11/18/13) on the urgent need for sustainable toilets in the developing world. [posted 11/25/2013]

Zoltay, EG07, Contributes to EPA Watershed Management Software Release
The EPA released a long-awaited software package for decision-oriented watershed management modeling. The objective of the Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool (WMOST) is to serve as a public-domain, efficient, and user-friendly tool for local water resources managers and planners to screen a wide-range of potential water resources management options across their watershed or jurisdiction for cost-effectiveness, as well as environmental and economic sustainability. WMOST is based on the thesis research of Viki Zoltay, EG07. Zoltay, V.I., P.H. Kirshen, R.M. Vogel and K.S. Westphal, Integrated Watershed Management Modeling: A Generic Optimization Model Applied to the Ipswich River Basin, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, Vol 136, No. 5, pp 566-575, Sept/Oct 2010. [posted 11/15/2013]

Beard Named APHA's 2013 Lorin Kerr Award Winner
Sharon D. Beard, EG95, received the 2013 Lorin Kerr Award at the Annual Awards Luncheon of the Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) on November 5, 2013. Beard, industrial hygienist with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Education Training Program, helped establish the NIEHS Minority Worker Training Program and has developed safety and health training programs for low-income workers, particularly those in highly hazardous occupations. [posted 11/5/2013]

Cohen Makes BBJ's List of "40 under 40" for 2013
Leslie Cohen, E96, Senior Vice President, Development, for Samuels & Associates, was named to Boston Business Journal's "40 under 40" list. The honor is given to business and civic leaders who collectively represent the next wave of talent and commitment in the Boston economy. Cohen specializes in suburban retail and mixed-use real estate development projects. [posted 10/21/2013]

David Reckhow, E77, Joins CEE External Advisory Board
Dr. David Reckhow, E77, professor at UMass College of Engineering's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has joined the department's CEE external advisory board. His current research interests include general aquatic chemistry, chemical oxidation of organic compounds in water, coagulation processes, removal of chemical pollutants in water, and aquatic organic matter in natural systems and drinking waters. [posted 10/15/2013]

CEE Alumni Newsletter Available Now!
Read about all our accomplishments from the past year in our CEE alumni newsletter. [posted 10/2/2013]

Alumna McCarthy Nominated to Head the EPA
President Obama named Gina McCarthy, EG81, to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and she was recently confirmed in a U.S. Senate vote. McCarthy, who earned a joint M.S. degree in environmental health engineering and planning and policy, is the former EPA administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. McCarthy was also named a recipient of Graduate Studies' Outstanding Service Award. [posted 7/19/2013]

Alumnus Cortese Wins EPA Lifetime Achievement Award
Anthony D. Cortese, E68, EG72, received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Environmental Protection Agency at the 2013 Environmental Merit Award ceremonies held June 26 in Boston. Cortese is a senior fellow of Second Nature, an organization based in Boston and committed to promoting sustainability through higher education. Cortese received another Environmental Merit Award on behalf of Second Nature, which was nominated in the EPA's Environmental, Community, Academia & Nonprofit category. [posted 7/10/2013]

Chapra Named ASEEP Fellow
Professor Steven Chapra was named one of five inaugural Fellows of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP). He will be honored at the 2013 AEESP 50th Anniversary Conference, July 14-16 in Colorado. [posted 6/19/2013]

Zhu Wins Best Presentation Award at SSA Conference
Congratulations to Jing Zhu, a graduate student in Associate Professor Laurie Baise's Geohazards lab, who won a best student presentation award at the Seismological Society of America conference in Salt Lake City for her presentation "A Geospatial Liquefaction Model for Rapid Response and Loss Estimation." [posted 6/1/2013]

Congratulations to Teaching with Tech Winners
Congratulations to Professor Steven Chapra and Senior Lecturer Lee Minardi for receiving honorable mentions in this year's Tufts Teaching with Technology Awards. The professors were honored on May 22, 2013 at the Teaching with Technology Symposium–an annual event that provides faculty from across the university the opportunity to explore teaching techniques and technology tools used to enhance student learning. [posted 5/22/2013]

Gute Named Fellow of American College of Epidemiology
Associate Professor David Gute was promoted to the rank of Fellow in the American College of Epidemiology for his significant and sustained contributions to epidemiology in projects that span occupational health risks among immigrant populations to the primary prevention of schistosomiasis. [posted 5/9/2013]

Gute Wins "Engineering Teacher of the Year" Award
Associate Professor David Gute was named the 2013 Henry and Madeline Fischer Award—engineering's "Teacher of the Year" award. The award, determined by a vote of the students, is given to a faculty member who has demonstrated teaching excellence, inspired and motivated students to rise to their best, and left students with a lasting and gratifying memory of a very special teacher and a profound intellectual experience. [posted 5/7/2013]

Salber Wins Poster Award for Fly Ash Research
Andrew J. Salber, E13, won a student poster award from the World of Coal Ash conference for his presentation titled "Design of Fly-Ash Concrete Masonry for Optimal Carbon Sequestration" co-authored with Associate Professor Christopher Swan. [posted 5/6/2013]

Naumova Named Outstanding Faculty Contributor to Graduate Studies
Professor Elena Naumova was given Special Mention for Outstanding Faculty Contribution to Graduate Studies at the Graduate school of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering annual awards ceremony on Friday, April 26, 2013. [posted 4/26/2013]

Vogel Delivers Borland Lecture at Hydrology Days
Professor Richard Vogel gave the Borland Lecture in Hydrology on "Hydromorphology: Rewriting Hydrology Textbooks for a Nonstationary World" at the Hydrology Days conference at Colorado State University, on March 25, 2013. The Borland Lecture Series honors the long and distinguished career of Whitney M. Borland and his contributions to the fields of hydraulics and hydrology. [posted 3/26/2013]

Pennell Authors Report on U.S. Subsurface Remediation Effort
Professor and Chair, Kurt Pennell, was one of several authors serving on the Committee of Future Options for Management in the Nation's Subsurface Remediation Effort that recently published "Alternatives for Managing the Nation's Complex Contaminated Groundwater Sites" by the National Academies Press. The report estimates that at least 126,000 sites across the United States still have contaminated groundwater, and their closure is expected to cost at least $110 billion to $127 billion. About 10 percent of these sites are considered "complex," meaning restoration is unlikely to be achieved in the next 50 to 100 years due to technological limitations. At sites where contaminant concentrations have plateaued at levels above cleanup goals despite active efforts, the report recommends evaluating whether the sites should transition to long-term management, where risks would be monitored and harmful exposures prevented, but at reduced costs. [posted 3/7/2013]

Gaebler Honored with Max O. Urbahn Scholarship
Congratulations to Karl Gaebler, E13, this year's recipient of the Max O. Urbahn, F.A.I.A. Scholarship from the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) New York City Post. [posted 1/18/2013]

Lantagne Discusses Cholera in Haiti on NPR
On the third anniversary of Haiti's destructive 2010 earthquake, Assistant Professor Daniele Lantagne discussed the outbreak of cholera in the country with NPR's Richard Knox. Lantagne was one of four authors of an independent panel report submitted to the United Nations. "If we had had the additional scientific evidence that's available now, we definitely would have written the report in 2011 differently, to state the most likely source of introduction was someone associated with the peacekeeping camp," Lantagne says. [posted 1/14/2013]


Moaveni Receives NSF CAREER Award
Assistant Professor Babak Moaveni has received a $400K NSF CAREER award to develop new and improved structural health monitoring (SHM) methods for damage diagnosis and prognosis of structures. His research will focus on developing a new methodology for vibration-based SHM, based on probabilistic calibration of nonlinear finite element models of structures using their measured nonlinear response to moderate to large amplitude excitations such as earthquakes. In this method, time-varying short-time modal parameters and/or nonlinear normal modes of a structure will be identified from measured input-output nonlinear data. These identified features will then be used to estimate parameters of a nonlinear model of the structure through deterministic and probabilistic (Bayesian) model updating schemes. [posted 12/19/2012]

Abriola Named Drexel University 2013 Engineering Leader of the Year
Dean Linda M. Abriola was named Drexel University College of Engineering's 2013 Engineering Leader of the Year. Abriola, who is the first female engineer to receive the honor, joins a prestigious group of engineering luminaries. Abriola will be honored for her leadership in environmental engineering, her commitment to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and her endless contributions to engineering in an effort to improve today's societal problems. [posted 12/19/2012]

Abriola and Colleagues Win 2012 SERDP Project of the Year
The Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) announced that Tufts engineers and collaborators are recipients of a 2012 SERDP Project-of-the-Year Award in the environmental restoration area for their project modeling groundwater contaminants on military installations. Dean Linda M. Abriola, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and colleagues at Tufts School of Engineering–including Professor and Chair Kurt Pennell; Associate Professor Andrew Ramsburg; and Eric Miller, professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering–collaborated with John A. Christ of the U.S. Air Force Academy to develop innovative tools that, for the first time, can provide key information about a source zone's structure and characteristics, also referred to as architecture. This work, which combines high-end computational techniques and physical models, can help explain why contamination persists, how long it will persist, and what the best options are for treating it. [posted 11/19/2012]

Tufts Engineering Students Submit Bridges to Weight-Bearing Test
They've got limited resources: a fixed amount of basswood, Elmer's glue and an X-Acto knife. The goal: span an 18-inch gap with a bridge that holds as much weight as possible. That's the plan at least, as teams of engineering students in Masoud Sanayei's structural analysis course prepare for an annual competition, where they will learn real-life lessons. Full story and video at TuftsNow > [posted 11/8/2012]

Patton Awarded Honorable Mention at Exposure Science Meeting
Doctoral student Allison Patton was awarded an honorable mention for her research at the annual meeting of the International Society of Exposure Science (ISES) held Oct. 28-Nov. 1 in Seattle. She also received a yearlong ISES membership. Patton's research on "Monitoring and Modeling of Traffic-related Ultrafine Particles in Three Near-highway Neighborhoods in Boston" is part of the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health (CAFEH) initiative, led by Professor Doug Brugge at the Tufts School of Medicine and John Durant, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. [posted 11/1/2012]

Islam's New Book "Water Diplomacy" Highlighted by TuftsNow
TuftsNow discusses Professor Shafiqul Islam's new book, Water Diplomacy: A Negotiated Approach to Managing Complex Water Networks (Resources for the Future Press), in which Islam and co-author Lawrence Susskind of MIT argue that any resolution of water disputes needs to take into account the complex nature of the relationships of those clashing over the natural resource. "Most difficulties in water negotiations are due to rigid assumptions about how water is allocated," Islam says. "We're saying, No, it's not an allocation problem. It is fundamentally a value problem that has to be decided by the stakeholders." [posted 10/31/2012]

Science Daily Highlights Moaveni's Structural Health Monitoring Research
An article in ScienceDaily highlights the work of Assistant Professor Babak Moaveni who is collaborating with Andreas Stavridis at the University of Texas-Arlington, on a NSF-funded study to assess how buildings made with reinforced concrete frames and masonry infill walls hold up during an earthquake. [posted 10/24/2012]

Solutions for Success:
For regions lacking the infrastructure to provide clean water, the answer begins at home

Assistant Professor Daniele Lantagne specializes in developing, implementing, and evaluating household water treatment projects in developing countries and areas of emergency. She has applied her knowledge to diverse applications–including engineering design work, helping to make water treatment products more approachable and easier to use, as well as laboratory research looking at how variations in manufacturing and clay can determine the effectiveness of ceramic filters or the dosage of chlorine needed to appropriately treat water. [posted 10/12/2012]

CEE Department Newsletter Online
Read the roundup of news in our fall 2012 CEE department newsletter. [posted 10/2/2012]

Lantagne's Talks with C&EN about Research on Water Treatment Options in Disaster Zones
Chemical & Environmental News interviewed Assistant Professor Daniele Lantagne about her research in Environmental & Science Technology that shows that water treatment technologies in the lab aren't necessarily the most effective in real-life emergencies. [posted 9/27/2012]

Naumova Uses Dynamic Mapping to Address Flu Seasonality
Influenza outbreaks in the United States typically begin with the arrival of cold weather and then spread in seasonal waves across geographic zones. But the question of why epidemics can vary from one season to the next has baffled scientists. Professor Elena Naumova and collaborators from the United States and India suggest that the search for answers has been thwarted, in part, by the lack of standardized research methods. In a recent paper in Clinical Microbiology and Infection, the team concludes that newly emerging technologies like dynamic mapping can be used in concert with traditional approaches. [posted 9/21/2012]

Chapra Earns Life Member Status in ASCE
Professor Steven Chapra was named a Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Life Members are individuals who have made a lifetime commitment to ASCE and the civil engineering profession by remaining members for the full length of their professional career. Professor Chapra joins Professor Lewis Edgers in this distinctive group. [posted 9/19/2012]

Minardi Wins UIT Teaching with Tech Award
Senior Lecturer Lee Minardi was named a winner of the 2012 UIT Teaching with Technology Award. This university-wide program invites students to nominate an instructor who is "effectively using technology to support teaching and learning." Professor Steve Chapra was also given an honorable mention. Watch the video of the winners. [posted 9/10/2012]

Pennell and Colleagues Wins NSF Grant for Nanotoxicology Research
Professor and Chair Kurt Pennell, Professor and Dean Linda M. Abriola, Research Assistant Professor Yonggang Wang, and Assistant Professor John Fortner at Washington University were awarded an NSF grant to understand the effects of surface coating aging on the fate and transport of several representative engineered nanomaterials (iron and manganese oxides) in sands and natural soils. Although most commercially-available nanomaterials are produced with surface coatings, little information is available regarding their longevity and impact on nanomaterial fate over time. [posted 8/23/2012]

Cápiro Wins NSF Grant for Bioremediation of Chlorinated Solvents
Research Assistant Professor Natalie Cápiro and Kurt Pennell (co-PI) were awarded an NSF grant to design experiments and mathematical models to evaluate a new method for remediating chlorinated solvents, such as trichloroethene. Using organic compounds called partitioning electron donors, or PEDs, (e.g., n-butyl acetate) can help promote the growth of chlorinated solvent-degrading bacteria in close proximity to a contaminated area. The knowledge gained from the testing and validation of this novel remediation technique will provide a sustainable approach to reduce chlorinated solvent source zone longevity and remediation costs through an improved understanding of enhanced biological treatment. [posted 8/8/2012]

Moaveni Wins NSF Grant for Earthquake Damage Assessment
Assistant Professor Babak Moaveni was awarded an NSF grant to dynamically test a reinforced concrete frame building in-filled with unreinforced masonry walls. Using mobile shakers, Moaveni and lead investigator, Andreas Stavridis, assistant professor at the University of Texas, Arlington, will simulate earthquake conditions for a two-story 1920s structure. The experimental data collected will enhance the understanding of the complex behavior of these structures and their failure mechanisms. The tests will also provide benchmark data for earthquake engineering researchers and practitioners. [posted 7/17/2012]

Hines Discusses Tufts Dental School's Vertical Expansion
In the July issue of Modern Steel Construction, Professor of the Practice Eric Hines discusses the recent addition to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Hines' parent company, LeMessurier Consultants, Inc. was hired to investigate the possibility of a five-floor expansion to top of the school's existing 10-story structure. Completed in 2009, the 105,000 square-foot project includes clinical patient space, an enlarged simulation lab and teaching facilities, and a conference center. [posted 6/29/2012]

Islam Talks Water Diplomacy on NPR's Innovation Hub
Professor Shafiqul Islam, director of the Water Diplomacy program, and William Moomaw, director of the Center for International Environmental and Resource Policy (CIERP) at The Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy, discuss the future of water on National Public Radio's "Innovation Hub" (WGBH). Islam and Moomaw discuss the future of this limited natural resource as the world's population explodes: Who will control water? And how much will it cost to access? [posted 6/25/2012]

Tufts Participates in Panel Discussion at UN Conference on Sustainable Development
As part of a panel hosted by Tufts Center for International Environment & Resource Policy (CIERP), Professor Elena Naumova will discuss "From Burden Bearing to Opportunity Sharing: Reframing Environmental Negotiations," in conjunction with the United Nations' Rio+20 summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 18, 2012. [posted 6/6/2012]

Hines Discusses Principles for Engineering Education in Structure Magazine
In the April and June 2012 issues of Structure magazine, Professor of the Practice Eric Hines outlines four principles to address the National Council of Structural Engineers Association's (NCSEA) goal of improving "technical and practical quality of education for structural engineering students." "While I agree that engineering students today are in danger of missing fundamental technical knowledge that was common a generation ago, I think that the roots of this problem are human and not technical," writes Hines. [posted 6/1/2012]

Weather Patterns Can Be Used to Forecast Rotavirus Outbreaks
By correlating weather factors like temperature, rain and snowfall, Professor Elena Naumova is able to predict the timing and intensity of rotavirus, a disease that causes extreme diarrhea, dehydration and thousands of death annually, particularly among children. Her research focused on one of the hardest-hit regions of the world, South Asia.
[posted 5/31/2012]

Majumder Receives Outstanding Student Paper Award from AGU
The Hydrology Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) has named Maia Majumder, E12, a recipient an Outstanding Student Paper Award for her paper "Water Quality vs. Sanitation Accessibility: What is the most effective intervention point for preventing cholera in Dhaka, Bangladesh?" that she presented at the AGU fall meeting in San Francisco. [posted 5/3/2012]

Baise Given Faculty Teaching and Mentor Award
At the Graduate Studies Award Ceremony on April 27, 2012, Associate Professor Laurie Baise received the School of Engineering's Faculty Teaching and Mentoring Award. This award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding support of graduate students from course completion through research and post-degree placement. [posted 4/27/2012]

Joanna Stowell Wins SAME Boston Award
Joanna Stowell, E14, is the recipient of a scholarship from the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Boston Post. The award is given annually to an academically deserving civil and environmental engineering student at Tufts University and consists of a certificate and monetary award. [posted 4/19/2012]

River Street Bridge Construction Featured in The New York Times
On April 13, students from the Tufts American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) chapter visited the construction site for replacement of the River Street Bridge over the MBTA/Commuter Rail in Mattapan, Mass. The tour was led by Professor of the Practice Brian Brenner who is the faculty advisor for the group and also lead structural designer on the project, through his work at Fay, Spofford & Thorndike. The River Street bridge was constructed using rapid bridge techniques. Over the weekend, the old bridge was demolished and the new span rolled into place using self-propelled modular transport (SPMT) units. SPMT are essentially large flat-bed vehicles on an assemblage of wheels with computer control for position and vibration. River Street was open for traffic on the new bridge after a closure of only three days, in comparison to a typical closure period of a year or more using conventional construction methods. The New York Times highlighted this successful project and the new rapid construction methods. [posted 4/18/2012]

Leticia Lopez-Benitez and Kelvin Manuel Perez Macario Honored at MAES Boston
On Monday, April 23, 2012, students Leticia Lopez-Benitez (E14) and Kelvin Manuel Perez Macario (E12) will be honored at the 2012 Latino Science & Engineering Awards Celebration. Engineers Leiny Garcia (ECE14) and Yorman Garcia (ECE12) and psychology student Clarissa A. Rivas (A12) will also be honored at this event. [posted 4/10/2012]

Masoud Sanayei and Brian Brenner Featured in Structure Magazine
The National Council of Structural Engineers Associations published the research of Professor Masoud Sanayei in Structure magazine. Sanayei, Professor of the Practice Brian Brenner and collaborators have implemented a structural health monitoring system that incorporates more than 200 sensors on the Vernon Avenue bridge in Barre., Mass. [posted 2/10/2012]

Grant Garven Featured in TuftsNow
Grant Garven, a professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences and adjunct professor of civil and environmental engineering, is working with the Tufts Facilities Services Department to transform one of his 700-foot-deep observation wells into a geothermal well, using the steady temperature of the Earth to heat and cool a classroom in nearby Lane Hall. Read more in Tufts Now. [posted 1/18/2012]


Johnson Wins 2012 Max O. Urbahn Award
Eric S. Johnson, E12, is this year's recipient of the Max O. Urbahn, F.A.I.A. Scholarship from the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) New York City Post. The award is given annually to an academically deserving civil and environmental engineering student at Tufts University and consists of a certificate and monetary award. [posted 12/16/2011]

Tufts Structural Health Monitoring Research in RAI Magazine
The Vernon Avenue Bridge in Barre, Mass., is one of the first "work horse" bridge projects in the country to implement a structural health monitoring (SHM) system, incorporating more than 200 sensors. Read more about the collaborative SHM research of Professor Masoud Sanayei, Professor of the Practice Brian Brenner, and engineers from UNH and Geocomp in RAI magazine. [posted 12/13/2011]

Vogel Featured in The Atlantic
Professor Richard Vogel was featured in the "Life" section of The Atlantic online. Read Professor Vogel's answers to "9 ½ Questions" in which he talks about urbanization as an important sustainability trend and the politicization of science. [posted 11/28/2011]

Islam Wins NSF Grant for Research Coordination Network
Professor Shafiqul Islam received a Research Coordination Network (RCN) grant from the National Science Foundation to create a global network of water professionals who want to share research and field-based experience as part of an effort to promote a greater understanding of the dynamics of water diplomacy. [posted 10/27/2011]

CEE Alumna Checks Washington Monument for Structural Damage
Tufts alumna Emma Cardini (Francis), E01, EG09, was among the engineers who inspected the Washington Monument to check for earthquake damage. Cardini has rappelled down columns on Panama's Bridge of the Americas, dangled from rope inside the Old South Church in Boston and inspected the Gothic spires at the top of Chicago's Tribune Tower. [posted 10/6/2011]

Predictive Power of Soft Materials Modeling
Researchers, including Associate Professor Luis Dorfmann and Research Associate Professor Robert Peattie in biomedical engineering are building flexible models to calculate the odds that potentially fatal abdominal aneurysms will rupture. [posted 9/29/2011]

Becker Awarded EPA STAR Fellowship
Matthew Becker, a doctoral candidate in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, was awarded a 2011 Environmental Protection Agency STAR (Science to Achieve Results) fellowship to study fate and transport of engineered nanomaterials in porous media. Engineered nanotechnology has become attractive in many industries because of the unique properties of compounds in their nanoparticle forms. However, despite the increase in production and use, potential environmental and public health impacts of nanoparticles are still unclear. The goal of Matthew's research is to develop models to more effectively predict their mobility in geochemically heterogeneous porous media to assess the potential impact of nanomaterials on groundwater resources. [posted 9/9/2011]

Research Challenges Global Warming's Link to Cholera Outbreak
Professor Shafiqul Islam's examination of the world's largest river basins found nutrient-rich and powerful river discharges led to spikes in the blooms of plankton associated with cholera outbreaks. These increased discharges often occur at times of increased temperature in coastal water, suggesting that predicting global warming's potential temperature effect on cholera will be more complicated than first thought, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. [posted 8/11/2011]

Chapra Gives Keynote on Public Health Engineering
In late July, Professor Steven Chapra visited South Korea where he gave a keynote address on "Water Security and Cities of the Future" at the Korean Environment Institute's International Water Symposium. Chapra spoke about Tufts' efforts related to public health engineering. In particular, he described the development and application of mathematical models to forecast the evolution of waterborne epidemics in heavily urbanized river systems. During his visit, he also gave a seminar in Seoul to K-water (Korea's counterpart to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation) and conducted a water-quality modeling workshop at Chungnam National University in Daejeon. [posted 8/5/2011]

Gute Participates in Environmental Justice Thought Leaders Meeting
Associate Professor David M. Gute was an invited participant at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) meeting to discuss potential revisions to the existing "Strategic Elements for Environmental Justice" strategy, which sets the goals of the agency in terms of environmental justice. The July 22, 2011 meeting was convened by Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, Chief Medical Officer, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, and featured representatives from DHHS agencies including the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among the invitees were a national group of prominent community-based stakeholders and seminal academic contributors to scholarship focused on environmental justice including Dr. Beverly Wright of Dillard University, New Orleans and Professor Robert Bullard of Clark University, Atlanta. [posted 7/27/2011]

Hines Wind Technology Testing Center Featured in Civil Engineering Magazine
The ASCE's Civil Engineering magazine featured an article by Professor of the Practice Eric Hines and Mysore Ravindra, chairman of LeMessurier Consultants, about the recently completed Wind Technology Testing Center (WTTC) located in Charlestown, Mass. This facility is the largest of its kind in the world and will play a major role in the emerging American offshore wind industry. The project is run by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (CEC) in cooperation with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
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Pennell Receives SERDP Funding for Remediation Research
Professor and Chair Kurt Pennell, Research Assistant Professor Natalie Capiro, and collaborator Frank Leoffler at the University of Tennessee, have received funding from SERDP to study the "Secondary Impacts of In Situ Remediation on Groundwater Quality and Post-treatment Management Services." Although substantial progress has been achieved in the remediation and management of hazardous waste sites at Department of Defense (DoD) installations, many sites contain recalcitrant contaminants, such as chlorinated solvents, often in complex hydrogeologic settings. For these problematic sites, significant amounts of the contaminant mass (>10%) are likely to remain even after aggressive source zone treatment. [posted 7/12/2011]

Islam's Research on Cholera Outbreak in Huffington Post
Professor Shafiqul Islam's research on remote satellite imaging and predicting cholera outbreak was featured in an article in the Huffington Post. In a study published in the May issue of Water Resources Research, Islam and his colleagues describe how large-scale environmental conditions can be conducive to the initiation, transmission and propagation of cholera. [posted 7/6/2011]

Chapra Elected ASCE Fellow
Professor Steven Chapra, Louis Berger Chair in Computing and Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). This prestigious honor is held by fewer than 4 percent of ASCE members. Fellows are practitioners, educators, mentors, and, most of all, leaders. They have distinguished careers that have contributed significantly to the civil engineering profession. The accomplishments of Fellows have left their marks on their communities, society, and future engineering professionals. [posted 5/26/2011]

Pennell Delivers Keynote at Remediation Conference
Professor and Chair Kurt Pennell delivered a keynote lecture on "Thermal Treatment: Chemical Reactivity and Combined Remedies" at the RemTEC Summit conference, on advancing the environmental science and collaborating with remediation industry, held in Chicago on May 16-19, 2011. [posted 5/23/2011]

St. Vincent Awarded PEO Scholar Award
Graduate student Allison St. Vincent has been researching ultrafine particles in air pollution as part of the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health (CAFEH) initiative, led by Professor Doug Brugge at the Tufts School of Medicine and John Durant, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her work has already earned her numerous accolades, including an EPA STAR Graduate Fellowship and a P.E.O. Scholar Award from the Philanthropic Educational Organization, one of the pioneer societies for women, which provides educational awards for women pursuing a doctoral level degree or are engaged in postdoctoral research. [posted 5/9/2011]

Kosinski Wins Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service
Doctoral candidate Karen Kosinski received a 2011 Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service for her work to sustainably implement a primary prevention of urinary schistosomiasis in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Her doctoral committee is chaired by David Gute, and includes Professors John Durant (CEE), Jeanine Plummer, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Dr. Miguel Stadecker, Tufts Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences, and Kwabena M. Bosompem, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Legon, GHANA. [posted 5/5/2011]

Vaughan Receives Sustainability Innovation Honorable Mention
Master's candidate Eric Vaughan received one of two honorable mention awards from the Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge for his research project: "A Methodology for Evaluating Coupled Pricing Policies that Stimulate the Agricultural Use of Treated Wastewater." [posted 4/26/2011]

Vogel Receives Award for Commitment to Research
Professor Rich Vogel gave the keynote address: "Water Resources Planning in a Changing World" at the 8th Water Resources Conference at the University of Massachusetts Amherst addressed the needs for water monitoring, assessment, and management of water resources in New England due to variability and changes in climate, land use, population, and other environmental stressors. Vogel also received the John W. Olver Leadership Award in recognition of his "dedicated leadership and outstanding commitment to environmental research and protection of our natural resources." [posted 4/8/2011]

Matt Becker Receives NSF GRFP Honorable Mention
Matt Becker, a master's candidate in the IMPES lab, received an honorable mention from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows Program (GRFP). Currently, he is working with Dr. Linda Abriola on two projects regarding mathematical modeling of nanoparticle fate and transport in porous media. [posted 4/6/2011]

Pennell Gives Seminar for Brown's Superfund Research Program
On March 4, 2011, Professor and Chair Kurt Pennell gave a lecture on "Linking Environmental Toxicants to Neurodegenerative Disease: Persistent Organic Pollutants and Engineered Nanomaterials" as part of Brown University's Superfund Research Program. Epidemiological and laboratory studies provide data to support an association between persistent organic pollutant exposure and an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease. [posted 3/8/2011]

Doctoral Student Research on Climate Change and Cholera Featured
The research of Ali Akanda and Antarpreet Jutla, doctoral candidates in Professor Shafiqul Islam's research group WE REASoN, was featured in Yale Environment 360, an online publication of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Jutla and Akanda have been working with Islam to develop methods to use remote sensing and climate data to track the coastal plankton blooms that occur before cholera outbreaks. Climate change could exacerbate these plankton blooms, and in turn, the severity of cholera outbreaks. "Although there is no clear understanding of the exact nature of the relationship between cholera and climate," said Islam, "if climate change leads to more extremes, it will have an impact on cholera." [posted 3/2/2011]

Swan and Colleagues Win Best ASEE Paper Award
Associate Professor Chris Swan and colleagues Angela Bielefeldt (University of Colorado-Boulder) and Kurt Paterson (Michigan Technological University) received the 2010 American Society of Engineering Education's Best Paper Award for their paper "Measuring the Impacts of Project-Based Service Learning." The paper previously won the 2009 ASEE Environmental Engineering Division PIC II Best Paper Award. [posted 1/31/2011]

Baise Elected to Seismological Society of America Board
Associate Professor Laurie Baise was elected to the board of the Seismological Society of America. "To address seismic hazard in the future, interdisciplinary efforts will be required, and the Seismological Society of America provides an ideal venue to promote and encourage these important efforts," said Baise. [posted 1/25/2011]


Undergraduate Student Wins 2011 Max O. Urbahn Award
Lindsay Hull (E'11) is this year's recipient of the Max O. Urbahn, F.A.I.A. Scholarship from the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) New York City Post. The award is given annually to an academically deserving civil and environmental engineering student at Tufts University School of Engineering in recognition of outstanding leadership, high ethics and scholarship achievement. [posted 12/20/2010]

Associate Professor Durant Receives Tufts Community Research Center Award
On November 30, 2010, Associate Professor John Durant and collaborators received a Tufts Community Research Center Award for involvement in the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health (CAFEH) study. Lead by Doug Brugge, Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, CAFEH is funded by a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study pollution in Boston communities near major highways. The Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership, Chinese Progressive Association, Committee for Boston Public Housing and the Chinatown Resident Association are also partners in research. In addition, special recognition was given to Associate Professor David Gute and the Vida Verde Women's Co-Operative founded by the Brazilian Woman's Group in Collaboration with Academic and Community Partners and principally funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. [posted 11/29/2010]

Professor Vogel Presents Virtual Seminar on Hydromorphology
On Fri., Nov. 5 ,2010, Professor Rich Vogel presented an online seminar titled "Hydromorphology: The Shape of our Water Future" as part of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc.'s (CUAHSI) 2010 cyberseminar series. Hydromorphology deals with structure and evolution of hydrologic systems due to complex coupling between human and natural systems. Hydromorphologic problems represent scientific, social and engineering challenges related to how humans reshape fresh-water systems through modifications to the landscape, water infrastructure, and climate, and how our reshaped water systems influence life on the planet. Download the presentation slides, or hear the full lecture online. [posted 11/9/2010]

Associate Professor Griffiths Comments on Water Infrastructure
The New York Times Op-Ed columnist Bob Herbert quoted adjunct Associate Professor Jeffrey Griffiths in a column on the aging water system infrastructure. Griffiths, the chairman of the Drinking Water Panel of the Science Advisory Board of the Environmental Protection Agency, told The Times: "We're relying on water systems built by our great-grandparents, and no one wants to pay for the decades we've spent ignoring them. There's a lot of evidence that people are getting sick. But because everything is out of sight, no one really understands how bad things have become." [posted 10/26/2010]

Associate Professor Gute Holds Community Meeting on NIOSH Grant
The Boston Globe reported on a community meeting held by Associate Professor David Gute who presented findings from his community-based grant "Assessing and Controlling Occupational Risks for Immigrants In Somerville." More than 50 people attended the meeting to hear preliminary results of the collaboration to support healthy conditions for local immigrant workers. [posted 10/21/2010]

St. Vincent Awarded EPA STAR Fellowship
Doctoral candidate Allison St. Vincent was awarded a 2010 Environmental Protection Agency STAR (Science To Achieve Results) fellowship to study traffic-generated ultrafine particles (UFP) near highways. Exposure to UFP (diameter <100 nm) has been linked to cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases in people living near highways. Allison's research will focus on developing better measures of personal exposures to UFP among people who live near highways by combining detailed air pollution monitoring and local-scale modeling. [posted 10/1/2010]

Department Receives NSF Funding to Support Environmental Sustainability Teaching and Research
The department has received $1.6 million from the National Science Foundation to create a state-of-the-art Environmental Sustainability Laboratory (ESL) that will support multi-disciplinary experimental and mathematical modeling research to advance the fundamental understanding of the fate, transport and control of emerging contaminants in multi-media (air-water-soil) environmental systems. The proposed renovation will provide approximately 3,000 sq. ft. of wet-laboratory space and associated infrastructure, including a temperature-controlled chamber and analytical instrument bays. [posted 9/16/2010]

Environmental Health Students Continue to Battle Disease in Ghana
Doctoral student Karen Kosinski has been working in Ghana to develop a recreation facility that provides clean, parasite-free water to schoolchildren at risk of contracting schistosomiasis. Affecting more than 207 million people a year, schistosomiasis is all too common among poor populations in Africa who do not have access to clean water. [posted 9/8/2010]

Gulf Waste Heads to Landfills, Some with Problems
The Associated Press reported on the thousands of tons of oil-soaked debris from the Gulf Coast spill that is ending up in local landfills, some of which were already dealing with environmental concerns. Professor and Chair, Kurt Pennell, commented on the situation. [posted 8/25/2010]

Water Diplomacy Program Gets a Boost
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $4.2M, five-year grant to Tufts' Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) initiative to create an interdisciplinary doctoral program in water diplomacy. Tufts' IGERT team, led by Professor Shafiqul Islam, comprises 17 faculty members from three schools, with eight U.S. partners and five international partners. [posted 8/6/2010]

Student Named 2010 DOW Sustainability Innovation Winner
Doctoral student Karen Kosinski was a winner in the DOW Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge for her research on the evaluation of a novel primary prevention technique for the control of urinary schistosomiasis. Karen received $10,000 at the ceremony held at Sophia Gordon Hall. [posted 5/26/2010]

Chapra Receives Award for "Most Notable" Paper
Professor Steven Chapra received the Chandler-Misener Award for his paper "Great Lakes chloride trends: Long-term mass balance and loading analysis." This award is presented annually to the authors of the "most notable" peer-reviewed paper in the current volume of the "Journal of Great Lakes Research." [posted 5/20/2010]

Student Wins Outstanding Student Paper Award
Stacey Archfield, EG'09, received a 2009 AGU Outstanding Student Paper Award at American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2009 Fall Meeting in San Francisco for her paper "Rainfall-runoff model calibration at an ungauged catchment using the map correlation method". The research represents a fundamental improvement over the widely used 'drainage area ratio' method for transferring streamflow from one basin to another. [posted 5/13/2010]

Gute Earns Two Tufts Awards
Associate Professor David Gute was chosen by the Tufts' Equal Educational Opportunity Committee as a recipient of Multicultural Service Award. This award recognizes those who have made significant efforts to define Tufts as a multicultural environment. Gute also earned the 2010 International Relations Outstanding Faculty Service Award. [posted 4/23/2010]

Chris Swan Highlighted in Book on Civic Engagement
Associate Professor Chris Swan is highlighted in a new book called "Citizen You" by Tufts Trustee, Jonathan Tisch. "[á]spend a day with Chris Swan, and you'll discover that a civil engineer can also be a college senior teaching kids in a bilingual third-grade class in Somerville, Massachusetts, about water conservation and the basics of a sustainable life." [posted 4/16/2010]

Vogel's Research Related to Local Flooding Concerns
This op-ed from Massachusetts State Rep. Will Brownsberger quotes Professor Richard Vogel on how development has affected flooding of the Mystic River and its tributaries around Belmont, Mass. "Professor Richard Vogel...estimates that the 100 year flow event on the Aberjona (tributary to the Mystic) has gone up by a factor of five since the 1940s, as a result of development," writes Brownsberger. [posted 4/9/2010]

Pennell Presents at Forum to Discuss Kuwait Environmental Remediation Program
Professor and Chair Kurt Pennell attended a three-day forum sponsored by the Kuwait National Focal Point (KNFP), where he gave a presentation on physical and chemical remediation technologies. According to the KNFP website, the goal of the Kuwait Environmental Remediation Program is to remediate environmental damage caused by the Gulf War. [posted 3/30/2010]

Undergraduate Student Wins Max O. Urbahn Award
Meggie Betancourt received the Max O. Urbahn Award from New York City Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) in recognition of outstanding


Islam Presents at NIH Climate Change and Health Workshop
Professor Shafiqul Islam presented a talk on the effects of climate change on cholera dynamics and predictions at a workshop sponsored by the Trans-NIH Working Group on Climate Change and Health. [posted 12/10/2009]

USGS Grant Awarded to Laurie Baise
Associate Professor Laurie Baise was awarded a one-year grant from the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. Working in collaboration with the University of Alaska - Fairbanks, their project titled "Application of Satellite Data for Post-liquefaction Reconnaissance" will verify the applicability of satellite remote sensing for post-liquefaction reconnaissance. Historically, earthquake-induced liquefaction is known to have caused extensive structural and lifeline damages around the world. Therefore, there is a compelling need to characterize and map liquefaction after an earthquake event. The research will use the 2001 Bhuj earthquake as a test case. [posted 12/1/2009]

Islam Presents at Boston AIChE Meeting
Professor Shafiqul Islam presented a talk at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Boston chapter entitled "Water - Is it the New Oil?" Professor Islam's lecture addressed some of the following questions: Is there a worldwide water shortage, or is the problem a local one? How does diplomacy figure in? Can technology alone solve the problems? [posted 11/19/2009]

Pennell Appointed to National Academy of Engineering Committee
Kurt Pennell, Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has recently been appointed to the National Research Council's study on improving hazardous waste management at problematic sites where the presence of recalcitrant or poorly accessible contaminants is preventing site closure. The project, titled "Future Options for Management in the Nation's Subsurface Remediation Effort", started in September 2009 and will run for approximately 32 months. The committee will convene to study topics such as the threats to public water supplies, long-term management and the barriers to close certain sites. [posted 11/16/2009]

Islam Awarded NIH Challenge Grant in Health and Science Research
Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Shafiqul Islam, the University of Maryland, and the Institute of Water Modeling in Bangladesh have received a NIH Challenge Grant for a collaborative proposal that examines how sea level increases and variations in precipitation might affect transmission of cholera, which has re-emerged as a significant cause of death. [posted 11/13/2009]

Gute Leads APHA Session on Primary Prevention in Waterborne Disease
Associate Professor David M. Gute organized a session at the recent Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA). This session advanced the proposition that the global control of waterborne disease will benefit from a re-emphasis on the use of primary prevention strategies. Such strategies would complement disease control programs that currently focus upon the provision of population-based chemotherapy. [posted 11/12/2009]

Professor Islam Provides New Insight into Predicting Cholera Epidemics in the Bengal Delta
In Bangladesh, cholera epidemics occur twice a year: in the spring and again in the fall. But the mechanisms behind these unique dual outbreaks are not fully understood. Now, researchers, including Professor Shafiqul Islam and doctoral students Ali Akanda and Antarpreet Jutla have proposed a link between cholera and fluctuating water levels in the region's three principal rivers - the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna. [posted 11/6/2009]

Chelsea Neil Wins First Place in A&WMA Student Paper Competition
Chelsea Neil, a 2009 Summer Scholar who worked with Associate Professor Chris Swan, took first place in the Air & Waste Management Association's (A&WMA) Student Paper Competition. Chelsea's paper on the reduction in leachable arsenic from coal fly ashes incorporated into synthetic aggregates earned her a $1,000 cash prize and a one-year student membership to the A&WMA. She presented her paper at the A&WMA New England Fall Conference. [posted 11/6/2009]

Oommen Takes Second in Northeast Geotechnical Graduate Research Symposium
Thomas Oommen, a doctoral candidate working with Associate Professor Laurie Baise's in the Geohazards Engineering Research group, won second prize for his abstract on "Implementing Probability of Liquefaction in Geotechnical Engineering Practice" in the Geosyntec Consultants Abstract Competition as part of the 2009 Northeast Geotechnical Graduate Research Symposium. [posted 11/2/2009]

Developing Groundwater Models to Protect Infrastructure
With declining groundwater levels surrounding their pilings, buildings in many Boston neighborhoods could become dangerously unstable. Now Tufts engineers Brian Thomas, a doctoral student in statistical hydrology, and Richard Vogel, Civil and Environmental Engineering professor, are looking to shore them up. Read more in Tufts Journal. [posted 10/23/2009]

Gute Appointed to USEPA Steering Committee
Associate Professor David M. Gute of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has been appointed to the Steering Committee of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Research and Information Collection Partnership (RICP). The RICP was formed as a result of a process initiated to revise and improve the Total Coliform Rule. The Total Coliform Rule is of central importance to the control of waterborne pathogens in the United States. [posted 10/16/2009]

Natalie Cápiro Joins the IMPES Lab
Natalie Cápiro joins the Integrated Multiphase Environmental Systems Laboratory (IMPES) as a Research Assistant Professor. Dr. Cápiro (PhD, Rice University) comes from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology where she conducted postdoctoral research in environmental biotechnology and bioremediation applications, fate and transport of persistent organic groundwater contaminants, and remediation technologies. [posted 10/5/2009]

Vogel Named Director of WSSS
Professor Richard Vogel has been named the director of the interdisciplinary graduate program in Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS) program. As director, Professor Vogel will continue to expand interdisciplinary, water-related research and education efforts across Tufts' schools in collaboration with the Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE). As of Sept. 1, Professor Vogel was also named director of the water-related activities at TIE. [posted 9/1/2009]