CEE in the News
July 5, 2018
Tufts alum brings STEM education to refugee children
Civil engineer Ayman Halaseh, EG15, and his wife Shirin Haddadin are bringing STEM education to
children at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.
July 3, 2018
Tufts students and alumni receive clean tech award
Civil engineering grad Harshit Agrawal and environmental engineering alum
Alex Rappaport are members of ZwitterCo, which received a Catalyst grant from the
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center for work on a membrane technology designed to reduce
energy consumption in water purification, specifically in the food and beverage industry.
June 25, 2018
Professor Masoud Sanayei analyzes the structural health of roller coasters.
June 25, 2018
Professor Steven Chapra points to warming temperatures due to climate change as the reason for more toxic algae bloom in U.S. waters.
June 25, 2018
Learning up close
While studying abroad in Talloires, France, BEST scholar and civil engineering major Talisa Watts is seeing global health engineering and policy at work.
June 13, 2018
Chapra receives teaching and advising award
Professor Steven Chapra received the 2018 Engineering Seymour Simches Award for Distinguished Teaching and Advising.
June 13, 2018
Communicating across boundaries
Civil engineering major and BEST scholar Talisa Watts reflects on her first week in France as part
of the Tufts in Talloires program, and how she's learning to communicate in spite of a language barrier.
June 11, 2018
Public health engineering in India
Professor David M. Gute traveled to India this spring to explore new ventures in the field.
May 29, 2018
In a profile, civil engineering graduate Mateo Galeano, E18, reflects on his journey to Tufts and the road ahead.
May 11, 2018
Water, sanitation, and hygiene in southern Syria
Associate Professor Daniele Lantagne and Ph.D. candidate Mustafa
Sikder were part of a group of researchers
studying the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) activity in southern
Syria during ongoing armed conflict.
May 9, 2018
Lantagne to speak at MIT
Associate Professor Daniele Lantagne will be guest speaker at
The Association of MIT Alumnae's annual meeting on Sunday, June 10, 2018.
May 2, 2018
Alarcón receives Presidential Award for Civic Life
Tania Alarcón, a Ph.D. student in civil and environmental engineering, received the
Presidential Award for Civic Life, which recognizes outstanding achievements in service,
leadership, and civic engagement during a student's time at Tufts.
April 25, 2018
Research from Lamontagne featured in Nature Climate Change
Research by a group including Assistant Professor Jonathan Lamontagne, focused on an exploratory
modelling approach for discovering policy-relevant scenarios, was featured in the "News and Views"
section of Nature Climate Change.
April 9, 2018
Alums win at $100k New Ventures Competition
Two civil engineering graduates, Harshit Agrawal and Alex Rappaport, both E17,
were members of a winning team at the 2018 Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition.
The team pitched ZwitterCo, a system of nanofiltration membranes designed to improve
produced water recycling in the oil and gas industry, and tied for first place in the
General & High-Tech Track. Read more.
April 6, 2018
New summer programs for undergraduate researchers
Elana Chan, E21, is among the first participants in Tufts' Global Research Assistant Program (GRAP),
working on a project in India with Amy Pickering, assistant professor in civil and
April 6, 2018
Engineering major receives Senior Award
Civil engineering and architecture major Sebastian Torrente is
one of this year's Senior Award recipients, given by the
Tufts University Alumni Association.
April 5, 2018
Alum named NSF Fellow
Steven Robert Woodruff, E17, was named an NSF Graduate Research Fellow.
He received a degree in civil engineering from Tufts and is currently a Ph.D.
student at the University of Michigan, focusing on the field of structures.
April 2, 2018
Vogel named Friend of UCOWR
Professor Emeritus and Research Professor Richard Vogel was named a Friend of the Universities Council
on Water Resources (UCOWR), in recognition of his significant contributions toward the goals of the organization.
March 23, 2018
Understanding the effects of incineration
Associate Professor Christopher Swan spoke to WGBH about effective testing methods
for ash from an incinerator in Saugus, Massachusetts.
February 12, 2018
Professor Islam on Cape Town's water crisis
Professor Shafiqul Islam spoke to VOX about "Day Zero" in Cape Town, South Africa and what might happen if the city goes dry.
February 6, 2018
Lamontagne studies climate change adaptation models
Assistant Professor Jonathan Lamontagne and a group of researchers published
findings on the need for a deeper understanding of the Scenario Matrix
Framework, the primary technical basis for studying the socioeconomic and policy
scenarios used to research climate change mitigation and adaptation.
February 6, 2018
Dorfmann receives Distinguished Visiting Fellowship
Professor Luis Dorfmann has received a
Distinguished Visiting Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering. He will
be collaborating with Cardiff University in the United Kingdom on a project for
improve existing constitutive and numerical models to simulate active materials
and bioactuation in soft robotics.
January 31, 2018
Pickering and colleagues study health interventions
In a paper published in The Lancet Global Health, Assistant Professor Amy Pickering
and a group of researchers studied the efficacy of sanitation and nutrition interventions
for child health in rural Kenya.
January 19, 2018
Lantagne and PhD student study handwashing efficacy
In the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), Associate Professor Daniele Lantagne and
Ph.D. student Marlene Wolfe study different methods for handwashing that could be used during infectious disease outbreaks.
January 19, 2018
Engineers Week comes to Tufts, February 18-24
Join Tufts School of Engineering for activities, networking, panel discussions and more during Engineers Week, February 18-24, 2018 all over campus.
December 21, 2017
Pickering studies food contamination
Assistant Professor Amy Pickering and colleagues published a paper in the
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene on the
concentrations of fecal indicator bacteria on the surface of produce obtained
from both neighborhood retail markets and a wholesale market in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
December 7, 2017
Germaine elected to ASTM International Board of Directors
Jack Germaine has been elected to the ASTM International Board of Directors, a three-year appointment that begins in January 2018.
November 6, 2017
Gute leads Water and Health Conference panel
Professor David Gute co-led a panel at the recent Water and Health Conference on bringing engineering and public health together in academia and industry.
November 6, 2017
Jay Borkland talks offshore wind in the Boston Globe
In The Boston Globe, Research Associate Professor
Jay Borkland discussed the possibilities of offshore wind infrastructure in Massachusetts.
October 25, 2017
Peter Chandonait, EG03, wins USAID award for malaria control work
Peter Chandonait received an Innovation to
Action award from USAID for designing and implementing a mobile soak
pit (MSP) to aid in malaria control operations in remote regions.
October 20, 2017
David Gute receives award from Tufts Faculty Research Awards Committee
Professor David Gute received an Open Access Publishing award from the Tufts Faculty
Research Awards Committee for his proposal "Longitudinal Associations of Exposure to
Ultrafine Particles with Blood Pressure and Systemic Inflammation in Puerto Rican Adults."
October 10, 2017
Seminar with John Roma on October 13
Join us for a seminar with John Roma of Skanska USA on Friday,
October 13 at 1:30 PM in Nelson Auditorium. His talk will cover
the evolution of drilled shafts in the northeast. Read more.
September 1, 2017
Vogel elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
Professor Emeritus and Research Professor
Richard Vogel has been
elected a 2017 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, in
recognition of his visionary research on water resource systems
August 31, 2017
Parry receives ADSC scholarship
Ph.D. student Amanda Parry received the Women's Association
Scholarship from the International Association of Foundation
Drilling. She was awarded funds as well as a trip to IFCEE 2018.
August 30, 2017
Germaine named ASCE Life Member
Research Professor Jack Germaine was named a life member of the
ASCE, in recognition of his lifetime commitment to the engineering
profession and his membership in the ASCE for the full length of his
August 29, 2017
CEE welcomes Professors Pickering and Lamontagne
Assistant Professors Amy Pickering and Jonathan Lamontagne
arrived on campus this fall to join the department.
August 15, 2017
Dorfmann publishes review article in Royal Society A
Professor Luis Dorfmann published
a review article on nonlinear electroelasticity in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London A.
August 14, 2017
Climate change projected to increase algal blooms
Professor and Berger Chair Steve Chapra was
the lead author on a paper published in Environmental Science & Technology
that projected an increase in harmful algal blooms due to climate
change. The team developed a modeling framework that predicted the
increases and economic impacts by U.S. region.
August 4, 2017
Dorfmann receives Harting Award
Professor Luis Dorfmann was part
of a team of Tufts researchers that has received the Harting Award, awarded
for the best paper published in Experimental Techniques in 2016.
August 2, 2017
Professor Laurie Baise appointed CEE department chair
Professor Laurie Gaskins Baise
has been appointed chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering, effective September 1. We're pleased to welcome Professor
Baise to her new role, and are grateful to Professor Kurt Pennell for his
leadership of the department.
July 21, 2017
Seminar on hydraulic fracking
Join the department for a seminar on Tuesday, July 25. Professor
Zdeněk Bažant of Northwestern University will
deliver the talk, titled "Learn About Hydraulic Fracking:
Branching of Hydraulic Fractures in Shale and the Enigma of
Preexisting Large-Scale Permeability." Read more.
June 9, 2017
Galeano, E18, receives Summer Scholars funding
Mateo Galeano, E18, was selected to participate in the Summer Scholars Program. This summer,
he will conduct a funded independent research project with his faculty mentor, Assistant Professor Daniele Lantagne.
May 26, 2017
Germaine elected chair of ASTM International's Committee D18
Research Professor Jack Germaine has
been reelected chairman of ASTM International's Committee D18 on Soil and Rock.
This will be his third and final term, which will run through December 31, 2019.
May 25, 2017
The price of dirty water
Professors Elena Naumova and
Jeffrey Griffiths found that pathogens
that thrive inside aging pipes and water transport systems can result in many costly hospitalizations.
April 12, 2017
Viesca receives NSF CAREER Award
Assistant Professor Robert C. Viesca received a CAREER Award for his
proposal to examine physical basis for the emergence of slow
aseismic fault slip. The work will advance understanding in areas
under consideration for fault operation during the seismic cycle and
earthquake hazard assessment, including injection-induced fault
slip. Read more.
March 23, 2017
Vogel named 2017 IWR Maass-White Fellow
Professor Emeritus and Research Professor Richard Vogel
has been named the 2017 MAASS-White Fellow by the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers' Institute for Water Resources. The Maass-White
Visiting Scholar Fellowship is offered annually to a scholar
whose works promote innovative, substantive reforms in water
resources policy research or analysis.
March 21, 2017
Register now for summer classes
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is offering a number of
Summer Session classes this year.
Register now for classes on epidemiology, GIS, and more.
March 3, 2017
Computional models of air pollution
Environmental engineers' paper on traffic-related air pollution
in Somerville and Chinatown has been featured as an extramural
paper of the month by the NIEHS' Environmental Factor.
Researchers included Associate Professor John Durant and alumni
Allison Patton and Chad Milando.
February 21, 2017
Tufts Society of Women Engineers chapter recognized nationally
The Tufts chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) was
recently awarded the organization's Outstanding Collegiate
Section Gold Award, which is the highest-level SWE award for a
collegiate section. A number of CEE majors are members of the chapter and its leadership board.
Congratulations to Tufts SWE.
February 15, 2017
Viesca publishes paired papers in Physical Review E and
Proceedings of the Royal Society A
Assistant Professor Rob Viesca published a sequence of
papers on the nature of friction at the interface of elastic
materials. He studied how a prevailing model for sliding
friction couples with the elasticity of the bodies in contact.
February 9, 2017
Tufts engineers receive honorable mention for best paper
The Executive Board of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) selected a Tufts team's paper as Honorable Mention for Best Paper of 2015. The paper used water insecurity to predict domestic water demand in the Palestinian West Bank.
January 27, 2017
Starting new in Hong Kong
Civil engineering major Mateo Galeano is studying abroad at the University of Hong Kong this semester.
He will be blogging about his experiences for the School of Engineering.
Read his first blog.