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2017

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. Read more.

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. Read more.

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. Read more.

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. Read more.

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. Read more.

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.


2016

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]