CEE in the News
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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,
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."
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.
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.
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.
Sanayei and Collaborators Receive NSF Grant for Structural Health Monitoring
Vogel, along with Professor
Alva Couch in Tufts
Engineering Department of Computer Science, and alumna
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.
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,
Elena Naumova, Professor
Jeffrey Griffiths, and postdoctoral fellow Alexander Liss.
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.
Tufts Named One of Six Academic Partners in Massachusetts Offshore Wind
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,"
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.
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.
Lantagne Writes on the Need for Wastewater Treatment Innovation
With water quality in Rio de Janeiro in the news, Assistant
Lantagne wrote for The Conversation on the
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.
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.
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."
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
Dorfmann Researches the Dynamics of the
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.
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
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.
Abriola Named U.S. Science Envoy
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
Chapra Receives 2016 Wesley W. Horner Award
Steven Chapra received the ASCE Environmental and Water Resources
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.
Abriola Named Tufts Environment Institute Director
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
Swan Named Associate Dean of Tisch College
Chris Swan was named Associate Dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic
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
Griffiths Speaks with NPR about Toxic Taps in America
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.
Pennell and Collaborators Receive
NIH/NIMH Grant to Study Environmental Exposures in Autism Spectral
Professor and Chair
Kurt Pennell and
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.
Brugge Comments on Uranium-Contaminated Water
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.