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News | June 8, 2021


  • June 7, 2021

    Paper: Probabilistic Models and Fragility Estimates for Unreinforced Masonry Walls Subject to In-Plane Horizontal Forces

    Recent paper  on developing probabilistic capacity models for unreinforced masonry walls with hollow clay units subject to horizontal in-plane forces, co-authored by professor Paolo Gardoni, selected as Editor's Choice for the latest ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering issue. READ PAPER

  • June 7, 2021

    Konar to present during National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine virtual discussion

    Associate professor Megan Konar will present on mapping virtual water flows through food during a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine discussion on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 3:00pm ET. See more and register at: EVENT DETAILS

  • May 27, 2021

    Media Mention: Western Mass News talks with Frank Lombardo about an increase in high wind events

    SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Western Mass News talked to experts in the field – including assistant professor Frank Lombardo – to find out what’s driving an increase in high wind events, and how to build a better, more resilient future. READ MORE

  • May 20, 2021

    Kontou selected for NAE Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

    CEE at Illinois assistant professor Eleftheria Kontou has been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's 2021 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. READ MORE

  • May 20, 2021

    Ran Mei awarded the 2021 Jacobs Engineering Group / AEESP Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

    This award is given annually to recognize an outstanding doctoral dissertation that contributes to the advancement of environmental science and engineering. Congratulations!

  • May 20, 2021

    Paper: Low-Head Hydropower as a Reserve Power Source: A Case Study of Northeastern Illinois

    New paper that includes professor Marcelo Garcia and associate professor Ashlynn Stillwell as co-authors quantifies potential hydropower generation at low-head dams and finds low-head hydropower functions reliably despite streamflow variability; integrating low-head hydropower with wind limits the system output; low-head hydropower is best suited for small, local applications.  READ PAPER

  • May 18, 2021

    International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics

    Professor Erol Tutumluer is Chair of the 4th International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics, which aims to bridge the gap between pavement/railway engineering and geotechnical engineering. The conference registration deadline is Friday, May 21. Learn more about the virtual conference and sign up at

  • May 13, 2021

    In the Media: Christopher Barkan cited in Time Magazine article on Amtrak and passenger rail

    TIME (May 3, 2021) - Professor Christopher Barkan weighs in on the ramifications of adding more passenger trains to existing freight rail lines. READ THE ARTICLE

  • May 13, 2021

    Professor Timothy Stark invited to give the T.H. Wu Distinguished Lecture

    The T.H. Wu Distinguished Lecture is a signature event in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at The Ohio State University. Presented yearly, the lecture features prominent scholars and practitioners in the field of geotechnical engineering.

  • May 1, 2021

    CEE Graduation Reception: Registration Open

    Graduating students, families and friends are invited to attend the virtual CEE Graduation Reception on May 15, 2021. Learn More

  • April 29, 2021

    In the Media: People of Color Breathe More Hazardous Air. The Sources Are Everywhere.

    New York Times – Compared with white Americans, people of color in the United States suffer disproportionately from exposure to pollution, according to new research led by assistant professor Christopher Tessum. READ THE ARTICLE

  • April 29, 2021

    New study shows PM-2.5 polluters disproportionately and systemically affect people of color in the United States

    A study led by assistant professor Christopher Tessum uncovered stark disparities between white people and minorities across thousands of categories of pollution, driven by nearly all emission source types. READ MORE

  • April 29, 2021

    International Crosstie and Fastening System Symposium: Registration Now Open

    Registration is now open for the 2021 International Crosstie & Fastening System Symposium, which will include more than 25 pre-recorded presentations that will be provided free of charge to attendees.  Learn More

  • April 28, 2021

    Paper: Disparities and equity issues in electric vehicles rebate allocation

    New publication in Energy Policy, by assistant professor Eleftheria Kontou: Disparities and equity issues in electric vehicles rebate allocation. Researchers uncover uneven distribution of rebates in CA census tracts between income segments and community advantaged/disadvantaged status.  READ PAPER

  • April 27, 2021

    In the Media: Origami Shelters

    Wired (New York City, April 27) – Researchers at Harvard University employed origami to create a human-sized emergency shelter. When flat, the structure is about the size of a twin mattress. But when inflated, its walls widen and a roof snaps into place. “It’s a great bridging between the mechanics of origami – the geometry of it – and actually getting all the way to a large-scale structure. That’s quite rare,” says Ann Sychterz, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the U. of I. who was not involved in the study.  READ ARTICLE

  • April 19, 2021

    Research team selected to participate in NSF-led innovation challenge

    A team led by assistant professor Hadi Meidani has been selected to participate in the CIVIC Innovation Challenge, a two-stage competition held by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Energy and Homeland Security. READ MORE

  • April 14, 2021

    COVID-19 Peaks Reflect Time-Dependent Social Activity, Not Herd Immunity

    Scientists including CEE associate professor Ahmed Elbanna developed a model showing that a fragile, temporary state of immunity emerged during the early epidemic but got destroyed as people changed their social behaviors over time, leading to future waves of infection. READ MORE

  • April 14, 2021

    Channel migration plays leading role in river network evolution, study finds

    CEE professor Gary Parker collaborated on a new study takes a closer look at the vertical and lateral – or depth and width – components of river erosion and drainage patterns. The study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. READ MORE

  • April 14, 2021

    CEE PhD candidate wins third place at Research Live 2021! competition

    CEE at Illinois Ph.D. candidate and Research Live 2021! 3rd Place winner Joseph Puthussery shows his research regarding Toxicity in the air through Ambient Particulate Matter or PM. Watch the video

  • April 8, 2021

    CEE graduate students win Vehicle-to-Grid University Challenge

    Graduate students Shanshan (Shirley) Liu and Xi Cheng were named winners of Pecan Street’s Vehicle-to-Grid University Challenge. They competed against teams from 26 universities and 11 countries to develop a Vehicle-to-Grid control algorithm that optimizes residential fleets of electric vehicles for grid decarbonization and increased resiliency. READ MORE

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