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News | May 14, 2021


  • 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

  • April 8, 2021

    Talebpour receives National Science Foundation CAREER award

    Assistant Professor Alireza Talebpour has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award to develop a novel congestion management strategy based on vehicle automation and communications technology. READ MORE

  • April 5, 2021

    CEE alum, professor collaborate to optimize design of auditorium beams for Campus Instructional Facility

    The structural design of a new auditorium ceiling will be the result of a unique collaboration by CEE faculty member and alumna Shelly Zhang and industry partner Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), a structural engineering and architectural design firm. READ MORE

  • March 30, 2021

    DOE grant funds wastewater treatment innovation

    Associate professor Jeremy Guest is conducting research to accelerate the commercialization of a distributed water treatment technology that provides energy-positive treatment of high-strength food and beverage industry wastewater, thanks to a grant from the Department of Energy. READ MORE

  • March 30, 2021

    Environmental Engineering graduate program moves up in rankings

    The environmental engineering graduate program at Illinois tied for third place in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Graduate Schools rankings in the category, Best Engineering Schools: Environmental Engineering Programs, moving up from fourth position last year. The University of Illinois also tied for second in the category, Best Engineering Schools: Civil Engineering. READ MORE

  • March 29, 2021

    Pothole patching creating better roadways

    Illinois Center for Transportation and IDOT investigate optimized pothole patching materials, equipment and techniques. READ MORE

  • March 23, 2021

    Three CEE alumni receive Grainger Alumni Awards for Distinguished Service

    The Grainger College of Engineering Alumni Award for Distinguished Service is conferred upon exceptional alumni each year. The 2021 award recipients include three CEE alumni: Pedro J. Cevallos-Candau (MS 77, PhD 80), Andrew W. Richardson (BS 78) and Doris Willmer (BS 72, MS 73). READ MORE

  • March 22, 2021

    Stark co-authors book on Remote Sensing for Monitoring Embankments, Dams, and Slopes

    A new book co-authored by professor Tim Stark provides info on monitoring networks for embankments, dams and slopes movement, and potential risks of the movement on people and infrastructure. Learn more at

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