Tuesday, 1 of December of 2015

Category » Civil and Environmental Engineering

Viesca Publishes in Nature Geoscience

Robert C. Viesca

Assistant Professor Rob Viesca has a paper in the November issue of Nature Geoscience. Faults weaken during earthquakes. Analysis of the amount of energy released during earthquakes globally suggests that heat-induced pressurization of pore fluids can weaken faults during earthquakes of all sizes.

Pennell Comments on Metabolomics Methods and the ‘Exposome’ in CE&N

Kurt D. Pennell

In an article in Chemical and Engineering News, Professor and Chair Kurt Pennell commented on how research in metabolomics methods can help address the “exposome”: the sum of environmental exposures a person experiences from conception until death. “Pennell’s goal is to relate exposome information to genetic information. In one study, his group is collaborating with researchers at Children’s Hospital in Boston to relate chemical exposure and whole-genome sequencing of mothers and children with autism spectrum disorder.”

Germaine Delivers First BSCES Ladd Memorial Lecture

John (Jack) Germaine

Research Professor Jack Germaine was chosen as the inaugural speaker for the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section’s first Charles C. Ladd Memorial Lecture. His lecture covers trends in mechanically compressed sediment behavior with stress and plasticity.

Moaveni Comments on UAV Bridge Inspection

Babak Moaveni

Minnesota’s Duluth News Tribune reported on planned inspection of the state’s longest bridge with unmanned aerial vehicles. Associate Professor Babak Moaveni, chair of the ASCE SEI technical committee on Methods of Monitoring Structural Performance commented commented: “There is a huge need for better bridge-inspection techniques.”

Brenner Publishes New Book

Brian Brenner, P.E.

Professor of the Practice Brian Brenner published a new book through ASCE Press called “Too Much Information: Living the Civil Engineering Life.” He is the author of Don’t Throw This Away! The Civil Engineering Life and Bridginess: More of the Civil Engineering Life, also published by ASCE Press. Purchase your copy now!

Durant Named ASCE Fellow

John Durant

Associate Professor John Durant was named a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). ASCE Fellows are nominated and elected based on their contributions to civil engineering and have developed creative solutions that change lives around the world. It is a prestigious honor held by fewer than 4% of ASCE members.

Vogel Wins AGU Water Resources Research Editors’ Choice Award

Richard M. Vogel

Professor Rich Vogel’s paper “A risk-based approach to flood management decisions in a nonstationary world” was selected for an Editors’ Choice Award by the Water Resources Research journal. The award will be formally presented at the Hydrologic Sciences Luncheon of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting in December 2015.

AEESP Recognizes Ramsburg for Outstanding Teaching

Andrew Ramsburg

Andrew Ramsburg

The Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) has recognized Associate Professor C. Andrew Ramsburg with its Award for Outstanding Teaching in Environmental Engineering and Science which recognizes his outstanding contributions to the teaching of environmental engineering, both at Tufts and in the larger community.

Abriola Named University Professor

Linda M. Abriola appointed University Professor. Photo: J.J. Zhou

Linda M. Abriola appointed University Professor. Photo: J.J. Zhou

Linda Abriola, dean of the School of Engineering and a professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been named a University Professor, the highest academic honor conferred at Tufts. It is a distinction currently held by just four other faculty members here. Abriola is the first woman to receive the appointment.

Abriola, who has been dean since 2003, was one of the first to develop a mathematical model that describes the migration of organic liquid contaminants in the subsurface—or, more simply, how organic chemical pollutants travel within and contaminate our groundwater resources.

She is particularly known for her work on the characterization and remediation of underground aquifers contaminated by chlorinated solvents, a family of chemicals used as degreasers and in dry cleaning that are known carcinogens and harmful to ecological health.

The president and provost recommend faculty for University Professorships, which are approved by the Board of Trustees. The designation is an honor reserved for faculty of unusual scholarly eminence who are also exemplary citizens of the Tufts community.

“This appointment honors Linda Abriola for her work as a transformative leader of the School of Engineering and the university, as well as her outstanding reputation as a researcher in the field of groundwater remediation,” said Provost David Harris.

“I am deeply honored to receive this distinguished professorship,” Abriola said. “My past 12 years as dean of the School of Engineering have been the most rewarding and productive of my academic career. It has been both a joy and a privilege to be a part of this wonderful community, and I look forward to continuing my relationship with the university in this new capacity.”

– See more at: http://now.tufts.edu/articles/engineering-dean-named-university-professor#sthash.gcqQgivc.dpuf

Garcia Wins Grant for WaterSmart Innovations Conference

Margaret Garcia

The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) and the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) named Margaret Garcia the recipient of a scholarship to attend the WaterSmart Innovations (WSI) Conference in Las Vegas, October 7-9, 2015. Garcia is an NSF IGERT | Water Diplomacy fellow interested in management of urban water infrastructure, processes for planning and decision making under uncertainty, climate change, urbanization, water utilities, hydrological modeling.