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Category: Environmental Engineering

Using Big Data to Improve Traffic Flow

Assistant Professor Yaw Adu-Gyamfi The digital sign flashes “Accident Ahead – Proceed With Caution” as drivers head along Interstate 70 in the St. Louis region. That usually means long delays for drivers as traffic builds up behind the accident. This also means a potentially serious accident that requires an immediate response from emergency personnel. However, those personnel may be the last to know about the accident. Because of how current systems operate, informing local emergency personnel, police, traffic management centers,…

Engineers create centimeter-sized robots capable of more than ever before — ScienceDaily

Origami principles can unlock the potential of the smallest robots, enhancing speed, agility and control in machines no more than a centimeter in size. University of Michigan researchers have demonstrated that behavioral rules underpinning the Japanese art of folding can expand the capabilities of these machines, creating potential for greater use in fields as diverse as medical equipment and infrastructure sensing. “We’ve come up with a new way to design, fabricate and actuate microbots,” said Evgueni Filipov, U-M assistant professor…

Accelerating Careers – University of Missouri College of Engineering

Students can now earn a master’s degree (MS) in civil and environmental engineering in less time than a traditional master’s program. The department recently developed an accelerated master’s program in which some undergraduate coursework can also count toward your MS degree. “The department faculty thought students could benefit in multiple ways,“ said Praveen Edara, interim department chair. “Students can earn up to 12 credit hours as an undergraduate and apply that to their master’s degree. This will save them tuition…

Improving Work Zone Safety – University of Missouri College of Engineering

Mizzou research engineer Henry Brown A sure sign that summer has arrived in Missouri is when the heat and humidity return. Another indication of summer is when the “Road Construction Ahead” signs pop up along the state’s highways, roads and streets. These signs usually indicate delays in getting to your destination. Time can be lost due to traffic congestion, work zone accidents or other factors. One portion of the delays that might be overlooked, though, is the time needed to…

Mizzou Engineers, Physicians to Help Rural Missouri Plan Ahead for Pandemic: Geospatial Big Data is Key

This image from Professor Chi-Ren Shyu’s work shows the distance between rural Missouri communities and nearest hospitals. Planning ahead for a pandemic—or any disaster situation—is costly and complex. Now, Mizzou researchers are hoping to take the guesswork out of it for Missouri’s smaller communities. The catalyst for the research is COVID-19. In spite of a months-long statewide shutdown, much of rural Missouri remains vulnerable to a second wave of the virus. The project will involve collecting large amounts of geospatial…

Super-strong surgical tape detaches on demand

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Last year, MIT engineers developed a double-sided adhesive that could quickly and firmly stick to wet surfaces such as biological tissues. They showed that the tape could be used to seal up rips and tears in lungs and intestines within seconds, or to affix implants and other medical devices to the surfaces of organs such as the heart. Now they have further developed their adhesive so that it can be detached from the underlying tissue without…

College Bestows Awards for Faculty, Staff and Students

Although the MU College of Engineering was unable to hold its annual awards banquet in the spring of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College nevertheless honored faculty, staff and students for their dedication and service to the College. College of Engineering faculty and staff receiving awards for their outstanding work include: The College’s various degree programs gave awards to their most outstanding students: Bioengineering Junior: Sarah Thompson Senior: Maria Patino-Carranza MS: Blake Darkow PhD: Jing Zhou Biomedical Engineering…

Future Engineers choose Mizzou on Decision Day

High school seniors today are making one of the most significant choices of their lives: It’s Decision Day. Although somewhat symbolic—seniors can still select colleges through August—May 1 has become the official date soon-to-be high school graduates declare their college plans. In the past, schools nationwide have celebrated with assemblies or special programming. Decision Day may look a little different this year because of COVID-19, but that’s not stopping students across the country from proudly declaring they choose Mizzou Engineering.…

Holistic way to measure the economic fallout from earthquakes — ScienceDaily

When an earthquake or other natural disaster strikes, government relief agencies, insurers and other responders converge to take stock of fatalities and injuries, and to assess the extent and cost of damage to public infrastructure and personal property. But until now, such post-disaster assessment procedures have focused on the dollar value of damages to property while failing to account for something that is equally important but harder to quantify; namely, that the poorer someone or their family is, the harder…

Turning (more) fat and sewage into natural gas — ScienceDaily

North Carolina State University researchers have developed what is, to date, the most efficient means of converting sewage sludge and restaurant grease into methane. After treating sewage, wastewater treatment plants are left with solid sludge, called biosolids. For years, utilities have treated biosolids with microbes that produce methane. In recent years, utilities have been adding grease interceptor waste (GIW) into the mix. Grease interceptors are used to trap fat, oil and grease from food service establishments so that they don’t…