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Category: Environmental Engineering

Suppression of COVID-19 waves reflects time-dependent social activity, not herd immunity — ScienceDaily

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have developed a new mathematical model for predicting how COVID-19 spreads. This model not only accounts for individuals’ varying biological susceptibility to infection but also their levels of social activity, which naturally change over time. Using their model, the team showed that a temporary state of collective immunity — what they coined “transient collective immunity” — emerged during early, fast-paced stages of…

NSF CAREER grant to help bridge technology and transportation

  Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Assistant Professor Yaw Adu-Gyamfi Yaw Adu-Gyamfi, assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering (CEE), recently received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant. This award is to further his current work with his DASH platform plus additional proposals with deep learning and adaptive computing to design management solutions for transportation systems. “The DASH project really focused on traffic management. This grant will help me go beyond just traffic management…

Study exposes global ripple effects of regional water scarcity — ScienceDaily

Water scarcity is often understood as a problem for regions experiencing drought, but a new study from Cornell and Tufts universities finds that not only can localized water shortages impact the global economy, but changes in global demand send positive and negative ripple effects to water basins across the globe. “We are looking at water scarcity as a globally connected and multi-sector phenomenon,” said Jonathan Lamontagne, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Tufts University, who co-authored the study…

Apartment made from waste glass and textiles showcases ‘green’ ceramics

The kitchen splashback, the front of the island bench and the tubular light fittings on display in the apartment were manufactured using green ceramics. Credit: University of New South Wales An industry-first apartment made using waste materials that has the potential to revolutionize home construction has been revealed by the UNSW SMaRT Centre and industry partner Mirvac. At the unveiling of the revolutionary Pavilions apartment at Sydney Olympic Park, attended by NSW Energy and Environment Minister Matt Kean, industry leaders…

Rice study models how spilled chemicals likely spread during Ike, Harvey — ScienceDaily

When aboveground storage tanks fail during a storm and their toxic contents spread, the threat to human health can and probably will flow downwind of the immediate area. Rice University engineers have developed a model to quantify what could happen when a hurricane or other natural disaster causes such damage based on data gathered from the Houston Ship Channel, the largest petrochemical complex in the United States, during and after two hurricanes, Ike in 2008 and Harvey in 2017. Pollutants…

Engineering IDE Faculty Fellows Announced

Associate Professor Ye Duan Mizzou Engineering named four Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity (IDE) Faculty Fellows for the 2021 calendar year. These appointments are part of the College’s enhanced commitment to better serve underrepresented communities and to create a more welcoming environment for all students, faculty and staff. The four IDE Faculty Fellows for 2021 are: Professor Zaichun “Frank” Feng “I look forward to working with all four Fellows as we increase our commitment to improve our URM’s success within the…

Sensor technology aims to help US cities extend the life of aging pipelines

Wentao Wang, CEE Research Investigator, works with Great Lake Water Authority (GLWA) construction site workers to install sensors on a water pipe alteration in Detroit, MI. Photo: Joseph Xu/Michigan Engineering Like most major U.S. cities, Detroit has a problem lurking beneath its streets—an outdated water and sewer pipeline system in need of replacement or a safe means of extending its lifespan. University of Michigan researchers are collaborating with the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) and engineering firm Structural Technologies on…

Water efficiency achievable throughout U.S. without decrease in economic activity — ScienceDaily

A recent study co-authored by two Northern Arizona University researchers showed that targeted efforts to increase water efficiency could save enough water annually to fill Lake Mead. It could happen without significantly compromising economic production, jobs or tax revenue. The study, published today in Environmental Research Letters, demonstrates that there is no one right answer to increase water efficiency — rather, there are dozens of right answers depending on region, industry and company. Ben Ruddell, the director of the FEWSION…

Edara Named Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Praveen Edara, chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering A familiar name will become the permanent chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), effective September 1 – current interim chair Praveen Edara. “Nothing prepares you like when you are already in those shoes, so that’s helped me quite a bit,” Edara said, “Knowing all the different responsibilities going into the position helps as well.” Edara identified several current strengths of the department that he wants to…

Engineering Ethics Blog: Externalities On the Roof: Solar Panels and Recycling

 A recent article by Maddie Stone at www.slate.com warns that in the next decade or three, the world will face a novel but entirely predictable problem:  what to do with millions of square feet of worn-out solar panels.  This problem is especially ironic because solar energy has been sold as one of the most appealing “sustainable” technologies.  But when you widen your vision to see the larger picture, you run up against a familiar problem that economists call an externality.…