Faculty & Staff

Research: Shuttering Fossil Fuel Power Plants May Cost Less Than Expected

A map of the United States uses color to illustrate the lifespan of existing power plants

Decarbonizing U.S. electricity production will require both construction of renewable energy sources and retirement of power plants now operated by fossil fuels. A generator-level model described in the Dec. 4 issue of the journal Science suggests that most fossil fuel power plants could complete normal lifespans and still close by 2035 because so many facilities are nearing the end of their operational lives.

Friday, December 4, 2020

Covid-19 Response: Monitoring Air Quality

a commercial airplane viewed from below is flying against a blue sky with white clouds

The airline industry has undoubtedly been one of the hardest-hit by the coronavirus as people abandoned trips on tightly packed airplanes to avoid exposure. This almost immediate world-wide drop in air travel in early 2020 presented researchers with an unprecedented opportunity to study how emissions from air travel affect the air we breathe.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Small Imperfections Can Have Significant Impact on Origami Metamaterials

Red, navy blue and yellow paper folded into origami structures illustrate how the shapes change when pressure is applied.

There is much interest in the possible use of origami-inspired metamaterials for engineering applications, due to their precisely architected structures that exhibit unconventional behavior. In practice, however, these structures are unlikely to exist without defects and imperfections.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Garrow Elected President of Airline Group

Professor Laurie Garrow has been elected president of the Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS). AGIFORS is a professional society dedicated to the advancement and application of operational research within the airline industry.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Covid-19 Response: Wastewater-Based Epidemiology

Associate Professor Joe Brown is among 60 researchers who have created a global collaborative to learn more about the spread of Covid-19 through wastewater. In a paper published in Environmental Science & Technology, the researchers explained that RNA from the coronavirus is shed in the feces of those infected with Covid-19. This allows researchers to survey sewage for virus RNA, a process they refer to as wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE).

Friday, October 9, 2020

Jacobs Appointed Interim Dean of College Engineering

Laurence J. Jacobs, associate dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering and professor of civil and environmental engineering and mechanical engineering, has been appointed interim dean of the College of Engineering.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Paulino Awarded Daniel C. Drucker Medal

A candid photo of Professor Glaucio Paulino

Professor Glaucio Paulino has been selected as the winner of the Daniel C. Drucker Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The Drucker Medal was established in 1997 and is conferred in recognition of distinguished contributions to the field of applied mechanics and mechanical engineering through research, teaching and service to the community.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Huang Appointed Turnipseed Family Chair

Professor Ching-Hua Huang has been appointed the Turnipseed Family Chair, a new endowed position in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Taylor Elected to National Academy of Construction

Professor John E. Taylor stands in front of the Mason Building

Professor John E. Taylor has been recognized as one of the nation’s most distinguished engineering and construction professionals after being elected to the National Academy of Construction.

Election to the academy is reserved for exceptional leaders representing all sectors of the built environment who have made a significant impact on the engineering and construction industry. Taylor is one of 36 new members selected for the 2020 class through a rigorous peer nomination and election process.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

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