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Latest News and Updates  |  November 2020

 
 
 
 
 
 

Barros named Department Head

Dr. Ana Barros has been named as the new Donald Biggar Willett Chair of Engineering and new Head and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in The Grainger College of Engineering. Barros is currently the Edmund T. Pratt Jr. School Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University.

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Origami paper 
 

Small imperfections can have significant impact on origami metamaterials

In practice, origami structures are unlikely to exist without defects and imperfections. In a new paper published in The Royal Society Journal, researchers explored how slight deviations from a perfect design would impact the functionality of origami metamaterials.

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CEE, ZJU joint research center announced

CEE at Illinois and Zhejiang University will partner in one of three newly established joint research centers at the U of I's Grainger College of Engineering. The Center for Infrastructure Resilience in Cities as Livable Environments focuses on the resilience of cities against natural and human-made disasters.

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CEE team to study electric vehicle community charging hubs

A CEE research group has been awarded a grant by the U.S. Department of Energy  to study electric vehicle community charging hubs for residents of multi-unit dwellings who don’t have reliable access to home charging infrastructure.

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Photo of the bridge installation 
 

Kavita & Lalit Bahl Smart Bridge frame raised

In October, the frame for the smart bridge connecting Newmark Lab and the new Hydrosystems Laboratory building was lifted into place. Due to COVID-related delays in construction, the grand opening of the new building has been postponed until Summer or Fall 2021.

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More CEE at Illinois News

  • Erol Tutumluer has been selected by the ASCE Geo-Institute to give the 2021 Carl L. Monismith Lecture. READ MORE
  • Assistant professor Roland Cusick is part of a team that developed a new polymer electrode device that can capture and destroy PFAS contaminants present in water. READ MORE
  • New research led by assistant professor Nishant Garg will focus on concrete crack sealing and curing. READ MORE
  • New seminar series will promote research and collaborations in the field of tornado science and engineering. READ MORE
 
   
 
 

News from our research centers

  • ICT: Students collaborate with Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Fire Services Institute on research projects. READ MORE
  • ICT: Faculty restructure their curriculum and syllabi and find ways to re-invigorate students’ learning all while ensuring safety during a pandemic. READ MORE
  • ICT: Students rise to the challenges of learning in a pandemic. READ MORE
  • RailTEC: Virtual Railroad Environmental Seminar was a resounding success with over 450 registrants from 14 countries and five continents. READ MORE
 
   
 
 

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