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July 2017

Renewable biofuels can come with hidden economic and environmental issues, and the question of whether corn is better utilized as food or as a biofuel has persisted since ethanol came into use. Researchers have quantified and compared these issues in terms of economics of the entire production system to determine if the benefits of biofuel corn outweigh the costs. READ MORE


The presence of just a few autonomous vehicles can eliminate the stop-and-go driving of the human drivers in traffic, along with the accident risk and fuel inefficiency it causes, according to new research. The finding indicates that self-driving cars and related technology may be close to revolutionizing traffic control. READ MORE


Smart materials promise a better method for prestressing concrete railroad crossties, according to a current project led by Associate Professor Bassem O. Andrawes. Researchers have designed a prestressing system for concrete crossties that uses smart materials to allow a more efficient system that can be monitored and adjusted in the field. READ MORE


Assistant Professor Megan Konar has been named the William J. and Elaine F. Hall Faculty Fellow in Civil and Environmental Engineering. The fellowship is given to faculty members in the early stages of their career who are excelling in their contributions to the department, the college and the university. READ MORE


Nora El-Gohary has received a 2017 Campus Distinguished Promotion Award from the Provost. The Campus Committee on Promotion and Tenure recommended El-Gohary to the Provost for this special recognition “based on the scope, quality and impact of [her] scholarship, teaching, service and engagement efforts.” READ MORE


CEE Golf Outing (July 20)
Instruction Begins (August 28)
Faculty-Alumni Interaction Event (September 11)
WEGOCEE (September 22 - 23)
CEE Fall Job Fair (September 27 - 28)
CEE Tailgate (October 14)
Railroad Environmental Conference (October 24-25)