In this issue: urban heat waves, autonomous vehicle track, using AI to predict 3D printing processes, and more.
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Latest News and Updates  |  July 2021

 
 
Urban heat wave illustration
 
 

Recalculating the risk of extreme urban heat waves

Extreme heat waves in urban areas are much more likely than previously thought, according to a new modeling approach designed by researchers including CEE assistant professor Lei Zhao and alumnus Zhonghua Zheng (MS 16, PhD 20). Their paper with co-author Keith W. Oleson of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, “Large model structural uncertainty in global projections of urban heat waves,” is published in the journal Nature Communications.

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Autonomous vehicle track is building the future of mobility

A high-speed autonomous and connected vehicle track known as the Illinois Autonomous and Connected Track (I-ACT) will house high-speed freight platooning and vehicle loops, connected infrastructure and large data-handling. 

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Researchers use AI to predict 3D printing processes

Additive manufacturing has a lot of potential uses, but it's a challenge to know in advance how a 3D printed object will perform, now and in the future. Researchers are using deep learning and neural networks to predict the outcomes of complex processes involved in additive manufacturing.

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Kontou chosen for Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Assistant professor Eleftheria Kontou has been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's 2021 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. The meeting brings together outstanding early-career engineers to discuss pioneering technical and leading-edge research.

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Curriculum improvements include new skills for CEE's evolving landscape

As the world’s technology and societal needs change, CEE is adapting its curriculum: maintaining the solid foundation of disciplinary skills for which we are well-known while introducing societally relevant broader skills to develop the engineering leaders of the future.

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Class project leads to start-up

A team project on sidewalk repair cost estimates during a required course for first-year CEE students inspired Brandon Yates to launch DeepWalk Research, a startup focused on automating civil engineering inspections. Now, four years and one bachelor’s degree later, Yates is beginning his professional career as his own employer.

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More CEE at Illinois News

  • Newmark Structural Engineering Lab project: Researchers recently completed the testing of an anchorage assembly embedded in concrete as part of a nationwide project studying fatigue of miter gates. READ MORE
  • Successful conference event: Professor Erol Tutumluer reflects on 4th International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics, for which he served as Chair. READ MORE
  • Stephen Brunauer Award: Assistant professor Nishant Garg has won the prestigious Stephen Brunauer Award from the Cements Division of the American Ceramic Society. READ MORE
  • Faculty Scholar: Assistant professor Ramez Hajj has been named an Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant faculty scholar. During his year as scholar, Hajj will develop a porous asphalt mixture capable of resisting freeze-thaw cycles. READ MORE
  • Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation: CEE alumnus Ran Mei (MS 15, PhD 20) has won the 2021 Jacobs Engineering Group/Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. His adviser was CEE professor Wen-Tso Liu. READ MORE
  • The Drive Forward podcast: Join Omer Osman, secretary of Illinois Department of Transportation, as he unravels his transportation agenda, including updating infrastructure to make it a “21st Century transit system” all while giving Illinoisans a reason to “raise their family and stay in the state of Illinois.” LISTEN
 
   
 

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