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Latest News and Updates  |  January 2021

 
 
 
 
 
 

New global climate model provides projections for urban environments

Cities occupy only about 3 percent of the Earth’s total land surface, but they bear the burden of the human-perceived effects of global climate change, researchers said. Global climate models are set up for big-picture analysis, leaving urban areas poorly represented. In a new study, researchers take a closer look at how climate change affects cities by using data-driven statistical models combined with traditional process-driven physical climate models.

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Bridge Monitoring Helping "Rebuild Illinois"

An Illinois Center for Transportation and Illinois Depeartment of Transportation (IDOT) joint project, led by CEE professors Larry Fahnestock and James LaFave along with Mark Shaffer of IDOT, is part of the $45 billion "Rebuild Illinois" effort launched in 2019 to improve the state's infrastructure.

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DOD equipment grant will support porous media research

Assistant professor Tugce Baser has been awarded an equipment grant from the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program to support research into porous media subjected to combined external fields such as temperature, stress and electricity. 

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RailTEC to deploy instrumentation for real time monitoring of rail transit infrastructure

The Rail Transportation and Engineering Center (RailTEC) in CEE at Illinois has received a $395,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Agency to deploy smart sensors on rail infrastructure to provide real-time information about its condition.

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Q&A with alumnus Scott Spellmon, Chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Lieutenant General Scott A. Spellmon (MS 97), Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, was confirmed by the United States Senate to lead the U.S. Army's Corps of Engineers on July 20, 2020.

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More CEE at Illinois News

  • Special issue of Mechanics-Research Communications published honoring G.I. Taylor Medalist Professor Arif Masud. VIEW ISSUE
  • Associate Professor Jeremy Guest has won the 2021 James J. Morgan Environmental Science & Technology Early Career Award. READ MORE
  • Assistant Professor Tugce Baser has received a three-year, $450,000 grant to study the phase-dependent behavior of porous materials subjected to high strain-rate loading. READ MORE
  • Two transportation area Ph.D. students receive awards. READ MORE
 
   
 
 

News from our research centers

  • ICT: Episode 9 of The Drive Forward podcast now available. LISTEN
  • RailTEC: RailTEC Contributions to 100th Annual Transportation Research Board Meeting. READ MORE
  • RailTEC: AREMA Student Chapter announces new board. READ MORE
 
   
 
 

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