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Daniel Sperling Receives TRB’s 2018 Roy W. Crum Award

August 27, 2018
Please join us in congratulating Professor Dan Sperling, who has received the Roy W. Crum Award from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Transportation Research Board (TRB).

Supporting the Next Wave of Water Leaders

March 22, 2019
UC Davis professor and director of the Center for Watershed Sciences Jay Lund explains the important role UC Davis engineers will play in solving water problems that plague societies across the globe.

Controlling Invasive Shrimp to Improve Water Clarity in Lake Tahoe

January 19, 2018
A University of California, Davis research team led by civil and environmental engineering professors Geoff Schladow and Alex Forrest, along with environmental science and policy professor Steve Sadro, is launching a new project this month to test and optimize a strategy to improve water clarity in Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe.

Helping Water Utilities Reduce California’s Energy Use and Emissions

October 19, 2017
The California Energy Commission awarded the Center for Water and Energy Efficiency at UC Davis $3.1 million to pilot-test a system to help water utilities optimize their energy use and reduce operational costs while continuing to meet customers’ water needs.

Student Spotlight: Ann Willis

March 27, 2018

Ann Willis, a first-year Ph.D. student in civil and environmental engineering, recently achieved a milestone typically reserved for a senior researcher or faculty member: she secured a $492,000 grant through the state of California Wildlife Conservation Board for studying reconciliation ecology.

Maureen Kinyua: Waste Not

September 05, 2018
As an undergraduate physics major, Maureen Kinyua discovered her passion for science—combined with a sincere interest in helping others—could lead to a fruitful career in engineering.

Lake Tahoe Clarity Level Bounces Back

May 28, 2019
A return to more normal weather and streamflow conditions in 2018 saw Lake Tahoe’s annual clarity value improve dramatically to 70.9 feet. This represents a 10.5-foot increase over the 2017 value. That is according to a report of Lake Tahoe clarity released by the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center.

Removing Tiny Shrimp May Help Climate-Proof Lake Tahoe’s Clarity

August 01, 2019
Lake Tahoe, with its iconic blue waters straddling the borders of Nevada and California, continues to face a litany of threats related to climate change. But a promising new project to remove tiny invasive shrimp could be a big step toward climate-proofing its famed lake clarity.

How Fast Are Ice Shelves Melting?

February 22, 2019
A small group of scientists and doctoral students from the University of California, Davis, recently returned from Antarctica, where they became the first group to collect turbulence measurements from an underwater glider beneath an ice shelf. 

Beneath the Ice in Antarctica

May 18, 2017
To outer space and the deep ocean, add “beneath the ice” to the list of rarely charted frontiers of science exploration.

CEE Alumni Spotlight: Water Pioneer Jeffery Szytel

March 30, 2018
Jeffery Szytel (’98, civil and environmental engineering), is founder and CEO of Water Systems Consulting, Inc. (WSC), a full service civil and environmental engineering consulting firm that specializes in providing innovative One Water solutions to public agency clients throughout the western United States.

UC Davis Solar Decathlon Team Receives Excellence in Structural Engineering Award

June 22, 2018
On June 12, the UC Davis Solar Decathlon team, led by Professor Frank Loge in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, received the Excellence in Structural Engineering Award from the Structural Engineers Association of Central California for their work designing and building OurH2Ouse for the 2017 U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition.

UC Davis Professors Organize First International Workshop on Bio-Inspired Geotechnics

June 12, 2019
The NSF-funded workshop, the product of a year and a half of planning by UC Davis civil and environmental engineering professors Alejandro Martinez and Jason DeJong, brought together 60 experts from engineering and science research, as well as industry, to foster dialogue and collaborations to better establish the field of bio-inspired geotechnics.

Modeling small cigar smoke in the lungs

October 07, 2019

Everyone knows cigarettes are bad for you. Much research has been done and because of that, legislators have put a lot of sales restrictions and taxes on them. This is why companies are developing new products that deliver nicotine such as vapes, small cigars and cigarillos that have sugary flavors to addict a new generation of users.

These newer products have really caught on, especially with young people, who are adopting them faster than they can be researched or regulated.

Two CEE Faculty Receive NSF CAREER Awards

August 01, 2019
Civil and Environmental Engineering Assistant Professors Holly Oldroyd and Verónica Morales each received the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award for their research in environmental engineering.

Professor John Harvey Presents Rasmus S. Nordal Keynote Address

June 28, 2017
John Harvey, professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the UC Pavement Research Center (UCPRC), presented the Rasmus S. Nordal keynote address to more than 400 delegates at the 10th Conference on the Bearing Capacity of Roads, Railways and Airfields in Athens, Greece, on June 28, 2017.

Alex San Pablo: Using STEM to Improve Lives

March 28, 2018
Alex San Pablo ’18 has found a support structure at UC Davis that sustains her in uncertain times, just like the structures she hopes to build one day as a civil engineer.