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May 5, 2014

Eric Donnell and Gordon Warn have been selected as an ASCE 2013 Outstanding Reviewer for ASCE Publications. Dr. Donnell was selected by Chris Hendrickson, editor of ASCE's Journal of Transportation Engineering and Dr. Warn was selected by Sherif El-Tawil, editor of ASCE's Journal of Structural Engineering.

April 23, 2014

Civil engineering graduate student Mehmet Unal receives award at the Graduate Exhibition held April 6, 2014, at the HUB-Robeson Center along with three other engineeering students.

Mehmet placed third for "Balancing Tradeoffs: Modeling to Support Post-Earthquake Decision Making and Resource Allocation of Distributed Bridge-Transportation Networks."

Graduate Exhibition article

April 18, 2014

Four Penn State engineering students have been named winners in the 2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, including environmental engineering graduate students Rebecca Edwards and Andrew Kreider.

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April 18, 2014

Xuan Yu and Yu Zhang, Ph.D. candidates in Water Resource Engineering at Penn State under the supervision of Dr. Chris Duffy, have received a CSDMS (Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System) 2014 student scholarship. They have received the CSDMS 2014 student scholarship for their contribution to the research of landscape evolution and hydrological modeling. This award will support them attending the CSDMS 2014 Annual Meeting.

Xuan Yu focuses on the development and application of the Penn State Integrated Hydrologic Model (PIHM) on forest management, solute transport, and glacier retreat. Recently, he used the state-of-the-art statistical methods to improve the quantification of uncertainty in hydrologic modeling and water resources assessment. He will present his research work with title of “Uncertainty and Sensitivity in Surface Dynamics Modeling” in the CSDMS 2014 Annual Meeting.

Yu Zhang’s research interests are the hydrological and morphodynamic modeling. He developed a new 3D landscape evolution model (LE-PIHM) which fully coupled hydrological and morphological processes. Unlike other models, this model considered the feedback between groundwater flow and landscape evolution processes. He will present “Fully-Coupled Hydrologic Processes for Modeling Landscape Evolution” in the CSDMS 2014 Annual Meeting.

March 17, 2014

Gordon Warn receives 2014 NSF Career Award. This award recognizes junior faculty who have shown exceptional promise in teaching and research.

2014 NSF CAREER article

March 14, 2014

Rachel Brennan has received the 2014 Premier Teaching Award from the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society. this award recognizes and rewards an individual whose contributions to Engineering education or the art of teaching are of exceptional quality. This year's award ceremony will be on April 1, 2014.

College of Engineering's PSEAS Premier Teaching Award

February 21, 2014

faculty and students at awards presentation

Three students in the Geotechnical and Materials Engineering group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State were recognized as scholarship recipients at a seminar presentation on February 21, 2014. Pezhouhan Tavassoti Kheiry received the CMT Laboratories Graduate Scholarship in Civil Engineering and both Omid Ghasemi Fare and Jared Wright (bottom: left to right) received the Leo P. Russell Graduate Fellowship in Civil Engineering. The awards were presented by Dr. Tong Qiu, Dr. Farshad Rajabipour, Dr. Shelley Stoffels and Dr. Prasenjit Basu (top: left to right).


February 20, 2014

Penn State has been named an ACI Outstanding University for 2013 by the American Concrete Institute. The ACI Award for University Student Activities was initiated to recognized universities that have participated in ACI-related activities. Only 13 universities are receiving this award for 2013.


January 28, 2014

Swagata Banerjee, an assistant professor of civil engineering at Penn State, conducts research on the combined impacts of flood and earthquake on bridge stability.

Article Risk modeling for bridges simulates multihazard scenarios


January 27, 2014

Dr. Peggy Johnson was selected as this year's recipient of the Howard B. Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award.

Johnson's mentoring award article


January 15, 2014

Gordon Warn, assistant professor of civil engineering, has won an NSF CAREER award.


January 14, 2014

For David Pattillo, endowing a scholarship at Penn State allowed him to say "thank you" in more ways than one. "It was a way to recognize my parents and what they did for me and a way to recognize my roots," said Pattillo about creating the Howard and Aileen Pattilo Scholarship in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Penn State Live article on new Pattillo scholarship

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