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2015 News Releases



Why do puddles stop spreading?

MIT News Office Simple everyday phenomenon was unexplained by physics — until now. When you spill a bit of water onto a tabletop, the puddle spreads — and then stops, leaving a well-defined area of water […]

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CEE Cross-Disciplinary Seed Funds awarded

Marilyn Siderwicz Civil and Environmental Engineering Two new research projects will allow everyone to breathe easier. How do you take something good and make it even better? Get others to collaborate. Diverse skills, talents, and perspectives […]

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Social enterprises empower communities

MIT News Office MIT students launch social enterprises that work with communities to foster financial and environmental sustainability. During their time at MIT, two recent graduates, Sidhanth Kamath MBA ’15 and Sidhant Pai ’14, started two […]

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Bubbling with passion for environmental engineering

Kelsey Damrad Civil and Environmental Engineering A witness to “a montage of environmental changes” in her native China, grad student Ruby Fu now studies the fate of methane bubbles in the ocean. Environmental concerns piqued the […]

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Predicting sediment flow in coastal vegetation

MIT News Office Model could help engineers design erosion-prevention strategies in marshes, wetlands, aquatic forests. Seagrass, kelp beds, mangroves, and other aquatic vegetation are often considered “ecosystem engineers” for their ability to essentially create their own […]

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Breaking down social networks in a city

Kelsey Damrad Civil and Environmental Engineering New research finds urban social networks are not determined geographically, but socially. Until now, studies of human interactions through mobile communication and social media have always been conducted at the […]

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Learning from MIT.nano

School of Engineering An MIT class goes on a field trip — to the center of campus. In mid-April, members of 1.011 (Project Evaluation and Management), a Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) class, donned […]

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Tough biogel structures produced by 3-D printing

MIT News Office Stretchable, biocompatible hydrogels with complex patterning could be used in tissue engineering. Researchers have developed a new way of making tough — but soft and wet — biocompatible materials, called “hydrogels,” into complex […]

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Spinning a new version of silk

MIT News Office Simulations and experiments aim to improve on spiders in creating strong, resilient fibers.  After years of research decoding the complex structure and production of spider silk, researchers have now succeeded in producing samples […]

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Using desalination to address drought

MIT Spectrum Civil and Environmental Engineering Developed by Carlos Riva ’75, a California water plant will be the largest seawater desalination facility in the Western Hemisphere. “It’s a very interesting time in the water industry,” says Carlos […]

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