Professor Elfatih Eltahir participates on expert panel at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health

On October 23, Breene M. Kerr Professor Elfatih Eltahir spoke on a panel about the impact of climate change on malaria at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Eltahir discussed his research into the various variables involved in the spread of malaria and the creation of models for predicting future transmission of the disease. [...]

Research from Professor Oral Buyukozturk uses discarded plastic water bottles to make stronger concrete

New research from Professor Oral Buyukozturk and research scientist Kunal Kupwade-Patil shows that mixing discarded plastic bottles, in the form of flakes exposed to harmless irradiation, with cement paste can make stronger concrete. The project began as an undergraduate project and was conducted with researchers from the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. The paper [...]

Research from Professor Charles Harvey shows arsenic in groundwater damages rice yield in Bangladesh

New research from Professor Charles Harvey and graduate student Brittany Huhmann shows that the presence of arsenic in groundwater, deposited through irrigation, damages the rice yield in Bangladesh. The field study was conducted during the 2015 and 2016 growing seasons. The research was published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. Read more on MIT [...]

CEE undergraduate degree receives ABET Accreditation

The Engineering Accreditation Commission of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), a nonprofit organization that accredits programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology, voted to accredit CEE’s undergraduate degree program. ABET accreditation provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards of the profession for which that program prepares [...]

CEE awards cross-disciplinary seed funds

H.M. King Bhumibol Professor Dennis McLaughlin, Mitsui Chair Professor Serguei Saavedra, and assistant professors Tal Cohen and Otto X. Cordero were recently awarded CEE cross-disciplinary seed funds. The annual seed fund awards are given to promote collaboration projects between different domains. McLaughlin and Saavedra are working to examine the impact of resource allocation and community [...]

Professor Dave Des Marais joins Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Assistant Professor Dave Des Marais was profiled on MIT News for his research into plant physiology and how plants naturally respond to environmental stresses. Des Marais officially joined the department on October 1, and works in the Ralph M. Parsons Laboratory for Environmental Science and Engineering. Read more about his research on MIT News.

Register for the MIT Ecology Meeting by December 1

Mitsui Chair Professor Serguei Saavedra and Professor Jeff Gore of the Department of Physics are co-organizing the second MIT Ecology Meeting, a biennial event that strives to bring together faculty, postdocs, and students doing ecology research in the Boston area and beyond. The event will be held on January 26, 2018, and the theme for [...]

Research from Professor Markus Buehler and Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics shows functionalized graphene changes shape in response to heat

New research from McAfee Professor of Engineering and Department Head Professor Markus Buehler, along with research scientist Zhao Qin and postdoctoral associate Chun-Teh Chen, on thin layers of functionalized graphene that folds and unfolds into predetermined 3D structures in response to heat was published in Science Advances. The research was conducted in collaboration with Johns [...]

Research from Professor Oral Buyukozturk finds microscopic properties critical to stronger concrete

New research from Professor Oral Buyukozturk shows that the microscopic properties of cement are key to stronger, more sustainable concrete. Buyukozturk, graduate student Steven Palkovic and Sidney Yip, professor emeritus in Department of Nuclear Engineering, created a computer model to simulate the behavior of individual atoms under a variety of conditions and see how strength [...]

Jaden Smith visits CEE

Actor and rapper Jaden Smith visited MIT on Monday, September 11, and stopped by CEE to learn more about Course 1. Undergraduates Amber VanHemel, Mark Mockett and David Wu, as well as department head Markus Buehler, met with Smith to talk about their experiences in CEE, including Wu’s participation in Materials in Art, Archaeology, and [...]