Engineering seeds to resist drought

A new seed-coating process could facilitate agriculture on marginal arid lands by enabling the seeds to retain any available water. As the world continues to warm, many arid regions that already have marginal conditions for agriculture will be increasingly under stress, potentially leading to severe food shortages. Now, researchers at MIT have come up with [...]

Ava Gillikin: Undergraduate Spotlight

Core program: 23' Environmental Engineering Science Track How did you first become interested in pursuing a degree in CEE? Growing up in a very rural part of New Jersey, I always had a passion for nature and environmental preservation. I worked on a small organic farm and I am very into finding new ways to combat [...]

Summer research program inspires PhD trajectory

Plata Lab sparks MSRP alumna, Nathalie Thelmaque to pursue her passion For Nathalie Thelemaque, pursuing a doctoral degree wasn’t in her future plans until she was an undergraduate participant in the MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP); working in the Plata lab that inspired her academic trajectory today. In 2019, Thelemaque (then a civil engineering student [...]

Markus Buehler Awarded 2021 Daniel C. Drucker Medal

Professor Markus Buehler has been awarded the 2021 Daniel C. Drucker Medal by the Applied Mechanics Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The Drucker Medal was established in 1997 in honor of American civil and mechanical engineer and academic, Daniel C. Drucker. According to ASME, the Daniel C. Drucker Medal is “conferred [...]

Natalie Northrup: Undergraduate Spotlight

Core program: 22' Systems Engineering Track How did you first become interested in CEE? I was always latched to the idea of looking for environmental issues from a broad systems perspective and after hearing about the systems track, I had to check it out! What has been your favorite CEE subject and why? My favorite [...]

Prof. Oral Buyukozturk Receives Hojjat Adeli Award for Innovation in Computing

Professor Oral Buyukozturk received the 2020 Hojjat Adeli Award for Innovation in Computing for his journal paper “Collaborative duty cycling strategies in energy harvesting sensor networks” published in the Journal of Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering. The paper was co-authored with James Long, MIT PhD ’17 and postdoc ‘20. In this manuscript, Buyukozturk and Long [...]

CEE Awards and Honors 2021

Today, the annual CEE Award recipients were announced during a virtual ceremony. Congratulations to all the students, postdocs, faculty and staff for their outstanding work, exceptional achievement and commitment to the values and mission of the department. UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS CEE Best Undergraduate Research Award - Jarek Kwiecinski The Juan Hermosilla (1957) Prize .- Luke [...]

Desirée Plata and Justin Steil win Edgerton Faculty Award

CEE and DUSP faculty members recognized for excellence in leadership, service, and impactful work tackling environmental and social justice issues. MIT associate professors Desirée Plata and Justin Steil have been named recipients of the 2020-21 Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award. The award’s selection committee chose to recognize both faculty members for their excellence in [...]

Josephine Carstensen receives NSF CAREER award for outstanding research and education

The National Science Foundation (NSF) selected an MIT School of Engineering professor, who is developing new methods for sustainable design, to receive its most prestigious award for junior faculty members. Josephine Carstensen, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) received the 2021 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, which supports [...]

Research explores why C. difficile infection continues to spread despite increased sanitation practices and intervention methods

Work underscores C. difficile infection is not a common hospital transmission CAMBRIDGE, MA – New research from MIT suggests the risk of becoming colonized by Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) increases immediately following gastrointestinal (GI) disturbances that result in diarrhea. Once widely considered an antibiotic and hospital associated pathogen, recent research into C. difficile has [...]