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mini-UROP Lightning Lectures

Calling all first-year students! Get a taste of what it's like solving the grand challenges facing our planet in the areas of climate, renewable energy, resilient systems and mobility, and sustainable materials and infrastructure. Gain hands-on research experience over IAP, working closely with a CEE graduate student or postdoc. Learn more about this year's research projects at our mini-UROP Lightning Lecture happening on December 1st in 1-390.

Dec08
1:00 pm
Dec08
2:00 pm

Future Leaders in CEE: Can Microbes Help Us Remediate “Forever Chemicals”

Join the MIT Civil and Environmental Department for its Future Leaders in CEE: Supporting research, career development, diversity, equity and inclusion seminar series that brings together speakers from diverse backgrounds who are considered future leaders in STEM and civil and environmental engineering to share their journey to achieve success. This month's speaker is Dr. Natalie Cápiro at Auburn University.

Seminar topic: The use of aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) to extinguish fuel-based fires at military, industrial, and municipal sites since the 1970s has resulted in widespread contamination of persistent per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS- “Forever Chemicals”). The management and remediation of AFFF-impacted sites is challenging in part due to our limited understanding of PFAS environmental fate and behavior under representative subsurface conditions. Most prior studies documenting biotransformation of select PFAS found in AFFF have been conducted under oxic conditions, utilizing bacteria from activated sludge reactors, pristine soils, and aerobic bacterial enrichment cultures. However, it is anticipated that PFAS biotransformation will differ between experimental systems established with activated sludge and aquifer materials, leading to different transformation byproducts and pathways. Therefore, the on-going work that will be discussed in this presentation aims to demonstrate the potential biotransformation, including anaerobic defluorination, of representative PFAS under conditions more representative of AFFF-impacted sites using native microbial communities. In addition to discussing her research, Dr. Cápiro will also discuss her academic journey, and share her experiences as a non-tenure-track and tenure-track faculty member. Dr. Natalie Cápiro is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and an adjunct faculty in the Department of Biosystems Engineering at Auburn University. To learn more or register, email Stephanie at smartino@mit.edu

Nov12
12:00 pm
Nov12
1:00 pm

Fireside Chat with Prof. Ruben Juanes

Climate change, resilient infrastructure, transportation logistics; these are just some of the timely challenges that Course 1 undergraduate students are taking on. If you’re interested in learning more about the undergraduate program in Course 1, join us on Tuesday, November 12 at noon in 1-131 for a fireside chat. Professor Ruben Juanes, the Course 1 Undergraduate Officer will provide a brief overview of the undergraduate program, followed by a discussion of the undergraduate opportunities in the department. Current students will also be on hand to share their experiences and answer any questions that you may have. Lunch for take-away will be provided.

Oct20
2:00 pm
Oct20
3:00 pm

Climate Talks | Josh Fisher: The Fate of the Terrestrial Biosphere

A talk show series about Climate Science with some of the most influential scientists in the field. This will be a dynamic conversation about climate change, not a lecture, where you will learn about the latest research on carbon and climate science. These talks are accessible to everyone, whatever your background is, you are welcome.

The series is kicking off with Dr. Joshua B. Fisher. Dr. Joshua B. Fisher is a Climate Scientist focusing on terrestrial ecosystems, water, carbon, and nutrient cycling using a combination of supercomputer models, remote sensing, and field campaigns from the Amazon to the Arctic. He completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees from UC Berkeley and his postdoctoral work from the University of Oxford.

Dr. Fisher was at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for over a decade, and was the Science Lead for the ECOSTRESS mission, focused on plant water use/stress from the International Space Station. He is currently Presidential Fellow of Ecosystem Science on the faculty at Chapman University; and is also now the Science Lead for Hydrosat, which is launching a constellation of thermal satellite missions.

Dr. Fisher has been named one of the world’s “most influential” researchers, in the top 0.1% of scientists with papers in the top 1% by citations for the past 3 years in a row.

Faculty Host: César Terrer/The Terrer Lab

Oct12
12:00 pm
Oct12
1:00 pm

CEE Faculty Seminar Seminar Series: Vegetation Hydrodynamics for Restoration, Climate Mitigation and Adaption

Please join us for the CEE Faculty Seminar Series with speaker Prof. Heidi Nepf, who will discuss "Vegetation Hydrodynamics for Restoration, Climate Mitigation and Adaption" Faculty host: Prof. Carstensen

The seminar will be held in-person at 1-131. For more information or how to attend this seminar virtually, please contact Jeanette at jmmarch@mit.edu

Nov19
1:00 pm
Nov19
2:00 pm

Transportation at MIT Overview Webinar

This webinar will provide an overview of MIT's Interdepartmental Program in Transportation including the Master of Science in Transportation (MST) as well as the Interdepartmental Doctoral Program, and the admissions process.

Led by the Director of the Transportation Program, Jinhua Zhao, and Admissions Staff

Nov10
1:00 pm
Nov10
2:00 pm

CEE Graduate Student Life Webinar

This information session will feature current graduate students from multiple CEE degree programs, sharing a glimpse of life outside the lab and answering your questions.

Led by Current CEE and Transportation students, along with Civil and Environmental Engineering Admissions Staff

Nov03
1:00 pm
Nov03
2:00 pm
Climate_Change

Climate, Environment and Sustainability MEng Webinar

This webinar will provide an overview of the MEng program in Climate, Environment and Sustainability and the process for applying. Read our latest article to learn more about the new degree program

Led by Graduate Officer, Colette Heald

Dec03
12:00 pm
Dec03
1:00 pm

Parsons Laboratory Seminar Series: Characterizing Hurricane Turbulence via Numerical Simulations

Please join us for the Ralph M. Parsons Laboratory Seminar Series with speaker Marco Giomentto, of Columbia University, who will discuss "Characterizing Hurricane Turbulence via Numerical Simulations" Faculty host: Prof. Howland

The seminar is in-person at 15 Vassar Street, 48-316 and requires registration.

For more information or how to attend this seminar virtually, please contact lumidi@mit.edu

Nov19
12:00 pm
Nov19
1:00 pm

Parsons Laboratory Seminar Series: Challenges to safe drinking water in Iowa

Please join us for the Ralph M. Parsons Laboratory Seminar Series with speaker Dave Cwiertny, of University of Iowa, who will discuss "Far from heaven: Challenges to safe drinking water in Iowa" and include policy, environmental chemistry, and engineering topics. Faculty host: Prof. Plata & Des Marais

The seminar is in-person at 15 Vassar Street, 48-316 and requires registration.

For more information or how to attend this seminar virtually, please contact lumidi@mit.edu

Nov05
12:00 pm
Nov05
1:00 pm

Parsons Laboratory Seminar Series: Electrochemical Ammonia Synthesis and Sensing in Environmental Waters

Please join us for the Ralph M. Parsons Laboratory Seminar Series with speaker Will Tarpeh, of Stanford University, who will discuss "Electrochemical Ammonia Synthesis and Sensing in Environmental Waters" Faculty host: Prof. Plata

The seminar is in-person at 15 Vassar Street, 48-316 and requires registration.

For more information or how to attend this seminar virtually, please contact lumidi@mit.edu

Oct29
12:00 pm
Oct29
1:00 pm

Parsons Laboratory Seminar Series: A drier future for Europe and the Mediterranean

Please join us for the Ralph M. Parsons Laboratory Seminar Series with speaker Alexandre Tuel, of University of Bern, who will discuss "A drier future for Europe and the Mediterranean" Faculty host: Prof. Eltahir

The seminar is in-person at 15 Vassar Street, 48-316 and requires registration.

For more information or how to attend this seminar virtually, please contact lumidi@mit.edu

Oct27
1:00 pm
Oct27
2:00 pm

CEE Graduate Admissions Webinar

This webinar will provide an overview of all the graduate degree paths in CEE at MIT and the process for applying.

Led by Civil and Environmental Engineering Admissions Staff

Oct15
12:00 pm
Oct15
1:00 pm

Parsons Laboratory Seminar Series: Molecular-level reactivity of dissolved organic matter in natural and engineered systems

Please join us for the Ralph M. Parsons Laboratory Seminar Series with speaker Christy Remucal, of University of Wisconsin, who will discuss "Molecular-level reactivity of dissolved organic matter in natural and engineered systems" Faculty host: Prof. Plata

The seminar is in-person at 15 Vassar Street, 48-316 and requires registration.

For more information or how to attend this seminar virtually, please contact lumidi@mit.edu

Oct08
12:00 pm
Oct08
1:00 pm

Parsons Laboratory Seminar Series: Ecology in an Autocorrelated World

Please join us for the Ralph M. Parsons Laboratory Seminar Series with speaker Sebastian Schreiber of University of California, Davis, who will discuss "Ecology in an autocorrelated world." Faculty host: Prof. Saavedra

The seminar is in-person at 15 Vassar Street, 48-316 and requires registration.

For more information or how to attend this seminar virtually, please contact lumidi@mit.edu