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Research from Professor Elfatih Eltahir featured in Science Magazine March 4, 2018 - 3:23pm

Research from Professor Elfatih Eltahir and former postdoc Ross Alter was featured in Science Magazine. The news article about the CEE study, entitled “The United States’s Corn Belt is making its own weather,” discusses how agriculture had a major on regional changes in climate among the Midwestern United States.

Professor Colette Heald participates in Global Food+ symposium March 4, 2018 - 3:21pm

Associate Professor and Associate Department Head of CEE Colette Heald participated in the Global Food+ symposium on February 16. Heald spoke about the impact of particulate matter on crops, particularly maize, wheat and rice. The symposium featured lectures on food, agriculture, environment and health, and was hosted by Tufts University. Read more here.

Building to better weather the storm February 21, 2018 - 11:17am

The Atlantic hurricane season has officially begun and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting “above normal” storm activity this year. That could mean significant damage to coastal communities — some of which are still recovering from last year’s hurricane season.

School of Engineering awards for 2017 February 21, 2018 - 11:17am

The School of Engineering recently honored outstanding faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students, with the following awards: 

A deep dive into research February 21, 2018 - 11:17am

Ignacio Estay Forno handled his research project with care. “It was like my baby,” says the junior, who is majoring in electrical engineering and computer science (EECS).

His project, conducted in collaboration with graduate student Di Zhu in EECS professor Karl Berggren’s lab, focused on developing an array of detectors that could spot single photons, furthering a technology that is used in fast-paced communications and can reach near-gigabit speeds between the Earth and the moon. “I was involved heavily in every single step,” Estay Forno says.

MIT space hotel wins NASA graduate design competition February 21, 2018 - 11:17am

An interdisciplinary team of MIT graduate students representing five departments across the Institute was recently honored at NASA's Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage Design Competition Forum. The challenge involved designing a commercially enabled habitable module for use in low Earth orbit that would be extensible for future use as a Mars transit vehicle. The team’s design won first place in the competition’s graduate division.

Phytoplankton and chips February 21, 2018 - 11:17am

Microbes mediate the global marine cycles of elements, modulating atmospheric carbon dioxide and helping to maintain the oxygen we all breathe, yet there is much about them scientists still don’t understand. Now, an award from the Simons Foundation will give researchers from MIT's Darwin Project access to bigger, better computing resources to model these communities and probe how they work.

Saving Venice, MIT-style February 21, 2018 - 11:17am

This summer, MIT professors Paola Malanotte Rizzoli of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) and Andrew Whittle of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) led an intensive workshop with several Italian faculty exploring key challenges facing Venice. Ten MIT students and seven students from the University of Venice (IUAV) joined their engineering and urban planning expertise during the first two weeks at a research camp in Pellestrina, a small island in the Venetian Lagoon.

Inspiring the next generation of engineers February 21, 2018 - 11:17am

The halls of MIT were abuzz with 30 children and teenagers eager to be civil and environmental engineers for a day.

All relatives, friends or neighbors of members of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), the young additions to the community were on campus for the second annual CEE Kids Camp, a day filled with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities that showcased research topics throughout the department.

Identifying optimal product prices February 21, 2018 - 11:17am

How can online businesses leverage vast historical data, computational power, and sophisticated machine-learning techniques to quickly analyze and forecast demand, and to optimize pricing and increase revenue?

A research highlight article in the Fall 2017 issue of MIT Sloan Management Review by MIT Professor David Simchi-Levi describes new insights into demand forecasting and price optimization.

A concrete solution February 21, 2018 - 11:17am

Cement materials, including cement paste, mortar, and concrete, are the most widely manufactured materials in the world. Their carbon footprint is similarly hefty: The processes involved in making cement contribute almost 6 percent of global carbon emissions.

The demand for these materials is unlikely to decline any time soon. In the United States, the majority of concrete bridges, buildings, and pavement-lined streets, erected in the 1960s and 1970s, were designed in an era with fewer environmental stresses to infrastructure and built to last 50 years at most.

MIT researchers respond to hurricanes Irma and Maria February 21, 2018 - 11:17am

As Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria approached the Caribbean late this summer, public and private supply chains already affected and stretched thin by August's Hurricane Harvey had to ramp up again. Coordination was even more critical in order to leverage all available logistics capacity to meet human needs.

MIT students fortify concrete by adding recycled plastic February 21, 2018 - 11:17am

Discarded plastic bottles could one day be used to build stronger, more flexible concrete structures, from sidewalks and street barriers, to buildings and bridges, according to a new study.

MIT undergraduate students have found that, by exposing plastic flakes to small, harmless doses of gamma radiation, then pulverizing the flakes into a fine powder, they can mix the irradiated plastic with cement paste and fly ash to produce concrete that is up to 15 percent stronger than conventional concrete.

Workshop brings distinguished women to MIT to explore careers in academia February 21, 2018 - 11:17am

A group of 20 women from around the world gathered at MIT this month to gain valuable insight and advice about careers in academia during the second Civil and Environmental Engineering Rising Stars Workshop.

The MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)-hosted event is for distinguished early-career women interested in careers in academia to hear firsthand what it is like to be a faculty member in engineering and science domains.

Innovative MIT projects at the Seoul Biennale February 21, 2018 - 11:17am

Responding to the theme of “Imminent Commons,” a diverse contingent of MIT faculty, researchers, and alumni from the School of Architecture and Planning are participating in the first Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, which is being held from Sept. 2 through Nov. 5.

Historian and critic Hyungmin Pai PhD ’93 is codirecting the biennale with architect Alejandro Zaera-Polo.

Mars city living: Designing for the Red Planet February 21, 2018 - 11:17am

How will people live on Mars? An MIT team developed a design concept addressing this question as part of Mars City Design 2017, an international competition focused on sustainable cities on Mars to be built in the next century.

Twelve from MIT honored by the American Physical Society February 21, 2018 - 11:17am

Twelve members of the MIT community are among those recently honored with prizes and fellowships by the American Physical Society (APS). The awardees include faculty, students, and alumni from the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Science and Engineering, and Chemical Engineering.

Research for global needs, present and future February 21, 2018 - 11:17am

As the world’s most pressing challenges in infrastructure and environment evolve, so do the research areas and specialties of MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) faculty to meet these needs.  

How to build better silk February 21, 2018 - 11:17am

When it comes to concocting the complex mix of molecules that makes up fibers of natural silk, nature beats human engineering hands down. Despite efforts to synthesize the material, artificial varieties still cannot match the natural fiber’s strength.

But by starting with silk produced by silkworms, breaking it down chemically, and then reassembling it, engineers have found they can make a material that is more than twice as stiff as its natural counterpart and can be shaped into complex structures such as meshes and lattices.

Gut microbes can protect against high blood pressure February 21, 2018 - 11:17am

Microbes living in your gut may help protect against the effects of a high-salt diet, according to a new study from MIT.

The MIT team, working with researchers in Germany, found that in both mice and humans, a high-salt diet shrinks the population of a certain type of beneficial bacteria. As a result, pro-inflammatory immune cells called Th-17 cells grow in number. These immune cells have been linked with high blood pressure, although the exact mechanism of how they contribute to hypertension is not yet known.