• Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering awards cross-disciplinary seed funds.

    From optimizing food production to feed a growing population to discovering the fundamental behaviors and processes of biopolymers, faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) are leveraging the interdisciplinary nature of the department to establish two new, innovative projects.

    H.M. King Bhumibol Professor Dennis McLaughlin, a hydrologist, and Mitsui Chair Professor Serguei Saavedra, a network and community ecologist, are working together to examine the impact of resource allocation and community ecology on crop productivity and resilience. Additionally, assistant professors Tal Cohen and Otto X. Cordero are joining forces in an effort to discover the relationship between the physical and biological processes that underlie how biopolymers are consumed by bacteria.

    The projects are funded by CEE’s Cross-Disciplinary Seed Funds, which invites CEE faculty from differing disciplines to apply for funding to support the creation of research projects.

    “Through the Cross-Disciplinary Seed Funds and department events such as ...

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Research in the Kroll Group involves laboratory studies, fieldwork, and instrument development aimed at understanding the lifecycle (emissions, transformation, and loss) of atmospheric organic species. A central theme is the chemistry underlying the formation and evolution of organic aerosol, a major component of atmospheric fine particulate matter.