Research News

September 20, 2016

Ana Barros Elected a Fellow of ASCE

Ana Barros, the James L. Meriam Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University, has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The honor is bestowed on less than 3.5 percent of the society’s members and serves to recognize engineers who have made [...]

July 11, 2016

Porporato Receives American Geophysical Union Hydrological Sciences Award

Amilcare Porporato, the Addy Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been named the winner of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Hydrologic Sciences Award. Originally established in 1956 as the Robert E. Horton Award, the honor is given for outstanding contributions to the field of [...]

June 27, 2016

Andrew Bragg: Making Sense of Chaos in Environmental Systems

New faculty member Andrew Bragg studies how turbulent flows affect natural systems from coalescing raindrops to forming planets

May 27, 2016

Appalachian Coal Ash Richest in Rare Earth Elements

First comprehensive study of the amount of these valuable elements present in coal ash across the U.S.

May 20, 2016

Gunsch Receives the 2016 Huber Research Prize

Prizes awarded to ASCE members for notable achievements in research related to civil engineering

May 02, 2016

Hurricanes Key to Carbon Uptake by Forests

Increases in carbon uptake by southeast U.S. forests in response to tropical cyclone activity alone exceed carbon emissions by American vehicles each year

April 27, 2016

From Tiny Details to Big Picture

The New Face of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Duke – Mark Wiesner, PhD, CEE Department Chair & CEINT Director.

April 21, 2016

A “Nest” for Your Lawn

What if there were a service like Nest for your lawn? That’s the goal of a new “Smart Lawn” experiment at Duke University’s Smart Home, headed by Amilcare Porporato, the Addy Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and his postdoctoral researcher, Jun Yin. A network of sensors in the [...]

April 13, 2016

Oxygen Key to Containing Coal Ash Contamination

As energy companies decide what to do with aging coal ash disposal facilities in North Carolina and across the nation, they may be overlooking a fundamental but potentially critical variable—oxygen. In a new study appearing in the April issue of Applied Geochemistry, researchers from Duke [...]

April 05, 2016

Spring Break Research at 12,000 Feet

This spring break, Duke environmental engineering undergraduates working with professor Mike Bergin traveled nearly 4,000 miles to study air and water quality in Bolivia's high-altitude capital city of La Paz, where they partnered with local students for a once-in-a-lifetime fieldwork experience. [...]

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