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February 16, 2016

Henry Petroski: Insights on America's Road Taken

Henry Petroski published his 19th book, “The Road Taken,” on February 16, 2016. The book gives an in-depth look at the history and current state of infrastructure in the United States through the lens of roads and bridges. Through historical context, readers begin to understand how our roads came [...]

December 21, 2015

Coastal Marshes More Resilient to Sea-Level Rise than Previously Believed

Accelerating rates of sea-level rise linked to climate change pose a major threat to coastal marshes and the vital carbon capturing they perform. But a new Duke University study finds marshes may be more resilient than previously believed. The research, published this month in the Proceedings of [...]

December 08, 2015

O'Connor Takes 2nd in Odebrecht Award

Megan O’Connor, a 4th year graduate student in civil and environmental engineering, placed 2nd in this year's Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development. The competition helps bridge the gap between the academic and corporate worlds, and finds solutions that promote sustainability via the transfer [...]

November 10, 2015

Fred Boadu Returns to Ghana to Fill Research Gaps

African academics living abroad are a rich source of expertise for the continent’s universities to tap into. In this film we meet Fred Boadu, who left Ghana to pursue an engineering career in the United States more than 20 years ago. He is now a professor of civil and enviornmental engineering at [...]

October 21, 2015

Kunshan Workshop Explores Water Impacts Of Unconventional Energy Production In China

Researchers, policymakers, environmental managers and other stakeholders gathered at Duke Kunshan University for a two-day workshop last week to explore the potential impacts of increased unconventional energy exploration on China’s water supply, including Marc Deshusses, professor of civil and [...]

September 10, 2015

Tomasz Hueckel: A Pioneer in Environmental and Energy Geomechanics

There was a homecoming of sorts at the International Congress CERMODEL - Modelling and Simulation Meet Innovation in Ceramics Technology – conference held in Trento, Italy this summer. Tomasz Hueckel, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Duke University, left an industry job in Italy [...]

August 18, 2015

Setting Ground Rules for Nanotechnology Research

In two new studies, researchers from across the country spearheaded by Duke University faculty have begun to design the framework on which to build the emerging field of nanoinformatics. Nanoinformatics is, as the name implies, the combination of nanoscale research and informatics. It attempts to [...]

June 02, 2015

Duke's First Energy Minors Demonstrate Burgeoning Professional Demand

Commencement season brought evidence of the continual and growing demand for undergraduate energy education programs at Duke University, as the Pratt School of Engineering graduated its first students in its minor in Energy Engineering and the Certificate in Energy and the Environment bid farewell [...]

March 31, 2015

Population Could Outpace Water by Mid-Century

Population growth could cause global demand for water to outpace supply by mid-century if current levels of consumption continue. But it wouldn't be the first time this has happened, a Duke University study finds. Using a delayed-feedback mathematical model that analyzes historic data to help [...]

March 27, 2015

Wiesner Named Chair of Duke CEE

Mark Wiesner has been named chair of Duke’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, effective July 1, 2015. Wiesner, who holds the James L. Meriam Professorship of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is a recognized leader in the national and international civil and environmental [...]

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