Research News

November 07, 2011

Graduate students win EPA Star Fellowships

For their research into methods for improving the environment, two Pratt civil and environmental engineering  graduate students were recently awarded  EPA STAR fellowships. The students, Matthew Strickland and Thomas Morse,  will each receive support in finishing their degrees as well as funding [...]

September 08, 2011

Hog Waste Producing Electricity, Carbon Offsets

Duke University and Duke Energy have been developing the pilot project for nearly three years, with additional grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources Lagoon Conversion Program. Duke Energy and the university will [...]

August 25, 2011

News Tip: Catastrophic Earthquake Possible for East Coast, Expert Says

“Earthquake interest and preparedness always increases after an event. What many may not realize is that regions of the central and eastern United States are at significant risk of a catastrophic earthquake.” said Henri Gavin, W. H. Gardner Jr. Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental [...]

July 25, 2011

Barton Wins Chateaubriand Fellowship

Environmental engineering graduate student Lauren Barton has won a Chateaubriand Fellowship from the Office for Science and Technology in the Embassy of France in the United States. Every year, it allows doctorate students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for up to 10 [...]

July 25, 2011

Shrestha wins Award from American Meterological Society

Prabhakar Shrestha, a graduate student in the Barros group, received an award for his presentation on how aerosols affect local climatology at the Atmospheric Chemistry Conference of the American Meteorological Society. Prabhakar completed his Ph.D. in the 2011 and he is now doing postdoctoral work [...]

July 25, 2011

Morse wins EPA STAR Fellowship

Environmental engineering graduate student Thomas Morse won an EPA STAR Fellowship that will provide $42,000 per year for three years. Thomas Morse is working to remove invasive species through gene silencing in microalgae cultivation for biodiesel. Working with his adviser, Assistant Professor [...]

July 22, 2011

Strickland wins EPA STAR Fellowship

Environmental engineering graduate student Matt Strickland won an EPA STAR Fellowship that will provide $42,000 per year for three years. Matt is studying biofiltration of waste gasses containing dilute concentrations of methane by utilizing a biphasic reactor. A biphasic reactor contains bacteria [...]

July 13, 2011

Measuring Precipitation, One Drop at Time

Rain is never appreciated during a picnic and fog is aggravating to motorists, but those small droplets of water may actually hold the key on a small scale what is happening, or could happen, on a much larger scale. While oceans, lakes, rivers or rain are overt examples of how water supports all [...]

June 29, 2011

Hsu-Kim Receives DOE Award

Heileen Hsu-Kim believes that before scientists can solve the big-picture issue of protecting people and the environment from the harmful effects of mercury, they need to see the small picture. The very small picture. She would like to like know exactly what happens when naturally-occurring or man [...]

June 28, 2011

Gunsch One of 85 Young Faculty at NAE Meeting

Claudia Gunsch, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is one of 85 of the nation's young engineers to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 17th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium.  The participants -- engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing [...]