Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor Jenn Rossmann discusses an assignment with Henry Scales ’17.

April 7, 2014

Course Introduces Technical and Human Sides of Engineering

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Colton Bamford ’17 (Souderton, Pa.) came to Lafayette intending to major in physics. But after one semester of Engineering Science 101, he scrapped that plan. “After a few classes I started to realize that mechanical engineering was everything I loved about physics and math,” he says. Hands-on approach Intro to Engineering is a hands-on, laboratory-based [...]

Hassaan Khan '13, Hannah Griesbach '13, and Leikune Aragaw '15 collect water samples and computer data at Sullivan Park to evaluate back in the engineering lab.

March 18, 2014

Wetlands Project Receives Pennsylvania’s Top Conservation Award

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Sullivan Park in Easton was named Pennsylvania’s 2014 Green Park of the Year thanks in part to Lafayette civil engineering students who installed a wetlands habitat there by first mitigating a serious water runoff problem and then planting native vegetation. Although the City of Easton is the official recipient of the state’s top conservation award, [...]

Ezra Keough ’17 speaks about Type 1 Diabetes at Morristown Medical Center’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital.

March 5, 2014

Ezra Keough ’17 Encourages Type 1 Diabetes Patients to Live with No Limits

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When Ezra Keough ’17 (Basking Ridge, N.J.) was diagnosed with Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes in fifth grade, he didn’t know much about the disease, but he knew one thing—it wasn’t going to stop him from accomplishing his goals. A competitive swimmer at the time of his diagnosis—rapid weight loss and exhaustion caused him to see [...]

EEGLP in Honduras

March 3, 2014

Can Garbage Solve Energy Issues?

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What does a community in a developing country do with high volumes of trash and nowhere to put it? Possibly use it as an alternative fuel source. Over the winter break, a student-faculty team traveled to Roatan Island, Honduras, to explore the feasibility of waste-to-energy power plants as an alternative to imported diesel fuel. The [...]

Michael Hezel '14, l-r, Professor Anne Raich, Jason Sheng ’15, and Eduardo Rodriguez '14 with the scissor-element truss-arch

March 3, 2014

Prof. Anne Raich Seeks to Minimize Damage Caused by Natural Disasters

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How can a building have a fighting chance against a natural disaster? Anne Raich is seeking ways that active control systems can minimize the structural damage caused by these events. That includes finding more efficient methods of assessing damage post-disaster so that emergency response teams can act quickly to stabilize the structures. “The challenge presented after [...]

Prisca Ratsimbazafy '17 presents her team’s project on soil quality of local organic vs. industrial farming.

January 24, 2014

Engineers and Scientists, Unite!

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Great minds think alike—but when they think differently, they can approach problems with a new level of understanding and insight. That’s the idea behind a project in which students from different disciplines and courses work in teams to research and report on an environmental topic of current and/or local concern. Anthropology and sociology major Sidney [...]

Emily Crossette ’15

January 2, 2014

Emily Crossette ’15 Receives EPA Fellowship for Wastewater Research

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By Sean Grim ’14 Civil engineering major Emily Crossette ’15 (Glennfield, Pa.) is contributing to the cleanup of the local ecosystem by helping to develop an improved metric for quantifying compounds that may cause mutations in fish. Crossette has received a $50,000 Environmental Protection Agency fellowship to fund continued work on wastewater testing that she has conducted with Art Kney, [...]

Alyssa Calomeni ’11 and Professor Megan Rothenberger

December 5, 2013

Biology Infusion Initiative Provides Interdisciplinary Solutions

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Students in Megan Rothenberger’s Environmental Issues in Aquatic Ecosystems class are tackling problems using expertise and resources from biology and civil engineering. As part of the course, students visited a local constructed wetland. There, David Brandes and Art Kney, both associate professors of civil and environmental engineering, explained how aggressive invasive plants and seasonal algal [...]

The students relax with some of the villagers.

October 30, 2013

Students and Faculty Work with Honduran Villagers to Minimize Effects of Flooding

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By Michele Tallarita ’12 This summer, an interdisciplinary team of students and faculty worked with residents of Lomitas, Honduras, to help improve stormwater drainage in the village, which experiences regular flooding. The project is part of Lafayette’s Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project (EEGLP), with funding from the National Science Foundation International Research Experience for [...]

Michael Hezel '14, l-r, Professor Anne Raich, Jason Sheng ’15, and Eduardo Rodriguez '14 with the scissor-element truss-arch

October 30, 2013

Jason Sheng ’15 Explores Engineering Applications of Origami

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By Sean Grim ’14 What do an ancient Chinese lute, engineering design software, and the Japanese art of origami have in common? The link is Zhe “Jason” Sheng ’15 (Dalian, China), a double major in mechanical engineering and music. Through Lafayette’s START initiative and EXCEL Scholars undergraduate research program, Sheng is working with Anne Raich, [...]