Civil and Environmental Engineering

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, [...]

Emily Crossette '15 helps campers decorate rain barrels.

August 6, 2013

Students Teach Grade-Schoolers about Science and Technology

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Lafayette’s Society of Environmental Engineers and Scientists hosted its annual STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Camp on the last weekend in July. During the three-day workshop, more than 50 fourth- to sixth-graders from throughout the Lehigh Valley learned through interactive, hands-on activities led by Lafayette students and faculty. View more images from the STEM [...]

Roger Ruggles, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, looks over plans of Easton's sewer system with Matthew Muller ’14 and Samuel Brinton ’14.

July 19, 2013

Student-Faculty Team Works to Improve Local Sewer Infrastructure

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A student-faculty team is working on research to evaluate the condition of the local sewer system’s infrastructure and develop tools to help engineers run the system more efficiently. Led by Roger Ruggles, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, the team is creating a computer model of the Easton Area Joint Sewer Authority’s conveyance system.  [...]

Wystan Carswell '10

May 28, 2013

Wystan Carswell ’10 Researches Wind Turbine Energy at Norwegian Geotechnical Institute

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By Andrew Clark Studying wind energy was simply addictive for Wystan Carswell ’10. She was captivated by the topic while pursuing a master’s degree in structural engineering at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. It’s now the focus of her doctoral work at UMass Amherst and her research post at Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo. “The ultimate goal of [...]

Skillman Library

May 9, 2013

Lafayette Honors Students for Academic Excellence

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Lafayette honored more than 85 students for academic excellence at the annual All-College Honors Convocation May 5 in Colton Chapel. Awards and prizes recognized outstanding academic success in all four of Lafayette’s academic divisions—engineering, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. This spring, 42 students will join Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most respected undergraduate [...]

Alec Bernstein '11 (left) works on a project with David Brandes, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.

May 6, 2013

Alec Bernstein ’11, Erin D’Amelio ’13, Nicole Dieterich ’13, and Chris Kelly ’13 Receive Fulbright Awards

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Alec Bernstein ’11, Erin D’Amelio ’13 (Mount Bethel, Pa.), Nicole Dieterich ’13 (Hewitt, N.J.), and Chris Kelly ’13 (Boyertown, Pa.) are recipients of the prestigious Fulbright award.  As a Fulbright scholar, Bernstein will travel to the West Bengal region of India to assess the sustainability of water systems; D’Amelio will travel to Malaysia through an [...]

Sarah Hardy '14 and Professor Art Kney in Acopian Engineering Center

April 29, 2013

Sarah Hardy ’14 Awarded Udall Scholarship for Ecological Wastewater Research

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Civil engineering major Sarah Hardy ’14 (Rowley, Mass.) has been awarded a Udall Scholarship to continue her research of ecological wastewater treatment. Presented to 50 students from 43 colleges and universities, the scholarship is given to recipients on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, Native American healthcare, or tribal public policy; leadership [...]

Sarah Hardy '14 and Professor Art Kney in Acopian Engineering Center

March 31, 2013

19 Students Invited to Present at National Conference on Undergraduate Research

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Nineteen students have been invited to present their research at the 27th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) April 11-13 at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. NCUR is the largest conference of its kind in the country with approximately 2,000 undergraduates from more than 250 colleges and universities in attendance. This is Lafayette’s 26th year of [...]

EWB Honduras

March 15, 2013

Engineers Without Borders Receives National Honor for Honduras Water Project

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Lafayette’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is one of three in the nation to be named a 2013 Premier Project by EWB-USA, the organization’s highest honor. It was selected from more than 250 chapters across the nation working on more than 350 projects. Since 2006, Lafayette has been working with residents of El Convento, [...]

Brian Peacock '12

March 1, 2013

Brian Peacock ’12 Launches FastFig Scientific Research Tool

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Brian Peacock ’12 won three national awards for research while at Lafayette. So, when he saw a need for an improved mathematical tool optimized for scientific exploration, he launched FastFig, a cloud-based solution. Visit the FastFig website “I was inspired to create FastFig from my combined research experiences at Lafayette, abroad in New Zealand, and at [...]