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New Mini-UROP program introduces freshmen to the diversity of research in Course 1
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, March 04, 2015
For the first time, MIT freshmen had the opportunity to delve into Course 1-ENG research for credit and explore the myriad of disciplines offered within the department as part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Mini Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (Mini-UROP)...
Social circles
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, February 26, 2015
If you live in a city, you know that a fair amount of your movement around town is social in nature. But how much, exactly? A new study co-authored by MIT researchers uses a novel method to infer that around one-fifth of urban movement is strictly social, a finding that holds up consistently in mult...
Chasing the plume
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, February 13, 2015
As residents of the Big Island of Hawaii feel the adverse effects from the volcanic smog, or "vog," from the Kilauea volcano, a group of civil and environmental engineering (CEE) students are working to better understand exactly how the emissions are affecting the local air quality and ecology. On J...
Splash down
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, February 03, 2015
Farmers have long noted a correlation between rainstorms and disease outbreaks among plants. Fungal parasites known as "rust" can grow particularly rampant following rain events, eating away at the leaves of wheat and potentially depleting crop harvests. While historical weather records suggest that...
Wrinkle predictions
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, February 02, 2015
As a grape slowly dries and shrivels, its surface creases, ultimately taking on the wrinkled form of a raisin. Similar patterns can be found on the surfaces of other dried materials, as well as in human fingerprints. While these patterns have long been observed in nature, and more recently in experi...
New faculty in engineering
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, February 02, 2015
Twelve new faculty members have been invited to join the ranks of the School of Engineering at MIT. Drawn from institutions and industry around the world, and ranging from distinguished senior researchers to promising young investigators, they will contribute to the research and educational activiti...
3 Questions: Dara Entekhabi on NASA's soil-moisture mission
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, January 26, 2015
Dara Entekhabi, an MIT professor of civil and environmental engineering and of earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences, is the science team leader of NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite, scheduled to be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Jan. 29. The satellit...
New analysis explains collagen's force
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, January 22, 2015
Research combining experimental work and detailed molecular simulations has revealed, for the first time, the complex role that water plays in collagen - a protein that is a component of tendons, bone, skin and other structural tissues in the body. The new analysis reveals an important mechanism tha...
Alumnus Larry Linden to speak on his "journey to climate activism"
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, January 20, 2015
Throughout the spring semester, the MIT Climate Change Conversation will sponsor a number of events with one unifying goal in mind: bringing the campus together to figure out how MIT can best take on climate change. On Wednesday, Jan. 21, the series of events kicks off with a talk titled, "One Man's...
3 Questions: Lydia Bourouiba on Ebola virus transmission
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, January 20, 2015
Lydia Bourouiba, the Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Assistant Professor in MIT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, garnered media attention last year for her research showing that aerosol particles produced by sneezing and coughing could spread much farther than ha...
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