Study finds more spending on fire suppression may lead to bigger fires
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, 22 hours ago
The "firefighting trap" is a term often used by business managers to describe a shortsighted cycle of problem-solving: dealing with "fires," or problems, as they arise, but failing to address the underlying cause, thereby increasing the chance that the same problem will crop up in the future. Resear...
Amphibious achiever
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, 22 hours ago
Early one morning last January, MIT undergraduate Theresa Oehmke was eating breakfast at the Kilauea Military Camp on Hawaii's Big Island when a colleague burst into the room, yelling, "Oh my god, the plume, it's moving! We have to go chase it now!" Without asking questions, Oehmke threw together a ...
Simchi-Levi and colleagues win INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, November 19, 2014
MIT Professor David Simchi-Levi and eight colleagues have received the 2014 INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice for a project that utilizes Simchi-Levi's Risk Exposure Index (REI) to identify risk and mitigate disruptions in the automotive supply chain. The ...
New way to predict how traffic will flow
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, November 06, 2014
A reliable way of predicting the flow of traffic could be a great convenience for commuters, as well as a significant energy-saver. During an emergency evacuation following a natural disaster, reliable predictions of the best routes could even be a lifesaver. Now a team of researchers from MIT, the ...
Concrete Sustainability Hub names Randolph Kirchain as co-director
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, October 29, 2014
Randolph Kirchain - an engineer who researches the environmental and economic implications of materials selection in the manufacture and lifespan of products from electronics to pavements - has been named co-director of the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub). Professor Franz-Josef Ulm, faculty ...
3 Questions: The launch of the MIT Climate Change Conversation
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, October 20, 2014
On Sept. 19, Maria T. Zuber, MIT's vice president for research, announced the membership of a community committee to plan and implement the MIT Climate Change Conversation. As Zuber noted, "The Committee should seek broad input from the Institute community on how the US and the world can most effect...
Work begins on the Collier Memorial
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, October 10, 2014
Even when he was young, Sean Collier knew he wanted to be a police officer - and when he joined the MIT Police force, he knew he was in the right place. "Sean fit this community like a hand fits a glove," says John DiFava, MIT's director of facilities operations and security, and also the chief of t...
Untangling how cables coil
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, October 02, 2014
The world's fiber-optic network spans more than 550,000 miles of undersea cable that transmits e-mail, websites, and other packets of data between continents, all at the speed of light. A rip or tangle in any part of this network can significantly slow telecommunications around the world. Now engine...
Crumpled graphene could provide an unconventional energy storage
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, October 02, 2014
When someone crumples a sheet of paper, that usually means it's about to be thrown away. But researchers have now found that crumpling a piece of graphene "paper" - a material formed by bonding together layers of the two-dimensional form of carbon - can actually yield new properties that could be us...
How to make stronger, "greener" cement
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, September 25, 2014
Concrete is the world's most-used construction material, and a leading contributor to global warming, producing as much as one-tenth of industry-generated greenhouse-gas emissions. Now a new study suggests a way in which those emissions could be reduced by more than half - and the result would be a ...
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