Shideh Dashti

Associate Professor awarded Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize

May 10, 2021

Associate Professor of Geotechnical Engineering and Geomechanics Shideh Dashti has received the 2021 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize for “her work in advancing the state-of-the-art in evaluating and improving the seismic performance of structures on liquefiable soil deposits.” The award consists of a certificate and $400 cash prize...

Mark Hernandez

Hernandez featured in Washington Post COVID story

May 4, 2021

How one restaurant’s experiment may help diners breathe safely. Sierra Mar, a resort restaurant in Big Sur, Calif., has added new technology to reduce possible transmission of coronavirus and other of airborne pathogens

Wastewater testing container

9News: CU tested wastewater to detect COVID outbreaks; The same system could detect other viruses, too

April 8, 2021

BOULDER, Colo. — On a campus known for its beauty, this story focuses on one of the least beautiful things in Boulder. Our story takes us underground with the man in charge of catching signs of COVID in waste. "It just sits in the stream that’s flowing past," Cresten Mansfeldt...

PJ from Reno, Nevada, who graduated from CU Boulder environmental engineering, conducts COVID-19 wastewater testing on the CU Boulder campus in March of 2021.

Not a moment to waste: How a resource beneath our campus was key during COVID-19

April 1, 2021

It’s a chilly spring morning in March 2021 and campus is quiet. Dew hangs on blades of grass. Songbirds chirp from the trees, while a few students speed by on their bikes and skateboards. But while campus may seem calm, an artificial river flows underneath, holding a wealth of information...

Ice on power lines

What went wrong with Texas’ power grid? A Q&A with CU Boulder experts

Feb. 22, 2021

On Feb. 13, a severe winter storm swept across Texas and nearby southern states, bringing sub-zero temperatures and snowfall as far south as the border with Mexico. The polar air that descended on Texas lasted many days, leading to a statewide crisis as energy grids failed to supply enough power, fuels froze and water pipes burst.

Keith Molenaar

Professor earns ASCE-CI Peurifoy Construction Research Award

Feb. 22, 2021

Professor Keith Molenaar has been awarded the 2021 Peurifoy Construction Research Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers Construction Institute (ASCE-CI) Construction Research Council.

Ben Livneh

With less moisture, experts worried the 2021 fire season could be as bad as 2020

Feb. 19, 2021

Much of the western United States has seen less than 85% of the snow it is used to getting and it is worrying some about the fire season ahead. “There absolutely is a lot of concern that we could see another record fire season,” said Ben Livneh, a hydrologist and...

John Zhai

Researchers study social distancing, ventilation in predicting the probability of COVID infection

Feb. 18, 2021

As the global pandemic developed, keeping adequate personal distance and using effective ventilation systems were emphasized to control the spread of COVID-19 – especially in confined spaces. That is because social distancing avoids direct contact among people and reduces transmission of virus-carrying droplets from human respiration, while improved ventilation dilutes...

Kyri Baker

Texas-like blackouts unlikely in Colorado

Feb. 18, 2021

DENVER (KDVR) – It’s possible, but not probable, that Colorado could experience widespread blackouts for days as millions of people in Texas have, according to energy experts. About 90% of Texas is on its own independent power grid, the Texas Interconnect . It does not have to abide by many...

Evan Thomas

Keeping a dry eye on drought in East Africa

Feb. 4, 2021

As rainfall is increasingly scarce in East Africa, existing groundwater supplies become the main source of water for people, livestock and agriculture. Maintaining access to this life-sustaining resource requires an extensive network of wells and pumps. Earth observations from NASA satellites can indicate that a drought might be on the...

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