Two students in the large centrifuge.

What is the Center for Infrastructure, Energy, and Space Testing at CU Boulder?

Jan. 24, 2023

Welcome to the Center for Infrastructure, Energy, and Space Testing (CIEST) at CU Boulder, an experimental facility offering geotechnical centrifuges, structural dynamics and materials testing and research for business, government, and academic partners. CIEST is home to a massive array of cutting edge, specialized facilities to conduct small and large...

Shideh Dashti

Video: Pioneering resilient infrastructure in the wake of earthquakes and climate-related natural disasters

June 27, 2022

Engineering a sustainable and equitable future takes innovation and collaboration. Shideh Dashti is the Acting Associate Dean of Research at CU Boulder's College of Engineering & Applied Science, as well as an Associate Professor in the Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Department. Dean Dashti's research is specifically focused on geotechnical...

Members of the GEER team watch a drone take off from the Spanish Hills neighborhood.

Engineers deploy drones to survey Marshall Fire, gather lessons for future disasters

Feb. 14, 2022

The drone whirs to life on a driveway in the Spanish Hills neighborhood of Boulder County. Its four spinning motors lift it to nearly 200 feet above the ground. Below, the cul-de-sac comes into view, revealing the stone chimneys and blackened foundations that dot the hillside—what remains of many of...

Damage from the Marshall fire.

What the Marshall Fire can teach us about future climate catastrophes

Jan. 25, 2022

Nearly one month after the Marshall Fire became the most destructive and one of the most unique wildfires in Colorado history, CU Boulder researchers from across campus—many of them personally affected by the fire—have pivoted and applied their expertise to the aftermath, hoping to learn from a tragedy in their...

Info graphic showing interdisciplinary aspects of the themeFaculty within the theme represent six departments in the college of engineering and four departments within the broader CU Boulder community.

Seed grants fund research into sustainable living, disruption from construction

Aug. 5, 2021

The Resilient Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity Interdisciplinary Research Theme is funding two new projects this summer through its seed grant initiative. Interdisciplinary Research Themes in the college are made of faculty, staff and students. They help researchers coordinate faculty hires, share facilities and use seed funding to leverage work...

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...

Shideh Dashti

Dashti reflects on anniversary of Fukushima disaster

March 12, 2021

This week marks the 10-year anniversary of the Fukushima earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan. The three explosions and release of nuclear radiation forced the evacuation of more than 150,000 people and re-opened old wounds from the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War...

Two researchers in hard hats work with testing equipment in the CIEST lab

Researchers will use DOE grant to help update aging natural gas infrastructure

Sept. 2, 2020

Led by Assistant Research Professor Brad Wham, the team will use the award to develop a new testing and modeling framework to allow the gas industry to better evaluate the products it uses to rehabilitate aging cast iron and steel natural gas pipelines.