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Porter: Here’s what would happen if a huge quake hit Los Angeles

June 21, 2021

ShakeOut coauthor Keith Porter, research professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, warned in a 2011 study in the journal Earthquake Spectra that under certain conditions, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake could create such a sudden interruption of high-voltage interstate transmission of electricity that “potentially all of the western U.S. could lose power.”

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Miller: How the Fossil Fuel Industry Convinced Americans to Love Gas Stoves

June 17, 2021

Shelly Miller, a University of Colorado, Boulder, environmental engineer who has studied indoor air quality for decades was quoted by Mother Jones.

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Video: Exploring links between equity, climate change and electric vehicle infrastructure

May 19, 2021

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder are exploring how widespread use of electric vehicles in the future may impact vulnerable communities. The work is funded by a new seed grant from the Resilient Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity Interdisciplinary Research Theme and is led by the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering.

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RISE summer fellowship, seed grant

April 29, 2021

The Resilient Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity Interdisciplinary Research Theme is offering a condensed fellowship/seed grant cycle of $10,000 that is open to faculty affiliates, post-docs, or graduate students. The effort will fund pilot projects and research activities that relate to the three themes of the IRT. The intention is for the funds to be spent from June 15 through Aug. 15, 2021.

La Jara, CO Town Depot

Engineers adjust plans to support Colorado town

April 20, 2021

Sophie Woods is a sophomore at CU Boulder studying environmental engineering with a minor in economics. She’s part of the CU chapter of Engineers Without Borders and is currently leading a team of fellow students in work on the La Jara water infrastructure issues.

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Boulder takes first place in 2021 Solar Decathlon Build Challenge

April 19, 2021

The University of Colorado Boulder won first place in the 2021 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Build Challenge, the third time CU Boulder has placed first in the highly competitive event.

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Thomas featured on Buff Innovator Insights podcast

April 16, 2021

Evan Thomas, a professor of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering and Aerospace Engineering Sciences, and director of the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering, shares how his family’s interests in journalism, engineering and entrepreneurship, as well as his experiences with Engineering Without Borders, inspired him to tackle global poverty through his work and teaching.


Baker to address long standing grid optimization problems in CAREER award

March 16, 2021

Baker, who is based in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, was recently awarded an NSF CAREER Award to revolutionize the way electric power grids operates.


Peek quoted in CNN on "the Covid generation"

March 12, 2021

Lori Peek, director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder, was quoted by CNN.

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Dashti reflects on anniversary of Fukushima disaster

March 11, 2021

Associate Professor Shideh Dashti answered some questions on the anniversary of the disaster. Her team in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering researches the influence of extreme events on interacting soil-foundation-structure systems and the resilience of urban infrastructure.