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portrait of Renee Sailor
Profiles, Student Activities

Renee Sailor, a student and a leader

Posted January 16, 2021

“I never specifically sought out leadership roles, but as I pursued what I liked, things tend to work out that way.” At the University of Minnesota, Sailor took on leadership roles in several groups. Sailor has been part of Steel Bridge Team, treasurer of APWA, and is currently Captain of the Concrete Canoe Team and President of ASCE Student Chapter.

Bret Weiss
Department News

Bret Weiss Takes Action to Diversify CE

Posted January 8, 2021

Bret Weiss (P.E., BCE 1987) realized that if his company, WSB, wanted to hire under-represented groups, it couldn’t rely on referrals from existing employees, nor count on technical school programs, which can be prohibitively expensive. They needed to recruit and introduce people to the field. After two years of planning, WSB launched a four-month, free-of-charge evening class in surveying and materials testing. It offers a stepping stone to high-demand jobs.

Raphael Stern

Understanding Spread of COVID-19 through Network Theory

Posted January 8, 2021

In a normal year, Raphael Stern would be studying the impact of self-driving cars on traffic flow—specifically, how these patterns will change in the future as society uses more autonomous vehicles. This year, the College of Science and Engineering assistant professor is putting his efforts into a more immediate problem: COVID-19.

Jack Braun in the early days of his engineering career

Remembering Jack Braun

Posted January 8, 2021

John Stephen "Jack" Braun (BCE 1956, MS 1957) died December 12, 2020. He was 87.


Omer Blodgett 

Posted December 11, 2020

Omer Blodgett (BSE 1941, MS 1974), a world-renowned authority on the design of welded connections, died at the age of 99.


Hilmar von Schönfeldt

Posted December 11, 2020

Hilmar von Schönfeldt (Ph.D. 1965) was part of a group of about ten graduate students in Professor Charles Fairhurst's rock mechanics research group in the 60s.


Rose S. Ling 

Posted December 11, 2020

Rose Ling and her husband Joseph Ling (Ph.D. 1952) were longtime friends and benefactors of CEGE.

Fall 2020 CEGE magazine cover
Department News

Latest Issue: CEGE Magazine Fall 2020

Posted October 27, 2020

Features include
COVID-19-related research from CEGE
Dennis Kim: alumnus offers hope
Svetlana Baranova: graduate student with passion for mathematical problem solving

Alisha Radstake
Awards and Honors

The 2020 Simon and Claire Benson Award

Posted October 24, 2020

Alisha Radstake received the 2020 Simon and Claire Benson Award. With this award, CEGE recongnizes the most outstanding student of the graduating class. Alisha Radstake was chosen unamimously from among several highly deserving candidates. She is graduating with a major in Civil Engineering and a minor in Urban Studies.

Dennis Kim standing in a field near solar panels

In Hard Times, Hope and Persevere

Posted October 24, 2020

Dennis Kim has a message for engineers coming of age in the covid-19 pandemic: Do not give up hope.