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Raymond Hozalski in lab with ultrafiltration system
Department News, Research, Water/Environmental engineering

Protecting Clean Water: Faculty awarded $2.1 million to study opportunistic pathogens and disinfection byproducts in US drinking water systems

Posted May 25, 2023

Pathogens (i.e., microorganisms that can make people sick) and disinfection byproducts (DBPs; potentially toxic chemicals formed when disinfectants like chlorine are added to water) are two classes of contaminants that are of concern in public water systems. Hozalski, et al., will examine opportunistic pathogens or OPs and contaminants that occur as byproducts of disinfection.

Kaleena Miller and Vaughan Voller
Department News, Geomechanical engineering, Water/Environmental engineering

Tapping into Random Motion: Art in Engineering

Posted May 25, 2023

Vaughan Voller taps dance troupe to communicate about his research into patterns of movement in nature.

signage reminding people to disinfect a work area
Department News, Water/Environmental engineering

To disinfect or not to disinfect, is that the question?

Posted May 16, 2023

​​​​​​​A recent (May 2023) article by several researchers, including CEGE’s own Bill Arnold, raised a warning about overuse of disinfectants. The use of disinfectants went way up during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The issue has garnered interest from the media. Is this widespread use doing more harm than good?

Vaughn Voller
Department News, Geomechanical engineering, Water/Environmental engineering

Vaughan Voller's Research Inspires Dance Performance

Posted April 10, 2023

A dance performance to be debuted in the Twin Cities in May features a very special collaboration between KMD2 Dance company and UMN Professor Vaughan Voller from the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering. Random Motions in Nature and Dance: Dust, Carpet, Motion, Flight, and Bloom, illuminates patterns that emerge from random motions.

Kimberly Hill in the Fluids Teaching Laboratory in UMN's Civil Engineering Building
Geomechanical engineering, Profiles, Water/Environmental engineering

Kimberly Hill Studies Particles That Can Bring Down Mountains

Posted March 29, 2023

Dramatic landslides can capture popular attention. Kimberly Hill’s work helps us understand the physics behind such dramatic slides and, more importantly, how we might improve prevention efforts and mitigate the consequences.

Nahum Yelizarov
Department News, Structural engineering, Student Activities

Nahum Yelizarov, BCE + Research Led to a Master's Degree

Posted March 27, 2023

"Getting involved in research with various professors let me explore my interests and opened a door to a Master’s degree. Taking higher level design and theory classes in structural engineering, as well as doing a thesis, allowed me to get a better technical understanding and taught me to how educate myself on topics I don’t know.”

Department News, Profiles, Transportation engineering

Student Leaders Take on Multiple Roles

Posted March 27, 2023

The largest professional engineering group for CEGE students is the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter. The group offers fun, connection, knowledge, competition, study help, and exposure to engineering professionals and companies. The students who step up to lead this dynamic group are themselves dynamic. This year the President of the University of Minnesota Student Chapter of ASCE is Anthony (AJ) Tabura, and Chandler Lallak serves as the Vice President.

Paige Novak, department head in CEGE with Edie, Gary, and James Postiglione
Alumni, Department News, Water/Environmental engineering

Postiglione Scholarship Supports Environmental Engineering Students and Our Planet

Posted March 27, 2023

The EDITH (EDIE) AND GARY POSTIGLIONE SCHOLARSHIP IN ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING in the College of Science and Engineering was established to help the environment by teaching future generations to care for it.

Department News

Spring News Roundup

Posted March 27, 2023

A roundup of news from CEGE.

Judy Yang
Awards and Honors, Department News, Water/Environmental engineering

Judy Yang Receives NSF CAREER Award

Posted February 23, 2023

Judy Yang's research will shed light on the fundamental mechanisms that govern the interactions among microbes, fluid, and particulates. The results of the research will guide erosion restoration projects for coasts and rivers, and will support prediction and control of the spread of biofilm-bound particulate contaminants.