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From Land Surveying to Designing for Resiliency: A Brief Departmental History

mwijnen   March 23, 2017

From Land Surveying to Designing for Resiliency: A Brief Departmental History Throughout its history, the Department of Civil Engineering at Notre Dame, which later expanded to include Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, has reflected the needs of the world around it, by training exceptional engineers and scientists ready to solve the particular problems of their times.

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Joseph “Bud” Ahearn: Living Life in Service of Others and the Making of a Distinguished Engineer

Marijke Wijnen   March 9, 2017

Joseph “Bud” Ahearn: Living Life in Service of Others and the Making of a Distinguished Engineer Saying Joseph “Bud” Ahearn is a people’s person is an understatement. He goes out of his way to engage every person in a room and make them feel good about themselves. Despite being a retired Air Force Major General and the retired Vice Chairman and Sr. Vice President of CH2M HILL, Bud is incredibly humble. His humbleness stems perhaps from his deep belief, learned from his family and his Jesuit education, in a life lived in service of others.

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Notre Dame Researchers Focus Their Attention on the Understudied Indian Ocean

Marijke Wijnen   March 2, 2017

 Notre Dame Researchers Focus Their Attention on the Understudied Indian Ocean Nunzia Pirro started her PhD on a boat in the Indian Ocean. In between bouts of seasickness, she measured the velocity of currents and the salinity and temperature of the shallow ocean in various parts of the Bay of Bengal.

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Students Return from Assessment Trip to Nicaragua

Marijke Wijnen   February 21, 2017

Students Return from Assessment Trip to Nicaragua Last week, I found my way to Managua, Nicaragua with an extraordinary group of students who want to change the world. That concept may intimidate many due to the responsibility and sacrifice it entails. Before I get into details of our adventure, I think it’s important to clarify that changing the world is as simple as helping the person next to you. Our group is simply taking that fundamental concept to the next level.

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Students Complete Well in Sangmélima, Cameroon

Marijke Wijnen   February 14, 2017

Students Complete Well in Sangmélima, Cameroon Every time Claire Nauman fills her water bottle, she thinks of Sangmélima and the connections she made there. Until December, her thoughts were bittersweet. She watched abundant, clean water fill her nalgene and thought of all the residents of Sangmélima, Cameroon and the black dots of coliform colonies that appeared on the easy gels she and her classmates ran on the community’s drinking water the previous March. But since January she has reason to celebrate while filling her water bottle, because the residents of Sangmélima now have access to clean drinking water.

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New Minor in Resiliency and Sustainability of Engineering Systems

Marijke Wijnen   February 7, 2017

New Minor in Resiliency and Sustainability of Engineering Systems Notre Dame’s newest minor will prepare engineering students from all disciplines to see the impact of their design decisions on built and natural systems and train them to work towards a sustainable and resilient global development.

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Are Uranium Clusters the Key to Cleaner Nuclear Energy?

Marijke Wijnen   January 31, 2017

Are Uranium Clusters the Key to Cleaner Nuclear Energy? “Those ones are obviously part of our Christmas celebration. They also participate in our Thanksgiving display and our Easter display. They get reworked into every display.” Professor Peter Burns, who is wearing a yellow vest and has the demeanor of a warm-hearted jokester, points to a collection of colorful polyhedrons surrounding a miniature Christmas tree on display outside his lab in Stinson-Remick Hall at the University of Notre Dame.

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Could Yeast and Fungi Be Used to Rid Our Water of Organic Pollutants?

Marijke Wijnen   January 26, 2017

Could Yeast and Fungi Be Used to Rid Our Water of Organic Pollutants? Professor Na Wei is harnessing the power of enzymes and microorganisms to breakdown persistent organic pollutants in our waste streams.

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Alums Build Smart Sewers to Prevent Sewage Overflow

Marijke Wijnen   January 12, 2017

Alums Build Smart Sewers to Prevent Sewage Overflow When Tim Ruggaber needs inspiration to complete a difficult task, he looks out one of EmNet’s many windows at the blue green waters of the St. Joseph River. The river reminds him of the importance of the work that he and his coworkers are doing -- annually EmNet prevents 1 billion gallons of untreated runoff and sewage from flowing into the river.

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Student's Passion Unleashed Through Bridges to Prosperity

Keelan Rushing   December 1, 2016

Student's Passion Unleashed Through Bridges to Prosperity My name is Keelan Rushing. I am a civil engineering student and my passion is bridges.

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Students Prepare for Engineering Trip to Cameroon

mwijnen   November 19, 2016

Students Prepare for Engineering Trip to Cameroon A few weeks ago, a handful of Notre Dame engineering students found themselves in Professor Alan Hamlet’s backyard pouring a concrete well pad. The well in question, however, is over six thousand miles away in Sangmelima, Cameroon.

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