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Alumni Q&A: Civil Engineer Edward Fitzpatrick Jr.

Allison Preston    September 19, 2017

Alumni Q&A: Civil Engineer Edward Fitzpatrick Jr. A civil engineering veteran and Army Corps veteran, Edward B. Fitzpatrick Jr. has over 50 years’ experience in the field. He shared his wisdom with civil engineering junior, Julian Mancini, discussing his education at the University of Notre Dame, the early days of his career, and the advice that led him to success.

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Using the Degree for Good: Civil Engineering & Philanthropy

Emily Reeve    September 14, 2017

Using the Degree for Good: Civil Engineering & Philanthropy Notre Dame Civil Engineering senior, Emily Reeve, finds her calling in the remote mountains of Nicaragua

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Notre Dame Senior Claire Nauman Launches Website to Explore Faith and Engineering

Marijke Wijnen    September 1, 2017

Notre Dame Senior Claire Nauman Launches Website to Explore Faith and Engineering Senior environmental engineering major Claire Nauman has launched a website, Engineer for the Soul, to help young people grapple with questions related to faith and engineering.

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Geeking Out Over Bridges: A Whirlwind Field Trip to New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Marijke Wijnen    June 22, 2017

Geeking Out Over Bridges: A Whirlwind Field Trip to New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania This was a whirlwind field trip for Notre Dame’s Bridge Engineering Class, taught by Professor Ashley Thrall, to New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. They toured bridges they had learned about in class all semester, met with top bridge engineers and recent alums working in the field.

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Searching for Uranium in the Copper State

Nicole Moore    June 16, 2017

Searching for Uranium in the Copper State In retrospect, it seems a little funny that three of Dr. Amy Hixon’s graduate students travelled to the Copper State to look for uranium. But as it turns out, there is quite a bit of uranium in Arizona, and these three students have found it where it shouldn’t be. With the help of the GLOBES program and the John J. Reilly Center, Teresa Baumer, Nicole Moore, and Meena Said have analyzed soil samples from the Navajo Nation to determine whether the soil was contaminated with uranium.

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Welcome to New CEEES Professor Marc Muller

Marijke Wijnen    May 23, 2017

Welcome to New CEEES Professor Marc Muller Professor Marc Muller decided to become a civil and environmental engineer at nineteen when he found himself stranded in Cambodia. But this story does not start there, so let’s back up for just a moment.

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To the Frontline: Notre Dame Professors Build Collaborations in Bangladesh

Marijke Wijnen    May 8, 2017

 To the Frontline: Notre Dame Professors Build Collaborations in Bangladesh After a day of thinking I’m going to die, I’m going to die, while driving in the chaos of rickshaws, pedestrians, dented buses, beggars, and animals that crowd the streets of Dhaka, Professor Diogo Bolster, who studies fluid dynamics, began to notice a sort of orderly flow within the chaotic system.

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For the Love of Bridges: An Interview with an Early Career Engineer

Marijke Wijnen    April 27, 2017

 For the Love of Bridges:  An Interview with an Early Career Engineer Andrew Geisel has been passionate about bridges for years. In high school he did a research project on the Brooklyn Bridge and he still remembers many of the facts about its construction and design. He therefore feels incredibly fortunate that his first job after graduating with a degree in civil engineering from Notre Dame is working on the construction of the new Goethals Bridge, which spans the Arthur Kill Strait, connecting Elizabeth, New Jersey to Staten Island, New York. I got a chance to talk to him about his new job, the transition from being a student to a working professional and of course bridges.

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New Community-Based Engineering Course Focuses on Local Projects

Marijke Wijnen    April 20, 2017

New Community-Based Engineering Course Focuses on Local Projects When computer science professor Jay Brockman started at Notre Dame over 24-years-ago, he engaged in typical professorial activities -- teaching, training graduate students, researching, and publishing, but over the past ten years, he has shifted his attention towards fostering deeper connections between Notre Dame and the South Bend community.

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Paddling a 250 Ib Concrete Canoe is No Problem for Notre Dame Students

Marijke Wijnen    April 14, 2017

Paddling a 250 Ib Concrete Canoe is No Problem for Notre Dame Students A strong tailwind propelled Jake Miller and Jared Lee forward, they were able to weave through the obstacles and then speed across the open lagoon, easily. The return, however, was taxing, the ferocious headwind nearly stalled their process. They had to fight with everything they had to keep their 250 pound vessel on course. But with over twenty of their classmates, braving the frigid cold to cheer for them from the banks, they pushed on and completed the race.

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Savannah Washlesky Named One of ASCE’s New Faces in Civil Engineering

Marijke Wijnen    April 7, 2017

 Savannah Washlesky Named One of ASCE’s New Faces in Civil Engineering Each year the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) spotlights ten students as the New Faces in Civil Engineering. This year that honor included Notre Dame senior Savannah Washlesky, who dreams of one day building bridges with an eye towards disaster resilience.

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Climate Adaptability and Collaboration at ND-LEEF

Marijke Wijnen    March 31, 2017

Climate Adaptability and Collaboration at ND-LEEF Zach Hanson, a civil engineering graduate student, likes the days when he leaves the lab at Notre Dame, laces up his boots and drives ten minutes north to St. Patrick’s County Park to collect his newest batch of data on groundwater recharge from his 15 well array.

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

Marijke Wijnen    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

Carlos Nazario    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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