April 27, 2017
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.
April 20, 2017
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.
April 14, 2017
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.
April 7, 2017
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.
March 31, 2017
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.
March 23, 2017
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.
March 9, 2017
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.
March 2, 2017
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.
February 21, 2017
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.
February 14, 2017
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.
February 7, 2017
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.
January 31, 2017
“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.
January 26, 2017
Professor Na Wei is harnessing the power of enzymes and microorganisms to breakdown persistent organic pollutants in our waste streams.
January 12, 2017
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.
December 1, 2016
My name is Keelan Rushing. I am a civil engineering student and my passion is bridges.
November 19, 2016
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.