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Building Bridges, Building Hope

Gonzalo Mallea Cuba    February 1, 2018

Building Bridges, Building Hope Gonzalo Mallea-Cuba had the unique opportunity to share his hometown of La Paz, Bolivia, with his fellow NDSEED members during their project assessment over winter break.

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Blast to the Past: Voyaging to the Ordovician Era

Donald Welsh    January 22, 2018

Blast to the Past: Voyaging to the Ordovician Era CEEES geology students traveled to southern Indiana and northern Kentucky on a treasure hunt for fossils and geodes from the Ordovician Era.

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Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Claire Nauman

Nina Welding    January 9, 2018

Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Claire Nauman Senior environmental engineering major Claire Nauman featured on university undergraduate student spotlight.

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Boats, planes, trains, and automobiles: A global journey to understand sea-surface temperatures during the Pliocene and Pleistocene eras

Allison Preston    December 4, 2017

Boats, planes, trains, and automobiles: A global journey to understand sea-surface temperatures during the Pliocene and Pleistocene eras Graduate student Alejandra Cartagena-Sierra's research has taken her across the globe to study sea surface temperature during the Pleistocene era in southern Africa.

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Dignified, Human Centered Development through NDSEED

Kaci Heneghan    November 6, 2017

Dignified, Human Centered Development through NDSEED The University of Notre Dame hosted the 2017 Bridges to Prosperity University Conference, where NDSEED was awarded Bridge Builder Team of the Year for the second year in a row.

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From the Peace Corp to Environmental Engineer: A Q&A with Patricia Drummey-Steigel

Allison Preston    October 31, 2017

From the Peace Corp to Environmental Engineer: A Q&A with Patricia Drummey-Steigel Patricia Drummey-Stiegel graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering. From there she focused on environmental engineering in the Peace Corps, attended graduate school, and was hired by an environmental consulting firm.

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What's in the Water? Using nanoparticles for safe H2O

Randal Marks    October 16, 2017

What's in the Water? Using nanoparticles for safe H2O Ph.D. student Randal Marks is just one of the many researchers using nanoparticles to make clean drinking water.

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In the Field: A Q&A with Mass Concrete Expert, John Gajda

Nathan Gundlach    October 6, 2017

In the Field: A Q&A with Mass Concrete Expert, John Gajda Engineer John Gadja has over 25 years' experience in working with mass concrete. As the senior principal engineer of materials and mechanics at CTL Group, he served as just one of sophomore Nathan Gundlach's supervisors during his internship with the company. After leading a seminar on mass concrete for the CEEES department, Gajda shared more about how he got his start in the business.

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Update: Searching for Uranium in the Copper State

Meena Said, Nicole Moore    October 3, 2017

Update: Searching for Uranium in the Copper State Meena Said and Nicole Moore traveled to Paris, France, to present their research at the Goldschmidt 2017 Conference.

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To Infinity and Beyond: Interning with NASA SARP

Emily Najacht    September 27, 2017

To Infinity and Beyond: Interning with NASA SARP Saint Mary's and Notre Dame student, Emily Najacht, had the incredible opportunity to intern with NASA over the summer. She conducted her own research project focusing on using isoprene as a probe of drought impacts on ozone chemistry in southern California's San Joaquin Valley.

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Shake, Rattle and Roll

Allison Preston    September 25, 2017

Shake, Rattle and Roll Notre Dame Ph.D. candidate Yenan Cao explores the dynamics of earthquakes and how structural changes can save cities from devastation.

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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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